Why the Client Called: A client called in desperate need of help cleaning out her son’s room. Right before her eyes he had grown from a little kid to a tween. (Sound familiar?) She was not sure how to make his room ‘grow’ with him. “Messy Room” is almost synonymous with growing kids. So many changes are happening in their lives, they can hardly keep up - not to mention make their bed. Solution: Let’s face it: Kids are natural collectors. So, it makes sense to give them somewh
You are B-U-S-Y. I get it. Guess what? Me, too. And I’m not being sarcastic here…I really understand. However, rather than pontificate about how we are loosing ourselves in craziness and our culture is drowning in information overload, I want to give you some tactical resources to do something about it. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to review various support services that I have personally used - or I know someone directly who has - to give you a place to go for help.
How do you get rid of unwanted items like books, DVDs, clothes, electronics, shoes, purses, kid's toys, jewelry and other items and make a profit? Well, you won't get rich doing it, but you can earn a little extra spending money. (Some items are worth 25% of your initial purchase, and some - significantly less.) Regardless, free up your clutter and check out these EASY ways to help turn your clutter into cash. Furniture - MoveLoot (in cities nationwide.) This company promote
I know this doesn’t sound too sexy, but I celebrated Earth Day this year by visiting two of the Bay Area’s waste facilities. And I brought my kids along, too. It was eye-opening for all of us. What a better wake-up call for your soul than to visit a big pile of garbage? It is humbling, let me tell you. On the other hand, I’m also feeling inspired. Yes, the amount of garbage was overwhelming. But on the other hand, I am so impressed with both the people and the programs of the
It’s Earth Month after all…not just tax season, right? Thanks to emerging paperless technologies, individuals and business owners alike can bypass many headaches and decrease their environmental footprint at the same time. My personal favorite Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 helps me clear clutter from my office - and for my clients - and it also saves me money. Just this week, in preparation for the tax deadline, I mailed absolutely nothing to my tax accountant. I simply scanned all
I’ve been hearing about all kinds of way to minimize your wardrobe. There are people out there whom I really respect, all promoting a certain way to dress - and organize your closet. I have a fashion-designer friend who has given me advice, I am a Minimalist groupie, a Konmari enthusiast, and I know about Project 333 and the Dallas mother who blogs and brags about her limited clothing. But I can’t seem to get minimal enough for my own satisfaction. Even though I’m a professio
There is always a constant balance (okay, struggle) between keeping paperwork "just in case" and freeing yourself from the clutter. There are many reasons to keep records - for tax back-up, insurance purposes, marriage or divorce, or getting a loan. Good record keeping will help you identifying your sources of income, keep track of your expenses and keep track of the basis of your property and help you file tax returns. But really, how long do we need to keep all this stuff?
Why the client called: A long-time client called with excellent news - she was getting married! She and her fiancé were ecstatic, to say the least. They were also feeling slightly overwhelmed at the thought of combining their two separate households and the basic physical stuff they each owned…into one place. Solution: The couple had made decisions about how to use the existing space before I arrived, which is a key part of the solution (discussing expectations.) The next ste
Last month I had the honor of speaking at Evernote’s Headquarters. I was on a panel with two other Evernote Business Certified Consultants, and we shared case studies about using Evernote in the workplace. The environment was full of Evernote enthusiasts or those curious about the program - and it was contagious. (Yes, I completely geeked out.) While you can see the full video of the event, I also wanted to give you a few highlights of the night. Myself, Connie Johnson and G
Sometimes you just need visuals of organized spaces that are REALISTIC - not something from a magazine. Or something full of (expensive) storage containers...though I do love Container Store products, don't get me wrong! Well, this is the real deal: a basement storage area complete with overflow kitchen items, food pantry items and even a mailing station. Would this shot make a magazine? Probably not. But it is a highly-used, very organized and functional space. Wouldn’t you