Why is Taking Summer Vacation So Important?

Do you have that little voice in your head that tells you there is no time to take a summer vacation? You are just way too busy! In the past, when I worked for someone else, it was a much easier decision because I had no choice. They made me book summer vacation several months … Read more

How to Reduce Overwhelm from Technology

Do you find yourself checking email, surfing the internet, and scanning social media to avoid working on other, probably more important, things? Technology is a wonderful procrastination tool, and that phone you can’t stop looking at all day is undoubtedly the culprit. It’s time to reduce overwhelm from technology! Do You Have Smartphone-itis? It’s everywhere, … Read more

7 Ways to Use Your Calendar to Get Things Done

If you want to accomplish your tasks and goals, organize your time using a calendar system. It can be an electronic calendar on your phone, tablet, or laptop. A shareable calendar (e.g., Google Calendar) can be beneficial if you are trying to coordinate your schedule with family members. You can also choose old-fashioned paper, such … Read more

5 Recommendations for Sourcing Home Office Furniture

During the past 20 years working as a Professional Organizer and Interior Decorator, I have decluttered and designed dozens of home offices. Having a functional and beautiful space to work from home is absolutely crucial whether you are working for someone else, running your own business, or managing your household. If you enjoy being in … Read more

How Managing Time Can Help You Get Organized

It might seem counterintuitive but, in my experience, one of the main reasons most people struggle with disorganization is that they have trouble managing time. Here’s the thing.  You can’t really manage time; you can only use it wisely to accomplish the most important things that you need to and want to do. And if … Read more

Schedule Time for Home Office Maintenance

If you created a home office, you probably thought that once you purged all the unnecessary stuff and set up your space with all that nice new furniture, you could sit back and relax because you completed your organizing project. However, maintaining your space is the third and final part of the organizing process. It’s … Read more

Clutter and Your Brain

In 2013, author Mikael Cho summarized some research about clutter and your brain. It is quite fascinating. He discovered that decreasing the amount you consume and reducing the amount of stuff you own can help you focus and be more creative. You will also have more time and money for the important things in life. … Read more

I Can’t Get Organized!

I came across an article I’ve been saving that really has nothing to do with organizing, “I won’t I won’t I won’t – you can’t make me” by Carl Duivenvorden.  However, the point he makes about the difference between “can’t” and “won’t” has everything to do with organizing. So many times clients have said to me, … Read more

Managing Your Energy

Let’s say you spend your entire day running from one meeting to the next, switching from one task to another. You’re constantly checking your phone, and on top of it all, you don’t get enough sleep. Isn’t that a typical day for most of us? And what’s wrong with that, apart from the fact that … Read more

Tuning into to Your Zen Brain

Have you ever wished for a more Zen brain? Is your brain constantly thinking about what you should be doing next or what you haven’t done? Do you find yourself making a mental list only to forget it later in the day? The good news is that there are strategies for quieting your mind, which I learned … Read more

The Tangled Mess Beneath the Desk

I can organize pretty much anything. The exception are cords and cables for electronic and computer devices. It’s as though I have a mental block when it comes to turning that tangled mess beneath the desk. Usually, when I see chaos, I can’t wait to dig in, sort, purge and set up a nicely organized … Read more

Can You Live a Good Enough Life?

Everything in life seems to come back to deciding what matters most. As long as your home and office are organized ‘enough’ so that you can function effectively and enjoy your space, forget about what others may think and go with what works for you.

Planning for Success – A Few Tips

Sometimes we get to the end of a week, we wonder where the time went and why we didn’t accomplish anything significant. I often work with clients to teach them time management skills and tips for planning for success. Then, I realize I should manage my time better. Why do we put off planning? In … Read more