Savage Organizing

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Spark my what?

Anything (or anyone) who helps you live a calmer, lighter life is priceless. Maria Kondo , organizing guru du jour, is receiving a lot of press and praise for her “does this spark joy?” approach.  People are swearing by her, but with a slightly glossy eyed Jonestown jubilation.

I remain a little wary. Just as there are a million books on the magical secret to losing weight, there are a growing number of organizing books that promise nirvana. Every person is different and so too is every approach to helping them bring their chaos to order.

Buy her  book, by all means, it may help- I hope it does. But remember: just as binge shopping at The Container Store doesn’t make you more organized, it just means you have more containers- buying books about being organized is another book you probably don’t need cluttering your shelf.




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  • “We had a large closet in our front hallway that needed some serious attention. After speaking with Liz about our specific needs for the project, she quoted me a very fair and reasonable price and we made it happen. We spent a great afternoon together going through everything and reorganizing. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

    Albert, Manhattan
  • Liz Savage’s calm, good cheer, insights and natural orderliness turned tasks I had been dreading into projects I could actually accomplish- and sometimes even ones I could enjoy!

    Elisheva, Manhattan
  • “After working with Liz, I have to tell you guys that she’s great. We got more done in less time than any other organizer I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with many since 20 years ago in my ongoing battle with clutter and disorganization. I’ll have her here working on the next layer early next year. Her rates are also very reasonable.”

    Ellie, Yonkers
  • Liz is amazing. We met at a time when I was moving apartments and needed to deal with large amounts of clutter in order to make packing, and the overall move, work. She helped guide me through a huge, thorough and complete cleaning and reorganizing process that changed the way I use- and see- my living space. I can now get use of things because I can find them, and also because I have less. She truly helped me shed the unnecessary.

    Carolyn, Manhattan
  • “I was awed, I was grateful. Liz was the one. Within two days, she had waded through everything, consulting with me over what to toss and what to file under which category. We came up with dozens…and she created a place for each, writing the headings onto manila folders that she dropped into hanging files in the double-wide, teak-finish filing cabinet I had bought at Ikea five years earlier, but had never made much use of. “

    nytimes As seen in the New York Times