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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 […]


A super easy way to keep the living room picked up

by respaced on October 26, 2012

It’s hard to keep a home tidy and picked up on a daily basis, especially when you live with family members who may not be as neat and orderly as you are. That’s why I love this triple basket idea from Pinterest. All you have to do is hang three sturdy baskets on the wall […]


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 […]


5 organizing tasks that are a waste of time

by respaced on July 23, 2012

Some people (I’m talking to you, Martha Stewart!) go overboard when it comes to organizing. That is, they waste time organizing things that don’t have to be perfectly compartamentalized, sorted and arranged. Here are five organizing tasks you can ignore: 1. Putting all of the non-perishable food in the pantry into their own separate glass […]


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 […]


For the love of god, DO THIS!

by respaced on February 17, 2012

This will literally save your sanity. Get a compartamentalized basket and put it by the front door. Write each family member’s name on a label (here, I diverge from the photo where they have labeled the object instead of the person) and assign everyone their own compartment with the instruction that they drop those essentials […]