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Free Your Space: Ten questions to help de-clutter

It can be difficult to look at things in our own spaces and view them objectively.  We can get so used to seeing our everyday environments that we actually become blind to what is actually in it.  Is there a sweater hanging on the back of a chair, stacks of completed project folders behind your desk, a roll of gift-wrap on the dining room table, a pile of papers next ...

 
 

Free Your Space: I could never let a professional organizer into my house

The title of this article is a sentiment that I hear frequently once someone finds out what I do for a living.  The reaction normally sounds something like this:  “You mean you help people get rid of clutter and get their homes organized?  Oh, I need you.”  And then, “Your home must be perfect.” Since I belong to the National Association of Professional Organizers ...

 

Free Your Space: Organizing your jewelry

Spring is here.  At least the calendar says it is.  This particular spring, my closet is jam-packed.  Partially with clothing I’ve brought out in anticipation of warmer days: light and colorful tops, slacks and dresses.  And, hanging alongside this spring bouquet, its heavier winter counterparts: clothing I’m hesitant to store because of weather than can easily be ...

 

Free Your Space: Take five

There are some chores and tasks that I just don’t look forward to doing. At home, these are things like washing the bathrooms or dusting. Cleaning the inside of the car. Attending to items that need mending. I avoid these, as they say, “like the plague.” I don’t have these same feelings about doing laundry or making my bed. Can you relate to this? Are there some ...

 

Free Yor Space: Five recommendations for recycling

So much of what I encounter when working with people in their homes are collections of unwanted items.  Are you wondering why anyone would have entire collections of unwanted things?  Well, when I tell you the explanations, you may be able to relate.  These assortments, while consisting of items no longer wanted or needed, include things that: a- “are too good to ...

 

Free Your Space: De-Clutter Countdown to A New Year

10! – De-clutter your family room by choosing 10 catalogues or magazines to recycle. 9! – Lighten up your bookshelves by selecting nine books to donate to your local library. 8! – Make room for your new holiday clothes.  Go through your closets and drawers to see what you still love and still fits, and remove eight articles of clothing to donate to your local Good ...

 

Free Your Space: Annette’s clutter-free holiday gift picks

Well, here we are, in the thick of the holiday season. Do we shop online this year? Do we run out at midnight for the Black Friday sales? What do our loved-ones want? What would I want? Sometimes there just seems to be too much of everything. On the other hand, a nice new iPad would be nice — but that’s not something I would expect anyone else to afford for me. So ...

 

Free Your Space: Best catastrophe ever

Ask anyone who’s hired a professional organizer about how the cost of hiring them has actually saved money and you’ll hear a great story.  I can tell you many, from unearthing “long-lost” items: grandma’s diamond engagement ring found in a pile of “empty” jewelry boxes, caches of supplies that were about to be needlessly re-ordered, forgotten cash stashed in pants, ...

 

Free Your Space: If I had a hammer

Oh, the number of projects promised to these summer months with a countless string of good intentions all loosely attached by a sticky note marked, “TO DO (as soon as I find my tools).” We have been buoyed through the busy-ness of the school year, keeping pace with work, school and extra-curricular schedules, by the knowledge that summer will come. There will be a ...

 

Free Your Space: Declare Your Independence

If you are an American who owns...well… anything, you are an American who knows the importance of the freedom that we are so very fortunate to enjoy. That being said, knowing it and enjoying it are two entirely different affairs. The protection of our way of life blesses us with great abundance. A trip to your local grocery or drug store is an easy glimpse into how ...

 

Free Your Space: Success doesn’t just happen

For the past two years I have wanted to lose ten pounds. I have tried making various changes to my eating habits and adding a couple of extra dog walks into the week — my very small attempt at the “E” word (Exercise). I have also tried using a smart phone app that tracks my calories and writing down my weight in my planner. All this to no avail since, as time moves ...