Cat on a Hot Tinnitus Roof

I'll start this lovely meander with a proviso: Yes I am fully insured. You have to be to be an organizer in this perilous world of Home Organizing; I have a dodgy elbow I call Manny, echoing sciatica I call the Doctor, a wobbly bursitis knee I call Jazz Man and a...

All That Jazz

I had an experience worth telling about. My readers make a point of telling me they love the odd world I inhabit and want to hear more stories from my always interesting side of the street. This bit revolves around a client I had that became a way for me to help...

The Last of the Summer Garage Sales

The month of May can be deceptive, tricking you into believing that there is tons of time ahead to have a garage sale. A blink later August rolls around, and there, on the other side of the vanished-too-soon summer, you have the feeling that time is running out. So,...

Spring in the Northern Lattitudes

Spring is ambling towards us - ever so slowly but eventually it'll be here and I think about how it feels - finally. Here's an excerpt from my book, "The Domestic Archaeologist" - thoughts on Spring: Enjoy... Spring in the northern latitudes is filled with a sudden...

The Man Lost in Time

He fell to the floor, fluttering like an autumn leaf, end over end. The photo was tiny,  – almost like a large postage stamp, easily slid between the cracks in the wood. When my client picked him up off the rug she caught a first glimpse of the dark, sepia tone image...

“Scrappers” to the Rescue.

“Scrappers” to the Rescue. Cultivate scrap metal collectors and recyclers to reduce metal clutter around your house, writes Ilott Clutter is made up a thousand deferred decisions. Clients tell me that facing clutter is too stressful and avoidance is easier so they’d...

Books, Books, Books

Downsizing books, books, books… How to find good homes for all those pre-loved books you no longer have shelves for, writes Ilott by Stephen Ilott Most of my work, as a home declutterer, seems to be sorting out people’s basements. It’s the biggest room of shame there...

Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Bark, Meow

An Organizer colleague of mine recently talked about a house she was doing with distinct odoriferous qualities pertaining to pets. It made me think about all the homes I do and how often pets can strike up the band smell wise and since it’s a normal to the owners,...