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my life as an organizer

I’m a professional organizer, but I’m also a mom, and my son is my guinea pig for all of my home organizing ideas. As my son has gotten older (he’s 11 now), I’ve tried to walk back my role as the Summertime Entertainment Director in order to get him to take more responsibility for his […]

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The perfect gift for a pro organizer

by respaced on May 19, 2017

What do you get the professional organizer who has doesn’t want anything? (I realize I tend to be very hard to shop for!) How about custom-made bookshelves? That’s what my sweet husband Chad (pictured) made for me recently. Chad designed these shelves, prepared the wood, and did all of the metal work himself. The wood […]

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What can a professional organizer do for you?

by respaced on May 15, 2017

So you want to get organized, but are wondering why you should hire a professional organizer instead of letting your super organized friend help? Here’s why: A pro organizer is a neutral third party who can help you make decisions faster and more easily. Your organizer isn’t burdened by the emotional baggage that goes with […]

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Happy Birthday, reSPACEd!

by respaced on May 8, 2017

It’s my birthday today (hence the photo of my cute family up above). May is also the anniversary of reSPACEd. I have learned SO MUCH over the years about people, their homes, their behaviors and organizing in general. I’m a different organizer today than I was that May nine years ago. Here are some of […]

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I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering with Oregon Home magazine on their Dream Bedroom Makeover contest! One lucky winner will win a bedroom makeover for their home, featuring 6 hours of closet organizing services from me, 30 hours of interior design services from Amy Troute of Inspired Interior Design, paint from Colorhouse and painting […]

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Want to know the secret to getting organized?

by respaced on January 11, 2016

So much of getting — and staying — organized is maintenance. It’s mostly about doing a little bit every day when messes are small rather than waiting until messes are big and take hours or days to clean up. That’s why I like these posters that I recently spotted in a music teacher’s room. They […]

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I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering with Oregon Home magazine on their Dream Bedroom Makeover contest! One lucky winner will win a bedroom makeover for their home, featuring 6 hours of closet organizing services from me, 30 hours of interior design services from Amy Troute of Inspired Interior Design, paint from Colorhouse and painting […]

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Here is how I keep track of To Do’s, appts

by respaced on September 24, 2015

I get asked a lot about how I keep track of my schedule, to-do’s and calendar. What system should I use? is a question just about all of my clients ask. The first thing I tell them is, you don’t have to go digital! Digital is just one option out of many. I personally prefer […]

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Do you have the kind of child who is always forgetting to pack certain things in their backpack? You know, a chronic homework-forgetter or lunch-leave-behinder? Well, I FINALLY solved that problem in our house! Only took me until the school year is nearly over to figure out … I got this chalkboard sign from our […]

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You know that whole scenario where you have something planned for the weekend, but then your spouse surprises you with having other plans for the weekend? Meanwhile, that home improvement project that you started 2 months ago is still sitting out, neglected week after week? Here’s how we finally conquered that in our family: 1. […]

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