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 […]

Clutter Doesn’t Have a Positive Purpose

“I’ve been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. […]

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

When my clients come across something special that they want to keep but not necessarily display or interact with, I suggest we start a Memorabilia Box.  Like a treasure chest, it’s a safe place to keep precious items rather than tucking them in random places around the house where they can get lost. Some items […]

Go! Set! READY!

I’ve discovered the secret to keeping dirty dishes from multiplying in our kitchen sink: empty the dish drainer. (If we had a dishwasher, the secret would be emptying the dishwasher.) So much of the clutter and disorganization around us is a result of multi-step tasks being half done.  In her book It’s Hard to Make […]

Organizing is in the Air

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several friends and aquaintances say that they are feeling compelled to sort and weed through their homes. Of course, it is spring and, for some of us, spring cleaning can feel like a biological imperative.  Others of us are moving in the near future and want to prune […]

What Yoda Taught Me about Being Green

My husband Jim and I are big Star Wars fans, so when we saw a talking Yoda at Target a couple years ago, we just had to buy him.  Yoda cost $30, which was a nice chunk of change for us at the time.  But he talked!  He had no practical purpose at all, unless […]

My Little Chat with My Headband

Earlier this week I decided to say goodbye to my favorite headband.  I bought it in Australia when I was studying abroad in 1996.  The past 14 years have not been kind to it.  It’s seen a lot of wear and tear and it’s dropped into the toilet a few times (the toilet was always […]

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Last week I suggested a tip for setting up your closet at the beginning of a season in order to be able to weed out clothes you don’t wear later.  For those of you who are ready to weed that closet now, no matter what direction your hangers are facing, I have another tip.  Actually, […]