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Organizing Tips Newsletter – October 2015

ORGANIZING PLAIN & SIMPLE MONTHLY Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life October 2015 – Vol. 14 No. 6 There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ~C.S. Lewis What’s on your fall chore checklist? Last week, I was asked to do what’s called a satellite media tour (SMT) – a live broadcast from a studio in New York that goes out to television and radio news programs across the county via satellite feed. The theme of the segment was “Fall Chore Checklist.” I had three sponsors on this tour – 303 Products, STA-BIL, and Seventh Generation – all brands that I was honored to represent.  Following is a recap of the broadcast which included some good information about prepping your home for the coming season that I wanted to share with you. Fall isn’t just back-to-school time…it’s also time to get your home prepared for winter before the cold and snow arrive. And the best place to start? Start outdoors while you still have the weather on your side. Think about the things you won’t be using during the winter months like lawn and gardening equipment and pool or patio furniture. Now’s the time get these things ready to put away. And hey, maybe clean and organize that storage shed while you’re at it! About that outdoor furniture, do yourself and your furniture a favor…do not put it away dirty.  That just gives stains a chance to set, maybe permanently. 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner is the perfect cleaner for the job. It will remove even the toughest of summer stains and it rinses clean....

Thank You Gift

As I glanced at my calendar today, I noticed that Monday, September 21 is World Gratitude Day. What better day to let you know how much I appreciate you following me and supporting my work! Your questions, comments, and successes inspire me to keep on keeping on, knowing that what I do is making a difference is so many lives. As a token of my gratitude, I have a thank you gift for you. But you have to act quickly to get it! Your gift is a FREE copy of one of my books, Secrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Leading Experts Talk About Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding. Just click on the link above to go to my book page on Amazon and then click to “buy” your copy for $0.00. I have arranged for the book price to remain free through September 22 only. So please grab your copy today! If you or someone you know struggles with clearing clutter, this thank you gift will not only help you understand why, but also provides specific strategies for overcoming disorganization and overwhelm. Here’s what a few Amazon reviewers wrote after reading Secrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Leading Experts Talk About Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding: I am glad I read this book. It gets into more detail what is going on when you can not clear up your clutter problems. I dislike the tv show that does not go into enough detail for me. Unlike that ,this book explains better the many issues that may be causing to much clutter and disorganization. It tells how very hard it is...

Your Clutter or Your Life

As a kid, I never had much in the way of material possessions. So I treasured each new acquisition, whether it was something I bought or something that was given to me. And I saved everything because it was MY stuff. Try as I might, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away anything, especially something that was still perfectly good, like the beautiful white linen material I once bought to make a dress. I got as far as cutting out the pattern but then set it aside when I messed up by accidentally cutting a notch. I had every intention of figuring out how to correct my mistake and finishing that project someday. Finally, ten years and three moves later, I scrapped it. And you know what? It was a relief to be rid of it. What I have discovered is that it takes a certain amount of courage to let go of the bits and pieces of our lives that no longer serve us. Every time I looked at that unfinished dress, it was a reminder of one more thing I needed to do. Even after I put it away in my closet, the feeling of unfinished business would wash over me whenever I happened to catch a glimpse of the bag it was stored in. You might get that same feeling when you look at the piles of stuff on your dining room table, the mounds of clothing on your bedroom floor, or the helter-skelter state of your basement or garage. It’s a feeling that leaves you physically tired, emotionally drained, and in a never-ending state...

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