Pirates of the Closet – Unburied Treasure

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Why didn’t my husband and I do this years ago? I’ve never been a great housekeeper, but that’s not the issue as I can hire someone to clean and dust. The issue is I became disabled about four years ago and have great difficulty with mobility. We’ve been feeling our home is closing in around…

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Painful Reality I Can’t Help Everyone

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It’s a painful reality of my work that I can’t help everyone. More important, it’s unethical for me to help everyone – if I come to a project and I don’t have the skills, experience or resources to take on the job, I’m obligated by my professional society’s code of conduct to refer the potential…

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Dust in my hair and a smile on my face – new motto?

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I’m considering “Dust in my hair and a smile on my face” for my new motto. Not really, I’m quite pleased with myself for “I help you think outside of the box to get something into the box,” which is quite versatile at need – for example, I recently asked for help at a business…

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Peter Walsh – Organizer and Marriage Counselor

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I was a Clean Sweep fan. I admit it. Peter Walsh was part organizer, part marriage counselor, and all no-nonsense. I like two of his books, and these are the reviews. “It’s All Too Much” This book is NOT just a copy of the “It’s All Too Much Workbook.”  Mr. Walsh, with humor and compassion,…

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THE SECOND BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TOOL EVER

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My March 14, 2017 post taught you the best time management technique ever. The second best time management technique ever is a little more complicated. I hope the visual helps.   Whenever I have a task which has a time frame which is limited by something outside my control, like store hours, a deadline when…

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Consignment Clears Clutter – and other ways to let It go

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Consignment clears clutter, and the money isn’t bad either. Toss in the “reduces, reuses, recycles” bonus and consignment is a terrific option for items from your entire house or business. Consignment shops even specialize: a Google search for “consignment shops” pulls up plus-size women’s clothing, furniture, antiques like the one below (just kidding, I made…

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Project Management, for Beginners (and it’s for life)

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DK Essential Managers Project Management by Peter Hobbs This book is tiny, only 4” x 6” and 72 pages. Its title says it all. It’s a primer. It doesn’t go in-depth with strategies for every situation, but alerts you to everything you need to anticipate. The step-by-step breakdown of the process, from defining your goals…

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We need the closet, Harry. Move out.

Do you have a Harry Potter closet? As I sit in my apartment, pondering how to find another few inches of space next to my water heater for the shipment of boxes which arrived two weeks earlier than I expected, I’m somehow reminded of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs. A nuisance space, too strangely…

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