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Why don't I know how to organize? During sessions with clients I often hear them say to me, "Anne, I feel like I should know how to organize.  Why do other people know how and I don't?"  A simple and often complete answer is, "You don't know what you don't know because you haven't been taught." Organizing is not a trait you are born with, it is a skill that is learned.

When I work with clients, I pay attention to "teachable moments" so they can learn organizing skills and maintain the work we do together.  Here are a few of the Organizing Basics I cover:

The one in-one out Principle:When something new comes into your home, something must leave.Before you buy Principle:Before you buy an item, decide where it will “live” in your home.If you don’t know, don’t buy.Go home, look around and if you can find a place for the item then you buy. Otherwise, you pass on the purchase.ContainersPrinciple:Buy containers only when you know what will go…
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New Year's Resolutions How to Make Them Stick

photo by Anne Blumer (c) 2018

New Year's Resolutions
How to Make Them Stick
It's a New Year and a new day breaking and getting organized is one of the top three New Year's resolutions people make.  Is it one you made?  Did you resolve to get organized everywhere in your life?  Or, did you select one small change towards organization?  If it is the former, you may be biting off too much, and that will lessen your chances of being successful.  Let's set you up for success with your organizing resolution.

Start Small - Make one organizing resolution at a time and build on it.  If your organizing resolution is to organize your household papers, start with the pile on your kitchen counter and create a system based on your current paperwork before organizing your past filed/piled papers.

Make a Plan - Schedule time to work on your organizing project, but don't schedule too much time.  For many people, making decisions is emotional and exhausting.  Rather than spending eight …
The A-List Way to Organize Photos (photo courtesy of
Summer months are filled with special events such as graduations, weddings, and vacations.  That means lots of photos!  Nowadays, we capture these moments digitally.  But, for many of us, we have decades of printed photos waiting to be organized and preserved.  I have heard clients say they want to organize their printed photos but the task seems so overwhelming they just can't imagine where or how to begin.  I approach all organizing projects with my 5-steps to organizing® process.  Follow along as I take you through those steps to organize your printed photos.

Step 1: Strategize - How to Begin
What are your goals? Why do you want to organize your photos?Do you want to create memory books for your children?Do you want to relive a special trip or event?Do you want to know what you have?How do you want to keep your photos? Do you want to keep them in safe archival boxes?Do you want to scan them?Do you want to create memo…