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
Every once in a while a quote or passage grabs me in a way that I know, if revisited often, it will actually change my actions. This passage from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander was one of those. Merton speaks to the heart of busyness and the real casualty thereof: our “work for peace.”Read More
I LOVE a gift card and use them up pretty quickly (which is why it baffles me as to why I find so many unused gift cards in my work as an Organizer.) I knew you could mail them in to cardpool.com, but only just learned that Cardpool also accepts cards at thousands of Gift Card Exchange kiosks & cashier-assisted locations formerly owned by Coinstar.Read More
Last month I gave a workshop on decluttering - not just offices and paper, but decluttering as it applies to everything in the house. In planning it, I knew I had to share an excerpt from a new favorite book, Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. It gave me pause when I first read it because of all the reasons there are to hold on to things, this one was brand new to me:Read More
Creatives, especially artists, get a bad rap for not being organized. I know one though who is quite organized now that we’ve worked together, and was fairly organized before we met. She’s also an art teacher who is in a relatively new position. With that new role, she reached a critical mass of teaching materials for school, teaching materials for various other classes, and her own work over the years.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
According to consumer psychologists in CNN’s article The life-changing science of photographing your clutter,
"In studies conducted online and in person, we found that participants reported that they would experience less identity loss from donating a cherished item if they had photographed it or preserved the memory of it some other way.”Read More