Decorations Overload: Tips from a Home Organizer in Chapel Hill, NC

Nov 15, 2017

Home Organizer in Raleigh, NC

It’s merely November, but you can already feel the Winter season approaching, which means transitioning to new decorations. Decorating, whether it’s for Fall, Winter or any other time of the year, can clutter your house if done improperly. Items aren’t where they’re typically supposed to be because decorations have displaced them and it can make your kitchen, living room, and house a cluttered disaster. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can quickly become the most chaotic time of the year if we aren’t careful. What can you do about these endless amounts of decorations?

The Perfect Closet

Oct 10, 2017

Closets get disorganized; it’s a fact of life. It’s all too tempting to throw items and close the door as quickly as possible so you won’t have to see the mess that was just created. Over time, this clutter grows and creates a space that isn’t functional or efficient. A cluttered space often means an unusable space. You can’t find anything, there are clothes and shoes all over the place, and it’s impossible to clean up. Or is it? Do you have to give up hope on your closet when it’s disorganized? This professional organizer says no, not at all! It’s all about practical steps.

Change Someone’s Life Today

Oct 03, 2017

This blog post is a guest post written by Erin Cohen from Fathom Realty. If you’re looking for a new home or looking to improve your current one, contact her. After you’ve got a new space, return to Sane Jane for all your organizational needs!

Moving Doesn’t Have To Be So Stressful

Sep 08, 2017

Moving. Does just the word alone scare you? The process is long, complicated and stressful above all else. Figuring out where to live, handling your finances, and determining what you’ll do with all this stuff you’ve accumulated! It can be daunting if not just plain overwhelming. Your life changes when you’re moving because you’re in a new area, possibly with new company around you; it’s your world flipped upside down. That’s why I want to help.

My Aunt Tonya – Part II

Aug 24, 2017

Today was the day. I parted ways with the “glass flower,” a wedding gift from my Aunt Tonya over 20 years ago. I am sure you have all been waiting impatiently by your computers in anticipation, lying awake at night wondering how I ended up parting ways with the unused piece. Did anyone at my networking meeting fall in love and want it? Did I end up taking it to Goodwill to be sold for $3.98 next to other unwanted china? Let your curiosity be satisfied – the glass flower is gone.

My Aunt Tonya and Avoiding Clutter

Aug 08, 2017

My Aunt Tonya – Part 1


When I married my husband, many years ago, we received an amazingly thoughtful gift from my Aunt Tonya. It was a large, assumingly expensive, glass flower, to be displayed as a work of art in our new home. Though I found the piece to be beautiful, it just did not fit with the décor of my home, it almost felt like clutter.  I have now been married for 18 years, and not displaying it as it was intended to be displayed is something about which I have always felt bad. Like I said though, it just doesn’t go!

Red, White and Organization

Jul 01, 2017

We all know the classic story of our country’s independence – Britain was imposing some rules we were not super stoked about and so we fought to separate ourselves, make our own rules, and start our own country. If this sounds unfamiliar, a quick google search should fill you in on what you slept through in 10th grade U.S. history class. Independence, however, separate from its July 4th connotation, is quite a familiar concept to most people. It is something you likely felt when you got your driver’s license, left home for the first time, or made your first large adult purchase. It is something we have seen our children emulate in their terrible two’s, insisting they can do practically anything and everything without help, noticing for the first time, they are their own people, separate from their parents. Later in life, we see our teenagers assert their independence as they find embarrassment in everything we do, rolling their eyes in superiority, and reminding us just how old and uncool we truly are.

Organizing – It’s All About Convenience

Jan 24, 2017

As most of us know, wanting your life to be organized, and actually maintaining an organized life, are two completely different things. Most people find that initially decluttering and organizing a space is easy, but keeping it that way (especially with kids in the house) is a much more difficult task.  The secret to this maintenance of organization is actually quite simple – it’s all about convenience. If keeping a space organized involves a lot of work, no matter how good your intentions, it is not going to stay that way.

I used to get frustrated with my eldest child for never putting his clothes in the hamper, despite my constant pleas to do so. When I stepped back and analyzed the situation I realized that, though a sorry excuse, putting his clothes in the hamper was not convenient, as the hamper was located in his closet. Realizing this, I moved the hamper out of his closet. Still, however, his clothes seemed to land everywhere but the hamper. Back to the drawing board. My second attempt at making the clothing’s journey from body to hamper as convenient as possible consisted of getting rid of the lid on my son’s hamper. This final act of convenience worked like a charm, and it has not been a problem since (knock on wood).

Multiples – Seeing Double or Triple – Common Sense to Control Clutter

Dec 13, 2016

This morning, at the crack of dawn, I sleepily applied makeup for the day ahead. I grabbed the eyeliner at the top of my makeup bag and attempted to apply it. After a couple tries, I realized it was an old product, tossed it back in the bag, and searched for the newer version. But why did I throw it back in the bag? I will undoubtedly go through the same routine some other morning in the future with this product. Why not just throw it away? Because there is this devious voice in my head that tells me there will be some scenario in the future where I will need this defective product. If one is to appeal to reason, however, she will realize such a scenario is so obscure, it likely will never occur. Following this internal struggle with the devil on my right shoulder, and an angel on my left, I reached back in the makeup bag, found the old eyeliner, and tossed it in the trash can to avoid unnecessary clutter.

Organizing Spices – Raleigh

Oct 07, 2016

Chances are you feel much more comfortable cleaning out and organizing your spice drawer than your closet. It’s smaller, and seems less daunting – kind of like a toddler ;). I would argue, however, if you know how to do one, you also know how to do the other, as many of the principle organizing components are similar.

Humans are creatures of habit. From your husband never putting the toilet seat down, to your kids biting their nails, habits are engrained within our every move. Think about it – when you’re making a dish, are there a couple of spices that you almost always use? When you are in a rush getting ready to run the errands your husband forgot to do, is there a sweatshirt or pair of jeans you always throw on? Of course there are! Just as we have those same couple of spices that we turn to for almost every dish, we also have those clothes and accessories that are our go to no matter the occasion. Making sure these frequently used spices are at the forefront of the spice drawer or cabinet is just as important as making sure those go-to clothing items are in an easily accessible space in the closet. On the flip side, however, there are the spices that we only use for special dishes and the clothes we only wear for special occasions. These should be placed in the back of the closet or spice drawer since they will not need to be accessed often. Work with your habits and tendencies to make your life that much easier!