Tag Archives: Letting Go

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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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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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Activities

Today I’d like to focus on editing your holiday activities. I used to measure the success of my holidays by how full my calendar was. The above image is from a holiday journal from about 10 years when my kids were younger.   Cookie exchanges, white elephant gift exchanges and neighborhood gatherings filled the blocks […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Gift Giving

Today we will focus on Editing your gift giving. One facet of my life that has changed significantly since becoming a professional organizer is how many gifts I give. I spend many hours each week working with people who have accumulated way too many things. Two categories if things that pop up at house after […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Meals

Here we are back for day three of my edit your holidays series, where we’ll discuss editing your holiday meals. In our home the holidays have always been about food. Up until a few years ago, it was typical for our small gathering of 8-10 people to sit down to a meal that would have easily […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing the Holiday Decorations

Welcome back for day two of Editing Your Holidays. Today we’ll discuss editing the decorations. When I was first married I loved decorating for the holidays, probably because I didn’t have that many decorations. As timed marched on though and our family and house grew, the number of decorations grew too. This has resulted in […]

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Overcoming Holiday Overwhelm: Editing Your Holidays – Five Ways in Five Days

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and the holiday rush is ON!  Thanksgiving falling earlier on the calendar has given us more time to prepare for the holidays this year and more opportunity to squeeze in more this holiday season, or maybe not… Allow me to backtrack – a little over a week ago I put […]

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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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The Ins & Outs of Recycling Plastic Bags

I’ve been working with a significant number of clients with hoarding tendencies lately.  One of the items that I find the most of in these homes is plastic bags.  The above photo represents only a portion of the literally hundreds upon hundreds of bags that I’ve collected from these client engagements in the past couple […]

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