Help Your Spouse Become More Organized

5 ways to get your family to clean up

I am a contributor to Organizing Made Fun, an awesome organizing blog.  Here is what I wrote about this month. What if you thrive on organization and prefer a clutter-free home while your partner is the complete opposite and doesn’t seem to understand the importance of organization? It’s not an uncommon situation. As a professional… [Read More]

3 {Facetious} Reasons To Leave Your Stuff Out So You Can Find It

Do you resist putting your stuff away because you don’t have the energy or you want to be able to find it?  This might be a good solution for a limited number of things but leaving a lot of stuff out creates piles of clutter, confusion and sometimes a big mess. There are 3 {facetious} Reasons… [Read More]

Are You Afraid to Get Rid of Stuff?

My daughter's first day of kindergarten.

During the decluttering process you may find that fear prevents you from getting rid of stuff. Fear won’t let you move forward, it keeps you stuck. You are afraid that you might need the stuff “someday.” When FEAR takes a hold of you, try this……ask yourself what would happen if I need it? How bad… [Read More]

[Day 3] Fridge Door: Kitchen Clutter Clear Out


Okay folks.  It’s day 3 of the kitchen clutter clear out.  I’m going to share some tips to help you de-clutter the door of your fridge. Have you noticed how I’m dividing kitchen organization into very small, manageable projects?  This is a good habit to get into. Simply divide your house into small organizing projects… [Read More]

[Day 2] Top of Fridge: Kitchen Clutter Clear Out


Do you have clutter on the top of your fridge?  It’s really hard not to use that space for storage clutter.  It’s a flat surface, out of the way, and perfect for the stuff you can’t fit into a cabinet. Unfortunately, once we put stuff up there, we tend to forget about it.   Has… [Read More]

Perfect, Clutter-Free Mom’s Day Gifts

Mother and Daughter Holding a Bouquet of Flowers

If you want to honor your mom, grandmother or someone who has been “like a mom” to you, there are some wonderful, meaningful options that will not add clutter to their lives. First of all, consider the following: Has she dropped gift hints?  If so, then at least you know she wants the gift and… [Read More]

Free Paper Shredding Events

eye of the gerbera

Spring is the time of year for filing taxes, disappearing piles of snirt (snow+dirt), de-cluttering and FREE paper shredding events. If you live in the Madison, WI area, click here for a list of local events. These events are happening all over the U.S.  Search the internet for events going on in your area.  

15 Minutes to a De-Cluttered Home

the buck garden in new jersay

Spring is the time of year where I really get in the mood to lighten up and let go of the clutter.  How about you?  Are you ready for a change? If are ready to kick out the clutter, join my 30 Day Spring De-Cluttering Challenge.  Receive support, motivation, and daily organizing tasks.  It begins… [Read More]

Too many donation requests from charities?


If you have donated to charitable organizations in the past you probably receive several donation requests in your mailbox every week.  Did you know some charities sell, share or rent your information with other charities?  It’s confusing and time consuming to keep up with the solicitations.  You wonder, didn’t I donate to this charity already?… [Read More]

Is your collection meaningful or a burden?


Most of us have collected one thing or another during our lives.  Our collection grows, sometimes out of control, once we tell someone about our collection.  We receive pieces to add to our as gifts than we may have intended to collect. What do you collect? I was a collector, until I outgrew my collections…. [Read More]

Organizing the dining room so you may dine

Traditional Style Dining Room

Has your dining room become a room to dump items you bring into your home, items you recently purchased, or a room for projects?  When was the last time you dined in your dining room?  Even if you rarely this room, wouldn’t it be nice to have it organized and clutter-free? Set up containers for… [Read More]

De-clutter your way to organization

De-cluttering your home will result in a more organized home.  We all have too much stuff.  Even the professional organizer has too much stuff!  I’m constantly de-cluttering and putting things back where they belong to maintain an organized home. Just imagine if we pared down our belongings by a third! We will have less to… [Read More]

Closet Tips Galore!


