Get Ready to Enter & Exit with More Ease

The entrance to your house is a hardworking space! It has to be ready to accommodate the comings & goings of all of the members of the family plus the stuff they are taking in & out.

So it makes sense to spend a little time at the change of each season to evaluate what needs to stay & what needs to go. And then to make the necessary tweaks or changes that will allow you to enter & exit with more ease.

Here are some solutions that could get your entry, mudroom, or the transition space in the garage ready for all that life throws at it!

Add boundaries for the items that need to live in this space. Here the mail & the shoes are contained with a tray, baskets, and the rug.

Send the junk mail & extra papers to recycling & then use a tray, a small basket, or a clipboard to collect the mail & papers that need extra attention.

A bowl or hook can create a designated spot for keys- no more hunting!!!

The items that are used daily can be collected with a basket or a space on a shelf.

Hooks on the wall or in the transition space in the garage will keep things from piling up on the floor.

Boot trays & rugs are a great reminder of where footwear should live & help to keep any dirt or mess confined to one space.

These are just some of the ways that creating an entry space with intention can make daily life feel easier.

I’d love to hear the ideas that are working for YOU!

Be in touch if your entry is causing headaches and you aren’t sure out how to make it better.

End-of-the-Year School Papers & Artwork Got You Overwhelmed?

Lots of school “stuff” collects & comes in at the end of the school year. Programs from concerts & events, end-of-year assessments, art, the list goes on…

Here’s a tip to try – Pare down the duplicates, scratch papers, & practice pages as soon as you can & then collect the rest in one place. In late August, as you are preparing to start off the next year, take a minute to remember & wrap up the last one.

You can ask your child to find their “best work” & the items that they want to keep because they hold good memories. Then find a way to store these favorites – it may be a in file box with a folder for each year, in a binder, or in an art portfolio.

Offering a little time & space between when the work was created & the decisions, can make the letting go easier.

If you want a more info. on this process, you can check out AUGUST IS A GREAT TIME TO DEAL WITH KID ART, HERE’S WHY!

And I’d love to hear if this tip offers a little relief or if you have a system that works well for you!

Make Every Day Earth Day!

When you hear the words “professional organizer” does your brain immediately bring up images of shelves with matching, labeled plastic bins?  Everything in it’s place.  Everything clean, clear and, umm… plastic?

And when you think of decluttering, do you imagine dumpsters & big black garbage bags full of all the junk that is no longer needed?

I can understand why these images might appear.

It makes sense to use plastic to organize- it is often cheap, accessible, versatile & easy to clean. And decluttering does leave you with a whole bunch of stuff that has to be taken care of – and some of it is definitely trash!

But I am working to create a broader image of what decluttering & organizing looks & feels like, and it has to do with being more eco-conscious.

Here are some of the things that I am doing at Kate: Declutter & Redesign that support my mission to offer a more eco-friendly way to declutter & organize spaces.

Finding alternatives to plastics – Whenever possible, we are reusing items that are already found in your home or seeking out storage solutions that have a lighter impact on the Earth’s resources.

Engaging with Multiple Resources to Donate & Recycle – I am continuing to add to my list of resources that will take the items that you no longer want.

Recycling with Terracycle – There are lots of items that I have a hard time throwing away but are not recycled locally, so I am using Terracycle to fill that need. I recycle tooth care supplies, eye wear, office supplies, & art supplies in this way.

Bringing Intention & Purpose to Stuff – Decluttering involves conversations, clarity, & shifts in how we think about & use our stuff. During the process we uncover how much you need & want, which often leads to thoughtful purchasing in the future.

Continuing to Learn & Evolve – This year, I joined a small group of NAPO colleagues who are committed to eco-friendly practices. The monthly calls are offering insight into best practices & a network to share ideas & questions.

Kate: Declutter & Redesign’s service reflects my passion to be a more conscious consumer & a friendly recycler (I don’t know if that really is a term, but it sounds good to me!) It is an evolving journey (there are some plastic containers that are so handy that it is hard to shift away from them)… but this initiative will continue to be at the forefront of service!

