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 […]

“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 […]

Even the Organizer Hired an Organizer

My mother lost her partner Don almost a year ago. They were together close to 25 years. Due to complications from a prior stroke my mom decided after Don’s passing that it was best to relocate out of their second floor condo to ranch-style living that would best accommodate her physical impairments. She has almost […]

Spice Up Your… February

How many spices do you really use? Come on, be honest… and now count how many you actually own in your kitchen. Go ahead, count. I’ll wait. What does the math tell you? In my 10+ years as a PO, I have helped many women toss hundreds of expired, unused and unnecessary spices into the […]

Mahwah Businesswoman Celebrates Decade In Professional Organizing

Jean Marie was recently interviewed by the local paper regarding POSSE’s 10-Year anniversary, see the interview here: Mahwah Businesswoman Celebrates Decade In Professional Organizing

Woo Woo or Science?

This summer I experienced another death in my immediate family. That makes three close relationships gone in one year. A Lot for my brain, heart and body to adjust to. I tell you this because sometimes life hands us events beyond our control but what we can control or at least sway and often minimize […]

“Pitch-It Party” – A Seasonal Tradition for Clutter-Free Homes

For many people, summer starts a new chapter in a child’s life because something has ended… such as a grade, a school, maybe even a job. But before the tides of the ocean sweep you and your family away into vacation mode, take the time to rid your home of the now “closed chapter” so […]