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3 Tips for Organized Grocery Delivery

By Hazel Thornton | July 23, 2023 |

I recently came across a TikTok post about an Instacart grocery delivery mix-up. The comments about this and other mix-ups were hilarious, and I could identify with many of them. But I also started noticing examples that made me think, “Well…I know how that happened, and I don’t think it was the Instacart shopper’s fault!”…

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The Tale of Two Junk Drawers

By Hazel Thornton | June 20, 2022 |

Do you have a junk drawer? Doesn’t everyone? Most professional organizers will advise you not to have a junk drawer, or to at least organize the one you have. But I’m here to propose that we all need TWO junk drawers! Allow me to explain….

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80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule is Your Friend

By Hazel Thornton | June 21, 2021 |

One of my favorite concepts in life is The 80/20 Rule. What is it? The 80/20 Rule, a.k.a. the Pareto principle, stems from observations made by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto in 1906, including the fact that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Or, generalizing to other situations, roughly…

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There’s No Place Like Home

By Hazel Thornton | April 19, 2021 |

(NOTE: It was in October 2012 when I “just returned” from this trip and wrote this post. A worldwide pandemic was the furthest thing from my mind! Most of us have stayed home for over a year, and we’re just now thinking about traveling again as we gradually get our COVID-19 vaccinations. Also new since…

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Organizing to De-Stress Your Holidays (all of them)

By Hazel Thornton | November 18, 2019 |

What are “holidays” and why are they so stressful? A holiday is any special occasion, all year round, which involves extra preparations; extra time, money and energy; and extra people, families in particular. Examples include birthdays, weddings, religious holidays, and secular holidays. Holiday stress comes from having unrealistic expectations of yourself and others. Sometimes it’s the…

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Why you need a Project Box & a Master To-Do List

By Hazel Thornton | September 9, 2019 |

Do you have unfinished household projects lying around? I can tell what my clients’ projects are at a glance – there are light bulbs that need changing; clothing that needs repairing; pictures that need to be framed and hung; and gifts that need to be wrapped. They are sitting out on the counters, tables, and…

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Are your files backed up?

By Hazel Thornton | August 19, 2019 |

I originally wrote this post for World Back Up Day (Don’t be an April Fool – Take the Pledge!) But…really, shouldn’t every day be Back Up Day? (Click to view video: “What Would You Do if You Lost Everything?“)

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An organized use of a storage unit

By Hazel Thornton | July 8, 2019 |

If I’m in a storage unit, it’s usually to help a client move out of it. Sometimes they don’t even remember what’s in there, and they’re horrified to realize how much money they’ve paid all these months and years to store things they don’t even want anymore! There are a few situations, though, where a…

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How clean does your house really need to be?

By Hazel Thornton | April 22, 2019 |

I love nothing more than a clean, tidy, organized home! But those are three completely different things.  

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The guest-worthy & stress-free home

By Hazel Thornton | November 26, 2018 |

Do you enjoy house guests? Or avoid them? Is your home guest-worthy? Does the thought of having people over cause a small panic attack? In New Mexico the holidays start with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October! Many of us host visitors during that time. Some of us have friends and family who visit…

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