It is the number one cry in America on any given morning. Without keys, your life stops. You are stuck in one place, racing against the clock and feeling your blood pressure rise. Every possible disaster is perched to pour down on you within minutes of the lost keys. You can rail against the idiocy [...]
OK, I did it again; I bought a new handbag. Do I have a problem? This question is up for grabs... Read more
I go through this every month “Clean up, company’s coming!” I run around the house in a panic, picking up all my projects, spending hours just putting away my stuff before I can clean the house or my husband can clean it (whose fault it is anyway, for inviting people over!) What’s the matter with him?! What’s the matter with him?! Every month, my husband invites people over for wine and cheese. Although I am a professional—I am like most of you and my house is not always perfectly organized. Read more
Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly—at least to start. As a recovering perfectionist, I have learned to get started on a project, even if I don’t have all the pieces together. Sometimes just puttering, tinkering or moving the parts around will help me sort out my brain enough to give me an idea of how to tackle a project. Read more
When I do run into a hoarding situation, I always refer those folks to a specialist. Usually the people I meet are in fact, pack rats or collectors, or years-long recipients of relatives’ stuff, and now they are stuck with it all. I did actually work with one couple in Amawalk a few years ago, who may have been displaying some hoarding tendencies, but it could have also been a combination of personal and professional pressures, and they used shopping as a way to soothe their anxiety. Read more
I didn't go to college to learn how to organize! If I'm so smart, then why can't I do this!? I used to be organized, until I had kids! That's what people tell me when I meet them for the first time. Usually, these feeling are expressed with some frustration and bewilderment. There's a couple of issues at play here. The first is situational. Many people are organized until they reach a critical mass of demands on their time. It's easier to be organized when it's just you, your stuff and your life. Read More...