No, we will never make you throw away your things (and we won’t make your spouse throw away his or her things either.) We respect you, your house, and your decisions while we are in your home, and if you don’t want to get rid of certain things, then we won’t force you to. We […]
Is your family on board with your organizing efforts? Are they helping or hindering you?
Have you tried to get organized in the past, only to have the clutter come back when family members refused to use the new systems you created? Working as a professional organizer for the last 11 years, I have found that one of the biggest factors in determining whether a newly organized space will still […]
Tips for organizing with a spouse who has hoarding behaviors
I had the great fortune of attending a conference on hoarding disorder last week called “Too Much Stuff.” It was hosted by the Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force, and featured husband and wife duo Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer. The Shuers know first hand what it is like to live with and eventually overcome […]
How to get your spouse to be more organized — without nagging
The topic of getting messy spouses to clean up always comes up at presentations I give to family groups. It can be so frustrating to live with someone who is making messes as quickly as you are cleaning them up! But at the same time, nagging at him or her to tidy up just sows […]