Columns

Angela writes “House in Order,” a bi-weekly column
on organizing in the Napa Valley Register.

Checklists

My husband and I used to marvel at the stupidity of several unwelcome but amusing roosters that took up residence in our yard. Every night they would have to relearn how to get up into a tree to roost. You could almost see them thinking: “Did I jump on the picnic bench first or the fence? Can I make it to the branch without getting up to the table first? … Read more…

Houston We Have a Problem

September 9, 2017

Kiss and Make-Up

September 2, 2017

The Never-ending Story

August 19, 2017

Towel Storage

July 29, 2017

Sheets Tucked In

July 8, 2017

Worst Case, Best Case

June 24, 2017

Downsizing Part 4: Memorabilia, the Final Frontier

June 2, 2017

Downsizing Part 3: What Remains

May 20, 2017

Downsizing 2: Furniture and Antiquities

April 29, 2017

Downsizing: Start Small

April 15, 2017

Investing in Order

March 25, 2017

Permission Slip

February 25, 2017

Essentialism and Random Notes

February 11, 2017

Garage Miracle

January 28, 2017

Review 2016, Preview 2017

January 7, 2017

Doomsteading

November 26, 2016

The Ideal Organizing Client

November 12, 2016

Order in the Laundry

October 15, 2016

Remembering Margrit

September 17, 2016

FOMO Madness

August 13, 2016

KonMari Come Down

July 30, 2016

Gun Control

July 9, 2016

Newsworthy

June 18, 2016

Bedroom Essentials

June 4, 2016

The 4-Hour Workweek

May 7, 2016

Space Hog

April 9, 2016

Spring Cleaning 101

March 26, 2016

Appreciation

March 12, 2016

Paperless Progress

February 27, 2016

Dealing with Grief

January 30, 2016

Think Your Way Forward

January 16, 2016

Order in Review

January 2, 2016

Harvesting Clutter-Free Gifts

December 12, 2015

Better to Best

December 5, 2015

Noise Clutter

November 21, 2015

What’s In In?

October 31, 2015

Autumn Prep

October 17, 2015

The Importance of Articulation

October 3, 2015

Organizer on Fire

September 19, 2015

Habits Are Hard to Change

September 5, 2015

Storage Unit Psych-Out

August 22, 2015

Creating a Home Inventory

July 25, 2015

Dealing with Set-Backs

July 11, 2015

Fashion Sense

June 27, 2015

Be Your Own (Fill in the Blank)

June 6, 2015

Mad About Order

May 16, 2015

Light it Up!

May 2, 2015

Like It or Not

April 18, 2015

Putting the Pantry in Order

March 28, 2015

The KonMari Method

February 28, 2015

Easy Outs

January 30, 2015

Talkin’ bout a Resolution

January 10, 2015

It’s the Thought that Counts

December 20, 2014

Follow Your Blisters

December 6, 2014

Office Order

November 15, 2014

Rush, Rush

November 1, 2014

Kitchen Declutter Part 2

October 18, 2014

Kitchen Clutter Part 1

September 27, 2014

Shaken Up

September 6, 2014

Rate Your Organizing IQ

August 30, 2014

Refriger-order

August 16, 2014

Sacred Objects

August 2, 2014

Don’t Hesitate to Collaborate

July 5, 2014

Make It Play

June 21, 2014

Get Up and Dance

June 7, 2014

Conscious Uncoupling: Breaking Up with Our Stuff

May 17, 2014

What Are You Waiting For?

May 3, 2014

Auto-matic Order

April 18, 2014

Five Favorite Things

April 5, 2014

Letting Go and Saying No

March 22, 2014

Less Toys, More Fun

March 8, 2014

Minimize Me!

February 21, 2014

Organizing Jewelry

February 8, 2014

The Perfection Trap

January 25, 2014

Cash, Space, Peace

January 4, 2014

Quick Uncluttered Gifts

December 20, 2013

Organizing Decorations

December 7, 2013

I Don’t Know How She Does It

November 23, 2013

Get Into the Groove

November 2, 2013

Couples Therapy

October 19, 2013

When the Media is the Mess

October 5, 2013

Curate Your Space

September 21, 2013

Harvest

September 7, 2013

This is not a Blog

August 24, 2013

The Pareto Principle

August 10, 2013

Lists: Do They Serve You?

July 27, 2013

Order Down Cold

July 13, 2013

Gut Instinct

June 22, 2013

Organized Travel Part 2: Packing

June 8, 2013

Travel tips: Feeling Well

May 25, 2013

Beauty + Order

May 11, 2013

Home Work

April 27, 2013

C is for Clutter-free

April 13, 2013

Rabbit Test

March 30, 2013

Consigning Napa

March 17, 2013

Maintenance Woes

March 2, 2013

Collateral Damage

February 16, 2013

Hung Up on Hangers?

