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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

Organizing for the New Year

A new year can be exciting for so many reasons, it’s a fresh chance to start over, to redefine our ambitions and set new goals that somehow seem more attainable because we’re committing to those goals along with millions of others. We declare our intentions with resolutions and getting organized is a popular one!

The top resolutions every year seem to include losing weight/getting in shape, quitting vices and getting organized. One reason so many of us seem to fail at keeping resolutions is that we take on too many. It would be a pretty significant shift in our behaviors if we gave up sweets, cocktails, tardiness and impulse buying in one fell swoop. Focusing on just one of the stumbling blocks Read more

Organizing Your Life Documents – The Smead Interviews

Getting your life documents in order in the event of an emergency is something we don’t always think about. Professional Organizer Julie Ulmer discusses the importance of having documents prepared and a unique tool to help with the process.

Brought to you by the Smead Manufacturing Company, Keeping You Organized®.



Feng Shui

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Feng Shui as: a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness. This ancient practice is based on flow, (feng) wind and (shui) water, two elements that swirl, moves and circulates around the world. The essence of energy Read more

What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

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? Read more

Kitchen Hacks

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 Read more

Types of disorganization

One question that my clients like to ask is: “Is YOUR home organized?” I truthfully answer that for the most part it is however organizing and decluttering is an ongoing, constant process. 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 coming into our homes and unless we keep up on it by sending other stuff out, it’s easy to understand how our spaces become overwhelmed.

The well organized and probably minimalist leaning person can’t seem to wrap their head around someone who lives in a cluttered space or Read more