My Blog

  • All
  • Challenges
  • Children
  • General Organizing
  • Holidays
  • Kitchen
  • Papers

Brilliant Books I Recommend About Overcoming Hoarding and Disorganization

Listen, we all like a pretty book with gorgeous photos of ultra-organized but not necessarily realistic spaces.  These books are super fun visuals and inspiring but they usually don’t cover the thoughts and feelings we have about our stuff.  For example this thought, “How do I get rid of stuff when I want to keep…

text reads simplify with a capsule wardrobe superimposed on top of a navy tee shirt, sunglasses, jeans and white tennis shoes

Building a Capsule Wardrobe: The Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style and Simplified Fashion

Written by guest blogger Kevin Connor of Inspired Organizers. In a world where fast fashion trends constantly come and go, creating a capsule wardrobe offers a refreshing approach to dressing with intention and versatility. A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of essential, timeless, and high-quality clothing items that can be mixed and matched to…

feeling free

Freedom From Clutter is Possible

Hey there! Let’s take a moment to declare our independence from clutter together. We all know how overwhelming it can be to have too many things filling up our physical and mental space. So, let’s make a pact to start simplifying and organizing our lives, one step at a time. Think about how good it…

text clear space surrounded by crushed post it notes

A Spring Scavenger Hunt to Clear Your Space

  I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of winter. I feel like a whole new person once I start seeing signs of spring. With the warmer weather comes a desire to clean and declutter our homes in anticipation of the spring season. Why not make it a bit more fun?…

sign that reads thrift stores want nice stuff

It’s okay to donate your nice things

  I’ve heard my clients say this more than once…….”Jill, this is too nice to give away!” My response is, “yes, that’s a nice __________, but here’s the thing, thrift stores LOVE nice things.” Clients often believe they should sell their items rather than donate them because it feels wasteful and they want to recoup some…

beach with christmas ornaments with text it's a wonderful time to thin out holiday decorations

Our tree topper has had a good run

This star has topped our tree for 24 years. This year of all years the star refused to light up, go figure. Our $10 star had a good run. I remember shopping for this star with my mom after she saw our star-less tree. A tree without a topper was unacceptable to my mom. She…

gift ideas

Nifty Gifty Ideas for any Holiday

I stink at choosing gifts because I agonize over each gift, buy it, return it and cross my fingers they like it.  Then I wised up and decided to stop buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff.  It didn’t feel aligned with who I am (the Queen of decluttering). If you want to be…

paint brushes with blue and white paint

Follow my system to organize your home

Since I started painting as a hobby in 2020, I notice that the organizing and painting processes have some similarities. It starts with a goal.  In my mind,  I’ll have an image of the completed painting I’m aiming for. Just like an image of the uncluttered space you have in mind. Getting started can be…

if not now then when sign

It’s a waste of time to wait until you’re READY

Are you waiting until you feel READY to start organizing, decluttering, and letting go? That day may never come, so let’s do it anyway. You might as well start before you think you are ready otherwise nothing will improve. Let me tell you about my sister Chris. She’s retired, lives in Florida, and has ADD.…

virtual organizing support

Get organized with virtual support from a professional

My virtual client transformed the top of her dresser! Isn’t this wild? (photos were shared with client’s permission)  And no, she did not shuffle the piles elsewhere, instead, she found homes for everything. It’s now a gorgeous dresser with sorted-out drawers. Clothing that was on its surface found a new home. The boxes of odds…

cluttered papers in file box

It feels great to be prepared and organized for your death

Most of us like to avoid thinking about leaving this earth.  One of the best gifts you can give the loved ones is to tell them your end-of-life wishes and to have your important papers organized and easy to find. The box in the photo is what my dad referred to as his “death box,”…

your stuff doesn't care if you love it

Downsizing when it gets emotional

Downsizing is emotional for humans. You might feel bad about letting things go but your stuff doesn’t care whether you keep them around, toss, recycle or donate them to the nearest thrift store. Acknowledging this might make the downsizing process a bit easier. We have to feel the feelings, deal with them, and heal our…