What I’ve been organizing lately: a fashion designer’s office in NYC
Full disclosure, this wasn’t lately; about two years ago I was hired by a fashion designer in NYC. In going through some old before and afters, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t shared this story with my readers yet! This was a classic case of me wondering how we were going to fill the time for which she had hired me. Read More
If we’re not already making an effort to practice positive thinking, we certainly are aware of the benefits. I’m not here to go into the depths of why this works, or to explain how feelings create actions that create results, but rather to show specifically how to apply this to living a beautiful life. Read More
Here’s a very short review of a book I haven’t read. A client recently shared with me her excitement for her new copy of goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki. It already has me thinking, though I haven’t read any part of it. Of all she was telling me, these two pieces have really stuck: Read More
I don’t live and die by Marie Kondo’s word, and actually rarely prescribe her method to my clients, but I’m a huge fan. I love that her name has become a verb and that she’s layered the world with a fresh awareness of the impact of things on our spirit and mood. Read More
Want to know what it was that I bought that pushed these 4 mixing bowls out the door?
Ok, that tease wasn’t all that juicy. I wouldn’t care about my mixing bowls either if I were you. Read More
If you haven’t been on my YouTube channel in a few weeks, there’s a new crop of minimalism videos waiting for you! It’s hard to believe there are already 31 videos in this series alone. So many of my YouTube fans haven’t been to my site, and so many of my readers and clients haven’t seen my videos! Read More
Like nearly all of my clients I’ve flown to, Monica found me through a YouTube video. She’s not even sure she spent any time on my site before filling out the assessment and setting up a call. We worked together in April for 3 extremely productive days. We made incredible headway in clearing her kitchen and home office of paper. Read More
For as long as I can remember I’ve been U2 fan. However, the first cassette I ever bought was Milli Vanilli. My sister (8 years my senior) was so embarrassed by my musical taste, so she started feeding me what she was listening to. Two years previous in 1987, U2’s Joshua Tree album came out. Read More
When I tell people I’m a professional organizer, one of the first questions I’m often asked is, “Have you always been organized?” I certainly have been, but as you can see here, I wasn’t immune to the occasional messy flare-up! Read More
A couple of weeks ago I was poignantly reminded of how organizing is never about the “stuff.” A client from two years previous called with a new, urgent project. Since we had worked together, her husband had been placed into hospice care at home. Read More
I’m not a fan of trite organizing advice, but I live by the "one thing in, one thing out" rule. Right now I’m wearing a new pair of boots that came in the mail yesterday, and one pair of old boots that I haven’t worn in probably 4 years is sitting in the foyer, headed to the thrift store. Read More
If you’ve watched my One Thing In, One Thing Out video and are committed to letting go of as much as you bring in, boy have I got a link for you. Give Back Box is an organization that allows you to pack your empty cardboard boxes with donations to send in to your nearest participating Goodwill store - for FREE. Read More
As you know from my “Tour my home” post, Nic and I stayed with my parents for part of our AirBnb stint last month. One day I went on a wild tear through their house, purging not only their things, but my own. (Mom still hasn’t called to say anything of importance is missing!) Read More
This month Nic and I took AirBnb up on an offer we couldn’t refuse. A defense contractor was placing an employee for a month and thought our home was the perfect match for her. The offer looked too good to be true, but it checked out. Read More
Thank you so much to the 150 of you who replied to last week’s reader survey! I’m still combing through the results and learn something every time I peek in there. Read More
Like I just moved in.
These are common responses to a question I ask new clients: "What would a stranger assume about you if they walked into your office right now?" Read More
Everybody wants to know “how long should I keep records?” Each time I’m asked I refer clients to the IRS’s answer to this question to draw their own conclusions.
Most are surprised to learn that they are keeping tax documents for about 4 years longer than necessary. Read More
ast week Dr. Mike Doughty, host of The School Leadership Show invited me back after our first interview a couple of years ago. Focusing on school administrators, he was particularly interested in my work in summer 2016 with the staff of Christ Covenant School (read the post here). Read More
One of the best gifts I’ve received was from my sister last Christmas: the 660 Curries cookbook. My relationship with Indian food is healthy, passionate, and growing, especially now that I’m not dependent on Indian restaurants! After a few trips to the Indian grocer to round out my spice supply, I was off and running. Read More
Do you have “chronic” file folders? If you’re like most of my clients, you do.
Last week I was working with a client who I hadn’t seen in a year. In revisiting a step rack full of folders that we evaluate year after year, she realized that they were all empty! Read More