You Downsized Your Wardrobe, Now What?

What happens when you clear out your clothes closet chucking all those puffy-sleeved jackets, torn shirts, stained dresses and nothing is left?  Cristina Villareal, wardrobe stylist, shares some of her wardrobe capsule secrets with The Practical Sort to start rebuilding with practical and stylish flair.

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Miracles Do Happen: You Just Need to Look

When moments are at their bleakest, when the light at the end of the tunnel is so far beyond reach, and when you feel like you don't have the wherewith all to make it to the finish line, just hold on tight. 

There were many occasions in this story when we were in way over our heads yet small milestones were reached with only slight hiccups until eventual triumph.  Looking back, the serendipitous progression and outcome were nothing short of miraculous.

I suggest grabbing a tissue to dab your eyes before you begin reading.

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Making the Most of Selling in the Off-Season

Considering an off-season home sale?  John L. Scott Realtor, Joanne Galant, provides a roadmap for making the most of off-season selling.   Before planning and prepping, take a look at Joanne's advice for what you need to know to make informed decisions.  Her tips will enhance property marketability while ensuring the process is as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

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Do you know what you are missing? I had no idea!

Sometimes we don't know what we are missing, but cluing in can lead to surprising results.  My world changed when I discovered the many benefits of slide out drawers and shelves. Read the latest What's On My Mind Today to find out how slide out drawers and shelves can save you time and duplicate purchases, spare you from bodily injury, and eliminate hassle.  Who knew?

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3 Warning Signs You Might Be Stuck & 1 Quick Trick to Move You Forward

Find out what's on The Practical Sort's mind today.  The latest blog "3 Warning Signs You Might Be Stuck & 1 Quick Trick to Move You Forward"  is now available.

Are you feeling like you are getting nowhere with the tasks on your to do list?  Are you frustrated because your goals seem unreachable?  When we are not achieving our daily objectives, many of us experience the same tension as being stuck in a traffic jam.  Notice your physical and emotional reactions when you look around your home or scan your calendar.  There is so much to do and scads of stuff to attend to.  You might feel trapped like you do in an endless line of vehicles miles from the nearest exit. You are literally immobilized. 

The Practical Sort looks at 3 warning signs that you might be stuck and a little trick to get you moving again to knock some of your tasks out quickly and easily.   Check out the latest blog today to get you on your way to a more productive day.

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Creative Uses of Small Spaces: A Fresh Set of Eyes Can Transform a Vexing Room

Small rooms and limited storage cause unique organization challenges.  Do you have pint-sized spaces that you find perplexing?  Maybe you are too close to see the answers that will bring about the desired change.  Engaging an organizer brings in a fresh perspective, a new way of looking at old or vexing problems. 

In this month's blog, we will examine a client's relocation from a 3 bedroom condo to the bedroom of her youth and the resulting storage and layout issues.  With a few simple, inexpensive adjustments, we devised some solutions to house most of her beloved and frequently used possessions.   Bottom line:  the changes in her surroundings yielded immense emotional benefits.  Check it out.

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I Know What You Are Going To Say

Wouldn't it be mind-blowing to never have another: 

  • Frantic morning impeded by misplaced keys or cell phones
  • School forms requiring signatures while the school bus waits at the curb
  • Tax time nightmares because receipts are scattered

Just a little bit of organization could spare you a myriad of stressful moments.  But what is holding you back?  Find out the 8 misconceptions that might be preventing you from living a more relaxed, productive life and learn how to put the "wow" factor back into your home.


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5 Key Ingredients for a Green Spring Clean

Getting ready to start your spring cleaning project?  These 5 key non-toxic ingredients will get your house sparkling clean.  You probably already have them on hand.  They are often more economical than their harsh chemical counterparts.  Find out what they are and how to make your spring clean a green clean.

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Recently Discovered: The Secret to Making Cleaning Easy, Safe & Fun

It takes heavy duty persuasion to convince this minimalist to purchase new, non-consumable products.  A major wow factor is necessary for The Practical Sort to sing the praises of a product or product line.  Check out these eco-friendly cleaning and home products that will not only make your life easier while being kind to the environment, but you might enjoy the chores that you normally dislike.

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Put That Mouse on a Diet

If you give a mouse a cookie, he will want a glass of milk.  If you give him a glass of milk, he will want a straw and so on and so on.  Do you ever feel like your life is an endless stream of actions begetting more actions?  If so, here are 5 handy tips to guide your through projects so you can keep your sanity when the mouse gets feisty.

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Get Organized Month is Your Invitation for the Change You Desire

January is Get Organized Month, why not take advantage of this celebration to launch your home and lifestyle transformation?  Remove the frustrations, overwhelm, embarrassment, and disorder from your life.  Today is the day, now is the time to manifest the productivity and comfort you desire.  National Association of Professional Organizers are available to guide you along the way.  For more information, contact The Practical Sort Eco-Organizing Solutions at or to get started.

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Why I Choose to be a Freebird

A few months back I initiated a Facebook Challenge seeking an alternative to the depressing label, “empty nester”. For months as my son prepared to venture off for his college freshman year, I cringed, fought off tears and occasional anger each time someone asked “Are you going to be an empty nester?”  “What are you going to do with yourself when the nest is empty?”  “Your house will be so quiet and lonely, how are you feeling about that?”  With a simple change in terminology, I overcame the sadness and negativity that "empty nester" implies.  Maybe this reframe can help you too.  Read on to learn more.

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Join My Eco-Challenge Team

Join me and my team October 14-28 as we participate in the Northwest Earth Institute's Eco-Challenge.  Earn points by doing your part to create change for greater preservation, conservation, and sustainability for your community and the planet as a whole.  Join the team at you!

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