Tracy Pierce Consulting

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Top Ten Tips, #8 – Team Up

I hear it time and time again when I work with clients, “This is so much easier with you here to make sure I’m staying on task.”  Although it’s not always the case, many times what my job entails is playing the role of Accountability Buddy. I keep my clients focused, I don’t let them walk away from the sorting process, I make them look at those few little items at the bottom of the

Top Ten Tips, #7 Is It Useful or Beautiful?

Today’s tip is also geared towards helping you work through the purging process.  It’s quite simple, but often the simplest techniques are the most powerful.  If you come upon an item that you’re just not sure whether to keep, ask yourself this question: Is it useful or beautiful? If the answer is no, it’s time for that item to leave your home.  Now, the answer to the question may be, yes, this item is useful

Top Ten Tips, #6 – Decisions, Decisions

As Karen Kingston says, “Without a doubt, the hardest part is actually overcoming your inertia enough to get started.  Once you have begun, the process itself releases more energy to enable you to continue.  All the stagnant energy that is locked up in the clutter gets release for you to use in more positive ways.  And the more you clear clutter, the easier it becomes because you  know how good it feels after you have done it

Top Ten Tips, #5 – Schedule It

Remember how after our last post you decided how much time you decided you wanted to spend organizing each week?  Was the amount of time you wanted to spend versus the time you actually have significantly different?  If you didn’t check this out, now is the time.  Most people want to be done already, but don’t worry, you may not have to tackle this project alone.  We’ll talk more about that a little bit later though. It is absolutely

Top Ten Tips, #4 – Break It Down

Today’s tip is about time.  Chunk your clutter clearing time down into manageable projects.  Looking at a whole room can seem overwhelming.  Looking at one drawer in one dresser doesn’t seem so impossible. In our instant-gratification society, we want it… …and we want it NOW.   The slurry of TV shows about home organization, home make overs, hoarders, etc often make it look way simpler than it is.  Of course you don’t get to see

Top Ten Tips, #3 Clear the Clutter First!

I work with clients all the time who thought that buying the right organizing products would solve all of their clutter problems.  The advertisements we are constantly bombarded with may have you believing otherwise, but the truth is, you probably don’t need much of anything new to start the organizing process.  A few trash bags, maybe some sticky notes, perhaps some extra boxes you already have at your house. In some ways continuing to buy

Top Ten Tips, #2 Decide Your Purpose

Ask yourself a couple questions, “What is the purpose of this room?  What activities go on here?” If you don’t know what the purpose of your room is, it’s easy for anything and everything to pile up. Tip #2 Action Challenge: Sit down with pen and paper (and the rest of the people living in your household) and decide specifically what activities will go on in the different spaces.  If your focus is on a

Top Ten Tips, #1 – Reality Check

Over the course of the next few weeks I’m going to be presenting to you my top ten tips for getting organized.  Many of you may be reading this blog because you’re looking for ideas on how to get organized by yourself – well, look no further!  We’ll delve into some of the more important details and how to’s, starting with this week’s tip:  Reality Check. Many people are in denial about just how much

Organizing on the Cheap

So the time finally came for me to tackle the downstairs work bench – again. Why had I been putting this off and off, choosing to ignore the problem rather than just deal with it?  I was fairly happy with the basement storage area in general, but that work bench….things were “sort of” organized, aka loosely put in general piles.  But when it came to finding things the piles were hasslesome (did I just make

And Lighter…And Lighter!!!

Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself.  I was speaking to a woman about having our house space cleared later this year.  She had told me that in preparation for the clearing we should do some clutter clearing.  I had replied, “Oh yes, I’m a professional organizer, so I’ve got things pretty well under control in that area.” HA!  That same day I started peeking in closets, pulling out a few things I knew

Things Just Keep Getting….Lighter

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were getting ready for bed when we heard this dripping noise coming from the basement that just didn’t sound right.  We were in the midst of a big rain storm, but our basement had only once had water in it over the four years I had lived there (and the nine years my husband has lived here), so at first I didn’t think much of it.  Little

Organized and Adaptable Part 2

I recently wrote about how being organized and adaptable can really help keep the chaos to a dull roar when an emergency or unexpected event occurs.  One thing I neglected to mention was the importance that your friends and family can play in this type of situation.  For example, for our New York trip, we had hired a friend to come and stay at our house to feed and give lovin’s to our three cats

Guest Post: Get Creative When Organizing Your House

This week I’d like to welcome Lisa from SpareFoot Storage Finder who is sharing with us some creative tips when it comes to organizing your home.  Thanks, Lisa, for stopping by and sharing some tricks with us! ~Tracy When it comes to keeping the home in order, we could all use some tips and tricks. A full life means a lot of stuff, and the busier you are, the less time you have to deal

Organized and Adaptable

I realized today that it’s been nearly a month since my last post.  Normally I like to post at least once a week, but sometimes life can throw us curve balls, and the things that don’t take priority fall to the side.  My husband and I were recently faced with some pretty extreme circumstances, including a medical emergency on his side of the family, and a death on my side of the family, that led

Participants Needed for Chronic Disorganization Case Study

Participants Needed for Chronic Disorganization Case Study Chronic disorganization (CD) is more prevalant than once thought, as is being brought to light with TV shows such as Hoarders and TLC’s Buried Alive.  But chronic disorganization doesn’t just include the extreme cases we’re shown on television. What is chronic disorganization?  The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) defines it as“having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization,

When “Get Organized” Books Don’t Work

When I work with clients, it is very common for us to come upon an organizing book such as this one amid the clutter – and oftentimes clients have several of these books!  Why is it that so many people have these books yet have failed to get organized?  In my experience a lot of the problem has to do with lack of accountability.  It’s easy to read a book that gives you all the

Taking Some Downtime from Technology

If you follow my posts with any regularity you already know that I’m a big fan of taking digital sabbaticals.  Tomorrow I’m off on another adventure that will put me in the position of being secluded from many forms of technology – I’m really looking forward to it! This particular expedition will not be nearly as intense as the Vipassana meditation course I did last September as we are allowed and encouraged to speak to others participating in the course.

When Life Gives You Lemons…..

You’ve all heard this saying before, “When life give you lemons, make lemonade.”  Personally I prefer lemon bars, but that’s another story.   Yesterday turned out to be much more challenging than I originally anticipated.  Usually this is my day off, a day I get to kick back and take it easy.  I’ve been preparing for a trip to Northern California where I’m going to be doing some more continuing education.  For this course I’m