12/09/2013 07:52:00 AM
It's cold out there ! Below zero !Living out in the west - and driving long distances without a town or gas station in sight - brings about it's own problems.Unlike being in a big city where there is a gas station and help within a block - living out
11/25/2013 04:00:00 AM
It's not even Thanksgiving but already the stores are primed for Christmas.
11/20/2013 07:44:00 AM
Special events - such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays - are - special. And you want them to be perfect. And they should be. Even if they are bigger than your normal events and even if you are planning them yourselves and doing all of the work -
11/11/2013 09:27:00 AM
Hoarding is a very serious and devastating situation. It is emotionally draining. For the Professional Organizers that work with Hoarding clients it is unlike what you see on the T.V. shows. It is much more personal and more devastating.Sometimes cli
11/04/2013 07:55:00 AM
The decorations and cooking supplies are already out in the stores. The holidays will be starting soon.
10/25/2013 17:43:00 PM
Whether you work in an office at home or in a regular office being organized is crucial to your success.
10/14/2013 07:39:00 AM
Everyone has a different idea of what clutter is.
10/08/2013 08:03:00 AM
It's getting near the Holiday season and I can smell the food already!
09/23/2013 07:35:00 AM
Yesterday was the 1st day of Fall. My favorite time of year. But depending on where you live snow could be just around the corner - or in some places - have already happened. Move your summer toys to the back of the garage and reacquaint yourself wit
09/16/2013 04:00:00 AM
Having an organized home has so many benefits. Your home looks good, you can find things easily, you save money by not constantly buying things that you already have and you are less stressed.But at what cost?
09/09/2013 04:00:00 AM
I know - people are going to say
08/26/2013 07:45:00 AM
Being organized is an ever changing event. It's not a "one time" event. You have to change with how you and your family live. Kids grow up and you get rid of their baby toys and their outgrown clothes. You change jobs or gain / lose weight and you sw
08/20/2013 14:29:00 PM
We are in a crisis here out west.
08/05/2013 07:39:00 AM
How much is enough?
07/22/2013 11:18:00 AM
Summer is in full swing. There are a lot of activities to keep the kids busy. Swimming, sports camps, camping and hiking, playing with friends.Who wants to think about school starting in a month?
07/16/2013 09:44:00 AM
A lot of people say "I don't have enough space - that's why my house is cluttered - if I had more closet space my house would be clean".Well - I hate to burst anyones bubble - but space, clutter and clean have nothing to do with each other.The amount
07/08/2013 14:46:00 PM
Summer means a lot of outside activities.
07/02/2013 14:42:00 PM
No matter what project you are working or planning on doing in the future - planning ahead - being organized is crucial.Sometimes it seems like too much trouble.
06/24/2013 07:41:00 AM
Time is a very important thing.
06/10/2013 14:31:00 PM
Life doesn't always go as planned.
06/03/2013 07:29:00 AM
Summer means farmers markets, fresh fruits and vegetables, which translates into canning and freezing. Well, at least at my house.But have you checked your pantry or freezer lately?
05/20/2013 09:00:00 AM
Kids come home from school with a lot of papers and artwork. All of which they are proud of and want you to keep - forever. It doesn't matter if it's just a few scribbles on a piece of paper or a watercolor they think is a masterpice....they want you
05/13/2013 07:48:00 AM
We just got back from a really nice and relaxing vacation. A condo overlooking the lake with the mountains as the backdrop. It was glorious!But it was one of those time where the few weeks leading up to our vacation were extremely busy with work, mee
05/08/2013 07:43:00 AM
Spring is Here!
05/06/2013 04:00:00 AM
I love containers and everything in its proper place. It makes things look so neat and orderly.But just because you have containers doesn't mean that you are organized.Being organized means that you have a plan, a place for everything and you know wh
04/29/2013 04:00:00 AM
It's almost summer time - when lots of things happen.
