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Small things add up!

Have you ever stopped to think about how small things in life really add up if enough of them happen?  I thought about this on my walk the other day, and realized that it can really be applied to all three areas of organization that I address.

  1. Small pieces of clutter.

Think about the things in your home.  It’s not the one or two pieces of paper in your house that feels like clutter.  It’s the pile that seems too daunting to address.  But…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 14, 2017 at 6:25pm — 2 Comments

Want to lose weight? Declutter your home.

Sounds weird, right?  Well, it’s actually backed by research, and works in more ways than one.  (Click to Tweet!)

Lose weight with decluttering

Decluttering your home gets you moving.

Sure you aren’t working up a sweat (unless you have a lot of stuff that you are really…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 11, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

You are already living your desired life

Here’s a powerful little concept for you:

What you are currently doing and how you are currently living your life is what you want your life to be.  (Click to Tweet!)

No?

Well why not?  In our culture today, we have more opportunity than ever to do anything we want to do.  Our basic needs are more than provided for, and we don’t have to spend our days foraging for food, finding shelter, or hiding from…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 3, 2017 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Today I decluttered – and kept almost everything

Today I had an opportunity to tackle a decluttering project that’s been on my list for awhile – my entryway coat closet.  Now, one of my weaknesses as a girl is accessorizing.  But I don’t do it with jewelry, I do it with shoes, bags, coats, and scarves, and so I unfortunately have a tendency to keep a few too many of these items.  And as my accessory count rises, my closet space does not, so over time it gets more cluttered and disorganized.  As we are transitioning from winter to spring, I…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 1, 2017 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Decluttering – Personal vs. Common Space

When you are just beginning your decluttering process, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start first.  What’s most important?  Common spaces where everyone gathers and contributes to the mess?  Places that guests see?  The overflowing pile of papers in your office that distracts you from the work you need to be getting done?  Or the heaps of clothes and toiletries in your bathroom and closet?

I find with decluttering that leading.... (continue reading…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on July 7, 2017 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

“Must-have” vs. “Nice-to-have”

Let’s talk about making the distinction between a “must-have” item and a “nice-to-have” item.  This is another difficult type of clutter to deal with.  Distinguishing between the two can help rid your home and life of a lot of unnecessary things.  (Click to Tweet!)

So what is a must-have item?  I like to think of them as things you honestly can’t or shouldn’t live without.  Examples may be soap, toothbrush, basic clothing, forks/knives/spoons, plates,…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on June 30, 2017 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

3 Goals When Getting Organized

Getting your things organized can feel overwhelming at times, especially when you are just starting out and don’t really know where to begin.  When this is the case, sometimes it helps to just ignore the abundance of advice out there and just keep three things in mind when you are looking at an item and trying to decide what to do with it.

Your three goals should be:

  1.  Minimize “stuff”.
  2.  Maximize the use of space.
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Added by Lesley Morrison on June 25, 2017 at 11:23am — 2 Comments

Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Do you ever get a sense of discontentment in your life?  You know there is something that isn’t quite what you want it to be, but you just can’t place your finger on it?  Generally I find that when that happens to me, it’s the universe gently nudging me on towards a change.  Now changes are never easy, and they can sometimes involve a lot of work to make it a positive experience.  But change is also one of the only things we can guarantee will always happen in life, regardless of if we want…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on June 16, 2017 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

4 Questions to Help Discover Your Motivation

I bet there is something in your life you want to change.  No one is ever 100% happy with everything in their life.  Maybe you want to lose weight, change or advance in your career, make more money, get out of debt, manage the money you do have better, improve your relationships, organize the time in your day, organize or declutter your home, etc.  Regardless of what your goal is, you can dream about what it would be like, hope for a change, and wish it would happen all you want,…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on June 6, 2017 at 6:18pm — 5 Comments

Special Occasion Clutter

This blog post talks about one of the most difficult types of clutter to deal with – and personally my most difficult to control and let go of – special occasion clutter.

So what is special occasion clutter?  This would include anything around your house that you use, but only for certain occasions or times of year.  (Click to Tweet!)  They are useful items, so it is hard to justify getting rid of them, because you know you will use it again.  But…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on May 30, 2017 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

Top 4 Organizing “Roadblocks”

Do you want to live an organized life?

