5 Steps to Take Control of Your Email Inbox

My husband recently told me he was so overwhelmed by his overflowing email inbox that he was considering starting a new email address all together. It had gotten to the point where it seemed insurmountable, and a fresh start sounded good. Let’s get this out of the way: I generally go to bed with under…

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My Organizing Tool Kit

I’ve been editing and organizing houses for almost ten years, and I’ve refined my kit so I always have exactly the right tools when I’m on site with a client or streamlining my own home. Whether you’re a professional, or just want to be prepared to declutter and organize your own home like a pro,…

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Client Success Story

This is a fun one, so get ready! I’m so excited to introduce you to, Tanya Monaghan. She’s a California girl who was born in South Africa. She is now based in LA, juggling a busy life as a mother, a style influencer, and deputy editor of an LA based magazine.  She was one of…

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Two Steps to Organize Anything

Years ago my husband bought a new camera. It came with cords and a battery pack and all sorts of annoying accessories. They ended up strewn all over our house and here’s why: They did not have a designated place to go. Once I figured this out, the solution was simple. I designated a basket…

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A Pre-Holiday Edit: Kids’ Edition

Every year, before the winter holidays, our family does a major clean out to make room for the inevitable gift haul that will be entering our home. This is the perfect time for an edit, because the kids are incentivized to let go of some of their old stuff to clear space for the new…

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You Don’t Actually Need to Own These 5 Things

In my work, over the past nine years, I’ve learned that most people own things just because they were told somewhere along the way that they should own them. Today is the day I break the news: you don’t have to own anything you don’t want or need! Here are the top 5 things that…

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The Rule of One

I had three pairs of sunglasses… and none of them were great. All of them had been purchased spontaneously or had come to me by chance. I had the pair I bought in Tokyo for twenty dollars because I forgot to pack sunglasses, then there was the pair I bought at a gas station on…

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Ask Shira: Should I Sell or Donate?

A question that’s been coming up a lot – both in the virtual program and in my in-person work with clients –  is how to handle the items you want to let go of.  Should you sell or donate the items you no longer want? I’ve given this topic a lot of thought, and I…

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The Two Reasons You’re Not Organized

When I meet new clients for the first time I always start with a tour of their home. I’m looking for two things: volume of clutter and presence or lack of systems. These are the only two reasons that people struggle to stay organized and the good news is that they are both simple to…

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5 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Do you feel overwhelmed by the constant buzzing of computer alerts and mobile phone apps calling for your attention? Digital clutter can take a toll just as much as physical clutter. Here are a few simple ways I’m trying to quiet the noise and declutter my digital life: Clear Your Desktop When I open up…

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