I think sometimes our clients believe that we professional organizers are perfectly put-together, that we don’t have any messes or piles or junk drawers in our own lives. I’m here to tell you that it just ain’t so…and sorry if I’m bursting any bubbles! We organizers are quite human, and my worst hotspots are my […]
Every year, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) holds a nationwide conference. It’s packed with education, networking, and a vendor expo to keep us organizers up-to-date on tools, trends, and digital software/apps. This past April, they decided to change up the format into more of a retreat-style offering, so the focus was […]
There comes a time when you have to have a conversation with your kids about decluttering/donating their things. With my kids, it came when my son was around 8, and his bedroom floor was reduced to a one-layer high display of all of his put-it-together-yourself kits. Mini-trebuchets, papier-mache volcanos, replicas of pyramids and Lego fill-in-the-blank […]
Hello fellow empty nesters! Well, full disclosure: my fledglings have returned to the nest, but their stuff really does belong to them. Since many of us are in similar situations with kids who are at home/then not/then at home again, even if it’s college, it can be confusing to make decisions about their things. Here […]
In Part 1 of this topic, I discussed what Death Cleaning is: a technique originating in Sweden (“Dostadning”), death cleaning is a way to decrease your possessions over time so that your next of kin has much less to deal with (e.g. “get rid of”) after you pass away. I talked about my own process […]
Death cleaning, you say? A technique originating in Sweden (“Dostadning”), death cleaning is a way to decrease your possessions over time so that your next of kin has much less to deal with (e.g. “get rid of”) after you pass away. According to an article in the New York Post, “In Sweden, people start the […]
I was fortunate to attend a presentation a couple years ago to our local NAPO (National Association for Professional Organizers) chapter by Stephanie Bennett Vogt about clearing your home with spaciousness and intention. Stephanie is a leading space-clearing expert, international speaker, and blogger/author. I recently read her book A Year To Clear, “a journey of […]
Not all projects and causes of disorganization are the same, some simple and part of the everyday and others, well bigger and more emotional. In today’s Tuesday tip, Melissa shares insights and wisdom on the importance of being gentle and compassionate with yourself as you go through the organizing process.
As we move into the holiday season, many of you may be feeling a certain amount of dread or overwhelm as planning kicks in, not to mention all the advertising, sales and commercials everywhere you turn. Now that my kids are older, I can choose to ignore some of the marketing, but I remember how […]
In today’s Tuesday tip, Melissa Belliard, Living Peace professional organizer talks about using counter space and organizing a corner on your counter for use according to need and frequently used. Taking her suggestion and applying your specific need, you can have a little corner that works for you!