small space organizing…

Organizing a small space can be challenging.  I know because my own condo is 650 square feet.  But it’s very doable if you can think through the problem to find a good solution. Our friends at Apartment Therapy have posted this great piece: One of the revelations of living in a small home is that […]

Shelves…using Intermetro to solve kitchen chaos

Client:  Very busy newly married couple who have just moved into a new home. Problem:  Kitchen clutter and chaos.  Having a problem dealing with small appliances stuffed into cabinets and spread about counter surfaces.  Additionally, struggling with pots and pan storage. Shelves Solution:  Design and install an Intermetro shelf system.  Pans hang from the top […]

Shelf vs Drawer…when you need one or the other

This is a subject near and dear to me…partly because as a professional organizer it’s an organizing issue I am called upon to solve all the time, and partly because I recently discovered that I haven’t been applying the very principles I teach on this subject…how’d that happen??? I just met with a new client […]

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 […]

Looking for some organizing inspiration?

From Freshome, some organizing inspiration…every now and then I find some ingenious new organizing tools or ideas that inspire me to “think outside the plastic box”.  Pots, pans and lids are always a challenge, and god knows that shoes scattered all over the entry way are always driving people crazy. Best storage idea I have seen […]

Do the words “on sale” make you buy more?

It even happens to me – there I am standing at the register in the pet food store buying my 2 bags of cat food when the clerk says ” you know, this food is on sale…if you buy 3 bags you get a 4th bag FREE”. What am I suppose to do now? I […]

Organizing tips…storing dishes

As I organize homes across the San Francisco bay area, I often find that people have multiple sets of dish ware and specialty serve ware, which they only use once or twice a year.  Cute mugs with snowmen for hot chocolate, plates with Santa and all the reindeer, large turkey platters, Passover dishes, etc. Unfortunately, […]

How to organize…food storage containers

Last week I was organizing a chef’s newly renovated kitchen.  We spent a lot of time trying to find the most efficient way to store food and cooking utensils, especially the mountains of bulk food products for baking.   Her bulk food storage containers are all restaurant sized and round.  Like trying fit a round […]

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 […]

How to store paper…

While pads of paper or bound paper can stand vertically, all loose paper needs to be stored horizontally. There are several ways to do this successfully, depending on your space. Stacking letter trays may be “old school”, but they work. Boxes can keep quality paper clean and wrinkle free and be neatly stacked on a […]