Never have I ever been reading a book or laughing at instagram videos and thought. “Shucks! I wish I could do the kids’ laundry for them again! This free-time I have now is really a drag.”
Ever since people started inviting me into their homes to organize their messy drawers and garages, their crazy piles of paper and dirty clothes, I’ve realized something: If all of y’all could see what is in your neighbors homes, you wouldn’t be so hard on yourselves! (more…)
I’ve been a professional organizer for many years. Often people who are naturally organized ask me incredulously, “What do you do for people? Why can’t they throw away their own trash?”
When you are born with the desire and ability to keep things in order, it’s easy to see other people’s disorder as a character flaw. (more…)
My father was in the US Air Force for 20 years! That’s a long time. During his career our family moved every 3 years or more. We are all good at moving now, that’s for sure!
In some ways a military move is easier than a civilian move. But in most ways, it’s exactly the same. In both cases, it really helps to be organized and ready for a move. (more…)
Drop your belief that other people care if your house is clean.
They don’t care. (more…)
I wish someone had told me when I was a kid that being an adult would involve fighting with Tupperware. I wouldn’t have been so anxious to grow up! I could’ve propped my feet up and enjoyed those afternoons at the pool even more if I only knew what I was putting off by staying young.
This parable about a raft can show us a lot about why we hold on to clutter.
“A person traveling along a path came to a great expanse of water. As she stood on the shore, she realized there were dangers and discomforts all about. But the other shore appeared safe and inviting.
The person looked for a boat or a bridge and found neither. With great effort she gathered twigs, logs, and branches and tied them all together to make a simple raft. Relying on the raft to keep herself afloat, the person paddled with her hands and feet and reached the safety of the other shore. She could now continue her journey on dry land.
This brought up a question, What would she do with her makeshift raft? Would she drag it along with her or leave it behind?”