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Train Your Brain to Organize Your Home

Dear Les Is More:

How can you become organized if your brain isn’t?

Maureen

Dear Maureen:

Our brain can be trained to be organized if you know the tools and tricks to do it. First, if you have a lot of worries that you think are cluttering your brain-then write them all down. Besides the worries, write down the ways you think you can stop them. If you worry about money, then do not spend as much and give to charity instead of shopping to you drop.

Then, take one step at a time. Want to organize your kitchen? Do it one drawer at a time. You did not just jump from the womb to walking-it took time. Allow yourself time to get organized and to not do it in one day.

Have an Organized Day!

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Dear Les Is More:

What is a good way to start sorting through items when one is downsizing a home?

Thank you, Carol

Dear Carol:

First, think of the new house and the day you are moving as survival and pack a survival kit. This kit includes sheets for every bed and that will be slept in on moving night and enough kitchen items to make breakfast. Pack these first and label them survival kit and have this the last thing you put on the truck and the first thing that gets un packed. Then, go through the furniture and pick out what you are keeping and what you are either selling or donating and put in one room. This will be the room you are using as either donation or tag sale before the move room.

Then, as you pack belongings and decide what to keep and what to donate you just put it in the room.

Start with one room and finish that room before you move to the next room. Each person should have a survival kit of all their items they will need for the first week of living in the new house.

Remember, as you pack if you don’t LOVE it—donate it. This will be a perfect excuse to get rid of everything you don’t love and if anyone asks, “It must have been lost in the move.”

Have an organized day.

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Contact Leslie Jacobs through her website at www.lesmess.com or email her at lesliefjacobs@yahoo.com.