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Summer - A Time for Transition

Summer is a time of transitions.  Children are transitioning from school to the slower, warmer days of summer filled with daydreaming, play, and friendships.  Summer is also the most popular time for families and individuals to transition to new nests.

Americans have moved to an average of 6 different homes throughout their life (source: Sparefoot).  The last time I moved was 24 years ago over Memorial Day weekend.  It was such an undertaking with an 18 month-old, plus having pneumonia, that ever since I have not been compelled to move.  It helps that I love my home and even think it may be my last home if I am physically able to live out my years here.

I understand how stressful, all-consuming, and exhausting it can be to pack and move. Since the last time I moved, I have educated myself on downsizing and moving. I have developed a 5-steps to organizing® process to ensure everything is done with care and expediency. My team and I have successfully helped dozens of clients with thei…
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Spring - A Time for Renewal

Photo by Anne Blumer
April 2, 2017

Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and expansion; we feel it in the air.  Even though we can do this at any time during the year, it feels just right to do it during Spring.  We seem to have that extra energy and focus to get physically active, take action, and create change.    Spring is a good time to let go of the old and make room for renewal. Let go of old organizing systems that just aren't quite as effective as they first were.

Share with me. What system has stopped working for you or isn't working as effectively as it once did?  Is it your email inbox system, bill paying system, paper management system, closet system, meal planning, digital photo system, or your garage storage system? "You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."

John C. Maxwell

Winter - A Time for Reflection

Photo by Anne Blumer
New Year's Day 2015

December 28, 2016
January 1st marks a time for us to reflect on what we did or didn't accomplish the past twelve months, on how our priorities have shifted, and set aside time to decide our vision for the new year.  It is also a time to get a new calendar, refill a planner, set goals for the next twelve months, or maybe create new habits.

Over the many decades I have been an adult I have used various tools for time management, goal setting, task tracking, list making, capturing ideas, and project planning. I have flipped back and forth from paper planner, to computer calendar, to apps, back to paper and the cycle repeats.

Clients often ask me, "Does the perfect planner exist?"

Well.... I think I may have found it... at least for me. Why? Because it isn't perfect, it can be messy and organic, and it can be the way my brain works.  The way I think, the way I see time, the way I keep track of tasks AND it can be both paper and di…

Fall - A Time for Letting Go

Photo by Anne Blumer
October 14, 2016

The season has shifted and we are “officially” in fall.  When I think about the seasons and how they relate to organizing activities fall is about letting go.  Take a look outside, the leaves have turned to shades of golden and red hues and little by little each one is letting go.  This is a necessary process for trees to grow and become stronger.

The same can be said for our stuff.  When we hold on to stuff that isn’t serving us today we can’t easily experience personal growth because we stay stuck in our past or live in the futurejust in case we might need it someday.  Maybe we can’t let go because we have difficulty deciding what to do with something.  Perhaps our ADHD keeps us from focusing on organizing because it’s mundane. 

Whatever the reason is that you are holding on to stuff, I invite you to think about falling back into organizing habits that may have gone by the wayside. Take a cue from nature and let go.  Give yourself permissionto let g…

Garage Organization Demystified

Does the thought of organizing your garage seem too daunting?  Do you wonder where to begin when you can’t even walk in there?  When was the last time you were able to park your car(s) in your garage? Let me help you get started--because sometimes that's the hardest part!  Here’s how:
Preparation Set aside an entire weekend – schedule on your calendarSchedule a donation service to pickup your donations after the weekendGather Materialsdrop-box or a bagster for your mountain of discards that can’t be donatedtent canopy to set up in your driveway or yard to keep you shaded or dry during the process3-4 folding tables to set up under the canopy for sortingboxes for sorting items you want to keep and labeled by categoryIdentify the different categories of things you want to keep in your garage; i.e. sports equipment, tools, gardening, household supplies, automotive, camping, holiday, etc.Set-up your staging areaKeep Area - sorting tables and boxes labeled by categoryDonate Area - place t…

Top Ten Travel Organizing Tips

Summertime often means travel time.  Already this year, I have traveled overseas three times and domestically three times.   I have learned a few packing and travel tricks and tips that I want to pass on to you so your travel can be less stressful.  Based on these tips, I have never checked a bag and I could lift my carry on bag into the overhead bin without help. If you are planning on traveling overseas consider getting global entry.  You will move through immigration and customs much faster and you will always get TSA-pre on your domestic flights.  Trust me you want to do this!Order your foreign currency where you bank.  You will get a much better foreign exchange rate here then your destination.Get a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.  These fees add up fast.Remember to take power converters for where you will be visiting.  Sometimes, those will fail--I blew up two flat irons! On my third overseas trip this year, I decided to buy a flat iron that works outsi…

Tax Time SolutionsForYou

It happens every year, whether we want it to or not… tax time.  Every day I receive something by email or snail mail reminding me… tax time is coming. 
Are you dreading the task of gathering up receipts to prepare your tax filing?  Do you have financial records that you don’t know what to do with? Do you have stacks of unopened bills? Do you stress out at tax time trying to find all your required documents? And, are you lacking a system for managing all this mess?
Here are a few solutions for you: Track your non-cash donations with ItsDeductible by Intuit. IRS approved.Scan your receipts with the GeniusScan App and attach the pdf to your Quicken or Quickbooks entry for easy retrieval should you be audited.Not sure whether to scan, shred or store that piece of paper? This quick infographic can help.Are you a geeky nerd like me and want to be on top of the tax rules? Then J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2015 is right up your alley.Hire a professional organizer to help you organize you…