Getting Organized When You’re Organizationally Challenged

Everything we do involves organization and planning. No matter what we’re tackling, no matter how big (paying bills) or small (retrieving mail from the mailbox), we each use a generalized list of steps for completing our tasks (and some steps we repeat throughout the same task). But what if you’re someone sincerely challenged by organizational efforts? Does it ever feel …

January is GO Month So Let’s Get Going

  Did you know that January is Get Organized Month (or what the general organizing community refers to as GO month)? Makes sense when you think about it. January is a time of resolutions, reflection, and goal setting. It’s also the time of year when home and office organizing supplies typically go on sale, and when folks start acting on …

Look, Ma! I’m on TV

Truth: I am not actually on TV.  But, I did get to help the Garage Brothers on a recent episode of their DIY show “Garage Gold.” I was contacted by the producers at DIY TV and asked if I knew of anyone that needed their garage cleaned out. I referred the producers to one of my clients and then they asked if …

You’ve Got To Read This. Really.

I don’t often come across a book that I immediately think, “My clients would find this so helpful!” But I did with this one, and I have to share it with you all. Easy to read and practical, the book is called Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchin Rubin. As the title suggests, it’s …

4 Tips To Help Get Your Spooky On

It’s Halloween but we “ain’t afraid a’ no ghosts!” We ain’t even afraid of keeping our Halloween costumes, decorations, treats, tricks, and everything else delightfully managed throughout this fun fall season. Why? Because today our trick-or-treat bags contain four helpful Halloween organizing tips.  Costumes — Pieces and parts and packages and piles. How do you keep everything together so you’ll …

10 Things A Professional Organizer Will Never Say

Have you ever heard of someone who feels the need to clean his or her home before the cleaning lady arrives? I often find folks thinking similarly when they’ve hired a professional organizer—wanting to get things squared away, cleaned and organized before I arrive to help them with…well, the squaring away, cleaning and organizing! But honestly, that’s the last thing …

You Don’t Have to Move Mountains

Have you heard? Moving is considered one of life’s three biggest stressors. As if you needed a study to tell you that. But don’t worry, you’re not moving a mountain, you’re simply relocating a home. And that is completely doable. There is however, a secret to making the move easier and it’s one word: organization. And because there is already …

Organizing Receipts

Where do you keep your receipts? Some of us keep way to many receipts.  There are receipts in the car, at the bottom of the purse, in coat pockets, stuffed in drawers, stacked on top of dressers…does this sound like you?  I have a place in my purse that I keep receipts and every day I make it a happen …

Back to School Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of being on “Heart Filled Holidays” radio talkshow.  Listen to the podcast by downloading it or downloading for iTunes. Heart Filled Holidays writeup on the program: It’s back-to-school time so we’re chatting about ways to de-stress this time for the kids and make it more enjoyable for all, including those scary firsts like kindergarten and …

The Paper Game: Keep vs. Toss

What is the shape of your filing system? Are your filing drawers stuffed so full that it’s nearly impossible to get another piece of paper into —or out of — them?  Once a year, you should take time to review your files and purge as much as possible, leaving room for next year’s papers. DETERMINE WHAT TO KEEP As you …