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Try this if you need to get rid of items quickly

March 14, 2020 |

Sometimes a move to a different home is planned, other times it’s due to a crisis. My parents experienced both situations and moved 3 times in the last 9 years. Each move required downsizing because of space constraints. Fortunately, they’d downsized for decades and didn’t hang onto things that no longer served them. They continued…

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My dad’s wait is over

February 11, 2020

His 5-year wait ended.   Ever since my mom passed, dad envisioned once again being with his bride of 64 years. That long-awaited day arrived for him on December 29, 2019, with his passing. His kids and grandkids drove and flew into Madison to love on him during his last days. • We held his…

checklist organizing

Prepare for an exceptional morning–free checklist

January 9, 2020

I’m not a morning person. How about you? Do you start the day off feeling frazzled before your body is even vertical? I have my dad to thank for showing me the power of preparing for the next day by doing as much as possible the night before.  He really hated mornings.  His eyes were…

checklist before buying things

An essential checklist to prevent clutter and save money.

December 11, 2019

We all buy stuff, myself included, thinking….. That’s CUTE, I need it! I love her outfit, I want one just like it. It’s on sale, I gotta buy it now. I’m sad, worried, anxious so buying this thing will make me feel better. Oh my gosh, that gadget is just what I need. It’s the…

organizing encouragement

Try this if you hate sorting papers, decluttering, and making decisions

November 13, 2019

  I hate this!  {declared my client} Excuse me?  This is NOT something I want to hear while organizing with a client. I saw she was overwhelmed, annoyed and frustrated about the boxes of memorabilia, mostly papers, we discovered. It felt like an impossible feat for her to sort it all out. She wanted to…

compassionate organizing

Organizing is emotional

October 23, 2019

I noticed there was a change of plans when my client met me at her door with two outdoor seat cushions and a cup of coffee in her hand. She needed time to enjoy the beautiful morning and chat for a bit.  I realized organizing was gonna have to wait. Doing nothing is a challenge for…

reasons to not buy

Buying it, even when you like it, might not be the best decision

October 9, 2019

I was A F R A I D of this bike but I accepted my friend’s invitation to try it anyway. It’s not an ordinary bike, my friend owns an e-bike (electric). A bike with a throttle among other powerful features which scared me a bit.  No one has ever called me a thrill-seeking daredevil.…

remove clutter in spare room

Are you ready for overnight guests?

September 25, 2019

She had a sofa for a guest to sleep on but let’s just say the guest room was a bit neglected.  Here’s the thing…. guests were due to arrive and she was paralyzed by overwhelm.  She was feeling the external pressure to transform that space. I was thrilled she reached out for my help clearing…

tips to say no

Time management: How to say “no” when you feel obligated to say “yes”

September 18, 2019

Are you saying yes when you really want to say no? It’s hard for most of us to say no, especially when a favor is asked and you don’t want to let someone down. What if you changed your perception from when you respond to a request with a “no” you are being callous and…

how to make decisions about your stuff

How to make decisions based on truth not fear

August 21, 2019

The decision-making process, or determining what to keep and what not to keep, is fundamental to the organizing process. Many things are kept because of good intentions but when the truth be told, it was kept knowing it would never be used, looked at again or even thought about. Do these situations sound familiar? You’ve…

organizing habits

Your children are watching

July 17, 2019

RANSACKED, or at least turned upside down….that’s what I thought when I looked into our teenage daughter’s bedroom. My solution……..keep her door closed. I’m a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER who helps clients declutter their homes. I know, it doesn’t make any sense. We wanted to give her some autonomy with her space. Here’s what I could control.…

vacation checklist

Use this checklist before you leave home on vacation

June 25, 2019

Vacations are much anticipated and often necessary to recharge and reboot.  It can be stressful to prepare to leave, especially for adults with homes. There’s a lot to remember to do in order to ensure your home is ready to be unoccupied, yet appear occupied for a time period. Remove some of the pre-vacation stress…

a list of items to part with

How to declutter and decide to let go with confidence

June 8, 2019

Decisions are easy……said no one! As you declutter and downsize, you’ll be faced with lots of decisions. I’ve created a list for you to refer to when you’re undecided or you feel stuck. Use this list to guide you and help you let go of your excess things.   Toss, recycle, donate or sell the item…