garage + basements

Children will listen…organizing for your children

Recently, I held an organizing assessment with a wonderful couple in the East Bay, who have decided that enough is enough.  It is time to get the house decluttered and organized. I really enjoyed working with this couple because they fully realized that the reason they need to get organized is not just for them.  It’s also […]


An organizing assessment…learning to live with less than perfect

I recently did an “organizing assessment” for a family in the east bay.   Getting into the house, talking with the family, figuring out what the issues are and coming up with a plan to fix the clutter problems…once and for all…is how I start all my organizing jobs. As usually happens, when they called […]


Demonic clutter…

My client has a lovely 3 bedroom home in the East Bay hills.   The upstairs public/private spaces of the house are beautifully kept and well decorated.  She understands the principles of organizing…so, what’s the problem? The problem is what lies beneath…the dreaded demonic clutter in the basement and the hellish “under the house”. As you […]


Wanted: a garage that “girls” can play in…

Client profile:  busy author, teacher, executive mom, and her 2 teen daughters Challenge:  give them a garage that they can play in and still have storage with easy access for household supplies First look:   no open space for using the ping-pong table, no good accessibility of equipment, extra house supplies disorganized and unreachable, hodgepodge […]


A Berkeley garage organized…

Garage, the dictionary definition: a building or shed for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles.  Apparently, the dictionary editors do not live in California.  If they did, they would know that here, anything BUT a car is housed in a garage. Oh, the clutter I have seen in garages…   This is a garage in Berkeley that we […]


Sending your clutter off to Purgatory…

I just did an organizing consultation with a wonderful woman here in the East Bay.  While the upstairs portion of her house, what I call the “public” spaces – the living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. – are neat, tidy and very attractively arranged, it’s another story in the downstairs area of the house.  “Downstairs” is where […]


Storing books and papers…

If you are storing books and papers in a garage, don’t do this. These books are ruined due to weather exposure and pests.  Books, like plants, need to be tended to regularly, not just left to fend for themselves. If you must keep papers or books in a garage, then you should keep them in […]