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the art of moving

Let’s get this out there from the get go: packing is a pain in the ass. It doesn’t matter if you’re super organized or a chaotic mess, moving is exhausting, expensive, and a time-drainer. But there is one incredible upside of moving: it’s a great excuse to go through everything you own and dispense of […]

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the difference between messy, disorganized, and cluttered.

A friend told me the other day that she tried the Konmari Method, created by author Marie Kondo of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and that her problem wasn’t getting rid of things, she’s just a naturally messy person. This got me thinking about the types of homes I commonly see. In my mind, there […]

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candle crush

This might sound strange, but one of my fave things about fall are candles. Yes, wax pillars with a cord in the middle get my heart thumping as the leafs change outside. Forget scarves, sweaters, and boots, people (I can, because I’m in LA)! It’s all about candles. They add ambiance to your space both […]

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the pros & cons of stockpiling

If you’ve watched TLC in the last decade, odds are you’ve seen at least one couponer and their stockpile (thank you, The Learning Channel, for teaching us about storing bulk items). While not everyone is quite as extreme in their stockpiling habits as Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo #couponqueen, many of us tend […]

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garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, oh my!

Some of us just love our deals: estate sales, flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, antique malls = COUNT ME IN! When I travel, one of my favorite things to do is check out the local flea market and antique mall. Why? Because I love learning about what people collect in different regions by what they’re […]

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what your hangers say about you

I’ve seen more than my fair share of closets (if there is such a thing), and from this, I have formulated a very scientific analysis of what your hangers say about your personality and lifestyle. #ScientistInMySpareTime Types of Hangers and What Your Type Says About You Plastic Hangers: You’ve grown up with plastic, and these hangers are usually the most […]

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the tupperware [search] party

Are you a tupperware ninja? I’m not. #ProfessionalOrganizersAreMessyToo If only I opened my kitchen drawer and it was a tupperware party versus a tupperware search party. The reality of the situation is that I inevitably end up taking at least half of my tupperware out while searching for the appropriate lid for the desired container. […]

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coin clutter

When I was in middle school, my aunt gave me a large woven basket of change (mostly pennies). At the time, I was thrilled–who doesn’t want free money?! In retrospect, this gift was really her way of getting rid of her copious amounts of loose change while not really having to deal with it. Before you consider […]

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R.I.P. rubber bands

Is a house a home without a load of rubber bands lying around? I mean, they seem like such useful buggers, so why would you get rid of them? Answer: because – like everything in life – less is better (except for good friends, vacation time, and in my world, cats). Really people, why do […]

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the party’s over.

Picnic supplies–-whatcha packin’? More importantly, whatcha savin’ after the party is over and the coleslaw is done? One of the most common items I run across when I’m helping clients organize their kitchens is extra picnic supplies. You know the type: brightly patterned paper plates, red Solo cups and an assortment of disposable “silverware.” I’ve […]

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