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Monday, June 12, 2017

Schools Out and Stuff is Everywhere - Toss What You Don't Need and Organize the Rest


School is out for the summer!!!!  Kids will have cleaned out their lockers and brought home - well, lots of stuff! Maybe even stuff that you didn't know that you were missing - like your Tupperware!

They will also have brought home lots of papers and other things that they cleared out of their lockers. Maybe even some clothes. If they are like most kids they will probably have dumped it all in the hallway where they came in. And it's still probably there!

So before you get too far into the summer take some time to organize the mess. And if you can, make the kids help. It is their mess after all!

First, throw out all of the garbage.

Second, take back your Tupperware, dishes, silverware...

Third, grab those clothes and throw them in the laundry. After they are clean, decide if they still fit or might still fit by the start of the next school year. Otherwise, into the "donate pile" they go.

Fourth, go through their papers and decide which ones you want to keep (things such as art work or other papers you really want to keep). You might want to dispose of the other papers when the kids are not around. If you have a folder/box or notebook for each child you can put anything you want to save into their file (by grade). If there is any art work that you want to keep but is too big for your file box - you might to take a picture of it instead of keeping the actual paper.

Fifth, any extra school supplies that can be used for the next year can be put away in a bag and you will have a head start on shopping for the next school year. Be sure to keep a list of what you already have so that you don't buy duplicates when you get the rest of their school supplies.

Sixth, check the condition of their backpack and lunch box and toss it or put it away for next year (after a thorough cleaning of course!).

The mess is now gone and you can get on with our summer!

Have a great summer!


Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Different Types of Clutter

Clutter comes in many forms. It's not just about "stuff" or "possessions". There are many types of clutter. Most people only think about clutter in terms of physical clutter. But there is so much more.

Types of Clutter:

  • Physical Clutter:         things that you have
  • Paper Clutter:              piles of paper everywhere
  • Digital Clutter:            emails & internet
  • Time Clutter:              things that you do
  • Brain Clutter:              things that you think about
  • Relationship Clutter:   people in your life that are not good for you
  • Emotional Clutter:      things that you burden yourself with

What are some things that are cluttering your life?
  
Stress
Work
To Many Things On Your To Do List 
Guilt
Worrying
Clothes
Stuff
Obligations
Noise
Regrets
Jealousy
Failure
Bad Relationships
Paper
Commitments

Take some time to think about all of the things that are cluttering your life and try to decide what you can let go of. 
Pick one thing in each category that is cluttering your life and let it go. 

Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

What can a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant do for you?



What can a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant do for you?  More than you think! The possibilities are endless! 

A Professional Organizer Can Organize The Following Areas:


* Attics
* Basement
* Bathrooms
* Bedrooms
* Blended Households
* Children's play areas
* Closets
* Computer De-Cluttering
* Crafts
* Cupboards
* Dining Room
* Filing System that Works
* Financial Organizing
* Furniture Placement
* Garages
* Home Office  
* Kid's room
* Kitchens
* Living areas
* Mail
* Memorabilia
* Move-Ins
* New Mom Organizing
* Newly Married Whole Home Organizing
* Offices
* Pantry
* Play Rooms
* Relocation / Moves
* Senior Downsizing
* Senior Transition
* Small Spaces
* Tools  
* Toys
* Unpacking
* Whole Home Organizing  
* Sewing and Craft Rooms      

A Professional Organizer Can Help With / Is A:

* Accounting / Bill Paying
* Blended Households
* Business Organizer and Productivity Coach
* Categorizing and Clearing
* Clutter Coaching
* Clutter Elimination
* Combining Households
* Computer De-Cluttering
* Creating Organizing Systems
* De-Clutter your life
* De-Cluttering your home
* Downsizing / Rightsizing
* Education on Hoarding
* Employee Productivity
* Estate / Life Organization
* Filing System that Works
* Financial Organizing
* Furniture Placement
*  Hoarder Interventions
* Hoarding Challenges
* Hoarding Specialist
* Home Office Organizing
* Home Organization
* Home Staging
* Life Coach
* Lifestyle Coaching
* Manages Chaos
* Memorabilia
* Move-Ins
* Moving Coordination
* Organizing and De-Cluttering
* Organizing Consultant
* Organizing Education
* Paper Management
* Personal Assistant
* Productivity Coach
* Public Speaking / Lectures / Seminars
* Purging
* Relocation / Moves
* Re-Purpose Space
* Senior Downsizing
* Senior Transition
* Setting Up a New Business
* Setting Up a New Home
* Setting Up Filing System
* Small Spaces
* Sorting and Editing
* Space Planning
* Storage Container Assessment
* Storage Solutions
* Tax Organizing and Preparedness
* Time Management
* Travel Preparation
* Virtual Organizer
* Whole Home Organizing


Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your  business and your life 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Aging in Place

Aging happens - to all of us - ready of not. Don't wait until you have to make hard decisions to make those decisions. Be realistic - think ahead - make the decisions on your own terms.

It's not always about "being old".  Sometimes it's about the "empty nest" - and having too much space - that you don't want to or have time to clean.

Sometimes it's about wanting to be near family and friends or having more social contact.

Sometimes it's about the physical limitations of aging - not being able to reach or bend like you used to when you were younger.

Don't stick your head in the sand. Think about the future - and age as you want to - on your own terms.

Read some of the older articles on aging, downsizing and organizing your life.


Looking Ahead - Aging - Disabilities and Home Design

Professional Organizers Called Upon As Seniors  Downsize

Seniors and Downsizing - Moving to a Smaller Home

Rightsizing - Downsizing for Your Current Life Style


Information Organizing - Medical and Life

Organizing for Different Types of People



Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding - defined


Hoarding is a complex issue. The word is used quite loosely these days. But there is a difference between people with chronic disorganization and hoarding issues.

People that are chronically disorganized are not necessarily hoarders. 

Professional Organizers that work with people with hoarding issues use a variety of tools to help them determine the severity of the situation and to make sure that all of the people involved with working with these individuals are on the same page. 



Chronic Disorganization:
  • Chronic disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed
  • an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization
  • the expectation of future disorganization 


DSM-5 definition of clinical hoarding:
 
Hoarding:
  • Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. 
  •  This difficulty is due to a perceived need to save the items and distress associated with discarding them. 
  •  The difficulty discarding possessions results in the accumulation of possessions that congest and clutter active living areas and substantially compromises their intended use. If living areas are uncluttered, it is only because of the interventions of third parties (e.g., family members, cleaners, authorities). 
  •  The hoarding causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning (including maintaining a safe environment for self and others). 
  •  The hoarding is not attributable to another medical condition (e.g., brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome). 

  • The hoarding symptoms is not better accounted for by the symptoms of another DSM-5 disorder (e.g., obsessions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, decreased energy in major depressive disorder, delusions in schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder, cognitive deficits in major neurocognitive disorder, restricted interests in autism spectrum disorder).      
         
        Specify if: 

  • With Excessive Acquisition: If difficulty discarding possessions is accompanied by excessive acquisition of items that are not needed or for which there is no available space.  
        Specify if: 
  • With good or fair insight: The individual recognizes that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are problematic. 
  • With poor insight: The individual is mostly convinced that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are not problematic despite evidence to the contrary. 
  • With absent Insight (i.e. delusional beliefs about hoarding): The individual is completely convinced that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are not problematic despite evidence to the contrary.

Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

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