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my life as an organizer

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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Pics of my non-home office

by respaced on March 9, 2015

Oh my goodness, it has been so long since I updated my blog! Suffice it to say, I’ve been busy. With what? Well, I’ve been organizing a lot of home offices lately. This made me realize I often get asked about my own home office and how a professional organizer sets up her workspace. So […]

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The 9-year-old organizer Feng Shui’s his bedroom

by respaced on February 5, 2015

“Mom, I’m Feng Shuing my room!” hollered my 9-year-old son from the top of the stairs. Um, what? How does he even know what that is? were among the multitude of thoughts that ran through my head followed by: This I’ve got to see! So I went upstairs and saw where he had started to […]

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I recently was contacted by a person who wanted advice on becoming a professional organizer. I get asked about this A LOT, and when I have the time I try to share what I know. I decided to post my most recent response in hopes that it sheds some light on what I do as […]

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The biggest organizing mistake I see people make …

by respaced on November 24, 2014

… is that they invest in a beautiful organizing system, but then don’t work the system. See, organizing is one part physical and one part behavioral. That is to say, you need the physical space to store your items, but you also need to develop the habit of putting your things back in their space […]

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Exciting news! I’m in a magazine!

by respaced on September 30, 2014

So this really neat thing happened to me: I was contacted by Real Simple magazine to submit a tip for their article “76 Greatest Organizing Tips of All Time.” The magazine is the October issue, which means it is on newsstands now. This is so thrilling for me! For professional organizers, Real Simple magazine is […]

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Remember this post, where I came up with a solution for storing things that need to go upstairs in wall folders instead of in piles on the stairs? Well, Nathan, my 8-year-old future organizer, decided to take matters into his own hands. He came up with this device: See, throughout the day he puts the […]

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