2016 was apparently a good year for insights on productivity. Fast Company’s 2016 article Why Saying This Four-Letter Word Can Transform Your Productivity continues to be a favorite of mine. Let’s face it: productivity (and the feared lack thereof) evokes an emotional response.Read More
Confession: The Guardian’s 2016 article Why Time Management is Ruining Our Lives by Oliver Burkeman was an open tab on my iPad for probably 4 months. The funny thing is, within a week of mustering the courage to close that unread article, Organizers starting buzzing about it on the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) list serve. I couldn’t escape it.Read More
I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to do a video on a system that I have created dozens of times over the years.
The BIGGEST problem many of my clients have is that of incoming mail. Most of the mail they keep is bills and statements.Read More
“Explain it to me like I’m a five year old” is something I say when something complicated needs to be broken down. That is why I love that the Pete the Cat cartoon series on Amazon put out an episode all about decluttering! …Read More
Yes. I know this from my years of experience as a professional organizer, but this quote puts it so accurately:
“One’s abode is ultimately and inevitably an exercise in autobiography.”
- Mayer Rus, Architectural Digest writerRead More
A month ago I posted two sentences author Suketu Mehta wrote at the end of his book on Bombay “Maximum City,” anticipating his return to the US:
“Surviving in a modern country involves dealing with an immense amount of paper. He who can stay on top of the paper wins.”Read More
Tomorrow I’ll return to Portland, OR for work - one of my favorite American cities. Being one of America’s best food towns, I’m already thinking about where I want to eat. Luckily, I’ve recorded every single restaurant I’ve eaten at starting with my 3 trips to Portland last year.Read More
Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness, was recently interviewed on Good Morning America. It’s a short interview that barely scratches the surface of her new book (of which I’ve only started), but there is a very helpful self-interview question in the accompanying article. On wether or not to keep a piece of clothing Rubin says:Read More
I really enjoy reading author/blogger Joshua Becker’s insightful Becoming Minimalist newsletters. He recently shared a post, A new planner won’t change your life. The first line stuck with me:
“One reason, I am convinced, we overspend and overbuy is because we expect too much from our purchases.”Read More
I’m a little late to the party with putting out a summer reading list, but I’ve heard that people read year-round...
Here are my favorite books of the year with my two sentence reviews. Enjoy.Read More
There it was - further validation of my career path buried in the last couple pages of a sweeping paean to Bombay, India (Maybe you know it as Mumbai.) Even with a few summer afternoons with reading as the only agenda item, it still took me 5 weeks to read Suketu Mehta’s book Maximum City, about his rediscovery of Bombay decades after having left for the United States as a child.Read More
It’s a rare treat when the question is: Should I have two desks?
If you’re running out of space for your piles and you think a second desk will help to address them, then, no. If that sounds like you, read my post Why a 2nd Desk Won’t Solve Your Problems.
If you find that your focus for deep work immediately falls flat when sitting at your computer desk then, maybe!Read More
In recent posts I’ve shared two of my videos on organizing memorabilia:
If you still feel overwhelmed after watching these, consider doing something like you see pictured here. Believe it or not, this is somewhat of an “after” shot...Read More
Tote bags are one of those items that regenerate as soon as you get rid of them. They’re also one of those items that are likely to be stashed in at least 5 different places in the house. Once you (or the organizer) consolidate them, you stare in horror at the pile.Read More
If I had a dime for every beautiful blank notebook I’ve found in my clients’ homes and offices……just WOW. Some blank notebook hoarders genuinely struggle with compulsive shopping in many life areas, and others just compulsively collect in this one area.Read More
The Hanging Storage Cubby by Uplift Desk is one of those products that had me screaming to myself, Why didn’t I think of that?! This solves a problem I see in so many offices: no desk drawers. You may know by know how much I love alternatives to filing cabinets…Read More
Nearly all of my office organizing clients are burdened by their inbox - the physical inbox with papers representing decisions to make and things to do. Throughout our relationship we are constantly evolving how we break-out to-dos. To see all of them together in one place is a crucial step, but often feels downright overwhelming.Read More
I’ve observed that there's something seemingly off-limits about donating anything handmade. It could be from a friend, child, or family member, and it’s equally true for our own handmade items. Just because it’s handmade though, doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. That is what I told myself when I decided to say goodbye to my college fabric dyeing class final project.Read More
Sorting through curated memories nearly always conjures smiles and storytelling. It’s such a joy walk down memory lane with my clients.
There are two problems though that are common:
Memorabilia is scattered.
Memorabilia has become utterly unruly.