Client Story: How We Helped a Blind Woman Organize Her Home When I was approached by a visually impaired client, who needed help organizing her home, I knew two things: First, working with the blind is new for Can the Clutter, and we may have to change the way we think and do things. Secondly, […]
A Closet Love Story
Closets can be a real clutter catastrophe, causing a lot of undue stress. Think about it, one of the first places you go to in your home upon waking is your closet. Closet chaos is just simply the wrong way to start your day. If you are anything like our client, Deb, your master bedroom […]
Organizing for the New Year!
Right before the New Year holiday, I was contacted by a reporter at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis seeking some functional tips to help folks get organized and to help them stay organized. My responses are below (the original questions are in bold). These tips are useful for everyone, especially at the start of a […]
Remember: You Come First
Recently, I have had a number of clients that are starting to be buried (literally) in their recycling and reusable items. They are trying to recycle every little item (e.g. aluminum, scrap, etc.) with the goal of being more environmentally friendly. The problem is that it is causing a hardship to the person. They are […]
Cluttered Garage? Try a Bike Rack!
First of all I have to ask this question: Why the heck don’t they put kickstands on kids bikes?! Okay, I get that for the first half of the bike’s life it has training wheels to keep it up. But after that it is such a pain to store! Same with those darn scooters! Ugh. […]
Personal Organizers: Positive Reinforcement Works
Previously, I posted a blog based on something I heard at a presentation by Dr. David Tolin. As a personal organizer, as a productivity consultant and as an individual, I look a lot away from his talk, and here’s another post based on what I learned. One thing he mentioned in the talk, and I’m paraphrasing […]
Hoarding: A Disorder Now Defined
The New York Times ran an article on hoarding. One of the main points in this article was that hoarding has recently been defined as a specific mental disorder. The article states: Hoarding was once considered a type of obsessive compulsive disorder, but studies have shown that only 20 percent of people who hoard also […]
Reading Material – To Have or Have Not?
My clients and a lot of households in general struggle with reading material. Newspapers, magazines, journals, and on and on. Most people are so busy that they don’t get around to finishing up their magazines within a day or two, and then the piles start to grow. I mostly see piles on desks, but they […]