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Organizing to Move: Decluttering

Organizing to Move: Decluttering

In this second of five blogs on the subject of moving, I focus on our specialty: decluttering.

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August Organizing Tip: Using a Table

August Organizing Tip: Using a Table

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t need me to tell you how to use a table. That’s true, but if you are having difficulty staying organized, I want to offer a professional organizer’s perspective on tables, that will help. This starts with looking at a table as a tool, rather than a piece of furniture. In fact, I believe a clear work surface is your number one organizing tool.

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Garage Organizing: Moving Up

Garage Organizing: Moving Up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle.” It’s doubtful that the value of that clutter, that we are protecting in our garages, is worth $33,000, which is the average cost of a new car these days. Make space and protect your investment instead!

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Letting Containers Organize You

Letting Containers Organize You

One of the biggest mistakes people make when getting organized is buying containers first. However, once you declutter and get organized, containers CAN play an active role in helping you STAY organized, if you choose them strategically. They can then be like organizing tour guides.

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Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

Organizing Shades of Grey in the Kitchen

One of the problems my clients tend to have with organizing is that they to see everything in black and white. Whether an item is extremely valuable or completely useless, it’s easy to find a home for it. The real challenge comes with all the shades of grey in between.

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Holiday Organizing and Beyond

Holiday Organizing and Beyond

It may seem too early to start thinking about holiday organizing, but a big part of organizing is planning ahead, so your next steps are easier. Besides talking about holiday storage, I’m also going to throw in some general storage tips as well.

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October 2015, Better Connecticut, Organizing Clothes For Storage

October 2015, Better Connecticut, Organizing Clothes For Storage

Matt shares clothes organizing storage tips on Better Connecticut.

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Organizing Beyond the Toothbrush

Organizing Beyond the Toothbrush

To reliably access what you want, when you want it and to manage quantities, I have written about the showroom vs. stockroom model. I have thought of another way to demonstrate the same concept using the example of something most of are able to keep organized without any effort: the toothbrush.

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Organizing Lessons From the Boutique

Organizing Lessons From the Boutique

After we have purged the excess stuff from a client’s home, we have a conversation about how best to organize and store what’s left. This involves a discussion about the showroom vs. stockroom approach, which I have written about before. This time, I want to revisit the showroom vs. stockroom approach, with the aid of two useful images.

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Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff

Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff A guest post from Jenny Young Jenny works at Uncle Bob’s Storage. Despite my efforts to avoid storage, I acknowledge that there are some times when it is unavoidable. Here is her perspective on “stuff.” How do you know when you have too much stuff? It’s usually after you actually have too much stuff. You don’t realize it at first.  You can’t.  There isn’t a singular moment.  It comes after a time, gradually, and often it goes unnoticed by you.  Others may take notice and hesitate to say anything.  When it gets to the point that they do speak up, you’re probably in pretty deep. Having too much stuff has been sensationalized by various television programs in recent years and, as a result, it’s entered the public’s collective consciousness with considerable force.  It’s not really surprising we have so much stuff given the commercialistic and consumer-driven aspects of our society (or overly commercialistic, if you prefer). It can be challenging to know when you have too much.  It’s all relative, subjective, and it’s […]

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