Seasonal preparedness while on the road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

By virtue of living in the suburbs, and as a professional organizer traveling from one client’s home to another, I spend a whole lot of time in my vehicle.  I suspect I’m not alone.

With the recent and much awaited start of spring, it is finally safe to initiate the seasonal turnover of the items in our road salt-stained New England vehicles. This got me thinking about how many items in our cars need to be organized and contained to support our busy and mobile lives! read more

Why Should I Hire a Professional Organizer?

Cheryl Russo Organizing by Cheryl

Someone asked me recently, “What do I really get by hiring a professional organizer?  In other words, what am I paying for?”  Here is what I said …

Well, first you get a really organized home, free from clutter.  You also get tips and advice on how to keep it clutter-free.  But it’s really much more than that.

Each morning when you go into your kitchen, you get a little excited when you look at your counter that has no clutter on it anymore.  Imagine that for a minute.  You also get time back into your life because you don’t have to move 30 things in order to make coffee.  You also get the ease of opening drawers that are no longer jammed shut from too many things.  Just picture for a second how that would feel.  Nice, right? read more

Kitchen Harmony: How to Organize Your Kitchen for Maximum Soul

Erika Salloux Living Harmony LLC

We often hear “You are what you eat.”  I’m going to take you a lot further today, and say that not only is this very true, but we are also how we eat and where we eat.  So when we order our kitchen and regularly engage in certain food practices we order ourselves and consequently generate more harmony in our lives.  Here are the top eight tips that my clients find most helpful when I work with them to reorganize their kitchens to create physically and spiritually nourishing spaces: read more

Zen Technology: How to Get Clear on Your Needs and Wants to Be More Productive

Erika Salloux Living Harmony LLC

Have you ever whispered to yourself, “I really wish I had a way to play Monopoly with my friends in France.”?  Or has your inner voice said, “It would be so wonderful if I could turn off the lights in our kitchen while I’m out at the movie theatre.”  “No,” you say?  Come on, haven’t we all wished we could transfer money from one bank account to another between dips in the ocean?

If you’ve never had these desires, then I’m gonna let you in on a few technology and brain science secrets.  I know I’ll be ruffling some feathers here, but here goes.  And it’s all based in science; really it is. read more

February 13, 2017: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Judy Eisenberg, Clutter Clearer Coach

National Clean Out Your Computer Day is observed each year on the second Monday of February. The designation was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in the year 2000.

During the year, I periodically check out my own information and transfer files to appropriate folders, delete outdated information,
computer screen - eliminate the clutter hereand eliminate photos that are no longer meaningful or needed. Yet, this day is a good reminder to me to clean out my computer more often. read more

Why not to clean up?

At a recent networking event I was talking to an acquaintance about the work I do. I mentioned that I encourage my clients not to clean up their spaces before I arrive. She gave me a horrified look.

It brought back childhood memories of my mother telling me to clean my bedroom before the cleaning lady came. I never understood the point of cleaning my room so it would get cleaned by someone else. There is a family disagreement about why. My mother told me it was so I would have an easier time finding my favorite things later, but my sister remembers being told that it was so that the cleaner would have more time to do deep cleaning. I assume that part of the reason was to lessen the embarrassment of the mess before the cleaning person could see it. read more

Value of Labeling

by Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
While on vacation I read an article on the plane about David Beckham.  Did you know he’s really into Legos?  While reading, I was reminded of a client of mine.  I helped her organize her son’s room and his large Lego collection.  He liked them sorted by theme, so we put different themes into different containers.  That action would have been futile unless we labeled them.  We labeled the containers in two ways, with words and stickers that related to the themes.  Labeling is an important part of organizing, because it clearly indicates where an item belongs, and reinforces where an item needs to be returned. Do you think David Beckham had his Lego containers labeled? read more

3 Simple Ways to Make Your House Guest Friendly

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner now is a great time to scrutinize your home with the eyes of a guest. I have listed three rooms that are focal points while entertaining and can play a large role in hospitality:

1) The entry– Make sure it is clear and easy for people to move through. You do not want your guests to feel as though clutter is leaning in over them as they enter your house. Create a home for all your jackets and shoes, and set up an area where you can quickly hang visitors’ jackets. read more

The Simpler the Better

Receiving a thank you note in the mail is pleasant. It’s even more pleasant when you’re being thanked for something you didn’t realize would make an impact on the other person. This happened to me when I offered a simple organizing solution to a Realtor I had met at a networking event. She asked me if I had any ideas how she could keep all her real estate forms portable and organized. I suggested a portable accordion file. The next thing I know, I’m reading a very sincere thank you note that makes me smile. It just goes to show you, sometimes the simplest organizing solutions are the best solutions. In this case, find a good home for paper and things. read more

Gift cards, love ‘em or hate ‘em

Ahhhh, summer in the air brings high school graduations, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, even times to appreciate your staff – and that means gifts. Sometimes all those presents come in extremely small packages… gift cards.

Gift cards, in my opinion, are both a blessing and a curse. The reason I say this is because it is a fabulous gift to allow people to choose what they want. In addition, the cards are easy to mail and don’t require tons of boxes or wrapping paper to make them look like presents. They are a curse because people forget about them or lose them in piles somewhere in their homes. I’ve encountered this a number of times, not just with clients but also among friends and family. read more