CSO Blog - A Tidy Home in Just a Few Minutes a Day

A Tidy Home in Just a Few Minutes a Day

It’s quite hard to want to spend an entire afternoon or day tidying your house, especially as the weather gets warmer and it’s more and more tempting to hit your favorite brunch spot on Saturday morning or to try a new Denver brewery on Sunday afternoon. So how can you keep your home entertainment-ready and be able to find everything you need in a second, and yet not give up your weekends to tedious chores? . . .
CSO Blog - The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity

Enjoy this essay,The Art of Simplicity, from Wilfred A. Peterson's The New Book of the Art of Living, and feel inspired to simplify and streamline your life . . .
CSO Blog: 16 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2016

16 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2016

As the year comes to a close, this is the perfect time to evaluate what you own and to create some space in your life. Take note of what you haven’t worn all year, what clutter is getting in the way of your daily routine, and what shoes have seen better days. Donate, recycle, consign, or pass on as much as you can to begin 2017 with a fresh start . . .
DIY with CSO: Painted Dresser

DIY Painted Dresser

I recently moved and as you know, each new space calls for different items. I had a set of two large black wood dressers that I bought several years ago, and I always thought they were heavy and cumbersome. When I moved to a new space, I knew I didn't want those drab dressers dragging it down, so I sold them on Craigslist. Although I made a little money on the sale, it was not close to what a new dresser would cost, so I decided to get creative . . .
CSO Blog: How to Tackle Sentimental Clutter

How to Tackle Sentimental Clutter

More than clothing, paper, sporting equipment, or perhaps any other clutter, sentimental clutter is very challenging for most people to sort and part with. There is a difference between sentimental keepsakes and sentimental clutter. Your wedding dress that your daughter is going to wear someday, or your mother’s Thanksgiving turkey platter that makes you smile each year when you use it for the holidays, those things are not clutter because they add value to your life . . .
CSO Book Club: Martha Stewart's Good Things for Organizing

CSO Book Club: Martha Stewart's Good Things for Organizing

My mother was an English teacher and it seems like almost every room in her home has a mini library collection. Books line most of the walls, are stacked on the bedside tables, and it is pretty rare to leave her house without a book in hand that she has perfectly chosen for you. Needless to say, every time that I visit, I often end up perusing her shelves, and on my most recent visit I found an old Martha Stewart hardbound book called Good Things for Organizing . . .
Create Space Organizing - 5 Steps to Start Living like a Minimalist

5 Steps to Start Living like a Minimalist

In a world where we are bombarded by advertisements to buy the “next big thing,” where we can buy disposable fashion garments from stores like H&M and Forever 21 for hardly anything, and where we can order things on Amazon in the middle of the night to be delivered on our doorsteps the next day, it is harder than ever to live like a minimalist . . .
CSO Blog: 5 Simple Steps to Organize Your Bedroom

5 Simple Steps to Organize Your Bedroom

Your bedroom can be a wonderful sanctuary to kick back and relax away from all of the external stresses of life. If it is full of clutter, if it feels dirty, or if it isn’t decorated how you want it, it is unlikely that it will ever be a welcoming retreat space. If you follow these 5 simple steps below to get your bedroom organized, it will feel great and you’ll savor your time in there!
CSO Blog: Get Your Wardrobe Organized for Fall

Get Your Wardrobe Organized for Fall

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting chillier, and fall is certainly around the corner, if not already here. Now that your skin is probably sun-kissed, your summer sandals are probably wearing thin, and your tank tops are about to need a sweater over them, it’s a great time to get your wardrobe organized for fall. Follow these simple steps to get ready for the new season so that your transition is seamless and stylish!
CSO Blog: What To Do with the Things You Want to Get Rid Of

What To Do With the Things You Want To Get Rid Of

Now that we are past the height of summer, I think it’s safe to assume (or maybe hope) that you have already finished your spring cleaning. If you have taken the time to sort through your clutter, clean out your pantry, or purge the clothes that you are no longer wearing, you probably have several items that you are ready to get rid of . . .
CSO Blog: How to Prepare for a Move

