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The Clutter Fairy Newsletter

The articles below were featured in issues of our e‑mail newsletter. To subscribe, please use the “Subscribe” form at right.

  • Are You Ready to Pick Up the Pieces? October 23, 2013
    If you suddenly found yourself in charge of the affairs of a loved one in an emergency, how ready would you be to take on the responsibility? Take our quiz to find out!
  • Five-Step Daily Practice to Support a Clutter-free Life July 16, 2013
    The Clutter Fairy offers her five-step practice to help readers take an upbeat approach to decluttering, generate some positive emotional shifts in their lives, and build their organizing success on a foundation of happiness.
  • Can You Really Go Paperless? August 23, 2012
    Many of us struggle to avoid drowning in paper. There’s not a simple route to paperlessness—it requires a multi-pronged solution. None of the steps are complicated, though, and each one can make a dent in the volume of paper you handle every day.
  • Uncluttered Home for the Holidays December 15, 2011
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  • Getting to Know Mom November 30, 2010
    I admire Mom for doing the work of sorting and purging her life’s collections now, while she can give the gift of her memories to me. I’ll cherish those stories when she’s no longer here to tell them.  
  • Organizing in Reality August 20, 2010
    My goal is not to steal away as much of your stuff as I can, it’s to make sure you’re keeping only what you really want. It’s helping you fit in your house again.  
  • Decluttering: “I don’t know where to start!” June 22, 2010
    Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, offsers some organizing ideas to help you get unstuck when the declutting project seems too large and you don’t know where to start.
  • Are You Ready for a Professional Organizer? March 24, 2010
    As a professional organizer, the first part of my job is to figure out where you are on the clutter spectrum. Can you handle the piles yourself, or do you need my help? Here are the clues I look for.
  • Storage Units: The Exorbitant Cost of Holding On February 24, 2010
    Store is a documentary about self-storage units and the people who use them, a fascinating commentary on how we cling to our stuff. The desire to maintain ownership is so strong that we’re willing to pay for it over and over again.
  • January is GO Month! January 1, 2010
    The National Association of Professional Organizers designates January as “Get Organized Month.” Learn about upcoming events that will help you achieve your organizing goals in 2010.
  • When the Choice Isn’t Yours Anymore October 19, 2009
    The Clutter Fairy helps clients make decisions about their personal belongings. Make your own choices about your stuff while you can still consciously choose. Don't wait until those choices are taken away by declining health.
  • You and Your Stuff: Come, Listen, and Share at a Free Clutter Fairy Event! July 9, 2009
    All of us have a relationship to the things we own, and those relationships either work for us or they don’t. Think about it: If clutter is interfering with enjoying your life, the relationship isn’t working!
  • Untangling Your Roots: Organizing Basics for Genealogical Research May 15, 2009
    Researching genealogy is a rewarding hobby, but it generates mountains of data. How will you keep up with it all, much less hand over comprehensible information to the next generation? The Clutter Fairy offers strategies for a system that expands as your collection grows.
  • Has Procrastination Turned Tax Prep into a Fire Drill? March 30, 2009
    Been procrastinating on gathering and sorting tax documents? Stop beating yourself up, and take a look at The Clutter Fairy’s Last-Minute Tax Season Fire Drill, a quick sorting process to find the paperwork you need, ignore the stuff you don’t, and assemble your vital tax paperwork in time for the April 15 IRS deadline.
  • How to Avoid Common Organizing Mistakes February 10, 2009
    Was one of your New Year’s resolutions “Get this place organized this year?” Having trouble making progress? Here’s The Clutter Fairy list of the five most common mistakes people make when they undertake the process of getting organized.
  • Getting Organized in the New Year: A Clutter Fairy Perspective January 23, 2009
    The best way to accomplish any job is to take it step by step. If “get organized” is on your to-do list for the New Year, how about trying “new month resolutions” this year? Break out the steps it’ll take to get your space organized, and set each step as a monthly goal.
  • The Clutter Fairy’s Reasonably Comprehensive Guide to City of Houston Recycling and Household Waste Disposal December 14, 2008
    Recycling is one part of a larger strategy for eliminating clutter from your life, managing the waste you generate, and “greening” your lifestyle and the planet. The Clutter Fairy offers a user-friendly guide to recycling in Houston, Texas.
  • Clutter-conscious Gift Giving Revisited December 2, 2008
    The recession has been a surprising silent partner in The Clutter Fairy’s campaign against clutter. But clutter-conscious giving needs to become a mindset, a philosophy, a way of looking at life that reprioritizes what’s most important in the flush times and the lean years.
  • Helpful Repair Hints from Our Man on the Inside October 15, 2008
    Overwhelmed by hurricane recovery projects? The Clutter Fairy asks for advice from Dennis Anga, a roofer and landlord, who offers insight into getting repairs done on your home.
  • Hurricane Ike: How I Found a Silver Lining in My Own Refrigerator October 14, 2008
    Clearing clutter can give you a blank slate. It can let you start over with a space that's clean, fresh, and exactly how you like it. Can't imagine clearing the clutter in a room of your house? Try cleaning out your refrigerator completely.
  • Gift-Giving Guidance from The Clutter Fairy December 20, 2007
    As The Clutter Fairy, I feel a responsibility not to add to people’s clutter when I give gifts. So I offer clutter-free holiday gift ideas, such as gifts of services or experiences instead of material items.

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