Redfin Article on Home Organizing Tips

Recently I and other professional organizers were offered the opportunity to post organizing suggestions in an article from Redfin. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

“…but I might need it someday.”

This is a sentiment I hear often - and there is merit to it sometimes. We all know that many items aren't manufactured with the same quality that was considered standard a generation ago - and that aren't replaceable in today's market should the original be given away or sold. There's even a defensible reason to keep a duplicate of some possessions. But I've seen many cases where clients are … [Read more...]

One Hidden Blessing of Decluttering

I've discovered a relationship, sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, between clutter and abundance. There's something about too much stuff that can entrench old energy, and keep new life from flowing in. In the realms of physical and emotional health, and in nature itself, stagnation and blockage spell disease and dysfunction, and flow equates to harmony and well-being. It's refreshing and … [Read more...]

The VAL System of Organizing

I created the acronym VAL - as in the first three letters of the word value - to summarize three of the main principles I use in the great majority of projects: Visibility, Accessibility and Like with like. If newly organized items aren't visible or accessible, they fail the two most basic organizing standards. (Exceptions below.) If articles aren't placed like with like, the vision of having … [Read more...]

A Different Take on Donations

A friend was telling me about a decorative dish her deceased aunt had given her, which she'd never used. She'd come across it in a drawer occasionally, and thought it would be disloyal to her aunt's memory to let it go. Finally one day, she realized it would better to donate it, knowing that whomever bought it would find a use for it. She underwent a shift in her thinking which allowed her to … [Read more...]