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Organizing has always been a passion of mine.  Well, a passion & a curse.  I rarely see things how they are because I'm always looking for how to make it better - more efficient - prettier...you get the picture.  The average American wastes 55 minutes a day (roughly 12 days a year) looking for things they own but can't find (Newsweek).  80% of what we keep we never use (National Assoc. of Professional Organizers).  There are more statistics where those came from.  I've lived them out in my own life & they ROB my joy by...


  • The paralysis that comes from too much stuff
  • The frustration of that stuff not having somewhere to live
  • The currency of my TIME that's spent hunting what I'm looking for over the clutter of what I'm not looking for
  • The constant burden of "I've got to get to that one day"
  • The "we're going to put "this" here for now" syndrome (ugh!) 


Regarding . Those . Photos...

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with our photos.  We LOVE to look at them & recognize the tangible value they bring to our lives.  However, the challenge of organizing & storing all those "old" pictures, negatives & digital photos from our mobile devices will make you want to bang your head against the wall.  What to do?  There are at least two camps this challenge falls into...

1) printed photos from film

2) digital photos & the sheer volume of them


Let's start with printed photos.  Even though you may be looking at a mountain of bags & shoeboxes full of photos crying for help, that project is finite.  By thinking through what you want to get out of those photos (reproduction, sharing capabilities, digitizing, organizing) this is a project that has an identifiable beginning & end.


Digital photos are another story.  There is a certain amount of angst when you see a picture of your children's soccer game on FaceBook.  It's a much better picture than the one YOU took so you need to download that.  There's also pictures from the Family Reunion your cousin emailed - needs to be downloaded.  Then there's the photos on your phone of Christmas 2013 mixed with all the events in between.  As you begin to look through them, you discover you never deleted the pics you took when shopping for new dining room furniture last year - the pictures of the actual furniture along with the pictures of the tags because you needed to remember prices & dimensions.  Um...yeah...it's easier to think about that later.  The unintended consequence of all our wonderful technology is an ever increasing wave of photos & videos building up.  We may not see it every day, but we know it's there taunting us from our hard drives, clouds, flash drives, phones...


The truth is, there are lots of strategies & systems that work.  The key is finding the right one for you.  Bad news...there is no magic wand.  Without intentionality & a plan nothing will work.  That's why White Cotton Studio works one-on-one with you to understand what's important to you & how YOU want to live with YOUR stuff!  We're all different so there's no "one size fits all".  We all want to enjoy the things we surround ourselves with - not feel bound down by them.  The good news...with a little time & planning, we can create a system that's functional, practical & maintainable!


I'd love to help you get your personal spaces & projects uncluttered, organized & peaceful.


Whitney