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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

77c56d22-8a9e-43a3-a358-5bad1c163d9eGetting sucked into a bigger project

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.

f2763caf-e712-4368-872a-cabee4c14f4fThink Big First

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.