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Tuesday, December 12: Stay Productive When All The World Is a Distraction!
168 hours. There are 168 hours in a week. I mentioned this to a client this morning, and we agreed – that sounds like a lot of time, but also not very much at all!
I caught myself thinking other contradictory thoughts today, as well… my professional to-do list and an end of year project plan at the same time I decided I should get Christmas preparations squared away this week so I could just sit back and enjoy the season a bit. Oh, and doing these big projects with this week’s already full calendar and usual every day client work / volunteering / ministries / holiday band concerts / cookingcleaningliving, etc.
We can’t spend the same hours doing three different things. These busy days require focus and a plan! If you too are struggling with holiday and other thoughts and ideas, read on to find out How to “Stay Productive When All The World Is A Distraction”…more….
Tuesday, December 5: Even Santa Knows, Lists Can Be Naughty or Nice
The Power of The List has come up a lot recently. With my accountability partner last Wednesday. With my client last Thursday. With another client in the midst of packing for a cross-country move just today.
Lists can be great, or they can just be some words on a page. Read on to find out how to turn your list into a useful and powerful Action Plan in “Even Santa Knows, Lists Can Be Naughty or Nice(more…)”.
Tuesday, November 28: Creating a Landing and Launch Pad Where There Isn’t One
Last week, a friend asked me to offer suggestions for her back door / landing and launch pad. So many of us use side doors, back doors or garage doors to enter our home, and there isn’t always great storage at those alternate doors! Read on to learn more, Creating a Landing and Launch Pad Where There Isn’t One.
Did You Know? I am a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, or ICD. The ICD serves many purposes, including educating Professional Organizers like me! In 2017, I have:
- Re-certified for my CPO with continuing education units from ICD;
- earned my Level I Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization;
- earned Level I Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client; and
- started working on my next certification. There is always more to learn(more…)
Wednesday, November 8: Save Time and $$: Stop Running Errands (Over and over and over…)
Ok, friends – today is the day. Take down the Halloween decor, if it’s not down already. Tuck it away – ALL THE WAY away, and enjoy some clutter free surfaces for a little while!
Some days, I feel that I live in my car. Dropping off the boys at school and activities, driving to see clients, road trips to see family, running errands – you name it! I’ve been paring down my Errand Running lately, in search of more quality time to do other things! Read on for more ideas to reduce your errands from me and some awesome Readers in “Save Time and $$: Stop Running Errands (Over and over and over…)more) “
Tuesday, October 31: “What If… Your Halloween Decor is Scary, But Not In a Good Way? “
Happy Halloween! I’m writing this newsletter as the trick-or-treaters come to my door! Weather is fine, which means lots of happy kids and not a lot of leftover candy… probably a good thing!
I’ve been busy with all the door-answering, so I decided to share a blog article from this week last year that is still good advice! Read on to learn the answer to “What If Your Halloween Decor is Scary, But Not In A Good Way?…”
Even without a remodel, there are simple changes you can make in your kitchen to improve your experiences, so we’re starting there. Read of for 5 “Kitchen Upgrades Without a Remodel!… (More…)”
Fall is in the air. It was 49.2 degrees this morning. The forecast calls for a high of 70, but let me tell you, it was very dark and chilly at 5 am.
Tuesday, October 10: Winter Is Coming. So Are Allergies, Colds and the Flu. Sorry.
If you read this week’s title, and thought “‘Winter is Coming’? How could Colleen be such a downer?”, you may be right. If you happen to love hot weather, “Winter is Coming” may sound gloom-and-doomy.
However, if you’re more like me, you LOVE Fall and Winter, cooler temperatures and snuggling up with a warm sweater and a good book. So for me, “Winter is Coming” is actually a relief. But the negative comes with the good, so regardless of how you feel about cooler weather, NOW is the time to get your supplements and medicine cabinet in order, to prevent illness and be ready to treat it if it arrives! Click here to find out how!
Did You Know? Saturday, October 28 is National Take Back Day. Click here for events in your area to “Take Back” expired or unneeded prescription medications. Many local police departments have permanent take-back locations, too, so check community resources (more…)
Tuesday, October 3: “If You Call It a Junk Drawer, Guess What Ends Up Inside?”
Be kind to and with one another this week, friends. We may not be able to control the world around us, but we can control how we interact with the world around us.
This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite posts ever, from this week last year! We all have one of those drawers, right? The hodgepdoge of all sorts for stuff? Maybe you have more than one?! Read on for how to tackle the dreaded junk drawer with “If You Call It A Junk Drawer, Guess What Ends Up Inside?”
I taught a Clear the Clutter class last night, and promised the participants resources on how to determine if our Stuff is actually worth something. Check it out…(more):
Tuesday, September 26: Garage! Take Care Of Your Car, Not Your Clutter!
This week, let’s think about one of the hardest working areas in your home, the GARAGE! A little time spent out there this week can reap big benefits when the weather turns colder (and it will, despite the heat wave we have been having!). Read on for ideas in “Garage! Take Care of Your Car, Not Your Clutter!… More…”
Wednesday, September 20, Sharing The Idea “20 Minutes, 20 Dollars”
Hello everyone! I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group in Merillville, IN last night about downsizing. We covered a lot in our 60 minutes together: clearing clutter, determining the value of our stuff, how long to keep certain types of papers. One idea that I shared with the group was the idea of “20 Minutes or 20 Dollars” … (read on for more)
Wednesday, September 13, If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes
A participant in today’s time management class finished this statement for me today, “If Nothing Changes, … ‘Nothing Changes'”. He said – “that’s the definition of insanity, too! Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result”.
