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the things we tell ourselves

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 […]


Do you know what is often the hardest part of getting organized? Getting started! So often, we look at the room that needs decluttering and a feeling of dread and exhaustion overtakes us before we even pick up the first object. We think, “There’s no way I could go through every single thing in this […]


This time of year we are all so busy, which means we tend to stop taking the time to do a little bit of clean-up each day. We fall into bed way past our normal bedtime, too tired to clear off the table, do the dishes and tell the kids to put their toys away. […]


Have you ever gone shopping, brought your packages home and just left them on the floor, telling yourself, “I’ll get to them later”? Then a week later, the bags are still on the floor with the contents still inside? Have you ever finished up a project and left all the tools and extra pieces out, telling […]


What is at the heart of disorganization for most?

by respaced on August 26, 2013

Priorities. Goals. Purpose. Boring graduation speech? Or attributes that are the cornerstone of organization? Here’s the thing about organizing. People may look around a cluttered room and see only mounds and piles and heaps of stuff. They may think that at the root of the problem is someone who has trouble throwing things out and […]


Are you a hoarder or just disorganized?

by respaced on August 22, 2013

On more than one occasion, I have had organizing clients tell me that they are hoarders. They point to a mound of paperwork or a closet overflowing with craft supplies as evidence of their hoarding behavior. One person pointed to a shelf full of haircare products.These same people often feel such a sense of self-disgust […]


Some of my clients have told me that their friends and/or family have balked at their decision to hire a professional organizer and have wondered why they couldn’t just have a friend help them get organized instead. This leads me to believe that it is important to know when a friend will suffice to help […]


Organization is about freedom, not perfection

by respaced on July 19, 2013

Some people are completely anti-organizing. They are touchy about their stuff. They equate organizing with being uptight, overly rigid, and deadly to the creative process. They embrace the mess in their house and insist they love it that way. But here’s the truth about organizing: True organization is freedom! When you can find what you […]


Most of us are pretty pressed for time most days. At least, that’s the most common reason people give me for their disorganization — they have no time to sort through their things! It’s understandable. It’s hard to carve out four hours or more to do a major organizational overhaul of a room. That’s why […]


Before I begin any organizing project with a client, I always conduct an organizing assessment at his or her house first. Often, a client will sheepishly show me around a partially organized room, explaining that she had started organizing it, only to have given up after the first day. You know what? I tell her, […]

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