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The A, B, C’s of Photo Organizing

It’s as Easy as A-B-C! Ready to get your family photos sorted? I know, you have a lot to get through! It may feel overwhelming, but my aim is to ease the pain, reduce the stress, and make it into a manageable process.  Do you believe me? In my previous article, I encouraged you to…

Before You’re in the Trenches with Your Photos

Before You’re in the Trenches with Your Photos…

Before You’re in the Trenches with Your Photos… Keep the End in Sight   “What’s in those boxes?” “Uh, old photos.  I can’t deal with that right now.”   Ever heard that? Ever said something like that? As a professional organizer, I’ve heard it many times. Even going through an office full of papers is…

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The Surprises of Memory Lane

Last month I shared about going through old photos with my mom as we cleaned out a chest in her in-law suite. That morning was blessed, listening to her muse over various photos, recalling long forgotten people and events from over 50 years ago. But what happened in the days that followed was even more…

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An Unexpected Time

Time seems to have stopped.  When was the last time we spent days on end within the confines of our homes? Life is usually so very hectic, I actually relish being at home for a whole day.  But now we expect to be home for a while, with everything cancelled from our schedules. I’m determined…

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Open the Box and Let Out the Memories!

Open the Box and Let Out the Memories! A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a family photo can go beyond spoken sentiments to touch the heart.  Looking at pictures of my adult children when they were babies, or of my parents when they were less gray, triggers memories and emotions beyond words.…

The Emotional Side of Purging

The Emotional Side of Purging

I once had a dear client who had A LOT of stuff! My goal was to help her decide what to get rid of in order to create more space for my client. Then one day she asked me, “Couldn’t you just organize it?” I understood—she didn’t really want to let go of anything. Why…

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Sparking Joy: Beyond Marie Kondo

Current trends have a new standard to determine what has a place in our life.  “Does it spark joy?” Even people who are unfamiliar with Marie Kondo and the Konmari method have caught onto the concept. Do we feel that zing when we hold something we haven’t seen in a while?  If not, we can…

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Order = Peace

Don’t we all want a little more peace in our lives?  Have you ever reflected on the relationship between an orderly home and a peaceful home?  These two go hand in hand.  Think about it—how does it make you feel to look at piles of “stuff” on the floor or stacks of paper spread across…

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Simple Living Isn’t Easy

Life in the 21st century is anything but simple.  Do I really need to tell you that?  Our world feeds us countless messages defining what we need in order to be happy, successful, and fulfilled.  Messages like: Live the dream! You can be anything you want to be! Buy [this product] to be more [attractive/productive/happy].…

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When it’s Their Stuff, Not Yours

You’re tired of your spouse’s clothes strewn all over the floor. You wish your crafty daughter would clean up the unfinished craft project from the dining room table. You cringe at the increasing clutter in the basement—nobody knows what to do with it, but now there’s nowhere to walk. This is an extremely common but…