Sorting Things Out

It’s time honored organizing wisdom: put like with like. All the socks in one drawer, all the t-shirts in another. It makes it easy to find things and to put them away. The trouble is, your creative right-brained mind doesn’t sort things that way. Put the winter socks in one drawer and the summer socks…

Too Good to Donate?

Do you believe that nice things can’t just go to Goodwill or ARC but must go to a better home? That thrift stores should be humbly grateful for every item we graciously send their way? On the face of it, it seems that they should. They get our donations gratis and make money off them….

How to Get Motivated to Declutter

Everyone knows they should declutter, but it can be so hard to find the motivation to get started. Take heart, I’ve boiled it down to two highly effective strategies. Strategy #1: Scare Yourself The crucial piece of this strategy is to wait as long as you possibly can before starting to do anything. Plan on waiting…

Clutter Speaks Out

Hello? It’s me, your clutter. Listen, we need to talk. It’s not like we really do much together anymore. I’ve been hanging out in the guest bedroom, and you haven’t been in there for ages. To be honest, I’ve been wondering if you’re trying to avoid me? Not gonna lie, I feel completely adrift. There’s…

When Clutter’s Personal

A surprising amount of the clutter that fills our homes falls into the category of evidence that we’re loved. Here are the notes and letters all my friends from school sent me.  I’m likable. I’ve kept every Valentine and birthday card I was ever given.  I’m lovable. Here are the torn, stained, hand-me-down baby clothes…

Clutter Math

Clutter isn’t always sentimental stuff you’re holding onto from the past. Sometimes it’s perfectly useful everyday items you unwittingly have way too many of. Like eager Eagle Scouts, many of us are trying to win the world badge for preparedness. We stash away all sorts of unlikely things just waiting for the moment when someone…

Body Doubling

Do you get overwhelmed when you try to declutter and organize yourself, yet find yourself effortlessly sorting, purging and categorizing when someone helps you? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Why can’t you just do it yourself? Take advantage of a Body Double The Body Double isn’t there to tell you how to do anything, you just…

Hopes and Dreams or Clutter?

As you look around at the clutter that fills your space, do you feel confused and puzzled about why it’s even there? Consider the idea that everything you have represents a dream. It’s not just a bunch of grocery coupons, it’s the possibility of a week’s worth of nutritious, delicious home-cooked nurturing meals. Keeping the…

Decluttering is Not a Competitive Sport

Forget all the breathless posts on Facebook and Instagram. “Just dropped off 144 bags at my favorite charity on the way to volunteer at the soup kitchen. #blessed!!! [15 emojis]” Throwing yourself in a mad frenzy of decluttering feels productive but your brain doesn’t have time to work through the change. It’s like a part…

You vs. Stuff: Who Wins?

You are as important as your stuff. It sounds obvious, but few of us live that way. When you look around, does it look like you live there or does it look like you happen to share space with a bunch of stuff? Do you use the space within your four walls freely or do…

Professional Organizers Aren’t Perfect

Do you assume a professional organizer’s house must be perfect? Not a teaspoon out of place, everything stowed in pristine Container Store finery at all times? After last week’s blog post about living with a packrat, I heard from quite a few of you asking if I play by the same rules. And behind the…

Living with a Packrat

Are you what FlyLady calls a “Born Organized” person? Do decluttering and organizing come naturally to you, so that although stuff comes in, you swiftly find a place for it and move other stuff out so that your place always feels right to you? Chances are you live with someone who isn’t like that. They…