December 2, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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November Newsletter: The Move from Luxury to Accommodation

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Terry Matlen, writer, blogger, and ADHD consultant, recently wrote a blog post re-imagining the distinctions between a luxury vs. an accommodation.  I liked this idea so much that I decided to c359bfa2-7c05-4778-9b83-fc95b62a215cplay around with it a bit.

Accommodations for ADHD 

Having been a teacher before I became a professional organizer, I know that schools provide a variety of “accommodations” for students.  Some common ADHD accommodations include receiving more time for testing, sitting at the front of the class, or even walking around during a lecture.  We understand the particular challenges for ADHD students:  managing time, planning, prioritizing, getting started, shifting focus, and/or managing emotions.

To read more: Click on this link to access The Move from Luxury to Accommodation newsletter.

 

 

December 1, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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October Newsletter: The Leftovers

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Getting started on an organizing project is half the challenge.  What’s the other half, you wonder?  It’s putting away the leftovers.  In organizing, starting can be incredibly hard, sorting can be okay, making 014d3257-bcf8-40d6-b5cc-62be287d3feddecisions and finding homes can be empowering (although yes, challenging, too), but dealing with the leftovers – the stuff that needs to be moved or donated or taken out to the trash or put who knows where else – that’s hard, even painful!

To read more: Click on this link to access the Leftovers – October 2016 newsletter.

 

 

 

 

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September 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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September Newsletter: On Multitasking, Mindfulness and Moods

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Happy fall!  I love this time of year.  Besides the rust-red leaves, the thick-necked sweaters, and the pumpkin-spiced everything, autumn also means the annual Institute for Challenging Disorganization Conference, where we wacky eb1777e7-35c8-4b10-b6f0-6b9aa650ae54organizer types learn a lot and laugh a lot and connect with organizer friends, new and old.  This year was especially rich, so I wanted to share with you a few highlights.

Speakers

Satwant Singh spoke about “Reclaiming Space & Life.”  My favorite idea?  How so much of success depends on being curious about yourself.  If you have a cat, then you already live with a curiosity Buddha.  Cats question everything.

To read more: Click on this link to access the On Multitasking, Mindfulness and Moods – September 2016 newsletter.

 

August 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter August: Back-to-School Basics, Binders or Accordion Files?

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Another school year often means another frenzied rush to buy school supplies.  But which ones to choose?  For your supply decisions, I have constructed a chart 2084ef70-00e2-4b81-83df-eaa3dc62401ethat lists the pros and cons of three-ring binders, zippered three-ring binders, and accordion folders.  You can use this chart beforehand to help your child think through their needs. For additional reference, check out the pictures, too! 

To see the chart and read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Back-to-School Basics: Binders or Accordion Files? – August 2016 newsletter.

July 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter July: I Just Wanted to Pick Up, And Now ….

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Have you ever just wanted to pick up the bedroom, and five hours later it’s worse than when you started?  Here are some thoughts about that common frustration.

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Let’s say that one task is to put your shoes away.  You go to start and realize that:

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: I Just Wanted to Pick Up, And Now the Room Is Worse Than When I Started! – July 2016 newsletter.

 

 

June 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter June: Downsizing

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This past week, organizer Nia Spongberg  and I gave a talk to a Small/Tiny Homes meet up group here in Ann Arbor.  The topic was downsizing.  Here’s how we tackled it.

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It’s important first to do some philosophical thinking about downsizing. As with any organizing project, you must first understand your goals, motivations, values and needs. By beginning this way, the more practical questions become easier to manage.

Here are some sample questions and answers, both philosophical and practical, to fire up your downsizing dreams.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Downsizing – June 2016 newsletter.

May 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter May: How to Pack So You Don’t Miss Your Flight

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Three weekends ago, I had the joy of attending the Better Together Festival, a celebration of women with ADHD.  (And despite the cold, rainy, windy weather, it remained a celebration!)  I got to lead a hangout session, which sparked a lively discussion around how to pack for a trip in a timely fashion.  I’ll lay out some of our group’s ideas below.  Given the energy and passion around this conversation, I suspect you may have your own!  Please respond by e-mail, and I’ll compile your responses and post them on my Facebook page.

708f3b76-8749-447f-9770-e38f05572846The Dilemma

A common packing scenario is stuffing  your suitcase full at the last minute, zipping it shut with no time to spare and racing off to the airport, desperately hoping you’ll catch your flight.  Of course, in the midst of all this, you forget some things you need and pack some things you don’t.  Plus the entire time your Cortisol levels are breaking world records.

This flurry right before the deadline is such an interesting and frustrating phenomenon.  You may ask yourself, “Why can’t I pack sooner?  What’s wrong with me?  Why does this always happen?!”

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: How to Pack So You Don’t Miss Your Flight – May 2016 newsletter.

April 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter April: Sorting Spring

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Ah, spring!  The longer days, the bright flashes of leaf buds and flowers, the scents of warm soil and rain, the long-awaited sunshine. It’s a good time of year, is it not?  It’s also a great opportunity to admire some spring images in the context of organizing. 🙂

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First, you take the whole space: the house, trees, grass, bushes, flowers.
Think office.  This whole space is your office, and it’s filled with things that are always overreaching their containers and getting all tangled up together.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Sorting Spring – April 2016 newsletter.

March 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter March: One Household, Lots of To-Dos and Too Much Frustration

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There are many tasks in a household.  For example, there are maintenance tasks (tasks that happen regularly), such as…

  • taking out the trash
  • loading and emptying the dishwasher
  • vacuuming
  • cleaning the bathroom

There are also project tasks (tasks with a beginning, middle and end), such as…

  • making travel plans
  • fixing a loose board on a step
  • sorting through a box of slides
  • fixing a light fixture
  • taking toxic cleaners to a hazardous waste site

If we live with a partner/spouse/friend it can sometimes be hard to navigate the list of to-dos.  Often one person ends up feeling like the parent while the other feels like the child.  This isn’t fun or healthy for anyone.  So here’s a strategy to help with this dynamic.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: One Household, Lots of To-Dos and Too Much Frustration – March 2016 newsletter.