Tag Archives: Simplifying

Considering an iPad? Ten Reasons iPad Makes Sense for Reading

I noticed recently at my book club that I was the only one in the group who chooses to read the monthly selections on a screen (iPad).  When I brought this up, most of my friends commented they feel reading just isn’t the same without real pages to turn.  Other reasons for choosing paper and […]

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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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Gratitude Journals: A Portal to the Positive

There are a lot of pessimistic people in this world.  I know, I used to be one of them.  Ok, I wasn’t pessimistic all of the time, but when confronted with a challenge, I found my mind would typically focus on the negative.  Or when I had a bad day, I would lie in bed […]

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A Moment of Mindfulness: Tracing a Labyrinth

I am making a commitment to mindfulness in my life.  For me, this means I am doing my best to spend more time being present, in the moment, concentrating on single tasking, as opposed to multitasking.  Mindfulness is challenging for anyone, but especiallly those of us with ADHD. Studies are showing that mindfulness can benefit those […]

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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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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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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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Simplifying Thanksgiving

I love this photo of my family at Thanksgiving a number of years ago.  The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxed.  I wasn’t working at this time though and had plenty of time to plan for and prepare the meal.  Not the case anymore.  Therefore my mom and I agreed to simplify Thanksgiving […]

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