Relax, Cut the Stress and Worry, and Enjoy the Peace, Calm and Satisfaction of Living an Organized Life.
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I love your newsletters. They are so clear and sensible. You are helping me and I imagine, many others. Hope life is great for you and your family. I did read your ebook. It was fab. I do need to re read it though because there are many suggestions in it which will make me more organised and ultimately make my life easier.x
Lesley Trueman, Swindon, UK
Thanks a lot for your new newsletter I am glad you are better and also can work again. The subject is very good for me right now, since I have nearly finished this semester of study, with a lot of paper all over the place or better piles and piles from research essay writing etc. There is no good habit I can come back to, since my habit is piles and piles. A habit I have to try again and again to change. Your systems are very helpful, soon I will have to attend also to my e-mail and other computer folders too. I never thought it would come to that !!!! I remember you had a newsletter about that before....I will search for and read for assistance.
Thanks again and friendly regards,
Mica huberus mick, Wellington, NZ/Aotearoa
I would just like to thank you for your wonderful newsletter. I have subscribed to it for a number of years (with various e-mail addresses over that time)and it always motivates me to tackle the ever overwhelming job of keeping a life filled with stuff in order. I enjoy the wit and humour you project on your website (as I read through it a few smirks escape me) Its so refreshing to know a smart active real woman is behind the newsletter.
Tina H, Canberra, Australia
Thank you so much for the article on catching up on paper work. You must have had a sneak peak at my desk! It is piled up – I run a security business from my office which is attached to my house. The office is an embarrassment – it costs me money because I can never find stuff when I need it which can be quite serious when it comes to staff contracts. Every now and then I get fed up with all the paper on my desk and stuff it all into a box under my desk which in turn gets left until I need something urgently at which time I find returns that should have been submitted and my life falls apart.
Your article is just what I need to help me to get started and focus – lets face it this is not rocket science so why cant I get it under control. I would far rather faced armed criminals than sort through this stuff. If I could pass my detective exams with honors how come I cant keep this under control??? I think if my lecturers saw my office they would revoke my certificates! Its so nice to know that I am not the only one who has a problem with this.
I love you book but obviously I need to dust it off and read it again to get control of my life. You make it appear so simple and you help me to believe that I CAN actually get organized!
Thank you for sending me your book. My computer crashed a while ago and a lot of my files are corrupt and wont open so I am so glad to have it on the computer again – fortunately I printed the first one as the only place I could read it without being disrupted by paper was in bed!!!!!!
Thank you again. I will be starting today.
Moira, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
I do love reading your newsletter. You are very helpful.
Marilyn Bowers, Newark, Ohio, USA
Thanks, Yvette, this is just what I need at the moment.!! Glad to hear your feeling better...keep smiling.
Elizabeth., York, U.K.
You're a lifesaver and an answer to a prayer. I've had a laundry basket and
a desk-full of papers waiting for me to deal with it but I've put it off,
awaiting ideas as to how to tackle it in one go. Then, out of the blue,
your fantastic straight-forward email arrived. Now, I can't wait to tackle
it this weekend.
Thank you sooooo much!
Lynn, Lowood, Australia
Thanks so much for the words of inspiration. It helps me re-set and start over when necessary -- this week being another restart on organizing. Your style of writing reminds me of a favorite cousin who is a second mother to me -- comforting!
I can relate to the cat running and sending papers flying. I have three. 2 are cleptomaniacs -- especially with pens. With papers, they always sit on the one I need to pickup and read!
Take care and Have a good day!
--Jessica in Alexandria, KY, USA
Thanks for sending to my email address which is still good and I still love hearing from you!!!
Your article about filing is just in time because that's what I was working on today. Just about done, and I have no regrets or wondering about if I did it the best way or not....I know because I followed your directions which are always clear and simple.
Keep me on your list always...
Susan, Riverside County, California, USA
I would like to thank you for your excellent tips and sharing them
with me. I have been recovering from a hip replacement and have had
some time to think about your daily tips.
How easy it all is when these tips are followed, especially the one
about the never ending mail which we receive through the post and now
instead of having piles of stuff (to sort out later in case I should
need any of the stuff which comes as offers) I now discard it right
away and what a difference that one thing has made to our house. I
shall carry on putting your tips into practice and should have a much
more relaxed life because of this.
Thank you again I even have time to send an email now!
(and from the same reader re the paperwork article)
This is one of the best Organizing tips.
I can’t wait to get started.
I have years of paperwork and this has highlighted my (mess) so I will dedicate my next day off work to this and I really am looking forward to it.
I will pass this on to my daughter in law as her paperwork has also accumulated.
I think that sometimes it only needs someone or something to make one aware that it is easier to follow a plan that works -tried and tested -instead of muddling away and getting nowhere. Your tips certainly worked for me and I shall keep on following them. Thanks.
Regards Jane, Talmine, Sutherland, North Scotland
I am a little behind on reading this newsletter, but I have to tell you how happy I am to be reading it. I stopped so that I could write you this email before I forgot! I have read a lot of organizing books, websites & I have tried many, many, many systems in order to finally get/be organized. You are one of the few that "gets it." Especially for someone like myself. I am a Momma of 1, a newlywed & totally ADHD. My inability to organize paper is almost overtaking me at this point. I let it slide until I lose something important or I feel helpless with paper and then I promise that I "won't ever let it get this bad again!" which I usually do. The key for me is not to beat myself up over it and the missing link seems to be STICKING WITH IT. I have a blog and learning to be organized is a frequent theme. It is nice to know that I am not alone in the learning process. My goal now is to find a system & stick with it, not giving up when I get bored or confused.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you!
