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Linking Could be Your Answer to Creating Habits

We’ve all heard the saying that it takes 21 days to create a habit.  It’s really a myth, but one that perpetuates none the less.   It’s said those of us with ADHD have an even tougher time than the general population with habit creation because of our challenges with self regulation.  But, if creating […]

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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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Essentialism: Some Thoughts on the New York Times Best Seller by Greg McKeown

I recently finished Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, which is essentially about how to live a more purposeful, focused and intentional life.  I’ve been experimenting with minimalism: actively reducing my number of possessions and the number of commitments in my life.  As such, I was intrigued by the idea of essentialism. […]

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Free Up Bandwidth by Sharing Ideas

I was lucky enough to spend some time this past Sunday with my colleague Francis Wade, time-based productivity expert and author of Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure  and the upcoming book Perfect Time-Based Productivity – A Professional Approach, due out this fall. Francis was visiting Cleveland from Jamaica and as I showed him the sights around […]

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Pruning, It’s Not Just for Plants…

This past Sunday began with my noticing the herbs I grow in my Aerogarden were looking like more of a miniature jungle than a garden I’d actually want to eat something out of. Out came the scissors and the pruning began. The photo to the left represents the results of those efforts – a pile of […]

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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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Overcoming the Overwhelm: Dinner Time Angst

Dinner time in my home has always been challenging, just ask my husband who for many years walked in the door each evening never sure if there would be dinner available or not. My informal surveys of moms, both ADHD & non-ADHD alike, about dinner-time struggles yielded some common challenges.  Many of these challenges can […]

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Gifts Received When We Release Clutter

I recently received a call from my aunt.  It was a very nice surprise, because we don’t speak on the phone very often.  She called to tell me about a special gift she had recently received.  She shared she had just finished going through all of her Christmas and Holiday cards she’d been saving for […]

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“Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life”

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  ~ Socrates Amazing to think the warning of an ancient Greek Philosopher,  born in 470BC rings so true today. Earlier this year I contributed to a blog posting for my colleague, Linda Samuels.  The topic was what I wanted more and less of in the new year.  My response: “I’m […]

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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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Creating Peace of Mind This Holiday Season

There’s a saying that, ” you can’t buy peace of mind.”  Probably true, but you can create it.  In fact, creating / experiencing peace of mind has been a recurring theme for me over the past week or so. Yesterday was filled with work obligations, but the opportunity presented itself to invite my parents and […]

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#GivingTuesday: A Great Way to Cut the Clutter this Holiday Season!

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that since becoming a professional organizer I’ve really changed my outlook on gift giving.  It’s astounding to me how many unused and often unopened gifts fill the closets, basements and even entire rooms of individuals I’ve worked with.  The waste can be measured not only in terms of money spent, […]

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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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My Favorite Things: The ULTIMATE Water Bottle

Just a super quick post today to share my newest favorite product that has made my life simpler, greener and less expensive. That product is a unique 18 oz water bottle by Aladdin.  What makes this water bottle so unique is how easily it can be thoroughly cleaned.  Because of its clever design, that allows […]

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Shifting Perspectives to Create Space

This is the bookshelf in my office.  Over the years, I’ve accumulated lots of books on myriad topics such as Home Staging, Feng Shui, Psychology, Hoarding, Coaching, ADHD and surprise, Organizing. The top four shelves house reference materials while the bottom shelf holds reference materials and project materials. Over the years I’ve become more selective […]

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My Favorite Things: Over Rod “S” Hooks

If you’re a regular reader you know that every once in a while I like to share products that have positively impacted my life.  The interDesign® “S” Hook is one of those products. My sister first introduced me to them years ago when she utilized them extensively in her mud room.  Since that time I […]

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Got Shredding?

Seems that all of my clients are gathering paper for shredding right now. Must be something in the spring air (yes, spring finally looks like it might arrive here along the North Coast!) I recently spoke with Dana Mueller at the Shredding Network in Wickcliffe, Ohio about doing some shredding work for a few of […]

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