What Children Can Teach You About Organizing

By Carmen Coker Children live big. They laugh from the heart … play like there’s no tomorrow … dream without boundaries … derive joy from the smallest of things. As adults, the opposite often happens. We laugh less … play less … dream less. The responsibilities of adulthood – work, bills, commitments, family – tend to …

All You Need To Know About Learning How To Be Organized & Letting Go

By Carmen Coker A Zen parable tells of a wanderer who happened upon a river. He wanted to cross it, but there was no bridge. Afraid to wade across the river on foot, he spent hours building his own raft from vines and trees, which ultimately carried him safely to the other side. However, once across …

Five-Minute Blitz

By Carmen Coker The battle drums are rumbling…it’s time to suit up for clutter combat. Let Operation Organize commence! Rest assured, this is one battle that will reduce the amount of clutter in your life – quickly. TheFreeDictionary.com defines the word “blitz” as an intense campaign. Today’s challenge is to select one area of your home …

Want To Get Organized – For Good? Here’s How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Last

By Carmen Coker So you recently made a New Year’s Resolution “to get organized.” Well, you’re in good company! Organization is always a popular top ten resolution every year. But now that you’ve set the organizing goal, how do you successfully negotiate the ins and outs of accomplishing it? Here are four simple tips to do …

How To Break Mental And Emotional Attachments To Your Clutter

By Carmen Coker A wise Zen master once said: “Be like the wind. Blow over everything without becoming attached to any of it.” Have you become attached to your clutter? When you are tied to your clutter – whether it’s emotionally, spiritually, mentally, or otherwise – decluttering becomes all the more difficult to accomplish. Here are …

The Key to Finding Balance and Getting Organized

By Carmen Coker When you are responsible for taking care of others – whether it is at work, at home, or both – then taking care of YOU can become a low, maybe even non-existent, priority. Women, in particular, feel incredibly off-kilter when this occurs, but men are also not immune to self-neglect and its repercussions. …

The Moments That Make You Disorganized: Common Clutter Traps To Avoid

By Carmen Coker If you are trying to get organized, close your eyes for just a minute and imagine the moments that make you disorganized. Think through the last day, week, month, or even year(s) of your life … and you’ll see them there, as obvious as the big pile of clutter on your desk. While …

Check Off Those Summer Organizing To-Do’s – Here’s How

By Carmen Coker The weather is great, you’re feeling energized from all that extra solar energy you’ve been absorbing and you’ve got some extra time off. Now is the perfect time to tackle one of those big organizing projects you’ve been wishfully thinking of. First, let’s review a few tips that will help you to get …