Clothe someone in need

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Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM’s) is my favorite place to drop off a client’s or my own clothing and linen donations.  There are many worthy donation centers in the Madison/Middleton, WI area, but MOM’s is a bit unique. It’s unique because, all the items at MOM’s are FREE for the clients they serve. That’s right, FREE.  MOM’s mission […]

My daughter has returned…..

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I am very pleased our daughter is back home for the summer.  If you have kids in college, you can relate to all the S.T.U.F.F. that needs to be moved in and out of their temporary college dwelling each year.  We are lucky it all fit into our SUV!  The photo represents about two-thirds of […]

Organize with Command Hooks

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  Do you use command hooks?  If you haven’t discovered command hooks, you may be missing out on a tool that will allow you to use your walls and doors to become more organized.  No damaging nail holes! Command hooks are a 3M product and available in different sizes, colors and strengths.  They stick to […]

Perfect, Clutter-Free Mom’s Day Gifts

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If you want to honor your mom, grandmother or someone who has been “like a mom” to you, there are some wonderful, meaningful options that will not add clutter to their lives. First of all, consider the following: Has she dropped gift hints?  If so, then at least you know she wants the gift and […]

15 Minutes to a De-Cluttered Home

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Spring is the time of year where I really get in the mood to lighten up and let go of the clutter.  How about you?  Are you ready for a change? If are ready to kick out the clutter, join my 30 Day Spring De-Cluttering Challenge.  Receive support, motivation, and daily organizing tasks.  It begins […]

Is your collection meaningful or a burden?

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Most of us have collected one thing or another during our lives.  Our collection grows, sometimes out of control, once we tell someone about our collection.  We receive pieces to add to our as gifts than we may have intended to collect. What do you collect? I was a collector, until I outgrew my collections. […]

Strategies for Success

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How can you achieve success? What are some tips for success? What is your definition of success? I’m a guest blogger this month on the topic of Success at the Organized Assistant Blog Carnival!  Specifically on overcoming overwhelm and moving forward. Other guest bloggers covered different angles of success.  From helping ADHD students achieve to […]

De-clutter your way to organization

De-cluttering your home will result in a more organized home.  We all have too much stuff.  Even the professional organizer has too much stuff!  I’m constantly de-cluttering and putting things back where they belong to maintain an organized home. Just imagine if we pared down our belongings by a third! We will have less to […]

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving.  May your day be filled with family, food, and gratitude. A few organizing tips for the season. Pare down your Thanksgiving and fall decorations before storing them.  Especially if you didn’t use all of them or no longer like some of them. Store large platters, gravy boat, and any special Thanksgiving dishes in […]

A client makes an unconventional decision

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Deferred decisions or the lack of decisions tend to cause disorganization, clutter and chaos!  Think about it, if you don’t make a decision about whether to keep something, decide where to put things, decide on commitments/activities to participate in, decide to maintain organization, or decide to ask for help you aren’t going to change your […]

Favorite Organizing Tool #5

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            Bags.  Especially paper bags with handles! Why are bags one of my favorite tools?  They are the perfect size and sturdy enough to hold a variety of items.  It’s also an easy way to reuse the bags. I use paper bags to hold my donations for my favorite charity […]

Favorite Organizing Tool #4

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            The basic laundry basket. Why is it one of my favorite tools?  It’s a useful organizing container for many areas of your home, not just the laundry room. I’ve used laundry baskets to hold balls, sand toys, and more in client’s garages, for toys and dress-up clothing in play […]

Do you over-organize?

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I believe it’s possible to over-organize and create too much of a good thing.  We see ultra organized spaces in magazines, on the internet and television and then think, I want my house to look like that!  What we don’t realize is that it’s very difficult to maintain an ultra organized area and we may […]

I’m fairly normal

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Professional organizers are fairly normal, lead normal lives and even have messy homes.  Sometimes my clients ask about the state of my house.  Is it perfectly organized?  Are all of my containers and shelves labeled?  Is my clothing closet organized by color? The answer is NO.  Even though I’m  passionate about organization and enjoy helping […]

Grateful for clutter?

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My previous post focused on feeling burdened by clutter but there are times when our abundance can make us feel grateful.   Seriously Jill, feel grateful for piles of stuff that cause stress, cost us money and time?  Yes!  We live in a country where many of us have all the stuff we need plus much […]

Has your stuff become a burden?

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Do you own your stuff or does it own you?  We become very attached to our stuff and at times it may feel like a burden. Your stuff may have control over you if … Your credit cards are maxed out from buying stuff. You feel guilty letting go of stuff because you paid a […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #9

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I really encourage you to avoid mistake #9 because nothing good will come of it. Mistake #9: Beating yourself up for making organizing mistakes.  Don’t give yourself a hard time for letting your house or office become unorganized or messy. Solution: We are human and we make mistakes.  Instead of dwelling on mistakes, say to […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #8

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  Mistake #8:  Giving up.  You have a rough spell or life is just hard so you give up on organization or maintaining. Solution: Sometimes life happens, things don’t go as planned, we get sick, ect.   Sometimes we backslide into our old ways of doing things.  With any new habit it takes time, at least […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #7

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Are you outgrowing your space?  You may be making mistake #7. Mistake #7:  Keeping too much.   More stuff requires more space and more of your time for maintenance.  If you are having a difficult time maintaining organization and out growing your space you might be keeping  too much stuff. Solution:  Be ruthless when sorting […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #6

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Have you organized an area only to have it return back to it’s original state within days?  Mistake #6 might be the cause. Mistake #6:  Lack of systems Solution:  Systems will help you maintain the areas you have already organized.  Think of a system as a routine or procedure for maintaining the area.  You probably […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #5

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Save yourself time and money by avoiding mistake #5. Mistake #5:  Purchasing containers before you begin organizing.  Let’s face it, it’s fun to shop for cute containers or buy them when they are on sale.  Most  of us have a stack of empty containers somewhere in our home, waiting to be put to use.  We […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #4

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There are 9 common organizing mistakes.  Previous posts focused on Mistake #1,  Mistake #2 and Mistake #3.  This post will cover mistake #4. Mistake #4:  Tackling too large of an area. Do you feel overwhelmed when looking at the photo above?  Where would you even begin? Solution #4: Break your large project into small projects.  […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #3

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Organizing mistakes are common.  They may cost you valuable time, money and stress.  I covered Mistake #1 and Mistake #2 in previous posts.  Today we will look at Mistake #3. Mistake #3:  Perfection.  Does perfection prevent you from getting organized?  Do you think, “it won’t be perfect so why even try?” Solution #3:  Stop It!  […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #2

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Would you like to avoid common organizing mistakes?  I’d like to help you succeed by providing solutions to the 9 common organizing mistakes.  Today we will look at mistake #2.  Click here for mistake #1. Mistake #2:  Believing you will need to set aside a large chunk of time for your organizing project.  False!  You […]

9 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid, Mistake #1

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Blunders, mishaps, and mistakes are all part of human nature.  They can also sabotage your organizing efforts.  I’ll share tips for organizing success by covering 9 common organizing mistakes over the next 9 blog posts. Mistake #1:  Not starting.  Waiting until someday.   Unfortunately “someday” is not a day of the week.  It’s not on any […]