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Talk About Full

Full Definition-1. Filled to capacity  – holding as much or as many as possible (Encarta Dictionary) _____________________________ I’m feeling generous today. I am about to share with you a lesson, that if embraced, could put me out of business. Here goes: React to “Full.”  This super-secret systems-maintenance mantra can lead you to a life of organization only dreamed of through the pages of Real Simple magazine. Here’s how it works: 1. Define “Full”- Create a limit to what a container is to hold. A wastebasket is full when items reach the top. A dresser drawer is full at 2/3 of the way

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Get More Done

  I’m not a fan of multi-tasking. Putting on mascara while driving or waiting at the light is not safe or smart. But multi-purpose activities are a great way to accomplish multiple goals in less time. Fitday.com calculates “vacuuming for 30 minutes burns about 90 calories, the same amount you’d burn in 15 minutes of kick boxing.”  Getting housework done while burning calories makes sense in our busy lives. Some other multi-purpose activities are listening to a book or educational material while driving. Combine rest with brainstorming by keeping a note-pad nearby when you shut your eyes. Combine social activities with task accomplishment

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February is for Love

February is for love.  So why not love your home? Staging your home for comfort and ease of living is a great way to spend those extra hours at home. Go room by room and examine the ways to make living more enjoyable. Declutter, rearrange, and simplify. Begin repairs and to do lists. Don’t over-do; stick to one area, once you begin the attack. Take breaks and reward yourself with a warm treat.  

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Inspiration from Pablo

This frosty day had me going through what I call my in-drawer. Separate from my in-box, it’s a drawer designated to hold the might-do’s. I love this system because the rules are simple to follow: Its contents are designated Allowable Delayed Decision Making. I can look in and take action (or not) anytime I feel like it (after the important stuff is done.) I can decide to toss instead of taking action. When full,  follow the one-in-one out rule Today I found a magazine scrap with this quote by Pablo Picasso: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to

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Forgive and Forget

Disorganization and clutter can be a significant cause for discourse between couples. The cycle of mess and blame can often go unaddressed for years. Annoyance slowly builds to anger, then the inevitable eruption. The Messy and Martyr syndrome will eventually end the same way. The eruptions will reoccur if the problems are never solved. It’s time to forget about who started the bad habits first or to overlook your spouse’s shortcomings and get started!

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Organizing is for lovers

    When I have a client that doesn’t know where to begin, I suggest the master bedroom. This shows your spouse you were thinking of him. Without having to navigate the piles, he’ll appreciate being able to slip into bed easily. It is also a great way to bring your spouse on board. Leaving the stress of so many To Dos out of sight, he may soon want to rid the rest of the home of its stressful appearance.

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This is a New Year

With the holidays over and done, winter is the perfect time to improve the function of your home. Take advantage of the slower pace of winter and use the extra time indoors to reevaluate and manage your home. Determine which organizing systems are faulty and need improvement. Everything running smoothly?Then take the opportunity to move a project from your Goals List to your To Dos List. You’ll be better prepared to face the challenges of the new year.

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Do your hobbies enhance your life?

It’s here! One Day has arrived! Woo hoo!!! Now you can dig in to that hobby you’ve been dreaming of…happy, happy day!!! Unpack the scrapbook supplies and embellish photos to your hearts content. Sharpen your scissors and start cutting up t-shirts. Your daughter has only been out of college for seventeen years.  She’ll love a your life in t-shirts quilt. The Martha Stewart Living generation has given way to the Pinterest People. But no matter what your age or source for crafting ideas, you love collecting ideas, purchasing supplies and putting off starting or finishing your projects until: a. one

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After Holiday Tips

After Holiday Tips

What to do with the new stuff? After the holidays is a great time to instill organization skills in children. Include your child in the decision-making of where to store new gifts and what should be replaced in order for the new items to fit. Help them make space with a few easy starters: broken toys, outgrown clothing, unfinished crafts, first semester school work, and items that belong elsewhere. Even the very young can understand the definition of “full.” If the floor and furniture tops are designated off-limits zones for storage (I called them hot lava), kids can be brought

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Give Yourself a Break

Sometimes we all just need a quick break.  Here’s an idea to help you break free from whatever has you stuck.  Cut out the labels in the image below, and place them in a “Give Yourself a Break jar.”  When you feel the urge to take a break, write down on a sticky note what you will do when you return from the break, then pick a slip from the jar and do it.  After you’ve had your moment, return to the task on your sticky note.  To download a printable pdf version of this posting, please click on this

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Irish Blessings

I hope everyone enjoyed being Irish for just a day! You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate blessings, good wishes and  pride in your heritage. My celebration, this year, was less about drinking green beer and more about reflecting on the blessings I received as the result of a very brave young couple making a hard voyage to start a new life. My grandparents, George and Nora Lemon came to America from Ireland in the 1920’s after my grandfather fought in the Irish regiment in Africa during WWI. They came to Baltimore seeking a better life. George worked as a landscaper and Nora sewed

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Looking Back…Moving Forward

An Empty Nester Organizes The summer of three kids at home has ended with the special significance of the twenty two year old moving to Baltimore, the twenty year old going back to college and then studying abroad in the spring, and the youngest going to college for the first time. This is all happening the same month the announcement of the first grandchild is made. By my calculations that leaves me and my beloved, empty nesters, expecting. So what does a mother-of six, artist and professional organizer do to adapt to these changing circumstances? Organize, of course! Its’ time

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