Paper pile and inbox organization

5 Reasons You Pile Things and How You Can Stop

Excavating Piles A while back I excavated one of my (many) piles to get a sense of exactly what ends up in my piles and why I was making piles. From a single pile that had been sitting on my bedroom floor for several months, there were approximately 70 (!) items: sticky notes magazines paint … Read more

Potted flowers and kitchen towel on a hanging rack with shelves

Easy Mini Kitchen Makeover

Recently I started noticing how junky my kitchen was. Piles grow and sit on the counter until I become so used to seeing them, they just blend into the background. Some stuff has been around for years and has become worn out and sad looking. The drawer I’m used to rummaging around in has all … Read more

Organization does not equal tidiness

Organization does not equal tidiness

What exactly is organization? We talk a lot about “getting organized,” but what does that really mean?  When I think of “being organized,” visions of sparse, minimalist homes dance in my head.  Vast, clutter-free horizontal surfaces abound, not a single pile of paper is to be found anywhere, and all items are arranged in beautiful, … Read more

Paper pile and inbox organization

In The Beginning, There Were Piles

My mother is one of those people who is just naturally neat. Even my two brothers are neat, organized people. Our house was always tidy and clean, with one glaring exception: my bedroom. Somehow I missed out on the “neat gene.” My room was always chaotic and overstuffed. Oh, I had my neatness attacks and … Read more