Rich People Can Be Hoarders

| March 26, 2012

Yes, Jeff Lewis, rich people can be hoarders. In the commercial for designer Jeff Lewis’ new show Interior Therapy, the home of a wealthy couple shows a pile of stuff in a room, and Jeff asks the question: “Can rich people be hoarders? I don’t know.” I found myself answering the television, “Yes, they can.” Hoarding is a mental illness, and it doesn’t matter how much money is in your bank account, where you live, what education you have, what job you have, or your gender and race.

A Meaningful Life

| January 9, 2012

With the start of the New Year, many things have been written about meaning, purpose, passion and goals. So let me ask. Are you happy? Are you living a meaningful life? And what is a meaningful life to you? … When someone is asking for help from a professional organizer, it’s because they want to change some aspect of their life. Granted, not all of the organizing clients I meet are asking for life-altering change. They just want less stress, less headaches and less stuff.

How Do You Know When You Have Too Much Crap?

| May 31, 2011

Last week, I enjoyed a Lifehacker post called “How to De-Crapify Your House” which offered some great tips on clearing clutter. But the article made me wonder one question. How do you know if you have too much crap to begin with? Here are some telltale signs that you do:

ADD and the “Slippery Slope of Time Management”

| January 10, 2011

This Clutter Princess guest post was written by Professional Organizer Ellen R. Delap: In our way too busy world, we all struggle with time management. However for those with ADD and ADHD, time management is more than this. It is a dizzying array of disappointment, lack of tools and strategies. Time is an intangible, a slippery slope with little to break our descent. It is the expectation we are letting others and ourselves down each and every day.

Apartment Worthy vs. House Worthy

| August 20, 2009

I’m house hunting right now and discovering the highs and lows of house buying in today’s environment. As I continue my search, I’ve begun dismantling and packing my apartment. When I started, I thought I would not have a large pile to send to charity as I try to operate a lean and mean operation […]

The Danger of Chronic Disorganization

| January 18, 2009

This weekend, a Houston couple died in a house fire. The firefighters had difficulty maneuvering through the house because of boxes stacked knee-deep throughout the home. According to the Houston Chronicle, the boxes were filled with family mementos and had been around the home for years. Apparently this is not an unusual story. Another professional […]