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July 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Happy Summer friends! We are enjoying a real beauty in the PNW. Thanks to all who sent messages wishing my husband well, he is doing great. Small procedure next week to fix the “hole” in his heart that never grew closed and they suspect caused the stroke, but that should be a breeze.

Got some exciting stuff coming up! Let’s dive in.

 

Newsletter Topic of the Month

Amazon Prime Day!! I will back up a bit, I am very excited to say that after a lot of hard work with Amazon, I have become an Amazon Affiliate! How does this help you? It gives me an opportunity to build generic lists of my very favorite items that are tried and true to share with my readers, to help YOU. Generally they are the most commonly used and recommended items, but there are some surprises and fun stuff too. So many people ask me what to use, what are my favorite tools and products, that I am really happy to be able to have lists on my website all the time you can use for your own decluttering/organizing or living smaller needs. And, it’s just in time for prime day! I will continue to build and add to them over time!


Amazon Affiliates do make a small commission (most about 1%) and are required to disclose that, so you will see it on each page. Putting these together and maintaining the pages take a lot of time, so please help me out by letting me know a few things:
  • What would you like to see on the pages? Please let me know!

  • If a link is broken or product is missing, use the email link to let me know.

  • I’d love feedback on the items you chose!


Have a topic idea? Area of struggle? A fun tip? Send it in and I may make it the topic of the month. Email me at hello@judygranleegates.com


 

Product of the Month:


This month I am not going to highlight a specific product, but I do want to talk about why the right products are so important.

If you have ever had to put a nail in a wall without a hammer, likely because you can’t find it (guilty!!) you know that you “can” use a wrench to smack the nail and it will go into the wall, but not as easy and possibly a bit more challenging and injury related. The right tool for the job is pretty important.

I talk a lot about clear bins, organizing tools and items and things that help to keep clutter at bay. They are the right tools for that job. You can DIY some things for sure, you don’t have to buy new things, but I do encourage that whatever you use is the best possible tool for the job within budget. You can use boxes, but you can’t see in them, and that adds to the hunt for things. It’s the same for opaque containers. To really maximize space and make things easy to find, specific containers are incredibly useful. Try a few sizes to see how you like them.



 

In the News


I have been busy recording several podcasts, and as they publish, I will let you know.This one is just out, and was the most fun!I had no idea there was such a thing as a divorce coach, and though I have never been divorced, we had such a great time talking about the impact of divorce and what to do with all the stuff, a lot about the sentimental items like wedding photos, especially if you are not feeling super fond of your spouse! Check in out here.














 

Upcoming Events


I had a fun night in June at my local Barnes and Noble speaking to a small group and signing books. It was so cool to see MY book in a major bookstore! Thanks to all who came out!

I recently donated several copies of my book to Kitsap Regional Library. I am working on contacting other libraries in surrounding counties and offer books to them as well. Want to see it at your library? Email me and I will reach out to them!


Do you have a group or event that would like to hear about decluttering, living smaller, or parting with sentimental items? Let me know, I love to speak to people about all things decluttering and resizing!


Are you in a book club? I would love to do a virtual book club over 4 weeks with you, just get in touch.


 


Until next month, thanks for your support!
xo
Judy



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