Organization and Creativity Can Coexist

It seems to be a common belief that people are either left-brained or right-brained, good with liberal arts or good with math and science, artsy or organized. While people certainly can lean one way or the other, the idea that creativity and organization can’t coexist simply isn’t true.

Here are some ways creative people can find a system to organize their space:

Understand Your Style
Knowing your preferred methods of organizing and processing information are crucial when trying to create. The same way one person might like to absorb ideas through visuals rather than audio, it’s important to know whether you like pens versus pencils, technology over tangible materials, or listening to music instead of silence. Don’t make it more difficult to cultivate creativity. Apply strategies that work well with your natural inclinations.

Living Simply Frees Up More than Space

Live SimplyMany people associate living simply with removing the physical clutter in their life – the things we have accumulated over the course of a lifetime that that no longer have meaning or a purpose. But it’s more than that. It’s also about pairing life down to only those things, activities and relationships you need or cherish. And just because items don’t take up physical space, doesn’t mean they can’t weigh us down mentally. Think about the constant barrage of commercial messages we are exposed to online and on TV that we have to filter through on a daily basis.

An Organized Home is Pure Joy

Why having an organized home is pure joy

What brings you joy? Family and friends are probably first on everyone’s list, but I have to say that having an organized home is near the top for me. Here’s why:

I can focus on the people

For starters when my home is organized, I feel more focused and can devote my full attention to the people in it. There are no the piles of laundry, paper and junk to distract me.

I worry less about money

Motivation for your Organizing Efforts

Get a Clear View of Your Organizing Efforts
I like the idea of placing your weekly organizing accomplishments on post-it notes and putting them in a jar. When I posted it on Facebook it generated a lot of response. The idea of the notes is to provide you with a visual reminder of how much you accomplished over the course of a year. You may want to review all your progress at the end of the year by looking at all the notes you made.

How to Live Your Best Life

Subject: A woman practicing yoga lotus pose at the Grand Canyon National Park.

Living your best life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We think it’s best to take it one day at a time. As we move through the year we will focus on one of 12 tips to help you on your journey. Make every day better.

  1. Create your vision.
  2. Align with your values.
  3. Focus on what brings you joy.
  4. Live simply.
  5. Find your creativity.
  6. Cultivate a spiritual connection.
  7. Share love with others.
  8. Make a meaningful contribution.
  9. Explore new places.
  10. Be a lifelong learner.
  11. Appreciate nature.
  12. Be adventurous!
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How would you fare in a disaster?

Emergency_ButtonThe devastation wielded by Hurricane Harvey is massive. Our heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of people who found themselves in unimaginable situations as more than four feet of water fell on Houston and other areas along the gulf coast. While the images are fresh in our minds, it’s important to identify lessons to be learned.

How could we prepare for events of similar magnitude?

Coincidentally, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is observed each September in the US. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NPM encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

What Seniors Know About Staying Organized

Group of friendly seniors playing cards at leisure

In my years as a professional organizer I have heard a lot of wisdom from seniors on staying organized. They bring a lifetime of challenges and solutions when it comes to organizing. Here is some of that wisdom in their own words.

Identify what’s important to you. If there were a fire what would you grab? That’s one way of thinking about it. But on an everyday basis, look at what you use. What do you touch? That’s how I determine what is essential.

If the thing annoys you, get rid of it, or give it to someone who likes it.

Tackling Basement Clutter Like Wonder Woman

wonder woman

Sometimes it can feel like keeping your home organized takes superhuman strength. It can be especially hard to tackle places that you don’t frequent often, such as the basement. We often get into a habit of tossing anything that we don’t know what to do with into spaces like attics, basements and closets. But what happens when those spaces become cluttered and confusing? We made a list of steps Wonder Woman would take to minimize basement clutter. Don’t be afraid to try them.


1) Face your fears!

Get Pesky Papers Under Control

Paper OrganizingPaper is unavoidably the No. 1 challenge for many people.  Mail, bills, subscriptions, newspapers, receipts, and important papers pile up in our homes and can be overwhelming. While digital clutter from email can at least be out of sight, paper is physically visible and in need of constant attention. There are often more documents coming in than anyone can feasibly handle, and many people tend to be “pilers” not “filers.” Tossing papers to the wayside leads to annoyance as it becomes difficult to find what you need. This is why a tailored organizing system for paper is crucial to maintaining your home or office.

Organizing Your Collectibles to Stand Out

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Are your collectibles stashed in the basement, overshadowed by competing décor or haphazardly displayed in different areas of your home? It’s time to let them shine. Collectibles are a sure way to show your individuality. A collection highlights your passion and shares your interest. When displayed thoughtfully you and any visitors will appreciate their beauty and value. Here are some ideas for organizing your collectibles so they stand out.

Design elements

What’s the difference between collections and clutter? Design elements. A bunch of stuff thrown together may not look great. Decide what looks good together. Consider shapes, color, number (odd numbers look better in groupings), height (mix small and large pieces), weight, and texture.