Organizing Your Home

COVID’s Impact on Women (Part 2)—How to Get Some Help

“Ask for help. Not because you are weak, but because you want to remain strong.”  – Les Brown Part 1 of this series focused on triaging your obligations . . . starting with recognizing that the world has changed in the past year, and that’s going to impact how you show up as a mom. …

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How the Home Edit Fall Short

LET THEM EAT … LABELS?! If you’re a Netflix watcher like I am, you’ve probably at least seen the trailer for The Home Edit.  The show caught my eye, and not just because it’s about one of my favorite topics: home organization.  It pops because it’s beautiful.  There are wide shots of color-coded walk-in closets, …

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OK, we all agree that stuff is a problem … now what?

Discordance is a big word to describe what can be a big problem—a lack of agreement or consistency, typically inside a relationship.  And stuff discordance is how I describe that lack of agreement when the issue is “stuff” and there’s friction and possibly even conflict between you and the people you share space with. If …

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What Is Stuff Discordance AND What To Do About It

Stuff discordance is a term I coined for any relationship where there are conflicting views/approaches to stuff that results in friction. Discordance means a lack of agreement or consistency. So if you and the people you live (or work) with don’t always agree or act consistently when it comes to the organization you’ve got stuff …

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Does your stuff have a you problem?

When I coach clients on how to handle their stuff, I talk a lot about how stuff isn’t really the problem, at least not in the ways they think it is. How you think about, feel about and interact with your stuff is what determines whether you stay organized or are dealing with the kind …

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4 Garage Sale Alternatives That Will Save Your Summer

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”  – Jim Rohn I’ll be honest—I’m not a huge fan of that all-too-common summer activity: the garage sale … or the tag sale, yard sale or for my fellow New Englanders, the stoop sale!  You know how it …

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Tried Marie Kondo’s method and still need help? Here’s why.

As a professional organizer, I’m often asked about the difference between my methods and Marie Kondo’s.  If you aren’t familiar with Ms. Kondo, I’d first ask, “where have you been?!” She wrote a book a few years back called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which outlined her KonMari method of organizing.  I deeply appreciate …

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How much does it cost to work with a professional organizer?

How Much Does a Professional Organizer Cost? This is always one of the first questions a person looking to get organized has when researching professional organizers. Here at Andrew Mellen, Inc., I get this question all the time, usually before a potential client even understands what kinds of services are available. And I get it. …

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