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Organize, Simplify, Solve. “If a home doesn’t make sense, nothing does.” ~ Henrietta Ripperberger

Transition Pitfall #4: Debilitating Despair

Transition Pitfall #4: Debilitating Despair

Some transitions are choices and some simply happen, like death, divorce, or the loss of a job. The adjustment after a loss is a transition that can stagnate anyone. The path back to normal is the transition. So too is the acceptance that life is different. Sometimes we need a helping hand on the path back from loss.  TLC Home is familiar with helping people through this process.  We help people regain control. “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You

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Memorial Day Mayhem

Memorial Day Mayhem

Ma’am…please…step away from the bargain! Memorial Day Weekend…Yea!! This marvelous way to kick off summertime allows for plenty of time for home, family, fun and…shopping! Commercials and advertisements are encouraging us to save money by spending it. How tempting!…and how easy it is to fill your home with unnecessary items. So, before you make a purchase you may regret, ask yourself: Do I have the space to store it? Will I be able to access it easily? Am I willing to get rid of something to make room? Does this add to the clutter? Is it a fantasy purchase? Does it have actual use

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Transition Pitfall #3: Ignoring Major Effects of Minor Transitions

Transition Pitfall #3: Ignoring Major Effects of Minor Transitions

Sometimes we prepare for the larger transitions, but don’t think to prepare for the smaller transitions like: a new pet an illness a vacation home improvement taking up a new hobby or sport, and disappointment or any emotional disturbance… anything that knocks you out of your rhythm. These smaller transitions can cause stress too!  It might be as small as a child starting a new sport, which disrupts the family schedule and results in arrivals to practice late and without necessary equipment.  I know someone who recently drove her daughter to a State championship meet, but got the address wrong.

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Transition Pitfall #2: Stranger Danger

While Failure to Plan or Prepare are time and task management issues, Stranger Danger is underestimating the changes ahead. It’s harder to recognize and gets us into trouble in different ways. So the recovery is a different process. Sue had a successful career for nearly twenty years, but after the birth of her second child, she decided to quit her job and just stay home with the kids. In her mind, she was retiring to a simpler life. She struggled for a few years before she called me. She believed she wasn’t cut out for staying home. Basically, Sue just didn’t

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10 Pitfalls of Transitions

My goal as an organizer is to help my client create maintainable systems. The key to success is to discover the root cause of the disorganization, the answer to the Why. The 10 Pitfalls of Transition are the hazards that I’ve recognized as patterns among many of my clients. They are the sources of struggle that lead someone to call an organizer. Transitions can be a result of consciously made decisions to change the status quo or they can be thrust upon us; as changes occurring beyond our control.  Some transitions are handled with grace and some are really overwhelming.

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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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Time to Stage

February comes before March. Selling your home? No matter what the market is, home sales pick up in spring with the warmer weather bringing potential buyers out. So, now is the time to stage your home to sell! Look at your home through “buyers eyes”. Create space, light, and an atmosphere which allows buyers to imagine their own lives occupying.  

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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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Making the Most of February

February is gloriously slower. Kept in doors by harsh weather and unexpected snowdays, we are given the opportunity to catch up, achieve goals and get ahead. With spring around the corner, it’s exciting to get our homes in order, so we are ready to get outdoors with our nagging tasks behind us.    

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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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