How to Prepare for a Move

Moving is simultaneously one of the most exciting and yet one of the most dreaded activities. It’s wonderful to look forward to nesting in a new space, and a move also serves as the perfect chance for a fresh start. It is easy to get overwhelmed as you think about packing every breakable wine glass, taking art off of the walls, and going through everything that you have accumulated in your current space, but if you prepare for a move properly, it is a great opportunity to evaluate what you own . . .
CSO Blog: How to Simplify & Streamline your Workspace

How to Simplify & Streamline Your Workspace

Do you find that it is nearly impossible to get work done with a messy desk and a cluttered environment? A serene, clear and efficient workspace is much more conducive to focusing in on the task at hand. Whether you work in a cubicle in a high-rise downtown or in a spacious home office, follow these tips to streamline and simplify your workspace so you feel productive and inspired when you sit down at your desk for the day . . .
CSO Blog: Clean Out Your Closet to Make Room for Spring

Clean Out Your Closet to Make Room for Spring

June is just around the corner and even though we’re still seeing the remnants of winter outside the windows here in Colorado, we’ve already enjoyed some warm days that remind us spring is almost in full swing. With the changing season comes energy for newness, and inspires us to clean out the wool and the fire ashes from winter to make room for a fresh start. Not only is spring a great time to get into those nooks and crannies in your house that have been neglected the past several months, but it’s also a great time to go through your wardrobe . . .
CSO Blog: Create Space for Your Happy List

Create Space for Your Happy List

In our overworked and overwhelmed American culture, it is easy to feel like we are just putting one foot in front of the other to make it through the day. What if we broke that cycle by prioritizing and making time for the things that make us truly, blissfully and uninhibitedly happy? . . .
CSO Blog: Spring Cleaning: Pantry Edition

Spring Cleaning : Pantry Edition

Although we got about 20+ inches of snow this weekend here in Colorado, spring is still on my mind, and it’s probably on yours too! So with that momentum behind us, it’s a great time to start annual spring cleaning. It’s such a good feeling to get into all of those nooks and crannies that get neglected throughout the year . . .
CSO Blog: Real Simple's Tips for Mindful Shopping

Real Simple's Tips for Mindful Shopping

When my copy of Real Simple magazine arrives in my mailbox each month, I always look forward to pouring over the pages while enjoying my morning cup of Bhakti Chai tea. As I soaked up the recipes, the decorating ideas, and the beauty tips, my interest was immediately perked when I came across an article entitled “Mindful Shopping: Yes, it’s a thing. And like mindful eating and mindful breathing, this new sensibility ensures that every single purchase counts. . .
CSO Blog: How to Shop Your Own Closet

How to Shop Your Own Closet

Before you hit the stores, follow these tips and you might be surprised by what you can find in your own closet. By wearing the clothes you have in new ways, in new combinations, or with new accessories, you can refresh your look and feel like you have new things. By reworking what you already have, you save money by not buying new items, and you save time by not going to the stores . . .
CSO Book Club: Spark Joy

CSO Book Club: Spark Joy

You’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo or her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up that explains the KonMari method of organizing. If you haven’t, you can read my post about it here. If you are one of the thousands of people who has been determined to tidy up since reading her last book, then you’ll love her second installation, Spark Joy. Kondo’s basic criteria for owning any possession is that it must spark joy when you see it or when you touch it . . .
CSO Blog: How to Make Organizing a Habit

How to Make Organizing a Habit

I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, meaning if you do the same action repetitively for 21 days straight, it becomes ingrained within you. Whether or not this exact timing is accurate, (I believe there is variation depending on the person and the task), I think it is true that if we consciously do the same task over and over then eventually we don’t have to think about it and our muscle memory kicks in. Sometimes a habit is so second nature we don’t recognize it as a habit . . .
CSO Blog: The Importance of Being a Cautious Consumer

The Importance of Being a Cautious Consumer

I recently noticed that my trusty white Converse sneakers were looking pretty shabby and needed to be retired. When I went to replace them, I decided to be a cautious consumer and consider my options fully. My thought was that something like a white sneaker, a wardrobe staple for me at least, needed to be the perfect, go-to sneaker . . .
CSO Book Club: Your Spacious Self

