Aesthetics

In a recent conversation with some fellow organizers we were discussing the different settings on a label maker; font sizes, borders, caps versus lowercase letter, the list goes on.  While to many the detail of how the label looks is insignificant, its purpose it to tell me what goes in the specific bin or file.  […]

Condense

When working with parents, often a challenge they face is how to deal with the masses of children’s drawings and schoolwork.  In the case of my mother, nearly all forms of art and every last spelling test for both of her children were kept beyond their college years.  Having those visual reminders of your children […]

Becoming a Gym Rat

Like so many people I’ve had a gym membership for several months, but unfortunately about 6 weeks after I got it last fall I was thrown for a loop by a knee injury (while swimming of all things, which was then compounded by a severe hamstring pull). So, for months the membership languished unused. Now […]

Think Like A Blonde

Think Like A Blonde

The blonde I have in mind is Goldilocks.  She understood the true meaning of fit – not too big, not too small – just right. This is a great principle to keep in mind when organizing your paper files (among other things!)  Are your categories too big or too small or just right for you?  A […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ending Home-less-ness

I believe that clutter is a state of home-less-ness and it’s time to end this sad condition! Everybody and everything needs and deserves a home, a place to call one’s own.  This is not an impossible task when dealing with our stuff.  Here’s 2 major causes that often result in  home-less-ness: NOT ENOUGH SPACE – […]

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 […]

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 […]