“You Wouldn’t Believe How Much I Have Already Thrown Out!”

I’m in my tenth year as a professional organizer and clients have told me this statement more than any other. You wouldn’t believe how many times people have told me, “You wouldn’t believe how much I have already thrown out!” First, I would. Second, it’s roughly the equivalent of a smoker telling me, “you wouldn’t believe how many times I quit smoking.” It’s irrelevant. Unless you analyze the reasons for the bad habit and develop a realistic plan for maintaining a good one, the bad habit will most likely return. Here are 7 tips to make your next decluttering efforts really count.


Getting Organized for 2014

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but like so many resolutions, it can be a very difficult one to keep, without some simple guidelines. Here are some simple guidelines.

The Organizing Odd Couple

The opposite of out of sight, out of mind is in sight and in mind, but that’s often seen as a bad thing for organizing. If all your floors and surfaces are covered in clutter, it’s overwhelming and stressful, but the exact opposite is not a good thing either. Good organizing is about striking the right balance between what is hidden and what is seen.

The Shocking Truth About Getting Organized

To get organized effectively, the focus should not be on getting rid of stuff, but on what’s being kept. Really. That focus needs to be on what you are keeping, why you are keeping, how much you are keeping, and where is all going to be kept?

July 2013, Stamford Advocate

When Peggy and Dayton Ogden decided to sell their New Canaan house, they realized they needed help to get it ready to be shown to prospective buyers.


Organizing D.I.Y Not

Look, I don’t pretend that getting organized is the hardest thing in the world. It ain’t rocket surgery. But if you’re not good at organizing, going the DIY route can be a bit like cutting your own hair. Yes, you CAN do it, but don’t be surprised if you don’t like the results.

How to STAY Organized

Last Saturday I awoke at 5:30 to organize my garage. Oh, I hit the snooze button a few times, but I still did get up pretty early to make time for a task that just never seems to rise to the top of my priority list. Why, you may ask, would a professional organizer need to organize his garage? Shouldn’t it already be organized by now?

It’s a fair question. The answer has to do with an organizing process


Holiday Organizing Tips

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also tends to be the most stressful. Here are some simple organizing tips to reduce some of that holiday stress.

Clear your closet
That’s right. According to one recent survey, 31% of those polled claim they feel more satisfied after reorganizing their closet than after having sex. Clearing your closet feels great and can actually be fun. It’s a great time of year to donate clothes and other items to

Where Bad Organizing Goes to Hide

There have been several occasions, when I have explained to my clients the importance of keeping action items visible and they respond by saying, “Yes, that makes sense, but there are other items I just want to hide.” They’re not talking about hiding cash from thieves or inappropriate materials from their kids. They’re talking about hiding items from themselves.


Organizing Lessons From An Orange

The photos to the right demonstrate a really interesting phenomenon. The orange is buoyant with its rind on, but sinks to the bottom when the rind is taken off.  With less weight, it behaves more heavily.   I suppose the rind is more porous and provides flotation qualities.  I don’t actually know.  I’m not a scientist.  I’m an organizer and as …

Five Organizing Lessons From Making A Snowball

Well the snow’s finally here in a big way and with it a blank canvas of possibilities and limitations.  I could wax poetic about the many ways this blank canvas relates to organizing, but for this post I’m just going to focus on how the lessons of making a successful snowball relate to the practice of getting successfully organized. 1. …