What is Holistic Organizing?

During a recent visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, my dear colleague Geralin Thomas, of Metropolitan Organizing, asked me to write a guest post for her blog answering the important question: “What is Holistic Organizing?” In recent years there have been an increasing number of professional organizers using this term, and, while I won’t attempt to […]

It’s All About Compromise

My fiancé and I recently purchased a new fan to replace one that was old, dirty and made an annoying rattling noise.  The new fan promptly made its way out of its box and into position in the house.  The old fan was to go to the dumpster-or so I thought.   The situation: my […]

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 […]

Long Distance Learning

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in England and, as always, the act of traveling taught me some great lessons. 1.) Less is more. 11 days with temperatures ranging from low 50’s to mid 80’s rain and sun. Here’s what I packed/wore: 1 skirt, 1 pr jeans, 1 pr black pants, 4 sweater […]

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 […]

The “Maine” File

Every summer, our family takes a vacation to a lakeside cottage in Maine.  Usually it’s my family of four plus my parents, who love to join us as we leave the world behind.  There’s no stress here.  No worries about work, schedules or deadlines.  And beyond the breathtaking landscape, what really makes the trip so […]

Mise en Place

Translated as “everything in place”, this French phrase is most commonly heard in kitchens.   Reason being, your work space, ingredients and tools need to be ready and organized before starting the cooking process.  Last weekend, my husband and I attended a cooking class for couples.  With two instructors and six couples, we spent a lot […]

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. […]

Organizing Changes More Than Your Space

I recently came across this great story in Mina Parker‘s book “Less is More: Meditations on Simplicity, Balance, and Real Abundance.” I thought it was a wonderful expression of how organizing your home can change far more than just your space. Bye Bye, Extra Stuff I recently heard a friend talking about how she had […]