24 Jul 2017

What is not being organized costing you?

Have you ever stopped to consider what it is costing you financially, physically and emotionally to be living in a perpetual state of chaos? If you take the time to think about it, you might be surprised. Getting organized isn’t just about tidying up, throwing things out and putting things in nifty organizers. Getting organized is putting things in places they will be useful and easy to find. Knowing what resources you have available and most importantly creating systems that save you time on the mundane and routine so you have time to enjoy life. As a professional organizer when people contact me they are usually overwhelmed and exhausted. They have let something that was small grow into a challenge so big that they would rather ignore it. Now I know you are probably saying to yourself what does organizing a drawer or shelf have to do with my happiness and state of mind. But studies have shown that an environment that is organized is much more beneficial than one that is chaos. You might not realize it, but that messy office, garage or spare room is weighing on you physically and emotionally. The good news is that it isn’t as hard as you think to overcome these situations. The key is recognizing the barriers and challenges you want to eliminate. Creating a system and sticking to it.
There are some simple truths to being organized (in my opinion.) These simple truths are at the core of what I do:

  1. Being organized doesn’t mean you live like you are in a museum and it doesn’t mean you must become a minimalist.
  2. You create systems that work for you. As an organizer I listen to my clients to determine their needs and challenges – yes there are tips and tricks – but this isn’t a one size fits all endeavor. What works for you might not work for your neighbor or coworker.
  3. It’s just as much about changing behaviors and habits as it is putting everything in a neat tidy package
  4. There are no hard and fast rules.
  5. Going to the store and spending a lot of money on containers and trendy solutions isn’t going to make you organized instantly.

17 Jul 2017

Where there is a Problem you first must identify the Cause

In most instances a state of chaos arises out of something that has become overwhelming or out of control. More often than not, when I walk into a garage, office, or basement I can see the foundation of something that originally was organized – or the intention was for it to be organized. The catalyst for the chaos is usually as simple as clutter started collecting – the problem wasn’t acknowledged and identified and it simply grew. I’m usually called in because people have allowed something to progress to a state that they are overwhelmed – don’t know what to do and simply want to close the door and turn off the light.
When I first meet with a client, that session is spent with me listening to the client – I have them address the problem, share with me why I’ve been called and what they want to accomplish. Depending on the scope of the job we establish a timeline and set out to complete the task. We then set out to take on one thing at a time and work so that they see progress but we don’t rush to completion. If we are tackling a kitchen I’m looking for clues that answer where the issue really lies. How are things ending up there – what is the source. What system or process needs to be implemented, tweaked or eliminated to reach a workable solution?  It won’t be of any help to take the time and effort to clean something up if you aren’t also identifying the factors that led to the situation.

09 Jul 2017


Since an early age I’ve always been an organizer. There were the good-natured jabs from family and friends about being just a little too tidy. But let’s face it – it’s something that I am proud of and have found is a fortunate talent to possess. My goal with this blog is to share my knowledge and experience so that you too may benefit from being more organized – whether at home, the office, an association or organization you belong. Getting organized frees up time, energy and resources in your life. It’s not rocket science. It’s more about learning new behaviors and habits that allow you to be more productive and enjoy more that life has to offer – whether that is time with family or friends, going places you’ve dreamed of visiting or simply having some space in your day to relax, read or dare I say – enjoy a siesta!

My hope is that you will like what you learn and even share it with others. My mission is simple – I help restore order out of chaos. I encourage you to ask questions, if you have a tip or idea that you think others should know please let me know and I’ll be happy to share!