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

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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.

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.

January 15, 2014
by Susan Hunsberger
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“I can just do this one more thing.”

stop

If you find yourself saying this, STOP and take a minute (literally) to think.  Look at your calendar or think about your next event is scheduled.  Ask yourself –

  • “by squeezing in x what will happen to my already scheduled y”
  • “what impact will me doing x have on me, the people around me, my time, and their time”
  • “do I know how long x will take”?

Make Rules For Yourself So You Don’t Have To Rethink The Questions

What do I do with buttons when they come off my clothes?!

What do I do with buttons when they come off my clothes?!

Make yourself a button rule that works for you.  For example, put the button in a container for a week and if you haven't sewed it on, the button and shirt get donated. Or, put buttons in a button container and when the container gets full, get rid of the buttons and clothes that go with them.

Make yourself a button rule that works for you. For example, put the button in a container for a week and if you haven’t sewed it on, the button and shirt get donated. Or, put buttons in a button container and when the container gets full, get rid of the buttons and clothes that go with them.