It’s a joy and a challenge to work with a whip smart client who has tried it all and looks to me for some out-of-the-ordinary advice. I knew she and I would be working on her email last week. She didn’t want someone else to tell her to create more email folders and just reply to things on time.Read More
I declutter homes for a living. I hate free stuff. is one of those articles that leaves me screaming inside “I should have written this!” I didn’t though, so am very happy that DC organizer Nicole Anzia did.Read More
Last week I was organizing with my client in Houston, continuing a system that really excited her from my last visit. Monica has a spacious, beautiful home that, to the casual visitor, looks pretty organized. Lurking behind closed doors though were three rooms that had become repositories for clutter.Read More
In cleaning out my own Evernote this week I found a gem of an article that can no longer be found online (another reason why saving articles to Evernote is superior to bookmarks!).
This one happens to be a tear-out that I photographed while working with a client to thin her newspaper clippings.Read More
If you are a fan of The Onion’s humor and/or have grown children you must take a moment to enjoy Father Still has Complicated Series of File Folders with Grown Son’s Name on Them. This was shared with me by a client who has two grown children, and we started working together when they were still in high school!Read More
“Inertia” is a word I use often when talking about organizing. Even if relatively little progress is made in the beginning stages of a project, I always want the client to know how darn important it is that they’ve broken the inertia. It’s a point that usually gives someone pause.Read More
Not surprisingly, Bali was magical in so many different ways. From the views that were more than human eyes can take in, to the traditional healer who all but wiped out years of back pain, to the steady drip of raw and fresh food, we felt so appreciative for each beautiful moment.Read More
I’ve been waiting to write that subject line not just all year, but since the last time I was in Bali in 2002! I had the great pleasure of studying abroad in Bali for four months in 2000, and returned the following two years for a month each.Read More
It’s not often that I see an approach to organizing that is totally novel, but it happened when I worked in LA last fall. I helped a client organize a home office that was adjacent to her master bedroom. As I was frittering away with supplies in the office, she was slowly covering her bed and bedroom floor in at least a dozen piles of paper, each no more than a couple inches thick.Read More
“I’ll get rid of it once I learn how to wipe it clean” is something I hear every time I encounter a laptop, phone, iPad, or any other device that’s been discarded to the bottom of a drawer or back of a closet. Thankfully, Apple just made it infinitely easier to do this by announcing their buyback program for all Apple computers and devices.Read More
At the end of every year I compile a list of things I learned about organizing in the previous twelve months. 6 Things I Learned About Organizing in 2017 listed #5 as “Be explicit.” It was last year that I realized I had become much better at this, and that this is what the majority of my clients need from me.Read More
The one sentiment I hear from clients more than any other is “I should be able to do to this on my own, but for some reason I don’t. If you weren’t here, this would never get done, and with you it’s so much more fun!”Read More
File this under “How did I not know this existed?” This past week a client of mine showed me where he keeps 2 very important record books for his business. The data is also recorded digitally, but since he’s been generating project numbers by hand since the early days of his company, there’s a lot of nostalgia on those pages.Read More
Last week I was walking through Trader Joe’s when I stopped in my tracks upon sight of an exotic, elusive ingredient - freeze dried raspberries. "Huh", I thought, "I know I’ve been wanting to find these, but for the life of me I can’t remember why."Read More
To make a long story short, due to an HVAC install gone bad, we came home one night to a torrential downpour in our downstairs bedroom. The rug and hardwood were under an inch of water and it was rising fast. Thanks to Evernote, I was able to search “Rock Creek Gardens Emergency” which brought up the very page of my community’s 90+ page PDF handbook that I keep in Evernote.Read More
Last week one of my virtual clients shared with me that since our last call he had started the huge project of organizing his daily photos in his elderly mother’s home. Though it was and still is a daunting task, he felt so good that he had simply started. He pulled photos off of bookshelves and various stashes to group them all together. He has a lot of editing and sorting ahead of him, but is most excited to resurrect some long lost goodies to frame for his mom and share with family members.
Almost as an aside, he then mentioned that he did all of this after pulling out a legal pad and making a list of reasons why this will be an important, feel-good project to do. This wasn’t the result of any idea or nudge from his organizer, rather, a stroke of inspiration that he acted on that set the project in motion. I love this!!
On that list was anything from clearing space, to strengthening his bond with his siblings. He looked at the list, felt the life in it, and proceeded in a way he never had. I was SO proud.
Have you ever made a similar list? Can you think of any project that could get off the ground with a feel-good list of reasons to just start? Please share in the comments.
Last week my new client was giving me a tour of her home when she sheepishly shared that she and her husband sleep in separate bedrooms. I told her that Nic, my husband, and I do the same thing - and we’re practically newlyweds. She exclaimed - “Oh I feel SO much better!” This isn’t the first time I’ve had a near identical exchange.Read More
Last week I worked in Houston with a client I visited twice last year. The main goal of this trip was to thin out, sort, and better store my client’s collection of outdoor and survival supplies and gear. Last year we worked together on paper and office supplies.Read More