CSO Book Club: Your Spacious Self

As 2016 begins, I’ve been thinking a lot about setting the stage for how I want the year to unfold. There are a few things I know I am going to prioritize in 2016. First, I want to be mindful of the choices I make this year so they line up with what I value most. This includes making time for friends, family, and for myself, as well as for my organizing business. Second, I want 2016 to be a very productive year. I cannot be productive unless I have a clear mind, which cannot happen without a clear space . . .
CSO Blog: How to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for the Holidays

How to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for the Holidays

It’s not too late to get your wardrobe ready for holiday gatherings, winter vacations, New Year’s Eve and for any other get-togethers you might have coming up on your calendar. Set aside some time this week, just a couple of hours should suffice, to go through your clothes and to plan some outfits so you look and feel great at holiday parties, in family photos, and as the ball drops and 2016 begins . . .
CSO Blog: 15 Things to Get Rid of Before the End of 2015

15 Things to Get Rid of by the End of 2015

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Start 2016 off Right by Getting Rid of These 15 Things by the End of the Year! 1. Shabby Holiday Decor: Lights that don’t work, broken ornaments, or any holiday decorations that you aren’t delighted to see as you unpack them each season can go. 2. Junk Mail: Recycle any junk mail, and address any other mail such as a bill that needs to be paid now so you can recycle that too . . .
CSO Blog: Create Space for What Matters Most this Holiday Season

Create Space for What Matters the Most this Holiday Season

Can you believe it's already December? 2015 has flown by. As we enter this last month of the year, it’s the perfect time to think about how we want to wrap up this year and begin the next. It’s easy to get bogged down with holiday shopping, entertaining, work and social obligations, and other demands on our time and energy, but perhaps more than any other time of the year, it’s important to create space in our lives for what really matters . . .
CSO Blog: November: Give Thanks and Live with Less

November: Give Thanks and Live with Less

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are presented with an opportunity to take stock of the abundance in our lives. It’s wonderful to take this time to feel grateful for our blessings that bring us joy and fulfillment and to spend time with our families and friends, but it is also important to notice areas of our lives where there is excess. Abundance in terms of possessions can lead to clutter . . .
CSO Book Club: The Joy of Less

CSO Book Club: The Joy of Less

This month I read Francine Jay’s The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide for CSO Book Club. It took me a long time to get through this book, not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but quite the opposite. I wanted to savor what I was reading it resonated with me so much. Many of Jay’s tips have become organizing mantras for when I work with clients and to repeat to myself. Although I already have the minimalist bug . . .
CSO Style Profile: Phoebe Miner

CSO Style Profile: Phoebe Miner

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my wonderful friend, Phoebe Miner, in her new home and new life in Arizona. Phoebe and I have been in Colorado and New York City together, and now she has started a new chapter in Phoenix. Since I’ve known her, no matter the city, Phoebe always creates a space that reflects her taste and is eclectic and warm yet clean and serene. This aesthetic translates into her personal style . . .
CSO Blog: What We Can Take Away from the Tiny House Trend

What We Can Take Away from the Tiny House Trend

As I was perusing my Netflix options the other night, I stumbled upon a documentary about tiny houses called Tiny: A Story About Living Small. As I watched, I was fascinated by the choice to live in these seemingly unlivable, and yet completely functional and efficient spaces. For those of you who haven’t heard about the tiny house movement, it is a lifestyle trend of living in a very small home . . .
CSO Book Club: Organizing from the Inside Out

CSO Book Club: Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out

For CSO Book Club this month I finally got around to reading Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out. I had this book in my library long before I began my own professional organizing businesss. A New York Times best seller, it is the first book many turn to as an introduction to getting organized . . .
CSO Book Club: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

CSO Book Club: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has climbed best-seller charts and become mainstream enough to be on the bookshelves at the airport newsstand. In our fast-paced world of overloaded iCal’s, Kondo’s book has inspired new interest in decluttering for many. Her seemingly simple premise is . . .

Welcome to Create Space Organizing

I’m Marissa Jacobs, and I’m so glad you’re visiting my site and the CSO blog. I’m a natural neatnik and a professional organizer who loves hiking, crafting and Mexican food. I believe that by eliminating what we don’t need in our lives, we create space for what we do . . .