If we want change – if we want life to be different – we have to do things differently. This quote has been rolling around my head all day. For myself and others. I can desire change, and plan for it, but I have to make some changes if I want things to change (read on more more…)
Tuesday, September 6, 2017 Refresh and Restart for September
Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!
There are a lot of “Re’s” on my To-Do lately. Words like Re-order, Re-new, Re-certify, Re-send. “Re-set goals for the third quarter”, “Re-do social media calendar for September” and “Re-pot herb garden”.
Having to “Re”do something can feel frustrating, or it can be liberating. And to me, September is liberating. Whether you or your kids are heading back to school or not, this change of season offers opportunities to Refresh, Restart and Recommit to good and great things. Read on for some suggestions in Refresh and Restart for September(…more)
Tuesday, August 29: First Step Of Shopping? Check your Inventory.
A thought occurred to me very soon after I posted last week’s blog article, “Can We Go Buy School Supplies?” It’s the obvious first step of shopping, although a little too obvious for me, as I forget to mention it. Read on for more, “First Step of Shopping? Check Your Inventory… (More).
Tuesday, August 22, “Can We Go Buy School Supplies?”
Hello everyone! We are crafting our new normal for the school year around here. The season of form completion / check writing / school shopping (a.k.a. August) is passing, thank goodness!
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my New Normal, as our schedules change and I re-commit to the last third of 2017, personally and professionally.
And yet, in the midst of this big picture thinking… we forgot mechanical pencils? Ugh. Well, “We” did not, my students (sons) did. Still, If that is our biggest crisis this morning, I think we’re ahead of the game. If you’re shopping this week, for supplies or anything else, check out these 10 tips to make the trip better, “Can We Go Buy School Supplies?… (more)” .
Wednesday, August 16: How Do You Get Out The Door on Time?
Walking home with friends after the big back-to-school drop off yesterday, I was reminded of this article I wrote at this Back-To-School time of year. This question came up again recently, so here is the answer to “How Do You Get Out The Door On Time?”, great for everyone and not just those heading back to school!
As a follow up to the Real Simple article I shared last week – a client reached out to me to share that she had swapped out her complicated pants hangers for clip hangers – and I had done the same thing with my pants! If you missed the article, check it out!
Wednesday, August 9: Closet Check: Yes? No? Not Today? or Not Gonna Happen?
The Tuesday newsletter became the Wednesday newsletter this week because sometimes there are birthdays / anniversaries / weddings / musicals all rolled into one weekend, and then the tasks of everyday life like work and meetings and dentist appointments… and ice cream. It is summer, after all! It’s nice to be the boss…
We’re in Back To School mode here, with registration, clothes shopping, school supplies, etc. And part of BTS for us is the annual closet review. Here are three tips to make this go more smoothly, like asking Yes? No? Not Today or Not Gonna Happen (more…)?
Tuesday, July 25: No, The First Step of Organizing is Not “Go Shopping”
At last night’s Clear the Clutter presentation, we discussed how “Very often when we get the urge to organize, we start first with the urge to go and get more stuff! ‘I need better containers! New hangers! Different bookshelves! Cool new coat hooks, boxes, office supplies…’ well, the list goes on and on. Lots of people go out and buy more stuff before they start actually organizing.” Click here to read on, “No, The First Step of Organizing is Not ‘Go Shopping…(more) ‘”!
Don’t know if you noticed, but in the last 11 days, we ushered in the second half of 2017. Crazy, right? Time really does fly. Lately, I’ve been pondering my 3rd Quarter goals, signing up for events for Fall, and generally thinking big picture thoughts in the midst of sun and fun with friends and family. The article I planned to write this week was going to challenge you to make some big-picture goals for the rest of 2017, and then this article came up in my FB memory feed, and I had to share it. So let’s start with “Who’s Driving This Car Anyway? YOU. You Are In Charge. and we’ll look at goals next week! (more…)
Tuesday, June 20: Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?
How is your summer going? Everyone finally out of school? We’ve been out for weeks, and I feel like we’re hitting our stride.
I took a good look around my car today. I spent a few minutes tidying it up after dropping off a batch of donations for a client. And I realized that for all the time I spend in my car, I’m so grateful it’s clean and organized and pleasant. Want to improve your day? Take care of your car! Read on for “Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?)”
If you try one thing this week, try this: Take your care to a car wash, and get it cleaned inside and out! (Yes, a car wash, it’s better for the environment….more…)
Tuesday, June 13: How High Are Your Eyes? (a.k.a. Where to keep the canned tuna?)
This past week, I celebrated my 14th anniversary as a Professional Organizer. Wow. Whoa.
I appreciate each of you every day for your faith and trust in me and my abilities, and I look forward to many more years of imagining better with you and restoring order from chaos, one room or client or project at a time.
Last week also found me settling back into our almost-finished kitchen and helping friends get settled in their new home. These two experiences reminded me of a very helpful rule of thumb to use when determining where to store items in our homes. Read on to learn more in “How High Are Your Eyes? (a.k.a., Where to store the canned tuna … more).
Tuesday, June 6: Summer’s New Normal
Hello everyone! Summer is here, at least in the Klimczak household. Everyone’s out of school, summer work and schedules have begun. But some things remain the same.
Last week, my awesome accountability partner asked me what my “New Normal” is for summer. Her insightful question has helped me to be intentional about how I will spend my summer! Read on to learn more with “Summer’s ‘New Normal'(more…)”.