Gifts Should Not Be A Burden

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted.  This week it’s all about gifts. Have you been blessed by thoughtful and well-meaning gift givers? It feels good to receive gifts from loved ones, but then again, some gifts end up adding clutter to our homes. Click here for tips to help you stay more organized after unwrapping the… [Read More]

Where Do I Begin Organizing?

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  I’ve been a professional organizer since 2002. Many of my clients have told me that getting started is the most difficult part of the organizing process, especially when they have tried to organize on their own. If you find this to be true, I have three strategies that will help you not only start… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Toys/Games

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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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

4 Tips For Gift Wrapping The Easy Way

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted.  This week it’s all about gift wrapping. I have always envied those who have the gift wrapping “gene.” After decades of wrapping gifts, I still haven’t mastered corner creasing. Whether you are the Queen/King of gift wrapping, or somewhat challenged like me, I have some suggestions simplifying gift wrapping.  Find the… [Read More]

7 Tips To Prepare The Guest Bedroom For Holiday Guests

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. I can’t remember a Christmas when we haven’t had at least one guest in our basement. If overnight guests are heading your direction, here are some tips that will help you be prepared so you can enjoy their visit.  Head over to Clutter… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Guest Room

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home. If… [Read More]

Help Your Spouse Become More Organized

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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]

Gifts That Don’t Become Clutter

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week.   Have you started Christmas shopping? I used to dread it because I would get anxious about whether I bought the “right” gift. You wouldn’t believe how much time I spent returning gifts because I found something “better.” I’m a professional organizer; the last… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Earrings

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

Clutter Free for the Holidays

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. Will you be entertaining family and friends during the holidays? If your home is cluttered, this might make you feel anxious. Removing clutter is a good way to start the organizing process and an important step in maintaining organization. As a professional organizer, I don’t recommend stashing… [Read More]

It’s fun to give things away!

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  A client wanted to donate this booster chair. I loaded it into my car, with the rest of her donations, for a drop-off at Goodwill on my way home. Unfortunately, Goodwill would not accept it due to liability issues.  Bummer!  It was certainly too nice to toss in the trash and I was sure… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Empty Jars

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home. If… [Read More]

First, Lose The Guilt. Then Your Stuff.

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. Fear can deter you from cutting the emotional ties to clutter.  In addition, the feeling of guilt may also sidetrack your attempts at downsizing.  Would you like some tips for overcoming guilt and freeing yourself from stuff?  Read about them at Clutter Interrupted.

Procrastination could have injured my dog

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Yep, I do procrastinate.   For instance, I meant to move my eyeglasses and their case from the coffee table. I looked at them every day and said to myself, “I gotta move those somewhere safe….away from our 1 year old labrador’s reach.” Recently I arrived home to find my spare eyeglass case on the… [Read More]

Cut the Emotional Ties to Clutter

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. A statement I hear frequently from clients is, “Jill, why is it so hard for me to get rid of this stuff?” It’s probably because you and your belongings have a history together, and sometimes this history threatens to keep you and your… [Read More]

Free Madison Community Event: Paper Shredding

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Clean out your files and safely dispose of your documents at a free paper shredding event: Madison, WI Saturday, September 13, 2014. All the details are here. Shred these documents listed here.

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Fill One Container

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home. If… [Read More]

Make A DECISION To Eliminate Clutter

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I blog bi-weekly at  Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week.   Not making decisions or delaying them causes disorganization, clutter and even chaos. Think about it. If you don’t make a decision about what to keep, where to put things or when to ask for help, you’re not going to be organized. I’d like… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Workout Clothing

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

Containers Can Be Another Type Of Clutter

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. Do you drool over the container section at Target? Do you imagine all the possibilities those containers hold and how they are the answer to your organizing prayers? I hate to break it to you, but containers can just become another type of… [Read More]

5 Ways To Save Space In Your Garage For The Car

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. Is your garage full of stuff you rarely use while your vehicles are forced to park in the driveway? Besides our vehicle and a fishing boat, our garage is home to a lot of items. Most of this stuff belongs to my husband,… [Read More]

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: File Coupons

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

4 Organizing Systems You Must Implement To Maintain Organized Spaces

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted. Here is what I’m talking about this week. Establishing organizing systems is the most important part of the organizing process. Without systems in place, your space will quickly become disorganized again. Read about the 4 Organizing Systems at Clutter Interrupted.

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Pens and Pencils

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe 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 de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If… [Read More]

2 Questions You Must Ask When Finding Storage Solutions

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I blog bi-weekly at Clutter Interrupted.  Here is what I’m talking about this week.   This step focuses on finding homes for the items you decided to keep during the sorting step. You also will determine whether you actually need to purchase storage containers. Don’t run to the store just yet. Read about the 2 Questions… [Read More]