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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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4 Easy Ways to Prepare for a Summer at Home with Kids

Can you even believe that we’re about to hit summer break? If you’re anything like me, these past few months have felt a little bit like a blur of homeschooling, Zoom calls, home meals, and extra family time. When I looked at my calendar and realized the transition to summer was just a few weeks away, I figured it was time to start planning for a summer at home! For most of us with kids, summertime this year is going to look very different than normal. With camps and activities cancelled, and mom and dad still working from home, it’s going to be more important than ever to make sure we're going into summer prepared. 

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An Important Reminder

Before I start sharing any tips, I want to acknowledge that many of us are feeling a little bit weary from spending so much time at home, and the thought of an entire summer without formal plans seems crazy. 

Here's what I know for sure: with a little bit of creativity, we'll get through this very unique summer. I am by...

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How to Start an Organizing Business: 3 Tips to Get You Started Now

If you’re wondering how to start an organizing business, then let me tell you, friend — I feel like I already know you.

You don’t want to waste one more second wondering what to do next. You don’t want to see your life pass you by. You’re the kind of person who wants to make a difference in your community, and do it NOW.

I feel like I know you, because I was you.

Way back in 2010, I took an intro course to become a professional organizer... but then took no action! It was another eight years before I decided I couldn't sit back any longer as my dream of owning an organizing business passed me by. I knew I had to start making a difference in my community. Now.

In 2018, I started Grid + Glam with just $1,500 in start-up capital. I had no team, no five-year plan, and definitely no back-up plan. I just went for it. 

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And guess what? It’s been a dream come true! I’m so proud of the success I’ve had so far. With my organizing business,...

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My Secret for Staying Organized

If you are like most of my clients, you are overwhelmed with the number of responsibilities you have on a daily basis.  Whether or not you have kids, and whether or not you have a job outside the home, our days can get hectic. I imagine that at the end of the day the last thing you want to do is clean and organize.  The couch and TV are so much more enticing. I get it. But I also get the strong desire you have to be more on top of everything, including your home and schedule.

Today I’m going to share with you how I stay on top of it all by giving you my secret for staying organized.  (Spoiler alert: it does not involve cleaning all day, every day.)

What Did NOT Work

I used to clean and organize all day. But I felt like I could never stay on top of the laundry, or the cleaning, or the errands. And I couldn’t because my goal was a totally perfect home and blank to-do list 100% of the time.

It wasn’t until I shifted my goals that I...

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Top 6 Tips for Organizing Toys

If you’re like many of my clients, your toy area is a disaster area. Not only are there too many of them, but they are everywhere. All the time. You put them away and, within an hour, they are all out (again!), haphazardly strewn about your living room floor. You assume your children are conspiring against you; they couldn’t possibly be this messy unintentionally, right? And, either way, you’re desperate for some tips for organizing toys.

You think to yourself, “Do I have the time or energy to clean all this up yet again?” No - you do not. There are many, many other things you need and want to do. So, you ignore them. All day, and the next day, and the next, and, soon, every floor in your house is covered in Legos, dolls, puzzles, crayons, and robots. You thought surely as the kids got older this toy burden would lessen. Yet, somehow, it hasn’t.

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Something’s gotta give. You’ve got to get rid of some of these toys. There’s a cute...

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How to Grow and Pivot Your Professional Organizing Business (Even During Covid-19)

This is a crazy, weird, and stressful time for all of us, and it presents some pretty unique challenges for those of us who own a professional organizing business. Not only are we trying to navigate serving our clients when we can’t go into their homes, but also a lot of us have been dropped into a brand new world of homeschooling and working from home, with very little guidance. 

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I’m going to share some tips to help you grow and pivot your professional organizing business, even during Covid-19.  But before I do so, I want to say this: please be kind to yourself! This is not a race for us to get it all done or to try to ‘be the best’, and there is no pressure to try to use this time productively or work in a certain way. You should feel zero pressure right now to be productive if that is not the headspace you are in. We’re all just doing the very best that we can!

But, the truth is, many of us own well-established, in-home professional...

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