More tall less flat

More tall less flat. That was the closest to coherence I could get this morning, because I did NOT get enough sleep, as I did a quick pass clearing up in my bedroom. I’ll explain in a minute.   Organizing is not static. If it were, Organizers might be out of a job. Organizing is…

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Unstuff Your Life! Andrew J. Mellen

Andrew J. Mellen, once-upon-a-time VirgoMan and now “simply” “The Most Organized Man in America,” began in the organizing profession in 1996.  He’s another of our giants – a little more literally, since he stands at 6′ 1″ – alongside such luminaries as Judith Kolberg and Julie Morgenstern. Luminary is appropriate in another sense – Mellen…

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First Organizer on the Road Show of the New Year

Organizer on the Road Show   Saturday January 25, 2020 2:00PM Sno-Valley Senior Center 4610 Stephens Avenue PO Box 96 Carnation, WA 98014 I have a portable demonstration of an organizing session, to let anyone get familiar and comfortable with the process. It’s a bin of items my clients and I often encounter in our…

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My son likes hip hop and rap. Not my favorites. But he’s home from school this week and visiting with me, so sure, I’ll have that so-called music on in the car. And I’m having a somewhat harder time driving. Switch the station back to my preference for driving – classic rock, thank you very…

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Spark joy by Marie Kondo

Overflowing mail sorter

I disliked Ms. Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I’m warmer to Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up. It’s significantly gentler: Ms. Kondo has softened her “my way or else” invocations, acknowledging that people can use other approaches  to their…

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5 Reasons Why Letting Go is Good for the Soul

ropes and antique tools

This is the third article I’ve written for Jeff Moore’s fantastic website EveryDayPowerBlog. It was fun writing, but the best part is the video that Jeff found for the end. I’m reprinting the article with Jeff’s permission, but PLEASE go online for the film. It’s fascinating. 5 Reasons Why Letting Go is Good for the Soul…

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Pop Goes the Client

Packing boxes

It’s a good day when you can help a “pop-up” client (Lauren Williams dictionary: a client who only needs help every once-in-a-while) last-minute before a home inspection.  

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How to set up an ideal home office

Computer monitor in modern office

I was pleased to be invited to contribute to Leslie Hughes’ 6/20/2017 ClosetBox blog post “How to set up an ideal home office.” It is reprinted here with permission:   “The perception: Working from home is a dream. It’s a short commute from your coffeemaker to your desk, you’ve got endless flexibility and you never…

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