Archive for April 2014

Going Through Family Stuff After a Death

When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is the stuff. ┬áIn some cases, your loved one has already downsized or purged their belongings. In other cases, you have a long time family home filled to the rim. Either way, this isn’t an easy process to handle. Depending on... Read more »

National Car Care Month 2014-Organizing Your Vehicle

Who knew April is National Car Care month? The Car is an extension of your home and tends to be neglected when it comes to organization. Many of our cars have dual purposes. I use my car not only for transportation to work and fun, but as a hauling vehicle. Yes, the Rav can fit... Read more »

Earth Day 2014: Simple Changes You Can Make To Become More Earth Friendly

Today is Earth Day. This world wide event was started by former US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. He was upset about the oil spills and felt we should all take better care of the earth. The event went global in 1990. Each year over a billion people participate in this wonderful day! We can... Read more »
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How To Have A Successful Garage Sale

So you have finished your spring cleaning and found that you have lots of stuff to get out of your home. There are several different options you can take- freecycle, donation pick up, or GARAGE SALE. a href=”http://www.chicagonow.com/organizing-with-erin/files/2014/04/garage-sale-signs.jpg”> I am seeing a huge trend of people having garage sales. They are money makers. Naperville(a suburb... Read more »

Family Communications Manager- An Organizers Role In Her Family

Last week was not a good week for the Kelly/Kessler family we are minus the patriarch of Kelly side of the family. Our very own secret agent man, the one that traveled the world, and was larger than life died from a massive aneurysm. The parential units could not be reached, so I got the... Read more »

How Soon Should You Purge Your Familes Stuff; After They Pass

Every summer my family made the trek back from Texas to Connecticut to visit family. It was the same thing every year. My grandma’s chicken soup, a day at the beach with my Auntie, Aunt Kates 4th of July party, and a peak inside my Aunt Adas closet. My Aunt Ada’s beloved husband Charlie had... Read more »
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Building Out Your Space- Is It Worth It?

Three years ago I fell in love with a great vintage condo, then I opened the master closet door. I could not speak. It was shelved like a pantry with one hanging bar! This was not going to cut it for me. The shelves were too large and any pile would topple. Who wants to... Read more »

Moving and Packing-Tips From A Pro

Aside from it being spring cleaning season, its also moving season. At the end of the school year, everyone is clammering to move and get settled. I jokingly call it “Christmas Season” for professional organizers. Why? Because you don’t know what you are walking into when you arrive to unpack and set up a house.... Read more »

Family Heirlooms; When The Kids Don't Want Your Stuff

I was speaking at a senior center last week and the question of the hour was “What do we do with our stuff? The kids don’t want it.” In the past, parents and grandparents would save their treasures for the next generation. It was expected that you would take your mother’s china, milk glass collection,... Read more »
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