Minimalism, Maximalism, or Equilibrium?

There has been a lot of talk in the interior design world about maximalism being “in” and minimalism being “out.” From what I’ve seen, the maximalism trend harkens back to the décor of the 1990s. It seems to be about mixing patterns – and a lot of them – in one space. Even though this … Read more

What Makes a Life Well Lived?

As more and more of us declutter and downsize, we find ourselves having practical and philosophical discussions about the purpose and meaning of life. Life and stuff are so intertwined that at some point, we may very well think about what makes a life well lived as we deal with our stuff. Recently, I attended … Read more

Mid-Century Modern Design Inspiration

I’m not sure I’ve told you yet about my true obsession (besides organizing, of course). I am totally, completely, over-the-top obsessed with mid-century modern (MCM) design. This quote sounds like a mission statement for simple and functional living and certainly speaks to me. It could almost be a motto to live by. “If it is not … Read more

Not Minimal Enough to Move

You would think that someone such as myself who is considered by all accounts to live a fairly minimal existence would very easily be able to pick up and move. Well… much to my dismay that doesn’t appear to be the case. Yes indeed, I am moving after just over three years of living in … Read more

A Place for Everything

I think there is life-changing magic in the most basic of organizing principles. It’s known as “a place for everything.” Since I started working as a professional organizer in 2003, I have shared this phrase as one of the keys to successfully organizing our homes, offices – and lives.   We “professionals” tend to glibly throw out … Read more

Life with Less

I’ve written about bringing less into your house, how you can do more with your life when you have less, and simplicity and its connection to minimalism.  And now, a few thoughts to share on the concept of “a life with less.” In a podcast by The Minimalists, this important fact is shared, “The easiest way … Read more

Do More with Less

As I spend time talking to clients about letting go of excess and taking control of their stuff – and their lives, I become more fascinated with how we can do more with less. It seems counter-intuitive, but here are a few examples to explain. Healthy Eating I helped a client get rid of all … Read more

Are You Oblivious to Clutter?

When you put something down as a reminder to do something, do you eventually walk past it and not notice it? Perhaps you have piles of magazines in your office to remind you to read them, but you no longer “see” them. In fact, they seemingly blend right in with the furniture. Maybe you have … Read more

Tidying Up and The Big Downsize

If you haven’t watched it, I’m sure you’ve heard people talking about it.  “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo is a Netflix series that has been viewed by millions, millions of her books have been sold and she has even introduced her own line of storage boxes.  Hmmm….isn’t that adding stuff back into your life? And now there’s … Read more

Book Resolution

I was chatting with a client about New Year’s resolutions – or lack thereof. She doesn’t make resolutions either, but she identified a couple of things she would like to change for the upcoming year. One of the things she wants to do is read more. She could make a book resolution. Apparently, during the … Read more