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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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Healthy New Year!

Did you resolve to get healthier this year? Make it easier by getting organized first. To have a healthy body* you need to eat healthy, nutritious meals. To avoid picking up dinner at MacDonald’s or buying packaged dinners, you need a simple meal plan, time to prepare, and an efficient kitchen. It’s easier to chop vegetables when the counter is clear of mail and school papers. Eating healthy meals can help you achieve weight loss too. Other ways to trim down are to burn calories with a regular cleaning and home maintenance routine. Simplifying systems can help minimize calorie intake from stress

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Richer, Smarter and Better Looking

Is it too early to talk holiday gift giving?  Nope, not if you want to avoid stress and enjoy the festivities. Here’s another tip: If, when you ask someone what they want for Christmas, they answer, “I want to be richer, smarter and better looking,” call me, because that’s just what I do! Here’s how: Richer Good organizational systems help you get richer by creating less waste. How much food are you throwing away from your refrigerator each month from lack of planning? How many expired items are in your pantry? How much money are you spending eating out? Yikes…that really adds

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Living and Staging…the Vacation Scenario

Simple vacations are my favorite. I like them easy to get to, affordable, and not so much work while I’m away, please. So, a drive to the beach and a weekly rental can really satisfy. I’m happy to cook simple meals in order to keep costs down. When the kids were young, eating in was often easier  than dining out. One summer, while spending a week in a brand new condo in Bethany, I took notice of how much simpler it was to fix dinner when the only supplies in the kitchen were just exactly what was needed to prepare

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