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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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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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Talking Back: You Get to Choose How to Respond to Self Talk

Self talk.  We all do it, though some of us don’t really like to admit to it. Self talk doesn’t necessarily mean talking out loud to oneself, but it can show up that way.  Instead, by self talk, I’m referring to what we find ourselves saying which results in self-limiting behavior.  Phrases like “I can’t”, […]

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Sometimes You’ve Got to Fail to Succeed!

  I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Attributed to Thomas Edison with regard to creating the lightbulb This quote makes me think about a situation I experienced while serving as a board member for a non-profit organization.  I had worked for weeks to prepare what I thought was […]

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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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Refeathering NOT Empty Nesting

We dropped off our twins off at college this week.  For the first time since September of 1994 there are no children living in our house.  My husband and I have had countless people comment to us over the past few weeks about how we would soon be empty nesters.  The more I hear the […]

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Cleveland Indians Loss Provides Opportunity to Cultivate Gratitude

A while back I wrote about the practice of keeping a gratitude journal.  In it I mentioned that before actively practicing gratitude I would lie in bed after a bad day and ruminate on what went wrong and worry about everything else that might go wrong as a result. Before integrating the regular practice of […]

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My Favorite Things: What You Need to Know…

A few years ago, my father gave me a gift that continues to keep giving. It is a one page document containing information I would need to know to settle his and my mother’s affairs should something happen to them.  Information so important that we keep this document in our safety deposit box.  Since that […]

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What to do with old medication…National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Do you have old prescription medications sitting around?  If you do, you’re not alone.  The DEA, sponsor of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day reports it has collected over 2 million pounds of prescription medications in its five previous Drug Take-Back events.  Their next event is this Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM.   […]

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One Hit Wonders: Keeping Only What You Use A LOT!

I have always loved the above photo, extracted from a Women’s Day magazine long ago, and taped to a page in my recipe notebook for as long as I can recall.  I made the bunny shaped cake for my kids once when they were small and it made us all smile.  I thought of this […]

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What you Focus on Becomes Your Reality: Using a Vision Board to Reach Your Goals

The above is a picture of my vision board for 2012. A vision board is a collection of visual images pasted or pinned to a board that represents things that you want to bring into your life.  My board, created on a framed cork board that hangs above my desk, represents the reminders of goals aspired […]

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Opting Out of Phone Books: One Year Later

I opted out of receiving phone books in August of 2011, but I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical at the time that it would actually keep the phone books at bay.  I can happily report today though that a little over a year has passed and I haven’t received a single phone book, […]

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Simplifying Your Life by Patronizing Local Businesses

I took the morning off to take my car to the dealership for its 25,000 mile service, which I assumed was oil related as there was an “oil maintenance required” light flashing on my dash.  Having driven the 20+ miles to the dealership, I was miffed to learn the service was not oil related at […]

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Taking Five to Process the Mail

For the past couple of days I neglected to sort through my mail.  Instead of opening it and immediately recycling the junk and processing the rest, like I usually do, I let it sit in a pile on the corner of my desk.  It was amazing how big the pile was after just a few […]

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Why some people don’t have clutter…

As a professional organizer I help people reduce the clutter in their lives.  An acquaintance of mine Narda, recently shared an interesting story with me about why she no longer has room in her life for clutter. Many years ago, when Narda was building a home, she stored boxes of personal belongings and memorabilia in […]

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