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The Clutter Fairy Weekly is a live webcast designed to help you clear your clutter and make space in your home and your life for more of what you love. We meet Tuesdays at noon (U.S. Central Time) to answer your decluttering questions and to share organizing tools and techniques, success stories and “ah-hah!” moments, seasonal suggestions, and timeless tips. To participate live in our weekly webcast, join our meetup group (cfhou.com/meetup), follow us on Facebook (cfhou.com/facebook), or sub ...
 
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In this “Ask Us Anything” show, we’ll answer your questions and discuss topics suggested by our viewers and listeners. In this episode: How to declutter large or cumbersome items Recap: Organizing a family art or craft space Organizing tips to get you out the door In episode #153 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer an…
 
Every home is different, and every room of the house has its own special clutter problems. But with a thoughtful approach, you can look beneath the mess to see a plan and design in the chaos. In episode #152 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, outlines a process for an…
 
January is “Get Organized Month”! But after the year-end shakeup, it can be hard to figure out how to start new projects, restart past efforts, make a solid plan, find motivation, and keep momentum. In episode #151 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, offers strategies …
 
Whether you’ve set a resolution to get organized in 2023 or you struggle to make New Year’s resolutions stick, we’ll be here to uplift and inspire you this week, next week, and throughout the year. In episode #150 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, pledges to support …
 
Happy holidays from The Clutter Fairy family to you and yours! In episode #149 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, thanks our clients, patrons, minions, Meetup group members, YouTube subscribers, podcast listeners and our community everywhere for your generous support …
 
The pressure of holiday activities and year-end priorities means we might have to put organizing projects on hold—or at least in slow motion—and it can be tough to find enthusiasm when when you’re ready to restart. In episode #148 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, su…
 
In this “Ask Us Anything” show, we’ll answer your questions and discuss topics suggested by our viewers and listeners. In this episode: Focus on favorites to sharpen your declutter decision-making Decluttering shared workspaces for offices and teams What is your clutter trying to tell you about your lifestyle? In episode #147 of The Clutter Fairy W…
 
Life-changing events can disrupt our efforts to get—or remain—organized. We may face unexpected trauma, such as a natural disaster, a job loss, or the death of a loved one, or find ourselves having to adjust to a new family member, a divorce, or a cross-country move. Each major life event presents a unique set of organizing challenges. In episode #…
 
In this week’s “Ask Us Anything” show, we answer your questions and discuss topics suggested by our viewers and listeners. In this episode: Tips to cultivate motivation or keep your motivation fresh Organize papers to be ready for tax-filing time The stuff we keep to be ready for company In episode #145 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, p…
 
Just as trees drop their leaves to rest and wait for spring, the end of the year is a good time for us to pause and “shed” things from our lives to make room for something new, to reflect on what has served its purpose, what no longer fits, which habits have changed, what we’re ready to sell, donate, recycle, or discard. In episode #144 of The Clut…
 
Do the people with whom you share your space complicate your decluttering process? Spouses, partners, housemates, little children, big children, adult children, and elderly parents with conflicting—or non-existent—household habits and routines can sabotage our efforts to get organized. And sometimes even those who live alone aren’t free from outsid…
 
In this “Ask Us Anything” episode, we answer your questions and discuss topics suggested by our viewers and listeners. In this episode: How many unfinished projects is too many? Micro- versus macro-organizing styles Recap: the five most common organizing mistakes In episode #142 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and…
 
Every home contains at least a few items we keep even though they serve no practical purpose and can be awkward to display and difficult to maintain. We’re talking sentimental stuff! Even when we want to let go, we get sidetracked down the path of memories, emotions, and long-held beliefs. In episode #141 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard,…
 
We asked viewers and listeners to “Ask Us Anything” for an episode dedicated entirely to satisfying your clutter curiosity! In this episode: Walk-in closets—is floor storage off limits? Employing a housekeeper or maid in an extreme-clutter situation “A place for everything and everything in its place”—but where is that? Downsizing as we age—tips yo…
 
