Category: News

HandyGirl Advice Featured In LA Times

In a recent article published in LA Times and Chicago Tribune, it features my advice on cutting clutter out of your life. It is titled, Lose it: declutter your way to an organized, happier you”.

Here is an excerpt of this article:

No matter how it all got there, reducing the stuff of life is not an easy task, but it is a necessary one.

Even if there are no plans to downsize, getting rid of clutter is always a good idea says professional organizer Cyndi Seidler, founder of HandyGirl Organizers and The Organizing Lady, two Los Angeles based firms specializing in dealing with the “stuff.”

One sure sign that something is not needed is when it is placed in the garage.

“I call the garage the resting place before final burial,” says Seidler. “It’s the place you put things that you don’t want in the house, but you don’t want to throw away.” Seidler says important “belongings” become insignificant “stuff” once they have been unused for years.

Seidler admits that saying goodbye to one’s belongings can be emotional. “Everything can’t be saved as memorabilia,” she cautions. “Keeping the shoes you wore when you first met your husband — shoes you can no longer wear and that you have not looked at in 25 years, is not memorabilia. It is stuff,” says Seidler.”

And, further along in the article …

It is a good idea to declutter now instead of later,” says Seidler. “If you don’t do it now, your children or relatives will have to do it if you become disabled or pass away. Do you really want them to have to go through all your clutter and wonder why you kept these things?”

Well, there you have it! We’re in the news!

HandyGirl Joins Thumbtack

We just signed up with Thumbtack, a place to find local services. People can find a local handyman, cleaning service, and many other services for the home. Although they didn’t list the category of home or office organization, we had to list under “Other” service. But, we’re giving it a try anyway! Here’s a link to the gallery we have there:

HandyGirl Organizers

by HandyGirl Organizers


Up to 40% Off During Get Organized Month

We’re offering our own “Deal” … but instead of a “Daily Deal” we’ve got a “30-Day Deal”!

Take advantage of these special discounted rates now and get a start on an organized year for 2012! These deals are for home or office organizing services:

  • $100 for 2 hours organization consultation, including a Needs Assessment Diagnostics ($68 off – a 40% discount!)
  • $680 for a 10-hour package of hours on organizing services ($170 off – a 20% discount!)
  • $1190 for a 20-hour package of hours on organizing services ($510 off – a 30% discount!)

These deals are available to people in L.A. County areas only, and ends January 31, 2012. Limit: 1 per person.

We’re looking forward to helping you get organized in 2012!

(This deal has expired)

Home Organizing Video Tips

HandyGirl founder Cyndi Seidler is currently producing a video series called “Organized Home” that features her providing tips and organizing solutions around the home.

The Organized Home video series has a video website at You can subscribe to Cyndi’s YouTube Channel to get updates on new videos, as well.

To date, Cyndi has produced one video a day, talking about how to save space in your clothes closet, a method of handling mail as it comes in your home, her container system for the refrigerator, using turntables in cabinets, how to double the space in your cupboards, and a way to organize hair accessories.

And, that’s just a start!

Here’s a look at one of Cyndi’s quick one-minute organizing tips, “Making Space In Your Clothes Closet”:


National Spring Cleaning Week

Press Release from California Closets

California Closets Encourages Homeowners to Get Organized During National Spring Cleaning Week

New Survey Conducted by California Closets Finds Better Home Organization Alleviates Disorganization Frustration

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 22, 2011 — It’s National Spring Cleaning Week and California Closets®, the leader in custom home storage solutions and an authority in design, encourages homeowners everywhere to take part in this week as a way to de-clutter their homes and ultimately relieve stress in their day-to-day lives.

A recent California Closets’ survey of homeowners revealed people have the desire to get organized, but don’t know what direction to take to achieve effective and lasting results.  In fact, 38 percent of women said that after organizing their closet on their own, it only stays organized for three months. By taking just a few small steps during National Spring Cleaning Week, it’s possible to make lasting changes that will free up time to enjoy the months ahead.

“True organization is both an art and a science. If you merely neaten, clutter will return a month later; do it right, and you’ll have organizational bliss,” said Ginny Snook Scott, California Closets chief organization officer.  “National Spring Cleaning Week is a great motivator to reclaim your home from the lingering mess. Best of all, you’re not in it alone.  In our survey, we found more than half the women have ‘getting organized’ on their to-do list, and we want to remind them this is the week to get it done.”

Understand the Chaos

Many people are fearful of being labeled as ”hoarders”, as seen on reality shows, but the majority of women (53%) are actually defined as “sentimentalists”—they have a hard time letting go of anything memorable, from concert tickets to kids’ art to favorite clothing items that no longer fit.  The best answer is not trash bags, but better organization systems; there should be a perfect home for everything in your home.  True organization can save four weeks a year from looking for things and will ultimately lead to less stress.  Our survey confirmed this; in fact, 43% of women said better organization would improve their life by making them feel relaxed and in control.

Take Control of Your Living Space

According to the California Closets’ survey, women were split with what they wanted most organized.  While the clothes closet was the most popular space among women (28%), the kitchen pantry (26%) was a close second and the home office (22%) was also not far behind. Not surprisingly, most men (34%) are interested in organizing the garage before other parts of the house.  No matter where organization begins—tackling spring cleaning room by room or drawer by drawer—reality will eventually match your imagination.

Getting Started

Customized storage solutions immediately create better living situations with great emotional benefits. However, there are some basic tips and tricks that are easy to incorporate, no matter the space:

  • Bedroom Closet: When organizing a clothes closet, place hangers in backwards and return items to the closet with the hanger facing forward.  After six months, remove clothing that has not been worn and store elsewhere or give to charity.
  • Home Office: Create and appropriately label hanging files that can be easily accessed to store receipts, bills, recipes and other loose papers to avoid unwanted accumulation of paper on desks and counters.
  • Kitchen: Store canned goods and spices on their side in drawers to prevent the “food museum” in the back of the cabinet.  This also helps avoid purchasing duplicates of foods and spices that were lost in the back.
  • Kid’s room: Make sure rods and shelving are low enough to reach; an adjustable system will change along with the child’s needs as they grow.
  • Garage: Use containers, racks, baskets and wall hooks to keep garage contents off the floor for safety and easy access.

Add Value Now

Most people don’t realize that a clutter-free home means a better valued home.  Potential home buyers are serious about storage space, with over half (53%) wanting a walk-in closet in the master suite.  95 percent of respondents said closet space is either important or very important when looking for a home.  And, custom organization solutions not only solve today’s disorganization frustration but are an investment that adds to a home’s resale value when the time comes to sell.

For more spring cleaning tips and information on our survey, visit the California Closets Blog.