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24 Hours: Organize Your Thoughts and Plans

By Denise Lee | Jun 10, 2019 | Comments Off on 24 Hours: Organize Your Thoughts and Plans

If you had 24-hour notice of an impending disaster, what would you try to save in your home? In an emergency, there is no time to hem and haw. Priorities have to be established and decisions made quickly. Organizers use this question sometimes to help clients determine what is valuable to them – it can…

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Getting Yourself Organized For Nasty Weather

By Denise Lee | May 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Getting Yourself Organized For Nasty Weather

Truth be told, I’m a bit of a weather fanatic. When the weather turns ugly, I can often be found checking weather apps and watching the local weather reports. Part of my keen interest is due to scientific curiosity. The other part is due to a healthy concern for safety. As interesting as weather is,…

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Let’s Stop Blaming Mom

By Denise Lee | May 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Let’s Stop Blaming Mom

Occasionally I work with someone who tells me that they are disorganized because their mom was disorganized.  Occasionally I work with someone who tells me that they are disorganized because their mom was so organized it was frightening. Let’s stop blaming mom. Let’s focus on what you can do. It’s your choices and your action…

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Old School Versus New School Organizing: Some Things Never Change

By Denise Lee | May 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Old School Versus New School Organizing: Some Things Never Change

Before smart phones, I used to carry a tiny notebook and small calendar in my purse. Everything I wanted to remember went into the notebook while every appointment and event went into the calendar. These two little things helped me remember things that would have been easily forgotten. When friends recommended books to read, I…

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Trash Talk And Decluttering

By Denise Lee | Apr 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Trash Talk And Decluttering

Our last chapter meeting of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals featured the perfect educational program for Earth Day: members of the Waste Diversion program from St. Louis County Department of Health spoke about trash and recycling. And it was fascinating! I thought I’d share some nuggets of information with you. Let’s talk…

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What Do I Do? My Parents Are Hoarding

By Denise Lee | Apr 18, 2019 | Comments Off on What Do I Do? My Parents Are Hoarding
Photo of older woman wiping tears from her eyes. Photo by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash

It‘s painful to see people you care about put themselves in a precarious situation. Our natural inclination is to jump in and fix the problem so we can make the situation better. Here’s the rub, our efforts to help can actually worsen the situation. Typically, I get a phone call or two each week from…

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Decluttering Cookbooks When You Love Them

By Denise Lee | Mar 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Decluttering Cookbooks When You Love Them

We were working in my client’s newly renovated kitchen finding new homes for its contents when we opened up box one of several boxes of cookbooks.  “The cookbooks! Where do they go!?” exclaimed Angela (not her real name, of course).  Angela loves her cookbooks. Prior to the renovation, the cookbooks resided in a bookshelf that…

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Privacy Policy

By comstlco-admin | Feb 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes how this site uses the info you give us on this website. What We Collect We collect all the information you provide to us through our forms, including your name, email address, phone number, zip code the services you select, and the comments you provide. What We Do With That Information…

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The Importance of Self Care

By Denise Lee | Dec 13, 2016 | Comments Off on The Importance of Self Care

Denise’s note: I emphasis the importance of self-care with my clients. It is practically impossible to manage one’s life if mental and physical health are constantly sabotaged due to poor self-care. Speaking to this point is guest writer Amy Lee who is currently studying at Kansas University as a dietitian intern. And yes, Amy is…

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The Perfect Planner’s To Do Section – How To Use It To Be Effective

By Denise Lee | May 2, 2016 | Comments Off on The Perfect Planner’s To Do Section – How To Use It To Be Effective
To Do List

A feature that is common with almost every planner is the notes or task list section. Marrying the task list with the calendar is an important time management feature of planners – it’s what separates planners from plain calendars. Seeing what needs to be done next to the calendar makes time management a bit more…

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