Posts Tagged ‘clutter’

Clear the Clutter! Fav sites, blogs and a free opportunity!

January 17, 2011

One of my strengths is realizing I can’t do it all. Thankfully, I have over 4,000 other Professional Organizers in NAPO to network and resource with through a variety of means. As veteran organizer, Barbara Hemphill notably says, “Together we are better!”

I wanted to share some sites I refer to for information. Of course, I admit to being a Container Store junkie and they have fantastic tips & advice on their site, but here are a few other favs:

Best for pretty desktop items. The “life organization”” section of this site has all sorts of list-makers.

Best for drawer and craft storage and great for all around the house:

And here are a couple of blogs for organizing & decluttering tips:

I’m an Organizing Junkie — read for inspiration and motivational boosts, like the “28 Day Organizing Challenge…”

Unclutterer — read for quick easy-to-accomplish daily tips.

If you are decluttering THIS week, get rid of your clutter FOR FREE & DO A GOOD DEED. This Saturday 01/22/11, NAPO San Antonio is sponsoring a community service event from 10 am to 2pm, at the parking lot of Goodwill at 281 & Bitters. See details.


NAPO San Antonio’s Clear Your Clutter Day 01/22/11

January 13, 2011

Are you ready for an instant weight loss? Then get ready to lighten your load of paper and clutter and feel the pounds of stuff just fall right off – for free.  

Join the professional organizers of NAPO San Antonio Saturday, January 22nd from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Goodwill located at 281 & Bitters.

Bring one box of documents to be shredded. Shredding provided FREE by Pinnacle Shredding.

Or, bring a whole carload of unwanted items. It’s time to drop the extra clutter weight!

Check it out at



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Give the Gift of Organization!

December 10, 2010

So often I hear feedback from my clients, “My best friend could really use your services.” “My husband needs your services at his office!” “I have a family member who has expressed an interest in your services, but cost may be an issue; can I buy them a gift certificate for your services?”

The other thing I hear is, “I know you helped to organize my friend. I’d rather have a gift certificate for your services more than anything!SANTA BABY, HERE’S YOUR CUE! 

The Holiday Season is upon us! In these economic times, consumers are looking for interesting, helpful, and wise purchases for their gift recipients.

Rather than buying a gift that may become yet more clutter in someone’s space, consider giving one that will relieve stress and take away the feeling of overwhelm.

  • Instead of making a trip to the mall and dealing with crowds and long lines, why not give something that is functional and useful?
  •  Inspire family, friends, and loved ones to organize their living areas, working areas, spaces, and lives! Give the Gift of Organization!
  • Contact me and we will personalize a Gift Certificate!  

Helpful Guidelines on Giving the Gift – Thoughts from The Organizer

Now that I’ve made the suggestion of giving the Gift of Organization, I do feel the need to share some helpful tips on giving a gift such as this:

  • Folks who look like they could use the services of a professional organizer might be perfectly happy with their current state of affairs. Or they might not be quite ready to think about decluttering. They could be insulted by the suggestion, which is an awful reaction to a gift.
  • It’s not unlike giving someone who needs to lose a few pounds or firm up a bit a gift certificate to a gym. If the gift recipient has been dying to join a gym but just can’t afford it, the gift will likely be received with great enthusiasm (particularly if the gift giver has gone out of his or her way to find just the right gym). However, if that gym membership might be received with a “Are you saying I’m fat?” response from your recipient, think well before giving.
  • If your friend or family member has expressed out load they are ready for change and would love to have some help, then they are the perfect candidate for a gift certificate for organizing.

The Gift of Organization IS truly a gift, but if you want your gift to be received well, and to truly be helpful, be certain it will be welcomed with open arms.

Confessions of an Organizer

June 12, 2009

Prior to Memorial Day weekend, I was scrambling about, preparing for company. Two beloved couples, Roy & Patsy Cutsinger and Steve & Liz Wendel were coming to the ranch for an overnight visit. I was making tremendous progress with my decluttering efforts, with a little help from my husband, when I stopped and said, “Gosh, I hadn’t realized our home had gotten so cluttered.” He replied, “Well, Puddin, . . . ” and then muttered something else under his breath about cobbler’s children and their shoes.

The lump on his forehead is getting better with each passing day (just joking). Truthfully, his words really stung.

In the remaining hours of that day, I continued my decluttering efforts. As I did so, I tried to reflect on how it had gotten this out of control in my own space. After all, I’m a Professional Organizer for a living. I help other people all the time. I had just written another press article on HOW to declutter — targeted to folks who want to do it on a DIY basis. Again,so how did it happen to me that my space got cluttered?

I’m human, that’s how! Why am I sharing all this with you? I’m doing so because I want you to understand that it happens to all of us, despite best efforts.

Life, well it just happens

This is how some of it came to be for me in the last few months:

  • Last October our daughter took a teaching job abroad, moving from Austin to South Korea.  A few boxes came home on a “temporary” basis (in addition to the ones that never left when both kids moved on to college). Oh, did I mention she got married? We all know that love is unpredictable. Once she settled in with her new job, love found her. She is now Casey Kim and likely those boxes will be stored more long-term.  That accounts for a little of the clutter.
  • Then, in January we moved my precious mother-in-law who is 95 to a retirement center. You always know in the back of your mind you may need to do this, however, this particular move came on with great urgency, with no time to plan.  With that move came literally over a century (her lifetime and those before her) of pictures / memorabilia / history / antiques to be dealt with (somehow that fell under my job description).
  • Then about 6 weeks ago, a storm (some believe a tornado) hit our area of the county. Fortunately, our home was mostly spared, but sheds, barn and other buildings weren’t, and it seems like it has taken every spare moment of our time to clear damage on the ranch. This will likely be our “hobby” for the next year.

All of these things I’ve listed here are what organizing expert and author, Julie Morgenstern, defines as “external realities.”  External realities are obstacles which may be holding us back from getting organized, despite our best efforts. They are essentially transitions or changes of various kinds (either positive or negative or perhaps some of both) which cause changes in life as we know it.

What does this mean for you? Knowing what it’s like to deal with clutter on a personal level allows us to be sympathetic and empathetic to the effort it takes to make a change in your space and in your life. We are prepared to get in the trenches of disorganization with you, while keeping a strong foothold on the training and sound organizing principles we know and rely on.

Our commitment to you:

  • we have training and experience
  • we have tips, tools, and countless resources
  • we seek continuing education and attend conferences in order to be “in the know” about the newest organizing solutions available
  • we are able to resource with over 4,200 other Professional Organizers world-wide through an email chat service to share and exchange knowledge and organizing solutions
  • we give impeccable service and are committed to helping our clients through the organizing process

You may not need us today or tomorrow, but when you think of getting organized, think Divine Organization.

peaceful order where you live and work,

Kat Jacoby

Divine Organization