My client has two gorgeous, huge heirloom trunks in her bedroom. They held clothing, but not well… Like I’ve said a thousand times before, “We should have taken a before shot!” You can probably imagine though what a stuffed trunk full of clothes typically looks like; Like strata, the closer to the bottom we got, the more folded (though more forgotten) items of clothing were. She couldn’t see what she had and therefore was mostly using the top few items.Read More
Though the vast amount of my time spent organizing is side by side with the client, there is the occasional situation where I find myself sorting solo if a client simply can’t be with me throughout the entire process. There are also the cases where we are sorting the items and papers of a client’s loved one without them being present.Read More
It can feel anticlimactic that the physical remains of a decades-long career sometimes fit neatly in a stack of boxes. Some of my clients have multiple boxes that they brought home on their last day of work, even if that last day was many, many years ago.Read More
The funny thing about drawers is that some of the most (seemingly) organized homes I’ve been in still suffer from messy drawers. There have been a number of homes I’ve worked in that are so orderly to the naked eye that I wonder where the mess is. Many years into this career, I know now that these facades indicate that we’ll be spending a lot of time organizing drawers.Read More
Last week I had the wonderful full-circle moment of working again with my VERY first client. Mike hired me in 2001 when he saw my ad in DC’s City Paper. I had no experience as an organizer, and stated my rates at $25/room and $80/for a whole home. Mike knew a good deal when he saw it and my strategy was to get some “firsts” under my belt.Read More
Years ago I helped a woman who could barely see the floor in her living room, bedrooms, and hallway. While sorting clothes, she shared something as she noticed it was happening.
“Kacy, everything I touch, I want to keep. Everything you touch, I want to let go of. How about you hold everything up as talk it through.”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
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 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
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
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.Read More
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!”Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More