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How NOT to save your photos or donate books

By Hazel Thornton | March 26, 2023 |

Have you ever hidden anything in a book? Maybe used a photo as a bookmark? I don’t recommend it as a way to save your photos! Here’s why: I volunteer weekly for my local Friends of the Library. We price and sort donated books for our monthly used book sales (at which I also run…

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Are you and your clutter ready to “Go With the Flow”?

By Hazel Thornton | March 13, 2023 |

  Looking for a new, fun way to get clutter-free in ’23? Inn-tro-du-cingg…(drumroll, please)…the long-awaited release of my latest project: Go With the Flow! The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook        

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Selecting a Family Tree Template

By Hazel Thornton | February 19, 2023 |

Family tree templates can come in handy even if you’re not a genealogist. For example, many of the professional photo managers I know use them to help with organizing photos by family and by date. They also come in handy for medical, historical, relationship, inheritance, and land ownership purposes. Some saga-writing authors even use them…

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Care tasks are morally neutral      

By Hazel Thornton | February 14, 2023 |

14 Feb 2023 UPDATE: Look! KC and Alison together on a podcast episode: Gentle Organizing with Alison Lush. (It’s KC’s podcast, with Alison as her guest, and this episode was posted on Oct. 17, 2022, two weeks after my blog post was originally published, but I just found out about it today.) Also, KC has…

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Think of your big project as a new hobby

By Hazel Thornton | February 13, 2023 |

  Do you have a big project you’ve been putting off? Is it because you are waiting for the perfect time to devote your entire self to getting it done? If you try to do too much at once, you risk getting overwhelmed and exhausted. Chances are you’ll get discouraged, go away, and never come…

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Porter Knight’s Happiness Equation

By Hazel Thornton | February 5, 2023 |

  I’m calling this post “Porter Knight’s Happiness Equation” to distinguish it from the happiness equation that has been my mantra for the last several years: Progress equals Happiness. (Click here to read Does Progress Equal Happiness?) Although hers is completely different, don’t worry, they don’t cancel each other out!          

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How to Rubber Duck your life

By Hazel Thornton | January 29, 2023 |

  Have you ever had a Eureka moment while explaining something to someone? We could also call it a Rubber Duck moment. I’ll get back to rubber ducks. But first, a little story:          

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How would you rather feel?

By Hazel Thornton | December 30, 2022 |

  Do you have trouble deciding whether, what, when, or how to create a new goal, habit or resolution?            

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The holidays are for sharing family photos and stories

By Hazel Thornton | November 21, 2022 |

When do “the holidays” begin and end for you? For me, they start with Thanksgiving and end on January 1st. Halloween serves as a heads-up: The holidays are coming! No matter what holidays you celebrate, if you are lucky enough to have a family that enjoys getting together (in person or virtually), it’s the perfect…

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Why my next book would make a terrible gift

By Hazel Thornton | November 7, 2022 |

    My next book probably won’t be ready by Thanksgiving after all, which has been my goal all year long. However, one of my motivations for choosing that deadline was so it would be available for holiday gift-giving. And it finally occurred to me: This book would make a terrible gift! (Unless, of course,…

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