Organize Your Clutter for Creative Freedom

Art studioOne of my very first clients was an art teacher with a studio that she couldn’t walk into. She was not a hoarder, just someone who let clutter overtake her workspace. The objective was to transform her space back into an art studio where she could paint. Crafters often want to create when they get inspired. So finding what they need at a moment’s notice is important to them. Writers may keep piles of paper and books nearby for easy reference. When I walk into any creative person’s work space, it is usually in some kind of disarray. And you know what? That messiness may actually be boosting their creativity according to recent research.

Different studies show that a messy workspace generates more creative thinking than a neat one. I was surprised. Is the work we do at Clutter Coach a bane to creativity?  The answer is no and I can tell you why. We are not in the business of creating cookie cutter spaces. We find out what processes take place in the space. What the occupier uses everyday. What they like and dislike about their space.

The Myth of Work-Life Balance


Guest Post from Melissa Heisler, stress reduction expert and author of “From Type A to Type Me”

From Type A to Type Me
Click cover image to download a free chapter from Melissa Heisler’s new book.

The concept of work-life balance has only been around for the maybe the last thirty-forty years or so. Work-life balance emerged during this time because more women entered the workforce full-time creating a conflict between roles and responsibilities. Individuals were no longer responsible only for home or only for work. Now they were responsible for both. Adding to this increase in responsibility are also the effects of supposed time-saving technologies like the internet, cellphones, emails and texts. These technologies, instead of making our work days easier and more efficient, tend to bind us to our work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Single Woman’s Guide To Home Organization

Organized living space by Clutter CoachAccording to research from real estate brokerage Redfin, single women between ages 45 to 54 were the fastest growing segment of homeowners.  The numbers reflect a 120 percent increase over the last three decades. The next fastest growing homeowner segment is single women ages 55-64.  When it comes to home organization, single women face challenges as well as advantages.

Here are some guidelines to help you create the space you want and deserve.

Protect your investment

You’ve made an investment when purchasing a home so protect its value with regular upkeep.  Don’t let problems pile up. If you can’t make repairs yourself hire someone to do it for you. Keep a list of reliable, reasonably priced maintenance and repair people.

Be accountable

5-Minutes a Day Organizing Tips for Career Women

briefwomnCareer women need to manage their work, family and personal life effectively in order to thrive.  They may measure success through productivity, achievement, joy, or economics. Either way, a sub-skill of management is organization.  Pivotal organization times for career women come when they “launch” in the morning and when they “land” in the evening. Here are some ways to organize that time better in just five minutes each day.

Morning launch

Do not procrastinate. Procrastination creates a crazy mad dash in the morning that causes stress for everyone in the house. Preplanning the night before will eliminate this “running late” scenario. Get a jump ahead the night before. Gather whatever you will need in a bag that is ready to go.

10 Organizing Strategies Boomers Can Use Before They Decide to Move

clutter_free_womanMoving is a big decision at any age. For baby boomers, uncertainty about jobs, family commitments, finances or lifestyle may be heaped onto indecision about what to take and what to leave behind. Feeling comfortable about change is important. Here are 10 organizing strategies boomers can use before they decide to move.

1. Determine what you want

The first organizing strategy requires you to tap into your thoughts and determine what you want. Do you want a simpler life? What does simpler mean to you? What are your must-haves? Do you want less or more space? Answering these types of questions brings clarity.

2. Decide on location and lifestyle

Moving requires that you have a new destination in mind. Where will you go? What influences your choice for that location? Review all the possibilities. Imagine what you will do once you get there. How will you do it? What do you need to participate in these activities?

Achieve Well Being During a Move

newbeginMoving your belongings from one place to another is more than a matter of logistics. It is time consuming and mentally draining having to make decision after decision on what to take, donate or throw away. However, moving is the perfect opportunity to clear the way for a new beginning that fosters your well-being.

Here are a few inspirational thoughts for staying organized and making your move more serene.

Learn about the connection between your physical space, thoughts and emotions. Consider space, distance and the arranging of objects as a way to enhance your emotions and sense of well-being. If what you plan to take with you does not fit the new space you will be occupying, leave it behind.

7 Days to a More Productive Office

Office organizingDedicating a few minutes each day for seven days can lead you to a more productive office and lifestyle. A well-organized office will help keep your attention where it needs to be. Searching for files or fumbling through cluttered drawers is a time waster. Here is a one-week schedule to try and meet the office organizing challenge.


Day 1: Assess what you have now and what you will need to be more productive. Get clear about this. Write it down. For example, one client wanted a place to easily access often used, current files.

Day 2.  Create a plan to address what needs to change. What remedies will work best for you? Strategize a solution.  Will separating files by category work better than an alphabetical file system?

Day 3.  Get the resources you need. For some people this may mean buying furniture or organizing supplies. It could mean getting help from a professional organizer or a friend.

A Majority of Boomers Plan to Move … But are they Ready?

Baby Boomers MovingFor nearly 10,000 baby boomers a day who will be retiring over the next 17 years, there are a multitude of decisions to be made.  When should I retire? How should I file for social security? How will I pay for healthcare? These are questions that need to be answered, along with one more … Should I move?  

In a recently released study from Better Homes and Gardens, 57% of baby boomers plan to move out of their current homes in retirement. Moving in retirement can often mean savings on taxes and lower maintenance costs as well as potential income tax savings if moving to a more tax-friendly state. But even if staying in place, many retirees may find their current home no longer suits their lifestyle.

Over many years we accumulate a lot of stuff, and moving requires us to do something with it. If you don’t have good systems in place for reviewing everything, the thought of transitioning can become paralyzing.

Taming March Madness – How to Use Lists for Organizing

yourlistInstead of watching 1,000 hours of basketball games or running around trying to get ready for spring in March, take a few minutes to organize your life by using lists. Write down tasks and dedicate 10 minutes a day to help you tame March madness and cure spring fever. Lists allow you to use your time wisely. Below are suggestions on when, where and how to use lists.

Change of Seasons List

Create a list for the change of seasons. On it are the tasks that need to be done consistently year after year. Here is an example of what your seasonal winter-to-spring list might look like:

- Exchange winter coats for spring jackets
- Store snow boots, winter hats, gloves
- Swap seasonal clothes
- Replace heavy fabric linens with lighter, e.g., tablecloths
- Change out seasonal decorations, box and label
- Store snow shovels

Choose a place for storing your items and keep like items together.

Forget Expansion or Moving. Use a Professional Organizer to Create Space

Professional_Organizers_Create_Space_in_Family_RoomWhen a family believes they have outgrown their current home, often their first thought is remodeling or moving. They forget to consider a far less expensive option: professional organizing. Before you go through the expense and hassle of a remodel or move, consider the solutions of a professional organizer.

A professional organizer gets to the root of the problem, identifies the source of your clutter, and discovers what you really need to be happy in your home. Sometimes when you think you want more space, what you are really craving is a simpler life, and room to breathe. More space won’t necessarily give you that.  In fact, without addressing the reasons for your clutter, you may quickly be in the same situation in a bigger space. More space may actually mean more clutter down the road.