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The “10 Things a DayR ...

Posted on: Feb 02, 2016 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
We are one month into the New Year.  How are you doing with your organizing resolutions?  If you google “10 things a day”, you’ll see that many people have challenged themselves to get rid of 10 things a day to live a simpler life.  I dare you to do it– for 30 days, and if you’re successful with that, try another 30 days.  As a professional organizer, I often encourage my clients in Boulder & Denver to start with the low-hanging fruit.  Below is a list of easy targets to help you meet this challenge.  One other thing… in my last newsletter, you accidentally got the link for “The Story of Bottled Water” instead of “The Story of Stuff”.  I URGE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO.  It may change the way you think about what you ... Read More

America’s Clutter Proble ...

Posted on: May 20, 2015 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Americans haven’t always had a clutter problem.  There was a time when goods were few and not easily obtained.  Imagine a frontier town where the only place to get “stuff” was the local general store. For decades, couples kept their entire wardrobe in a shared armoire; no one thought they needed more.  All you have to do is look around Colorado at homes built in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, and it’s clear people had less stuff, based on the size of closets and kitchens.  Our obsession with stuff has become epidemic to the point where Time Magazine did a feature piece in their March 23, 2015 issue called, “The Joy of Less: Americans have more possessions than any society in history.  Can we finally take control of them?” Below are some fascinating highlights from the ... Read More

Use the Buddy System for Organ ...

Posted on: Mar 04, 2015 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
I remember the first time I had de-cluttering help. My roommate Megan and I looked at each other’s closet organization. When I doubtfully held up a silver paisley polyester jacket worthy of Prince, Megan said, “Who shot the couch?” Megan defended a silk blouse of hers with, “My mother gave me this.” I replied, “Yeah, it looks like something your mother would give you.” We had some great laughs and gave each other the reality check we both needed to let go. Organizing using the buddy system works. Who can be your buddy?   Recently, I was staring into my pantry closet (which, in my condo, is also my garage-attic-basement). That closet is my organizational Achilles’ heel. I turned to my boyfriend Jeff and said, “I know there’s ... Read More

How to Make Your Organizing Re ...

Posted on: Mar 04, 2015 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
“Get organized”: statistics reveal that’s the #2 most popular New Year’s resolution after losing weight.  The bad news is, “organized” is not a place to “get to”.  It’s not a permanent state with a finite end, like reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and then, whew!  You’ve done it.   Organizing is a PROCESS.  It’s a practice that is required throughout our lives.  The good news is, we can aspire to de-clutter until we get to Square One:  where every last corner has been sorted and purged, and the keepers are effectively stored.  At Square One, you’ll have a clear vision of your optimal state, so that maintenance is much easier going forward.   I know that’s a lofty goal, so how is that doable?   In this issue, and in the coming months, I will give ... Read More

20 Tips for Organized Vacation ...

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Summer in Colorado is prime vacation time–why not lower your travel stress with a little extra organization? If disorganized travel has cost you in any way: missed flights, items forgotten, poor planning, etc., here are 20 tips on ways I personally get organized and ahead of the game when I travel.   1)  Create a packing list on your computer. Include every last teeny toiletry item. If you frequently take trips that require special gear, make lists for those (scuba, ski, camping, etc.). Print the list each time you pack, and check everything off. Kids and babies– separate list. 2)      Create a “before you leave the house” list and put it at the end of your packing list. Mine says: stop mail & newspaper, adjust thermostat, turn lights on/computer ... Read More

Who Wants My [ ___]? Donate & ...

Posted on: May 12, 2014 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
So, you have items you’re ready to part with that need the right home… but what to do with them? Here are some charities that accept very specific items. If you need a professional organizer in Denver metro or Boulder County to help, call me! Toiletries: Got half-used bottles of shampoo and lotion, or a big stash of hotel mini’s? Locally, the Bridge House, a homeless program in Boulder, wants them, or you can mail soaps to cleantheworld.org, which sends them to areas suffering with widespread diseases that can be contained via hand washing. Techno-trash: Locally, there is Eco-Cycle in Boulder for most of your cables, computers, printers, phones, and cameras. Goodwill will still take most technology at no charge, but greendisk.com takes even your CD’s, DVD’s, ... Read More

Out with the Old, In with the ...

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
At the end of 2013, I celebrated the holidays very low-key. I worked with clients organizing in Boulder and Metro Denver, I spent time with family, and… I tore through every room and closet in my house like my hair was on fire, literally staying up until 1:30 a.m. several nights because I was so obsessed. Is my house cluttered? NO. Was there stuff here that I don’t need, use or love that I could live without? YES. So, why bother? I know most of you would rather spend your time doing anything else. So… this post, I talk about what “Out with the old, in with the new” can do for you. Let’s motivate to create a fresh, clutter free start! PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF: LISA GETS ORGANIZED If you know me, you know I don’t like having stuff around that I don’t need, use or ... Read More

Flooded With Clutter? Natural ...

Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Boulder basement waist deep with water Recently, B.B.F., (before Boulder flood) I helped an amazing 11 year old, Teddy, purge his toy collection. He looked at one toy thoughtfully and said, “If my house was on fire, I wouldn’t take this.” And out it went. Out of the mouths of babes. We could all take a hint from this little genius. Colorado is a mess. Obviously. Driving around Boulder, I see people piling up soaked carpet, furniture and other flotsam and jetsam from flooded homes. As an organizer, I imagine some of them kicking themselves for putting off their basement clean-out for so long. Coloradans stash all kinds of unused, unneeded, obsolete stuff in basements, and then ignore it for years. It’s probably the #1 area my clients procrastinate on de-cluttering ... Read More

Re-Gift Your Clutter ...

Posted on: Dec 21, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
It’s December, and once again we endure the onslaught of commercialization and consumerism that now characterizes a season meant to celebrate miracles, love and giving. In the true spirit of Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa, I’ve got 10 tips on how to make organizing an act of giving by “re-gifting” your clutter to others who need it. Focused giving helps to take the sting out of parting with what you don’t need, and the time spent de-cluttering is a gift to yourself. Best part: the gifts don’t cost you anything! You Get When You Give: 10 Ideas to Turn Your Clutter into Christmas Joy 1) As you set up your holiday decorations, get a box to collect the décor you don’t need/use/love, and get it to a thrift store while it’s still in season. ... Read More

Skeletons Cluttering Your Clos ...

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011 By: LisaSarasohn | 0 Comments
Is Your House Haunted? In the “spirit” of the times, your organizer wants to know: Is your house full of rotting corpses, moaning ghosts, life-sucking vampires, or any other phantasm that torments you and haunts your house? I want to share some clients’ Halloween stories to help you re-think what you’re still holding onto, and how all that scary stuff is ruining your life and your space. Rotting Corpses: “Ana” and I were de-cluttering her sun room. A nasty smell lingered in the air, and we couldn’t figure out the source. Finally, Ana exclaimed, “OMG, it’s this bamboo plant! [which was stagnating in algae-filled water.] It smells like a rotting corpse!!!” When we finally stopped laughing, it made me think… what else in my clients’ homes is like a ... Read More