04/22/2013 04:00:00 AM
Everyone gets bombarded with email. How in the world do you keep up?Unless you are on your computer (or other device) 24/7 you will eventually get behind.So how can we
04/15/2013 14:39:00 PM
It's April 15th - Did you file your Taxes?A lot of people wait until the very last minute to file their taxes. It's something that everyone hates doing. It takes a lot of time - especially if you didn't keep all of your needed receipts or records in
04/09/2013 07:48:00 AM
Moving - when is it a good time?
04/01/2013 07:55:00 AM
It's warm and sunny and beautiful out!
03/25/2013 07:49:00 AM
A lot of people out there only think about cleaning or organizing their home when they have visitors. In fact, some people will use their "lack of cleanliness" as an excuse not to have people over to their house.This is just another example of how di
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I'm sure that you've heard the old say
02/25/2013 04:00:00 AM
Being organized is a lot easier when you have a properly functioning space. That means that the space is suited for what you want to put into it. Whether it's a clothes closet, kitchen cabinets or any other space - the actual space and how it's laid
02/18/2013 11:28:00 AM
Organizing is not as straight forward as people might think.
02/12/2013 08:00:00 AM
A lot of people think that being organized is the same as being efficient. It's not.Being organized
02/04/2013 07:58:00 AM
January is over and by now we should have most of the documents that we need to get our taxes done.Yes, it's everyone's favorite time. Not !
01/28/2013 04:00:00 AM
January is GET ORGANIZED month...
01/21/2013 14:04:00 PM
Everyone has a different definition of clutter. To some people clutter is anything that is out of place.
01/07/2013 04:00:00 AM
I love organizing gadgets. Nothing makes me happier than looking at the variety of organizing gadgets on the market. But, unfortunately some of them are expensive.Being organized and organizing has nothing to do with gadgets. It's about "order" and "
12/31/2012 07:30:00 AM
It's New Years Eve....and tomorrow is the start of the New Year!
12/25/2012 04:00:00 AM
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with joy and happiness.
12/24/2012 04:00:00 AM
It's Christmas Eve....and most of us are done with our shopping and ready for Santa. But for those of you that aren't ....don't stress....just try to be a bit more organized next year.The holidays are not about presents. They are about family. The be
12/17/2012 04:00:00 AM
It's getting close to the end of the year....that means TAX DONATIONS are coming to an end for the year !In the midst of the Holiday buying craziness you should take a step back and clear out your closets.There are many reason for this - and de-clutt
12/10/2012 04:00:00 AM
It's getting close to Christmas and a lot of people still haven't even put up a tree or sent out cards.The holidays are not a time to be stressed so don't beat yourself up over not getting everything done. It you are running out of time you have to
12/06/2012 04:00:00 AM
Growing up German, St. Nicholas Day was a very big deal for us. And still is. A boot is put outside the door on the night of the 5 th of December. St. Nicholas fills the boot with candy, chocolate and small gifts. As kids we liked to use my Dad's sho
12/03/2012 05:00:00 AM
11/22/2012 04:00:00 AM
Wishing you and your family a HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
11/19/2012 04:00:00 AM
A lot of people will be traveling for the Holiday. Take the stress out of trip by being organized ahead of time.Make a list of things to take so that you don't have to think about it as you pack. Make sure that you put clothes and personal items on t
11/12/2012 09:45:00 AM
Most people thing that "disasters" only happen to other people.
11/05/2012 08:00:00 AM
Yes, Organized, Stress Free and Thanksgiving can be used in the same sentence.It all starts with the word organized. Dont let it scare you. Embrace it. By being organized and planning ahead you can actually enjoy a holid
10/29/2012 05:00:00 AM
10/23/2012 07:32:00 AM
Time is something that we can't control.
10/15/2012 05:00:00 AM
Everyone thinks that all of the Technology that is available today is great. We are connected 24/7.
10/09/2012 07:56:00 AM
They come at the same time every year...but the holidays always seem to be a surprise for many people.They get overwhelmed with all of the advertising and commercialism and total chaos at the stores.The sad part is that even though we have a number of holidays before Christmas the pressure is already on to start buying all of the Christmas decorations and presents and those other holidays just fall by the wayside.Take a deep breath, step back and concentrate on one holiday at a time. Enjoy each [..]
