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Question: I have been married for 5 years and my dress is still hanging in its bag in our closet. I never had it dry cleaned (GAH… and big sigh!). I, of course, love the dress, due to its meaning, but I wouldn’t say that I am overly attached to it. I would, however, say […]


The organizing consultations I dread the most are the ones in which one spouse tries to hire me to fix the other spouse’s disorganization problem. I am expected to tell the other spouse to “clean up his mess” and “get rid” of this or that. This happens more often than you might think, and it […]


? Yes, you can take labeling too far.  ?Do you cringe seeing labels on bins and shelves in other people’s homes? Do you instantly assume that homeowner is uptight, rigid and perfectionistic? Does it fill you with the urge to switch things around from their labeled compartments, just to see how tightly wound that homeowner really is? […]


Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get organized this year? That’s great that you are ready to take back your space! Unfortunately, we all know how hard it is to stick to New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes, people find that their resolution to get organized fails. Here are four reasons why they may not […]


Question: How do I handle all of the paper that comes into my house each day? Between the mail and the kids’ schoolwork and school forms, the paper piles have gotten out of control!  Answer: This is probably the most common organization problem I see in people’s homes. It is so hard to keep up with […]


This post is for you stay-at-home moms: When strangers ask you what do you do for a living, how many times have you told them “I’m just a stay-at-home mom”? Just? When you are a stay-at-home parent you have many jobs – you are a parent to your kids, their teacher and playmate, a housecleaner, cook […]

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The topic of getting messy spouses to clean up came up at a presentation I gave to a mom’s group on Monday. It came up again Tuesday in a discussion with a friend, which got me thinking more about the topic. I addressed this topic back in May, but it’s worth looking at from a […]


Our garage organized at last!

by respaced on July 16, 2009

I mentioned in my last post that my husband finally decided to let me help organize the garage after trying to organize it on his own over the last two years. Here are some before and after photos: Here’s the garage seven hours later: Yeah, I know that cord would look a lot better wound […]


You’ll never believe it …

by respaced on July 14, 2009

Our garage is all cleaned out and (mostly) organized! The dear husband relented and allowed me to help — which he later confessed was hard for his ego. I was really impressed that he could admit that about himself. What changed his mind about letting me help? He was amazed at how quickly the garage-cleanout […]


Recently, my friend who inspired the post called “How can I get my hubby to clean up his ****?” told me she had found a way to do the impossible: clean her husband’s office in his absence. Her trick? She asked her husband’s assistant, whom he trusts implicitly, to organize his things along side her. […]