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Have an Organized Christmas with a Christmas Planner

  I used to reach the week of Thanksgiving feeling a dread in the pit of my stomach. I was excited to spend time with my family, sure. But I knew once the day was over, it was just a few short weeks until Christmas, and the stress of organizing all the things that needed to… Continue reading Have an Organized Christmas with a Christmas Planner

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Organization is a Form of Therapy, and It’s Cheaper.

Some people eat when they are stressed. Others turn to coffee, alcohol, or cigarettes. Some people choose to ignore their stress in the hopes that it will all go away. While I have been guilty of all these things in one form or another, my go-to solution for dealing with stress is cleaning and organization.… Continue reading Organization is a Form of Therapy, and It’s Cheaper.

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Organize All Those Papers (school or otherwise)

Take a look around the areas you spend the most time in. Are there piles of papers on your desk? Stacks of mail on the counter? School papers strewn across the dining room table? There is a reason why every organizational book, method, or guru mentions paperwork: we are overrun with it. From junk mail… Continue reading Organize All Those Papers (school or otherwise)

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Summer Vacation: How to Deal With the Mess

Oh summer. How we love your longer days, warmer weather, and laid-back attitude. What we don’t love is sand in the mess. Sand in the trunks of our car, pool toys scattered across the yard, and shoes littered everywhere you turn. So how do we find balance between care-free and the mess that comes with… Continue reading Summer Vacation: How to Deal With the Mess

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Getting Organized in January: Create a Plan

So it’s the start of the year and you feel pressure to get every area of your life organized, right? Social media is pushing posts about how to “Get Organized in 2017” and “Resolutions for Your Home” and “Inspiring Organization Projects to Jump Start Your New Year.” The big box stores have everything you could… Continue reading Getting Organized in January: Create a Plan

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Organized Living: Deciding Where to Begin

Once you’ve decided to live a more organized life, it can be hard to know where to begin. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. I wrote a recent post on dealing with the overwhelm when it comes to organization, but that doesn’t help with  day-to-day living. If you read my post on spring cleaning I… Continue reading Organized Living: Deciding Where to Begin

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Does Organization Have You Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you are new to organized living, or if your life circumstances have kept you from keeping organization a priority in your life (I’m looking at you college, jobs, kids, and chronic illness), you may feel overwhelmed with the whole idea. Stores dedicate entire sections to organization. Websites are devoted to the practice, as are magazines.… Continue reading Does Organization Have You Feeling Overwhelmed?

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31 Days of Organized Living: You Can Always Shut the Door

  Allie Brennan said, “Sometimes opposites attract, and find out they’re not as opposite as they thought.” Being an organized person can have a downside. You may live with people who are, let’s say, less committed to being organized than you are. They might be children who haven’t been properly trained in the ways of… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: You Can Always Shut the Door

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31 Days of Organization: The Key to Good Organization is Flexibility

There’s a quote that says, “Nothing is permanent except change.” Just because you have an area or a room, or even your entire house organized a certain way doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. You are entitled to change your mind as many times as you want until you are satisfied that things… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: The Key to Good Organization is Flexibility

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31 Days of Organization: Be Prepared for Whatever Might Come

One of the aspects of organized living is thinking ahead and being prepared for whatever might come  your way. Not in a all the bad things are going to happen and I need to be prepared for each one kind of way. That’s a little extreme. Instead, you need to think about what kind of… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Be Prepared for Whatever Might Come