How one of my clients systematically (and simply) dismantled her piles

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How my client used list-making to jump start an organizing project

 
  Big projects, like organizing boxes and boxes of photos, can feel daunting and overwhelming. See how you can quickly jump start any big organizing project and feel good about it instantly.
 

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

A simple coding system for big decluttering projects

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Client success story - An Artist’s Portfolio Drawer

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately - A realtor’s DC home office

DC real estate agent Dina Paxenos called me first in 2013 to organize her home office in the Petworth neighborhood.  Compared to many of my projects, Dina’s office didn’t look “that bad,” but she felt cluttered and wanted a clean slate.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How to label when you don’t want to look at labels.

Without labels, miscellany will surely creep in, rendering the most elegant of containers clutter catch-alls. But, we don’t always want big tacky labels turning our spaces into kindergarten rooms. This is why I often cut little custom labels to place on the top edge of a drawer.

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This was her favorite folder - one year later

In January I revisited a realtor client of mine who I see once per year to retouch her files for the new year.  Together we have created so many folders over the years.  When we came across this one, she said, “That is my favorite folder we’ve made!” 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Would this office make you smile?

Would this office make you smile?  Probably not.  That’s why you are great at what you do and I am great at what I do.  My new client, Chef Tony Marciante of Chef Tony's in Bethesda, MD captured me beaming amidst his project at hand this week.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

But do people really stay organized after you’re gone?

It’s not so much prospective clients who ask me this, but often when I explain what I do for a living to someone, they ask:

"But do people really stay organized after you're gone?” 

My honest answer is always along the lines of:

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately - mail and magazines!

This could not be a more typical scene out of my workday.  I’ve spent countless hours of my adult life standing in this exact scene, and oddly never tire of it.  In this case, the mail had made its way upstairs to her home office over the course of weeks.  We chose to bring it back downstairs because her large kitchen island was an easier sorting station.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Watch more behind-the-scenes Kacy on my Instagram Stories

Having a YouTube channel with over a hundred videos, I thought I had video down.  I just had a rude awakening though. Last week I was at a workshop for entrepreneurs where a TV producer drilled into our heads (jumping up and down screaming, actually) that we have to be creating videos all day every day or else our business is dead.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Los Angeles has one less messy office

L.A. has always been at the top of my list of American cities to visit, which is why I was thrilled when the stars aligned for me to work with a lovely woman in Northridge, CA in early November.  I spent three days exploring one of my new favorite cities and three and a half days organizing one of its home offices in need.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

(A Real) Portrait of a Professional Organizer

Last week I was so in my element buried under paper that I asked my client to capture the moment.  This snapshot could not be a more accurate representation of what my work looks like! You’re looking at bank statements and explanations of benefits that date back to the 1980s.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

New video: How to fake an office closet if short on storage

I’d rather spend hours sorting and tossing than strolling the pretty aisles of the Container Store. Simply putting things in boxes is rarely the answer, but sometimes a good workhorse of a product opens up a world - or wall - of possibility.  This was the case when we corralled my client’s scattered collection of The Container Store’s Like-It Modular Drawers to effectively create a supply closet in an office that was in dire need of one.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Why a 2nd desk won’t solve your problems

My client and I are so close to taking a gorgeous “after” shot of this office - we started in 2013!  No it hasn’t technically taken us this long to do the job.  We worked for about 20 hours back then, and largely fixed the systemic “behind the scenes” problems, and even cleared the entire extra table and most of the desk.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately - receipts, receipts, and receipts

If you ever spend your spare time wondering “Hmm, I wonder what Kacy Paide is doing right now,” hold this picture in your head.  When in doubt, I’m sorting receipts. This photo isn’t to indict any particular client because her pile of receipts could belong to pretty much any of my clients.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What it’s like to have me fly in to work with you.

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Things I’ve been organizing lately: The paper-stuffed backpack that kept her up at night

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.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately: “Chronic” file folders

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!  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What I’ve been organizing lately - A writer’s head

Two weeks ago when so many of you graciously replied to my request for feedback on what you want from The Inspired Office this year, you told me you are intrigued by my concept of “organizing your head,” but aren’t clear on what it means. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.