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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 »

Do you suffer from “Quicken Guilt?”

I have coined this phrase, "Quicken Guilt," to describe the situation we often see in home offices… We routinely ask a lot of assessment questions in our work as organizers, and one of them is whether they use any financial software.  People frequently get a sheepish look on their faces and say they know they… Read more »

Big Bags Weighing You Down?

I found this article in the NY Times called "Ouch!  My Bag is Killing Me."  It’s about how massage therapists and chiropractors are seeing all kinds of injuries caused by giant bags and purses.  The purses are so heavy they are straining the necks and shoulders of their owners and causing headaches. My theory on… Read more »

Gift Baskets– They are SO Last Year

Look out Harry & David, you have an anti-gift-basket nemesis out there:  www.nobasketsplease.com.  This site was created after a company received 63 gift baskets in one year and started donating them to charity after basket #5.  The site recommends socially- responsible, healthful, and practical gifts that can be given instead.  This reminds me a lot… Read more »

…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" always fascinated me… the idea that someone could give a person a series of gifts each day and keep building on them.  I was wondering how many gifts that actually ends up being…  In our work as Professional Organizers, we get a lot busier in January, obviously from… Read more »

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