3 Popular Organizing Tools You Should Avoid

3 Popular Organizing Tools You Should Avoid

As a professional organizer, I often see this happening: someone sees clutter in a part of their home and visits the Container Store to purchase containers, carts, and gadgets. They believe this will solve their organizing problem. When clutter returns, they repeat. Another container or two enters the house to ‘fix’ the problem. Pretty soon, … Continue reading 3 Popular Organizing Tools You Should Avoid

5 Hidden Benefits I Give to My Interior Design Clients

5 Hidden Benefits I Give to My Interior Design Clients

When your life changes significantly, what you need out of your home does too. A new baby needs a host of baby items (where will it all go?!), a blended household requires negotiation and re-thinking, growing children acquire their own things and suddenly the space that worked before, doesn’t! There are dozens of obvious benefits … Continue reading 5 Hidden Benefits I Give to My Interior Design Clients

Tips on Giving the Perfect Gift

Tips on Giving the Perfect Gift

Confession: I have a love/hate relationship to gift giving. Personally, there’s nothing I like more than opening a beautifully wrapped present. Or the child-like joy of watching someone open up a gift. But as a professional organizer who often helps clients ‘liberate’ gifts they really don’t like, I have a very difficult time giving someone … Continue reading Tips on Giving the Perfect Gift

5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

When we interior designers begin our careers, we’re encouraged to create ‘portfolio-worthy’ projects. In retrospect, it’s easy to see that these projects are more about the design firm than the client. As a well-seasoned designer, I’ve come to realize it’s much more fun to create spaces for other people. Gratitude and happy faces motivate me. … Continue reading 5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

You know a move manager would help, but it’s an expense and you’re not sure if it’s justified. After all, you’ve moved before and survived, right? After managing hundreds of moves, I’ve found 5 indicators that a move manager will be an investment that pays you back in time, energy, and sanity: You get panicked … Continue reading 5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens

Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens

How full is your closet with linens you don’t use? Maybe you have a soft blanket but it’s stained, or a high-quality percale sheet that’s fraying. You think you should keep it, and suddenly your storage is stuffed. Here’s my professional organizer’s tip for what to do with old linens: donate them to Animal Rescue … Continue reading Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens