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Mustard Seed Reno

in Blog, People, Uncategorized | by admin | on May 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Re:Organized is proud to be an official sponsor of the Mustard Seed Extreme Makeover, a community-based total renovation of Victoria's biggest food bank and community centre, happening May 23 to June 2! Stephanie drew up the plans for renovating the housewares and the clothing storage rooms, and our team of professional organizers will descend on the Mustard Seed on Saturday to start putting things away. Paul Latour, cre
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Yard Sale for the Cure

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on March 21st, 2013 |
Clear your clutter and create a future without breast cancer! Organize a yard sale on May 25, get rid of unwanted items and donate the proceeds to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Register your yard sale at www.yardsaleforthecure.com and for a nominal fee, you’ll receive a complete package including a lawn sign, hydro poster, t-shirt and pink ribbons. With 1 in 9 women in Canada facing a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, it’s a fantastic way to not only clear out closets and garages, but also make a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of women in our communities.
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How NOT to spend your day!

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on January 29th, 2013 | 2 Comments
I first read this article many years ago, but it's as relevant today as it was then! Unfortunately, I don't know who wrote it. If you do, please let me know. (I've reproduced it in its original form, without editing. Please put your junk mail in the recycling, not the garbage.)   I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the tras
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More about shopping!

in Blog, Money Management, Uncategorized | by admin | on July 7th, 2012 |
Here's a great article from Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, on what induces us to spend money, and how it makes us feel:  The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math.  It'll make you look at things differently the next time you're shopping!  And it's a good follow-on to my article about saving time and money!
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Organizing “Red Flags”

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on February 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment

There are phrases we, as organizers, hear over and over from our clients.  If you wave one of these red flags in front of us, you’d better know that we’re going to react!  Here’s a sampling…

n.b. This is a very brief overview.  Individual situations will vary, of course.

 

1. If I ever (fill in the blank), I&
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Ten 10-Minute Organizing Tasks

in Blog, Organizing Tips, Uncategorized | by admin | on February 18th, 2012 |

 

Got ten minutes? Here are ten organizing tasks you can do in ten minutes or less:

 

 

 

•  Clean out your medicine cabinet. Get rid of old makeup, expired medicines and toiletries you haven't used in months.

• Weed out 10 file folders. Invest just one minute or less per file folder. Get rid of anything outdated or no longer useful.

• Clear off a surface. Whether the surface is a table, a dresser, a desk or countertop, re
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Organizing supplies!

in Blog, News, People, Uncategorized | by admin | on November 19th, 2011 |
There's a new organizing supplies store in town!  For readers in Victoria, that is. Janet Young, of All Organized Storage, has opened a storefront location at 3370 Tennyson Avenue.  You can look at and play with all her different closet systems there, and now you can also shop for things like jewellery organizers, storage boxes, wine racks, and much more.  View the catalogue online or drop into the store. Tell her Stephanie sent you!
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Get Unstuck when You’re Overwhelmed

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on November 16th, 2011 |
Feeling overwhelmed is not usually an indicator of having too much work, but an indicator that it’s not clear what work to do next. You may have the talent, strategy, and resources you need, but you just can’t get started. The tasks ahead just seem too big. The Best Solution to Being Overwhelmed is to Introduce More Structure Adding some processes and protocols can get things back on track. You don’t want to overdo it, but more st
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Making a Difference

in Blog, General, Uncategorized | by admin | on June 24th, 2011 |
Today's post that isn't about organizing things.  It's about organizing people, and the importance of grassroots protest. I was told recently that one person can't make a difference in the world's problems.  That's clearly not true.  Look at Ghandi.  Nelson Mandela. Susan B. Anthony.  They each started out as one person, acting as they felt they must.  One person, given the knowledge, motivation, and resources, can make a difference on a global scale (eventually).  However ... One person, acting locally and independently, is NOT going to make a difference.  For instance, I can protes
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The To-Do List Blues

in Articles, Blog, General, News, Time Management, Uncategorized | by admin | on January 12th, 2011 |

We all know that feeling of doom that descends on us when there's a big job on our to-to list. (In fact, many's the time I've got lots of other jobs done in the service of postponing that one task I'm avoiding.) What is less obvious is that the same feeling of oppression and being overwhelmed can be created by having a whole bunch of small jobs that have been hanging around forever. This feeling is more insidious, because you can't point to one thing and say, "If I could just get X done, I'd get rid of this feeling."

So, here are some tactics for dea
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