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Your Turn: What Are You Most Proud of Releasing in February?

February has come and gone.  A number of you played the #MinsGame along with me in February, venturing to release 406 items over the course of 28 days. Today I’m anxious to hear your success stories!  What was it like attempting to meet this goal?  How many items did you end up letting go of?  What are […]

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You Don’t Need More File Drawers, You Just Need to Keep Less Paper!

It’s amazing how many people I come in contact with who are overwhelmed by the amount of paper in their lives. Paper is an equal opportunity stressor.  It doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make, where you live or your level of education.  Only those individuals who’ve created a foolproof system for […]

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Tools for a Better Life: an Organizer Coach

I’ve been asked on many occasions what makes an organizer coach different from a professional organizer.  I explain the differences on my FAQ page, but some folks learn better by watching a video than by reading, which is why I’m excited to share with you my recent podcast for Smead Organomics.  Please take a look and get a better […]

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Organizing for a Move

Over the years  I’ve helped plenty of people unpack boxes from moves that had occurred many years in the past, sometimes as many as 7-10 years in the past.  The boxes had sat unopened for so long because the stuff in them often should never have been moved in the first place. The costs incurred […]

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My Favorite Things: Freedom Filer Filing System

Are you overwhelmed by your papers?  Are they stacked all over your desk, your office, your kitchen, or your home?   How well is your “filing” system working for you?  How many file drawers do you have stuffed with papers that haven’t seen the light of day since you filed them?  When was the last […]

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Getting Organized? Find the Right Support Using ICD

Is your goal to get organized in 2014?  I can’t think of a better place to begin the search for support than the website of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).  Information available to you there includes: Audio recordings on such topics as: Understanding Chronic Disorganization, Introduction to ADHD & Procrastination, and Understanding the Clutter-Hoarding Scale. […]

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January is Get Organized Month!

January is Get Organized Month!  If you’re disorganized, your disorganization might show up as piles of papers, cluttered rooms, losing things, running late, forgetting tasks, or never getting around to what’s most important.  However your disorganization shows up, it’s in your best interest to find the best support to help you understand it, work through […]

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You’re Invited to My Next Open Forum!

Stump the Organizer: An Open Forum with Andrea Sharb, CPO-CD, ACC, COC Do you have an area of your life or home you wish were more organized? Are you overwhelmed by the degree of disorganization you live with daily? Could you benefit from having someone answer your organizing questions? If you answered yes to any […]

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Even Organizers get Stuck: Dealing with those Longaberger Baskets…

“Your baskets were a hit!  Thx so much.” That’s the message my sister texted me the day after her son’s elementary school PTO’s annual basket auction. The baskets she was referring to were about 25 various shapes and sizes of Longaberger Baskets that had been sitting packed away in my basement for the past six years. […]

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Books, Books & More Books! Organizing Your Reading List

My reading list had taken on a life, or should I say lives of its own. The list that at one time was neatly maintained in Notes on my iPhone had spilled over into Toodledo,  a couple of visual reminder piles beside my bed and reading chair, and a number of newly downloaded books sitting […]

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Body Doubling: An Important Tool for Getting Stuff Done

I’ve shared with you before that the area where I struggle most with organization is my desk.  In particular, I’ve talked about  using desk dumps to bring my desk back to ready.  I had most of last Friday off and my plan was to spend at least part of the morning clearing my desk and preparing […]

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My Favorite Things: Elfa Gift Wrapping Station

Favorite things aren’t always new.  This Elfa station has been one of my favorite things for many years.  I was reminded of it earlier today when drafting another post.  It’s a favorite because it allows me to easily gather all of my wrapping supplies in one location, which in this case is the guest room […]

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Using Mind Mapping to Pack More Efficiently

I’m a big fan of mind mapping tools.  Mind mapping is a way for relational thinkers such as myself, to build structure around an idea or ideas.  A mind mapping tool, such as iThoughts HD, which I blogged about earlier this year is a great tool for creating a list of things to pack for […]

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Using a Travel Grid: Pack Right, Pack Light!

I recently helped a client pack for a trip.  She had previously felt unprepared for trips, either over packing and lugging a hopelessly heavy suitcase, or under packing and not having what she needed. We did two things to make this trip different. First, we created packing lists – one for items she takes on a […]

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My Favorite Things: Filertek Tabs

Over the years I’ve been forwarded a number of organizing products for my review and comment, few have impressed me though.   I was recently sent a couple of packages of  Filertek Dry Erase Hanging File Tabs.  I have to admit they sat on my desk for awhile before I tried them, but I’m glad […]

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My Favorite Things…Leopard Print File Bench

Every once in a while I like to share a favorite with you, be it an organizing product or something that makes life simpler.  Today I want to share my Leopard Print File Bench, which makes organizing my files simpler and my living room more fun and functional! My office is in the living room […]

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The EASY™ Way to Get that Garage Organized This Weekend

It’s April here in North Eastern Ohio and after a couple of false starts with 80 degree days in March, it looks like spring is finally here for good. If you’re like me, you’ve been walking through the garage for the past couple of months with blinders on, trying not to notice the mess that […]

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