…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 […]

WHAT, it’s not about the Stuff?

“WHAT, it’s not about the Stuff?” Wow!! I was really caught off guard by that theory!! Before starting as a Professional Organizer with Living Peace, LLC, I prided myself on what I thought organization was all about.  I had a clear vision of how I was going to use my “natural talent” to help others […]