Ask The Organizer: A Bad Smell In The Fridge

Dear Joyful Surroundings, There’s an odor in my fridge. I’ve got a new box of baking soda in there but it doesn’t see to be working.  Thanks for listening, M, Colorado Dear M, We have huge fridges these days, nothing like the small, sleek models of my youth a hundred years ago in England, when…

Organizing Your Bedroom

Remember when you were a kid and your room (or the bit of the bedroom you staked out as your territory) was the only place you had to keep everything? The bed, which doubled as your couch, was squashed in between the dresser and the table, all your books and toys and projects vying for…

Ignoring Clutter

My son likes snakes and I don’t.  He would happily fill his room with cages full of carefully selected specimens and  meet all their serpentine needs. I’d happily never see one again. Our compromise is that he has a couple of small pet snakes in his room and I tell myself  if I can’t see…

How To Declutter When You Don’t Feel Like It

Some days you’re just not feeling it. You’re still sick of not being able to find anything, you still really want to have your grandkids stay over, you still want to get the car in the garage and have friends over. But you look at the living room and it’s just too much. Too much…

Organizing Case Study: Jason’s Story

“Want to give me the tour?” I asked as Jason stood in front of me, awkwardly shifting his weight from one foot to the other. I’d seen photographs of his house already and we’d talked about his organizing goals but I could see how stressful it was for him to finally let someone into his…

Mindful Decluttering

When it comes to decluttering, the focus is usually on how things look. Look at that bedroom! I can’t see the bed! I don’t see how all those clothes can possibly fit in the closet. But we have five senses and they all come into play when deciding what to do with clutter. Paying attention…

The Importance of Clutter

from the archives: Sometimes clutter is vital and that’s why you’re keeping it. It’s not important because your house papers are in those piles somewhere, although that may well be the case. It’s important because it’s serving you well, cocooning you and saving you from having to face something you don’t care to deal with….

Showing Up Even When You’re Not Feeling It

I could try to put this in my own words for you…or you could just enjoy this beautiful post from the creator of Zen Habits while I work through the sleep restriction phase of CBTI. Back to regularly scheduled programming next Saturday! BY LEO BABAUTA Some days, you’re just not feeling it. It’s not that you’re…

The Simplest Clutter Challenge You’ll Find

As this pandemic drags on, I’m sure your inbox is as full as mine is with all sorts of improving suggestions about how to make the best use of our COVID time. If organization doesn’t come naturally to you, these challenges are all way too complicated. Here are three non-overwhelming decluttering suggestions you could try…

How Will I Know When I’m Organized?

If clutter has been a long-standing problem for you, it can be tough to figure out when you’re done. How will you know when you’re Organized with a capital O? Organized You’re Organized when you can use each room for its intended function. No books stashed in the oven or piles of laundry in the…

How To Stop Organizing Overwhelm

In theory, decluttering and organizing are simple. You select what you still need and let the rest go. Find homes for everything you’ve kept and move on with your life. The reality, as we know, is somewhat different. Because although in the end it’s all just stuff, when you think about decluttering, all that stuff…

What Does Chronically Disorganized Mean?

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization defines chronic disorganization as disorganization that persists over the long haul, often making your quality of life worse, and is a constant in your life no matter what you try to do to fix it yourself. Olivia Organized looks around her kitchen one sunny morning and notices that things aren’t…