If you are reading this blog, there is a strong possibility that your answer to that question is “YES!”.  So what is keeping you from achieving your goal?  So often, the top reasons I hear from readers are:

  • “I don’t know where to start.”
  • “Getting organized feels overwhelming because I’m so far off track.”
  • “I’m just not an organized person.  It’s not in my nature.”
  • “Getting organized takes too much…
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Added by Lesley Morrison on May 23, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments

You have to want it!

Getting organized and staying organized, like anything in life, is a journey and it does take some effort.

But it also takes commitment and desire.

You have to want it!

Do you “want” to get organized because your family nags you to do it?  Then it’s not something that you really want and it’s likely not going to happen.

Do you “want” to get organized because you are embarrassed when people come to your home and see a mess?  Then it’s not going to be…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on November 19, 2016 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

30 Second Tip – Invest in a Spice Rack

If you love to cook, (or just have to once in awhile out of necessity), you can save yourself so much time during the process by investing in a spice rack.  My husband and I love to cook, and we use spices all the time to intensify the flavor of dishes without adding fat and calories.  And because we use so many different types of spices, there was a giant bag full of jars that we had to paw through each time in order to find the ones we wanted.  We would also end up with 2-3 half-filled…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on November 9, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments

4 Steps to Move from Cluttered to Organized

I was speaking with a reader today about how sometimes getting organized can feel overwhelming.  For instance, what if instead of being just a little messy here and there, you have years of accumulated things to sort through?  Isn’t the immensity of the task just too difficult to tackle and not worth the effort to get started?

Not at all.

In fact, tackling a huge organizational project has the same steps as tackling a smaller organizational project.  It just may take a little…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on October 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

30 Second Tip – Get More Done by Setting a Timer for the Task

You can get more done by setting a timer when working on tasks.  So how does setting a timer do this?  Wouldn’t having a timer be an impediment by forcing you to stop after the time is up?  Not all at.

By setting a timer before you start working on a task, it allows you to get more done by zeroing in your focus.  Say one of your goals for the day is to organize your closet, and you want to spend an hour working on it before you have to get to another commitment for the day.  Setting…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on September 27, 2016 at 5:09pm — 11 Comments

One Goal Each Day (#onegoaleachday)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned when trying to stay organized in my new life as a mom, it’s that there is only so much you can get done in a day when you are also trying to love, care for, and nurture an infant.

But I also know the power of goals, and how setting them can help you get things done.

So while I no longer can be superwoman and accomplish my entire to-do list in a few hours, I’ve learned that if I can complete at least one goal each day, I can feel both proud of…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on September 10, 2016 at 7:59am — 5 Comments

30 Second Tip – Stop Folding Your Underwear

Stop folding your underwear.

Sounds funny, right?  But think about it.  Is this really necessary??

I am meticulous about having tidy and organized closets and dresser space.  I hate when I can’t find a piece of clothing or accessory that I want to wear within the 30 seconds or so which I’ve dedicated to finding it.  And I really hate when that item looks disheveled and therefore doesn’t wear well.  So everything is neatly hung up or folded when being put away.

Except my…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 24, 2016 at 6:17pm — 2 Comments

What is stealing your time away?

I know I’ve spoken before about how time is your most valuable asset.  And even though I’ve made some compelling points about that previously, here’s a new way to think about it.

Many people think their most valuable asset is money.  But that’s wrong.  You can always use your time to make more money, but having more money can never purchase you more time.  This makes time inherently more valuable than money, and therefore the most valuable asset you have.

So why let people…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on August 9, 2016 at 7:40am — 4 Comments

30 Second Tip – Have a Cleaning Supplies Bag

Many people will leave cleaning supplies under the kitchen and bathroom counters.  But often this results in multiple bottles (glass cleaner in each area, multiple toilet cleaning bottles, bleach wipes in each area, etc), extra sponges, and increased clutter.  Not to mention the cleaning supplies tend to be down in a lower area where younger hands could inadvertently get into them!

My solution –...

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Added by Lesley Morrison on July 26, 2016 at 10:26am — 5 Comments

Out with the Old to Welcome the New

In the post from two weeks ago, I talked about how I had to let go of some things in my life and change other things around in order to accomplish what I needed to now that I am a mother with a small infant.  And as much as I’d like to get everything completed, it’s just not possible.  New responsibilities and desires will always come up in life, no matter what season you are in, and with that, less available time for each task.  So in order to live life fully and completely without…

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Added by Lesley Morrison on July 20, 2016 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

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