Tracy Pierce Consulting

How Do You Feel After Working With a Professional Organizer?

One of the many reasons I love being a professional organizer is the way people feel after they are done with a session with me.  Here was a recent client’s reaction after our session: Have you been putting off asking for help?  Maybe today’s the day.  Contact us today to learn how Synergy Organizing can help you reclaim space for what matters most.   ~Tracy Holistic Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC www.SynergyOrganizing.com

We Get Rid of Your Stuff So You Don’t Have To

At Synergy Organizing we know that for many people the hardest part of the organizing process is knowing what to do with all that stuff you don’t want anymore once you’re done with the sorting process.  This is the main reason we offer free drop off for items you want to donate to charity or recyclable items that are accepted at Iowa City’s City Carton location. We encourage all of our clients to fill up our vehicle/s

Taliesin West

I had the great pleasure of traveling to Phoenix recently for some continuing education for my other business, Synergy Wellness.  While I was there, I took the time to travel up to the north side of the city to visit the winter home of “The Greatest Architect in the World” (his own words), Frank Lloyd Wright.                 I’m not sure what drew me to this site besides having

Tracy Earns Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization

Tracy K. Pierce Earns Certificate to Assist Those With Chronic Disorganization Iowa City, IA– Tracy K. Pierce, the founder and owner of Synergy Organizing, LLC, earned a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). The purpose of the ICD Study Series is to provide both basic and specialized topic education on issues, concepts, and challenges presented by client work with the chronically disorganized. The Certificate of Study in Chronic

Call for Participants in Chronic Disorganization Study

Participants Needed: B.E.S.T. and Chronic Disorganization Case Study Developed and led by Tracy K. Pierce Learn more about B.E.S.T. at the website www.SynergyWellnessIC.com. Purpose: 

 To determine if adding a B.E.S.T. practitioner to the CD Team or Hoarding Task Force working with a person with chronic disorganization (CD) helps the client move forward from the client’s chronic disorganization challenges more quickly than without. To determine if the addition to B.E.S.T. treatments to the client’s protocol

Book Review – SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes

Recently, I kept seeing these great quotes posted on one of the organizing/clutter-related pages I follow on Facebook, Letting Go Of Clutter, Finding Peace, from the book SoulSpace, Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life by Xorin Balbes.  The quotes spoke to me so much that I decided to check the book out from my local library.  I was not disappointed!  This is a fantastic and inspirational book that goes through Xorin’s step by step process

A New Year, A New You – How Are Your Resolutions Holding Up?

Do you want to lose weight, eat healthier, get more organized?  These three things always make the top ten resolutions every new year.  Were these on you list?  After three weeks of the new year, how are your resolutions going? If you answered “great!”, then I’m really happy for you – most people forget about their resolutions within a couple of weeks of the new year.  Goals and resolutions can easily slide into the background

What’s My Mental Health Got to Do With Clutter?

When I began helping people declutter, I read a lot of books about getting organized. One of the first authors I laid my hands on was Peter Walsh. His proclamation that “it’s not just about the stuff” has rung ever more true for me the longer I work as a professional organizer. I often have friends and family of hoarders contact me and ask me what they can do to help. The first question I

Annual Review Time

For the past few years I have opted to not make any New Year’s resolutions.  This isn’t because there’s not anything I want to do in the new year,  I just take a different approach. I first started an Annual Review process, both for my business and my personal life, in December 2010.  It has been an incredible process for me to work through, and I’ve found that the clarity that the review provides propels

Embracing the Changes the Seasons Bring

If you’re lucky like me, you live somewhere that you get the experience the amazing beauty of all four seasons.  Ok, I suppose that’s not totally fair.  There are of course some really awesome places in the world where the weather doesn’t change significantly from season to season (and it’s an amazing treat to take a trip in the dead of a frigid winter to a warmer climate!), but I guess I just prefer to

Create a Reusable Pre-party Checklist

Not too long ago, my husband and I hosted a party at our home.  It was so easy this time around it even surprised me!  So how do we do it?  Pre-made check lists.  Soon after we were married, I started making lists on the computer of the cleaning and other chores that needed to be done around our home in an effort to equally divide the labor.  My husband had been pretty animate about

To Gift or Not to Gift?

Like it or not gifts can be the focus of the holidays.  Although the act of giving is important, I consider giving from the heart to be even more important.  Here are some ideas on how to deal with gift giving during the holiday season: Cut your list.  My husband and I have reduced our list significantly – we view time spent with friends and family as a bigger gift.  The gift of time spent

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Thanksgiving has come and gone as the official kick off of the holiday season.  What does that mean for you?  Shopping, parties, guests over to visit?  I work with clients every year who feel overwhelmed by the mere thought of the season.  The main issues that create stress in this holiday season are related to not saying “NO” enough.  Does your calendar really need to be so crammed?  Did you really have fun at the

Getting Ready for Baby Number Two (or Three….or Four)

One of the questions I ask my new clients is, how long have you been disorganized?  Has it always been like this for you or was there a time when things changed?  More than fifty percent of the women I meet with always say, “It was after having my second (or third or fourth) child that things fell apart.”  I would guess this is a common occurrence throughout our country, and probably the world. So, why is

Getting Organized for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I love Thanksgiving because it’s a great time of year to reflect on just how much we really do have to be thankful about.  It’s a time of reaping what we’ve sown, and the beginning of a season that often brings much hustle and bustle just before we prepare for the quiet that following months of winter often bring. Preparing for a family gathering is stressful for some, but

Living Intentionally – Part 2

One of the biggest “mistakes” I see in working with disorganized people is that there was never a purpose or intent set for each area of the house.  This is the very basic step that absolutely must be addressed if there’s going to be any semblance of order in your home.  What activities go on in this area?  What activities do you want to go on in this area?  When the room is given a purpose, it’s

Living Intentionally – Part 1

How did this get to be like this?  How did all this stuff get here?  These are two of the questions I always ask my new clients.  Responses are different – I inherited a bunch of stuff; I don’t know – I think a lot of it is gifts we never used; I was too busy working to keep up with all the stuff I was buying; I got great deals on all this stuff;

Going with the Flow in Work and Life

If you’re a small business owner like me, you may experience ups and downs in the streams of work that flow into the business.  Over the last three years, this has definitely been the trend for me – sometimes I’m so busy I’m booked out weeks in advance, and sometimes I don’t have anything scheduled at all.  I know it’s similar for other small business owners. I used to worry and fret about not having

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