Archive for Finding Organizing Help

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KC Davis and Alison Lush

14 Feb 2023 UPDATE: Look! KC and Alison together on a podcast episode: Gentle Organizing with Alison Lush. (It’s KC’s podcast, with Alison as her guest, and this episode was posted on Oct. 17, 2022, two weeks after my blog post was originally published, but I just found out about it today.) Also, KC has a new TEDx Talk and Alison has introduced a new SMART START bundle.


Do you feel ashamed of your clutter?

Do you sometimes struggle to keep up with basic care tasks such as cleaning house, preparing meals, and doing laundry? You aren’t alone! Many people do, including those with ADHD, depression, and chronic illness.


Organizing to De-Stress a Major or Chronic Illness

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Illness is stressful. The less you have to worry about, the more you can focus your energy on getting well. And getting organized will help you worry less.

This concept applies to any prolonged medical condition that results in decreased energy and mobility.

Here are some examples:

  • recovery from a planned surgery
  • an unplanned medical or health event
  • a major illness
  • a chronic condition
  • depression

If you are not expecting to fully recover, getting organized will help you to enjoy your “new normal” to its fullest.


Clutter Counseling: Are You an Odd Couple?

Are you and your spouse, or partner, or roommate, like Oscar and Felix, of The Odd Couple? (Are you old enough to know what I’m talking about?) Do you need Clutter Counseling? I am not a marriage counselor (or a psychic, or a magician), but I am sometimes called upon to mediate disputes as to what goes where in a home or other shared space.

It really helps to have an impartial professional to hear both sides of an issue and give a practical opinion that will work for everyone. Often my recommendation is something neither person has thought of before!


How to Get Organized Anywhere at Any Budget

I want to help everyone find the freedom of getting Organized for Life regardless of where they live, or how much money they have. But there’s only one of me, and I need to make a living too. Too bad I can’t work directly with all of you for free.

There are lots of ways I can help you, though! In this post I’ve listed some options for getting organized, in order of affordability. Let me know which ones you need and think will work for you.


Let’s Play Organizing & Productivity Bingo!

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Ever wonder how organized and productive you really are?

Not sure if you need to hire a professional organizer?

Ready for a fun new way to test your skills?

Let’s play Organizing & Productivity Bingo!



Are You a Hoarder?

Hoarding is such a fascinating topic that it’s made its way into cable TV reality shows, mainstream dramas, talk shows and sitcoms. As stated at the beginning of every A&E Hoarders episode, “Compulsive Hoarding is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary.”


Why Virtual Organizing?

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Using modern technology such as telephones, email, and digital photography, you can live next door, or a world away, and we can still accomplish many types of virtual organizing projects together.

Virtual Organizing (VO) services are a way to bridge the gap…

…the gap between distances —  Don’t live in Albuquerque? No problem!

…the gap between services —  Not all coaching and maintenance advice needs to be delivered during an in-person, hands-on session.

…the gap between budgets — Think you can’t afford my services? What if you could pay for one hour at a time, rather than three?


Are You Situationally Disorganized?

What has changed to throw you off track?

Would it surprise you to learn that many of my clients are actually quite organized? They must be. They successfully run businesses and manage families and households. They earn academic degrees and professional awards. They make jewelry and quilts, and they write books. And they’ve done it all without my help because they’re organized in many ways. Or… at least they used to be…so, what happened?

They ask me for help when their situations change and their systems are thrown off track by life events (both happy and unhappy). I help them get back on track. Here are some ways to become Situationally Disorganized: (more…)

How to find a NAPO organizer near you…or near a loved one

An acquaintance recently asked me for help in finding an organizer near where her mother lives, in another state. It is a situation that I cannot help with “virtually” (via telephone, email, or Skype), nor is it one where they can afford my travel expenses to go help hands-on.

Since my goal is to help everyone get organized anywhere, at any budget, here’s what I recommended, and what I tell anyone who asks:


What is Your Clutter Costing You?

dreamstime_xs_30424420You know you have clutter. We all do, in one form or another, and to varying degrees. But have you ever thought about what it is costing you? Sometimes the cost is obvious, such as late fees incurred for an overdue bill that was lost in a mystery pile of paper, or that you couldn’t find the time to pay. Other times the cost is mental or emotional, such as the embarrassment of having others see your cluttered space. Or, missed opportunities. Or, time you could have spent doing something else.

Why do I care so much about clutter? And about helping people to declutter? Well, here’s what I believe: (more…)