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The Ultimate Guide To Tidying Up Your Life – Step 1 – Understanding Why You Can’t Get (& Stay) Organized

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Q: Why can’t I get organized? #@$&*%!

A: Trying to get organized often proves frustrating and makes you want to give up before you even get started. Rest easy, there’s a very promising solution!

Getting stuck in “Why can’t I get organized?” stops you from being all you can be physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and more.

Not only does it kill your motivation for organizing, it ruins your:

  • Quality of life
  • Energy and productivity levels
  • Ability to be fully present
  • Amount of space in your home and life for the things that really matter

In all likelihood, you already get the reasons why clutter and chaos are problematic. After all, you personally experience the consequences every single day.

But what about the reasons why you stay trapped there?

You Can’t Get Organized Because…

External Factors

  1. You can’t break free from the daily grind.

    Whether you have one small organizing project to tackle or you want to organize your entire house, it’s hard to fit organizing into your busy life.

    Maybe you can squeeze it in somewhere between commuting, working, parenting, and cleaning? Ugh.

    Being perpetually trapped in the day-to-day could mean another year (or two, three, or more) passes you by – and still you are no closer to your organizing goals.

  2. You are not prepared for common situations.

    There are some spots that need organizing regularly, like mail, toys, and clothes.

    I bet if I ask you to list off the clutter hot spots in your home or the ways in which you waste time, you could list them 1, 2, 3 – without much thought.

    You likely know the moments that make you disorganized, and if you let them, these moments will continue to steal away all your hopes of finally getting organized.

  3. You have too many negative influencers.

    Negative influencers are anyone or anything that hinders your organizing progress, either intentionally or unintentionally. Think: spouse, kids, and pets.

    Despite your best efforts to get and stay organized, these guys just get in the way.

    Not understanding how to deal with negative influencers will have a punishing effect on your ability to get rid of clutter once and for all.

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Internal Factors

  1. You are not connected to your why-power.

    Just telling yourself that you want to get organized will not sustain you. Why?

    It shows that you are interested in enjoying the many positives that organizing affords, but you aren’t fully committed to doing what it takes to realize those positives in your own life.

    If getting organized – whether it’s your kitchen or your attic or your files – is not connected to your why-power (aka your deepest motivator), then you’ll easily fall off the get-organized wagon.

  2. You don’t know what you don’t know.

    In order for getting organized to work for you, you need a complete organizing system, or know-how.

    Know-how generally consists of more than just tips like “to organize your books, do this” or “to tidy up your closet, do that.” These are what I call surface tips, since they tend to repair the surface of things, and often just for a short time.

    If you don’t have the know-how or don’t have access to the know-how, then getting organized can be an uphill climb.

Good News! Your “Why Can’t I Get Organized?” Problem Is Totally Fixable

Will you ever be able to get off the seemingly endless can’t-get-organized ride?

Yes, BUT…

Here’s the thing. There are not just five reasons why you can’t get organized – there are 26 total.

I don’t say that to cast doom and gloom on your situation, but simply to say that it’s important that you are familiar with all of the possibilities so that you can get the best results.

Plus, the good news is that all of the 26 potential clutterbugs can be easily exterminated…er, solved.

I’m sure you can appreciate that a deeper discussion is necessary to explain all 26 reasons why you can’t get organized – and their simple fix.

To join that discussion and get the answers you need, register for the Free Webinar: How to Declutter Your Life (Finally!), Even if You Feel Hopelessly Disorganized.


Carmen Coker
Professional Organizer

5 Oh-So Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

5 Oh-So Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home

Q: I have stacks of magazines with articles about “how to declutter your home.” I’ve read them all, yet my home is still…cluttered. How can I change this – and finally get organized?

A: Your leaning tower of mags (and all your other piles) are about to disappear! Here’s your step-by-step action plan, including five easy ways to declutter your home right now.

If you want to declutter your home, there are typically five top trouble spots to tackle. Sometimes, you feel utterly hopeless trying to organize them – even just a little. Sometimes, you secretly fantasize about wiping out the entire room with a wrecking ball to finally get rid of the mess. Sometimes, you just tell yourself: “What’s the point?!”

Good news, you can cancel your Amazon order for that wrecking ball. Here are five easy ways to declutter your home right now…

1. Declutter Your Home Office

The problem: Overcrowded libraries with books, magazines, and files – as well as large electronics like computers, printers, and shredders – translate to little useable, extra space.

