Family Organizing: When Someone Else’s Clutter Weighs on You

family organizingWhen you are ready to clear the clutter but family members aren’t on the same page it can be frustrating. There isn’t an easy fix to this common problem. Laying down the law with the kids or your spouse is likely to build resentment, resulting in a temporary fix. The clutter will return.

Best Car Organizing Ideas from a Professional Organizer

Store recycled grocery bags in the car so they will always be ready.

You are more likely to use recycled grocery bags if they are stored in your car.

Most of us spend quite a bit of time in our cars so who can blame us for wanting to make the most of our time. Whether you are waiting for your son or daughter’s game to start, or for your next business appointment, it’s surprising how much you can get done in small pockets of time —if you are organized. For many of us, our car has become a workspace, a dining room, and a play space.  Clutter is now mobile.

Back to School, Back to Work

post it notes at a busy office deskWhen the kids go back to school, it creates an opportunity for adults to approach their work with renewed energy and enthusiasm.  Labor Day always reminds me of that.

                                                                                                                                      Over the years, I’ve had many clients who felt stuck in their work environment. However, after clearing the physical clutter, they became more energized and empowered at work. 

Featured Client Story: Home vs. Work Space

Joanne had a new home-based business, and was working in a small nook in the master bedroom. With a growing list of clients and projects, she was extremely frustrated by a lack of space and organization. “I had stacks of files, which meant it took forever to find things,” said Joanne.

Are your kids REALLY prepared to go back to school?

college girls with borderYou’ve purchased the sheets, school supplies, comforter and computer, but is your son or daughter really ready to live on their own at college? Are your younger students back in learning mode? There is more to being prepared than just purchasing back-to-school gear.
Featured Client Story:
College Student Learns a Valuable Lesson
Recently, I was asked to help a mom whose son was getting ready for college.  He was excited to go, but was not at all ready for the transition. His room was filled with the clutter of his childhood. There were clothes everywhere, much of which he didn’t like or wear. He had many toys and stuffed animals that could have been collected and donated.  His room needed to be reviewed from top to bottom.  He had no idea how to even begin the organizing process.
Together we sorted through all his belongings. What he was left with were the things he loved and used, organized so that he could easily find what he needed.  He now knew exactly how to pack for college. “I have my room back. I can breathe now,” said the soon-to-be college student.
This proved to be the perfect send-off for both mother and son. The son had his room organized and learned some skills that would help him adjust to a new, smaller space.  Meanwhile, Mom enjoyed the neat room, as well as her son’s growing confidence.