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Q&A With Personal Organizer Carrie Carlson

Q&A With Personal Organizer Carrie Carlson


I recently showcased an office organization project from personal organizer Carrie Carlson. Carrie was nice enough to sit down and answer some questions that readers had about her project.

To check out the Q&A, read more.

Reader Question: I would like to know more about how the pieces themselves were actually organized — I mean, my desk would be a lot less cluttered too if I had the space and money to just buy more storage.

Carrie: People often feel disorganized because they simply lack storage. I encourage all my clients and anyone trying to get organized to find cost-effective ways to create storage where they need it. Freecycle, Craigslist, or Ikea are all viable options for obtaining storage for a decent price. Each drawer/space in this office has a specific use, created just for this client and her lifestyle. The necessity for drawers is often overlooked. The drawers and cupboards house mailing supplies, which this client uses often, office supplies, and media and supplies. The baskets are used for the client’s dog toys, items to be routed to her offsite office, items for family and friends, and items to be taken to her second home. The bamboo bins are used for personal receipts, business receipts, and cash receipts.


Reader Question: I like the look, but where do you sit and do work?

Carrie: These pictures only show half of the office. There is an additional L-shaped desk (see photo), which is used for paper and computer work.

Reader Question: I would love to be a professional organizer. I just don't know how to get started!

Carrie: Visit NAPO to find out about becoming a personal organizer.

Reader Question: I like it, but would like to see the desk space. I'd really enjoy seeing some sort of makeover with objects/pieces of furniture already on hand.

Carrie: Most of these projects have re-purposed pieces of furniture. Check my projects for more examples.

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