June 29, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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May Newsletter: Two Actions That Help With Letting Go

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For most fledgling declutterers, letting things go can feel downright painful.

The good news:  We can shift our decision-making about what stays and what goes.  In this newsletter I’m going to focus on two actions that make a difference.  The first is reserving time during the organizing process to put our keeps away.  The second is scheduling organizing sessions over a period of time.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Two Actions That Help With Letting Go newsletter.

June 29, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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April Newsletter: Nuggets of Goodness From Pittsburgh

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I just got back from the National Association of Professional Organizers conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Although I didn’t get a chance to see much of Pittsburgh, I did get a chance to hear some great talks, meet with new colleagues, and reconnect with old friends.  This month I wanted to give you a glimpse into some of my learning.

 

To read more: Click on this link to access the Nuggets of Goodness From Pittsburgh newsletter.

June 29, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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March Newsletter: When Can I Have 10 Minutes of Your Time?

 Background

A  family member decides to organize the hallway closet or the laundry room or the family office.

Of course, there are going to be questions for other household individuals regarding stuff, time, and intentions.

How do we ask our questions so as not to distract, irritate, or continually interrupt our partner or child as we organize? 

 

To read more: Click on this link to access the When Can I Have 10 Minutes of Your Time? newsletter.

 

June 29, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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February Newsletter: You’re not weird!

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I hear these sentiments all the time:

  • “I can’t believe that organizing is so hard for me – everyone else can do it.
  • “I should be able to just put things away, like normal people do.
  • “Every time I turn around, I’ve lost something.  No one else ever struggles with this!

So often, we compare our most frustrating traits with everyone else’s perfect story. That’s why this month, I wanted to send out a little note of encouragement.  The truth is, lots of people have a hard time completing so-called “easy” tasks. You are not alone!

To read more: Click on this link to access the You’re not weird! newsletter.

June 28, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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January Newsletter: The Organizing Brain

Background

What does your brain find interesting? Understanding the answer is important because this understanding can help us take action.

Story

Here’s a little story that demonstrates the importance of this question.

I have a client who loves the way his refrigerator functions: things flow easily in and out, the space is flexible, spills are easy to spot and clean. He loves to put things in and get things out.

On the other hand, he hates the way the dishes pile up.  This contrast made him wonder if there was a way to make the dishes more like the contents of the fridge.

To read more: Click on this link to access The Organizing Brain newsletter.

June 28, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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December Newsletter: Have a Holiday

Background

Some people’s holidays are brimming with merriment.  Others’ holidays are not. Personally, I know that not everyone is happy at this time of year, but my actions don’t always reflect this knowledge.

I tend to punctuate my year-end conversations or emails with “happy holidays” or “happy new year.”  But it’s likely that some of those people aren’t feeling very happy about the holidays—they are instead simply hoping to get through them. 

To read more: Click on this link to access Have a Holiday newsletter.