1604, 2019

KC Live- Got Cord Chaos?

You’re not alone if you have a box of cords that you’re not sure what they go to so you keep them. On this month’s Kansas City Live segment, I share my tips for how to manage those cords as well as tricks for organizing the ones you’re currently using.

If you would love to work with one of my team organizers or myself, give me a call at 816-872-7182!


1104, 2019

Expanding to Houston!

I am thrilled to bring our organizing skills to Texas! You can now work with my team and I in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas.

Why Texas? For love’s sake! That’s why!

Over the last two years, I fell in love with a Texas boy AND Houston.  My Texas boy is the generous caregiver for his father in Houston who needs a lot of support. I’m anchored in Kansas City for the love of my family and KC clients SO we’ve worked out a commuter marriage of sorts that’s surprisingly brought us a lot of joy and works really well for us. I’ll be spending time in both cities bringing my expertise and love for organizing to homes and businesses while also enjoying the unique joys of each city. I feel very fortunate to get to do this!

Thank you for being on this journey with me up to this point. I look forward to continuing to create personalized and peaceful spaces in Houston AND Kansas City!

1803, 2019

KC Live- Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Spring is FINALLY here and it’s time to do some seasonal cleaning! In this month’s segment, Helen Austen shares her tips on how to get started.


1802, 2019

KC Live: Paper Organizing

Got paper problems? On this month’s Kansas City Live segment, Helen shares her tips for managing your paper.


202, 2019

Ask Helen- So much to shred!

Question: I have boxes full of papers that need to be shredded. I dread sitting down to shred them two or three pages at a time and my shredder often gets too hot leaving me waiting to resume feeding it. What’s the best way to manage my shredding so I don’t end up with a mountain of paper and an afternoon shredding event?

I feel your pain! No one wants to spend their free-time feeding a shredder. The good news is that I have a solution for you. We’re going to return to an Austen Organizing Principle I stress frequently: It’s often easier to do something daily rather than once in a while.

Therefore, get a good quality shredder and place it in the heart of your home. This could be in your walk-in pantry, mud room, hall closet, kitchen, garage, etc. I have mine near the door that leads from my kitchen into the garage because I can easily get to it right after I sort my mail everyday.  The idea is that it’s as close as possible to where you sort your mail and any other incoming paper. Everyday (or every time) you sort paper, you immediately feed papers that need to be shredded it into your shredder.

Why should you get a high quality shredder? Because the cheap ones tend to burn up or break.  I suggest this one on amazon.

Get a good shredder and shred those papers everyday. It’s that simple! No more boxes full of paper waiting to be shredded!


3101, 2019

Helen’s local NPR interview about the “Tidying Up” Netflix series

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Segment 2, beginning at 22:29: Marie Kondo your life.

The new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, brings the magic of cleanliness to real people’s homes. In this conversation, we find out how a few Kansas Citians are reacting by tidying up their own clutter, how Shintoism and Japanese culture plays a role in this minimalist practice, and where to recycle your old stuff around town.

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