10/01/2012 05:00:00 AM
School is now well underway. Everyone is getting settled into their daily routine.The question now is "Do you have a calm and stress free routine ?".
09/24/2012 05:00:00 AM
If you have ever seen the show
09/17/2012 05:00:00 AM
Everyone is so busy these days it's hard to fit everything into each day. But some people are busier than others. Or so it seems because they run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
09/11/2012 05:00:00 AM
Being organized is a talent that not everyone has. Luckily it's one of my few talents. I can look at any situation and make it (room, closet or projecct) better.But a lot of people just look at a disorganized space and immediately start to hyperventilate.
08/27/2012 05:00:00 AM
Being Organized is not natural for everyone. Being organized is always a
08/14/2012 13:13:00 PM
You have a great house, a great job ... and you have no intention of moving. Ever. Fast forward ten years and all of a sudden your life has changed dramatically. You are offered the job of a lifetime and you are about to move. Are you prepared?
08/06/2012 05:00:00 AM
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Summer is here and one of the things we love to do is have "impromptu"
07/16/2012 06:00:00 AM
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So you have decided that you are ready to "Get Organized".
07/02/2012 07:00:00 AM
A lot of people are intimidated by what other people think. They think their house should look a certain way because other people have told them that "you should clean this" or "you should get rid of that". They get overwhelmed by everyone telling them what "should" bother them and how they "should" clean up their home. So they do "nothing". It's a lot easier than not doing what they "should" do.I'm sure we all have "well meaning" family and friends who try to "help" you by giving you
06/25/2012 07:00:00 AM
Some people love to make "TO DO" lists. But some of those list makers just make lists and never actually "DO" anything on the lists.Making lists makes those people feel like they have accomplished things - but they really haven't.Writing things down is a pretty powerful tool. It makes things "real". But you have to actually "DO" what's on the list to be able to say that "you accomplished something".This might sound silly and very "basic" to a lot of people - but I have run across many people tha [..]
06/11/2012 07:00:00 AM
People seem to think of organizing as something that you do to "things",
06/04/2012 14:36:00 PM
School is about to end for most schools. Kids will be cleaning out their lockers and bringing home - well, lots of stuff! Maybe even stuff that you didn't know that you were missing - like Tupperware!They will also be bringing home lots of papers and other things that they have cleared out of their lockers, maybe even some clothes. If they are like most kids they will probably just dump it all in the hallway where they came in. And drive you nuts in the process.So before you get too far into the [..]
05/28/2012 07:00:00 AM
As your children grow up and move out of your home and as people age they start
05/21/2012 07:00:00 AM
05/14/2012 07:00:00 AM
Summertime, kids out of school, vacations are all fast approaching. You might think its far away, but your kids, believe me, they are thinking about summer vacations already. If you are able to go away on vacation get your kids involved in planning it. Let them come up with some ideas on things to do. If they are old enough, put them in charge of planning the activities. This teaches them how much work is involved and also empowers them to make their vacation their own. Let them come up with [..]
05/08/2012 07:00:00 AM
Everyone has a different idea of
05/01/2012 07:00:00 AM
I have heard a lot of people confuse the words "clean" and "organized" lately so I thought it was time to set the record straight....again.... A lot of people have this misconception that being organized and being clean is the same thing. It's not. You can have a clean house that is a cluttered mess. Or you can have an organized house that is filthy and dusty. One does not necessarily have to do with the other.Organization is a state of mind. It's subjective. What's organized by some people [..]
04/23/2012 07:00:00 AM
The warm weather is here and people are starting to spend more time outside. But is your garage and house ready for the change of seasons? Can you easily get to your rake and gardening tools?While the weather is warm take a few minutes to drag everything out of your garage and give it a good cleaning. Sweep out the leaves and dust. Re-arrange your tools and equipments so that the things that you need for the warm weather are more accessible. Move your snowblower and shovels to the back and bring [..]
