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5 Tips for Getting Organized (From a Professional Organizer)

If you’re looking for tips for getting organized, you’ve probably realized that it’s time to get on top of your clutter once and for all. Good for you! I’m glad that you’re here. After all, the hardest part of taking on any new project is getting started. 

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According to The Homeworld Forecast Consumer Survey, people have a lot of reasons for not becoming more organized — ranging from lack of space, to lack of time, to having too much stuff (and having no clue what to do with it!).

As a professional organizer, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people just like you not just get organized, but stay organized. Today, I’m excited to share my top five tips for getting organized — so you can jump in and head down the RIGHT path when it comes to total organization.

1. There is no right or wrong way to organize

The right way to get organized is whatever way works for you! 

We all have different habits, lifestyles, and...

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Where to Start Decluttering: How I Did It and You Can Too

Wondering where to start decluttering? The process can look different for everyone, but let me tell you a bit about my own organizing journey — including the most important first steps. 

Before I became a professional organizer, I spent a year decluttering and organizing my entire house, and I promise I’m not being dramatic when I say that it changed my life. 

So many of us want to organize our homes, but it can be a struggle to know where to start decluttering. I can’t promise to know all of the secrets, but I certainly learned a thing or two over that year. 

My goal here at Grid + Glam is to help you learn how to declutter your home, so you can develop habits that make living an organized, fulfilled, and joyful life feel easy. Part of that involves sharing my journey with you and what I learned along the way. So, here’s how I got organized — and how you can too.

How I organized my home (and kept it that way)

I often get asked if I was...

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How to Prepare Your Child for Online or Hybrid School This Fall

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you’re likely full of a mix of emotions as you think about what this next school year will look like. I want to acknowledge how hard all of this is and provide a few strategies to help you ease your child into the school year if they will be learning in a virtual or hybrid format.

The transition back to school is typically a frenzied and stressful time in the best of scenarios. But in the past at least there has been a clear delineation between school and non-school environments. This change of scenery, while difficult for some children, typically eases the transition from summer (home) to school (not home). 

For most of us this year that transition is going to look very different. I anticipate it to be much harder, so I’m planning to make a concerted effort to create that delineation. Pre-COVID, our time had gotten overscheduled and overly structured. I’m all for my kids having increased freedom and...

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Back to School Prep: 6 Organization Tips for Parents

It’s hard to believe that school is only a month away! Summer is such a wonderful change of pace, with longer days, later starts, and more family time. But for those of us that thrive on routine (like me!), it can also be a big adjustment. By the beginning of August, I am feeling like I’ve challenged myself enough! I’m ready for some structure again with some back to school prep.

My natural body rhythm is to be very planned and structured so I try to think of the unstructured summer as an opportunity to grow a bit: to be more spontaneous and do things like relax on the beach. And somehow avoiding the urge to make a list of all the things I’ll need to pour sand out of!

I’m not entirely sad that the end of summer is on the horizon, and I’m more than a little excited for all the  back to school prep we get to embark on. Although structure is my comfort zone, that isn’t to say that the back to school season is without stress. There’s...

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How to Easily Design a Custom Storage Closet

I love my job and I love trying out new organizing products! In the years I’ve been a Professional Organizer, I have not completed a single project for a client or myself without products from The Container Store. They have an extensive selection of products that have helped me organize hundreds of spaces! 

Over the last year, I have gotten the chance to partner with The Container Store as a Brand Ambassador. Each month, we work together to showcase some of their new products in an organizing project, so that we can help you discover + choose the best products for your space! It has been so much fun to get to be creative with new products like in our home office space when I shared about How to Increase your Work-from-Home Productivity and in a pantry when I shared How to Organize a Pantry Space in Two Hours.

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This month’s project was an extra special treat. The Container Store gifted me a custom Elfa Closet so that I could use it in my home and show you all...

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Grid and Glam Was Featured in the Boston Globe!

I’m excited beyond words today, and that’s not an exaggeration. In fact, as I write this I’m realizing that it’s probably time to blog about how to organize when something surprising and life-changing is consuming your thoughts.

Today, I’m there. When I turned my passion into a business, I never could have imagined that a news outlet as prominent as The Boston Globe would feature me, but today THEY DID! My interview is all about how even high performers can use a professional organizer — so if you’re a business professional or other high performer who wants to know know my secrets for staying organized, this one is a must-read for you. 

As I read through the article, I can’t help but think about how this all began. I’ve always been an “organizing junkie,” but the process of organizing has served as so much more than a hobby or a habit for me. The truth is, by making organizing a priority, I was able to take...

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Top 8 Tips for Moving to a New Home

Congratulations! You’re moving!  Maybe you’re moving across the street, maybe you’re moving across the country, maybe you're even moving to a new country. No matter how far you’re moving, there is SO much that needs to be done. Moving is a lot of work and it's also an emotional life milestone.  I know it can feel extremely overwhelming, but it's very exciting!

I have a secret that will help moving go more swiftly and smoothly for you: front load the work. The more time and thought you put into the move prior to its happening,  the less time you’ll spend on the move overall. Trust me on this. If there’s anything I know best, it’s how to save time on overwhelming tasks…like moving.

How can you best front load this work? I’m sharing eight tips for you to improve the efficiency of your move!

Top 8 Tips for Moving to a New Home

1. Write down a plan 

You signed the papers and you’re officially moving! Yay!...

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How to Refresh Your Outdoor Space for the Summer

With summer finally here, it is the perfect time for us to start thinking about our outdoor spaces. If you have been following me for a while, you know that spending time outdoors is not my favorite activity. But, given the fact that we are still under COVID-19 restrictions for the foreseeable future, I figured I will be spending more time than I ever have in my outdoor space.  So now is the perfect time to give it a refresh. I partnered with AllModern to create a patio design that my family loves + that will serve our needs this season! I'm excited to share some of my fave picks from AllModern, along with my best tips to help you refresh your outdoor space for the summer.

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Four Strategies To Run an Effective Organizing Consultation

A great organizing project starts with a great consultation! For home organizers, the consultation is the most important opportunity you have to share who you are and what you do with your clients. It’s also a way for you to collect valuable information that will allow you to create a lasting solution for your client. How do you do this? By understanding who your client is and how she uses her home.

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I know that it's easier said than done. As is true with everything, the more practice you get, the better you will be at running them. Over time, you’ll develop better skills and improved communication. But, I'm hoping that the steps I share here can catapult you further and faster. Here are my four strategies to run an effective organizing consultation. 

Running an Effective Organizing Consultation

1. First Things First: First Impressions Matter!

The first impression that your clients make of you matters. Treat the consultation like an interview. It’s not an...

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Where G+G Stands on Issues of Race

As the founder and CEO of Grid + Glam, I want to share exactly where we stand as a company and brand. Black lives matter. Racism is reprehensible. The fact that it has taken hundreds of years of injustice for it to finally feel like something will change is unacceptable.

And yet, here we are. It feels different now. Like we are at a tipping point that is so very, very long overdue.

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In my past career, I was deeply entrenched in doing work to help “level the playing field.” I realize today, in a way I never did before, that voting the right way and donating to the right organizations, and even working in that space professionally, has and never will be enough. I now realize that by staying comfortable and silent in my personal life, I have been a part of the problem. I need to do the hard work to become actively, and loudly, anti-racist, and teach my children to do the same. I am committed to doing better.

And, as the leader of this company, I want you...

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