Organizing with Purpose
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 4:55PM
MS Simplicity



My favorite moment when I work with a client is when I walk in their house for the first time. I have them give me a tour of their home and their trouble areas. I watch their body language as we walk and talk. I will ask a few questions as they talk, and most importantly, I listen. And then we get down to business.

 When we work on an area, I want to get to the bottom of what that area is used for. For example, a kitchen is not just a kitchen, they serve multiple functions. Kitchens are often where bills are paid, where kids do homework, where card games are played and where company is entertained. When people organize, they focus just on the kitchen as a place to cook and don’t look at the broader purposes of the area.

 When I am taken into a spare bedroom full of clutter, the homeowner has a tough time defining what the space is used for. In that case the room has become a catch all, or what I like to call it, a junk room. Yes, some people have junk rooms or junk garages or junk closets.

 So today I want you to focus on the purpose of your space. Click here to read more. 

Article originally appeared on Melissa Schmalenberger, Professional Organizer, Fargo, North Dakota (
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