Go to Your PIT’s for Productivity

My colleague and friend, Sharon Danzger who wrote Super-Productive 120 Strategies to Do More and Stress Less, were chatting over coffee. She was speaking to the fact that most people do not use a To-Do List. I had to grinningly admit, I’ve probably used a To-Do List since I was in middle school and then graduated […]

Moving Mom…

Many of you might remember that two years ago I wrote about Organizing Mom. That was the summer my mother lost her partner Don whom she had been with for over 25 years, the last 12 years in Florida. The article reflected the organizing tasks taken when one falls into a widow’s situation. This summer I […]

It’s Been How Long Since You’ve Updated Your Will?

I got one of those voice messages last month that you never forgot. You probably know the kind, it’s the inflection of the messenger that when you listen to the recording, you think to yourself that something terrible has happened and the person leaving you the message desperately needs to talk to you in person… […]

Rein in the Retail… IF You Truly Want to Get & Stay Organized

Have you noticed how easy it is to shop for anything these days? Food, clothes, medications, toys, gifts, furniture  — even a house can be scoped out on the web. You can easily spot the delivery trucks everywhere now too. All those white trucks delivering Amazon packages or brown UPS trucks and even colorful produce-images […]

You Can’t Take It With You When You Go…

My mother-in-law passed away early in my marriage. I really liked her warm, witty, carefree personality. She raised seven children in a 3-bedroom house with one phone and one bathroom. I remember her saying, “You can’t take it with you when you go…” while referring to things. In the short time I knew her, she […]

Don’t Touch Me Unless You Mean It

Last month I presented my Clutter Busters class to a couple of different audiences. Both times I used the picture above in my presentation. Now time management usually isn’t quite as exciting as a romantic, candlelit dinner for two so I needed to grab your attention.  But, just like you might not want to start […]

“The Food Police” (How to Organize a Refrigerator)

I’d like to share a story about two clients of mine, Nancy and Fancy. They are sisters who have shared the same home for over 34 years together. Both sisters are warm, intelligent, caring people who love each other very much. The live in a nice suburban home in northern New Jersey. The only problem […]

The Year of Rightsizing (Especially if you are NOT moving!)

Usually getting organized is right up there with exercise or weight loss on people’s New Year Resolutions List. As an organizer, I know that it’s people’s ability to create and sustain a new habit that solidifies her/his reaching any goal — let alone changing a lifestyle for either one’s physical clutter or body clutter. So, […]

These Are a Few of My Favorite… Stores (For Organizing of Course)

Welcome to retail madness this month. Can you hear Julie Andrews singing, “These are a few of my favorite things” right now as the background music in most stores? Well, I know everyone is out shopping this month so I thought I’d write about my favorite places to shop for fun and non-utilitarian looking organizing supplies. […]

See It, Like It, Buy It!

But Wait, the Organizer Exclaims… We all know the holidays will be here shortly and that means shopping. I know you will be shopping for others, but let’s be honest and admit that we also see things we would like for ourselves — which reminds me of a client story I’d like to share… I have […]