I Donated My Mom’s Favorite Dress

With a lump in my throat, I donated my mom’s favorite dress to charity shortly after she passed away. The dress was the last of her clothing that we stored in my home (their apartment had limited closet space) and it was the most difficult item to part with. I now have a sense of… [Read More]

5 Not-So-Obvious Things I’ve Learned as a Professional Organizer

I opened my business on a whim and a prayer in September of 2002, relying on my love of people and my organizing instincts. As you can imagine, I’ve learned quite a bit since then, including the following five not-so-obvious things: 1) Papers are the most common organizing challenge for people. Papers quickly pile up… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Bedroom Closet Floor

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Consign or Resell Wardrobe Pieces You’ve Edited From Your Closet

Don’t leave money hanging in your closet. Edit your clothing/accessories and take the items you no longer wear or like to a local consignment or resale store. Resale stores buy items on the spot. Consignment stores pay you a percentage of the selling price once the item sells. In order to have the most success… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Delete Emails

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Creating a Simple Home Inventory

It’s important to be prepared for an emergency and to have a plan for protecting your loved ones in place. A natural disaster or other catastrophic situation could cause you to lose your home and its contents. Do you know what’s under your roof? Insurance companies strongly suggest we document the contents of our homes…. [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Delete Phone Apps

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Organize Your Craft Supplies and Let Your Creative Juices Flow

If you are an enthusiastic crafter, you may have noticed that your crafting supplies have gotten out of hand, cluttering up your workspace. It’s often just as much fun to buy the supplies as it is to actually create the item. Imagine how awesome it would be to be able to find your supplies and… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Workout Room

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Organize To Prepare For A Baby’s Arrival

Organize and prepare your home a few weeks in advance of your baby’s arrival so you are able to snuggle your new family member as much as possible. I’m sharing some tips for parents of newborns this week. Shop early for essentials — delivery dates are only an estimate. If you’re a mom-to-be in a… [Read More]

How to Stop Procrastinating

I will do it later, tomorrow, someday, a rainy day or after I take a short nap. Are you a procrastinator? We tend to procrastinate when we feel overwhelmed. If a task feels too difficult to tackle, we may procrastinate. Stop procrastinating and start taking action with these simple and effective tips. 1. When you… [Read More]

How to Have Your Home Company Ready Well Before Company Arrives

Why do we frantically clean and declutter when we are expecting visitors? We fear having them see our mess, right? But, what if your home was company ready, peaceful and comfortable most of the time….for you, its full time resident?  You deserve it and YOU are worth it! Now I’m not proposing you maintain a… [Read More]

The 5 Possible Causes of Clutter and The Solutions

Do you look around your home and ask yourself, “How did I let it get this cluttered?” Please, don’t beat yourself up, instead let’s explore the causes and find a solution to ending the clutter cycle. Here are five possible causes. 1. Shopping. If purchases are still in their bags, boxes or have their price… [Read More]

Are Garage Sales Worth It?

Does the thought of holding a garage sale give you goosebumps or cause you to break out into a cold sweat? Garage sales were an annual event during my childhood. My mom actually thought they were fun and would select household items throughout the year to set aside for the summer sale. Last summer, I… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Media Cabinet

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Reduce Mail, Tip #5

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

Short and Sweet Decluttering Opportunities

Most days we encounter several short periods of time when our life is on pause while we wait for something to happen. Enjoy these breaks or use them as an opportunity to de-clutter or organize a very small area.  Think of these   short  and sweet  decluttering sessions as fun-sized—-like mini-candy bars. Waiting for someone… [Read More]

I Love It When My Clients Make These Statements

I enjoy working with clients and seeing them benefit from their hard work and focus. There are three phrases clients regularly exclaim that prove organization is worth the effort. 1. “That’s where that is, I’ve been looking all over for it!” This exclamation is music to my organizing ears. Clients are super excited and relieved… [Read More]

How Do You Work Up the Courage To Get Rid of Stuff?

How do work up the courage to get rid of stuff?  It’s rather frightening for many of us, isn’t it? When I’m contacted for hands-on organizing assistance, I always ask if they are ready to let go of stuff.  It’s crucial for you to be ready and in the right frame of mind in order… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Reduce Mail Tip #3

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Simply subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home…. [Read More]

You’re Gonna Want To Do This First

Who doesn’t love the container aisle with their lovely selection of useful tubs?  So much potential, so many different options.  You may salivate over the containers thinking they are the {easy} answer to all your clutter woes. Hold up there my organizing friends.  I  have {possibly} unwelcoming but money saving news for you.  You’ve gotta… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Reduce Mail Tip #2

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Reduce Mail, Tip #1

Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle nudge? Subscribe to my blog to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog. Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on decluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

What To Do When You’ve Run Out of Space

Uh-oh!  You’ve run out of space in your closet, junk drawer, bookshelf or {insert the name of the space here}.   Should you squeeze and squish more stuff into the space, encroach upon other available spaces, leave the stuff out, use the floor for storage or start looking at larger homes? Please, for the sake… [Read More]

No Clutter Gift Guide

What do you get the person that has everything…..or the person that literally has EVERYthing?!   It can actually be easier to find and give gifts that don’t add clutter because there are plenty of options. Click here for my clutter-free gift giving guide.  There is sure to be something for everyone on your list…. [Read More]