Day Fourteen: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Estate Clear Outs

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Today is day fourteen of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering challenge.  What are you working on?

Yesterday, I got an email from one of our participants updating me on her family’s progress.  She shared with me that she had to put her goals aside to clean out her mother-in-laws house.  One of the lessons her husband learned over the past fourteen days is that they cannot move all of his mother’s items to their home.

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Day Two: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge

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It is day two of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  Were you able to accomplish one small area yesterday?  Did you find you were able to decide on objects really quickly or are you getting stuck?  Remember to keep your goals small each day as you start so you don’t immediately become overwhelmed by the process.

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Decluttering Your Home – What NOT To Do

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Decluttering Your Home - What NOT To DoThere are so many rookie mistakes made when decluttering your home that can discourage the process.  That’s why I loved this article from Apartment Therapy outlining the most common ones.  https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/pro-organizer-tips-what-not-to-do-when-decluttering-your-home-168836.

  • Buying containers before you ...
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Organizing Tip of the Day: Organize the Japanese Way

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One of my favorite books of 2015 was Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”  It was one of the most ground-breaking books about organizing that I had read in over 10 years.  As you are looking for inspiration in the New Year I would suggest finding a copy of this book to read.  You will look at the way you organize objects in a whole new way. Instead of focusing on ...

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My Theory on Why Women Love to Buy Bags

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ImageMy husband recently began making fun of me because within a week I produced a new work bag, lunch bag and decided to hunt for the perfect diaper bag to solve all of my organizational dilemmas. In the same week I began insisting on finding an acceptable camera bag after I dropped (and broke the lens) on our $500 ...

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How Clutter Affects Our Relationships

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How Clutter Affects Our Relationships

How to deal with a loved one who is not “following the program” or who is very messy is one of the most common questions I hear as I speak to clients and field questions about organizing at my workshops.  I often tell people that an anecdote from my own household.  My husband could care ...

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3 Habits to Break in the New Year

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3 Habits to Break in the New Year

There are many statistics on how long it takes to break a habit.  Whether you look at the length of time it will take or the number of repetitions, the point is that creating a habit is a commitment that takes time.  Often, good organization hinges on breaking thought patterns and physical habits that have a ...

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How do I organize my recipes?

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How do I organize my recipes?

Summer means drinking long, tall strawberry daiquiris by the pool, hanging out with close friends into long hours of the day, and barbecuing with herbs and sauces. I find myself going over my recipes again and again, wondering what I should cook next. Will it be barbecue pork ribs, beans, fresh fruit salads, burgers, chicken ...

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Tips for Cutting Summer Spending

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices.  During the summer cutting costs may be even tougher because of extra expenses on vacations and entertainment for the children.  I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back.  Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

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3 Tips to Slow You Down This Summer

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When most people think of being organized they are sure that it requires you to juggle many things at once and never drop the ball.  They believe that great time management means you have to multi-task at every turn.  But, I would argue that being able to slowdown, allow yourself to drop the ball once and a while,  not have to multi-task and to truly feel balance in your life means you are organized.  If we never have time to ...

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