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.
The irony isn’t lost on me that in scouring my Evernote for a particular article that I saved, I came across a gem of an article that a client sent to me in 2013 that I had never shared on how when we save too much, what’s truly save-worthy gets shadowed by what’s not.Read More
The Mac menubar is prime real estate that, if carefully populated, can be quite the powerhouse of daily tools. Two of my favorites are WeatherBug and Menubar countdown. Sadly, Menubar countdown is no longer available, but there are many other similar options under “Time Apps” at www.macmenubar.com. I know people who love and use the Thyme app.Read More
I love/hate a good journalistic piece that gets me fired up about rampant and environmentally damaging consumerism. The Atlantic delivers with the 6 minute America’s dopamine-fueled shopping addiction. It explains the double dopamine hit we get with internet shopping: the moments of purchase and delivery.Read More
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
A big thing my clients struggle with is inertia - for all sorts of reasons. What I love about my job is that we not only break it, but sometimes get results like this in 3 hours when it had been put off for YEARS!Read More
Just this week I came across the box pictured here in a client’s home. That’s my handwriting from December. We had run out of time in our session and I knew I wouldn’t see her again for probably a couple months.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
So you’ve made some tough cuts and are finally willing to let go of what amounts to staggering tangle of old electronics. Woohoo! This is just part one though.
It’s so easy to just load them into a contractors’ bag and drag them to the curb, especially since there’s something especially liberating about decluttering mystery cords and obsolete gadgetsRead 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
At first glance these may not look like the progress shots they are.
A problem many of my clients have is the lack of room to spread out and sort. If you simply don’t have floor or table space, you can spin your wheels shuffling things around, sometimes making things worse.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
I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’ve written 475 blog posts, especially since I absolutely do not consider myself to be a blogger. In 2008 I started sending a weekly newsletter. That first one went out to under 100 people. Nine years later I’m still (sort-of) sending it weekly, but I average over post per week.Read More
My dad is in his late 70s and surprisingly, not getting any younger. To make a very long story very short he was born in Estonia in 1938, fled Soviet occupation as a little boy, and learned English when finally arriving in the US in 1950. He regrets not teaching my sister and me any Estonian and we certainly regret not demanding it! He thought it was a dead language - luckily, it’s not.
Growing up I was around the Estonian language quite a bit, as his mother lived nearby. We’ve been to Estonia as a family twice and naturally he speaks it there. The last trip was in 2013 and I’ve heard nearly no Estonian since. That’s why I was surprised to hear him speaking it a few weeks ago when I walked into my parents’ house. He was on the phone with his distant cousin.
I let my recorder run and ten minutes later, the conversation was captured in Evernote, safe and sound in my “Family” notebook. I simply uploaded the sound file from my iPhone’s Voice Memos app. I also could have recorded it directly into Evernote with their app.
As a little kid, Estonian just sounded like gobbledy gook. Unfortunately, it still does, but I want to always have access to Dad speaking it. Never heard Estonian? (Really, who has?) Listen to my dad’s (supposedly very mundane) conversation in my note here.
Curious to finally learn how to use Evernote? Already a user but want to know all of its tricks? We can do that in-person or virtually.
Professional Organizers’ inboxes are flooded these days with articles on Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show. All that I’ve read are glowing, and deservedly so, but one article a client texted to me this week suggested such an enticing layer to its popularity.Read More
What pleased me as much as the recent announcement of Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo was seeing how well-received the show has been with professional organizers. They day after its premier, my NAPO listserv was abuzz with positive reviews.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