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Worth repeating: Accepting help

2 March 2015 | Comments [2] »

I originally wrote this post in 2013. In my life anyway, it’s more true now than ever. Yesterday I hired someone to shovel our walks and alley after about four inches of snow fell. What a relief that was! There is so much help offered out there. We can all benefit by accepting it.

Sometimes I wonder why it is so hard for most of us to accept help. By the time I’m called into a client’s home, she (or, sometimes, he) typically has contemplated hiring me for weeks, months, or years. And typically that time is filled with guilt, self-recrimination and stress.

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Accepting help

5 November 2013 | Comments [6] »

Sometimes I wonder why it is so hard for most of us to accept help. By the time I’m called into a client’s home, she (or, sometimes, he) typically has contemplated hiring me for weeks, months, or years. And typically that time is filled with guilt, self-recrimination and stress.

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Ten things I learned on my vacation

12 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

As I mentioned in my last blog post, last week I went to Barbados with my college buddies, to celebrate a big birthday.

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Gone fishing

2 November 2012 | Comments [4] »

I haven’t really gone fishing…that’s not my idea of a good time. (I feel sorry for the fish.) But I might look at some fish next week through a mask, because I’m going to an island, baby!

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Practicing what I preach

18 November 2010 | Comments [0] »

I often tell my clients (and anyone else who will listen) how important it is to reward yourself. Most of us work so hard and we often don’t let ourselves take a break. Especially when it comes to big clutter projects, I think it’s really important to reward progress and not wait until everything’s finished before you let yourself have some fun.

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Off to organizers' heaven!

21 April 2010 | Comments [0] »

I’m leaving this morning for Columbus, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. This will be my fifth NAPO conference in a row and I’m as excited as ever. There will be hundreds of smart, friendly, interesting organizers there to talk with. There’s an expo of organizing products (be still my heart), there are amazing educational sessions. The chance to see old friends and make new ones.

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Thank goodness for houseguests

8 October 2009 | Comments [2] »

I have a friend visiting this weekend and I’m very excited. I met Patti back in 1983, when I was a college intern at her office. She was in her early 30s, a real grown up. After graduation, I went to work for that organization (the Population Reference Bureau) and our friendship grew. Though we haven’t worked together in over 20 years, we’ve remained friends.

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"Old" friends

27 May 2009 | Comments [0] »

I spent Memorial Day weekend with some of my oldest and dearest friends. The occasion was our 25th college reunion. It seems impossible to me that it’s been 29 years since I met some of these women, in the ivy-covered halls of Mount Holyoke College. I’d traveled 3,000 miles from Walla Walla, Washington, to South Hadley, Massachusetts, showing up, alone, at a college I’d never seen, except in the lushly photographed pre-internet, pre-VHS print materials. I managed to connect with some wonderful kindred spirits right from the start.

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Organizing nirvana

10 April 2008 | Comments [0] »

Checking in for a quick moment to say how wonderfully fortunate I feel to be at the national NAPO conference here in Reno. I just heard the most wonderful keynote address from Peter Walsh, who totally rocks.

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When good things happen to good people

13 February 2007 | Comments [2] »

Last Thursday I spent about 15 hours in the car for a very good reason. I drove to Morrison, Tennessee, about an hour past Nashville, with my dear friend, Sally. We went there to pick up her dream dog, an eight-week-old puppy named —Clarence- Amos.

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