Before you can say “Boo!,” we’ll be kicking off the season of fun, joy, food, shopping, and chaos that runs from Halloween into the new year. This year, how about making the holiday season exactly what you want it to be? In episode #139 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Tex…
 
In the last four episodes, we’ve explored our relationships with belongings from several different perspectives—our idea of a good life, emotional responses, habits and behaviors, and ethical principles related to stuff. In episode #138 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Tex…
 
We make hundreds of decisions every week about what to buy, what to discard, where to shop, what to keep, what to give away, and who should have what we don’t want or need any more. In episode #137 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, asks ethical, social, and environme…
 
Unproductive habits can lead to excessive accumulation, stagnation, and clutter. But useful habits can turn small increments of work into gigantic progress over time. In episode #136 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, discusses the role of habits in keeping us stuck i…
 
Emotions play leading roles in the habits and routines through which we acquire stuff, decide what to keep, and face the challenge of clutter buildup. In episode #135 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, unpacks positive and negative emotions that influence our choices …
 
Decluttering feels like working your way through the maze of your relationship with stuff. Wouldn’t it be easier with a map? Our five-part series will guide you through drawing that map—your personal philosophy of decluttering—by examining your relationship with stuff in terms of values, priorities, positive and negative emotions, habits, behaviors…
 
Digital clutter is a paradox—it takes up virtually no space but can disrupt our lives as profoundly as physical stuff. Excessive and disorganized emails, voicemails, digital photos, videos, music, and other electronic files can raise stress levels, waste time, lower productivity, and even damage the environment! In episode #133 of The Clutter Fairy…
 
Many of us accumulate “incompletions”—unfinished DIY, art, or craft projects; coupons or recipes to clip; papers to file; laundry to fold and put away; and so on. Stale tasks and unfinished projects add to our clutter load and can take a costly psychological toll. In episode #132 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer an…
 
The bedroom should be a quiet, peaceful sanctuary where we recharge ourselves and enjoy intimate moments. But when clutter invades, visual distractions and mental noise can sap our energy and erode the quality of our sleep. In episode #131 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, …
 
Most homes have at least one space shared by the whole family—the living room, sitting room, family room, great room, den, etc. Whether formal or casual, these common rooms see lots of traffic and may serve many roles, so they’re prone to clutter collection. In episode #130 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owne…
 
Working from home created unique clutter challenges even before the pandemic. But now, between sharing home workspaces with spouses and housemates, Zoom studios, and kids’ classrooms, the rooms and spaces in our homes we dedicate to “office work” are under more stress than ever. In episode #129 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, profession…
 
When your main clothes closet is stuffed to capacity, every day starts with an archeological expedition in search of something wear. But a trimmed-down, organized closet can make getting dressed a delightful act of self-expression. In episode #128 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in H…
 
The bathroom is typically an undersized room that plays an oversized role in functions that are vital to our health, hygiene, appearance, and relaxation time—in other words, a hot spot for clutter accumulation! In episode #127 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, delves…
 
In most homes, the kitchen is a center of activity, but all that traffic can lead to confusion and disagreement about how it should be used and what belongs in this critical space. In episode #126 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, examines the problem of kitchen clut…
 
Have you been looking forward to summer as your chance to relax, spend time with the kids, or enjoy a staycation? This is the perfect time to declutter spaces dedicated to creative and recreational activities! In episode #125 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, shares …
 
Marie Kondo made a huge impact on the organizing world with bestselling books, two Netflix series, and an unconventional approach to “tidying.” Her once-and-for-all method with its emphasis on handling categories in a prescribed order has made her a star—but it doesn’t seem to work for everyone. In episode #124 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Go…
 
Our first Marie Kondo episode generated so much conversation that we've decided to extend this topic to a three-part series. Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, upended the conventional wisdom about organizing and introduced a new approach to decluttering: The KonMari Method. In episode #123 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly,…
 
Marie Kondo helped kick the decluttering movement into high gear with her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The “KonMari Method” tossed out a lot of the conventional wisdom of the organizing industry and introduced a new approach. In episode #122 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of …
 