Elizabeth: Denver, Colorado USA
I am following most of your tips. Some I have not got around to
implementing yet. They are all wonderful and they are an inspiration.
I am a devoted follower of your tips to get and stay organized. I find your
way of sending these in sessions a wonderful way of keeping the
objective firmly in mind. A book can so easily be put aside or even
disappear in a deluge of clutter. One can also easily persuade
yourself that you do not have time. If we follow your tips however,
you'll soon find a way to get ahead in creating a better space for
yourself and those who are around you.
Keep up the good work. Be blessed.
Georgina Goosen, Cape Town, South Africa
Thanks for the tips
The tips make me look around the house and see just what I need to do
We are all clutters and the tips are helping to get rid of all the items that just lay around and don't have any value
I am surprised that everybody here is pitching in to help
I got a composition book and have been putting appointments ---things to do everyday----
If I get most of the to do list done in one day I move it to the next day.
I don't put more to do's than I think I can handle in one day with all the Dr. appointments --
Again thank you
Ruth, California, USA
Just a quick note to say that I think your article on scanning photos is great and so appropriate for me.
I am due to go to hospital in early March and I might finally get the time to read your emails. They are stored on my computer in a safe spot but I am normally run off my feet and by the end of the day too tired to read...the words just seem to go around in my head and I can’t focus on what I am reading.
Hopefully while I am convalescing I will be able to organise my life. I do so want to do some family history and scan my dog show photos.
Looking forward to the break and thank you for being so organised.
I really do enjoy it and you are so understanding.
Shirley Massey, Berkeley NSW Australia.
I subscribed to your emails a month or so back and must say how delightful they are to read!
I am a compulsive tidier and consider myself to be really really organised but signed up in the hopes of picking up some tips on how to better organise my "time"...I find most of what you have sent so far is about things I do regularly anyway...like making lists, tidying every night before bed etc and your latest mail on organising the laundry really rang true to home! I am in the fortunate position of having a separate laundry and just enough space to leave out separate baskets of the fold up variety...they get folded when not in use but I have separate ones for linen, whites, jeans etc and can thus easily see when a load needs to be done. I always wait until there are enough of a particular type to justify putting the machine on. And I never ever hand wash...there is a delicate cycle on the machine is there not, why not use it?
Most of my children are now grown (and yes, they can all cook, clean and do their own ironing too) and I only have the youngest (13 yrs old) at home, but at one stage there were 6 children in the house and I found I even had to make rosters for whose turn it was to bathe first in order to prevent fights...even down to who used the sandwich toaster first on their return from school. I also pinned a weekly menu on the kitchen notice board so they knew whether to have toast, cereal or porridge on a particular day and what to expect for dinner. of course they all thought I was crazy but in fact it prevented me from going crazy!
Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for the emails which I shall continue to read avidly...should you have any ideas on how to train my husband I would be most grateful as I still haven't got that right after all these years!
Julie Grobler, Johannesburg, South Africa
Thanks for your helpful and interesting articles, on how to get organised. You sound like you have a lot of experience with "doing the laundry", as I have also had over the years of raising 3 busy, sporting children, over the past 24 years!! My children have, however all flown the nest, but I did teach them how to use the washing machine and do their own laundry, which they now do. However, I find your style of writing very easy to read and helpful.
Thanks once again for your help, and looking forward to some more constructive advice.
Lin, Hermanus, South Africa
Thank you for the email on editing your wardrobe. As you can see received this email last year but kept it in the computer and finally in the last two weeks have followed your advice. I feel so much better and the wardrobe has room to find clothes and everything is arranged, colour co-ordinated with shirts, pants etc.
In fact your email has really changed my life as now I am into de cluttering big time. It is amazing how much lighter I feel, my spirits have lifted. Why do we keep so much stuff??? I am too sentimental but thankfully now am being practical. Still have a way to go but again thank you for your advice and support. Wishing you well and may 2010 be a good year and another year to de-clutter our lives.
Gypsey, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia
I seriously cut back on ironing when I was in high school (1957-1961). Shetland sweaters with oxford long-sleeved shirts were in then and mom used to have a fit because I would iron just the cuffs and collar. It made sense to me since that was all that showed past the sweater! I was way ahead of my time, I guess.
Now, nearly 50 years later, my iron is so buried (hence the need for organization) that my husband went out and bought a cheap one in order to iron things onto T-shirts! Too funny! My pink iron from the 1960's would be considered right in style in today's world if only I could find it!
Love your column.
Dottie, Ellington, CT., USA
Thanks for your emails, they are either helpful or encouraging, like this one, when I see there is something I'm doing OK at when I am still looking at chaos in front of me. It's the non-urgent, non-everyday things that creep up on you and take over until they're all screaming at once.
Mrs Fusspot of www.fusspots.net Dublin, Ireland
I just wanted to tell you that I find you advice REALLY useful, practical, sensible etc! It is extremely valuable.
What I also appreciate and love about all your advice is that it always allows for real life to happen (cannot describe it better) - however much we try you accept that there will be bad days/clutter-filled corners/untidy children.
Tanya, London, UK
Thank you... I love these mails. They make me feel sane :-)
Toni, Glenwood, NSW, Australia
I always enjoy getting your emails. Thank you... And Happy New Year to you!
Philippa, Nambour, Australia
I just wanted to thank you for once again providing me with some direction for this week. I am on school holidays at the moment and my husband goes back to work this week, so I have been thinking: hmmm, what should I be doing this week, between reading and eating?
Once again you've sent out a newsletter extremely appropriate for this moment, infused with humour and good advice, so thank you!
I hope you are enjoying the festive season with your family!
Renae, Melbourne, Australia