October 24, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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September Newsletter: Where Are You on the Organizing Spectrum?

Background

Let’s not get lulled into a fantasy where most homes look like a Pinterest pin or a glossy photo straight from Martha Stewart LivingThose pictures, rather than representing reality, represent extreme versions of organization.  And extreme thinking is unhelpful at best in the nitty-gritty, day-to-day world of organizing.

The Spectrum 

More helpful is to picture organization along a spectrum.   On one end, we have Martha Stewart, and on the other end we have a house that is uninhabitable.  If you’re a visual person, draw it out, and give it a scale.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Where Are You on the Organizing Spectrum? newsletter.

October 24, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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August Newsletter: Simple File Upgrades

BACKGROUND

Papers can be irritating—especially when we set aside precious time to file them, only to discover, three weeks later, that we have no idea where they are!  At such times, our systems prove themselves inadequate. Here are some quick and simple upgrades that can help.

DIVIDING

Dividing files into natural groups makes it easier to put papers away and find them afterward. The two basic ways to make category divisions are drawers and paper dividers.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Simple File Upgrades newsletter.

October 24, 2017
by Susan Hunsberger
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June Newsletter: The Pause

Background

It’s true, finding homes for items is a crucial step in organizing.  As we continue through the organizing process, we get excited to put our various articles away.  Knowing where something goes means one less decision to make!  We crave the satisfaction.  Especially when we’ve made new homes for our items, we can’t wait to put our new homes to work!  But now comes the trick.  Before you automatically switch from sorting items to putting them away, I wonder what it would be like to take a PAUSE.

To read more: Click on this link to access the The Pause newsletter.

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.

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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.

 

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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!

Background

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. 

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

Background

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.

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