I’m doing market research for my coaching practice – talking to people and digging into organizing websites. A good organizing website offers all sorts of solid tactics and strategies complete with to-do lists and what you will need to whip your life in order. I’ve written more than a few articles on the topic myself.… Continue reading The problem with “getting organized”
A friend of mine asked me awhile back – “When is it time to pitch stuff?” I’ve thought a lot about this question. It’s a highly personal and emotional question so I don’t take this lightly – especially since my friend is in his 8th decade. And it’s not a question I’m going to presume… Continue reading When is it time to pitch?
When one crinkles their nose at the cost of an organizer, I know they are likely not ready to get serious about their clutter. What I find curious though is how they overlook the price the clutter is already costing them on a daily basis. Storage unit rent, time, valuable items that are buried under… Continue reading The cost of disorganization
It’s no secret that I love dumpsters. In my work as an organizer, few things delight me more than seeing beautiful, wide-open space where there once was clutter. Dumpsters make this possible. All that clutter’s got to go somewhere after all. Of course, I can’t take this analogy too far as I am aware of… Continue reading Emotional dumpsters
I am currently on, what I believe to be, my final organizing gig. I’ve been unpacking a garage and sorting through a lot of boxes that were packed last minute. One of my favorite things about doing this sort of work is when I uncover something I suspect the client was missing. This happened yesterday.… Continue reading A jewel in the clutter
Mrs. W presented me with my most challenging organizing job ever. Even now, many years later, I have never tackled something on that scale. She was a sweet lady in her late 70s. She always wore a house dress and a ready smile. But underneath her smile, you could see the stress. Her health issues… Continue reading Mrs. W and the bulging basement
When I help a client purge a closet or a storage unit I often hear, Where did this STUFF come from? No one sets out to stuff a storage unit or have cluttered closets. It just happens with accumulation – little by little over time. Most folks just say they’ll deal with it when they… Continue reading Where clutter really begins