The solution:

  • Toss magazines and newspapers first, as they are normally the easiest to part with and will give you a motivating “win” to start.
  • Give away unwanted books to charity.
  • If your budget allows, consider switching out a desktop computer for a laptop, opening up more room.
  • Dust, label, and arrange the computer cables in an attractive manner.

2. Declutter Your Bedroom Closet

The problem: Closets always seem too small, especially if you have a big shoe (purse, hat, scarf, jacket, whatever) collection!

The solution:

  • Remove out-of-season clothing and accessories, and place them elsewhere in the home.
  • Relocate or purge any items that don’t belong in a clothes closet, like sports equipment, papers, and junk.
  • Then situate the remaining in-season items as if on display in your favorite store or magazine.

3. Declutter Your Kitchen

The problem: As the heart of the home, the kitchen sees high-traffic volumes – and it normally looks worse for wear.

The solution:

  • Make your kitchen into an orderly command center. Remember, you want to make sure that your kitchen has everything you need to survive a crisis, not that it looks like you just went through one.
  • Rethink any small appliances you don’t use on a daily basis.
  • Chuck the junk mail, and use a tidy basket to hold bills and other essential paperwork.

4. Declutter Your Garage

The problem: The garage is a catch-all for…well, everything.

The solution:

  • Pull everything out of the garage, purge the clutter, and then separate the remaining items into categories like auto accessories, camping equipment, yard tools, recycling containers, etc.
  • Find a home for and use tasteful storage to display each category. The key to organizing a garage is to make use of the elevated space, like the walls for storage racks and the ceiling for a false attic.

5. Declutter Your Porch, Patio, and Yard

Which most people don’t consider when decluttering, actually, and that’s really…

The problem: It’s easy to ignore the dead patch of grass in the backyard or the eyesore on the porch because you have more pressing matters, but the outside of a home is reflective of the inside.

The solution:

  • Have a “discovery session,” where you walk around your house, making a list of necessary outdoor improvements.
  • Then schedule a daily to-do on your calendar, or outsource the tasks (a great chore for kids!) until all items are crossed off.

See, I promised. Oh-so easy!

And the best part? No wrecking ball necessary.


Carmen Coker
Professional Organizer

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The Clutter Trap You Keep Falling For

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Clutter Trap You Keep Falling For

Q: I really wish my clutter would just go away, but no matter what, it’s still there. How do I get unstuck?

A: There is a lie about clutter that people often believe (and accept as reality) – and it can keep you from ever truly getting organized and simplifying. Here’s how to avoid it!

If you are like most, you would love to just magic wand the clutter and chaos in your life into some other dimension.

I wish I may…

I wish I might…

Please clutter, could you be gone by night?

Presto chango! If only.

Where There’s A Wish To Declutter, There’s A Way To Declutter

Mike Dooley explains: “Life is not about expecting, hoping, and wishing; it is about doing, being, and becoming.

“It’s about the choices you’ve just made, and the ones you’re about to make – today.

“It’s about what you’re gonna do after you finish [reading] this.”

(Now, you may not know the name Mike Dooley, but he created TUT’s Adventurers Club to celebrate the adventures of life. His musings have been turned into calendars, greeting cards, and books. So there’s a good chance you may have unknowingly been inspired by him and not even realize it!)

This quote is one of my favorites because it applies to absolutely anything in life you want to achieve.

  • Do you want to lose weight?

    It’s not about hoping for a 10-pound drop. Rather, it’s about doing the things necessary to make the 10-pound drop happen.

  • Do you want a promotion?

    It’s not about expecting good fortune to come your way. Instead, it’s about being in the success mindset and checking off the required milestones for eligibility.

  • Do you want to get organized? Find time? Simplify life?

    It’s not about wishing the clutter off the floor and out of your life, although this is the untruth we often believe and accept.

Here’s Where Your Decluttering Efforts Go All Wrong

Of course, I’m not trying to imply that you believe that clutter just magically disappears. I know and you know that there is a try factor (aka elbow grease) involved when it comes to decluttering your home and life.

However, you fall into the clutter trap when you tell yourself: ONE DAY.

  • I’ll get around to it…later.
  • This needs organizing…tomorrow.
  • Let’s simplify that…soon.
  • I’d like to check off that to-do…someday.

