Spanx vs the Lapband: what’s your clutter situation?

Did you ever consider losing clutter to be analogous to losing weight? It is! And though everyone is unique, in Get Organized Already’s professional organizing adventures three different situations show up over and over.

Which of the following weight loss scenarios best describes you? Check out my pro tips to help you get organized no matter what the size of your clutter is.
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Tummy tuck anyone?

Sometimes when we walk in the door with our cute aprons and our magic organizing basket, people want to have a complete overhaul. Their house, or just a room, is too packed to be usable anymore. If this sounds familiar, you are probably too overwhelmed to know where to start.

Pro tip: Start with a trash bag, a lined donation bin, and a box for any papers you find. Start in one corner of the room and set a timer. Touch everything only once, put each item in the appropriate container, and work until the timer goes off. That’s less daunting than tackling the whole room, right? In situations like this, our professional team will spend a few hours getting your room, or home, back to a manageable state. The momentum will keep you moving forward on your own or with people who love you.

Staying in shape

My personal organizing style is livable and comfortable. I know where everything is, but the beds may not be made. (Shocking, I know! But this is real life we are living—not a movie.) As long as the people in my home know where stuff lives, we can all navigate around each other and not spend our time searching for our things (and yelling, “HAVE YOU SEEN IT?” across the house). This scenario is for those who need a maintenance plan to keep their home organized.

Pro tip: Let all users of items know where things belong using labels. (It doesn’t have to be fancy. A sticky note or painter’s tape works just fine inside cabinets, drawers, and pantries.)

People generally flip out about this comfortable style of organizing because they have fallen victim to thinking that organized means rigid and perfect. Newsflash: perfection is not possible! A comfortable style of organizing suits most people because it is realistic and less expensive (as in no fancy labels or matching containers to buy). And works a lot better than what about 56 percent of you have going on right now: the dreaded PicMonkey Collagewe-don’t-have-a-system approach.

Ready for the college reunion

At the far end of the organizing continuum lie the Martha Stewart and Howard Hughes personalities of the world. Get Organized Already can help you, too! I have two lovely ladies on my organizing team with extensive backgrounds in interior design. They are amazing at creating the types of rooms you see in magazines. Whenever someone calls and I can tell they want to take their home to the next level (think Better Homes and Gardens or Apartment Therapy), I send out my Label Ladies.

I love to be in these places: fresh flowers and herbs in the entryway, a calendar printed in chalkboard paint and framed in a custom frame. Open the drawers and angels sing. The labels whisper beautiful phrases like, “fresh nutmeg” and “organic basmati rice.”

I’m not kidding. It is very peaceful and if I could, I’d have a Get Organized Already organizer over here every day to keep my shizzle looking like that in a heartbeat!

Pro tip: Getting organized isn’t a one time event. It has to happen regularly.

Everyone has their comfort level. Whatever your state of comfort or chaos, there’s a way to stay organized. And my team can help you accomplish your vision of the just-right organized home for less than you spend on two trips to Whole Foods. True story.


Help! There’s a ceiling fan on my dining room table!

There really is. Ceiling fan in a milk crate

There’s a mattress in my living room, propped up against the couch. There’s a filing cabinet out on my front porch and a rug rolled up against the wall of my bedroom.

It’s all-out-MAYHEM! And it is making me mental.

This fall we had a studio built out back for Jeff so that the kids can spread out into their own rooms. But of course the old indoor studio needs to be cleaned and re-painted with some appropriate 9-year-old girl colors before Darla will move in there. So, we are spending our spare time (lots of that around the holidays, right?!) painting her room and accepting incoming Christmas presents like rugs, bed frames, and desks.

Only we have no place to put it all until the room is ready! OH-EM-GEEE going crazy over HEEEEERE!

Every time I go to work on someone else’s clutter in these last few weeks I feel so jealous. My little elves and I swoop in and organize someone else’s office space so I can come home to office supplies in the BATH TUB?! Where is the justice? I can’t wait to post some after pictures of this whole business. Stay tuned.

My front porch AHHH!

My front porch AHHH!

Until then, I give you:

How to Conquer Clutter: 3 tips for reducing clutter in your house

Thanks to Don Andrues, a realtor here in Pasadena, for having me as an expert on his “Instant Home Tips” series.

This short little video contains three of my top suggestions for conquering clutter.

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Pasadena / Altadena: Professional Organizer talks about living simply

Saturday, April 21 at 1:30pm @ Hastings Library  3325 East Orange Grove Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91107 Get Organized Already 91107

In celebration of Spring and Earth Day and all things lovely–

Get Organized Already will be hosting a free presentation on How to Live More Simply with Your Family.

Please join us for some facts and inspiration, some sharing, and some practical advice about avoiding excess clutter and stress. This presentation will be largely audience led, and therefore applicable to everyone, no matter what your level of clutter and mayhem.

If you are in or near Altadena, you are in luck!

Friday, April 20 at 4pm @ La Pintoresca Library  1355 North Raymond Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91103

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I hope to see you at one of these! Please pass this info on to friends in the area.

Thank you kindly,

Nonnahs    323.230.0297

Organizing a kid’s room in Eagle Rock: rock on!

Check out this new video from Get Organized Already working in 90041 – Eagle Rock.

51/2 year-old Toby was so excited after his room re-do he started labeling the bins himself the next day!

Your child’s room probably has too many toys in it. Thin them out and get organized already.

You can do it! Because if you step on one. more. lego–you may lose your mind.


Professional Organizing Services for Eagle Rock and NELA


Thank you, Alli, at Your Little Movie for editing and directing this video.

Trash as clutter

A lot of the homes in which I work have a sizeable amount of trash in them. I often wonder, but seldom ask, why they don’t just throw it away.

It’s confusing to me because I’m finding there are a few different reasons why.

Here’s a great post by Kate, who says her ADD greatly contributes to her home’s clutter.

Sometimes people don’t even think to throw trash away.   By the time they are done with one thing they have mentally moved on to the next.  The remnants of their first activity stay right where they have finished using them.

Some people aren’t detail oriented and don’t even see the trash. So, they don’t pick it up.

Some people have grown up surrounded by detritus and, whether it bothers them or not, being surrounded by a bit of trash isn’t something they consider to be an option.

It is often a matter of priorities. Picking up some broken, old things in the living room is beneath watching Mad Men on their list.

Take a look around you now. Is there trash in your house or in your office?

When do you plan to throw it away?

Comments welcome below.

2012 in Los Angeles: 82 degrees and organized

Nonnahs here writing to offer you a great way to start off your new year:

Get organized already!   Here are some ideas about what I can help you accomplish:

  • Eat the left-over holiday candy and treats from your friends and family
  • Put away the decorations in an organized fashion so you can find everything next December
  • De-clutter the living areas of decorations, gifts you don’t want, or old things you have replaced
  • Sell the gifts you didn’t love on e-bay
  • Get the broken toys out of the house while the kids are distracted by their new stuff
  • Organize your closet so you can fit your new clothes in there
  • Find the gardening tools in the garage for planting season which is about a week away

In general, being organized will help you feel more in control of your life and more powerful–what a great resolution!

So give me a call and tell your friends to do the same.

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