Be Organized Now

Be Organized Now

Helping you straighten up...and fly light!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a "moderate" to "mega" clutter collection that has not yet been sorted, and you have not yet assigned a "home" to all your possessions (most likely with some help from a professional organizer or a very organized friend), it is important to do that step first, because:


A) It is quite possible that you already have the containers and/or space you need in your home, and

B) Purchase of containers should be done only after you've determined the quantity of like items you need to store, and measured the space where they will be stored. However, these are wonderful sites to get some great ideas about styles and storage options that appeal to your personal preferences/needs.



Home and office storage containers, closet / wall systems, furniture, shelving:

Kitchen Accessories Unlimited, (includes bathroom, cabinet, home, kitchen and patio accessories/storage ideas)
Stacks and Stacks, (totally amazing range of products!!)


Local vendors / resources:

All-City Closet--(formerly Tri-City Closet) "Organize your space; put a smile on someone's face"-- Bruce Pratt 509-627-0757; specializing in closet remodels, organizational products, wall beds, etc. Free estimates

Fine Art America for prints that please any design style and taste. I have a web page and profile here at, where I display and sell prints and generally have fun.

E.T. Estate Sales (on Facebook)--Liz Thompson,
509-539-9775, open Fridays / Saturdays, 9-5; 1315 George Wash. Way, Richland, WA 99354

Budget Blinds*--Richland; Doug/Maryann Roller, 509-396-5151
Budget Blinds*--Kennewick - Debbie Owens, 509-591-0791, (*See the national website for details of services offered,

Specifically office related:



Organizations / resources that can help address or identify root issues / contributing factors of clutter / disorganization:

Miss Minimalist (a.k.a., Francine Jay; one of THE most inspiring websites/blogs I've encountered yet. Get encouraged and delighted by true stories of people who have decided to fly light. Francine has a couple of books out on minimalist lifestyle. I highly recommend The Joy of Less [see below] which is a nicely straightforward how-to manual for paring stuff down to the essentials--which does, in fact, look different for everybody.)

Perfectionist self-evaluation (highly recommended for those struggling with clutter control and time management)


Help with financial chaos:
Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University


Books (And, oh, it's SO hard to choose favorites--they're all good reads!!):

I've been through nearly 70 books on the topics of home organization, time management, decluttering, etc. The basic principles are repeated over and over in those books, with more-or-less minor variations reflective of the various organizers' working styles and experiences. However, there have been a few standouts among the bunch. Here are my favorite picks:


On general trouble with clutter / messiness (I noted while finding links for these books that many of them are now available in Kindle format):

The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay, ISBN 978-0984087310--this book speaks my language!


The Clutter Cure, by Judi Culbertson; ISBN 0071487441

The Messies' Manual, and Messie No More, by Sandra Felton (she has several books out, all very good--she's writing from the experience of having been a "messie" herself and having mastered the skills of organized living); ISBN 0800758277 for Messie No More. The Messies' Manual has several editions--lots of options for buying used or new online.

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, by Cindy Glovinsky ISBN 978-0312284886 

Sunset Complete Home Storage, 2007 version ISBN 0376017708

A Minute of Margin, by Richard Swenson, M.D., ISBN 1576830683.   This is comprised of 180 daily readings (excerpts from the full-length book of similar title by Dr. Swenson) that are medicine to the soul if you're wondering if there's a way out of the rat race... (I highly recommend buying this version rather than the full-length book--the excerpts capture the essence very well.)

For strong right-brain weighted and/or ADHD folks:

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau, ISBN 1583913580

Organizing for the Creative Person, by Dorothy Lehmkuhl & Dolores Lamping, ISBN 978-0517881644

On time management:

The Organized Executive, by Stephanie Winston, ISBN 978-0446676960

The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore, PhD, ISBN 978-1585425525




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