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Help with Organizing School Papers

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It’s not easy to stay on top of school papers. It enters your home via backpacks and then migrates to the kitchen counter and table. What do you do to prevent a paper pile up? My No. 1 suggestion is to be choosy about the papers you keep. Consider these questions. Can you find the…

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Best tips for storing your linens

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Besides your everyday linens, you may be the owner of holiday-themed towels, table linens and seasonal bedding. There are options, besides closets, for storing and organizing linens. Have you looked under your beds lately? There could be less important items under there that you’ve forgotten about and no longer want to own. If you decide…

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Best Tips for Downsizing Seniors with Love

Downsizing for Seniors

Downsizing for a loved one before a move to assisted living or other senior housing is more challenging when he or she isn’t able to wholly participate in the downsizing process. You can get through it with the following measures. Start sooner rather than later when helping sort and edit things. Shorter work sessions are…

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12 Days of Simple yet Meaningful Gift Ideas

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Gifts can be meaningful and fun without adding more stuff to the recipient’s life.  If this is important to you but you need some inspiration, use this list.   Many of these gifts are available online which is perfect for last-minute shoppers. Days of Meaningful, Clever Gift Ideas  A one-year membership to Amazon Prime for the music,…

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Clever and simple gifts that don’t add clutter

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What do you give the person who has everything…..or the person that literally has EVERY-thing?!    You may be reluctant to add more stuff to their life but want to express your love or gratitude.  Consider gifts that are temporary, for example, consumables or seasonal plants that have a short lifespan (especially at my house…

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Treasure the memories, free yourself from the stuff


It isn’t easy to part with furniture, antiques, collectibles and other inherited family heirlooms. That’s OK unless your sentimentality has maxed out your basement storage or required long-term rental of an off-site storage unit. You would think it would be simple to let these family pieces go when they don’t fit in our space or…

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Things to do before your baby moves in

things to do before baby moves in

Organize and prepare your home a few weeks in advance of your baby’s arrival so you’re able to snuggle with your new family member as much as possible. Shop early for essentials — delivery dates are only an estimate. If you’re a mom-to-be in a nesting phase, use it to your advantage instead of wasting…

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How to simplify your laundry routine

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Laundry … it’s tedious and non-ending and the last thing most of us want to do on a weekend. If it accumulates quickly, change your routine in order to keep up with the piles rather than catching up on weekends. Here are some tips to simplify and streamline laundry: Maybe life has thrown you the…

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It’s not the stuff in life that matters

It's not the stuff that matters

“All you need is love,” according to The Beatles. It’s not the stuff that matters. In fact, owning less stuff will positively change your life.  Short on time? Save time, shop less. Stop acquiring more things that need to be laundered, dusted, organized, etc. Short on space? Make space by decluttering and donating your excess.…

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How To Responsibly Donate Your Things To Charity

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When I work with my clients, we come across many things they no longer want but aren’t interested in selling. I encourage clients to donate as much as possible to local charities versus throwing usable items into the trash. Since 2002, I’ve become more familiar with the items charities accept and the condition they should…

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Do this before leaving for vacation

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Vacations are much anticipated and often necessary to recharge and reboot.  It can be stressful to prepare to leave, especially for adults with homes.   There’s a lot to remember to do in order to ensure your home is ready to be unoccupied, yet appear occupied for a time period. Remove some of the pre-vacation…

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Consider Eliminating These 5 Perfectly Good Things

  You own some nice, perfectly good stuff which translates into “super hard to part with.” If we hang onto every single perfectly good, useful item, even when they haven’t proven useful to us, our spaces will lose their spaciousness. A house filled with good stuff leaves little room for friends, family, and relaxation. Here…

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Organize and Tidy Your Bathroom

How did the bathroom counter become so cluttered? The cabinets and drawers a jumble of personal care items? Your bathroom is a heavily used room and in some homes, it’s small, with little storage.   Our bodies require some upkeep, but let’s be real about how many products we need and use. Old products and…

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How Timers Can Help You Organize

My colleague, Ellen Delap, incoming president of the National Association of Professional Organizers is a guest blogger for this post.  Thank you Ellen! My Organizing Obsession: Timers It may not surprise you about my obsession with timers.  A timer is a vital tool for time management. It’s a monitoring device as well as an accountability…

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