Monthly Archives: July 2015

reactionary workflow

I learned a new term today: reactionary workflow. Every time you stop what you’re doing so you can answer an email or a text, you’re reacting to someone else’s needs. Most of us spend our days reacting to circumstances around … Continue reading

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Is Shopping Your Weakness?

Last week I spoke to a group about decluttering and downsizing. Among other things, we talked about over-shopping. Ironically, the seminar was held in a mall and I had to walk through a high-end store to get to the classroom. … Continue reading

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The Beginners’ Guide to Letting Go

As I talk to people about letting go of clutter, many of them express the same concern: they don’t know how to start. There are three simple steps to starting a decluttering project, as outlined in  The Clutter Book: Empty … Continue reading

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top 5 reasons organizing efforts don’t work

People often tell me they haven’t been successful when they try to organize their spaces. Although everyone has a different story, they usually fall into one of the reasons listed below: 1. You started too big. Instead, limit the scope … Continue reading

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reader question – how to deal with school papers

Once school is out for the summer, many families ignore the stack of papers that have been brought home over the course of the school year. Backpacks remain stuffed with old assignments and somewhere there’s a pile of projects that … Continue reading

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product review – li’l davinci art cabinet

School is out and you’ve vowed that this summer you’re finally going to go through all those masterpieces your kids have brought home from school. While you may feel that you can’t part with any of their artwork, choose the … Continue reading

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managing multitasking: how and when to do it

Yesterday I went on a cleaning rampage. In addition to laundry, bathrooms, kitchen and floors, I also worked on painting a desk and the bathroom. Why the frenzy? I don’t know. Sometimes I get a burst of energy and I … Continue reading

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