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I was honored to have Prevention magazine feature a few of my organizing tips in its online article “How to Organize Your Family Photos — and Why It Will Make You Happier” this month. You can read the whole article here. If you want to see my tips specifically, scroll down to Tip #5. Organizing […]

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5 myths about working with a home organizer

by respaced on December 11, 2017

Working with a home organizer can be a positive, life-changing experience! But some people are reluctant to reach out for help because of misinformation about what professional organizers do. Here are 5 myths — and 5 truths! — about working with a home organizer. MYTH: Home organizers will make you throw things away. TRUTH: We […]

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How our home organizers work with clients with ADHD

by respaced on November 29, 2017

Many of our organizing clients (about 65%) have told us they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), so our organizers have developed strategies over the years to make organizing sessions easier on these clients. Here are just a few of the tools that we use: 1. We schedule shorter organizing sessions instead of long sessions […]

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Some of my clients have told me that their family has balked at their decision to hire a home organizer and have wondered why they couldn’t just have a friend help them get organized instead. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) came up with this great list of questions to help you figure out when […]

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We recently joined Thumbtack, and I really liked the questions they had us answer as part of our profile. I’m including them here, because I think they are useful to think about when hiring a home organizer. How does your service stand out? Since 2008, we at reSPACEd have been working with busy families, professionals […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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