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How to declutter and decide to let go with confidence

June 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Decisions are easy……said no one! As you declutter and downsize, you’ll be faced with lots of decisions. I’ve created a list for you to refer to when you’re undecided or you feel stuck. Use this list to guide you and help you let go of your excess things.   Toss, recycle, donate or sell the item…

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Organizing dos and don'ts for gardening tools

Organizing dos and don’ts for gardening tools

April 21, 2018

Ready to get your gardening groove back on, but you’re unable to find your tools? A little organization will enable you to spend more time in the soil and less time searching. Here are the dos and don’ts of organizing gardening tools. Do make it a habit to weed out your supplies on a regular basis.…

Organizing a profitable garage sale

April 7, 2018

Does the thought of holding a garage sale give you goosebumps or cause you to break out into a cold sweat? Garage sales were an annual event during my childhood. My mom thought they were fun and would select household items throughout the year to set aside for the summer sale. My tips will help…

graduation gift ideas

Unique and fun gift ideas for graduates

March 24, 2018

Do you have a family member or friend graduating this year? Here are some unique and fun gift ideas for every graduate, that will be clutter-free and useful. Cold hard cash is always appreciated. If you want a clever way to present the cash, the Internet is a good place to search for ideas. (My…

organizing children's outdoor toys

3 Common mistakes made when organizing children’s outdoor toys & equipment

March 10, 2018

Steer clear of three common mistakes when organizing children’s outdoor toys. 1. Adding without subtracting. Edit their toys once or twice a year (spring and fall). Start by gathering their outdoor equipment and placing it in one area. Now your family has a visual inventory and will notice if there are any unnecessary multiples. Schools and…

organizing school papers

Help with Organizing School Papers

February 24, 2018

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…

linen organization

Best tips for storing your linens

February 10, 2018

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…

ready to let go?

The Importance of Being Ready to Let Go

January 20, 2018

How do you work up the courage to let some of your belongings go? If you contact me for hands-on organizing assistance, I will ask you if you’re ready to let go and edit your things. It’s crucial for you to be in the right frame of mind in order to have a less cluttered,…

Downsizing for Seniors

Best Tips for Downsizing Seniors with Love

January 8, 2018

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…

christmas gift

12 Days of Simple yet Meaningful Gift Ideas

December 12, 2017

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,…

Clever and simple gifts that don’t add clutter

December 11, 2017

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…

Start Tackling Basement Clutter Without Freaking Out

November 17, 2017

  Homeowners in the Midwest are fortunate to have additional living and storage space in our basements. Basements can also be the most cluttered space in our homes because they are a super convenient area to squirrel away things we are undecided about. But basements have limits, and even though the clutter is hidden, it…

antiques

Treasure the memories, free yourself from the stuff

November 3, 2017

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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