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Free Your Space: Moving? Handle it like a pro

Nothing says spring like a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Sure, homes are bought and sold throughout the year but spring is prime time for the real-estate market. 'Tis the season. I know. My husband's a realtor and I don't see too much of him these days. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 12 percent of the US population will be moving this year. ...

 
 

Free Your Space: Grab the reins of your to-do list

Do you make lists? I do. Grocery lists, packing lists, party-planning lists, to-do lists…my list of lists goes on and on! Sometimes, even with the best of lists, it can feel like time is galloping out of our control and we are merely trying to stay on the horse that is our crazy schedule – never mind the style points! When it comes to lists, there are some challenges ...

 

Free Your Space: Five Quick Spring Organizing Tips

Here are five ways to freshen up your home for spring: Pantry purge. During the winter months, like many mammals, we may tend to stockpile supplies. Our cupboards can become stuffed with soups, cocoas and comfort-snacks. As this happens, more often than not, other food items get pushed out of sight. Set aside an hour on a nice spring morning to empty out a shelf or ...

 

Free Your Space: De-clutter your brain

Ever try to listen to a report someone is giving in a meeting or to someone telling a story about their morning drive to work and find that you have to ask them to repeat the whole thing because your mind was elsewhere? Or perhaps you may just respond with a nod, hoping that the gesture will suffice for what you think they just said. Do you move the same item from ...

 

Free Your Space: Practicing what I preach

In the world of professional organizing, January is known as "GO" month, that is, Get Organized month. During this month, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and its chapters around the country make a concerted effort to educate the public about the benefits and habits of being organized. Here in the Greater Philadelphia area, professional ...

 

Free Your Space: Make an organizing touchdown

"In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” ~ Arnold Glasow  Today is not only Thanksgiving Day, this year it is also the start of Hanukkah and, for all you sports fans, there’s a football game or two. Wikipedia reports that the first football game to be played on Thanksgiving Day took place right here in Philadelphia in ...

 

Free Your Space: Organizing? Be prepared for what you may find

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
 wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
 adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
 lizard's leg, and howlet's wing...” ~William Shakespeare, Macbeth Reaching into the cupboard for canned pumpkin, you come upon what appears to have been a bag of potatoes you’ve forgotten you bought a couple of months ago. You go down to the basement to pull out ...

 

Free Your Space: Pinterested in organizing

Have you joined the wave of people who use the Web site Pinterest?  And, by wave of people, I am referring to a reported 70 million worldwide in 2013 that use this site.  Considering this high number, I would venture to guess that you have. Pinterest is a free site that allows its members to collect information that they want to keep track of — recipes, hairstyles, ...

 

Free Your Space: Are You Prepared?

 “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, using its Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2004, has designated September as National Preparedness Month in the United States. During this month, the National Preparedness Coalition strives to educate the public and raise the awareness of all ...

 

Free Your Space: Your clutter or your Life

Ok, so big deal. So you have clutter. It’s not hurting anyone right? Or…is it? The unfortunate truth is that I work with people every day that put themselves at great risk of being injured due to the disorganization of their homes. Sometimes it is the inevitable injury that has actually caused them to pick up the phone. Other times, they are unaware of the fact that ...

 

Free Your Space: Beach toys and other seasonal stuff

My family and I just returned from vacation. We had packed well yet there were still some items that we found ourselves wanting. For instance, although we brought several bottles of sun lotion, we decided that a higher SPF was required than we had originally planned. Also, we didn’t realize that the mosquitoes at our destination would be quite so voracious. ...