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Moving? Don’t Let Your Clutter Cost You.

You don’t have to be moving house to benefit from a good de-cluttering session.

But if you do find yourself pulling up your roots, here are 3 good reasons to start getting rid of what you don’t need:

Photo: Linda DuBose

Photo: Linda DuBose

1. Potential buyers for your home will view it as smaller and less desirable if you have too much clutter around.  Frankly, when you list your home for sale and want it to look appealing, the less stuff, the better.  Take a look at any space that’s been staged, and you’ll see why.  And unlike having friends over for a party, buyers will be looking in all your closets, the garage, and probably the kitchen cabinets, too.

2. You might fool yourself into buying, or moving to, a bigger place than you really need.  If you can get really serious about trimming back your possessions, you may surprise yourself that you don’t really need that extra room.  And this could mean you can afford to move to a nicer home in a better neighborhood.

3. And finally, the most obvious reason to have a good purge: don’t put in the time, effort and cost to shift things you don’t need.  Be honest: don’t you have boxes still sitting unpacked from the last time you moved?  Or at least, bulky, heavy items that you never use? Imagine a box falling off the moving truck and into a river on its way to your new home.  Would you replace the contents of the box?  If not, that might be an indication that it’s not worth moving.

Take this opportunity to say goodbye and travel light – you’ll make a fresher start as a result.

If you would like friendly, confidential Professional Organizing help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step toward a sorted, stylish space

Does Your Life Need a Defrag?

Excuse me while I get all technical for a moment.

As a computer hard disk nears capacity, it gets fragmented.  That means, it starts to store bits and pieces of your files all over the place.  Each time you want to access something, your computer has to go and retrieve it from various dusty corners and ‘glue’ your information back together again… which takes longer and is less efficient.  Hence, savvy techie types do a periodic defrag of their computers, to get things running more smoothly again.

Ginali Mosaics

Ginali Mosaics, Etsy

Our modern lives are getting so fragmented, that similar things happen in your brain and your home.  The analogy is pretty clear with space and storage: the more full up your house is with stuff, the more likely it is that you have fragments: items of the same type, but stored in many different locations.  (Umbrellas?  Flashlights?  Sun cream, anyone?)  The obvious solution here is to have a good sort out, de-clutter and then put things away, so that like is stored with like.

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House of Fabulous

I could write a thousand words about the visual feast which designer Janell Beals has achieved with the launch issue of House of Fifty.

I could attempt to describe the innovative features, gorgeous interiors, inspiring interviews and picture-perfect layout…

House of Fifty

House of Fifty, Issue One

…But I couldn’t do it justice and you’d still have to click through to read the magazine for yourself.  So go on, what are you waiting for?  Make yourself some tea, and hop on over there.

And if, after all that luscious eye candy, you remember to come back here, you might like to read this interview with Janell to find out the story behind the scenes.

If you would like friendly, confidential Professional Organizing help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step toward a sorted, stylish space.

The Curse of Being Organized

I love feeling on top of things, calm and prepared.  I love making people feel special by remembering their birthdays and anniversaries.  I love that my bills get paid on time and that I almost always know what’s for dinner. I love the lack of drama in my daily life.  In short, I love being organized.

But there is a downside to all my grown-up planning, analyzing, logic and rational thinking:

I miss out on a lot of cool stuff.

I often feel like other people are having more fun, and I’m not very open to spontaneous opportunities.  I rarely accept same-day social engagements, and yes, I totally tend to “sweat the small stuff”.

Paratrooper Owls, via Etsy

Paratrooper Owls, TrimGoTrix, Etsy

But more worrying for me is the impact on the bigger picture of my life.  I find it hard to follow my instincts, especially when intuition is fighting to be heard above the logical answer to something I’m pondering.  In making sure I am ready and on the right path for tomorrow, today’s roses sit by the wayside, un-sniffed.

If you usually label yourself ‘disorganized’, please take a moment to pat yourself on the back and appreciate the joy, the creativity, the spontaneity, and the chance happenings that you enjoy.  And if you’re more like me, why not take today to lighten up a little and see what serendipity comes your way?

If you would like friendly, confidential Professional Organizing help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step toward a sorted, stylish space.

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