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11 of my favorite organizing tips

by respaced on March 1, 2013

There are entire sections of book stores devoted to books chock-full of organizing tips. But who has time to read all of those? Let me boil them down for you: 1. Before you buy any storage products or start pitching your stuff, you need to decide how you want your space to function. What activities […]


If you work part time, full time or have very young children at home, the idea of organizing your space, or even tidying up, might seem like a joke at best. Who has time for that when you work 8, 10 or 12 hours a day? Some of my clients have been in this situation, […]


Oftentimes, I get asked the question, how many ________ should I own? One way to answer that question is to turn it on its head and ask the questioner, how much time are you willing to devote to managing those items (ie. finding a home for them, cleaning them, putting them away when you are […]


Most of us have a kitchen cupboard stuffed with miscellaneous plastic cups, bent paper plates and an assortment of holiday-themed paper napkins. And when a special occasion rolls around, most of us take one look at the items in that cupboard — and then run out and buy all new paper plates and cups. It’s […]

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Sometimes while working at clients’ homes, clients will voice this all-too-common problem: “I know what I want to keep, I just don’t know where to put anything!” Indeed this can be the main difference between an organized room and a room that looks and feels cluttery. What should you do? These three crucial steps will […]


Is your home disorganized? 8 ways to know

by respaced on July 3, 2012

Everybody has a different idea of what it means to be organized. What feels organized to one person may appear messy to another person. You may stack all of your bills in a pile on the kitchen counter. Your organized friend may file them by subject in a vertical file folder on the kitchen counter. When […]


You want to know the trick to keeping your house organized on a day-to-day basis? It comes down to two actions you must take: First, make sure every item — and I mean every item — in your house has a home. Make sure everyone in the family knows where these “homes” are. Label them […]


In my line of work, one of the most common reasons I see houses get so disorganized is because the owners have a great system for getting stuff into the house (shopping, gifts, freebies) and no system for getting stuff out of the house. If you keep adding to the contents of your home without ever removing […]


9 “don’ts” of organizing

by respaced on April 16, 2012

Don’t start organizing without making a plan for your space first. Take the time to sit down and write out a list of all the functions the room has to serve. Otherwise, how will you know what should stay or go? Don’t expect to get your entire room organized in a day. Can you say […]


Organizing craft project your kids will love

by respaced on March 16, 2012

Cute craft project that kids can make to organize their desk at home. Simply cover old cans in colorful scrapbook paper and glue together into a pyramid (I’d use super glue or Gorilla Glue for this). Then kids can have fun putting their pencils, markers, scissors and more in each one. I love ideas that […]