Direction vs. Speed

I was talking to a friend the other day, lamenting the fact that life can, indeed, be rough at times (and let’s be honest, those times can seem endless).  But this particular friend has started making real headway in “getting it together.”  I looked at him and said, “Hey, it’s not how fast you move; […]

The Honor of Sharing Space

As organizers, it is important to be ever mindful of the fact that we are being given the privilege, the honor, of sharing not just physical space with our clients, but mental, emotional, and spiritual space.  And it is that space, the intangible space, which actually matters more. I had the recent opportunity to work […]

Consequences: Eating and Organizing

Consequences: Eating and Organizing

I just got back from a week’s vacation and my clothes are feeling a little tight. The truth is my eating habits have been sliding for a while and the vacation just seemed to seal the deal. When I think of my meal choices and how little excercise I’ve been doing, I know I shouldn’t […]

Three Tips for Conquering Big Projects

My husband and I are moving this summer and we have been systematically sorting through all our things and weeding what we don’t need anymore/don’t want to carry up three flights of stairs into the new apartment. My husband has many, many books.  (Books are heavy!)  He’s also a librarian, so he sorted through his […]

Just Start Somewhere

Years ago, I worked in a bookstore and the manager asked me to create a large display.  He said I could be as creative as I wanted to be, just make sure it reflected the season (which happened to be Spring).  At first, I was excited.  I consider myself to be fairly creative and was […]

Do the Other Person a Favor and Tell Them, “No.”

This post is for all the people out there (like me) who have trouble saying “no” even when they are already overcommitted. One of my clients has been having her floors refinished.  All the furniture from her first floor is crammed into one room.  All the counters in her kitchen are full of the contents […]

Patting the Tail

So we all hold on to things that have meaning to us – old letters, pressed flowers, mugs, books, etc. We call them mementos and we cherish them, even as we shove them in a box and set them way back in the closet.   However, sometimes, for some people, what starts as one box […]

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

My husband and I are really excited about the home we’re moving into this summer.   It’s a beautiful old house near the Gloucester Harbor.   There’s a big front porch, a deck off the back, a little yard, and – possibly best of all – lots of storage space! But I don’t want to move in […]