Working through the paper category

A rainy stop light scene, with bare trees, some shop fronts, and streetlights. Taken driving back from a client’s house.

Sitting in car. More rain and more cookies and tea. I have had more cookies this past year than my entire life. It doesn’t even bother me too much. Warning 😀.

Had a deadline, thank goodness, to get a portion of my paperwork finished for taxes. It was time to KonMari ALL my papers, again. Honestly, had been shuffling all my paperwork to a box since moving. Time passed. I am left with the three areas of papers: 1. Need to take action 2. Need for current year 3. Need to keep indefinitely.

Everything else gone. What remains couldn’t even fill a banker box. FREEDOM

I am celebrating!

Organizing Notions

Spools of ribbons stacked in three piles. One pile is oranges and yellows, one pile of greens and yellows, and a third pile of purples and blues.

How could I almost forget about #Ribbonerie?! A visit every other year isn’t too harsh on the pocket book! Paulette Knight has been a one-woman show in San Francisco for 30 years. Seems to be a theme this year.

I haven’t BEGUN to share how @stonemountainfabric #SparksJoy in my life. Now all I have to do is create and sew. I will post makes to the @jane_dolan Instagram account. But I always get a thrill at how organized these fabric and notions still life photos are.

Time for my own KonMari Tidying Festival again.

The front of a stainless steal refrigerator, in a clean kitchen, with art prints on the front. Two pink floral prints, and a quote print that says “The less I needed, the better I felt.” - Charles Bukowski

“The Less I needed, the Better I Felt” -Charles Bukowski

Time for my own KonMari Tidying Festival again.

My stuff is driving me nuts. There’s too much of it. I won’t be able to put it away properly until I go through my categories, in order.

As much as I would love to believe one only has to KonMari one’s house one time. That isn’t always the case, life circumstances change due to a move, travel, or whatever and things can go haywire. (Maybe that’s just me). Prepare and recharge for the new year.


Jane Diaries 
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Marie Kondo is coming to Netflix!

As you know, I love the KonMari Method of organizing, and was a very early adopter of it! I love using it with clients that more traditional organization methods haven’t historically worked for.

Marie Kondo sparked a worldwide movement, and now we get to watch her work through her method with real people.

The trailer just came out, and I can’t wait to binge watch the series when it releases on January 1st - perfect for an inspiring start to the new year.

Be sure to watch the trailer above.

And if it inspires you to start getting your house in order be sure to get in touch!

Date Night, Solo

[this photo goes with yesterday’s entry — a different lifetime in NY]    Jane Dolan laying on the steps in front of a building in New York City.

[this photo goes with yesterday’s entry — a different lifetime in NY]

Jane Dolan laying on the steps in front of a building in New York City.

I took myself out on a date: movie and dinner. Wasn’t planning on dinner but the film was Japanese and there were noodles . . .

I wish I could recommend “Never-ending man: Hayao Miyazaki” — what happens when the director and animator Miyazaki attempts to retire in his early 70’s. It’s a story worth telling, but the director of his story was lost.


Jane Diaries 
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Unfortunately an organized home still requires upkeep.

[photo at David Ireland’s house on Capp in San Francisco]    Potatoes heating on a wooden chair with a lightbulb and metal tray attached. Organizing gives you space for amazing things!

[photo at David Ireland’s house on Capp in San Francisco]

Potatoes heating on a wooden chair with a lightbulb and metal tray attached. Organizing gives you space for amazing things!

Alarm set for 5:30am tomorrow. Have a big drive for big job. This client and I have not tidied for almost six months. She told me she hasn’t done anything on her own, in my absence.

I believe her. (This isn’t uncommon, and in no way makes you a failure!) And then of course life makes for a messy home!


Jane Diaries 
2018_12_11

Tackling the Komono Category (Miscellaneous)

Miscellaneous tools and hardware laid out in the hallway of one of Jane’s organizing clients, as they work through the komono (miscellaneous) category of the KonMari Organizing Method.

Sometimes you can’t complete the KonMari process before you move. Which is a bummer. You have to move hundreds of pounds of stuff you never ever will use, up how many flights of stairs? Ouch.

But you know that’s how it goes. You can do only so much.

But moving can also be an excellent opportunity to go through the KonMari process. It can be motivation to go through your miscellaneous items and get to make a choice. Cherish and keep. Or thank and release items to a new home. A place they will be cherished.

Then your life is going to get a heck of a lot better.


Jane Diaries 
2018_12_10

Organizing time

A close up photo of two small tree trunks.

I needed a part-time job to help me organize my time, and to be around creative people. I realized how much I talk out loud to myself and it’s creeping me out. Plus, it’s amazing how limits can help you organize.

Mission Accomplished! I’m excited to start!

Realistically, I can only do a few organizing jobs a week as it takes super power energy and focus. Learning a new job has been been a huge challenge (as if there are tiny challenges:-).

But today I had fun. Milestone.


Jane Diaries 
2018_12_06

Paper is my least favorite organizing category.

Bare tree branches with oranges agains a bright blue sky.

Paper is my least favorite category. It’s one of reasons I have a post office box. I pick up my mail every couple of weeks. Sort it at the post office, and most of mail stays at the Post Office recycle bin.

I stopped by to pick up my mail today and was surprised to find out it is a National Holiday, a National Day of Mourning. And so, the Post Office was closed. Where have I been? I had no clue such a Day existed.


Jane Diaries 
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