Getting Real about Getting Organized.

Five Tips for Organizing in Challenging Times: Embracing Wabi-Sabi

Posted by Robin on Oct 5, 2012 in Organizing Tips | 4 comments

I recently read an essay about wabi-sabi, the Japanese aeshtetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection (Wiki-pedia’s definition).  The architect Tadao Ando explained wabi-sabi when he said, “The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away.”  This sounds a lot like decluttering, which as an organizer, I’m all about.  But what really spoke to me recently is the part of wabi-sabi that appreciates things that are imperfect, primitive, and...

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Cleaning Out the Garage: 15 Steps to an Organized Garage

Posted by Robin on May 31, 2012 in Garage Organization | 0 comments

Is your garage so packed that you can’t park your car in it? Have you purchased multiple tools, lawn care chemicals, or gear for your favorite outdoor activity because you can’t find the one you already own? Wouldn’t you love a garage that houses your vehicle(s), stores your lawn/pool/car care tools, and supports the outdoor activities you enjoy most? Here are 15 steps to get you there. 1. Envision – What are your “garage dreams?” What activities need to happen here? What would you like to see when you open the door? 2. Plan...

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September 11th – and All It Means to Me

Posted by Robin on Sep 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This year, the date of 9/11 will be commemorated nationwide – and worldwide — as the 10th anniversary of a terrible event in our country’s history. There will be gatherings, readings, moments of silence, dedications, music and printed material that will take each of us back to that time 10 years ago, when so many people lost their lives, so many families were devastated, and so many things about the way we live in the U.S. changed forever. Whether or not you knew someone who lost their life in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I’m sure...

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The Cost of Clutter: How much does your disorganization cost you?

Posted by Robin on Apr 20, 2011 in Cost of Clutter | 1 comment

“I’m so disorganized!” I hear that a lot.  And the comment is usually accompanied by a look of anxiety, frustration, or embarrassment on their face.  We all feel disorganized sometimes, but have you ever really looked at what your clutter costs you?  Excess stuff can cost you a fortune – even after you buy it and take it home. Here are a few places where the cost of clutter can hit your wallet: Late payment fees (interest & penalties) from misplaced bills or not managing to pay on time Overdraft fees resulting from enter...

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The Reality of Organization

Posted by Robin on Mar 11, 2011 in Organizing Tips | 0 comments

If you’re one of the many who love reality shows – or have just gotten caught up while channel surfing, you’ve probably stumbled across at least one reality show about getting organized. There are many of them. When I talk to people about my chosen profession, these reality shows invariably come up. “Do you really put everything out on the front lawn?” (No, not unless you really want me to.) The reality of organization, though, is usually not made-for-TV viewing. Don’t get me wrong; I love these shows as much as the next guy....

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