Category Archives: Motivation

The Myth of “Must Have”

  The turn of seasons is around the corner, and once again the new lists of “must haves” are starting to appear. Magazines and posts are quick to tell us about the gadgets, clothing, apps, toys, accessories, and tools that are absolute necessities for the coming months. Conveniently, most of these pieces are accompanied by

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Not According to Plan

I heard a great story that shed perspective on what to do when things don’t go according to plan. A young woman had experienced several strokes over a period of months, and the medical professionals didn’t know why. A test had been scheduled for a Friday morning, and hopes were high that this would finally

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Getting Kids to Put Toys Away

Some things are inherently challenging: climbing tall mountains, losing the last five pounds, sleeping when you have a head cold, and getting your children to put their toys away! Research suggests that children flourish in an orderly environment, and yet they seem to consistently resist the tasks required to maintain one. This puts a parent

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Headlines from the National Organizing Conference

In the middle of May, professional organizers from all over the country gathered for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. As you can imagine, it was a pretty smooth, well-oiled event! I loved being with other industry professionals, sharing tips, asking questions, and learning new techniques. Some of the

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Shedding Sentimental Possessions

One of the toughest aspects of sorting through our possessions is deciding which of our most sentimental items to keep. Clothing of a loved one, photographs of a special memory, knick-knacks from a favorite vacation… these items are especially difficult to part with because of the stories that accompany them.  Nonetheless, each item we own

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