Archive for August 2014

Ten Years In The Trenches; What I Have Learned About Hoarding

For the last ten years, I have been organizing homes and offices. One of my specialties is helping hoarders find their way and establish some clarity in their homes. I have seen it all. Sometimes I am successful in helping them making positive changes in their lives, other times not. There are days when I... Read more »

How To Be An Organized Traveler

In the midst of all the craziness of work, I had to plan for a trip. Yup, I am taking a much needed break. Some people are professional travelers, they have their system down. Others throw it all in a suitcase and hope they don’t forget anything. Me, I have my own system. Here is... Read more »

Where Is The Love; No Gratitude At Salvation Army or Goodwill

I am in the throws of full organizing season. I am driving around with the seats down in the back of my Rav4. This summer I have been an unpacking and hauling queen. Everyone is shedding a layer or two of stuff. I think I have seen the ladies at the consignment shop and the... Read more »

Time Management for the Returning College Student

Tonight I am giving a speech at a community college to students that have returned to college at an older age. My goal is to give them time management tips for balancing their home life and school work. It makes me think back to my days at the University of North Texas. I was pretty... Read more »

Why You Should Purge On A Regular Basis

As you can imagine, I have been called in to purge homes that people have lived in for 30 plus years. And they are quite full. I always ask “Why didn’t you purge each year?” I always get the same response ” Why should we, there was plenty of room.” And that full home will... Read more »

Selling Your Home- Step One Listen To Your Realtor

Selling your home is one big project. Before your can put that sign up, you have a lot of prep work to accomplish. Many times, I work hand and hand with Realtor’s to make this happen. I get called in for decluttering and staging. None of use live in perfect staged homes. It’s not reality... Read more »

A Lost Cat, A Happy Ending; The Importance of A Neighborhood List Serv

It’s no secret that I have been working non stop for the last two months. Last Wednesday night I mustered up a little energy to go for a power walk in my neighborhood. I was a mile from home when I ran into two boys. They proudly showed me the kitten they found. Being a... Read more »

National Simplify Your Life Week 2014- Clothing Management Made Easy

In the continuing spirit of Simplify Your Life Week, I wanted to chat a little about clothing management. Yup, that is what we call it in the organizing world. I find that paper and clothing management are two of the hardest projects for people to tackle. So lets talk about that closet. In my opinion,... Read more »

National Simplify Your Life Week 2014- 3 Ways To Simplify Your Bathroom

In continuing with our series on National Simplify Your Life Week 2014, today we are focusing on the bathroom.  Bathrooms can be challenging. Especially the lack of storage. Many times people attempt to fit everything in them -despite the lack of space. Doesn’t make for a fun morning time when you are trying to find... Read more »

National Simplify Your Life Week 2014- 5 Ways To Simplify Your Kitchen

The kitchen, the center of the home. The space were we break bread, share stories, and use as a mobile office. Many times this space is overfilled. With all the cool kitchen gadgets and the new health fads, the kitchen has become a place of entry not exit. We shove stuff in those deep cabinets... Read more »