I am a messy, clutter-loving packrat and my partner is a minimalist. And we live in a one-bedroom apartment. Can a professional organizer help me/us? If so, how can I find a good one? (Does anyone have Seattle-area recommendations?) If you've done something like this, how has it worked out for you? [more inside]
I love to look through pictures of people's progress of improving their life in some way. I guess I find it calming and inspirational. Where on the internet can I find more of this? [more inside]
What do you do when Aunt Beatrice insists on giving you "heirlooms" that you really, really, do not want or like or care about. Without making her cry. [more inside]
So, thanks partially to the response I received from a previous question, I've begun a sidebusiness organizing people's email inboxes: basically, helping people handle their email without getting overwhelmed, while also more generally helping with personal email/digital workflow. As this is somewhat of a unique project, I have two questions with not-entirely-obvious answers. [more inside]
Are there people, maybe some kind of professional organizer, who will simultaneously unpack and declutter after a move-in? Where's the best place to look for them?---I'm in Northern Virginia.
So, there exists such a thing as professional declutterers and organizers, who'll come to your home or office and help you get your stuff together. My question: is there an analogous gig where someone exclusively helps someone else get their personal email/digital/workflow life together (no other apartment/home organizing involved)? Like, say, getting to Inbox Zero, or at least having a system for how they can handle email without feeling overwhelmed? Or helping them track their work more effectively? (Details/background inside.) [more inside]
Hello, I have moved from a studio apartment I had to myself to now sharing a three bedroom apartment with two other folks. I am not a hoarder, but I do have a lot of paper clutter. Before I moved (1 year ago) my Dad sat in a chair and helped support me declutter. Unfortunately, he can not come again. I am thinking of enlisting someone’s help from taskrabbit. I have never used this service and do not know how to proceed. I have books on decluttering but I need support. Even someone sitting in a chair as I do it and saying “do you REALLY need that” could help a lot- and I am too embarrassed/ashamed to ask a friend. Can you tell me how this works or what to expect with taskrabbit? thanks!
How can I help my sister declutter? She's in her 40's, still living in the house she shared with my parents, both of whom have died. She is a very sensitive person and will get offended and push back hard and usually has a reason why she can't do things. I don't think I am being controlling, but she is sleeping on the couch because the house is a disaster (there are FIVE bedrooms, but the clutter and filth is too much) and it's keeping me awake at night worrying about her. She does have a job but it doesn't pay well and the house is much bigger than she needs or can afford (she is in a very expensive city). More detail inside (maybe more than necessary, but since it's anonymous...) [more inside]
After years of maximalism, I want to become more of a minimalist (not extreme living-in-the-woods-money-free, but significantly more minimal than I am now) in the areas of financial spending and personal possessions. I want to declutter my home, pay off my debts as quickly as possible, fatten my savings and be happy living a life with less. What are the best books or blogs on this topic? What are your personal strategies or tips? How do I do this without going crazy?
I want to get rid of a houseful of stuff, but I don't have the time or energy to sell it on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. Are there services that will pick up & sell things for me? Location: Seattle. [more inside]
Hope me! How do I organize a really cluttery room, with limited space to work within? I feel like I'm just shuffling things around. [more inside]
I'm moving in with my SO in a couple of months. I have, roughly, twice as much stuff as he does. How can I pare it down? Any tips or tricks or advice for going from a single/flatsharing household to cohabitation when you're a packrat? [more inside]
What do you with your "stuff" as you try to create an uncluttered living space? [more inside]
Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections. [more inside]
Anyone had regrets about a massive decluttering of their lives? [more inside]
What should a well-stocked medicine cabinet contain? [more inside]
I'm almost done with grad school, and all my academic detritus is taking over my apartment. How much of it do I really need to keep? [more inside]
should I just throw out my university course notes? (more details below) [more inside]