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Organizing tips and hints for the home or small business.

How to Overcome the Anxiety of Getting Organized

On Keeping You Organized with John Hunt of Smead Manufacturing, Julie discusses the different forms of anxiety that may come along with organizing and how to manage or overcome them.

Downsizing with Boomers & Seniors with Marshall Miles – WHDD Radio

Julie discusses some of the dilemmas that Boomers and Seniors face when downsizing with Marshall Miles of WHDD Robin Hood Radio.

Let’s Talk with Jesse Stewart – WSBS Radio

It’s always fun talking about decluttering, organizing and downsizing and this former broadcaster loves small town radio like the Berkshires WSBS Radio (860 AM and 94.1 FM).

Hoarding disorder – A complex issue that deserves more understanding, compassion and awareness

November 2017 Interview – the Smead Keeping You Organized podcast

Learn what some of the hallmarks of hoarding disorder are and how to approach a hoarding situation from a positive, beneficial standpoint.

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Types of Disorganization – WXGC Radio

Another episode from the radio program “Minding Your Manor.” Julie she covers everything home related: organizing, downsizing, productivity, decluttering, home-management, and more.

Life events can sometime overwhelm our spaces, or it seems like some of us just can’t get organized no matter how hard we try. Find out where you fit in.

 

One question that my clients like to ask is: “Is YOUR home organized?” I answer truthfully that for the most part it is. However, organizing and decluttering is an ongoing, constant process and there are times when my home is in a state of flux due to a temporary situation, such as when there were recent renovations going on. When I see blog posts or magazine articles boasting strategies on how to get organized once and for all, I know that there is some false advertising in that premise. For most of us, stuff is constantly Read more

Organizing Myths – WXGC Radio

Magazines tell us we can clear clutter for good and books tell us that if we don’t love our toilet plunger that we should get rid of it. I’m telling you that there aren’t any hard and fast rules for organizing.

“If I use the popular KonMari method, I’ll never have to declutter or tidy again!”

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing phenom, who claims that her clients never backslide nor need her help again after she has taught them her techniques. In my experience, working in American homes, decluttering is a constant. Things are always coming into our homes and therefore some things will need to go out.
There’s the initial process of getting organized, but what follows is Read more

Kitchen Organization – WXGC Radio

It’s hard to cook when there isn’t room to spread out, cupboards are overflowing and prime real estate is at a premium. Clear the clutter so cooking isn’t such a chore.

 

No part of a home attracts and fascinates me more than kitchens. They’ve gone from a utilitarian space to the center of the home, the place where you can find people congregating, pets hanging around looking for a nibble of kibble and probably a number of things that aren’t even food related. They’ve become the entryway and the launching pad, in new homes they are bigger than most any other space and they can have simple appliances or be tricked out Read more

What IS a professional organizer?

This is a question I get all the time, what is it that I really do? Some people think I organize events like 5K runs or protest marches and a number of people are surprised that there is an industry devoted to my profession. Basically put, I help people in their homes or offices. Help how? I help my clients deal with a myriad of possessions including clothing, books, paperwork, furniture, tools, heirlooms, photos, keepsakes, kitchen goods, kids toys, collections, Read more

Depression and Clutter

If there ever was a catch-22 conundrum, it’s depression and clutter. It can become a never-ending cycle of chasing one’s own tail, around and around, one step forward, one step back.

When getting out of bed and trying to get through the average day takes every ounce of energy, there isn’t much leftover for dealing with the mail or folding laundry in the super specific method of Japan’s organizing phenom, Marie Kondo. Trying to keep a shiny sink and the dust down to less than 1/2 inch thick is like running a marathon, when you’re out of shape

Oh come on Julie, you may think, you’re surely exaggerating. I am coming from a place of not just professional experience but personal experience as well. I have suffered from depression for years and am grateful to say it’s mostly been under control for the past decade or so. My first extreme situation was postpartum depression after my daughter was born. Read more