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Something the Middle Ages Actually Got Right

Something the Middle Ages Actually Got Right

The modern definition of clutter is a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass, which I find woefully inadequate. It doesn’t address the value of these “things.” The origin of the word clutter, is from the Middle English, clotter, which means to clot. I actually like that better.

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The Best Answer for the Worst Clutter

The Best Answer for the Worst Clutter

This past weekend an article came out in Minnesota’s Star Tribune that featured an interview with organizing guru, Peter Walsh. In it, Walsh states “Clutter isn’t really about stuff at all. Rather, it’s about our relationship to stuff. Clutter becomes a problem when people look for meaning, support and affirmation from their belongings, instead of from other people.” I couldn’t agree more. I’d like to describe an approach I take, to illustrate this point.

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Steps Up, Not Stones Across

Steps Up, Not Stones Across

It’s not uncommon for clients to ask us to work our organizing magic in several rooms in their home—in one day. Our magic doesn’t come from jumping from one stepping-stone to the next, across the house. It comes from building steps and climbing up to the next level.

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Are Vampires Lurking in Your Closet?

Are Vampires Lurking in Your Closet?

Last week a woman was giving me a tour of all the organizing challenges in her home and when we came to a closet upstairs, I asked her, “can I see what’s in here?” She said “Oh, I don’t want to show you that. It’s a DISASTER!” After explaining to her that I was in the disaster business, she let me have a look.

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Quantity Dictates Systems

Quantity Dictates Systems

One of the questions I get asked most frequently, before starting an organizing project is “What should I buy?” I have a very simple answer: nothing. This is especially true for the big projects we tend to get this time of year, like garages, basements, attics. The reason comes down to this very simple organizing rule: “quantity dictates systems.”

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When is it OK NOT to be Organized?

When is it OK NOT to be Organized?

The other day a friend asked, when is it OK NOT to be organized. I was stumped by the question, but I’ve been giving the matter a lot of thought, ever since.

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My Email Confession

My Email Confession

I have a confession to make. I had let my email inbox accumulate to over 5,000 emails. That can be really bad news for one’s computer’s performance. What’s my excuse for all this digital clutter? Digital clutter is simply less compelling to me because it does not crowd my physical space. I don’t see it. Not much of an excuse, but I know I’m not alone.

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Are You Allowing Your Clutter to Take Up Residence?

Are You Allowing Your Clutter to Take Up Residence?

You may hate the way the clutter accumulates in your home or office, but it’s possible you may be making some simple structural choices that cause it. A truly effective organizing system is built on movement. Some choices prevent movement and allow clutter to take up residence.

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March 2013, The Hersam Acorn Magazine

March 2013, The Hersam Acorn Magazine

Is your basement brimming over with a collection of clutter? Are you having trouble maneuvering through mountains of magazines dating back two decades? Perhaps your holiday wrapping station has become completely unraveled, with random bits of ribbon shoved in the bottom of a box, to say nothing of ornaments and lights stockpiled in bulging black plastic bags. Organization professionals confirm we are facing an overwhelming amount of clutter in our daily lives.

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Basket Case

Basket Case

I am actually making a case against baskets. I realize that for many with visions of a home beautifully organized into pretty little matching baskets that this is organizing heresy, but hear me out.

More often than not, baskets are clutter traps. Items go in, but they don’t come out. We have a false sense of control because an ugly collection of items have been contained in a beautiful vessel. But

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