Category Archives: Motivation

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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Where Do I Start?

Here are some comments I frequently hear: “My house is a disaster!” “My kids make the mess faster than I can pick it up.” “My husband dumps everything all over when he comes in.” “I don’t even know where to begin.” If this sounds like something you might say, and you’d like to make a

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A Phrase I Don’t Love

When it comes to de-cluttering, there is a common phrase I hear tossed around: “When in doubt, throw it out.” I imagine the sentiment behind this comment is something along the lines of, “How important can it be if I am not even sure I want to keep it?” It is tempting to overthink decisions,

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Room For Growth

I am a believer in growth. I don’t mean physical growth, although taller would be nice! Instead, I am referring to intellectual, mental, and experiential growth. As I look out my window, I can see new growth getting ready to explode. Growth is fresh, hopeful, and full of possibility. We joke in our family that

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