Did You Know… You Are 7 Times More Likely to Achieve Your Goals IF You Write Them Down

In January I usually give different kinds of productivity presentations because the New Year lends itself to the topic of resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions usually being, to get organized. This year I noticed that when I asked my audiences who had written their goals down, not one person raised his/her hand. I […]

Things You Should Never Declutter

Bet you thought I was going to talk about physical “things” in your home that you should never get rid of…Well, I’m actually going to talk about activities that are pivotal to our happiness and productivity. Because when we feel joy, relax, rest and fuel ourselves — we will truly be energized. Therefore, we can […]

Love Before Guilt… for Happy Holidays

Gifts are such a psychological conundrum. For over a decade I’ve been helping people “declutter” years (sometimes decades) of gift accumulation in clients’ homes. And why do most people feel guilty about refining their lifetime or house full of gift “collections”… guilt and fear? We all connect gift giving and receiving as a vehicle of love, appreciation, […]

Go to Your PIT’s for Productivity

My colleague and friend, Sharon Danzger who wrote Super-Productive 120 Strategies to Do More and Stress Less, were chatting over coffee. She was speaking to the fact that most people do not use a To-Do List. I had to grinningly admit, I’ve probably used a To-Do List since I was in middle school and then graduated […]

Moving Mom…

Many of you might remember that two years ago I wrote about Organizing Mom. That was the summer my mother lost her partner Don whom she had been with for over 25 years, the last 12 years in Florida. The article reflected the organizing tasks taken when one falls into a widow’s situation. This summer I […]

It’s Been How Long Since You’ve Updated Your Will?

I got one of those voice messages last month that you never forgot. You probably know the kind, it’s the inflection of the messenger that when you listen to the recording, you think to yourself that something terrible has happened and the person leaving you the message desperately needs to talk to you in person… […]

Rein in the Retail… IF You Truly Want to Get & Stay Organized

Have you noticed how easy it is to shop for anything these days? Food, clothes, medications, toys, gifts, furniture  — even a house can be scoped out on the web. You can easily spot the delivery trucks everywhere now too. All those white trucks delivering Amazon packages or brown UPS trucks and even colorful produce-images […]

You Can’t Take It With You When You Go…

My mother-in-law passed away early in my marriage. I really liked her warm, witty, carefree personality. She raised seven children in a 3-bedroom house with one phone and one bathroom. I remember her saying, “You can’t take it with you when you go…” while referring to things. In the short time I knew her, she […]

Don’t Touch Me Unless You Mean It

Last month I presented my Clutter Busters class to a couple of different audiences. Both times I used the picture above in my presentation. Now time management usually isn’t quite as exciting as a romantic, candlelit dinner for two so I needed to grab your attention.  But, just like you might not want to start […]

“The Food Police” (How to Organize a Refrigerator)

I’d like to share a story about two clients of mine, Nancy and Fancy. They are sisters who have shared the same home for over 34 years together. Both sisters are warm, intelligent, caring people who love each other very much. The live in a nice suburban home in northern New Jersey. The only problem […]