Organizing can be stressful, but you can take the stress out of organizing. How? By breaking it down into small goals, by being ok with imperfection, by getting help when you need it, and by just continuing to try. Celebrate the small victories!
When faced with piles of stuff in each room, it can be daunting […]
This time of year is dedicated to gift giving, but what if the best gift led to less stress and clutter? Material gifts are hit and miss, with many purchases stored in closets or on shelves, or even returned to the retailer. It’s a waste of time, money, and energy, but what is the solution? […]
Since being interviewed for an article for the Washington Post about living more simply in the aftermath of the floods and fires, I’ve been thinking about our relationship with stuff. I’ve been trying to find a clear answer to the question, what can’t you live without? Many people were forced to evacuate taking only what they […]
How did you feel the last time you sat alone in your living room? What about the last time you invited friends over to your house? Were you worried about how your living room looks or feels? Did you go on a clearing or cleaning spree? Is there still stuff in your end tables where […]
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
There are many different areas where getting organized can make a huge difference, but getting organized to travel can save you time, money, stress, and returning to the house to retrieve a forgotten passport (or child’s blanket they can’t sleep without).
Travel can be exciting, stimulating, self-affirming, and even life-changing. It’s a way to escape […]
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
We’ve all seen it driving through our neighborhoods: the car parked in the driveway because of a jam-packed garage that leaves no room for the very thing it was built to hold. Sometimes, the garage has walkable areas where someone can squeeze around the clutter to get into the house; sometimes, it is […]
April 2017 Maniacs’ Book Club – Messy: the power of disorder to transform our lives
by Tim Harford
“Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates messiness in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Drawing from research in neuroscience, psychology, and social science, as well as […]
One of the most difficult aspects of organizing for many of our clients is getting rid of the “I might need this someday” things. If you don’t experience strong attachment to your “stuff” it isn’t so hard. When you struggle with the idea of getting rid of anything because you might need it, deciding what you […]