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Be Spectacular™: The Organized Way to Select New Eyewear

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New glasses

I don’t know about you, but I would (seriously, almost) rather shop for a new swimsuit than to shop for new glasses. There are so many choices! And most of them look hideous on me. It’s a big commitment to choose something that you are going to wear every single day. You want it to look, well, if not downright attractive, then at least not off-putting in any way. Am I right?

Apparently some people have a whole wardrobe of glasses for different looks. But I am not one of them. The only time I get new glasses is if mine get damaged, or if my prescription changes dramatically. I’ve been through a lifetime of glasses, starting at ages 2-4 with corrective lenses for amblyopia, and picking up again at age 10 with glasses, a brief contacts phase in college, LASIK surgery and no glasses for awhile, cataract surgery, readers, bifocals, trifocals, transitions, progressives, you name it, I’ve tried it.

Enter my friend Dawn Nieto-Gouy, who is a Personal Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant. She knew my regular MO was to go by myself and make the best of it. She made me promise that next time I needed new glasses I’d take her along. So the day finally came. (more…)

Cooking for Dummies: A glowing “Hello Fresh” review and a $40 referral code for you!

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This is how Hello Fresh meals are delivered

First, let’s get something straight: I am not a seasoned chef proposing to impart wisdom to you on that topic. Quite the opposite! But I’m also not being self-deprecating by calling myself a “dummy”. I am merely tipping my hat to the “For Dummies” franchise of how-to books and videos. Because Hello Fresh really does seem like a “Cooking for Dummies” class to me!

I’ve never written about grocery lists, meal planning, or shopping tips, much less cooking. The closest I’ve come are these kitchen-related blog posts and such:

The Kitchen Clutter Flow Chart

3 Tricks to Organizing a New Kitchen

Is Your Kitchen Counter Worse Than Mine?

How to Organize Your Kitchen for Health and Weight Loss Success

Get Organized! Kitchen Pantry Tips for You (new free download from Professional Organizers of New Mexico, featuring photos of our own pantries!)

That’s because I don’t cook.

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Let’s Play Organizing & Productivity Bingo!

Organizing Bingo - NAPO Member Branded

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Ever wonder how organized and productive you really are?

Not sure if you need to hire a professional organizer?

Ready for a fun new way to test your skills?

Let’s play Organizing & Productivity Bingo!

 

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Are You a Hoarder?

Hoarding is such a fascinating topic that it’s made its way into cable TV reality shows, mainstream dramas, talk shows and sitcoms. As stated at the beginning of every A&E Hoarders episode, “Compulsive Hoarding is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary.”

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Why Virtual Organizing?

World globeWhat is Virtual Organizing?

Using modern technology such as telephones, email, and digital photography, you can live next door, or a world away, and we can still accomplish many types of virtual organizing projects together.

Virtual Organizing (VO) services are a way to bridge the gap…

…the gap between distances —  Don’t live in Albuquerque? No problem!

…the gap between services —  Not all coaching and maintenance advice needs to be delivered during an in-person, hands-on session.

…the gap between budgets — Think you can’t afford my services? What if you could pay for one hour at a time, rather than three?

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Are You Situationally Disorganized?

What has changed to throw you off track?

Would it surprise you to learn that many of my clients are actually quite organized? They must be. They successfully run businesses and manage families and households. They earn academic degrees and professional awards. They make jewelry and quilts, and they write books. And they’ve done it all without my help because they’re organized in many ways. Or… at least they used to be…so, what happened?

They ask me for help when their situations change and their systems are thrown off track by life events (both happy and unhappy). I help them get back on track. Here are some ways to become Situationally Disorganized: (more…)

How to find a NAPO organizer near you…or near a loved one

An acquaintance recently asked me for help in finding an organizer near where her mother lives, in another state. It is a situation that I cannot help with “virtually” (via telephone, email, or Skype), nor is it one where they can afford my travel expenses to go help hands-on.

Since my goal is to help everyone get organized anywhere, at any budget, here’s what I recommended, and what I tell anyone who asks:

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What is Your Clutter Costing You?

dreamstime_xs_30424420You know you have clutter. We all do, in one form or another, and to varying degrees. But have you ever thought about what it is costing you? Sometimes the cost is obvious, such as late fees incurred for an overdue bill that was lost in a mystery pile of paper, or that you couldn’t find the time to pay. Other times the cost is mental or emotional, such as the embarrassment of having others see your cluttered space. Or, missed opportunities. Or, time you could have spent doing something else.

Why do I care so much about clutter? And about helping people to declutter? Well, here’s what I believe: (more…)

The Gift of Organizing…? (Q&A)

dreamstime_xs_17170576The gift of organizing is just like any other gift: It could be just what the recipient wanted…or, well, not so much!

ORGANIZING GADGETS

Q: Should I give my loved one a new organizing gadget or container as a gift? (more…)

How to Get Organized Anywhere at Any Budget

I want to help everyone find the freedom of getting organized regardless of where they live, or how much money they have. But there’s only one of me, and I need to make a living too (so I can’t work for free). In this post I’ve listed some options for getting organized, in order of affordability. I’d love to know what you find here that helps you!

Free ways to get and stay organized: (more…)