Podcast 074: The power of labeling

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It’s to be expected that organizers like to label things. They run around with their little machines and slap a label onto anything that’s not moving. I don’t go that far, and not everything needs a label.

Ease of finding things and ease of putting them away are two big reasons that getting organized matters, for anything you organize. It’s supposed to save you time and make your life easier, not turn you into an obsessive compulsive freak.

But in some cases labels come in super handy, and maybe not for the reasons you think.


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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 073: Journaling

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Why journal? When I write about my day, particularly about work related activities, I record what happened, but I also write how I feel about it and do some analysis if that seems appropriate. I compare what I’m doing now to what I did a few years ago. I write about it in relation to where I want things to go.


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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 072: Have what you love, love what you have

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The current challenge I’m giving myself is general decluttering. I decided that there’s too much visual clutter in my apartment. It’s distracting and I feel that I can’t completely relax because so much is calling my attention. I need to remove some things.


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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 071: Not starting

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This is podcast 71 and my topic is starting. I talked about that a few podcasts back, where I gave some ideas on how to get into action when you find yourself continuing NOT to. This time I’ll talk less about technique and more about mindset, or the emotional background to starting. Or not starting.


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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 070: Chunking

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Hi, gang, this is podcast 70 and it’s about chunking. This is a concept you should be familiar with if you’re a regular listener. I talk often about how to make an unmanageable project manageable by cutting it into small pieces or chunks.


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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Clothing Clutter

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Today I’m sharing with you a tip from my book, 5 Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom, about how to deal with clothing clutter.

Clothing always causes clutter. Every day, you get clothes out of the closet or bureau to wear. And every day you take them off again.

They spend a lot of time not being put away, so they can cause clutter, just like other things you use daily. 

Not only that, but your closet gets clogged up with clothing you don’t wear anymore, that doesn’t fit and that you don’t even like. That makes it more of a challenge to get dressed in the morning than it should be. 

Here are three ideas to cut your daily dressing time down:

  1. Have two or more “uniforms” ready to wear. That is, complete outfits that are always clean, pressed and easy to jump into (prioritize this cleaning and pressing). Buy a favorite pair of pants in two colors.
  2. Arrange your clothes by garment type. This is good advice for everyone. Example: from left to right are tops (long sleeved, short sleeved, sleeveless), bottoms (pants by length, skirts by length), dresses, jackets and coats.
     
  3. Make your wardrobe a uniform. Pick styles of tops and bottoms that you like and buy many. Stick to a limited color palette (try getting your colors done if you don’t know what colors to pick). This way, everything goes with everything. 

Podcast 069: Noticing

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This is podcast 69 and it’s about noticing. You have to notice something before it becomes part of your conscious world. Our brains do a great, and necessary, job of filtering out most of what we see so that we’re not overwhelmed every second of the day. But there are times you need to slow down and notice.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 068: Start somewhere

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This podcast is about a trick you can use if you’re having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 067: Project strategies

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Got a big event coming up? Here’s how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 066: Attachment to things

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People keep things they aren’t actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they’re gifts one can’t bear to get rid of.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

If you’d like to comment on the podcast, you can leave a review on iTunes. I read all your reviews, and  your positive, creative comments help others find my podcast.

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