About LMW

Happy Thanksgiving!

I didn't love Thanksgiving as a kid.  Turkey wasn't that exciting, chocolate was not involved, and there were no presents.  A fine greedy little girl I was!

I like to think I appreciate it now.  Neither my husband's family nor mine has any regular Thanksgiving tradition, so we spend it differently each year: we hosted a Norman Rockwell style feast our first year married, two years ago were in Berlin and London with my family (featuring an epic case of food poisoning for me on Thanksgiving night...), and spent last year in the Santa Barbara sunshine.  No matter where we are, all that matters is that we're with each other and people we love, and ideally that there's some delicious food.  I'm not a seconds person, but on Thanksgiving all bets are off - especially if there's cornbread stuffing!

Covent Garden, London - in a country without Thanksgiving, Christmas comes early!

Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin: home of Christmas market, mulled wine, and... a disco ball?

Wherever you are in the world this year, I hope you and your loved ones are happy, healthy, and safe.  Have a wonderful holiday!

LMW

New Year's Resolutions

Resolving to get organized this year?  You're not alone!

With the arrival of the new year, articles and pieces of advice on how to organize your life are popping up everywhere.  There are lots of fun tricks you can learn about how to keep the things you use often neatly organized and close at hand.  However, all the hacks in the world won't change the basic fact that to get and stay organized, every object needs to have a purpose and a place.  

Need help?  You're also not alone!

Organizing is one of those things that we feel we should be able to do.  It seems so simple.  It doesn't require specialized education or complex knowledge.  And we often berate ourselves for being unable to get and stay organized.  Please don't!  You are likely already extremely busy with a family, career, and other activities that are important to you - it's no wonder you feel frustrated trying to carve out time and energy for organizing.  

If you're in the San Francisco area, I can help!  If you're farther afield, check out the National Association of Professional Organizers for a comprehensive directory of organizing experts in your area (I'm a member!).  And of course if you have any questions for me or topics you'd like to see covered here, leave me a suggestion in the comments.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and successful new year,

LMW

Questions?

A friend of mine recently asked me if I'd be willing to take questions on the blog.  And the answer is: of course!  I by no means consider myself the ultimate authority on all things organizing, but it is after all my passion and I'd be more than happy to share solutions that have worked for me or strategies I've tried with my clients.

If you have a question you'd like answered here, I have comments enabled on all posts, or you can email me at lucy@lmwedits.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

LMW

Every Object...

…has a purpose and a place.

Seems simple, right?

Try this:

Look at the flat surface nearest to you, right now. 

Can you easily define the function of each item, even if that function is decorative, and put it where it belongs? 

Going further, do you need it for that function, and does its location help you use it as intended?

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Organization isn’t something to be done to prove that you are An Organized Person – organization actually makes your life easier!  Imagine knowing that everything in your home has a purpose and a place.  How much easier would it be to get out the door, do DIY projects, make dinner, get dressed, host parties, and the hundreds of other things we do everyday to facilitate time with the people we love?

If you’re in San Francisco, I can help!  Click on the Contact tab above to get started.  And even if you’re not in the area, watch this space for organizational tips and advice, as well as a peek into how I organize my life – always a work in progress.  Thanks for your support!

 

LMW