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Maximize the space in your Garage
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Volunteering, helping others, adds such reward to your life
Disorganization and Clutter effects you mentally, physically, and emotionally.


Feng Shui
Holiday LIghts
Paper Retention
Spring Cleaning means Organizing
Teaching organization life skills
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How much stuff do you have? 
We, all of us, have stuff and we love our stuff. 
How much stuff we have depends on how attached we are to our stuff, how much room we have to hold our stuff, or are we a collector of stuff. Now that we have determined we have stuff we need to figure out if  we have enough stuff  or at what point do we decide we already have too  o much stuff. 
 George Carlin a comedian of days past had the funniest jokes talking about stuff, our stuff.

Maximize the space in your Garage

How to Maximize Your Garage Space article by Dorothy the organizer
With warm weather comes the need for more garage space or a better use of your space.  Below are my essential steps to maximize your garage space.

(1) Zone your space.   Zones are essential to keep order in your garage.  Assign zones in your garage for each function. Decide on 3-5 zones that match your needs.  A typical example might be separate zones for automobile supplies, sporting equipment, gardening and lawn care tools, holiday decorations, archived paperwork and spare household supplies.

Volunteering for

Volunteer Spotlight: Gayle Jacobs
"There's no better way to strengthen your own purpose than by giving back. I love what I do and I love giving back and I really connected with Casa Valentina. When you meet the girls, they're so delightful and you really understand the difficult road they've had to follow "  - Gayle Jacobs. Read more about Gayle and why she chose Casa Valentina here.

Volunteering, helping others, adds such reward to your life Volunteer Spotlight: Our First Volunteer Match
Giving Back to Volunteers Who Give Their Time and Talents through!
April is all about celebrating those who give back to our community. And we want to send a special thank you to our first volunteer match Gayle Jacobs, ofActually Organized, applied to help with a room redecorating and organizational project with Casa Valentina.
A long-time member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, Gayle has lots of experience with giving back every year with the NAPO South Florida Chapter, and she logged on to  find a match locally where she could  help others by offering her expertise in an  area of work that she embraces.

Disorganization and Clutter effects you mentally, physically, and emotionally.

I was reading an article about Feng Shui. Feng shui is the energy of a space and the way it makes you feel. This article  talked about Feng shui and Clutter and how  Clutter affects all areas of your life more than anything else. Clutter affects  the way you feel, function and react. The article spoke more specifically about the clutter in the bedroom, where we spend at least 1/3 of our life, and that the Clutter there will affect your health, your prosperity, and existing and potential relationships.

Everyone has clutter: when do you make up your mind to get rid of the excess.

Every one has clutter this writer decided enough was enough and challenged herself to rid her home of excess clutter.  The feeling after you make that decision and move ahead with ridding your home of excess clutter is exhilerating.  Gayle Jacobs
Making Progress Against Clutter
 Jane E. Brody
|April 30, 2012,  
In a column last fall, I announcedmy intention to rid my home and myself of a half-century of accumulated "stuff" — everything from papers, books, clothing and shoes to packaging material and shopping bags.

Organizing your home to energize your space

IT IS SPRING......ALREADY.....with blooming flowers and budding trees we feel natures BURST of energy.  So lets align ourselves with  NATURE and have an energy burst of our own.  Getting energized by organizing. It is the right time to get your home, that closet, those cabinets the garage, the play room ORGANIZED.  You don't have to do it all at once.  Pick a project, one area, one problem zone that needs your attention and schedule some time to begin the decluttering, and organizing process.

Paper: guide for a small business: What to keep and What to Toss

Record Retention Guide for Small Business – What to Keep and What to Toss 
 by Linda Siniscal  
It’s tax time and you have piles of receipts, bank statements, tax forms scattered all about. If you work from a home office, filing space is definitely at a premium so here is a guide of what records you need to keep, what you can save electronically and what records you are safe to shred and destroy.

Federal law requires you to maintain copies of your business tax returns as well as your personal tax returns for three years including all the supporting documentation for those returns.

Out with the old in with the new

www.jesgordon.comOutwith the old, in with the new – For the items that are too good to let go, keen organization skills will come in handy after the holidays. You now have more “stuff” in your house or apartment than you did before the holidays, but most likely the amount of space you have to store it in has not changed. So you are left with an organizing project on your plate.
Gayle Jacobs has turned organizing into her career with her company Actually Organized (

Oh those twinkling holiday lights

Now that everyone's holiday decorations are out and we are all enjoying the beautiful lights that twinkle everywhere we go, I want you to think about how those precious holiday decorations will again be stored for next year.  I don't want to spoil the enjoy your holiday decorations for a while longer.  But when you are ready to take down all those lights, make sure everything is put away in labeled boxes, get rid of anything that is broken, or damaged, or has seen better days. Make sure the containers you are storing them in are in good condition and cleaned out.  Keep ONLY what you love, what makes you feel good, and what you enjoy.  If you have excess or not enough storage room, now is the time to eliminate or limit what you will pack away for next year. Remember if you take the time now to sort and group, containerize, and label  your holiday decorations  it will make it that much easier for you next year when you have to find all of the decorations and put them up.  Oh another tip.  If you love how your decorations look this year, if your tree was particularly beautiful, take a picture and keep the picture with the stored decorations for next year, it will be easier for you to replicate what you loved most about last years decor. Happy Holidays to everyone!
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