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Veterans Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Special | 0 comments

Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day I wrote this tribute to the Veterans in my family a few years ago.             I come from a long line of veterans in our nation’s armed forces. I would like to take today’s post to say, “thank you,” to the men and women in my life who have given their lives to keep this nation, “The land of the free.” One of my favorite family pictures is a snapshot of four men. It was taken during World War II and all four men are in uniform. Those men are my grandfather, and his three sons who all served at the same...

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Perfectionism is a Time Waster

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Time Management | 0 comments

Perfectionism is a Time Waster

Perfectionism is a Time Waster   It would seem that perfectionists would not waste time, that they would want everything to be done on time. The reality is that perfectionism can be a big time waster. Many people put things off because they feel they don’t have enough time to do them perfectly. If a task is postponed, it will have to be done in a rush to meet a deadline. This gives the perfectionist an excuse for not doing a perfect job, they simply didn’t have time to make it perfect and still meet the deadline. Consistently putting...

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Always Late?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Professional Organizer Albuquerque, Time Management | 0 comments

Always Late?

Are you always running late? Have your friends and family started telling you things start a half hour before they do just so you will be there on time? Why are you always late? Many people live in a world with “magical time.” In magical time: a 20 minute drive to an appointment only takes 10 minutes, a project that usually takes 2 hours can be done in 30 minutes, and you can wake up at 7:30, shower, do your hair and makeup, get dressed, drive for 15 minutes, and be at work at 8. To overcome a magical time mindset, use a stopwatch to...

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Coping in a Crises – What’s Really Important?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Time Management | 0 comments

Coping in a Crises – What’s Really Important?

How can you cope with a crises that literally takes all your time? I have been dealing with a crises situation with a client. It developed because of a car accident which has resulted in what, he hopes, is a short term disability. He is hoping to be able to walk well enough to go back to work in a few months. The injury necessitated a very quick search for a ground floor apartment, packing, moving, unpacking, sales of items that don’t work in the new place, and donations. All this had to happen before he could be released from the...

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Plan to Get it Done

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Time Management | 0 comments

Plan to Get it Done

Plan to Get it Done   We’ve all heard the quote, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” This is especially true in managing your time. How many times have you ended up at the end of the day without accomplishing anything you needed to do? Planning how you will use your time will help you get the important things done. Many people resist planning their time because they think they have to schedule every minute of the day. In truth, you can be as detailed in your planning as you are comfortable. If the thought of being tied to a rigid...

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Help, my Loved One is a Hoarder

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Hoarding | 4 comments

Help, my Loved One is a Hoarder

The popular television programs featuring individuals with excessive clutter have resulted in many people now being labeled as “hoarders.” How can you know if your loved one is a hoarder? The clinical definition of hoarding is: Persistent difficulty parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. Difficulty is due to a perceived need to save the items and the distress associated with discarding them. Result is the accumulation of possessions that congest and clutter active living areas and substantially compromises their...

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You Can’t Manage Time

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Special, Why we Keep Stuff | 0 comments

You Can’t Manage Time

Time can’t be managed. The only thing that can be managed is your use of time. However, time management is the term we to describe the way we spend our time, so we’ll use that term. Most of my disorganized clients also have trouble with managing time. Whether the lack of time management or the disorganization came first, the result is the same, clutter and frustration. Many people tell me they just don’t have the time to get organized. The reality is that you don’t have time to be disorganized. The time spent looking for your...

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New Name = New Purpose

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Why we Keep Stuff | 0 comments

New Name = New Purpose

To repurpose a room or an area it helps to rename it. If you are a loyal reader, you have heard me say repeatedly to declare or define an area by its new use.

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Defeat Clutter Magnets – Divide and Conquer

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Why we Keep Stuff | 0 comments

Defeat Clutter Magnets – Divide and Conquer

Are the clutter magnets still really strong, even though you have declared a space as sacred? If there is no place else for the clutter to go, then no matter how many times you clear the space the power of the magnet is still there. You can, however, weaken the power by dividing it and directing it to other places.

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Cut off the Power of Clutter Magnets – Sacred Space

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Why we Keep Stuff | 0 comments

Cut off the Power of Clutter Magnets – Sacred Space

You can take the magnetic power out of the places that have become clutter magnets with a technique called “sacred space.” By defining an area as sacred, you have declared that its magnetic power has been cut off. The concept of sacred space is not used in a religious way. It’s used as a metaphor that gives a visual impression that most people recognize. When you claim a space as sacred, you then treat it as an altar would be treated. Many religions use altars. They are special places set aside to be used only for worship...

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