Category Archives: Get Organized

Is It Time to Rethink Your Routines?

I’ve never liked the idea of routines. Just saying the word makes me feel claustrophobic and trapped. But as I pay more attention to my own behavior, I’ve realized something shocking. I already have routines. (Okay, maybe it’s not shocking … Continue reading

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Don’t Let That Camel Stick Its Nose In Your Tent!

“If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” –Arabian Proverb I came across this proverb while researching How Horseshoe Nails Are Ruining Your Life. My first thought was, “Wow, do I have a … Continue reading

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Mini-Kaizen Plan: Simplify Your Morning

In last month’s reader poll, you expressed an interest in “mini-kaizen plans.” Here’s an easy step-by-step evening routine for simplifying your morning and starting the day off right. You’ll need: access to your calendar or planner pen or pencil either … Continue reading

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Are You Asking the Wrong Decluttering Question? (or, The Emotional Foundations of Clutter)

The decluttering continues! I’ve been working my way through the house, and as I pick up each item, asking myself: “Why should I get rid of this?” But recently I had a revelation. I’ve been asking the wrong question. I … Continue reading

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How Horseshoe Nails Are Ruining Your Life

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a … Continue reading

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Did You Know Your Living Room Can Give You More Willpower?

You already know that getting rid of clutter saves you: Time: no more looking for misplaced items Money: no more buying duplicates because you didn’t remember you already had one or because you had one that you can’t find Embarrassment: … Continue reading

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Discover the Root Causes of Your Clutter

It’s easy to recognize when you have a clutter problem. Just look for the piles. Getting rid of those piles is another matter, of course. If you’re like me, you’ve tried at least a dozen different organizing schemes that “didn’t … Continue reading

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Two Strategies That Make Getting Organized Easier

This week’s post includes excerpts from The Kaizen Plan for Organized Authors: Take Control of Your Writing Career 10 Minutes at a Time. If you read last week’s post, you know that I was never taught how to organize my … Continue reading

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Are You Programmed to be Disorganized?

This week’s post includes an excerpt from The Kaizen Plan for Organized Authors: Take Control of Your Writing Career 10 Minutes at a Time. Take a minute to think about the home you grew up in. Was it neat or … Continue reading

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Stay Sane While Shopping (Reduce Holiday Stress, Part 2)

Now that you’re armed with strategies for keeping your holiday eating under control, how about holiday shopping? Here are some tips for getting it done without going nuts: Manage Gift-Giving Coordinate gifts. If you know that your sister is going … Continue reading

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