the kitchen sink (editorial)

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 […]

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When your car is stolen…

What’s it like when your car is stolen? I found out 3 weeks ago.  Right out of our gated garage, at 2am.  At 8am, I watched a tape from our security camera, which showed a young man breaking into our garage, and in a matter of minutes, roll out the gate in my car. My car […]

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Dealing with the red banner of death…suspicious emails

There you are, minding your own business when one fine day you get an email from a client…”hey, your emails are coming to me with a big red banner that says the content is “Suspicious” and that you might be a hacker and that I shouldn’t open your email…what gives?”  You will, naturally, assume that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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From one business woman to another…grrr

In December, I was called to home in the East Bay Hills by, what appears to be, a very successful business woman who works in SF.  She just bought this large home, after owning an even larger home in Canada. Upon moving in, she attempted to unpack and organize herself, but found it a daunting task, given the amount […]

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do not call…and other phone myths

Last week, I was with an elder client helping prepare for her upcoming move.  This woman’s phone must of rung 25 times during the few hours I was there.  Each time it rang, she had to run to the phone to see whose number was displayed on the screen, to determine whether or not she should risk answering […]

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The problem with moving…it’s inconvenient, for sure.

  I write this with a smile…actually, it’s a funny quirk of being human…we don’t like change, even when we initiate it, even when it’s the best thing to happen to us, and even when we know we will be happier in the end. As the moving season winds down, I’ll offer a last warning […]

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when “now” isn’t fast enough…

July 4, 2015 was a Saturday.  It’s was also a National Holiday.  A lot people in the U.S. took that holiday weekend as a long weekend, including me.  I don’t take a lot of days off and I rarely am gone for more than 2 days.  But I took off July 3 – 4 – 5. On […]

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Personal clutter…can a woman live without a handbag?

I have now been living without a handbag/purse, or technically, without my backpack style handbag/purse, for more than a month.  And I have survived to tell the tale. I know that it sounds impossible, and that handbag designers all over the world have added me to their “worst enemy” list, and Anna Wintour has cancelled […]

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