12 Days of Clever, Meaningful Gift Ideas

Gifts can be meaningful and fun without adding more stuff to the recipient’s life.  If this is important to you but you need some inspiration, use this list.   As a plus, many of these gifts can be purchased on-line.  12 Days of Meaningful, Clever Gift Ideas  A one-year membership to Amazon Prime for the music,… [Read More]

It’s Okay if You Don’t Send Holiday Cards

Sending Christmas or other holiday cards to family and friends is a wonderful tradition but it can also be overwhelming, time consuming and not so enjoyable for some of us (including me). This tradition can be simplified if you want to continue sending cards but are finding it more and more difficult to find the… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Thin Out Your Holiday Decorations

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.  If the… [Read More]

4 Simple Steps to a Clutter-Free Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks? Don’t panic. It’s possible to organize four key areas of your home before Thanksgiving without organizing every hour of every day. Front entrance or porch: Make your home more inviting for your guests. Sweep the cobwebs away from your front door and sweep the porch. Give the welcome… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: User Manuals/Instruction Booklets

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.  If the… [Read More]

How To Keep Track of Your Monetary Donations and Prevent Confusion

If you’ve donated to charitable organizations in the past, you probably receive a thick stack mail from charities every week. It can be confusing and time consuming to keep up with the requests. It’s a common practice for charities to sell, share, or rent your contact information with other charities. This is why they appear… [Read More]

Do Professional Organizers Have Perfect Homes?

Professional organizers are fairly normal, lead normal lives and some even have messy homes. Clients ask me about the state of my house. Is it perfectly organized? Are all of my containers and shelves labeled? Is my clothing organized by color? The answer is NO. Even though I’m passionate about organization and enjoy helping others… [Read More]

How to Deal With Purchasing Mistakes

You are not the only one who has purchased something only to find out you don’t really need it or like it. I’m more likely to do this when it’s on sale or if I can’t find exactly what I want and I settle for the next best thing.Clearance sales, or any sale for that… [Read More]

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]