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While it’s healthy to admit that your house will not be photo op-ready every day of the week, that’s no reason to give in to the clutter. Begin confronting the lack of order with a few straightforward approaches sure to make your home feel like a haven. Pinpoint a main flaw Maybe you wish you had the time for gutting drawers and labeling storage bins, but you just can’t swing a spring-cleaning binge right now. You can start by breaking a few small bad habits, like tossing mail on the kitchen counter or leaving clean laundry in a hamper. Organizing mail and folding laundry are tasks that only take a few minutes if you do them each day. But if ...

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Old School Organizing: Lessons I’m Still Learning From My Mom standard

My mom’s shoebox for receipts, a large check register that would not fit in your wallet, and an over-stocked pantry.  These are three things that in my professional life I might have advised against.  But my mom recently passed away and is continuing to teach me important lessons in simplicity. Her shoebox of receipts was a perfect receptacle for the year’s spending.  Little handwritten notes chronicled what was important.  It took twenty minutes to sort and document medical expenses, taxable items and things that were to be kept.  It was easy to see where she went and how she navigated life using this little paper trail.  There were not two or three places to look for these.  They were not ...

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It’s Easy Being Green – AND Organized! standard

As a professional organizer, I use the word simplify in my daily vocabulary. We’ve all heard the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”. But what not everyone recognizes is that ‘simplify’ is just a more palatable synonym for ‘reduce’. I’m, quite frankly, in the business of reducing.  It’s no mistake that ‘reduce’ comes first in the mantra. Our culture often obsesses about the end game, but recycling is actually the last step. The goal is to acquire less, creatively reuse what makes sense and recycle what you can. The good news is there are many resources locally and nationally to help!   Reduce Shop with the idea of ENOUGH in mind.  When you know what ‘enough’ is, your inventory of possessions stays ...

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Spring Cleaning standard

We look forward to spring for many reasons; warmer weather, longer days, blooming trees and flowers, spring break, free Rita’s Italian Ice (for those of you Pittsburghers out there)… the list goes on. You might notice that the phenomenon of spring cleaning did not make that list. The human instinct to migrate outdoors to attend to our neglected homesteads as the weather gets warmer gets a bad rap, but as you might imagine, I am a fan of this time of year. I am here to tell you how you can make spring cleaning more fun and less stressful! Maintenance Once the snow melts and the ice thaws you might notice some areas of the house that need attention. It ...

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Get Organized Month! standard

Getting Organized is one of the top three New Year’s Resolutions every year.  Now that we are a month into the New Year, motivation may be starting to fade. The best thing you can do to keep energized is to add a big dose of accountability! There’s an app for that… It is true.  If you are a smart phone user, there are apps for everything from tracking exercise and adding up calories, to tracking mileage and even an app for posting daily gratitude journal entries. Receiving automated nudges from a tool that is almost always by your side is a powerful way to stay on track.  Below are some of my personal app suggestions. Go Public with Social Media ...

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Holiday Stress: Worth It or Not? standard

Traditions change. Yes, it’s an oxymoron, but it’s true. If you think about it, year by year new traditions and expectations are added to our holiday celebrations. Relaxation and joy are sometimes replaced with guilt and stress while we try to keep up. Awareness is the first step to making a change. If you want to make a change start by thinking about the details of your traditions and ask yourself these questions: Think back on how many family traditions got started. Think about the “why” behind each tradition. Is the tradition aligned with your family values? Is it something you “should” do or something you “want” to do? Try to think about the joy/stress ratio for each tradition and ...

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