In late December I read an interesting article by writer and speaker Chris Brogan regarding goal setting. Chris talked about his practice of choosing three words that represent goals that he wants to focus on in the coming year. Each …Continue reading →
I’ve been doing a lot of closet and bedroom organizing lately. The folding and filing technique has been a recurring theme. I’ve folded and filed scarves, bandanas, t-shirts, panties and socks. It is one of my favorite techniques to teach. Folding and filing clothing in a drawer saves space and allows you to see everything at once.
Folding and Filing socks
Most people roll socks together into a ball which takes up extra space and causes the socks to lose their elasticity. This is the way my mother stored socks and it’s the way that I did it for years. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed how one small home décor change can have a domino effect? We recently replaced the carpet, painted the walls and changed the furniture arrangement in our living room. We moved a large wall unit out of …Continue reading →
Are you sometimes forgetful? Believe me you are not alone!
Many of my clients suffer from forgetfulness. They simply can’t remember where they put things. Sometimes they have trouble remembering where they put seldom used items, but a lot of the time they lose their keys, checkbooks or cell phones.
Sometimes the right hand really doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.
Honestly I can say from time to time I misplace my keys or my cell phone, but usually not for long. This is really embarrassing, but the last time I lostmy keys, I was actually holding them in my other hand. Talk about proving that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.
Usually misplacing keys is due to being preoccupied and not being mindful of what we are doing. That was absolutely what was going on when my left hand couldn’t find my keys in my bag because my right hand was holding them. I still can’t believe that I did that, and to make it even more embarrassing… I was with a client. I’m so thankful that she has a great sense of humor. Continue reading →
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. has a huge recycling program.
I became aware of this recycling program a few months ago. I subscribe to the National Organization of Professional Organizersdiscussion board. There was a discussion about Goodwill Industries and the The Donate Movement, powered by Goodwill®. Until I read that post I was unaware that non-saleable items were in fact recycled by Goodwill Industries.
My horrible blunder
For years I have been throwing stained and ripped clothing in the trash which of course goes straight into the landfill. The worst part is that in my ignorance I have allowed and (cringe) encouraged many of you to do the same thing. Continue reading →
I’m a task driven person. I have been using a simple master to do list in the form of a 70 page spiral notebook for a couple of years now. I’m on my 2nd notebook. It took two years to fill the first one. This year I added a twist to my to-do list. I drew a line half way down the page and wrote above the line I’m grateful today because… Continue reading →
Last week marked the official beginning of spring. I’ve always thought of spring as a time of new beginnings. It’s a great time for clearing. It’s a time to clear the litter and leaves from the planting beds and discover the summer perennials that are sprouting. It’s also a good time to clear the clutter and spruce up the inside of our homes.
If you have known me for a while then you know that I was not “born organized”. I’m one of those people who are neither left nor right brain oriented. I guess you could describe me as an orderly free spirit.I have had to learn how to be organized and how to figure out ways to work with my rebellious free spirit.
Time Management is Actually Self Management.
I have excelled in developing systems or processes to organize stuff and information. I live these systems and I teach them every day. However, like many of you I struggle with time management. That of course is a misnomer in its self because you really can’t manage time. You can only manage how you use your time.
Have you ever had a project stall? I had a gardening project that was on hold for six years. I was missing a vital piece of information.
In January 2011 I decided to make it a priority for the year. I wrote the project down as a goal and read over it daily. Keeping the project on my mind actually drew the solution to me. Continue reading