Dealing with the “It’s Too Good to Give Away” Syndrome

So, here’s the scenario: You are decluttering. You’re doing a stellar job.  Lots of things are ready to leave your house and you will have more clear space! Uh oh, but then you come across that complete set of china (or antique bedframe or leather jacket) that you no longer have any use for.  You […]

Product Review: Elfa Door Rack

An often forgotten about space for storage is the back of doors.  The Elfa Door Rack takes advantage of that space with adjustable bins and overdoor hooks (no tools required!).  This product is  an easy addition to any kitchen, pantry or utilitiy room. I suggested this product to a client with a large family.  As […]

Vertical Shoe Storage Container used for Art Storage

I love to see storage pieces used in ways they may not be marketed for.  In this case, a vertical shoe organizer available at Ikea.  This plastic organizer is designed to be attached to a wall and store shoes.  A client of mine decided to purchase it to use for another purpose; art storage.  The […]

Memorabilia: What to Ask Yourself When Deciding What to Keep

A friend just emailed me asking me for some organizing advice.  “Is there any need to keep cards we received for our wedding?” The answer to that question would be different for everybody.  So here is the big question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to keep wedding cards or any kind of […]

Greeting Cards Organized in Hanging File Folders

A client of mine loves to give gifts and send greeting cards to friends and family.  She had been keeping her cards in several baskets but they were not in any order.  After sorting the cards into similar categories: birthday, holiday, sympathy and so on, and purging some cards that she no longer cared for […]

Piles on the Stairs: Proceed with Caution

The other day, I put a couple of papers on the stairs to take up with me next time I go up.  I told my husband that’s why I put them there.  Then he asked a very sensible question: “Should we get a basket to collect things on the stairs?” NO! Right now, those papers […]

Reproducing the Vacation Tranquility at Home

A client of mine told me a story of how she had to move out of her home temporarily and live in a much smaller apartment. She only took her utmost essentials. When she was able to move back into her home, she came to the sudden realization that she was able to live happily […]

Real World Organization: Wall of Games

My husband and I have some friends who like games just as much as we do.  I’m talking about board games.  While this is a great hobby, it does create the need for a way to store a large volume of boxes and game containers. My friends created this awesome shelving system to store and […]

Meal Planning Card System

My Meal Planning Story Many who know me well are aware that for years meal planning has been an achilles heel of mine. It always felt like it was too time consuming and burdonsome to make the effort. I’ve tried numerous systems and solutions including outsourcing the activity! I think, as a single person, cooking […]

Creating a Home Mail Center

We may not be sending handwritten letters to our friends anymore, but there’s always something still in the mailbox.  I wanted to give you three tips on how to create a home mail processing center. 1. Assign a home for incoming mail.  Whether it’s the corner of the table in the hallway or a paper […]