Tips to Building New Habits

Perhaps you are preparing to make some changes in the new year.  I’m not an advocate for New Year’s Resolutions, but for building new habits, one at a time. Whenever you decide to built a new habit, here are some tips to help you achieve your goal: Tie your new habit to an old habit.  […]

…and a partridge in a pear tree

12 drummers, 11 pipers, 10 lords, 9 ladies, 8 maids, 7 swans, 6 geese, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and don’t forget the 5 golden rings.  Do you think this is a bit excessive?  People who know me know that I’m all for glitter and I love this time of year […]

Stress in Physical Form

Surroundings, spaces, clutter can affect you in many ways.  Stress can, and often will, take on a physical form.  That space that causes you anxiety whenever you see it, could also affect you in a physical way – muscle aches, back pain, a cold.  The specific physical manifestation can differ for each person.  For me, […]

Never wear anything that panics the cat!

I LOVE this quote. It seems appropriate advice at this season of ghosts and goblins – but also serves as a reminder as I change over my clothes to the reality of darker, colder days. My closet overhaul takes time (and a full length mirror) because it is always a moment of reckoning. What shape is my body […]

MONDAY, MONDAY…CAN’T TRUST THAT DAY

MONDAY, MONDAY…CAN’T TRUST THAT DAY

Or maybe I can.  I’ve started reading David Allen’s classic Getting Things Done. He introduces the concept of the “open loop” – which he defines as “anything pulling at your attention that doesn’t belong where it is, the way it is.” These are the incompletes in life- big or small- that continually take up space in your […]

What’s so funny?

Maybe something’s in the air! It seems like every time I open a magazine or newspaper I run into a comic commentary on disorganization and clutter. Now I’m  thinking the funny-pages may be on to something.  The MOST important treasure in my Organizer’s Tool Kit is a sense of humor!  Really – can you imagine […]

What exactly do we do as professional organizers?

Someone once asked me if a professional organizer is “just a parent-figure telling people to ‘Go clean up your room!’”   No. Not even close.   Professional organizers may be experts, but we will never scold you like a parent. Instead, we will guide you along a path. We will:   Ask you questions to help […]

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

 I don’t know about you- but the way to my man’s heart is frequently through his wallet. Combine frugal Yankee traits with a lack-luster economy, and you may relate to his (and my) reaction to “wasting “ money. Nevertheless, it happens more than it might due to the simple fact of forgetting a cardinal rule of organizing: […]

Reasonably Organized – Balance, Not Perfection

 REA-SON-ABLE: 1a: being in accordance with reason; b: not extreme or excessive. 2 a: possessing sound judgment   A few weeks ago, we discussed a book by Kathy Waddill that said successful organizing for anyone means being "Reasonably" Organized. Success comes when a person allows for flexibility.      If you ask any of my family and […]