Kay Morrison is a funky gal in New Orleans.
She started a company called THE OCCASIONAL WIFE, to help busy people organize their lives.
My profile of how Kay Morrison walked away from her 6-figure salary to start a sometimes-controversial business of her own is featured in More magazine. You can read it here: Wife for Hire.
I was nine months pregnant when I spent a day shadowing Kay Morrison in New Orleans.
I arguably shouldn’t have been traveling so close to my due date.
That said 😉 , going to New Orleans to meet Kay Morrison was inspirational.
She’s funny, kind, smart, sassy, and very energetic.
Plus the houses she helps de-clutter were absolutely gorgeous (and, um, not actually very cluttered!).
Here’s are some of Kay’s best ideas to de-clutter your life, and they totally work.
#1 Attitude is everything
Kay Morrison herself is a gal who likes a good martini and a funny joke.
She says the number one thing to getting organized is to have the right attitude.
“You must be ready to take this task on to make it work.”
#2 Buddy up
Do your de-cluttering and reorganizing with a friend to make it fun.
It also helps you stay motivated to have someone cheering you on.
Or you can hire someone like Kay Morrison to do it with you.
#3 Create a timeline
Make a plan and set time limits as you work.
Don’t work until you burn out because then you’ll never go back.
Instead, do a little at a time and set long-term goals.
This will help you stay on course and focused.
#4 Take a photograph
If you’re afraid you’ll miss something once it’s gone, take a picture of it.
You can look at it any time you like.
#5 Organize what you have so you can find it when you need it
It’s so frustrating when you can’t find what you do own.
Take time to label and sort your stuff.
#6 Embrace bins
Bins of different sizes enhance your space and keep you organized.
Use them for everything from baby toys to kitchen recyclables.
#7 If you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it
Donate the previously loved clothes you never wear to people who need them.
#8 Don’t say goodbye to old things, say hello to a new life
There’s something profoundly freeing about letting go of things you no longer want or need.
Yes, it’s an emotional process.
That’s why you need #1, #2, and #3.
You might find it hard to do at first, but you’ll be able to breathe better and you’ll feel freer once it’s done.
#9 Ask about happiness
Use the happiness test to decide what stays and what goes.
Does the thing you’re holding in your hand bring you happiness?
If the answer is no, get rid of it.
What else is there to do around here?
When I first wrote this post, my infant and I just had just returned from Rock Valley College. Read about traveling with a 5-month-old on mothering.com: A Baby’s First Work Trip.
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Post first published: April 20, 2010
Post updated: July 25, 2019