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5 Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom

Here’s the first in my new series of Five Minute Guides: Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom. This guide gives you easy to follow steps so that you don’t get bogged down in organizing overwhelm. It lays out exactly what you need to do in an easy to understand format that you can read and act on quickly.

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5 Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom

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You CAN be organized and clutter free. Yes, you!
Do you dread walking into your office because it's so chaotic and disorganized?
Is it driving you nuts not to be able to find things?
Are you craving simplicity and serenity but just can't get there?
You've come to the right place.

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What I can do for you:

  • testiEliminate clutter and create strategies to keep it gone so you can have people over and feel good about it
  • Unpack and organize after you move so your new house feels like home
  • Organize every room in the house so you have only what you love and need and can easily find things
  • Help you get more done by pinpointing where your time is going and supporting you to focus on the important stuff
  • Create simple systems for tasks such as billing paying and mail sorting so you don’t pay late fees or get snowed under
  • Work closely with you so you learn firsthand and get comfy making decisions, or work mostly on my own so you can be doing your own thing and give occasional input. I can be as hands-on or off as you need.

Who I’ve helped:

  • Worked in a client’s home office decluttering and separating personal from business so she can easily focus on her work
  • Helped a client get her life back on track after her mother’s death by gently supporting her to tackle projects she’d avoided
  • Guided a client to develop healthy new habits so she gets more done and makes decisions more easily
  • Helped a client reclaim her basement as an art studio and laundry center by purging and organizing storage
  • Cleared out and sorted a garage that had been packed up for years and arranged for hauling away of junk
  • Helped a client break out of clutter by coaching her to decide what to let go of and what to keep
  • Set up a new, much smaller kitchen so the client could still cook efficiently and enjoyably
  • Worked with a client to sort through her ailing mother’s apartment and make difficult decisions about her possessions.

How I work:

My style is friendly, non-judgmental and low key. Your needs and desires guide our work together. I’ll come up with ideas, systems and product recommendations that are customized for your lifestyle and organizing challenges. We’ll keep it simple so staying organized is easy and you have more time for fun.

Latest Blog Posts

Declutter the Digital

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Originally posted 2008-01-17 12:27:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Rule of thumb: it’s easier to organize things when there are fewer of them.

How often do you look through a folder or collection of digital photographs and find only a handful that you want to show to anyone? The rest are too dark, out of focus, more versions of the same thing, make you look fat, or you have no idea why you even took them. If you get rid of them now, it’ll be easier to find the ones you like and share them.

Next time you download your camera, really look at each photo and decide whether you want to keep it. This is also the ideal time to tag your photos so you can find them again by keyword. If you’re making the effort to tag them, the pictures should be worth keeping.

Tags can be very straightforward, such as names of people in the picture, where it was taken, what the occasion was, etc. Also, think about what else is good about the picture, or why else you might want to look at it or share it with others. Is there a fantastic sunset in the background? Is it similar to other pictures you’ve taken in the past (and might want to compare it with)? Is the mood calm or energetic? Do you want to remember what camera and settings you used?

Pitch those Pix
I know, you’ve got plenty of space on your hard drive. But think of decluttering your photo collection as a good-habit building exercise. Review all your possessions regularly and get rid of the ones that don’t fit, are beyond repair, have been replaced by something better, are ugly or you don’t like anymore. If you can make this a habit, you will automatically declutter your life. Automatic is good!

Goals vs. Tasks

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Originally posted 2007-10-04 10:26:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

You need both goals and tasks, and they’re easy to confuse. A big reason that people don’t get things on their to do list done isn’t that they procrastinate, but that the list entries aren’t really do-able.

Does your to do list look like this?

  • Design the book
  • Increase sales this month
  • Find an accountant

These are actually all goals, not tasks. A goal is reached via a series of tasks. Once you identify a goal you need to figure out what the first thing to do is. Do that, then figure out the next thing. And so on.

Here’s a real to do list based on the list above:

  • Narrow color schemes down to 2 choices and create palettes
  • Contact top three clients this week and remind them of the new products
  • Ask Maya and Rob if they can recommend an accountant

Notice that to do’s are much more specific. They are active, they have deadlines and they involve particular people. As soon as they’re done, they’re replaced by the next logical step, for example, schedule a meeting to present the color schemes, or follow up the client calls with mailed brochures.

If something is languishing on your list for weeks on end, it might be a goal. To find out, just ask yourself, well, how do I design the book?  You know the answer already; you just need to put that on the list instead.