Selling your home? Downsizing? Decluttering? Minimalism is a great idea, but it’s hard to accomplish with a family, pets, jobs and busy lives. Learn tips and tricks to help you plan your project. Karen’s stories bring the process into your living room and make it real.

Organizing Studios, Shops and GaragesI dismantled and packed up a studio/shop last month. Sorting in the space was slow, as I had to establish groupings in empty bins and walk around locating items which I put into bins with a broad labels, such as “hardware,” “hand tools” “power tools,” “pneumatic tools” and “materials.” As bins filled, the client and I realized we smaller bins with narrower labels was more efficient for future use. Dismantling spaces always reminds me how they need to be organized and set up. 

Studios, shops and garages get messy from constant use. Not finding something you need can be problematic, and in some cases, dangerous or costly.

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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Problem – Solution.

Is your roof leaking? Repair it or install a new one. Have a muddy mess in your back yard? Hire a professional to determine the source of the leak and fix it. Is your cat and/or dog scratching a lot?  A vet recommends medication. Your laptop blinks and your data disappears. Now what?

Are solutions always straightforward?

No.

Problems can be complicated. Typical fixes fail. You spin in a never-ending cycle.

How do you start moving forward?

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Whirlwind

If you say “yes” to something, then you say “no” to something else.

How do you decide to do something – say yes to it?

Do you consider your values and how the activity fits with them? The activity’s aspects (research/prep, meetings, commuting, actions/tasks, interpersonal relations, organization/structure, mental/emotional “time,” etc.) and what they’ll cost you?

What if you first analyze what you give up when you say yes?

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Organizing Unwanted VisitorsOnce a person has reached the Moment of Change, the next question is “what’s next?”

Whether it’s the smell, “droppings,” chewed wires and/or nests, rodent activity in your home, garage, boat or car is ick.

This post is about the process of dealing with rodents. I’m not a rodent removal specialist so can’t tell you the actuals steps to get rid of mice, rats, voles and shrews.

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