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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Organize Your Bills

In my last post, I advised that you opt-out of mailings to reduce paper coming into your home. This week, I want you to take it one step further. Go paperless. Why should you go paperless? Besides helping the environment and decreasing the chances of identity theft, you’ll reduce paper clutter, stop having so many […]

Stop Paper Clutter with 4 Easy Opt Out Tricks

For those of us with school-aged kids or who work in education, the new year starts about now – when our kids go back to school.  You don’t need to make a resolution to make your life easier. When you opt out of prescreened mail, you stop a major source of paper clutter before permission […]

Where Do I Get Rid of …?

So you’ve gone through all of your stuff and created a donations pile.  Where can it go? When you’ve got a whole lot to donate at once, I recommend giving to one charity that can take as much of what you’re giving away as possible. You’ve already done the work of sorting through everything to clear […]

Declutter Your Email

Clutter is clutter, even if you can’t see it. If you’re logging into your email account and it shows that you have 3,558 unread messages and 7,942 total, you need to declutter your email. Searching through folders and filters to find information you need or saving every sent message is the equivalent of having so […]

Calm Your Space, Calm Your Mind

This time of year gets cluttered very quickly. First, our schedule gets messy. Banks, post offices, and schools close so our time is disrupted. It snows. Maybe the schools call for a snow day or the house just gets an extra layer of water and mud to clean. More stuff keeps coming into the house, […]

To Keep or Not To Keep?

Decluttering is simple in theory. Then we start going through our stuff and find it’s not so easy after all. We give all sorts of reasons to keep things even if they no longer fit our life. So how do you decide what to keep and what to get rid of? As you go through […]