home organization

Pantry peace…getting rid of the pantry pests

Last year I fought off an army of pantry pests…Silver Fish, in my kitchen…transferring food out of packages and into ziplocks or air tights at least gives you peace of mind that the critters aren’t having a party while you sleep… From Kitchn by: Ayn-Monique Klahre, photo by: Maxwell Ryan Did you know that the phrase […]

The demon aesthetic perfection…

Aesthetics:  “Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. Giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty; of pleasing appearance.” Perfection: “The action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.” For those of us driven by aesthetic perfection, nothing in our space is ever done or finished. Nor is […]

Chores…the more organized you are, the less time you spend doing them

The only way that I know of to keep a house neat and/or organized is do chores…daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.  There is simply no way around it.  Either you do them or you pay someone to do them, or…you suffer the consequences of not doing them. Of course, not everyone cares how organized or neat […]

Organized living…how do you do it?

From our friends at Freshome, organized living is doable…I must say, I do adhere to most of these. 9 Habits of Highly Organized People  By Danica Rog August 30, 2016 in Cleaning & Organizing We all want to be a little bit more organized. What causes you stress on the outside – whether a long list of errands […]

Take my expert advice…or maybe not

I’ve been a professional organizer for over 25 years now.  I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of people, and I’ve been in hundreds of houses in the Bay Area.  I am pleased to say that a high percentage of my clients are living happily ever after in their much more organized homes.  However, there are those […]

letting the light in…

Last week I did some spring cleaning, which included my home office armoire.  When I opened my own home office desk drawer, something struck me like lightening…why am I staring into a black hole trying to find a paperclip? What does this mean?  It’s the difference between dark and light…when you open a drawer or […]

When will we have everything we need…chores and errands

I lead a relatively small life.  Really, it’s mostly just me and 2 cats.  One small apartment, 650 sq. ft.  One car. One home office armoire, one computer. Work consumes almost all of my time.  Either doing it, or looking for it. No big hobbies, no great vices, not a lot of vacation traveling. And I am super […]

It’s not always what you think it is that keeps you from being organized…

Have you ever walked into a house (maybe even yours…) and you couldn’t tell what room you were standing in? There’s a sofa and TV, but there’s also a desk and several computers, and there’s a dining table and 6 chairs, but there is also a library worth of books all over…what is this room? […]

It is possible to be too organized…

As a professional organizer, I perform a good number of “organizing assessments” every year, which I’ve talked about throughout my blog. Generally, I am going to homes of people who are struggling to get and stay organized.  But recently I did an assessment for someone who was exactly the opposite.  In fact, she may be […]

The guest room…everyone wants one

There’s one room in a lot of people’s homes that I just can’t figure out…the guest room.  Doing hundreds of organizing assessments, here’s what I have faced over the “guest room”: People will move because they don’t have one. People will buy a bigger house than they can afford to get one. People will use […]