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SkillSet Organizing Summer 2016 eNewsletter

SkillSet Organizing

Sara Skillen, CPO® provides individualized organizing solutions to help you thrive in a distracting world.

What's on the Summer Organizing Bucket List??

The organizer is overwhelmed. May won. Between client sessions, end-of-school activities, prepping my father's home for sale, and the National Association of Professional Organizers conference in Atlanta...I ended the month not knowing if I was coming or going. May is like that for a lot of us, and when we're overbooked it can be a dangerous time for staying organized.

So, of course, I made a list. Here are a few ways we can all get back on track:

  1. Take a day or two (or maybe even three) off. Sometimes you really do need to forget all of the day-to-day stuff and just veg. Staycations are totally appropriate for this strategy (I believe it's why they invented Netflix).
  2. Tackle the piles in the office. I get them too, and they grew exponentially this month. Try taking one small area a day to re-file, purge, shred, or containerize.
  3. Delegate. Are the kids home, and more importantly - are they bored? Nothing wrong with giving them some of the jobs you haven't been able to get to lately. If there are no kiddos to pass off to, use your neighborhood community announcement page to see if someone has a teenager that could use some extra $$.
  4. Prioritize. For some of us, summer is a down time that's perfect for reviewing and setting goals. Get them out of your head and down in writing - or in something like Evernote - so you can follow up.
  5. Work to the reward. If you can see a happier ending in sight, maybe you'll be more inspired to take on the mundane. For example, before you pack for vacation take time to clear out the closet and assess the wardrobe.

Any time of year is a great time to organize - read on for more great ways to move forward.

Until next time,


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Now's the perfect time to tackle an overwhelming project - book any 3-hour session in the month of June and pay just $180 (that's 20% off the regular price of $225). Get prepped and ready for summer, switch out seasonal clothing, or get all of your files in order. Schedule now while times are still available - call Sara at 615-428-3816 or email us at

Don't Miss "Organizing Your Student For Success" at the Green Hills Branch Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 11th, 6-7:30pm

Nashville Public Library Green Hills Branch, Benham Avenue, Nashville, TN

School has barely started...but has the onslaught of paperwork, assignments, and activities already got you overwhelmed? Join me on August 11 to learn ways to help your students get their schoolwork, extracurricular schedules, and time management skills working for optimal success (includes tips for ADHD challenges, too). Free event, but RSVP appreciated.

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The Best of Organizing Intentions

Did you start a project and get overwhelmed? Check out this blog post to dig out from under the mess and hit the reset button.

Upcoming Organizing Makeover Segment on "Living Inspired"

I'm honored to be featured on the new show Living Inspired with Karen Shayne with both an onsite makeover for one lucky viewer as well as an in-studio segment. Air date is still being finalized, but it will be in September on the VrtuoNetwork - so follow me on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details! The show will have LOTS of other inspiring stories and features, so you won't want to miss it. In the meantime, check out photos from the taping below...