Book Preview: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

At the end of our last organizing session together, a dear client gave me a parting gift.  It was the book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communtities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard. I haven’t read the book yet, but […]

Organizing Book Review: Growing-Up Organized by Lea Schneider

In preparation for my presentation “The ABC’s of Raising Organized Kids,” I’ve come across a little gem of a book. Growing-Up Organized: A Mom-to-Mom Guide by Lea Schneider is an easy-to-read book brimming over with practical suggestions for organizing both your home and your time.  It covers: Children’s bedrooms Closets Homework Toys Laundry Chores Time […]

Life in Rewind- Book Review

  The book Life in Rewind is the true story of Edward Zine who suffered from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  For those of you unfamiliar with this condition, OCD, according to Dr. Michael Jenike is a psychological disorder composed of intrusive thoughts, repetitive counting and checking , contamination issues, and hoarding.  In Edward’s case, […]

The Difference Between Hoarding and Collecting

The Difference Between Hoarding and Collecting

A common question people ask me when we discuss my work as a Professional Organizer is, “What is the difference between hoarding and collecting?”  This is a great question.  I have always answered it in my own way, but recently came across a great answer to the question in the book I am reading called […]

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life- Book Review

  The book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life does a good job of breaking down exactly where Things come from and why we have difficulty removing things from our lives.   If there is a particular aspect of the life of a Thing (acquisition, storing, removing) that is troubling for for you, […]

Things and Happiness

The following is a technique discussed in the book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky.  This book is packed with information on dealing with the Things in your life and how to determine which things are worthy of staying in your life.  Give this technique a try:  “Choose a room in […]

Organizing Your Craft Space- Book Review

Jo Packham, author of Organizing Your Craft Space, has written numerous crafting books.  After years of focusing on how to do crafts, she decided it was time to write a book about organizing and making the most of your craft space.  Her book looks at multiple crafts including stained glass/mosaics, rubber stamping/stencling, scrapbooking/paper crafts, beading, […]

Time Maps: Visualizing How You Spend Your Time

Do you feel like you’re overcommitted?  Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for you to get everything done? Maybe there aren’t. In her book Time Management from the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern explains that time is as limited as the space in your closet.  If you have too many clothes […]