On the same page

On the same page

Pregnant with twins, my clients needed to figure out how to reconfigure their 1,400 square foot bungalow to accommodate their growing family. A planned renovation was on the horizon, but it wouldn’t be happening for another year or so, so in the meantime, they needed to work with what they had, which meant adding a nursery to their guest bedroom/office space.

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Creating a simple filing system

Creating a simple filing system

After repeated attempts to gain control of her home office, a client contacted me for help. She told me she didn’t know how to deal with her paperwork, and she was constantly searching for lost important documents in the dozens of piles strewn about her office. My client wasn’t interested in scanning the paper she had, she just wanted to get her paperwork to a manageable state.

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A space for creativity and organization

A space for creativity and organization

Future projections indicate that consumers in the U.S. will spend $9.4 billion dollars on home organization products in 2017. As a professional organizer, I’m completely on board with the notion of containing the items in one’s home in order to be able to find the things you need when you need them. However, when clients contact me for help with organizing, oftentimes they’ve purchased a number of organizing products, but their homes are still disorganized. When I work with clients, I often “shop” their house to find underutilized containers and baskets we can use when organizing their space.

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

One of my favorite parts of being a professional organizer is brainstorming with my clients to come up with innovative ways to create order, redevelop an organizing system, or discover a different way of using an item. Instead of running out to the store to buy a new product, which can get costly very quickly, I think about ways to repurpose a piece of furniture or how to use a container in a creative way.

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Think broad

Think broad

One of the main reasons people contact me for help with getting organized is that they feel overwhelmed by the project and don’t know where to begin. One of my clients had tried and failed to organize her guest bedroom, which was blanketed in papers for her business, plus unopened mail, magazines, receipts, books, office supplies, gift bags, electronics cords and so on.

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To empower and inspire

To empower and inspire

Not only is clutter expensive, it can also impact relationships with one’s significant other.

My clients, married for 35+ years, live in a 5,000+ square foot home. He is super-organized and neat. She is a free spirit who struggles to keep track of her stuff. She hired me to help her gain control of their home and help her create order. During our sessions together, she shared that he gets extremely frustrated with her, which causes her anxiety and stress. 

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Create a landing zone

Create a landing zone

Have you ever searched your home for your keys or your purse because you forgot where you'd left them? One way to eliminate the stress of searching for your lost keys is to create a landing zone. A landing zone is a place in your home where you always, always, always drop your keys and your wallet or your purse when you enter the house. Some people also drop the day’s mail there as well (to then sort through later in their 15-minute-a-day organizing time). 

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All aboard the organizing train

All aboard the organizing train

Clients have asked me what they can do to get their significant other on board with organizing. I always tell them that if only one of them wants to get organized, I only work with the person who wants help getting organized. We don’t touch their significant other’s stuff. I’m very clear with my clients that I never MAKE anyone get rid of anything, and part of my job entails coming up with creative solutions for the stuff they have.

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