Sometimes we recognize the negative impacts of clutter on our lives, but still feel powerless to manage the conflicting feelings that keep us stuck. So we give in to the panicked impulse to defer decisions for another day. In episode #121 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, T…
 
There are many ways in which clutter keeps us from living the lives we want, and an effective way to assess the present state of our homes is through the lens of peace of mind. Is there stuff in your space that stands in the way of your feeling rested, relaxed, and serene? In episode #120 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional org…
 
To those of us who struggle with clutter, it can feel as if Time itself is our one insurmountable obstacle. As we work to declutter our lives and spaces, we have difficulty balancing and allocating our time—and there’s never quite enough. In episode #119 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fai…
 
Whether you’re managing a long-term clutter issue or starting fresh in a new space, a critical part of designing your organized life is maintenance. Well-designed habits can stop a tough situation from getting worse or keep an organized space in tip-top shape. In episode #118 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and ow…
 
Graduation season is about to start, and parents everywhere will be scrambling to launch their graduates into college life, often with little cash and strict space limitations. Even if college isn’t in the plans, your kids may need help establishing a space of their own. In episode #117 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organ…
 
Some of us approach organizing projects with our heads stuffed full of myths, legends, and baldfaced lies that we’ve heard—the product of popular TV shows, mass-market books, nagging parents, and other people’s confusion. In episode #116 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Te…
 
How we talk about our stuff reveals a lot about the emotions and memories that influence our choices. Words like enough, junk, and value are loaded with history and meaning for each of us, but they also possess power to keep us stuck or move us forward. In episode #115 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of …
 
As life unfolds, we may find ourselves in circumstances that require us to deal with a lot of stuff in a short time: an unexpected move, an illness, a death or disaster. You can’t prevent these crises, but there are steps you can take to help your loved ones or yourself manage better when trouble turns up. In episode #114 of The Clutter Fairy Weekl…
 
Spring in the northern hemisphere is here, bringing warmer days, more sunlight, and a burst of fresh energy. Let’s take advantage of an early-spring day to “spring forward” on a few household organizing tasks. In episode #113 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, looks a…
 
Many of our homes contain black holes that are easy to pack with clutter and even easier to ignore—spare closets, basements, attics, crawlspaces, the cabinets under sinks, etc. In episode #112 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, unpacks the mysteries of hidden spaces a…
 
Cluttered space impacts and complicates every other aspect of our lives—our physical fitness, emotional health, productivity, family, financial wellbeing, happiness, sense of satisfaction, you name it. In episode #111 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, reframes declut…
 
Creating a home that supports the life you love is what organizing is all about! But if you’re working to clear a backlog and cultivate habits to reduce future clutter, it can be hard to find the time and energy for much else. In episode #110 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Housto…
 
Sometimes the work of organizing is too overwhelming for one person to tackle, so we ask for help. But helpers who aren’t sensitive to our goals, priorities, and emotional needs can create more problems than they solve. In episode #109 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texa…
 
Do you have an office that doubles as a guest room, a Zoom studio, a library, a craft room, and a gift-wrapping room? How about a closet that doubles as a pantry, or maybe a spare bedroom that doubles as an overflow closet? In episode #108 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, …
 
Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, welcomes Ellen Delap of the Attention Deficit Disorders Association–Southern Region to share information about “ADHD Across the Lifespan,” a symposium for anyone interested in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including those with ADHD, parents, partners…
 
“Sandwich Generation” refers to middle-aged people who shoulder the responsibility for both their own children and aging parents, while still trying to enjoy a life of their own. In episode #107 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, explores the unique clutter challenges…
 
More often than not, the stories that people who struggle with clutter tell start with the words “I feel….” Even emotions with little clear connection to our stuff can muddle our decision-making and impede progress. In episode #106 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, e…
 
January was Get Organized month—a time when many people embark on new decluttering goals or try to revive projects where they’ve gotten stuck. If you’re not sure where to start—or restart—we’ve got you covered. In episode #105 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, offers…
 
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