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Quick Review

Organizing your home can be tough. If you’re anything like us, organizing and keeping things organized is something that starts to fall off the radar pretty quickly when life gets busy. And life gets busy A LOT for all of us. Today we are talking to Lucy Milligan Wahl, a professional organizer in San Francisco, about tips and tricks for creating organization in your home that you can maintain. What we find is that although it takes work on the front end, having a plan for organization in your home ultimately simplifies your life and helps you maintain your home much more easily. 

How To Organize Your Home

Meet Lucy

Lucy Milligan Wahl is the founder of LMW Edits, a San Francisco-based professional organizing company that focuses on common-sense solutions for modern urban living. She believes that an organized home is the foundation of a beautiful life that prioritizes the relationships, activities, and commitments that matter most.

Personally, Lucy is no stranger to organization: she arranged every crayon box she ever owned into rainbow order and has conducted semi-annual closet edits since the age of 14.  Professionally, Lucy is a member of the American Society of Professional Organizers and a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and its Bay Area chapter. 

When she’s not organizing, Lucy serves on the board of CounterPulse, a performance art incubator in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and volunteers as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.  Lucy holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andrew, and dog, Petunia.

Less Is More

This is something we’ve talked about on the podcast before – we aren’t minimalists, we are intentionalists. So when Lucy stressed the idea that “less is more,” we were right on board with her. Your brain can only process so many things. When you pare down your stuff, you have fewer decisions to make in life. Life gets easier with fewer decisions. Paring down isn’t about stressing yourself out; if you’re stressed out about how much you’re paring down, you may be paring down too much! The point is to be intentional with the things you have and be intentional with how they are organized.

Where do I start organizing my home?

Lucy starts her sessions with clients by asking questions like “What do you want your home to look like” “What kind of feelings do you want to feel in your home?” “What things do you want to be able to do in your home that you aren’t able to do now?” The answers to these questions will help you determine the best place to start organization in your home FOR YOU.

A simple example of this would be: say you want to dinner at the table as a family more often but it never feels worth it because your table serves as a catch-all when your family comes in. Mail, purses, keys, wallets, and everything else all gets piled onto the table any time someone comes into the house. The thought of having to move and sort all of that every night before dinner is overwhelming, so its dinner on the couch again. If this is the case, maybe the place to start is creating a new system for coming in the home and dropping stuff – whether that’s baskets or bins or whatever, this can help eliminate this particular pain point for you. These are things Lucy is a PRO at and can help you with as well!

A Couple Pro Tips for Organizing

We often interject “pro tips” into our show notes, but there are way too many from Lucy to just interject throughout the notes, so we are giving them their own section today.

Pro Tip: For things to remain organized in your home, everything needs to have a place

Pro Tip: The average couple needs less than one file cabinet of papers, including taxes!

Pro Tip: If you don’t live alone, section off the house into zones so that every inch is someone’s responsibility. If it’s not someone’s responsibility, it becomes no one’s responsibility.

Pro Tip: Create systems for organization in your home that push you towards maintaining that organization.


Things She’s Loving

Lucy and her husband made a rule in their house to not take their phones to bed at night. It keeps them from mindlessly scrolling at night and in the mornings and improves their sleep quality, both of which are super healthy! They use a Philips Wake Up Alarm Clock, that simulates a sunrise before your alarm goes off to help you wake up easier. Check out a couple different options from Philips below:


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