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The Most Fundamental Organizing Rule

Want a really simple rule to apply to all organizing? It’s this: REVEAL, DON’T CONCEAL. Sound obvious? If it is, odds are good that you are already organized. Even if you are not organized, you may be saying “Well, duh!” Still, I’d like to share some clients’ organizing practices, where they hide things from themselves. Opaque Containers You know those …

How To Love Your Kitchen Space

Does your kitchen always seem to be a mess? Does it cause you anxiety? I want to share some thoughts on how to love your kitchen space. My focus is on space because we tend to under-appreciate the role of space. Oh sure, most of us agree that it’s nice to have space. We look at it as what’s left …

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My Best Minimalist Habits

Minimalism is a way of life that starts with a reexamination of priorities. This reexamination is a formidable project. You must get your possessions down to a manageable quantity and settle on intentional goals. Once you get to this point, you will need minimalist habits to maintain your goals. That said, these minimalist habits are also useful in guiding you …

Get Organized For Downsizing

There are many things to consider when you get organized for downsizing, including finding the right resources. Of all the other things to consider, there is an approach that I believe stands above the rest. That approach is always making decisions with next steps in mind. For every item that you review in your home you have several choices to …

A Downsizing Menu for Fairfield County

Downsizing options in Fairfield can be like ordering from a menu: A la carte or prix fixe. Where you may spend more on individual services, you can save money by skipping unneeded services. If you do need a full service option then a move manager may be a better value. However, for help in just a few key areas, a …

Storing Keepsakes

A while back, I wrote a post on organizing keepsakes. It was really more focused on getting your keepsakes organized. This post focuses more on tips for storing keepsakes. Clarify keepsake category The first step to storing keepsakes is to recognize that you have them! As a reminder, we are talking about items that you are keeping strictly for sentimental …

Why Your Garage’s Floor May Be Its Greatest Asset

There are a lot of of great garage storage products out there.  The MVP, however, might be something that you may think of as nothing. In my last post, I discussed when empty is golden. This certainly includes an empty garage floor. Here are three reasons why  your garage floor may be its greatest asset. Protect Your Car! Do you …

Minimalism: When Empty is Golden

You know the song “Silence is Golden?” After a loud day, silence is golden. It’s a relief.  I wouldn’t quite say that empty is golden, not always. We certainly don’t want an emptybank account, for example, but sometimes empty is golden. Clients often asks, upon emptying a bin, “What am I going to use this for now?” This always strikes …

5 Attic Organizing Tips

Attic organizing projects can be overwhelming, but you can overcome, by understanding the challenges and breaking them down.

Organizing the Playroom

While I’m not a parent, after almost 15 years of organizing the playroom, I understand the challenges. Mostly, I understand the limitations of just how organized a playroom can get. You just can’t hold it up to the same standards as rooms that you have more control of. I often have clients ask for a playroom where their children can …

How To Get Organized Fast

Recognizing that basic division is the first step in how to get organized fast. Here are six more.

Organizing Priority Management

I often say that organizing is ultimately not about sorting out your stuff, your paper, or your time. Rather, it’s about sorting out your priorities. Financial advisors have similar advise for managing your finances. Don’t look for that magic stock. Start by looking at what your financial priorities are. It’s essential in both cases. Why? Because everybody has different priorities …

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The Cost of Clutter

I would argue that clutter can cost you, in time, energy, and yes, money.

Downsizing: What NOT To Declutter

Believe it or not, there are actually some things that you should NOT declutter, when you are downsizing. It’s easy to get caught up in the pressure to unload all the excess stuff in your home. This, however, can lead to bad decisions and regret. It’s important to remember that ultimately organizing is not about sorting out your stuff. It’s …

Top 5 Organizing Tips For Spring Cleaning

Organizing tips for spring cleaning.

I am actually going to list just ONE organizing tip for spring cleaning. Simply put, you can clean much easier in areas that you have decluttered first. That’s it, but what’s the best way to declutter for spring cleaning? Here are five tips. 1. Start with the garage When my first organizing tip is “start with the garage,” my client’s …