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The Junk Mail Cure!

A local friend just told me about www.41pounds.org, a service that claims to eliminate 80-95% of the junk mail you receive.  It is named for the fact that the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year! You can pay them–guess how much?–41 dollars to use their service, and half the profits go… Read more »

The 7 Biggest Paper and Information Mistakes

I thought you might like to read another article I wrote for ModernSage.com, called The 7 Biggest Paper and Information Mistakes.  Are you forgetting the vital protection step that only 1 in 4 people take??  On a side note, did everyone know that we are snowed in for the 3rd day in a row tomorrow… Read more »

Ten Basic Home Organizing Concepts

I just wrote this article that I thought a lot of you might enjoy reading:  Ten Basic Home Organizing Concepts.  These are things we teach people every day in our work with clients.  I hope it helps you start your New Year off on the right foot! Have a great weekend everyone!

Three Preventable Clutter Traps

Our little diet analogy is a lot of fun sometimes…one of the things I like to talk about is preventing clutter in the first place.  Think:  "A Moment on the Lips, a Lifetime on the Hips"– Just like if you were going to stop yourself from eating a piece of candy!  Once the clutter comes… Read more »

Spanish Organizing Lesson?

The Spanish word for "I see" is VEO.  Interesting that visibility is such a central goal of almost every organizing project!  In a closet, we’re trying to help you see your clothing better to choose your outfits.  In a pantry, we’re trying to help you see your food so you will know what you have… Read more »

What does it mean to be organized?

So many people have New Year’s Resolutions to "get organized."  Just what exactly does that even mean?  Some people confuse being organized with being perfect.  Some people confuse being organized with being neat.  Neat people can be disorganized, believe me! What we teach people is that you should strive to be N.E.A.T.E.R.: Not perfect, but…Effective-… Read more »

Time to Return Those Gifts!

Happy New Year, everyone!  So many people are out right now returning gifts that didn’t work, for whatever reason that might be.  But what if you got a gift card to a store that you don’t want to shop in?  Or what if you really wish a bunch of gift cards were all consolidated so… Read more »

Hide the gifts with “Santa Closets”

Well, this is fascinating!  Self-storage services are billing their units as "Santa Closets," renting for $1/day, to help people hide their gifts from family members!  Gifts are really hard to hide if you don’t have extra storage space in your homes.  Here is an article about this from the Houston Chronicle.  To be fair, some… Read more »

The Mess Apologists

Well, it was bound to happen… "the backlash."  This NY Times article entitled "Saying Yes to Mess" features several books now coming out about how being messy is good.  One is called The Perfect Mess:  The Hidden Benefits of Disorder."  Another is called "Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life."  These authors are quoted as… Read more »

Great New Meeting Wizard Tool!

Has anyone ever had this problem?  You are trying to coordinate a group of various people for a dinner party or a meeting or some other activity.  Everyone has different schedules– I am not available on Tuesdays, I can come Wednesdays but not Thursdays, etc.  What’s worse is when you’re coordinating a conference call and… Read more »

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