What Are You Supposed to Do with School Papers?

School papers come home in bags and piles the last couple of weeks of school. Artwork, worksheets, stories, journals, and more more more. What are you supposed to do with it all? Stuff it in the back of your kids’ closet? Keep everything? Throw it all away? Options for What to Do with School Papers […]

Banish Paper Piles & Manage Mail in Three Simple Steps

Do you have paper piles on your counters, dining table, and any other available flat surface? Believe it or not, getting on track with mail and paper does not have to be complicated. Here is the three step process I teach to just about all of my clients. I highly recommend it. Pick the time […]

6 Beautiful Ways to Store & Display Your Jewelry

A few times a year, you may become painfully aware that your jewelry is hard to find, see, or otherwise unorganized. This happens frequently at Hallmark holidays: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or other gifty occasions. The flowers and chocolate don’t need a permanent place, but the jewelry does. Whether your collection was built up over years […]

Make a Multipurpose Guest Room

Could your guest room have a vacancy sign posted outside? Guest rooms often remain empty for months of the year even as people are searching for usable space in their homes. Don’t limit your guest room to guests only. It’s in your house and you can use it the 48 – 50 weeks of the […]

Get Ready for the Holidays with One In, One Out

One in, one out is one of my favorite organizing principles. What does one in, one out mean?  For every one thing you bring into your house, you should move one out. It’s a great way of maintaining your space once you’ve decluttered. It’s also a great strategy for getting your home to the stage […]

Get Your Guest Room Organized

The holidays make it more likely that guests will come to visit. Your guest room may only be used two weeks a year, but winter break probably makes up at least one of the weeks, with summer holding court for the other. Get your guest room guest ready for your upcoming visitors with these handy lists. […]

Prep Your Pantry for Cooking Holidays

Organizing your pantry before cooking holidays is a small project with a big payoff.  The holiday season asks a lot of pantries. You may be baking cookies and pies, serving big meals, or hosting out of town guests. Having expired food, jumbled categories, and stuffed shelves makes the holidays harder.  Here are five steps to […]

Get Your Teen Organized By Creating Routines

Your school-aged kids and teens are close to midterm time and you’ve probably got a sense of what’s working or isn’t in your family’s school year routines. Courtney Harris of Courtney Harris Coaching is the author of this week’s guest post on the importance of routines for teenagers. She and I will be co-leading a workshop […]

Declutter Your Books

Why? They’re heavy. They collect dust. They’re hard to move. And probably, most of the books on your shelves aren’t books you’ve read in a while. In fact, you’re likely to not ever read them again. Bookshelves are like galleries. People look at our titles and can tell something about us.  Yet, most bookcases say […]

Fall Decluttering Tips from a Professional Organizer

Nature gives us a great cue in the fall: let go of what no longer serves you. The trees know to drop their leaves. The days get shorter, nights get longer, and we stay home more. This is the perfect time to turn our attention to our house—and do some fall decluttering. We clear out the […]