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My Favorite Things: Five Favorite Organizing Books

I’ve read a lot of books about organizing and related topics over the years and am often asked to recommend books I have found especially helpful or insightful, so I thought I would share my five favorite organizing related books with you. These books are listed in no particular order and I have given a […]

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Organizing the Desk: Back to Ready – Part 2

Last time I shared my cluttered desk with you, along with the reasons it ended up being so cluttered.  Today I want to share the steps for getting it back to ready.  These aren’t the only possible steps that might help someone get their desk back to ready, but they are the steps I used […]

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Back to Ready – What it Means to be Organized – Part 1

Marilyn Paul introduced me to the concept of “getting to ready” in her book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When you Can’t Find Your Keys. In her book, she describes being organized as: “a dynamic between a state of readiness for action and taking action. It is the rhythm of taking action, creating the […]

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Laundry Room Closet ReDo

One thing really I wanted when we moved last was a laundry room on the second floor with plenty of space for processing laundry.  I had moved the laundry room to the second floor master bathroom of our last home and loved that our clothing never left the second floor, which meant no more toting […]

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ICD has Four Teleclasses Available for the Public

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization has been providing award-winning teleclasses to its subscribers for years. They have recently re-recorded four of these teleclasses for members of the public.  These informative classes, which will help the listener better understand various aspects of chronic disorganization are available for only $10 per class. To listen to a class, […]

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The Freedom Filer End of Year Switch

So here it is the beginning of the year and I am ready to trade out my odd year (2011) Freedom Filer files for my even year files.  Many of my clients use Freedom Filer and I typically receive questions at this time of year about how to actually go about this process, so I […]

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A creative way to give gift cards…

I won’t see my family on Christmas day, so we celebrated with them last weekend.  I just had to share the gift that my very clever sister came up with for me, this gift card wreath!  Gift cards, though very practical and it this case very appreciated because I love to read, aren’t necessarily a […]

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What’s Most Important About Decorating this Holiday Season?

When I was growing up I used to love to decorate the Christmas tree.  Dad’s job was dragging the tree in, setting it up and putting on the lights.  My little sister Amy and I helped him with the lights, but then he typically disappeared while Mom, Amy and I decorated the tree.  We loved […]

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What to pack in that quart sized bag…

Reader Lisa asked:   I struggled with getting all my liquids (shampoo, face cleanser, sunscreen, etc. in 3 oz travel containers) into 1 quart sized ziploc bag.  Any tips for what to bring and what to leave home? Lisa, my solution to that struggle is to “travel size” everything you can.  Above is a photo of my […]

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Packing for a week in a carry-on Part II – Tips

The Tips: First, I would like to thank the following individuals for supporting me with my perspective shift, and for relaying personal experiences and providing me with some of the following tips for surviving with less while on the road:  Valentina Sgro, Helen Montfort, and Janet Greene. When selecting bottoms (pants or skirts), choose khaki […]

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How to pack for a week in a carry-on…

I love to travel, but I have to admit that I hate to pack.  Let me clarify.  I don’t hate trying to organize the items that I’m taking into my suitcase, that part is actually fun, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, given that I’m a professional organizer.  What I hate is trying to decide what to […]

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A Virtual Organizing Project

I’ve been doing quite a bit of virtual organizing these days.  My best friend called recently and asked me for some advice on organizing her pantry.  Instead of advice, I convinced her to join me on skype and we worked through the project together.  We developed the plan for the space together and broke it […]

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Starting a Home Inventory on a Cancelled Day…

Today is cancelled.  Because of snow and ice here along the north coast, schools are cancelled, my appointment with today’s client is cancelled because of bad roads, and my client for tomorrow is already cancelled because she is stuck on the west coast because of a cancelled flight. Cancelled days like these are few and […]

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Making Tax Time Less Taxing

It’s mid January and 1098s and 1099s are starting to arrive.  If you’re expecting a refund, you’ll want to get those taxes filed as soon as you’ve collected all of your tax related documents, but do you know where everything is? Filing your taxes can be a snap if you have all of the necessary […]

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Before & After – Hangers

  I recently did a spot on closet organizing on WKYC’s Channel 3 News Today.  One of the points I made was that so many people think they need a complete closet overhaul, including an expensive closet organizing system, in order to have an “organized closet.”  Before calling the closet organizing company try new hangers […]

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Before you UNdecorate…

Many people will be putting away their holiday decorations this weekend.  Before you do though, I would encourage you to go around your house and take photos of the decorative displays that you were particularly fond of and might want to recreate next year.  Store these photos in a file called holiday decorating and next […]

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Before You Buy the Containers…

I just took this picture of the unbelievable stacks of containers at Target.  They were right inside the entrance and people were snapping them up like their lives depended upon them.  As an organizer I hoped that they already knew what they planned to store in them and where the containers themselves were going to […]

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