Archive for December 2012

Shared Space; How to Live in Harmony in a Condo

Sunday morning I was in my happy place. Sitting at the kitchen table, eating homeade blueberry pancakes and reading the Sunday paper. I happened to glance over at the wall and saw some lovely water marks. Great. It appeared that my new neighbor’s radiator had leaked through my unit. That is life in a condo... Read more »

The Single Guy and Clutter; Chicks don't dig it

Some of my favorite projects are working with bachelors. Sometimes they stay in that college frame of mind a little too long. Hey, you don’t have to deck your place out in all Room and Board stuff, but a well putĀ  together place really impresses the chicks (not to mention a nice bottle of wine).... Read more »

Organizing Your Estate Papers

It’s a horrible and tragic thing to lose a loved one. Its even worse when the family has to spend time piecing together the estate paperwork along with clearing out the family home. The Wall Street Journal featured an article in 2011 called “The 25 Documents You Need BeforeĀ  You Die”. This article is a... Read more »

Receipt Management; to keep or toss

They are everywhere. I find them in purses, tucked in shelves, and even shoved in drawers. Like bunnies, they seem to multiply. We get receipts for everything from coffee to clothing purchases. Why is it so hard to get rid of them? Like most paper items, people don’t know what to do with them. Do... Read more »

The Organized Realtor

Some jobs are just paper heavy. No matter what way you spin it, you end up with a pile. A realtor’s job is no different. They are balancing multiple projects/clients at one time. The most important thing is to set up a good filing system. I recommend a portable file system for client files and... Read more »

In The Danger Zone: Why Parents Should Take Their Kids Mental Illness Very Seriously

My title may be Professional Organizer, but I do work a lot with clients who have mental challenges. As I have disclosed before, Bi Polar and ADD run in my family. I have grown up watching relatives struggle socially and emotionally to live normal lives. In my chosen field, I hold a speciality in helping... Read more »

Mental Illness/Guns; My Families Tragic Story

About 50 years ago my paternal grandmother decided she wanted to end her life. She simply went down to the basement, opened the gun cabinet, and shot herself. For the past several years she had been suffering from mental illness. Although she was never given a diagnosis, we believe she was Bi Polar. Her mother... Read more »

Memories of Life in Newtown; Why I never would imagine the Sandy Hook Tragedy

I spent the first five years of my life in Monroe, Connecticut. One town over from Newtown, the location of todays horrific school shooting. I was shaking when I heard the news. I could never in my wildest dreams imagine something like this happening in that quiet little town. I come from a huge family... Read more »

Consumable Gifts; A smart choice for the person that has it all

I am proud to say that my shopping is done! Every year, I do the majority of my shopping in October. It saves my sanity. I just glance at all the craziness of the month of December and smile! Done! Done! Done! One question I always struggle with it what to get my parents! Yes,... Read more »

Seniors and Safety; Its more than being organized

As you can imagine, I get a lot of calls from adult children who are worried about their parents. With a long life expenctancy, kids are doing what they can to keep their parents independent and in their homes as long as possible. This means making some serious changes. When you live in a decent... Read more »