Call 203.428.6294

Clutter Control

Getting Organized: Save Dessert for Last

Getting Organized: Save Dessert for Last

The number one mistake people make, when trying to get organized, is to run out and buy containers, before they know exactly what they are containing. It’s certainly tempting. I mean look at that sampling of gorgeous containers picture to the right. They’re like candy. Like any dessert, they should be saved for last.

Read more

Why the Garage is the Best Place to Start Organizing

Why the Garage is the Best Place to Start Organizing

It is very common for me to meet with a potential client who can’t decide if she wants to begin with organizing the cluttered bedroom, the cluttered kitchen, or the cluttered home office. For me, it’s always a clear choice: the garage.

Read more

Why I Hate Clutter

Why I Hate Clutter

I hate clutter because it feels like death. (Can’t accuse me of burying the lead.)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about your purposeful collections, piles of laundry, or ongoing project, sprawled across you table. I’m talking about that excess stuff, with no plan for movement.

Read more

Organizing a Path Beyond Creativity

Organizing a Path Beyond Creativity

Much has been written recently about a study done by Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota, that finds a messy work environment promotes creative thinking. Here’s my two cents.
I’m a fan of evidence through science, but I am skeptical of these results. Furthermore, I would argue that creativity is rarely the biggest challenge.

Read more

The Very Worst Organizing Advice

The Very Worst Organizing Advice

I have written about the worst ways to get organized before, but today I want to focus on just one. If you are helping a friend or family member get organized, the worst piece of advice you can give them is: “when in doubt, throw it out.”

Read more

Good Organizing Is Not About Hiding

Good Organizing Is Not About Hiding

Does the bag, in this photo to the right, look familiar? I see so many bags like these in client’s homes that I have a name for them. I call them make-it-go-away bags. Mail and other junk tends to pile up on the dining table or on the kitchen counter and when company is coming over, this stuff is hastily swept into a bag, which is hidden in a closet, a cabinet, or a more remote room. While there is an impetus to create these make-it-go-away bags, there is no impetus to process them. The problem is, of course, these bags have a way of accumulating and important things can go missing.

Read more

August 2014, Around The House on AM 1490 WGCH

August 2014, Around The House on AM 1490 WGCH

Steve Gladstone interviews Matt about the causes of clutter and what to do about it.

Read more

What I Have Learned In 10 Years Of Helping People Get Organized

What I Have Learned In 10 Years Of Helping People Get Organized

Matt Baier Organizing was launched on September 1, 2004. In the ten years since, I have learned much about the business of organizing and how best to serve others. Here are some examples.

Read more

Can Getting Organized, Bring You A Vacation Every Day?

Can Getting Organized, Bring You A Vacation Every Day?

Are you attached to your stuff? I hear this from clients all the time. It’s provided as an explanation for why there is too much stuff in their homes. There’s nothing wrong with being attached to something. Attachments bring us comfort. However, it is important to be aware of what we are attached to. If we are attached to too much, we get weighed down, and we can’t go anywhere.

Read more

Back To School Organizing, Z to A

Back To School Organizing, Z to A

Over the weekend I made the mistake of going into Staples for some boxes I needed. As I should have anticipated, the store was overrun with back-to-school shoppers. As I waited in a very long line, I couldn’t help but notice how similar the stacks of new spiral notebooks I saw awaiting purchase resembled the stacks of used spiral notebooks I see in my clients’ basements and attics.

Read more
Page 5 of 16« First...34567...10...Last »