Posts Tagged ‘Organizing’

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

May 17, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.


Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

ABL TIP: Spring Cleaning Garage Sale

April 14, 2013


Spring is a time for new beginnings.

It’s also a great opportunity to clean up and get rid of stuff.

Have a garage sale or a yard sale and make it an event!

Certain areas in the Bay Area have city wide Garage Sales. ABL encourages you to make it a fun filled event. Invite a bunch of friends to entice more people to come by to check out your stuff. You can also turn it into a trade in event. Who knows, your friend may have something you have been looking for and vice versa. You can also sell home made cooked goodies.

Also if you live in a shared household, make sure to ask your spouse, partner, kids if they don’t need certain items. I do not recommend just selling someone else’s stuff without their permission.

So go through your closet and look around for stuff you don’t need anymore and jump start your Garage Sale Party!

Peter Walsh : It’s All Too Much

April 8, 2013


Peter Walsh is a professional Organizer.
ABL saw him on Oprah. He also has a show on OWN : Extreme Clutter.
He has a DVD, APP and several books out in the market.

If you’re thinking of SPRING CLEANING, ABL suggests you check out his site for organizing ideas.

Here’s an excerpt from

The Bargain Shopper/Coupon Clutterer

Prides herself on clipping coupons and sourcing online promotion codes; keeps her kitchen, bedroom, and garage stocked with three years’ worth of paper towels, mixed nuts, and orange Tic Tacs; spends $10 on gas speeding to three different megastores to save $10 on diapers for children not yet born; “is driven by the misguided notion that ‘if I own it, I am better off, regardless of what it does to my space, my finances, or my relationships,'” as Walsh puts it.

Stay-at-home moms; retirees; anyone with a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club.

Walsh’s Three-Step Plan

1. Limit purchases you don’t plan to use immediately.

“If you can’t park your car in the garage because it’s full of toilet paper, you may be out of control,” says Walsh. He suggests designating just one area or shelf for bulk purchases; when it’s full, stop buying.

2. Recognize that you’re being had.

“In order to create a sense of urgency around bargains, retailers study and carefully design everything from lighting to floor texture to distance to the register,” says Walsh. Feel like you’re getting the steal of the year? That’s probably by design, too.

3. Find a new hobby.

If you find yourself cruising Target or the grocery store on weekends while your husband is watching football, “maybe you should be more creative with your spare time,” Walsh gently suggests. Play tourist in your own city; take a class; choose a local charity and donate your skills. Break your addiction to the cheap rush of bargains. “As my grandmother used to say,” quips Walsh, “‘you can go broke saving money.'”