Honor the Memories, Not the Stuff

Attic’s packed to the gills.  Garages and basements loaded with boxes.  It’s all part of the age-old dilemma of what to do with all of our stuff.  I ask you this: do you really believe that the stuff holds the memory?  While I do believe there are sacred objects that should hold a place of […]

Grandma’s Got The Idea!

My grandmother has the right idea.  She is currently cleaning out her attic and determining what she wants to keep and what she would like to offer to family before it goes to the yard sale.   After collecting a category of items (games, books, holiday decorations), she sends in invitation to her family to […]

It’s All Part of the Party Plan

Last weekend, I threw a party for my husband’s birthday.  It was a milestone birthday and I was willing to undertake what I knew would be a daunting task; not because I didn’t know how to plan a party, but instead because of the sheer number of guests.  He has a very close and quite […]

What do “Organizing” and “Nourishing” have in common?

The title of my most recent presentation is “Nourishing Home, Peaceful Life,” and I’m sure there are a few people out there wondering whether I’ve gone on a health food kick or something. The answer is No. My favorite foods still have far more fat and sugar in them than any respectable dietician would approve. […]

Whistle While You Work

What motivates you?  Determine how you work best.  Do you need quiet, do you like some background music or do you prefer to be in a busy environment?  Accommodating your needs and preferences will largely aid you in getting your work done.  Don’t be afraid to set aside time in the day to work with […]

Three Tips for Conquering Big Projects

My husband and I are moving this summer and we have been systematically sorting through all our things and weeding what we don’t need anymore/don’t want to carry up three flights of stairs into the new apartment. My husband has many, many books.  (Books are heavy!)  He’s also a librarian, so he sorted through his […]

Mise en Place

Translated as “everything in place”, this French phrase is most commonly heard in kitchens.   Reason being, your work space, ingredients and tools need to be ready and organized before starting the cooking process.  Last weekend, my husband and I attended a cooking class for couples.  With two instructors and six couples, we spent a lot […]

Clutter Doesn’t Have a Positive Purpose

“I’ve been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. […]

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

When my clients come across something special that they want to keep but not necessarily display or interact with, I suggest we start a Memorabilia Box.  Like a treasure chest, it’s a safe place to keep precious items rather than tucking them in random places around the house where they can get lost. Some items […]

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Last week I suggested a tip for setting up your closet at the beginning of a season in order to be able to weed out clothes you don’t wear later.  For those of you who are ready to weed that closet now, no matter what direction your hangers are facing, I have another tip.  Actually, […]