A friend of mine asked me awhile back – “When is it time to pitch stuff?” I’ve thought a lot about this question. It’s a highly personal and emotional question so I don’t take this lightly – especially since my friend is in his 8th decade. And it’s not a question I’m going to presume… Continue reading When is it time to pitch?
When one crinkles their nose at the cost of an organizer, I know they are likely not ready to get serious about their clutter. What I find curious though is how they overlook the price the clutter is already costing them on a daily basis. Storage unit rent, time, valuable items that are buried under… Continue reading The cost of disorganization
It’s no secret that I love dumpsters. In my work as an organizer, few things delight me more than seeing beautiful, wide-open space where there once was clutter. Dumpsters make this possible. All that clutter’s got to go somewhere after all. Of course, I can’t take this analogy too far as I am aware of… Continue reading Emotional dumpsters
I am currently on, what I believe to be, my final organizing gig. I’ve been unpacking a garage and sorting through a lot of boxes that were packed last minute. One of my favorite things about doing this sort of work is when I uncover something I suspect the client was missing. This happened yesterday.… Continue reading A jewel in the clutter
Mrs. W presented me with my most challenging organizing job ever. Even now, many years later, I have never tackled something on that scale. She was a sweet lady in her late 70s. She always wore a house dress and a ready smile. But underneath her smile, you could see the stress. Her health issues… Continue reading Mrs. W and the bulging basement
When I help a client purge a closet or a storage unit I often hear, Where did this STUFF come from? No one sets out to stuff a storage unit or have cluttered closets. It just happens with accumulation – little by little over time. Most folks just say they’ll deal with it when they… Continue reading Where clutter really begins
The storage unit business is alive and well in America. It has enjoyed an explosive and profitable growth and shows no sign of slowing down. More than once, I’ve met with a client who’s confessed that they have moved piles from one location to another -with nary a glance into the boxes. Other times, folks… Continue reading Ditch your storage unit