February 2, 2013

Ten Terrific Tips

January 19, 2013

Organizing Photographs

January 5, 2013

Does Your Resolve Dissolve?

December 22, 2012

Your Closet, Your Life

December 7, 2012

Gifts of Order

November 23, 2012

To Have and Have Not

November 10, 2012

Follow Your Bliss

October 27, 2012

Saving Space and the 20% Rule

October 13, 2012

Holidaze

September 29, 2012

Make-Up Madness

September 15, 2012

Letting Go of Books

August 18, 2012

Form and Content

August 4, 2012

The Two-Minute Rule

July 21, 2012

Embrace Your Inner Travel Nerd

July 7, 2012

Pop Quiz

June 22, 2012

With or Without You, Part 2

June 9, 2012

With or Without You, part 1

May 26, 2012

Boundaries and Limits

May 22, 2012

Watch and Learn

May 5, 2012

Don’t get “framed”

April 22, 2012

Le Garage: My Struggle

March 31, 2012

Graceful Transitions

March 17, 2012

Paper-less not Paper-free

March 3, 2012

Repurpose to Reorder

February 18, 2012

Wine Cellar Reorganization

February 4, 2012

Out of Ignorance Into Bliss

January 21, 2012

Endings and Beginnings

January 7, 2012

‘Twas the Week After Xmas

December 24, 2011

What’s in your wallet?

December 10, 2011

One drawer at a time

November 25, 2011

When less is more

November 11, 2011

How to winterize

October 28, 2011

Silver medal shopping

October 14, 2011

Hiring a professional

September 23, 2011

Summer vacation download

September 9, 2011

Me, myself and I

August 12, 2011

My Closet, My Calendar

July 29, 2011

Go Back to Go Forward

July 15, 2011

It’s a Date

July 1, 2011

Rock Solid Apps

June 18, 2011

Getting Unstuck: Books

June 4, 2011

Chaos to Categories

May 20, 2011

Over and Under: Balancing Your Buying

May 13, 2011

Survival of the Fittest

April 16, 2011

Maintaining Organization

March 19, 2011

The Fast Track

March 12, 2011

Ten Terrific Tips

February 19, 2011

Your Desk: Straighten Up and Fly Right

February 5, 2011

Where to Begin

January 22, 2011

Resolution Revolution

January 8, 2011

The Genesis of Order

December 25, 2010

Good Enough is Perfect

December 11, 2010

Grateful or Overstuffed?

November 13, 2010

Your Real Wardrobe

October 30, 2010

The Hoarding Scale

October 16, 2010

Multi-tasking Madness

October 2, 2010

REading Room

September 18, 2010

Movies to Get You Moving

September 2, 2010

Great Yard Sales

August 28, 2010

Managing E-mail

August 7, 2010

File This Information

July 24, 2010

Internet Resources

June 26, 2010

Feng Shui Basics

June 12, 2010

Purses, Bags and Satchels

May 1, 2010

Donate, Sell or Store

April 17, 2010

Outside the Plastic Box

April 3, 2010

Organizing the E-mail In-Box

March 20, 2010

Why Collecting is Fun

March 13, 2010

Unclutter Your Body

February 20, 2010

Time Management

February 6, 2010

Packing Confidence

January 23, 2010

Routine and Ritual

January 9, 2010

Organizing a Wine Cellar

December 26, 2009

Ergonomics

December 12, 2009

Organize vs. Declutter

November 28, 2009

The well-Organized Bathroom

November 14, 2009

The Well-Ordered Kitchen

October 30, 2009

Trick or Treat: Plan the Holidays

October 10, 2009

Visualizing the Outcome

September 26, 2009

Top 10 Tools

September 5, 2009

Michael Clark, Handyman

August 22, 2009

Surfing the seven C’s of organizing

August 8, 2009

The in-box

July 25, 2009

Organizing the garage

July 11, 2009

Pets and the organized life

June 27, 2009

Organizing the garage

June 11, 2009

House in Order

May 30, 2009

Getting control of books

May 2, 2009

Purge, sort, consign!

April 18, 2009

Your organized auto

April 4, 2009

File, don’t pile

March 21, 2009

The Golden Rule of Organizing Maintenance

March 16, 2009

Manageable To Do Lists

February 21, 2009

Top Five Clutter Clearing Books

February 7, 2009

Order in the Closet

January 10, 2009

Putting Away the Holidays

January 1, 2009