professional organizer

The joys of being self-employed…an organizer’s advice to potential clients

It’s a bit amazing how many people are surprised that I’ve been through college…and I have chosen to be a self-employed professional organizer and senior move manager instead of a venture capitalist or a banking executive or an accountant, or just about any other “white collar” profession.  Yes, I’ve chosen self employment.  I also chose […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prepping a home to sell…

It’s that time of year…along with March basketball madness comes the spring home sales market.  Home sellers are hard at work getting their homes to look their very best to entice those buyers. Even though you may be hiring a professional stager to stage your house, there is still a lot of work that has be […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]