Welcome to Real Life Organizing!

Some people think that, as a Professional Organizer, my life just hums right along, but I have my challenges just like everyone else. In this blog I hope to share my successes, my challenges, and life in between.

My hope is that "Real Life Organizing" will give you a few laughs and also tips and ideas to help shift your thinking to be more organized so you can enjoy life more.

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Reality Organizing

 

I just saw a picture of a gardening organizer in Martha Stewart’s magazine and it reminded me of a built-in closet organizer. Now don’t get me wrong – it’s great to put in systems for closets and gardening tools, but let’s get real.

The gardening tools in the magazine were brand new; mine look like they have been left out in the mud for a few weeks.  The picture showed one rake and just a couple of other tools. It looked lovely but….it showed just a fraction of the tools we gardeners own. As for the organized closet pictures, let’s get real there too.

Are You Visually Blind?

 

The other day I had something happen that reminded me how we can be "visually blind' to our surroundings. My daughter asked me where the mini blender was, so I looked where I thought it was and didn’t see it, and then looked in several other cabinets I don’t use a lot. When I found it, it was in a cabinet I am in all the time and it was sitting right out front.

This same situation can happen with clutter. We get so used to seeing it we don’t see it.
I remember years ago when my children were growing up, one day I looked at a flower arrangement on a table – really looked at it.

Garage Organizing Tips from Clutter-free & Organized

 

Before it gets too cold, tackle your garage and make it Clutter-free & Organized. If you did it a few months ago, do you need to do a touch-up so chaos doesn't return? How about your gardening items? After wasting time looking for my favorite little gardening tool, I cleaned out my potting shed today.

Three P's to Peaceful School Mornings

 

Lost shoes, lost reports and lost keys, the clock seems to be running on double - THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS. No, I am not peeking into your house, but many parents describe this kind of hectic morning to me.

As a mother of seven grown children, I know mornings can be hectic. Since I survived and also since I am a Professional Organizer, here are some tips to ease the beginning of each day by planning, purging and paper handling…
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Create a Productive Workspace using Gardening Principles

Are you challenged by a cluttered, disorganized office?

If so, your love for green living things and gardening may hold the solution.

If you like to garden but are challenged by organizing drawers and work surfaces, think of your office as your garden spot. If you can weed your garden, you can de-clutter your office.

It is easy to pull a little weed from your garden, but if you leave it long enough to grow and get established, it becomes a project. The same thing happens when you put off clearing that little stack until tomorrow then tomorrow then tomorrow.

Spring Cleaning & Organizing

About 1/4 of the way down on this article I am quoted frequently. So if you want help tackling your spring projects you may want to read this. Marci Gore  wrote a really helpful article.   wttp://www.timesnews.net/article/9075731/spring-time-to-wash-off-winter.

 

Solo entrepreneurs don't have to go it alone ...

Solo entrepreneurs don't have to go it alone. Sometimes it takes more than being organized and following time-management strategies to get work done when you are a solo entrepreneur. Let me share ...
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Winter - Keeping Track Your Gloves, Scarves & Hats

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Winter - Organize Your Closet Section by Section

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File Folders - Tax Season

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