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.

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.

March 2013, The Hersam Acorn Magazine

“People shouldn’t feel bad if they’re having trouble getting organized. Today we have so many new sources of clutter and it’s harder to stay organized than ever before.”

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

How To Break The Logjam With One Magic Question

How To Break The Logjam With One Magic Question If you’ve got a lot of clutter to organize, it can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin.  Perhaps you have found yourself here in the past and have found the challenges complicated, but the answer lies in very simple question. Getting organized always begins with …

Disorganization: It’s Not You

This time of year many of us resolve to be more organized in the New Year. That’s great! Step one is: believe in yourself, because YOU are not the problem.  I’m amazed at how many of my clients say things like, “It’s a sickness,” “Don’t be mad at me,” “I’m a slob,” or “Am I the worst you’ve ever seen?” …

When In Doubt, DON’T Throw It Out

When In Doubt, DON’T Throw It Out I realize this title sounds like organizing heresy, but it’s really all about learning effective organizing habits. When purging clutter with my clients, I tell them that I would prefer that they NOT throw out an item they’re not sure about, than have them waste time and focus with fear and regret. It’s …

Diversion Tunnels

Diversion Tunnels In 1931, work began on the Hoover Dam, but before one bucket of concrete could be poured into the dam, the mighty Colorado River had to be diverted through four massive tunnels. If your whole house needs some serious organizing, a lesson can be drawn from the Hoover Dam. Your colossal task also needs to begin with diversion …


Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, December 2007 WAP! At the risk of losing business, I will admit to something you probably already know:  organizing is not brain surgery.  In fact, you probably get more frustrated when you can’t get organized BECAUSE you know it shouldn’t be so hard.  Once again, the culprit is “more” not “less.”  I’m talking …

Why is Clutter Like a Vampire?

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, October 2006 WHY IS CLUTTER LIKE A VAMPIRE? “80 percent of what we keep we never use.” -Barbara Hemphill, Agency Sales Magazine, 4/1/03 Most of us hang on to much more stuff than we need, but few of us want our homes and offices to LOOK that way.  So what do we do?  We …