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Why Can’t I Just Let Go?

Hi, Beverly, “I have [a] problem in finding a place to take the things I’ve finally decided to let go of. It feels like they are little pets that I have to find a good home for, rather than just dumping them off at the Goodwill. And for some items, I think they might be worth some […]

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Keep Your Mind in the Muscle

Clarity of vision produces more purposeful action.  I want to be more effective and produce concrete outcomes.  To do this I need to deliberately choose and then keep constantly in my mind’s eye the specific life environment and outcomes I want to create.  Everything I do, then, should further those objectives. A vision gains clarity when we know […]

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Practical, Useful or Beautiful?

In 1930, an unknown writer stated: “The use of any possession presupposes a plan or philosophy of use.” ————————————- ————————————- The term “philosophy of use” means “In what capacity are you going to use X ?”  In other words—as it relates to having an organized home or to organizing your belongings—before you decide to keep an item, […]

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How to Identify Your Resources

Imagine yourself “stranded on a deserted island” or “lost in the woods.”  What would be the second thing (other than not panic) you would do? Answer: Identify all your resources. Of course, the first thing you better do is hold still long enough (mentally and physically) to determine your precise objective—which is to survive and return home.  The second action you must take, […]

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Organizing and the Need for Consistency

Reading Years ago I used a blend of two systems and began teaching our two younger sons how to read.  Eighteen months later, our youngest son was the only child in his kindergarten class who could actually read well.  (In fact, he read so fluently that the other children wanted him to read stories to them rather […]

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The Role of Hope in the Organizing Process

The Distress of Being Overwhelmed It can be a daunting feeling to look around a room or a space filled with clutter (paper or otherwise) and to feel totally overwhelmed with the task of having to make order out of what seems like a mountain of chaos.  We know we should “get organized.”  We feel […]

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