NEW: My book, MINIMALISTA, will be released by Penguin Random House Fall 2021. Stay tuned!

Q & A with New Story Co-Founder Brett Hagler

I’m a little giddy about this blog post. Here’s some context: I watched the brilliant Apple+ docuseries, HOME, with Jordan and the girls. Each episode tells the story of an individual, family, or business that is redefining the conventional understanding of what a home is. If you haven’t watched, it’s a must see. One episode […]

How to Deal With Sentimental Clutter

Of all the categories of stuff I’ve helped people edit and organize over the past decade, sentimental items have to be the hardest. I’ve written about what to keep when someone dies, but navigating through your own letters, heirlooms, and mementos can be just as (if not more) difficult. I’m rounding up my best tips […]

The Art of Saying “No”

I used to pride myself on being a “yes” person. I said an enthusiastic “YES!” to every opportunity I was presented with. “Yes” to more clients, “Yes” to more collaborations, “Yes” to more parties. There’s really only one big problem with being a yes person: When you say “yes” to everything, you are also unintentionally […]

Little Victories

For those of you who are not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, I wanted to share some simple things you can do in fifteen minutes or less to start your year off on the right foot. Here goes in no particular order: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get something out of your house ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Put flowers by […]

5 Tips for a Start Fresh in the New Year

At the end of each year, I set aside a little time to reflect on the past year, clear mental and physical clutter, and set some juicy new goals for the year ahead. I love the beginning of a new year because it offers the chance to start fresh and give some new energy to […]

How to Deal With Unwanted Gifts

Hot topic alert! Today I’ll be covering how to handle the awkwardness of receiving (and possibly getting rid of) unwanted gifts. We’re in the midst of prime gift giving season, and you may already be feeling the dread of the influx of more stuff you don’t necessarily want or need. Read on for my top […]

How to Cultivate an Abundant Mindset

Since I am a professional organizer, people assume that the primary focus of my work is organizing. I don’t blame them. If I didn’t know better, I would too. The truth is, when I work with clients we spend the majority of our time editing their belongings and making decisions about what to keep and […]

Mentorship Spotlight: A Considered Home

I’m so excited to share another fun success story from the Business Mentorship Program with you! Next up is Lindsay Downes, busy mother of two young boys, a military spouse, and the founder of A Considered Home. Lindsay has a Master’s degree in child development, and has personally moved with her family five times in […]

Mentorship Spotlight: Solve My Space

I’m back, and I’m so excited to share another success story from the Business Mentorship Program with you! Tinka Markham Piper is based in Montreal, Canada, and has a true gift for helping people transform, and redesign, their living spaces. She’s a triple threat (part organizer, part designer, and part life coach), and she has […]

Mentorship Program Spotlight: Loveleaf Co.

When I started my own business over ten years ago, I dreamed of having a mentor who could show me the ropes and tell me all about their mistakes so I could avoid making them myself. It wasn’t until I was already six or seven years in (having made and learned from a lot of […]

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