04/11/2012 07:00:00 AM
I hear a lot of excuses from people, especially parents telling me that they can't "stay organized" for very long or that their kids won't stay organized for more than a couple of days.It's an excuse. Very simple. It's sort of like saying " I don't really see the benefit of school so why bother doing homework". Would you let your child get away with that? "No" is the answer.NO EXCUSES ! Yes, all new "habits" take time. And that's exactly what "organizing" is. A new "learned habit".Kids love orga [..]
04/02/2012 07:00:00 AM
Getting organized is a great idea. For some people the road to even thinking about getting organized is a long one. And even when someone thinks they are finally ready to "get organized" and take control of their life... panic sets in and they take a step back.A lot of people don't understand the trauma that "organizing" brings to some people. They think "what's the big deal....just clean up already". But that's not how it works.For a lot of people the thought of "organizing" is traumatic. It b [..]
03/27/2012 07:00:00 AM
People always ask me "at what age" they should start teaching their kids some organizational skills...and the answer is "before they are even out of diapers".It's never too early to start teaching kids how to be organized and how to pick up after themselves. Even a two year old can be taught how to pick up a toy and put it into a basket. To them it's a game. So let it be fun and make it a part of their everyday routine. Play time followed by "putting your toys away time".But if you didn't star [..]
03/19/2012 07:00:00 AM
How much "stuff" does one person really need? Do you really need 25 pairs of jeans? Or 50 pairs of shoes? Maybe the celebrities do but "everyday, ordinary people" who aren't millionaires really don't. Let's be honest!"Stuff" overwhelms people. "Stuff" controls people. "Stuff" smothers people.Don't get me wrong. I like to have nice things. I have things that I collect. But there is a difference between a collection and going overboard and having too much "stuff" clutter up your home and you [..]
03/12/2012 07:00:00 AM
Organizing is an on going process. It's not a "one-time deal". And it's not something that you have to set aside an entire day for.Organizing your files and your paperwork is extremely time consuming because you have to look at each piece of paper and make a decision. It's emotionally exhausting. So why wait until year end to go through that process?For best results and the least amount of trauma make it a habit to go through your filing cabinet, files or desk drawer and clean out your paperwor [..]
03/05/2012 07:00:00 AM
I've had a lot of people call to tell me that they need help in clearing out and organizing their parents home due to a move to an assisted living or nursing home. It's a sad and stressful time for them.Clearing out your own home is much easier because everything is yours and you can make the decisions. Helping your parents or other relatives clear out their home is much harder because you are making decisions for someone else and there are a lot of emotions involved. If you make the wrong deci [..]
02/27/2012 07:00:00 AM
I know that it's still February... but if you've been to the mall lately you will see a lot of spring and summer clothes out already. There are sales everywhere and I'm sure that some of you just can't resist. It's O.K. .... really.But when you bring home new clothes you have to have somewhere to put them. Do you? Is there room in your closet?Since the winter weather is winding down it might be time to take a look at your closet to see what you can put in the "donate or get rid of" pile. You mi [..]
02/20/2012 07:00:00 AM
Spring is fast approaching. The time of year that sees an increase in house sales and people moving.You aren't in the market to move? But you might be....in five or ten years from now when you have outgrown your home or are downsizing. So now is the time to start planning and getting yourself organized. It's always easier if you do things at a slower, more relaxed pace and you aren't staring at a deadline.Moving involves many things including picking a reputable moving company. When I moved acro [..]
02/06/2012 07:00:00 AM
We are now entering our second month of the new year. Most people have made some type of "New Years Resolution".So.... how is that working out for you? Have you been keeping up with them?My guess would be "no". But don't worry, you are probably not alone. So now is the time to "get real" and take a look at what you really wanted to accomplish and change your expectations.If you haven't accomplished everything that you wanted to in this new year or you aren't as far as you planned....then maybe [..]