  It’s National “Get Organized” month.  Is your closet full of clothing you don’t wear?  Is it unorganized and uninviting?  Hop on over to this month’s Blog Carnival featuring closet organizing tips from professional organizers–including ME:) Now is the time to get your closet in order so you may get dressed…..not stressed!  Start with these… [Read More]

5 Areas to Edit and Create Space as a Result


              There are 5 key areas in most homes that become overstuffed and need regular editing or purging to keep them organized and to create space.  Editing on a regular basis will prevent you from out-growing your space. 1. Files:  Open your file drawers, glance at the files, look… [Read More]

A client makes an unconventional decision


Deferred decisions or the lack of decisions tend to cause disorganization, clutter and chaos!  Think about it, if you don’t make a decision about whether to keep something, decide where to put things, decide on commitments/activities to participate in, decide to maintain organization, or decide to ask for help you aren’t going to change your… [Read More]

Favorite Organizing Tool #4

Laundry Basket

            The basic laundry basket. Why is it one of my favorite tools?  It’s a useful organizing container for many areas of your home, not just the laundry room. I’ve used laundry baskets to hold balls, sand toys, and more in client’s garages, for toys and dress-up clothing in play… [Read More]

Favorite Organizing Tool #3


The Sharpie, or any permanent marker. Why is it one of my favorite organizing tools?  It’s permanent, quick to label and writes on most surfaces. I carry one in my back pocket while working with clients and have written directly on the container or used masking or duct tape to create a quick label. Do… [Read More]

Favorite Organizing Tool #2


Plastic food containers.  Square or rectangular. Why are they one of my favorite organizing tools?  Because they are affordable, keep a category of items together, reusable, and also are fun to play with.  They were a better source of  entertainment for my daughter than her toys. I’ve used plastic food containers in my pantry as… [Read More]

Favorite Organizing Tool #1

Bike tour food

  The zip top plastic bag.  I always have these bags, in several sizes, with me when I work with clients. Generic or name brand….it doesn’t matter. Why is it one of my favorite tools?   Because it contains a small group of items together, it protects it’s contents,  it’s inexpensive and it may be washed… [Read More]

Grateful for clutter?

be thankful

My previous post focused on feeling burdened by clutter but there are times when our abundance can make us feel grateful.   Seriously Jill, feel grateful for piles of stuff that cause stress, cost us money and time?  Yes!  We live in a country where many of us have all the stuff we need plus much… [Read More]

Has your stuff become a burden?

A closet full of clothes (some of which will be packed away until spring)

Do you own your stuff or does it own you?  We become very attached to our stuff and at times it may feel like a burden. Your stuff may have control over you if … Your credit cards are maxed out from buying stuff. You feel guilty letting go of stuff because you paid a… [Read More]

Make a decision


Your house fills up with stuff, your calendar fills up with commitments, and your papers pile up waiting for the next action.  Deferred decisions, lack of decisions, and procrastination are all causes of clutter.  Start making decisions and you will discover a solution for clutter, piles, and too much stuff. Purchasing decisions:  Before you purchase… [Read More]

Daily pick-up

Tripping over clutter or having it glaring at you as you get out of bed probably isn’t the finest way to start the day. What if you started your day without a having to face dirty dishes in every room, tripping over assorted shoes, feeling toys squished under your bare feet, and clothing draped over… [Read More]

Put it back where you found it

Having trouble staying organized?  Ever wonder why your house seems to fall out of order shortly after you restored order? Let me ask you this….after you are finished using something, do you put it away? If your answer is NO! it’s time to make a change that will change your life…seriously.  Instead of just leaving… [Read More]

One in, one out rule

Now that you have a donation station, it’s time to put it to good use.  When you purchase and item, find something to donate and put it in one of your  donation station container.  Better yet, if you seriously need to un-stuff your home, donate 2-3 items for every item you acquire.   It’s called… [Read More]