Fall Decluttering Tips from a Professional Organizer

Nature gives us a great cue in the fall: let go of what no longer serves you. The trees know to drop their leaves. The days get shorter, nights get longer, and we stay home more. This is the perfect time to turn our attention to our house—and do some fall decluttering. We clear out the Read More

Declutter Your Email

Clutter is clutter, even if you can’t see it. If you’re logging into your email account and it shows that you have 3,558 unread messages and 7,942 total, you need to declutter your email. Searching through folders and filters to find information you need or saving every sent message is the equivalent of having so Read More

Declutter Your Mind

It’s easy to see when our home, office, or car is full of clutter, but our minds are not so open. We can’t see the piles in our mind’s corners, the unpacked boxes of our history, or the regrets we revisit. Mental space gets cluttered with random thoughts, lists of worries and to-do’s, plus rules for how Read More

Organize Your Bills

Last week, I advised that you opt-out of mailings to reduce paper coming into your home. This week, I want you to take it one step further. Go paperless. Why should you go paperless? Besides helping the environment and decreasing the chances of identity theft, you’ll reduce paper clutter, stop having so many documents to Read More

Opt Out

January is a built-in fresh start. We make resolutions about how to do it (whatever it is) differently, better, this year. If that resolutions involves organizing, I’ve got some advice for you. Actually, I have lots of advice, tips, strategies, and systems. We won’t go into all of those today. I’ll give you tips all Read More

Calm Your Space, Calm Your Mind

This time of year gets cluttered very quickly. First, our schedule gets messy. Banks, post offices, and schools close so our time is disrupted. It snows. Maybe the schools call for a snow day or the house just gets an extra layer of water and mud to clean. More stuff keeps coming into the house, Read More

Where to Donate in Austin

So you’ve gone through all of your stuff and decided what to get rid of.  Where can it go? When you’ve got a whole lot to donate at once, I recommend giving to one charity that can take as much of what you’re giving away as possible. You’ve already done the work of sorting through everything Read More