My Organizing Blog

Like Porn for Organizers

Recently, I picked up a copy of the magazine “Secrets of Getting Organized”, which is put out every spring by Better Homes and Gardens Special Publications. I had been included in an article in this magazine in the past, and was curious to see which of my colleagues were being quoted this year. The photos in this magazine were fantastic. Every home looked pristine and relaxing. The organizing ideas were creative and the decor color-coordinated. That’s when it hit me….

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Lighting a Fire

I’ve never been a smoker, so my experience with using matches was limited to lighting birthday candles once or twice a year. In recent years, however, I’ve begun enjoying fragrant candles in my home, and I’ve noticed something about the process of lighting a match. If I approach the process with timidity, the match does not light. However, if I approach the process with confidence and assertively rub the match across the striking surface, I’m almost always assured of success. I’ve started…

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Just In Case

I often hear the phrase “just in case” when I am helping clients reduce their clutter. I will pick up an item and ask, “Do you ever use this?”  The client will say, “No, but I want to keep it just in case.” I work through this with the client, exploring the various scenarios in which this item will be needed again, and how likely these scenarios are. I usually conclude, “And in the unlikely event that you need it, you can…

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When Clothing is Not Clothing

I’ve noticed this a lot recently when I’ve been helping clients organize their closets or dresser drawers. We are sorting the items into categories, and the client says, “Oh, I don’t wear that.  I keep it because it has a special memory associated with it.” As soon as I hear that, I say, “Then this isn’t clothing. This is memorabilia.”

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