Navigating the mail

A tip about mail, gained from my former career in the USPS: One little-known fact about classes of mail is that, except for the one exception in caps below, ALL of what I term "consequence-related" mail will ALWAYS be sent first class. The other classes of mail usually include requests for donations, offers and coupons, newsletters, information about policies or accounts, etc. If any entity … [Read more...]

Every misplaced thing is just looking for a home

There's a sense of rightness I watch for when clients hit upon where something belongs. It might be my suggestion or their idea - it doesn't matter. What counts is that, from then on, they probably won't have to think about where to look for it. That's one major way I measure success in a project: Can clients find things easily and quickly? … [Read more...]

Why I always start with the “worst first”

The most common opening question I receive from a client in our first session is, "Where do we begin?" My standard answer is, "With whatever it is that causes you the most stress - that worst thing you can barely stand to look at or think about." This strategy offers both visual and psychological encouragement. Once the most difficult space, project or issue has been tamed, the remainder doesn't … [Read more...]

A well-rounded view of my organizing universe

Once is enough for me, so I posted most of my best ideas on Facebook from October 2012 to July 2013, and never looked back! For those who want to get a better idea of what I bring to my work, you might find my page interesting: https://www.facebook.com/WiserOrganizer     … [Read more...]

What are your time and peace of mind worth?

As an admitted compulsive minimalist, I've set what, for many, might be an extreme boundary: I don't pay attention to, check out, or follow up on any offers, options or coupons. (One exception: a substantial rebate on a high-ticket item, if it can't otherwise reasonably be avoided.) While freely admitting I'm missing out on saving pennies and dollars at every turn, I bask in the comforting … [Read more...]