The Clothes Closet

Diane LeWand LeWand Organizing

Here is another installment in our series of closet organizing posts. The first post focused on the Entry Hall closet and included some closet basics that are repeated in this post.

Getting Started

It goes without saying that a good purge is the first order of the day when you are struggling with limited closet space.  [If you don’t wear it, if it doesn’t fit, if it is out of fashion, if it reminds you of something or someone you don’t want to remember, or if you don’t feel your best in it, toss it or donate it.] read more

5 Paper-Related Items to Edit from Your Home Command Center

By Dawn Link, CPO®
Resolutions

We all have some form of a command center or central hub in our homes. It could be the desk area in your kitchen, or a corner in your dining room, or on your desk in the home office. Regardless of where it is located I am sure there are items that you can edit out of that space, especially in terms of paper clutter. Here are few categories to get you started.

1. Paper and Electronic Bills – How long do you need to keep your paid bills? Well, it depends. If any of your paid bills are used as a tax deduction, it needs to be kept for as long as your accountant tells you to keep your taxes. Some people like to keep bills for a calendar year and then when January rolls around, they will purge their files and start new. Some don’t keep any at all. Some scan their bills and store them electronically, again keeping them based on their accountant’s advice. It really comes down to the space you have allotted to store your important papers. The ah-ha moment here to take away is that when you clear old papers from your files, you make space for present day bills. Don’t go buy another file cabinet just so you don’t have to edit your papers! 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

How City Living Makes it Easy to Be a Minimalist

Cheryl Russo, Organizing by Cheryl

By now you’ve probably heard the term “minimalism.” There are books, blogs, websites, magazine articles, and films dedicated to it. Maybe you have heard just enough to be intrigued and want to learn more about it. Maybe you’ve read about what it can provide in terms of less stress, finding direction, and focusing on what matters in life, and maybe that interests you. It definitely attracted me, and I’ve been reaping the benefits ever since I first learned about it. It’s something that once you’ve started, you don’t stop. You see everything you do through the lens of minimalism. You no longer just buy stuff; you have a method to purchasing. You think about each new item that comes into your home. You might even have a rule like, “if I buy something, then something that I have gets donated.” There are lots of resources out there for how and why to become a minimalist. read more