Does It Spark Joy? Thoughts on Marie Kondo and the Japanese art of organizing

July 21, 2015

There’s been a lot of fuss recently about Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizer.  There have been articles and TV interviews and friends excitedly telling me they’ve been inspired to buy the book.  I admit to feeling curmudgeonly about all this hype for something I’ve been doing for the last seven years.  It’s just professional organizing [...]

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What Organizing Isn’t

June 15, 2015

A recent article in the New York Times about the “art of clutter,”  Marie Kondo’s best selling book about the “magic of tidying up,” the Minimalists and the popularity of TV shows about hoarding have continued to raise the profile of  professional organizing in our popular culture. However, increased awareness has spawned some misconceptions about [...]

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The Future You

June 1, 2015

Do you ever think about the future you? Do you think about what will make you happy? Do you think about what your personal environment will look like?  Do you think about the kinds of people you want to have in your life? Do you think about who you want to be? I’m not talking [...]

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Why Can’t I Get Organized?

May 16, 2015

When I’m not organizing, I like to play with my dog.  By playing, I mean competing in agility, a dog performance sport. The object of dog agility is to complete a sequence of obstacles in the shortest amount of time. The course of jumps, tunnels, and teeter-totters includes turns, changes of direction, and enticing off [...]

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A Home Office Checklist: Holistic Review

March 10, 2015

Remember when your teacher said, “Check your answers” before handing in your test?  She knew that no matter how well you think you did, you might have missed something. That’s the power of review. Your office is no different.  You need to periodically evaluate your procedures to make sure your systems are functioning correctly. Ask [...]

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A Home Office Checklist: A Place For Everything

March 3, 2015

No matter how big or small your office is, you need to make the most effective use of the space you have.  You do that by giving everything a home. We’ve all heard the phrase: “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  It pretty much sums up what organizing is all about.   Once [...]

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Write Your Holiday Letter NOW!

November 7, 2014

OMG! The holidays are looming. I’m still eating Hallowe’en candy and Christmas has been in Costco for weeks. Start working on your holiday greetings now and you can check one thing off your list! When should it go out? There’s a crush of mail around the holidays and your message may be buried. Most people [...]

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“Will you make me get rid of all my stuff?”

September 10, 2014

This is a question I hear often when working with a new client.  The short answer is, “Yes, you will need to get rid of some of your stuff.  But you will make those decisions for yourself.” We’ve all seen the organizing shows on TV – especially the dramatic hoarding cases – where the emphasis [...]

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Help! I Can’t Remember My Password!

July 30, 2014

With so much of our life in the digital cloud, passwords are a necessary evil.  If you’re like me, creating and managing passwords is a chore. Almost every site you visit requires a password and the strongest passwords are impossible to remember.  How many times do you stare at that blank “Enter Password” box and [...]

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The Secret to Reducing Email Clutter: Write Emails That Get Read

June 17, 2014

If you work from home you probably spend at least three or four hours a day writing and answering email. Whether we like it or not, email is the dominant form of business communication today.  We may text, tweet or facebook our friends, but when we need answers or want results, email is the first [...]

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