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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 […]


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 […]


7 ways to organize kids’ outdoor toys

by respaced on June 25, 2012

Summer is here, which means your kids are probably spending more time playing outside. Make sure their outdoor toys are accessible and easy to put away by using one of these organizational methods:

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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 […]


Pegboard is pretty easy to come by — we found ours for free along the side of the road last summer! It’s relatively simply to install, yet it makes a world of difference in rooms that hold lots of tiny things such as craft rooms, garages and pantries. Any Home Depot or other builder’s supply […]


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to write about love and organizing. I love all of my wonderful, hardworking clients, but because they all sign confidentiality agreements prior to our sessions, I cannot tell you delightful stories about why I love them (but know that I do, dear clients!) So instead, I want to […]


See? The Lego airbags didn’t deploy because there was too much clutter under the front and passenger seats. ?A while back, I wrote a post about the danger a cluttered car poses in the event of a car accident. The clutter can become airborne, acting as projectiles and slamming into people at the same speed at […]