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Usually when someone calls me for help with their home or office organization issues it's at the disaster point and beyond. At the point of no-visual return is the time that baffles me the most. Because, when it gets real bad a person has to wonder how anyone in that space survived this long, and if they even realized it's probably been bad for more than a day, or even a week. I came to realize that there is a degree of observation failure and, for this, you may want to look around again as if you've never set foot in your place before. Continue reading
As I entered the lobby of the Hilton Universal City, I had a purpose – to meet the man who has been instrumental in changing the lives of so many people. And not just ordinary people, but people with a desolating and life-altering problem: hoarding. To be fully prepared, I knew my first stop should be the Starbucks stand inside the hotel. I wasn't standing there more than a few seconds when I saw a cheery-looking fellow approach the stand. I instantly recognized him - it was Matt Paxton. And he was the man I was there to talk to. Continue reading
Want to get rid of the stuff you don't want and make yourself a superstar friend at the same time? Then maybe try re-gifting your stuff. Also, when you need a gift, there's also the factor that you may have neglected to go shopping for that birthday gift. Or maybe you'd like to bring something with you for the host at a dinner party. Whatever the occasion, you just need a last minute gift. Continue reading
It seemed inevitable that someday I'd have to inform you about some of the pitfalls of getting organized. Even some doctors will eventually reveal how to stay healthy so you don't get sick and have to call on them for help. This type of information puts many types of professionals out of business, but it does become an ethical duty to inform. So, in view of my ethical duty, I wanted to share my observations and findings with you. So here's What Professional Organizers May Not Be Telling You... Continue reading
Going into the home of someone we don't know to provide a service to them is what a professional organizer does. Clients don't come to us, we go to them. And a home is a person's private place, unlike walking into their place of work or business. My profession is unique because essentially I'm in the kind of business that gets into other people's business - like they way they live. I often see what other people never get to see and find out about things they never shared with anyone. Continue reading
It's that time of year when people want to do a little home clearance and get rid of things that don't matter to them anymore. Garage or yard sales help accomplish this and helps in making some extra cash with their unwanted items. Organizing a garage sale often entails a lot of prep work, especially going through your stuff and sorting out what you want to sell. Here's some tips on how I help a client prepare for their sale Continue reading
Bringing in a professional organizer to help clear the clutter in a home or office is a typical job in this profession. But bringing in a professional organizer who knows interior decorating is a major plus for those who want to change more than their cluttered room.

One of the reasons I like to refer to myself as an Organization Lifestylist is because I do both organizing and decorating to fit a person's lifestyle, as well as help individuals make lifestyle changes.

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Yesterday I found myself doing a bit of re-organizing in my kitchen. Not because it was disorganized, but because I had decided it could be better, and better is always good, right? People sometimes think of us professional organizers as anal in the way we want things organized and maybe they are right. But anal (and one not meant in the biological sense, of course) is a harsh term so we would probably like it (the way we want things organized) to be referred to as a calculated, or somewhat meticulousness behavior. Continue reading
Recently I was reflecting on how I got my start in this business and where I'm at today. I've come a long way in building my professional organizing business, yet today I find myself at ground zero in marketing my services. That is because I have a new company name and a new website and people are not finding me as easily as they used to. See, starting HandyGirl Organizers in 1994 meant going to a lot of networking events, passing out flyers all over town, running ads and pounding the pavement visiting businesses to leave my brochure. Continue reading
This is an article I wrote about professional organizers and how they make a difference in people's lives. As a professional organizer since 1994, I've seen incredible results with clients whose lives are transformed after order is established. It's one of those benefits of this profession that make it all worthwhile, no matter how laborious it can sometimes be! Continue reading
I just love posting daily updates on The Organizing Lady's Facebook page. It started out with some nice pictures from my Organization Pinterest Boards and quickly moved to daily "Funnies". In my Internet search for "mess" and "disorganization" and "clutter" I found some really funny images. I just had to share these findings on Facebook, of course. Continue reading