What does a professional organizer do and when should you consider hiring one?

Some people aren’t sure what professional organizers do. In short, get started organizing, make decisions when you’re stuck, and keep you focused. We won’t force you to throw anything out, and we don’t judge you. Bottom line, we help you accomplish an overwhelming task you may have been putting off for years. I enjoy my… [Read More]

Lego Organizing Tips To Keep Them Off Your Floor

The iconic Lego bricks have been a long time childhood staple and provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. On the flip side, bare feet dislike them and they can be a bugger to organize. You may even feel guilty asking your kids to clean them up when they are in the middle… [Read More]

Consider Eliminating These 5 Perfectly Good Things

  You own some nice, perfectly good stuff which translates into “super hard to part with.” If we hang onto every single perfectly good, useful item, even when they haven’t proven useful to us, our spaces will lose their spaciousness. A house filled with good stuff leaves little room for friends, family, and relaxation. Here… [Read More]

Untangle and Organize Cords for Your Electronics

If your electronic cords and chargers are a tangled, unorganized mess you know how downright infuriating it can be when you need to find one. Sorting out the snarl every time you need to use one is also a big time waster. Take the time to label the end of every cord with the name… [Read More]

A Peek Inside My Home Office {Video} How to Find Your Ideal Work Space

  Can’t see the video?  Click here to view it. As a professional organizer, I’ve worked with clients who have called a variety of spaces their home offices. Common spaces like kitchen tables, nooks in bedrooms and sofas tend to be used more often than a spare room equipped with a large desk and shelving…. [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Electronics Backup For Peace of Mind

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]

Organize and Tidy Your Bathroom

How did the bathroom counter become so cluttered? The cabinets and drawers a jumble of personal care items? Your bathroom is a heavily used room and in some homes, it’s small, with little storage.   Our bodies require some upkeep, but let’s be real about how many products we need and use. Old products and… [Read More]

How Timers Can Help You Organize

My colleague, Ellen Delap, incoming president of the National Association of Professional Organizers is a guest blogger for this post.  Thank you Ellen! My Organizing Obsession: Timers It may not surprise you about my obsession with timers.  A timer is a vital tool for time management. It’s a monitoring device as well as an accountability… [Read More]

The Less Obvious Costs of Clutter

Clutter is costly, especially if it has caused you to lose checks/gift cards/money and resulted in added late fees. These are the more apparent monetary costs of clutter. There are other costs that are less obvious but still harmful. A poor credit score due to a late or missed bill payment. Switch to automatic bill… [Read More]

Learn How To Start Organizing Now With This Step By Step Tutortial

Learn how to get organized with this 4-part video series I created.  Each video is less than 4 minutes   because I want to provide you with enough guidance to encourage and motivate you without risking information overload.    You’ve been meaning to get organized but you struggle with or even resist starting.  Where do… [Read More]

Who Hires Professional Organizers?

Who hires a Professional Organizer?   Have you wondered this?   Maybe you’re hesitant to make that call for yourself because you think “I should be able to do it.”   That’s a normal response, but I want you to stop beating yourself up!  We all have our strengths, mine just happens to be organization Watch… [Read More]

Help Your Kids Edit Their Stuff Before the Holidays

The holidays are a fun time of year. Giving and receiving presents can be fun, but it can also add stress and clutter. It doesn’t have to be stressful if you are mindful about giving, and do a little editing of your children’s belongings before the onslaught of receiving. Over the next couple of weeks,… [Read More]

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]

Let Go while keeping the memories alive

I donated my mom’s favorite dress to charity a few months after her passing. I now have a sense of how my clients feel when they give away items once treasured by a loved one. I didn’t treasure or even like my mom’s special dress, but she loved it more than any other article 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]