How to Get Organized at Home with Zones

As you declutter your home and create a plan to get organized and stay organized, it is a good idea to learn how to set up zones so that it is easy to put things back where they belong, and, more importantly, so you can find what you need. This process can take a lot … Read more

10 Ways to Organize and Repurpose a Fine China Collection

As a Professional Organizer with 20 years experience, I have been asked many times what to do with the china collection that has never been used. After all, it’s a collection and those aren’t actually meant be touched at all, are they? Well, that’s an ongoing debate if you are trying to become more organized … Read more

How to Get Your Very Own Minimalist Dream Dwelling

If you are embracing a minimalist lifestyle and are obsessed, like I am, with tiny homes, small spaces and living with less, this post will definitely be of interest to you. After all these years working in design and helping clients declutter and organize their lives, I know that less definitely gives you more. More … Read more

How to Sell Your Stuff and Declutter Your Life

My organizing clients ask me all the time about selling or donating items that they no longer want or need. I know it is difficult to accept that most of what you paid a lot of money for years ago is no longer valuable. There are exceptions to that for sure. Here are some helpful … Read more

The Six Best Ideas for Staging Your Home

I am not a professionally trained stager, but after 20 years of helping my clients move, I do know that decluttering your home is the first step to preparing it for sale. Even if you’re not selling, pretend you are staging and see how it feels. It will definitely be more open and inviting and … Read more

How to Get Ready to Move to a New Home

Are you thinking of moving and getting super stressed about where to start? Working as a Professional Organizer for so many years,  I have helped dozens of our busy clients prepare for their next move and unpack, organize and set up their new home.  With that experience in mind, here are 4 things you should … Read more

Ten Tips for Better Lighting in your Home

Who knew there was so much to know about lighting. What does that have to do with organizing and design you might ask? A lot actually. Proper thought and planning and choosing the right lighting can make or break your space. You know how much I love lists, so here goes.  Below are ten tips … Read more

Holiday Perfectionism Will Get You Nowhere!

Perfectionism can be a blessing and a curse. As a recovering perfectionist, I speak from experience.  When perfectionists do something, they do it really, really well.  Once they start something, they complete it but perhaps it takes them a little or a lot longer than others.  Perfectionists hold themselves and others to very high standards … Read more

How Childhood Affects our Relationship with Stuff

At some point in my 20 years of working as a Professional Organizer I began to notice just how much your childhood experiences with ‘stuff’ can affect your success or lack thereof with managing stuff in adulthood.  It’s not an unusual phenomenon but it may be difficult to change your behavior and relationship with stuff … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Changing Out Seasonal Clothing

I was recently working with a client changing out and storing summer clothing for winter wear.  It got me thinking about the pros and cons of this bi-annual to quarterly process and how it might be simplified. Let’s look at the benefits of swapping out seasonal clothing: It’s an opportunity to take inventory and determine … Read more

Finding Just the Right Container Isn’t Easy!

Trying to find just the right bin, basket, container or shelving unit for organizing a clients’ space can be so time consuming. Even after 20 years of helping my clients find just the right solution, it is still a challenge.  It is so important to spend the time to find just the right product so … Read more

Back to School Tips for Organizing Your Family

Can you believe it’s time to send your children back to school once again? Now, now, don’t get that excited, they might notice.  Parenting experts suggest that at this time of year the most important thing to do for your children is to get them back on a regular schedule a few days before school … Read more

Who’s Responsible for the Stuff?

Most of us are faced with dealing with other people’s stuff at some point in our lifetime.  It could be our parents’ stuff if they have to move to a senior care residence.  It could be other family member’s stuff if they sadly pass away. I have had discussions with many of my clients over … Read more

Don’t Be Afraid of Color Outside

In my last blog post about kitchen design one of the things I shared is not to be afraid of adding a little color or a lot of color. Well, I must tell you I saw some fabulous color while on vacation in Prince Edward Island last week. At the suggestion of my dad’s girlfriend … Read more