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City Living: Big Outdoors, Small Indoors

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In contrast to the towering skyscrapers, any metropolitan city is a land of smaller interior living spaces. A typical older apartment or condo building is divided into many boxy rooms connected by tight doorways and long narrow hallways; the more modern open-concept is far less commonly found. Kitchens are often tight and usually separated from the rooms meant for social gathering and relaxing. Doorways are small and hallways are long and narrow. And let’s not forget the closets. Historic homes always lack closet space resembling skinny boxes with plaster walls. Staying clutter-free and organized in these historic spaces is a…

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Knowing The Right Items Save Time!

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Nearly everyone I meet enjoys going to The Container Store to feel the sense of organization and to see all the neat gadgets and ideas on display. I must admit, I am a sucker for the store myself. Everything has its place, neatly labeled or perfectly itemized and stored-the complete opposite of most of our homes. Unfortunately, those same people I meet find it overwhelming and difficult to know exactly what you need, how you would use it, and what would work in your particular space back at home. Sometimes we, including myself, overspend because something might fit at the…

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Falling in Love with a Disorganized Guy

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Before you keep reading, I have a disclaimer: I love my husband. My husband gave me full permission to share this with all of you. Now, enjoy the article and hope it brings smile to your face. If you’re falling in love with a disorganized guy, don’t be worried. Four years ago, that was me. Yes, a Certified Professional Organizer falls in love with a messy bachelor. Opposites do attract and make for sometimes, one tough marriage… but with respect, flexibility, and true appreciation for your partner, you can achieve organizational success in your relationship. I know this from firsthand experience. On our…

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Living with a Messy Spouse

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Live with Mr. or Mrs. Messy?  Having married a messy, I know this first hand. (I got permission to say that) One habit my husband is slowly breaking is dropping his socks all over the house. I find them by the front door, next to the couch, on the steps and it drive me bonkers! Instead, I asked him politely if he could stop. He said he’d try. Next time I saw socks laying by the front door I left them there and came up with a plan. After dinner, I grabbed his hand in the kitchen and said , “You’ve…

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Organizing Principles

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Key Principles To Follow While Organizing Set realistic attainable organizing goals- how long was the clutter allowed to pile up? For some, it was years. You can’t organize year’s worth of clutter in one day. So, work on reducing the clutter space by space or room by room. Remember finish one space completely before jumping onto the next. You’ll quickly get overwhelmed if you don’t. Be conscious of your daily habits. In order to maintain a clear space, there has to be daily toss time and daily “put things away” time. This doesn’t have to take hours- 15 minutes max….

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Ten Quick Tips To Organize Your Home

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How to Conquer Your Clutter Don’t sweat the small stuff. Typically piles on top of desks and dressers or nightstands are small insignificant items. Toss most of it and put away what is worth keeping. If you are having trouble getting rid of things, count up the number of items you have – 15 table cloths, 10 black sweaters, 4 can openers, and 6 glue guns. Then reduce the amount you have by one third or one half. This approach is logical and mathematical. Some people find it a lot easier to make decisions this way. Clean out your wallet…

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Organizing Books

Are you a book collector? Here’s how to say goodbye to books. Buying a lot of cleaning products doesn’t make your home clean and buying organizing products doesn’t mean your home will be organized. The same goes for books. Having shelves loaded with books doesn’t mean you’ll soak up all that knowledge or be super smart. Sometimes keeping books shows us how much knowledge we’ve accumulated or how hard we’ve studied the material. Of course we’re proud of that. So giving them up would perhaps inflate that pride and prevent us from “showing others” what we’ve read and know. Other…

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