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Working Well When Your ‘Home Office’ is Your Laptop

By Gwen McClure | July 2, 2020

If your dining table or coffee table or (gulp) bed is functioning as your home office, you likely move around a lot during the day from one spot to another as you work. If you do, I’m guessing you misplace things as you transition. Since the seat you work in is also the one you … Continue reading Working Well When Your ‘Home Office’ is Your Laptop

Home Office or Inspired Sanctuary?

By Gwen McClure | July 2, 2020

A lot of us have had to create ad hoc home offices on the fly during the pandemic. If you’re looking at a long-term home office, it’s worth thinking about how to take it from basic to beautiful.  Take a minute. What kind of home workspace do you want to spend time in? Is it … Continue reading Home Office or Inspired Sanctuary?

The Best Way To Carve an Office Out of Your Living Room

By Gwen McClure | July 2, 2020

One of the most common home workspaces are those that are carved out of a larger room. It may be your living room, your bedroom, or dining room. The challenge with these spaces is that you work and relax in the same room, so separating work from home gets pretty tricky.  Given that you want … Continue reading The Best Way To Carve an Office Out of Your Living Room

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Mildred’s 60 Hats

By Gwen McClure | May 19, 2020

One of my favorite organizing stories is about Mildred. When I first met her, she did NOT want to leave her home for the retirement community her children had suggested. 

3 Magic Questions to Help You Let Go of Stuff

By Gwen McClure | March 3, 2020

These three gems have helped my clients over and over. Try them out on something you’ve been hanging on to and let me know what happens!

Where To Put Clothes That Aren’t Dirty OR Clean

By Gwen McClure | February 10, 2020

Before I became a professional organizer, I thought I was the only one who wore a blouse or a pair of pants 2-3 times before washing them. I’ve come to find out everyone does this. Well, almost everyone! Finding a place for your clothes during that transition between just-washed and hamper-bound can be a problem.

When You Can’t Close Your Sock Drawer

By Gwen McClure | January 27, 2020

I couldn’t close my sock drawer last week. It was just too stuffed! Do you have difficulty “releasing” socks, too? (Why is it so difficult to throw them out?!) 

Being the organizer I am, I decided it was time for some SILLY SOCK SUMS.

Mia and Annabel with their custom-made dog beds!

3 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in an Emergency

By Gwen McClure | January 13, 2020

Yup, I’m an animal person. These two go with me everywhere I do; they’re part of my family.  

But I never thought I’d need an emergency kit for my dogs until my mother developed the pet emergency plan for Contra Costa County.

How to End Paper Clutter for Good

By Gwen McClure | December 15, 2019

Weren’t we promised a paperless world?  I hate paper as much as you do, but I’ve found the secret to dealing with this monster. Here’s what to do before you start…

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Why You Need a Customized Emergency Kit

By Gwen McClure | December 2, 2019

Most people I talk to agree that having some kind of a kit is a good idea, but they have a lot of questions about why a customized kit is important.