Category: professional organizer

Create the Impossible – cleanse4expansion!

I am so thankful for the amazing connections I have made with folks via social media. Just the other day I happened to connect with a gal on Twitter, Helena Roth, and after seeing my profile which mentioned that I am a clutter coach, she reached out to me to let me know about the 90 day challenge she had embarked upon – the clease4expansion – 90 days of purging her physical and digital spaces

7 Reasons People Find Themselves in Paper Clutter Overwhelm

Over the course of the last couple years, pretty much every single client I have worked with has had questions about or problems with paper overwhelm. I’ve certainly been there myself. As I’ve gotten older it seems like there has been an ever increasing amount of paper that comes into my life. If I’m not continually diligent about processing it, it’s not long before it starts to feel overwhelming. Having good systems in place certainly is

Compassion: An Essential Tool in Your Clutter Clearing Toolbox

Why is it that so many people beat themselves up over their clutter? I’ll give you a clue… it has to do with the word “Should”. A big, bad, nasty word in my book. Should implies obligation or duty. Should is about what we think we must or ought to do. And there are a MILLION things we think we SHOULD be doing. But where do those beliefs come from? Are they your own or

Wrap Up Your Year With An Annual Review

With the end of this year and the beginning of the next quickly approaching, many people find themselves thinking about what goals they want to set for the New Year. Creating new goals can be much easier when you take a moment to review and acknowledge what you’ve accomplished during the current year. I first started an Annual Review process, both for my business and my personal life, in December 2010. It has been an

4 Reasons to Feel Gratitude When Being Forced to Deal with Clutter Because of a Household Maintenance Project

I have a secret to tell you – sometimes I put off dealing with my own clutter too. I’d been meaning to sort out my work closet for a couple months now, but I was always able to find an excuse why I didn’t “need” (read: want) to do it. But then we decided to finally get our bathroom ceiling fan replaced, and the electrician told me he would more than likely need access to

An Idea To Display Your Antique Family Dishes

One of the items that’s common for me to come across in an onsite clutter consultation is dishes – and sometimes boxes and boxes of family dishes. Many different patterns, some passed down from family members, some received as weddings gifts – how people come to have so many sets of dishes varies from person to person, but it does seem to be prevalent with many of the people I encounter to have multiple sets.

Join Me For Two Free Upcoming Events

I’m participating in two free-to-the-public events this week that I’d love for you to attend. First up, I’m a speaker on the Reclaim Your Health eSummit that starts Wednesday May 7 and runs through Friday May 9. My talk is happening Wednesday May 7 at 3pm Central (that’s TOMORROW!). Learn more about the event and register here:  Here’s what I’m planning to touch on during the interview: 1. Three reasons we resist letting go of physical

How To Deal With Other People’s Clutter

Here’s question I get asked a lot, “What do I do about the clutter that belongs to the other people in my house?” The answer might surprise you! Watch this really short video (less than 2.5 minutes!) with the answer to that question. If you’ve got housemates whose clutter is driving you crazy then check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments below! [youtube][/youtube]    

How To Stop Sabotaging Your Schedule

The following is a guest post by Julie Gray, Holistic Time Coach. Julie specializes in working with passionate business owners who are ready to get their business automated and life back. Join Julie on her free teleclass this Thursday and learn the 7 Systems You Need to Confidently Take A Day, Week, or Even Month Off From Your Business – Without And Guilt. Click here to sign up: Are you sabotaging your schedule? Believe

3 Organizing Ebooks Bundle – Enter to Win the Giveaway!

This month’s Giveaway is brought to you courtesy of Janet Barclay of Organized Assistant. This time you have a chance to win 3 Organizing Ebooks: the Personal Medical Organizer, Organizing Your Life Your Way, and Mom’s Returning to Work. Personal Medical Organizer It is very important to keep track of your own medical history, including symptoms, prescription drugs, treatments, and so on. Keeping this information together in an organized fashion makes things much easier if

New Giveaway: Enter to Win 2 Organizing eGuides, a $28 Value

This month’s enter-to-win Giveaway prize is provided by Christian Organizer Coach Tiffany Lynn Lepp. Tiffany Lynn Lepp began working as a professional organizer 6 years ago. About 4 years into her career she discovered the power of the coaching process and took extensive training to learn the art of coaching. Tiffany’s coaching programs are for women of all ages who want to organize and simplify their lives, but don’t need the physical support or presence that a typical professional organizer provides. Tiffany coaches women

NEW: Monthly Giveaways from Synergy Organizing

In order to spice up the blog a bit, I’m starting monthly giveaways. Woohoo, who doesn’t love free stuff, and free stuff to help you kick that clutter to the curb for good? Even better. To get things started, for the October giveaway you can win a copy of my Clear the Clutter workbook, a $27 value. Ready to clear the clutter and get organized? Clearing out the clutter isn’t just about opening up your

Join the 30-Day Clear the Clutter Challenge

Last week I celebrated 5 years of being in business for myself – sometimes it’s hard to believe I’ve been helping people declutter and get organized for that long! Primarily I’ve been working onsite with clients these 5 years, and what I’ve realized in the last few months is that I can have a much bigger impact by moving at least some of my programs to an internet-based format. The more people I can serve

Packing: How Do You Get Organized for Travel?

Currently, I don’t travel as much as I did in college, although I do still spend a fair amount of time away from my home base. When I was in college, traveling almost every weekend, I always had a bag packed and ready to go. I was a big believer in the rules of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:  Always bring a towel and DON’T PANIC! My travel bag these days is a bit bigger

Challenging Disorganization, Chronic Disorganization, and Situational Disorganization

What is Challenging Disorganization? Any type of disorganization can be challenging. Challenging disorganization is really the broad category and chronic and situational disorganization are the two subtypes of challenging disorganization. What is Chronic Disorganization? According to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (or ICD) there are three main components to Chronic disorganization: “having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, having an undermining of current quality of life due to

Organize The Blogs You Read with Feedly

I’d been using Google Reader for years to organize and manage my blog reading. At one point I was following at least 45 blogs. As of today I’ve cut it back to a more manageable 31. Even following “only” 31 blogs, there’s also no way I’d be able to keep up with that many posts without some type of organizing system. When blogs first came on my radar, I had tried bookmarking my favorites in

5 Reasons NOT to Hold a Yard Sale

  It’s June and summer yard and garage sales are getting into full swing. I used to love scavenging yard sales to find good deals on things I thought I needed, but after hosting and helping with the sales myself, I hardly ever recommend to others that they hold their own. Here’s why: 1. Yard sales are time consuming. Between the time you spend sorting out the stuff you want to sell, advertising the sale,

Change, Change, Change!

Ever hear the saying, “The only thing that never changes is that things are changing all the time”? Well, that’s certainly true over here at Synergy Organizing. We’re blazing forward over here, with exciting changes to the website, blog, and newsletter that will be happening over the next month or so, and I couldn’t be more excited! Remember my post last week about delegating to others? I’ve recently turned over some of the more technical