Family Ties

Looking for a way to make your organizing project more efficient or to support someone else’s organizing project?  Here’s a key tip to reach that objective:  get the family involved!  My experience as a Professional Organizer has taught me that family support and involvement has several positive impacts.  First, the client feels that they are not “in this alone”.  Support and encouragement from family helps to ease the stress of letting go of possessions.  I’ve seen how the spirits of clients are lifted by direct family support.  I have also seen how clients react positively to the relief and joy in their families when getting rid of possessions that the family may have had to deal with in the future.    


Another important way that family members support the process is by taking an active role in the decisions to donate, recycle, sell or keep various possessions.  For example, a client may want to keep something thinking that a family member really wants the item. However after open and honest discussion, the client may find that the family member doesn’t really want it.  I have also seen just the opposite, in a situation where a client wants to donate or sell an item not knowing that a family member wants or needs the item.   In conclusion, whether you are engaged in your own organizing project or you are a professional organizer, get the family involved!


“The Boomer Burden” by Julie Hall is an excellent resource.



An interview my Assistant conducted with one of my clients. What impresses me about this client is her practicality and acceptance in letting go. She has inspired me to let go of books that I haven’t looked at in four years!


Why books?

Well it’s really anything I’m not using. I’ve always felt really connected to books, but there is no real purpose to keeping them. It’s a hassle when you’re trying to move, and how do you really store them? I realized that I’d wanted to keep them to remember that I’ve read them, but there are other ways to keep track of that.

What other things are you getting rid of?

My husband’s old tools, and things of his that I don’t use. I’m also looking to move into a smaller house because we only use a few rooms as it is. I would rather just have the things that we use on a daily basis. My girls’ clothes need to be paired down; laundry always takes up a lot of time, drawer space is low. Maintaining clothes just takes a long time.

How did you get connected with Lynne?


I found her online, and we started with my basement. Lynne said it wasn’t that bad but it was significant for me. A lot of boxes hadn’t been unpacked since we moved. My family are all really organized people and I didn’t know if they would understand to help me.
Lynne is really understanding, compassionate and non-critical. She really motivated me to keep going.