Pink Lotus on a Pond

Seven Realms of Organising

I like to think of organising as a natural, organic process.  As humans we are undoubtedly biological creatures, but many of us a have a sense that we are also more than this. We are complex creatures that defy simple explanations. I sometimes wonder how we can incorporate the many different aspects of what it means to […]

Tree Reflected in a Tea Cup by Linda Aitkin

Organise Kindly

Advice on organising yourself or maintaining a household tends to focus on practical matters. Whether it be a foolproof system  for sorting an entire house or random tips and tricks, the emphasis is on getting the job done. Knowing “how to” perform an activity is certainly useful information. However for many people, it’s not a lack […]

The Possibilities of Inner Space

The Possibilities of Inner Space

We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. ~ Lao Tzu  We can become so focussed on objects that we forget about the space. Houses, rooms, furniture, storage solutions – these are all ways of defining spaces in which activities can take place or things can be kept. […]

Green tea in coffee cannister demonstrates the provisional nature of labels.

The Provisonal Nature of Labels

Labels feature widely in organising. At the most tangible level there are the literal physical labels that go on jars, folders, and boxes. Rice. Beads. Taxes. Memorabilia. Then there are the descriptive labels that are applied to people. Neat freak. Messy. Disorganised. ADHD. Hoarder. When organising physical objects the act of labeling is a logical extension of […]

Blossoming Tree on Mirror Lake at Lake Placid

Presence-based Organising

Where are you when you organise things. Are you in the room, or are you in your head? Are you starting with what you see before you, or an idea or belief about how things should be? If you are asking “Where should I start?” and “What should I keep?” it may be that these […]

Niagara River Downstream

The Balance of Structure and Flow

When we think about organising in terms of natural systems, there are two factors that contribute to how things unfold. One is structure, and the other is flow. Structure is about the level of containment, and flow is about the level of movement. Managing our living environment effectively requires a healthy balance of each of these factors. Structure Structure is […]

Organising is about creating balance in the living environment that supports the activities we need to perform in order to live and thrive.

A New Vision for Organising

When I used to say I’m was a professional organiser I’d generally draw blank looks until I used the word “declutter”. Then the lights would go on and people would register that I was a “declutter lady”. It was encouraging to get a positive reaction, but it came at a price, because it fed into the idea that decluttering […]