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12 Most Popular Organizing Ideas of the Year to Jumpstart Your Success

It’s almost that time when this year will end and a new one will begin. The days are an interesting mix of celebration, wrap-up and time off. What mode are you in? Are you planning, relaxing, or maybe doing a combination of both. One of my favorite things to do before moving forward is to reflect on the past. I’ve gathered for you highlights from the most popular posts and organizing ideas of 2016 and also created a short video. If you’re curious to learn more one of my quotes, click on the link below it to read the original post. My hope is that you discover a seed idea that will inspire you as you organize for the New Year. 

What area will you focus on to create the organizing and balance that you desire? Which people, projects and things will you give your time, energy and attention to?


Watch, read, and then join our conversation!


 "2016 Most Popular Organizing Ideas" video




Fresh Start

“Mistakes happen. Discover the gift in those mistakes.”

How to Get a Fresh Start After Embarrassing Yourself 



“Any change that we desire starts with the acknowledgement and awareness that we want to make a change.” 

Change One Habit With This Easy and Clever Solution 


Next Step

“…To figure out next, there’s nothing like a great question to get the pump primed for action.”

Top 5 Wonderful Ideas for Figuring Out Your Next Step 





Letting Go

“The tension between holding on and letting go is part of being human.” 

What Makes It So Hard to Let Go? 



“…By giving myself the time with nature and art, my cluttered mind has settled.” 

How To Find Some Calm For Your Cluttered Mind


Time Management

“Love is an active expression of words and actions, which doesn’t happen unless you devote time to your relationships.” 

How to Savor the Precious Time We Have 





“Whether you choose to play, disconnect, brainstorm or make lists, renewed motivation is possible for you.” 

7 Great Ways to Get Motivated When You Are in a Slump 


Enlisting Help

“If you’re struggling with overwhelm … it’s probably time to reach out for help.” 

What Are Today’s Interesting Finds? – V11



“Our successes will flow more easily if we balance life’s daily stresses with moments of calm.”

How to Strengthen Your Foundation for Fantastic Success



FALL 2016

Possibility Thinking

“Once you make your choice, breathe deeply and then let go of the outcome.” 

5 Guaranteed Strategies to Help You Make Decisions 


Wonderfully Human

“We’re humans living in a digital world.” 

9 Digital Overwhelm Challenges and Helpful Human Solutions


Life Balance

“Locate yourself. Be present. Take in the moment that is now.”

How to Find Your Balance This Season


My deepest gratitude goes to you for being part of this community. We’ve had an amazingly rich year of conversations and sharing of ideas and resources. You bring learning, growth and wonder to each day. Thank you for coming back again and again to participate and share your best. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, organized and joy-filled New Year!





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Reader Comments (13)

What a wonderful way to re-share your wisdom from the past year! You've developed a wonderful community and I'm happy to be part of it.

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I love that you shared post quotes by seasons. Great idea. My favorite is “Locate yourself. Be present. Take in the moment that is now.” Being present makes life more effective and meaningful. Hope you have a successful new year.

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Janet- Thank you so much. Normally I like to live in the present. However, this time of year in particular begs to take stock and do some looking back. It helps me savor what was and gear up for what's to come. I'm so happy that you are part of this community. You are so generous with your comments and sharing.

@Sabrina- Being from the northeast, I've always been deeply influenced by the change of seasons. From an organizational standpoint, each season becomes the natures cue for evaluating and checking in on our progress...and possibly changing direction. You zeroed in on my favorite quote too...about balance and being present. Wishing you a wonderful 2017! Thank you for being an active part of this community.

December 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love that you are sharing a myriad of ideas. My favorite is definitely locate yourself and be present. It's much harder than we think. Here's to a wonderful 2017!

December 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Yes! Doing the annual recap. You're right that it's not always easy to slow ourselves down enough to be present each moment...but what a great exercise. Otherwise we can miss so much. Wishing you a fabulous 2017! Thank you for being such an integral part of this community.

December 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a great post. So inspiring to read your quotes. I was trying to pick a favorite, but I just can't do it. Thank you for sharing your thought provoking insights. They are truly a joy to read, Happy New Year, Linda!

December 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Steele

@Jaime- Thank you so much. No worries about picking a favorite. I'm just glad to know that you found something in at least one of them. Wishing you and your loved ones a spectacular New Year!!!

January 2, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is one of my favorites: "Locate yourself. Be present. Take in the moment that is now.” It's so easy to get distracted and this is a wonderful reminder to just be in the moment so you can fully enjoy and experience it.

January 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

@Deb- Good pick! This seems to be the one that is resonating most for this post. It's one of my favorites too. We all have distractions (internal and external.) And while it's not possible to always ignore them, nor should we, the more we can be present for the current time, the more we can be mindful and totally available for what that particular experience brings. Wishing you a wonderful 2017!

January 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I have enjoyed being a part of YOUR community all year, and look forward to another great one ahead. Many of these thoughts resonate with me. I think the point about wanting a change is so important. Often, we want change for someone else in our lives, but that is beyond our domain. Now is a great time of year to be asking, "what change do I - personally - want most?"

January 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- It has been one of my great pleasures getting to know you these past years. I am so happy that you are part of this community. You always add so much to our conversations and I appreciate you being here. You've brought up such an important point...that we often want change for others...but it IS "beyond our domain." So focusing on the places we can make a difference is much more productive. And as you said, what a great time of year to do exactly that.

January 8, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My biggest issue is time management and procrastination. I have so much to achieve I know so many ways to get things done. I have big dreams and I now I have the means to realize them but yet I am here complaining.

First thing i need is organization and discipline. I bookmarked this page for future reference


January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSalman

@Salman- You have so much going for you...creative thinking, many ideas, dreams, the "means" to achieve them, and the areas you feel challenged. With your self-awareness and resources, I'm sure you will figure out how to overcome the challenges you've stated. Big goals are possible. Start small and build from there. Enlist help from those with supportive strengths so that you can use your best strengths to accomplish what you want.

January 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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