And there is no judgment if this isn’t a high priority for you at this time. You can leave the decisions to me & benefit from the relief that your items are being passed along with genuine thoughtfulness!


Want to know more about my eco-organizing mission? Read this interview with Flourish.

If you feel stuck with too much clutter because you want to make sure it doesn’t end in the landfill, then consider my partnership & resources to get your project moving ahead?

Added bonus – for a small fee I lift the burden of donating & take your items with me after our session. Image how light you will feel when your extras are no longer clogging up your spaces!


Contact me today!

Latest Book on My Resource List – Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

I have been a follower of Gretchen Rubin since her book “The Happiness Project” came out in 2009. Since then I have gleaned tons of useful ways to look at my own life from Gretchen’s study & writings on human nature & how we interact with our world. 

Gretchen continues to dig deeper into the very topics that get me excited in a style that is fun & non-threatening, yet informative & useful!  I have read her books, listened to her podcast, & taken her online Four Tendencies Quiz.

Her latest book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make Room for Happiness was released last month.  It is a small book full of quotes, tips, & insights around the idea of creating outer order. She breaks them down into 5 stages: how to make choices, clear clutter, know yourself & others, cultivate helpful habits, & add beauty.

Gretchen’s study of happiness led her to the conclusion that for most of us, outer order creates inner calm.  She also notes that how we achieve that outer order varies from person to person. She believes there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  We each need to find the strategies to clear & maintain our spaces in a way that fits our personality, situation & desires.

“Gretchen Rubin has found that getting more control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, as well as things that don’t work, don’t fit, or don’t suit, we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value.”

This book is a compilation of strategies & tips that you may have heard or read before, but that seems to be the point of the book.  She is offering lots of suggestions in hopes that you will pinpoint the ones that truly resonate with YOU. Read through, tag or highlight the ones that fit your situation & personality, and then give them a try!

Her work has always been easy to digest & implement because she offers great “real-life” examples that can lead to small or big shifts. I often reference her 4 Tendencies when working with clients because it offers great insight into personality & motivation.

This book is now on my resource list because anyone that picks it up is sure to find a new strategy that could shift the way they think about clutter & their spaces. And I am committed to supporting an author that understands that humans are unique & we need to be open to finding solutions that honor & embrace this fact!

Read on!

Want even more inspiration? Check out the rest of my resource list!

Spring Clearing Events

Spring is here and many communities are making it easier for us to let go of the unwanted, unneeded, unused items that have been taking up space.  You will find events that make it easier to get stuff out of your garage or basement, events that circulate our stuff and raise money for great causes, events that allow us to repair and reuse, and events that ensure our things are being passed on consciously.

Take advantage of the energy of spring clearing by checking into the things going on in your neighborhood that will make the process of letting go easier!  Check your local newspaper, or make a call to city hall, the library, or your local recycling center to find out what is scheduled in your area.

Here are some of the great events around the Northfield/Rice County area.

City Clean-Up Days

Maintenance Facility 1710 Riverview Drive Northfield, MN

Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11, 2019  7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

City of Northfield

Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair

Donations accepted at the Northfield Ice Arena

Donation dates:
• April 9-12 & April 15-19  weekdays 9 am – 5 pm
• April 13 Saturday 9 am – 1 pm & April 20 9 am -noon

Repair Fair

Carleton College

April 14th from 12 – 4 pm in the Weitz lobby

Community members, students, and staff can attend and receive assistance in fixing and mending household items and also learn more about low-impact, low-waste options.

Get your items fixed (for free!) by dropping by during the hours of 12 – 4 pm and you will get in line. Don’t worry about waiting at the Weitz- they will save your spot and call you when you are next!

Free and open to the community!

Your Turn…

If you know of other great events, send me a message and I will add them to my list or pass on the info. to clients & through my social network!  Together we can make the decluttering process feel as light & easy as possible!

To learn more about the events that I am putting on this spring, click HERE!