But, what happens?

One day becomes the next day. The next day becomes the next, next day. And the next, next day becomes the next, next, next day.

Until what started as one day morphs into never.

How To Get Back On Track & Start Getting Organized At Last

Getting organized, saving time, and simplifying are all about becoming so in your thoughts and actions. In other words, it’s about making conscious choices to get organized, and stay that way.

Which brings us back to Mike Dooley’s quote – it’s about what you are going to do right now.

Are ready to take the first step?

Then start the FREE 3-Day Simplify-Your-Life Challenge™, and get more organized, find more time, and enjoy more simplicity in your life…in just 3 days!



Carmen Coker
Professional Organizer

The Trick To Simplifying Life

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Q: I feel so overwhelmed! Is there an “easy button” for simplifying life?

A: Here’s the (only real) secret to simplifying life. It’s free, and it always works, but…there’s a catch.

The Trick To Simplifying Life

The trick to simplifying life is choosing simplicity (repeatedly, deliberately, willingly), not chancing it.

That sounds so poetic, right?

Well, poetry doesn’t help you do laundry, or you know, make your life easier in any way.

That’s the rub. This trick, while grounded in simplicity, is not…well, so simple.

In fact, 71% of people agree that their quality of life would improve immensely if “things” were more organized and simplified, but they struggle with making this a reality.

So you are not alone if simplifying life seems out of reach – and not just a little, but like go-go-gadget out of reach. As you look around your home and life, you…

  • Can’t imagine anything really changing.
  • Are resigned to the fact that clutter and chaos are here to stay.
  • Feel like an utter #SimplifyFail.

Not so fast, my friend! I’m here to demystify the simplify-life process.

If you would like to start choosing simplicity, instead of chancing it, then take the FREE 3-Day Simplify-Your-Life Challenge™. You’ll get more organized, find more time, and enjoy more simplicity in your life…in just 3 days!

How To Organize An Office – The Easy Way – In 24 Hours Or Less

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

How To Organize An Office – The Easy Way – In 24 Hours Or Less!

Q: Can you tell me how to organize an office, and in the fastest and easiest way possible?

A: Get access to the simple system that will help you organize your home office and papers in less than one day’s time!

Knowing how to organize an office can seem difficult – maybe even impossible – especially when you think about all the papers and files that come with it.

The good news is that home office organization doesn’t have to be frustrating or overwhelming as long as you have the right office organization ideas and tools to help you!

In the end, you want to know how to organize an office so that you…

  • Have no more desk and office mess to distract you from getting things done.
  • Save time and effort by quickly finding what you need in your home office.
  • Save money because you don’t have to buy office supplies that you know are there, but just can’t find.
  • Replace the “negative energy” from office clutter with the “positive energy” from an organized office space.
  • Have a home office that supports creativity and productivity.

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P.S. Don’t let this get in the way of your home office organization success…

P.P.S. Imagine sitting in your office – and it doesn’t matter which way you swivel your chair, the mess is g-o-n-e.

Is There A Professional Organizer Near Me?

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

She's Doing The Ask-Me-Anything-About-Getting-Organized Happy Dance! Now, It's Your Turn...

Q: Is there a professional organizer near me?

A: Yes, thank goodness, there is a pro organizer near you! Even better still, for help getting organized, you don’t even have to get out of your PJs.

If you are thinking that it’s all too good to be true, then I’m about to make you happy dance because…

You can ask me anything about organizing your home, life, and time – for free!

I solemnly pinky-swear promise that I’ll do my very best to answer each and every question in upcoming blog posts, videos, podcasts, webinars, and more.


When your answer’s in, you’ll be notified via email so that you can get quick access to the information you need.

Red Arrow To ask your question, you can either submit it by talking to me or writing to me.

So ask away! Help getting organized, simplifying life, and saving time is just a mouse click away.


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Professional Organizer

P.S. Did you know that 71% of people agree that their quality of life would improve immensely if they were better organized? If that resonates, then let me be the professional organizer near you – ask your question about organizing your home, life, and time today!

P.P.S. Remember, it’s absolutely free for you to participate! ♥

How To Start Getting Organized If You Feel Stuck

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017


Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, professional organizer and creator of The Clutter Cleanse®, and I’m here today with a little inspiration to get you moving toward your organizing goals, whatever they may be.

