2005, 2019

Hacks for Staying Organized While Traveling

It’s been a long winter and I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready to travel! I am a frequent flyer so staying organized while traveling has become an expert skill of mine. Many of these tricks I’ve learned the hard way and hope you won’t have to!

Here are the links I promised in this segment:

  1. Packing list
  2. Packing Cubes
  3. Elastic Grid Organizer
  4. Hanging Toiletry Bag 
  5. Hanging Jewelry Organizer
  6. Air Travel Seat Organizer

I hope you have some great adventures and epic opportunities for relaxation this summer!

Tell me! What’s your favorite way to stay organized while traveling?

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!


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.


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

Click to listen!

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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