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Dinner Without Robocalls?

Happy new year!  All my best for a happy, healthy and organized 2014! I'm celebrating the new year with a new Web site, logo and tagline. Also, my Timely Tips™ e-newsletter has morphed into a Timely Tips™ blog. I hope…

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Seasons Greetings!

Best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and fun holiday season! May peace, success and happiness be with you this holiday season and throughout the new year. Wherever you celebrate, I hope you create lots of special…

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Is Being Visual a Trick or Treat?

Mostly, it's a trick. I've worked with many people who post notices of every kind on all available surfaces. Refrigerators, cabinets, computer monitors, desktops, floors and bulletin boards are overflowing with papers. Why is this a problem? Because it just…

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Is Your Data Safe? Maybe Not!

Most people think of natural disasters when discussing national preparedness but I think you’ll agree that losing your device would qualify as a disaster! You may not be able to prevent losing your device but you can protect your data.…

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Quick Closet Makeover

Clean Out Your Closet Week is recognized in March. Are you ready to tackle yours? To start the process, label containers Donate, Recycle, Homeless (for anything that doesn't belong in the closet) and Unsure (use this one sparingly). Use a…

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Top 10 Tax Tips

Time to get out the proverbial shoebox overflowing with papers. It's tax season again -- a time that can really exacerbate disorganized people's disorganization. There is a better way. You know that. But what you may not know is --…

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Get Organized For Good!

Happy new year!  Have you considered how to make this year better than last? January is GO (Get Organized) Month. Like many others, maybe you made a New Year's resolution to get organized. It is now the second half of…

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Make Up Your Mind

Did you know that Make Up Your Mind day is on December 31st? Until recently, I didn't either. We all have more to-dos to do than we can do! And guess what happens when someone asks us to do something?…

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Protect Your Castle

A man's home is his castle, right? In the Middle Ages, knights protected the castles. Today there are lots of security systems to protect your home, usually for a fee. However, there are many things you can do yourself that…

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Oh, So Many Magazines

What is it about magazines that makes it so hard to get rid of them? No matter how many piles they create, people struggle with letting them go. October is National Magazine Month. People love magazines with their glossy, vibrant…

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OMG, What Do I Do First?

The first full day of Fall is on Saturday. Work and school are back in full swing! That means, among other things, managing to-dos effectively is essential. Recently I gave a presentation, "Stop Mumbling, 'Oops, I Forgot:' How to Manage…

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Think You’re Safe Online?

Were you as shocked as I was to learn last week that hackers stole 6.5 million LinkedIn users' passwords and posted them online? These security breaches should scare you! They certainly scare me. According to Digital Trends, a surprising number…

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5 Easy Steps to Conquer Mail

We have a love-hate relationship with our mail, don't we? Sometimes it brings happy news but mostly it's just bills and junk mail. With the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, store circulars add even more clutter to our mailboxes. My…

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Rx Drug Disposal

The fourth National Prescription Take-Back Day, run by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is this Saturday, April 28, from 10:00-2:00. This program was created to give people a safe way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription (Rx) drugs. Review…

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Messy Closets?

Clean Out Your Closet Week is in March. As a professional organizer, I see closets like the one pictured here quite often. Behind the items that can be seen are things that have piled up, many of which cannot be…

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Want Spare Time?

How many times have you said, "I could do that if I had spare time?"  Too many to count?  I hear from people all the time that they would clear clutter or organize paperwork if they had spare time.  Well,…

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2012: A Fresh Start

Happy New Year! Now is a great time to reflect on the past year. What went well? What could have gone better? Thinking about the year ahead, what steps can you take to make 2012 better than 2011? Do you…

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Do you carefully choose just the right gift for each person on your list? Or just grab the first things you see and hope for the best? What do YOU do with gifts you receive that you don't want or…

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Holiday Entertaining Made Easier

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. When else is it considered appropriate to overfill plates with food and stuff ourselves?  And it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings. To make holiday entertaining easier, here are 7…

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The Lure of Magazines

Many people love to get and save magazines, lots of them! They are glossy, colorful and full of information. Do you read the ones you get? All of them? While still current? Do you save them to refer to --…

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What Can Be Recycled?

Did you know you can recycle more than grocery bags at the grocery store? You can recycle most clean, dry #2 and #4 plastic. But do not recycle things like plastic wrap or any food wrap. OK to recycle: newspaper…

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Self-Improvement: Time-saving Tips

Did you know that September is Self-Improvement Month? Is there something you would like to learn? Maybe conversational Cantonese? How to rebuild car engines? Ways to get better organized? The last one? Excellent choice! One challenge I hear from people…

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