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How to Hire a Professional Organizer

Uncategorized May 12, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

I keep looking in the mirror and thinking I should color/cut my hair. 

Pulling out my ponytail, I fluff my hair around my shoulders trying to remember why I don’t just whack it all off. If you were to hand me a pair of scissors I'd probably do it now. 

Then I’d cry. Then I’d do the right thing, the thing I knew I should have done in the first place, go to a professional.

That said, we’ve all had bad experiences with a professional. Hairstylist that didn’t understand a word we said. The car guy that we’re sure fleeced us.

Miserable experiences we swore we’d never deal with again.

With all that in mind, let me give you my best advice for hiring a professional organizer. Which ironically is very close to how I find a mental health professional….

How To Find a Professional Organizer

Start by asking your friends for a referral but don’t stop there…..

This is very personal so even though your bff loved...

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4 Secrets Most Professional Organizers Don't Want You to Know!

organizing Mar 04, 2019
By Suzanna Kaye

Do you ever feel stuck when you think about organizing?

That point where you walk into the guest room (garage, closet, kitchen….) ready to tackle it and organize the heck out of it, but as soon as you open the door and peer in -you freeze.

All your energy disappears and you just shut the door and walk away instead?

Yeah, I know that feeling!

Secret #1: You don’t need to know how you’ll do it (we rarely do, either!)

My organizing clients think I can walk into a room, look beyond all the clutter and instantly know where I’ll arrange everything. Or even have a clue how it will look when I’m done.

Yeah, I don’t have a clue any more than they do.

The difference between me and them? I just get started!

That’s right.

One main thing that sets me, as a professional organizer, apart from my clients is that I don’t try to figure out the end before I’ve begun. I simply start.

How do you do it?

  1. Pick one corner,...
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My husband thinks he's lazy : Love Letter email from 02.21.19

loveletter Feb 22, 2019

By Suzanna Kaye

(Originally a Love Letter email sent to the IN list. Not on the list? Want these letters in your inbox? Join Here.)


Hey, Beautiful.


OK, so here’s the random thought I had this week…..


Have you ever felt like you were lazy? Or, like your partner, kid or someone else was? Yeah, I’ve felt that way, too.


Then, a little while ago, my husband admitted to me that he thought he was lazy. That he didn’t carry his weight in housework. And at first I thought - “You’re right! Every time I’m doing housework you’re just sitting on the couch.”


But, thankfully, I didn’t say that. Because once I really thought about it, I saw the bigger picture.


Now, it IS true - whenever I was doing housework he was just sitting on the couch. But, the fact is, I’m a morning person. I love to get up and get my day started. It’s my time of higher energy and productivity. I get the kettle...

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Is it laziness? Or is it something deeper? Relationships and help around the house

loveletter Feb 22, 2019

By Suzanna Kaye

(Based on a reply I received my Love Letter email - "My Husband Thinks He's Lazy". To get on the Love Letters list Join Here.)


First, Can I just say how much I absolutely love reading all of your replies to my Love Letter emails? Seriously - my heart flutters and smiles when I see them.


One reply I got from the My husband thinks he’s lazy love letter got me to go deeper into the housework, energy and love dynamic. (I love it when these conversations create even deeper ones!)


Here’s what “A” wrote in reply to my Love Letter:


No, I think my husband's just lazy.  He works full-time, but so do I.  Once he gets home, he wants to sit on the couch and watch TV...and wants me to sit with him!  My problem is once I sit still for more than 10 minutes, I'm done.  Lots of days nothing gets done around the house.  I find it very frustrating and depressing to come home and...

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