Summer vacation is over, but the heat is certainly at its peak. Everybody ready for school? I remember one of my favorite commercials ever from Staples. Here, I dedicate it to my friends with school-age kids: https://youtu.be/CD1PffNbZls Maybe now that kids are back in school, you might want to take on some of those organizing projects you’ve been thinking of? Not sure you can do this on your own? You don’t have to. Let’s set up a time to talk. I’d love to hear about your situation and see if I can help. Just contact me and we’ll set up a time to chat. We’ll have some fun reclaiming your space, your time and your sanity. Yes?

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FactorsToDisorganization 1 - Back To School August 2019

Factors That Feed Disorganization

Disorganization has many root causes, but there are some elements that can aggravate a disorganized environment, compounding the problem. If these elements are addressed, chances are the environment around us would be much more manageable.

1.Too much stuff – Things will continuously enter our space. If we do not get in the habit of eliminating what no longer serves us, we end up with an unmanageable accumulation of stuff. We need to make room for what we truly need and want by eliminating what no longer has a place in our lives.

2. Lack of proper tools – Buying solutions or bins beforehand might be a waste of time and might even compound the problem by adding to the clutter, when these items are purchased without taking into consideration the area where they are going and what they will contain.  You might want to read my blog Containers Won’t Make You Organized.

3. Broken things – These are things that have stopped working as intended and as a result of being neglected, cause further disorganization around them. We live life at a very fast pace. That causes us to ignore details like broken things. The problem is that such details accumulate over time and we end up with a dysfunctional environment. These details do matter. Take the time to fix these little problems the moment they happen. It would be much more time consuming and costly to let them go and try to deal with the repercussions later.

Read the full article here: 4 Factors That Feed Disorganization

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Real Estate Trends

A common question when preparing your house for the market is what improvements to make in order to get the best return on investment. Here’s some interesting data that Opendoor put together for the Dallas market. Market Trends - Back To School August 2019 You can read the article here:

What Turns Off DFW Homebuyers Could Be Costing You Thousands

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What Not - Back To School August 2019

Where The What-Nots Go

When I blog, write a post or discuss concepts with clients, I wonder whether my words really make a difference in anyone’s life. A few days ago, I received a message that stopped me on my tracks. More than a “testimonial”, I would like this client to be our teacher today. Her words reveal how far she has come on her journey and the lessons she has learned. I am humbled and grateful to have been a part of her evolution. I met her in 2017 and this message came via text without any prompting. “Where Do All The What-Nots Go?” Here’s the title for a book you should write! I had many “What-Nots” (as you know). Each one had a story, a sentimental attachment. I am preparing to send them off into a new life. Big step! I think holding onto things of the past is mostly about not letting go of the past itself. Perhaps it’s a subconscious desire to fix things about the past that weren’t exactly right, or maybe it’s a physical connection to someone no longer present physically. Until now, my what-nots were simply languishing in a box, waiting to see the light of day. I never thought about them until I saw them. Each one brought pain and tears as I unwrapped it, and I spent a few moments reflecting on what each one meant to me. I guess I’ve grown since that time in 2017, when you helped me out. Back then, you carefully wrapped each piece and put it into the box, all the while suggesting that these what-nots were no longer relevant to my life. Even as you did so, you understood that I was just not yet ready to let go. These days, I can see that holding onto them is holding onto the pain and trauma they are connected to. Why else would they bring tears at the sight of them? Before you, and before now, I always thought I was holding onto the person or love I associated them with. I thought letting go of them was letting go of the love and nothing could be farther from the truth. You, above everyone else I’ve read or listened to on the subject, understand the process. You have a way about you that makes the letting go easier, even if it took me awhile. It is YOUR words I hear as I prepare my what-nots for donation. You’ve had a long- lasting effect on me. I’m glad you are putting your words into the world via your blog and newsletter. They deserve to be heard!” – Rox, Dallas

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