As I record this video, we stand at the beginning of a new year. A whole year of days, weeks, months – opportunities, if you will.

Really, it doesn’t matter if you are watching this video in January, in July, or in December, today can be the start of a new year for you. That’s one of the things that is so beautiful about life. Each day is a clean slate, ready for you to make and mold it into what you will.

Take that idea a step further, and think about where you were 365 days ago. Are you still stuck there in that same place?

If so, you might not want to think about it. It can be uncomfortable, at best, and agonizing, at worst. When you have big plans for how you want to improve your home, life, and you, but you seem to be perpetually stuck, getting nowhere, it can seem like a big #MeFail – and not just once, but over and over and over again.

And, yet, here comes that clean slate. Yes, it’s cliché. Go ahead, roll your eyes at me. Yes, it’s optimistic in maybe a Pollyana sort of way. But you know what? It’s also true. You can choose to break the ugly cycle in which you find yourself at any time and at any place.

So, if you’ve been telling yourself for a while now that you need to get organized and simplify life, then it’s time to stop thinking and talking about it, and start getting it, achieving it, enjoying it.

To learn more about how you can declutter your life finally, even if you feel like it’s a hopeless cause, then follow the arrow [to] to register for my free webinar.

This is Carmen Coker, signing off, we’ll see you next time.

5 Get-Organized Power Tips

Thursday, January 19th, 2017





Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, professional organizer and creator of The Clutter Cleanse®, and let me ask you…how many times have you bailed on getting organized because you felt unmotivated to keep going, or even get started?

There is more to organizing and decluttering than sorting and storing. In fact, your lifestyle choices heavily influence how engaged you feel during the organizing process and, as such, heavily influence your organizing results as well.

Here are five science-based solutions that will boost your motivation to reach your get-organized goals.

Number One: Get restful sleep.

And that doesn’t mean sleeping in front of the TV or with your cell phone, but sleeping like your dog sleeps – soundly, deeply, and for a good while.

Too little sleep hinders your productivity and focus, amongst other serious health consequences. [Source: Sleep Foundation]

Make sure you go to bed early enough, tonight, to get the right amount of sleep you need for organizing, tomorrow.

Number Two: Wear bright colors.

Warm colors like red and orange stimulate your mind. One British study found that, when evenly-matched Olympic athletes competed, those in red won significantly more. [Source: Health Magazine]

Wearing these colors will supercharge your energy levels to achieve more while organizing.

Number Three: Fuel your body properly.

Evidence points to the fact that your diet impacts your brain chemistry, which in turn, impacts your personal energy and mood. [Source: WebMD]

Drinking lots of water as well as eating fresh fruits, leafy greens, and lean meats – instead of all the fatty, greasy, and sugary options available – are all smart choices to fuel your body for high-performance and organizing success.

Number Four: Turn up the music.

Music energizes you. OK, well, maybe not the pots and pans kinda music, but clinical music therapy uses music to connect people to movement and motivation. [Source: American Music Therapy Association]

By turning up your favorite tunes, your energy, intensity, and big decluttering results are sure to follow.

Number Five: Have a positive attitude.

Human beings have a strong mind-body connection, and because of this, the psychological benefits of attitude often manifest into physical benefits. [Source: Mayo Clinic]

Using positive self-talk like “I can get organized” is a must-have resource in your organizing toolkit.

There you have it: Five get-organized power tips. To learn more about how you can declutter your life finally, even if you feel like it’s a hopeless cause, then follow the arrow [to] to register for my free webinar.

This is Carmen Coker, signing off, we’ll see you next time.

This Christmas Craft Idea Will Help You Get Organized

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016





Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, professional organizer and creator of The Clutter Cleanse®.

We all know that boxes and bins can organize your holiday decorations, but what about decorations organizing your home? If you like the sound of that, then I’ve got a great Christmas craft idea for you.

Here’s the thing: Just as ugly Christmas sweaters and other questionable fashion choices have a way of coming into our homes and lives over time, so do little trinkets, gadgets, and gizmos.

I’m sure you have a few! Souvenirs, your graduation tassel, your first toy, the bib from your first marathon, and mixed tape, anyone? Especially for some, these mementos are difficult to throw away because of their sentimental value.

But the million dollar question is: What can you really do with this stuff?! Normally, it ends up crammed in a drawer somewhere, never to be seen again for a very long time.

