25. Clutter in Relationships, Part 2

October 7th, 2011

In part 2 of this series, Andy responds to a listener question regarding the topic of clutter in relationships.

24. Clutter in Relationships, Part 1

August 12th, 2011

In part 1 of this series, Andy discusses the topic of clutter in relationship. Why it’s hard to organize with a loved one and what to do about it. How you can be more effective when organizing with someone you care about.

23. Simplifying Paper

February 8th, 2011

Paper is the most time-consuming thing to organize. Here is what you want to keep in mind when simplifying and organizing paper.

22. Clutter-Free Gifts

December 16th, 2010

After a brief hiatus, I’m taking the opportunity to honor this time of year by looking at ways we can share our love with each other without cluttering up each other’s lives.

21. A Sample Organizing Project (part 2)

December 16th, 2010

In the conclusion of this two-part installment, we continue and complete our sample organizing project.

20. A Sample Organizing Project (part 1)

September 10th, 2010

In this post and the next, we go step-by-step through a sample organizing project from start to finish.

19. Stuff, Meaning, and Happiness

August 6th, 2010

Our possessions fulfill many important functions in our lives. In this installment, we take a look at what stuff can do for us, and what it can’t.

18. The Best Way to Keep Perspective

July 7th, 2010

If organizing is arranging your possessions to support what’s important in your life, how can you be really clear about what really is most important in your life? In this post, I describe the best way I have found to keep perspective and not let the busywork of day-to-day life obscure what is truly important.

17. Resources for Sustainable Simplification

June 15th, 2010

How to give, donate, sell, and recycle your way to a simpler life. These are my favorite resources for getting unneeded stuff to places where it can be put to good use. Simplify your life in a satisfying, environmentally-sustainable way.

16. Organizing and Stress

May 18th, 2010

Three different ways a state of disorganization can cause stress and what to do about them.

15. Taking the Risk: Habits and Choices in Organizing

April 7th, 2010

Bringing awareness to how you make decisions while organizing, including choices, habits, change, and risk.

14. Organizing Myths

March 17th, 2010

Myths related to organizing: OHIO (“Only Handle It Once”), Gadgets and Products are the answer, Organizing Equals Decluttering, and others.

13. “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind”

March 2nd, 2010

If you’re afraid that if you put something away you’ll forget about it, you may tend to leave things out so you can see them. This post highlights the drawbacks of being dependent on visual reminders.

12. The Third ‘S’: Store

February 21st, 2010

Storing: finding a home for a category so it is well-positioned for future use. Four criteria to use when storing. The importance of labeling and using containers.

11. The Second ‘S’: Sort

February 2nd, 2010

Sorting: putting similar items together. Sorting recommendations. What to do when an item could belong in more than one category.

10. Three More Simplifying Challenges

January 21st, 2010

Three more challenges you may encounter while simplifying. The discussion involves different ways to value possessions, what it means to waste, and how to simplify projects.

9. Simplifying Gifts

January 8th, 2010

Have you ever kept an item you don’t like because it was given to you by a friend? How to honor the good intentions of the gift-giver and still make decisions that serve you.

8. “I Might Use It Someday”

January 3rd, 2010

“I might use it someday” is a phrase professional organizers hear a lot. When simplifying, how do you respond to possessions you “might” use “someday”?

7. Emotional Challenges While Organizing

December 28th, 2009

You most likely have emotional relationships with many of your possessions. The emotional responses evoked by so many objects can become overwhelming. This podcast describes how to respond in a way that honors your emotions and still lets you make progress organizing.

6. The Hidden Cost of Stuff

December 22nd, 2009

There’s a cost associated with every object. Andy points out all the costs, both hidden and obvious, of objects.