Author: Lauren Mang

How has it possibly been five years already?! June 3rd is the official day I filed my FBN (or fictitious business name, sometimes known as "doing business as" or DBA) with San Mateo County and set up a business bank account. Getting the business up and...

When I was a kid, and we went on a family vacation, my dad would never truly unplug. He’s a businessman and always had to take work calls (this was pre-internet/email), which upset my mother the most. I never understood why he couldn’t just cut...

One of my favorite rooms in a home to organize is the kitchen. It's densely packed with tons of gadgets, cooking appliances, utensils, and usually foods of all kinds all jammed into every inch of cabinet or drawer space (sometimes even all over the countertops)....

The (North American) definition of “store” (as per Google.com) is: verb: 1. keep or accumulate (something) for future use; retain or enter information for future electronic retrieval; have a supply of (something useful); remain fresh while being stored. Why are we giving up our living and storage space...

Happy Earth Day!  I've always been proud to be born on Earth Day, despite the fact that I do *not* have a green thumb. I can’t keep houseplants alive to save my life. They don’t tell me they are hungry like my dog does (she's a...

Recently I had my two scheduled clients cancel on the same day: Monday, October 15th. This almost never happens! I do have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and both clients gave me notice far in advance. So, I did what I normally do: I reached out...

More often than not people assume that because I’m a professional organizer, I expect you to get rid of all your stuff, especially the sentimental stuff. Those who don’t yet know/work with me assume I have no feelings and am ruthless when it comes to...

In my time as a professional organizer I’ve discovered that there are really two types of people out there:  those who file vs. those who pile those who eat the frog vs those who need to build motivation those who ask for directions vs. those...

My life was forever changed 6 years ago when I attended (while interning for) Beth Penn of Bneato Bar’s Paperwork Bootcamp. Beth described it as a “workout for your paperwork” and boy was that spot on. She encouraged clients to bring in their mail, active files and/or...