time management

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 […]


Your project or your life…

I’ve been working with an east bay Realtor, organizing and filing masses of paper clutter in her home office. She recently moved in a hurry, and in the process of moving everything she owned got tossed into boxes.  Needless to say, most of the stuff in the boxes was pitched when she really got to look at […]


Done…finished…filed

Dare I tell you that I finished my taxes in one Sunday afternoon? How is this possible, you ask…well, it’s possible because several years ago, I set about organizing my tax files so that I don’t have to even think about it much anymore. I created a file in my drawer that is labeled “Current […]


A change of habit…

As we face the coming new year, many of us begin thinking of the things we want to change – once and for all I’m going to stop doing xyz or this is the year I am going to finally do xyz. Change is definitely doable, you just need to be organized and have a […]


Feeling overwhelmed all the time…

This week I returned to the home of one of my clients because her home office had gotten completely out of sorts. A remodel had forced her office to be used as the “holding” room for furniture and stuff from other places in the house and she was overwhelmed with having to dig herself out […]


The art of the minimalist…

Found this blog and enjoy it very much… A Guide to Self-Reliance Minimalism by JEFFREY TANG on OCTOBER 13, 2009 I never considered myself a minimalist. I’ve always been a fan of efficiency, of not wasting time or resources, but I always resisted labeling myself as a card-carrying member of the minimalist club. Looking back, […]


Downshifting to the slow lane…

Yes, I have to admit that I am still working too hard on slowing my life down. Coming from the mid-west and having been raised to work hard and then work harder, it has taken me a long time to wrap my brain around the concept of slowing it all down. But adjusting to the […]


Holiday cards…

My holiday cards are sitting in their box on the floor, waiting for me to sit down and work on them. I will, and I am looking forward to it. Several years ago I made the decision to only send cards to those people who really mattered in my life and only to those who […]


To do lists…a professional organizer’s point of view

Today I was going over my TO DO list, which lately has grown into double digit numbers, something I promised myself I would not let happen. However, not only do I have a life to lead, but I have an organizing business to run which doubles everything I have to do. As I went down […]