Organize Before You Move

Moving out of your home and into a new space is one of the most disconcerting events in someone’s life. Even the most organized person can be stressed out at the concept of boxing up your life and moving it. There is an emotional side to the transition and there is also a very physical […]

How Clutter Affects Your Mental and Physical Health

Overflowing closets and shelves, disorganized desks and tables and excessive amount of stuff can be overwhelming. Clutter affects most of us and can get to the point when it’s dragging you down .Many people fail to address the aggravating problem until they start feeling mentally exhausted. The negative effects of clutter go beyond the messy […]

Getting over “overwhelmed”

If there is one word we organizers hear more than others, it is “OVERWHELMED.” Our clients are overwhelmed by: emails, paper, hectic schedules, work, kids activities, toys, clothes, you name it. So how can we get over this state of mind, or state of being? There are several approaches. Write a list – This may […]

Living With Gratitude & Trust

Last week I had the unique opportunity to speak at the Gratitude & Trust Summit in New York City. This event was organized by Paul Williams & Tracy Jackson, the authors of a book by the same name. It was a different kind of speaking opportunity for me but I’m so glad that I got […]

Absolute #9 – Organize from BIG to small

Big – like a whole storage room            Small – like your makeup bag This absolute or rule of mine is another way of saying, “start by looking at the big picture.” I think many people are overwhelmed with the concept of organizing their home. They don’t know where to start […]

The Lazy Person’s Guide To an Organized Home

        Guest Post by Ella Andrews There is nothing shameful in admitting that you are not into organizing. Believe it or not, most people have the same attitude towards daily organizing chores. How do they succeed at keeping their home neat? It’s all about the proper storage solutions. You can maintain the […]

Organizing Your College Student

Most of what parents talk about when moving a child to college is all the “stuff” they need. I have never been an organizer who focuses on the products – I focus on the process first. And so it was with moving my daughter to college. All summer her friends where buying bins, containers and […]

Absolute # 7 – Subtract Before You Add

If you remember the “order of operations” in basic arithmetic it went: “My Dear Aunt Sallie” which stood for: multiply, divide, add then subtract. Well I’m flipping that around because my dear Aunt Sallie has a lot of clutter! So I suggest she subtracts before she adds. This can apply to a lot of operations […]

Two bits of advice on de-cluttering

I’ve been sounding like a broken record lately with my clients so I thought I would put out this advice to the universe. With 10 years of experience in organizing and helping my clients de-clutter I’ve learned a few things that can save you some time and energy in the long run. Here they are: […]

Get Motivated to Organize!

Let’s play a word association game. I say “organize” and you think…Yuk? Boring? No time? Well what if I told you there are some people who think it’s fun? Organizing is one of those things like exercising and paying taxes that we all have to do at some time in our life, so why not […]

Spring Greening Ideas

While everyone is talking about Spring Cleaning, why not consider “Spring Greening?” April 22nd is Earth Day and the sunny spring weather, popping plants and just being outdoors reminds us of the beauty of nature.  With so many negative reports on the hazards in our environment, I urge you to consider what you can do […]

The Organized Home

When you are a professional organizer, you often get this question, “So is YOUR house really organized?”  To which I always reply, “Yes.” It’s not perfect, my spices are not alphabetized (in fact, neither are my files) but it functions well. Recently my husband was asked that question and he replied “no” without hesitation! Really? […]

How to Organize Any Room

Like a magician who reveals his secrets, I’m about share with you my lessons  organizing. I have written two books on the subject (now combined into A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization) so you can read the book, follow the steps and then it as a reference for whenever you have your next organizing project. […]

And so this is Christmas…

Many people might wonder what does a Professional Organizer DO? And isn’t it just a luxury to be able to hire someone to organize your home? Well, yes,in some ways it is. But in many ways the career of a Professional Organizer is filled with much more rewarding circumstances than you might think. Take my […]

Scheduling Your Projects

Life is so busy these days with both parents working and kids involved in so many activities, how does anyone keep their house organized? you may wonder.  I believe that involving the family in the projects and the process is the answer and in the long run, being organized will save you,not cost you time. […]

Setting Up Your Home Office

Whether you are setting up a home office to run your household or you have a home-based business, there are certain steps you can take to make sure it is set up for maximum efficiency. And if you have a home office now that is “not working” (as I hear from so many of my […]

Organize Your Odds & Ends

Sometimes those odds and ends can accumulate all   over the house, and we just don’t know where to put them!  In order to truly have a “place for everything” you must identify those items in your house that don’t have a permanent home. To do this, take a walk through your house and play the […]

Fall is a Great Time to Organize Your Garage!

I think there are some common problems with garages that people share no matter where they live. They’re not just for keeping cars – we use garages to store bikes, lawn equipment, sports equipment, extra raw materials (like pieces of wood…)wood for fireplaces, tools – all kinds of stuff. For a lot of people this […]

Organize Your Basement Before you Remodel

At one time, basements were the last frontier with regard to sprucing up a home. They were often damp, gray and only used to do laundry and store things that couldn’t possibly fit in your living space. Nowadays, basements are often the focal point of a family’s living space. Newer homes are built with the […]

Re-Organizing a Child’s bedroom

view from door Not long ago, I held an in-home training session and we not only had a great time but also a role reversal. My clients/readers actually helped me re-organize my son’s room. Now you may think that is a sneaky way to get free help, but it was meant to be a learning […]

Time for the Great Toy Clean Out!

 Summer is a great time to help your kids do a Great Toy Clean Out! You have to call it that so it seems fun. And it really can be. Motivate your kids by finding a second hand kids store that will buy toys in good condition. Then let the kids keep the money. Or […]

The Basics of Clutter

Some common questions I get about the business of Organizing from both clients and reporters:  What’s the difference between “Collecting” and being a Hoarder? The people I see do less “collecting” and more impulsive shopping. Sometimes that shopping is for products called organizers in an effort to get them organized. In reality a product can’t […]

The Odd Couple Syndrome

I’m not a marriage counselor, but sometimes I play one at work.  Very often, during the course of an organizing project my client will tell me about the organizing habits of their spouse. Sometimes it is the absent spouse that is urging the other to “get organized.” Other times the one who has called me […]

Don’t Blame the Baskets!

Coming from a family of six children in a three bedroom house, clutter and limited space were inevitable. So when we all grew up and most of us were out of the house, what did my parents do? Put on an addition of course! They built a nice 20×20 family room with a closet. The […]

Organize for Your Health

People often assume that the goal of being organized is to have a nice house, or to be productive. But did you ever think about how your organizing skills can help you live a healthy life? I’m sure you have noticed that the opposite is true. Those who live in a cluttered home with no […]

Cleaning Out When a Loved One Has Died

Recently I had the experience of helping a family not only clean out their basement but deal with the death of their mother. The message I want to convey here is that although the task seems overwhelming, it can be done! (probably quicker than you think.) There are a few key steps to take though […]

How to Organize Your Garage

As a Professional Organizer I have organized a few garages in my day.  Some were in newer homes with nice walls and some in old homes in rural areas where they have a separate wooden structure.  Spring and Fall are great times to get your garage cleaned out primarily because you can take everything out, […]