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Higher Hangers = Space Savers


Have you ever looked at your closet and wished it was bigger? Drew Cleaver did the same thing when he moved into his first college dorm room (built before World War II). With no room alterations allowed, Drew had to find a way to make new space out of nothing. After gazing at his tiny … Read More »

HOW TO CONSUME LESS: Don't Buy This Jacket, Black Friday and the New York Times


Why run an ad in The New York Times on Black Friday telling people, “Don’t Buy This Jacket”? Patagonia is urging us to think twice before we buy. Interesting that a company would make this statement! Because organizing starts in the mind, I urge you to read this article and consider how much is enough … Read More »

ORGANIZING REALITY: Marie Kondo tells us to ditch joyless items but where are we sending them?


“The rise of the de-cluttering icon, Ikea’s “peak stuff” comments – we have an overconsumption problem but simply chucking things out won’t solve it.” Hmmm, Ms. Kondo says when a button falls off, it’s a sign that the shirt has to go. Not so quick, Missy. Maybe, maybe not. The article gives food for thought … Read More »

How to Get Organized Without a TV Makeover


I am not a big fan of so called reality television. But when clients started asking me about the organizing shows—and I am a huge fan of all-things-organizing, I did watch, for about 15 minutes, until I got bored. In 16 years of business, I’ve never dumped a client’s belongings on the lawn and demanded … Read More »

Making Your Home Senior Friendly: The value of simple, yet important, changes to your home


One of our greatest fears as we grow older is the prospect that one day we may have to leave our home. Our home is our security. In our home we decide what and when to eat, the time we go to bed, and who visits. The control we wield in our home is the … Read More »

Clutter Image Rating Tool


The Clutter Image Rating (CIR) tool was developed as an objective rating scale to assess hoarding and clutter. In 2007, the paper-based measure was first introduced in Dean Gail Steketee and Professor Randy Frost’s Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: A Therapist Guide.   Professor Jordana Muroff and a team of students led by Ann Ming Samborski and … Read More »

Don’t hire a mess for your mess!


When looking for an organizer, please use due diligence. We are not all the same. A few questions to ask: 1. How long have you been in business? Anyone can print business cards and call themselves a Professional Organizer. There are no barriers to entry to this field.  It takes a lot more than “I … Read More »

What to Do With Old Clothes, in One Easy Chart


You’re making progress in a big way. You have the car loaded with casts-offs and pull up to the donation drop off. Your mood drops to the ground when you see their sign “No clothes (or books or whatever you have your car full of) accepted today.” Here is a handy chart with donation resources: … Read More »

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