Longmont Times-Call Columns

Back in July 2014, Send it away Saturday made its debut in the Longmont Times-Call newspaper and it’s been featured monthly ever since. The column runs on the second Saturday of the month and it’s for everybody out there who isn’t naturally organized. Most articles, books and blog posts on organizing are aimed squarely at…

Organizing Without Decluttering

Being stuck at home shoves the state of your house in your face. If there’s no rhyme or reason for where things go, the descent into chaos is swift and sure. “A place for everything and everything in its place!” you decide, ready to order some beautiful storage online so you can Get Organized. But…

Are You a Hoarder?

“Wow, look at all those cactuses. What a hoarder!” The word “hoarder” is thrown around a lot, never in a kind way. It’s become a shortcut for a house that’s stuffed to the gills, too crowded in the speaker’s opinion. But as with most things, there’s a spectrum. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s Clutter Hoarding…

Catalog Your Clothes

Coming up with the perfect outfit is too much brain work first thing in the morning. You keep meaning to set out your clothes the night before but by the time evening comes, all you really want to do is brush your teeth and roll into bed. If you create your own personalized catalog, you’ll…

Organizing Rules for Recovering Perfectionists

Which organizing rules are you trying very hard to follow? Do they help you or do they trip you up? Check out the new rules for coping with clutter without sending yourself over the edge. O.H.I.O. is Old School I don’t try to O.H.I.O. (Only Handle It Once) paper because that sets me up for…

What Can You Declutter Today?

If you’re a minimalist, the sort who happily gets down to one roll of t-paper before heading for the store, you’ve probably started buying a little more lately. If you’re more of a packrat, you’ve most likely struggled to find space for everything you’ve been buying this month to beef up your supplies. You know…

Getting Unstuck

Carol’s closet was full.* Although she adored clothes, she knew some of her favorites had become more sentimental than usable. She was eager to thin the ranks so she could find what she wanted. She worked enthusiastically for our first session but when I returned the next week, her energy was dragging. She had a…

DIY Organizing: Homemade Masks

Sewers unite, your hour has come! Unearth the sewing machine and stitch up some masks. As luck would have it, you already have quite a bit of fabric laying around waiting for the perfect project. There are tons of online tutorials right now if you need a how-to guide. And if that’s too daunting, cut…