Kitchens are a source of frustration for so many of us. Dishes pile up, counters get cluttered, kids leave papers and toys scattered about, and suddenly the space feels unusable.
When a kitchen feels too overwhelming to handle, some people hire a cleaning service. In the absence of an organizing plan, however, the kitchen quickly returns to its previous state. That means hiring the cleaning service on an ongoing basis--which means ongoing cost to you.
By contrast, I want to help you get organized and stay organized! I want to help you save money. I want you to have easy, sustainable systems that keep working for you... so you can get more out of life!
Many people think of organization as boxing up old files and office supplies—but I encourage you to think outside the box!
Protect your investment in houseplants by organizing them: i.e., curating them with intention and thoughtfulness, so each can delight you for a long time!
Plants can be arranged for style and appropriate light exposure via the use of inexpensive plant stands, as seen in the photo below, and many other techniques.
The latter include hacking IKEA products to make custom plant accessories; reading books from plant stylists, and browsing Instagram for inspiration.
Simply contact me: together, we can transform your plant inspirations into your greener, calmer space and lifestyle!!
The DC Department of Public Works has a brief, informative video on which take-out food containers are recyclable.
[Note: Unfortunately, this video lacks captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing viewers. If you’d like a transcript, I’m happy to prepare one (at no charge, of course): please contact me.]
Organizing your trash and recyclables may seem daunting, but it’s worth it: for the planet, for future generations, and for your own health!
Recycling electronics (vs. throwing them in a landfill) helps prevent toxic chemicals from leaching into our water and food.
If you’d like help designing a functional, unobtrusive, even stylish (!) recycling system, please get in touch!
Binder pencil cases are inexpensive all year round, but especially now, when back-to-school supplies are on clearance.
It’s a great time of year to stock up on cases for your home, office, car, gym bag... you name it!
The cases are perfectly sized for your:
My priorities, in order, are ensuring that the child feels safe, content, valued for who they are, and /then/ whatever the organizing task may be.
Many people wonder if all organizers are like Marie Kondo, the multimillionaire personal organizer of Netflix and authorial fame. The short answer is no--and, without saying anything negative about Kondo, diversity among professional organizers is a good thing!
Different people need different organizing solutions, and sometimes that means a different organizer. As with any personal service, no single individual or approach will be a good fit for everyone.
Here are some hallmarks of my philosophy:
I enjoy working with children and teens: their energy, ideas, and novel perspectives inspire me! I also value knowing that these organizing and executive function capabilities will serve them throughout their lives.
It's a lifelong gift, to help your child(ren) learn to use their innate personality traits for their success. My services are one way to give that gift.
I value the success of children from all backgrounds and am happy to discuss a sliding scale discount with you.
Please check out the full text of this rave review from a pleased client (posted with permission):
"My husband and I have had great success enlisting the help of a professional organizer [Steven] to assist in making sense of our respective home offices. Imagine our surprise, however, when our sons started asking if Steven (our organizer) could please come and help them with messes in their own rooms.
They were literally begging us to invite him over, as my husband and I looked at one another quizzically. “Well, why not?” we figured. These were good skills for someone to grow up with!
So Steven came on a Sunday and spent an hour with each of our children. And it was like watching a miracle worker.
He sought early buy-in, worked with their individual personalities, turned the project into a game for my little guy, and taught my oldest the difference between items used for 'play; versus 'display.' Talk about giving language to things I really hadn’t ever thought much about before."
Long time, no post, for the best of reasons: I've been busy with a fun and fascinating range of client projects!
So, if you're like many people, you have a Post-it/sticky note habit... which makes sense because they're just so handy. This is not judgment, but rather offering information so you can make the decisions that feel right for you.
If you want to save money, trees, and time spent on the floor searching for Post-its... you've come to the right place!
Here are a few suggestions to reduce the eco-impact of sticky notes. These are roughly in order of increasing eco-friendliness:
Steven Cohen is the owner of Streamlined by Steven, a professional organizing company based in Washington, D.C. Steven offers organizing services in-person to nearby clients--per COVID safety rules--and remote services to clients worldwide.