Archive for March 2013

Organizing Skills I Learned From My Parents

“How did you get to be organized?” That is always the million dollar question. The answer is, its how my brain works. Even as a child I loved to organize. One of my favorite things to do was to empty out my toybox and refill it with the toys. I had a huge wooden toy... Read more »

Salvation Army; Refusing and Cherry Picking Donations

Watch out! There is a new sheriff in town. He resides at the Salvation Army in Lakeview in Chicago. He will inspect your wares before you are allowed to donate at his facility. And if he doesn’t like what you have, he will turn you away. Yes, I am a regular Sanford and Son. I... Read more »

Letting Go Of Stuff; An Organizers Story

We all hold onto things that we don’t need or use anymore. Myself included. These items just sit in boxes and wait for us to make a decision on them. All my life I have wanted a little girl. A little mini me. A small version of myself with my crazy curls and a larger... Read more »

Your Parents Stuff; How to Get Through It And Keep Your Sanity

It’s a part of life. Losing a parent or a family member. Its not something that we look forward to or want to deal with. When it happens, it generally hits us like a ton of bricks. How does one grieve and deal with a parents/relatives stuff. One step at a time. Whether its your... Read more »

New Home, New Space- How to Prepare

When I showed up at the second viewing of my future condo, I had camera in hand and and a tape measure. I also had post it notes and a pad of paper with me. The realtor just kind of looked at me like I was a little crazy. Moving is not a fun process.... Read more »

Filing Systems- Which One Works For You

Yesterday I was helping a client work on her filing system. They were using a system in which the files are numbered and they keep a list of what is in which file. I have to admit, it was a big challenge for me. I cound not remember what was were and had to keep... Read more »

The Donating Dilemma- Just Get It Out

I find it everytime. Yup, I see those bags that you forgot about. You didn’t have time to get them out or you stuck them in the closet and forgot about them. Oh, did we just waste 30 minutes going through bags you forgot to donate? Don’t make donating items another project! Get them out!... Read more »

Clutter and Custody; Can Your Clutter Cause You To Lose Your Child

With two reality shows based on hoarding, this age old problem is coming out in the open. It’s estimated that 3 million people in the United States suffer from hoarding type issues. Even the DSM will be including hoarding in its own category this year. In the last year, I have been called by two... Read more »

How A Professional Organizer Stays Organized; Rules I Live By

For the last nine years, I have been organizing homes and offices for a living. In between running a business, I write blogs,articles, and give speeches. I also have a very active social life. How do I do it all and keep my sanity? Here are my top tips that I practice to keep my... Read more »

Chipping Away At the Piles or Home Clean Out; Which Method is Better for De Hoarding a House

There are two very different ways to handle de-hoarding a home. One is to chip away at the piles little by little and the second is to do a full house clean out. In my nine years of organizing, I have done both. There are advantages and disadvantages to both these methods. You have to... Read more »