01/31/2012 07:00:00 AM
It's the end of January and everyone has been swamped with paperwork. All relating to taxes. I know that it's overwhelming. Papers everywhere. Piles everywhere. Come on. I know about the piles. But for tax purposes i'll let it slide.You can start out with one big "tax" pile or you can separate your piles into piles such as personal, medical, business related, house expenses.... Anything that makes sense to you, depending on how you do your taxes.By grouping your papers into more manageable pile [..]
01/23/2012 07:00:00 AM
Even the most organized person doesn't always feel like organizing and putting things away in their place on some days. Believe it or not!Some days you just want to do ..... nothing!So go ahead....do nothing....for an hour or two. But don't let things get away from you. Because if you let things go, it's sometimes hard to get motivated again. And then you'll end up with a big mess and you really won't want to get started on putting things back together.It's easy to let things pile up. It's hard [..]
01/16/2012 07:00:00 AM
You have decided that you want to get organized. You have taken that first step. Now what ?Everyone has good intentions at the beginning of each year. They promise to do a variety of things. Then they immediately come to a standstill. Now what ? Where do you start ? Most people make things too complicated. There is no right or wrong answer. You start anywhere that you want. You start at the place that bothers you the most. The kitchen. Your bedroom closet. The family room. The basement. The [..]
01/09/2012 07:00:00 AM
January is GO MONTH. NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) has made this month the month for Professional Organizers to turn up the volume and get noticed. It's the month where we give back to the community and teach everyone that being organized can make a huge difference in our lives.Being organized allows us to function better and more effectively. It helps us save time and money. It decreases stress.And let's face it..... It makes our homes and offices look better!For busin [..]
01/02/2012 07:00:00 AM
Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year !As in every new year everyone seems to make a lot of "promises" on how they are going to change their behavior. And as most of you know....it never works. Not for more than a few weeks at least.In the upcoming new year what you can do is reflect on what you didn't like about your life last year and come up with a list of reasons why you want to make this a better year. Without reasons to change you won't actually make the changes. Be honest with yourself [..]
12/26/2011 07:00:00 AM
It's the day after Christmas and all through the land people are scurrying to get what they can.It's bargains galore and Buy One, Get One Free.Where will I put it? says the inner me.....__________________________________________________________________Yes, the bargains are many and this is a great time to stock up.....BUT, if you have no room and have no plan for what you are going to do with all of the "bargains" that you buy....and probably won't even use some of the things .....is it really [..]
12/25/2011 04:00:00 AM
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with joy and happiness.
12/24/2011 04:00:00 AM
Wishing all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!As in our German tradition we will eat a very special meal of German white sausage. Topped off with some desserts and then the best part.... opening our Christmas presents!Then off to midnight mass with Christmas songs to fill the air.
12/20/2011 07:00:00 AM
It's getting close to Christmas and a lot of people still haven't even put up a tree or sent out cards.The holidays are not a time to be stressed so don't beat yourself up over not getting everything done. It you are running out of time you have to decide what you can live without so that you don't drive yourself crazy.Being organized is about "time management". If you haven't finished everything on your list give yourself the gift of "not finishing". Let it go. Most people that I know haven' [..]
07/04/2011 06:00:00 AM
It's almost time for your vacation and you are already thinking about what to pack and what you are going to do when you get there. But have you thought about what you are going to come home to?The reality is that coming home from a vacation is almos
07/04/2011 04:00:00 AM
Wishing you all a safe and Happy 4 th of July !
06/26/2011 12:36:00 PM
It's summer. Time for parties and picnics. So make your life easier by keeping things simple and keeping things organized.Spending time with family and friends should be easy. But a lot of people get stressed out when they think about entertaining. T
06/20/2011 04:00:00 AM
A lot of people don't realize that being "disorganized" costs them money. A lot of money.Being organized is not only about everything "having a place" and "being in its' place", it's also a way of life.When you are organized things run smoother. You
06/19/2011 04:00:00 AM
Wishing all of the Fathers' a very Happy Father's Day !