Trends in Organizing

Hi again!  Welcome to volume 2... Or is is issue 2? Well, you get the idea, anyway.


Today we are going to talk about the latest "go to" book in the organizing world. It's an international best seller and has already sold more than 2 million copies.  It's called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese art of Decluttering and Organizing.    Phew!  So much I could say about the title alone...way too long and I might also have an issue about decluttering being a Japanese art. Who knew?


I've had conversations with fellow organizers and none of us quite get it.  We don't see much new here.  You know how your spouse can tell you something 50 times and you just say, "Yeah, whatever" and then a friend says almost the exact same thing and you think it's brilliant?  This book is a little like that for us.


Anyway, before I dis the book entirely, I will say this.  She is right in that there is a bit of magic involved when you tidy things up.  Every client I've ever had has felt better with less things and more order.  And even though it has now become a joke with several of you, I do love asking "does this bring you joy?"  Too often, we hold onto things because we think we should or out of fear. Organizers on the scene way before me have said that if it isn't practical or lovely it should go. This may seem a bit extreme but it's all about creating a vision for the place that you want...the place that makes you feel comfortable and...dare I say it...brings you joy!



News You Can Use

It DOESN'T bring me joy! 
Getting rid of hazardous items and paper shredding options

Sometimes we don't get rid of things because we aren't sure where to take them. If you live in Williamson County, each Tuesday from 8:30 - 3:00 you can have papers shredded for free.  You can bring as much as you want and they will do it in front of you if you'd like to wait. You need to remove paper clips and binder clips and the like but it's okay to leave papers stapled. It's at 420 Century Court in Franklin.  Right across the street (417 Century Court) is a BOPAE site where you can unload batteries, oil, paint, anti-freeze and electronic waste.  They are also now accepting fluorescent tubes.

If you live in Davidson County you can click here for information from the Nashville area recycling service providers which gives a list of where to dispose of a large variety of odd items, from tires to old mattresses.  I couldn't find a regular free outlet for shredding in Davidson County, but if you have a bunch of papers that need shredding, please give me a call and I will help you to dispose of them. 

If you have any old electronic items such as computer monitors, printers, hard drives, phones, etc. you can take them to any Best Buy store and they will take them off your hands for free.  They don't take any appliances (even small ones like toaster) but will take electronics and old t.v.'s up to 32 inches in size.
Makeover Of The Month

I am very careful never to divulge the name of a client to another client but in this case I have asked for permission and since it's my daughter, she was more than okay with it.  Molly is 25, married, has a 22 month old daughter with another on the way.  Sadly, they live in Massachusetts. When they moved I was devastated, but I also knew it was the right place for them to be...for now!


They were blessed to be able to buy a small home last fall and when Molly called asking for help to finish unpacking and organizing, I was more than happy to oblige.  They have a basement that had become the "catch all" so I sorted and labeled that for her.  Because they had just bought a house and money was tight we just used her existing bins.


Is there a place in your home where old things go to die?  Let's get it shaped up before fall!



About Yikes Organizing

I wish I could say that I've always wanted to be a professional organizer but the truth is that I'm a late bloomer.  I didn't start writing until my thirties and didn't start Yikes until my forties.  I like changing things up and one day realized I had the ideal background for this kind of work.  For one thing we have six kids (no that isn't a typo) and have moved 16 times!  I have lived in really big houses and really small apartments.  I've hoarded (only baby clothes, but still) and I've purged.  But I did finally come to realize what many of you already know...  "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." :)


I realize that organizing isn't rocket science but sometimes you need help getting started or the accountability that an organizer provides.  That's what Yikes Organizing is all about.  We will get you from "good grief" to "gorgeous" or at the very least from "disaster" to "delightful." 


Call me today at 615-604-0527 for more information on rates and a FREE consultation. Visit my website at


Barb Eimer, Professional Organizer
Nashville, TN |  615-604-0527