Category Archives: Organizing

Getting Kids to Put Toys Away

Some things are inherently challenging: climbing tall mountains, losing the last five pounds, sleeping when you have a head cold, and getting your children to put their toys away! Research suggests that children flourish in an orderly environment, and yet they seem to consistently resist the tasks required to maintain one. This puts a parent

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Headlines from the National Organizing Conference

In the middle of May, professional organizers from all over the country gathered for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. As you can imagine, it was a pretty smooth, well-oiled event! I loved being with other industry professionals, sharing tips, asking questions, and learning new techniques. Some of the

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Shedding Sentimental Possessions

One of the toughest aspects of sorting through our possessions is deciding which of our most sentimental items to keep. Clothing of a loved one, photographs of a special memory, knick-knacks from a favorite vacation… these items are especially difficult to part with because of the stories that accompany them.  Nonetheless, each item we own

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Where Do I Start?

Here are some comments I frequently hear: “My house is a disaster!” “My kids make the mess faster than I can pick it up.” “My husband dumps everything all over when he comes in.” “I don’t even know where to begin.” If this sounds like something you might say, and you’d like to make a

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Don’t Let These In Your Space

If you’ve ever talked with a professional organizer, you’ve probably heard about the importance of assigning every possession a designated storage location. In other words, “Every item needs a home.” I go one step further, and tell my clients, “Every home needs a resident.” In order to justify their presence, containers should serve a purpose,

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