As a whole, these things can really hamper not only an organized home but also an organized Christmas. Because they become just as annoying and useless as a ball of ornament hooks when you are trying to decorate the tree and if you’ve ever battled with one of these, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But instead of allowing these items to be clutter in your home, gather them up and put them to good use with this Christmas craft idea: A Keepsake Christmas Wreath™.

Now, this is actually a picture of the Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ my mom made for me almost 30 years ago. As you can see, you essentially put your special keepsakes on an artificial wreath, top it with a bow if you like, this one doesn’t actually have one, and voila!

That’s the short version of how to make it, but if you’d like more detailed instructions that you can print off, then follow the arrow [to link] to grab your copy. They’re available for free, and I did that to save us time, here, in this video.

My favorite thing on my Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ is the pair of green glasses up top. I used to wear those all the time as a little girl, including to pretend I was Connie Chung reporting the nightly news. I guess I thought the glasses made me look smarter or something. Some of you out there will remember who Connie Chung is.

But, the point is, where would those glasses be now, where would that stuff be now, if it wasn’t for my Keepsake Christmas Wreath™? Who knows?! They brought me such joy as a child – endless hours of entertainment and pretending and creativity. There’s huge sentimental value in them for me. And now, thanks to my mom, I get to see them on my wreath each December, and I get to relive all those good times.

The bottom line: The Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ not only makes a great conversation piece, but it also functions as an unusual memory box. Plus, it can be a fun project for the whole family to enjoy.

And I hope you agree that the Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ is one Christmas craft idea that will help you get organized.

Some people may think that an organized home is a little like Santa – a nice concept, but never a reality. Well, I believe in a little Christmas magic, and the Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ is the perfect proof that your Christmas decorations can not only look pretty, but also, in fact, organize your home!

Remember, if you’d like a free printable version of the detailed instructions for how you can make a Keepsake Christmas Wreath™ of your own, then follow the arrow [to link] to download those now.

This is Carmen Coker, signing off, we’ll see you next time.

© 2007 – 2016 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

The Not-To-Do List & Why It Works

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016





Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, professional organizer and creator of The Clutter Cleanse®, and I’m here to talk about making lists that work.

Generally speaking, a list is a good thing because when you write a list, it helps you focus. When you follow a list, it keeps you on track and moving toward list completion. And when you cross off list items, you feel productive.

On the one hand, making to-do lists works for many people, and there are a lot of people – not just Santa Claus – who love and believe in the power of listmaking.

On the other hand, despite proven results and positive qualities, lists don’t always work for everyone, every time because when you have to make a list, it means you have lots to accomplish. When you have lots to accomplish, you suddenly don’t want to do anything but sit on your couch, watch TV, and eat ice cream. Am I right or am I right?

In other words, making a list is making you procrastinate. At this point, you’d rather be doing anything than what’s on your list. You’ve entered into a mind game between your lazy self and your productive self, and your lazy self is winning.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, I encourage you to fight back by creating a NOT-To-Do List to help you get organized.

The Not-To-Do List is exactly as the name implies – a list of things you do not want to do.

For example, the Not-To-Do List for Housekeeping, which would be something like: throw shoes by the front door, let mail pile up on the kitchen counter, and forget to file bills at the end of the month. These things create clutter in your home, so you do not want to do them.

Another example would be the Not-To-Do List for Time Management. Some items that might be on this list include: hit the snooze button on the alarm more than once, check email first thing in the morning, and turn on the TV while getting ready for work. These things make you lose time, so again, you do not want to do them.

You see, the Not-To-Do List is a technique that leverages reverse psychology. Plus, you’re giving your lazy self permission to be lazy while, at the same time, giving your productive self permission to get things done.

Now, that’s not just a win-win. That’s a #WinWin.

That’s why, your Easy Organizing Challenge™ is to create your first Not-To-Do List and use it for three days. See if the psychology behind it works better for you than a normal to-do list, and then go from there.

If you want bigger and better time-management results, then follow the arrow [see below link] to download The Ultimate Productivity Planner™. It’s free, and it will help you save 90 minutes or more every day even if you think time management is a myth.

This is Carmen Coker, signing off, we’ll see you next time.

© 2007 – 2016 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! Download The FREE Ultimate Productivity Planner™, and save 90 minutes (or more) every day simply by using this 3-minute trick…even if you think time management is a myth.