Welcome, Media Professionals!

Working on an organizing-related piece? We're always happy to share information and tips, answer questions about organization, and assist with story development and research. We've worked with writers on stories for Family Circle, Women's HealthReal SimpleO: The Oprah Magazine,the San Francisco Examinerthe San Francisco ChronicleWomen's Day, and many more publications, and a variety of podcasts and radio shows.

Contact Emily at (415) 806-3569 or by email.

See Us on TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive"

In 2010, Emily and some of The Organized Life's team members had the opportunity to work with a local client in conjunction with the TLC show "Hoarding: Buried Alive" and were featured in the opening episode of Season 2 (called A Homeless Man with a House). In December 2011, Emily shot a follow-up segment, which aired as part of the opening episode of Season 3, called Where Are They Now?

Bennie, the client we worked with, struggled with hoarding and overconsumption for many years before deciding to take back his home and his life from the stuff that was literally crowding him out. We were truly impressed with and amazed by his determination to clear out his space and regain control, and were honored to work with him.

Check your local listings for repeat broadcasts or find the show on Hulu to watch the story of one man's journey out of severe disorganization, and how The Organized Life helped guide him along that path.

The Organized Life in the News

Calming the Travel Nerves by Christina Elston, Westways magazine, November/December 2015

Too Busy to Reimagine Your Life? by Sarah Mahoney, Life Reimagined, October 14, 2014

Order in the House: 8 Simple Ways to Control the Clutter by Valerie Rains, Family Circle, May 2012

Make One Healthy Move a Day by Jessica Cassity, Parade Magazine, January 1, 2012.

Better Each Day by Jessica Cassity (Chronicle Books, 2011): Featured in tips #70 and 84.

The Single Best Way to Have a Ton of Energy by Kimberly Goad, Health Magazine, June 2010

Keep It or Toss It? by Catherine DiBenedetto, O: The Oprah Magazine, March 2010

Energized—in 60 Seconds or Less! by Brigid Sweeney, Women's Health, March 2010

Clearing Out Clutter by Emily West, Pleasanton Weekly, February 19, 2010

Organize This: Got a digital mess? Here's help from local professionals by Tim Porter, Marin Magazine, January 2010

The O Myth Podcast #49: All That Glitters Is Not Gold, 12/18/09--I talk with hosts Brandie Kajino and Krista Colvin about ways of getting organized and staying sane the week before Christmas.

At Home: Professional organizer creates calm, clear oasis by Christina Troup, the San Francisco Examiner, November 19, 2009

A simple, smart study area for students by Chantal Lamers, the San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2009.

Thrive Connect Radio, 5/13/09--Jordan Mercedes, host of Thrive Connect Radio, talks with me about how I became a Professional Organizer, why paper is a near-universal organizing headache, and what to expect when working with an organizer.

Listen to Thrive Connect Radio here: 

Design Public's Storage and Organizational Guide--I'm thrilled to have collaborated with the good folks at Design Public, a San Francisco-based source of modern decor and housewares, on their multi-part guide to getting organized and maximizing storage throughout your home and office.

The Money Pit, 7/21/08--I talk with hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete (whose book My Home, My Money Pit is also part of the Knack series) about organization and my book, Organizing Your Home.

Listen to The Money Pit here (interview starts around 18:00):

How to Hire a Professional Organizer in Organize Magazine, March/April 2008

Clutter Control: Solutions for all your paper pileup problems, straight from the pros in Woman's Day, January 2008

Informed Debate: Is multitasking an effective way to work? in Costco Connection, January 2007 (to read the article, choose Contents in the menu bar at the top of the page, and then choose Debate)

Clutter Containment: Artfully designed built-ins can hide any manner of messes by Jane Meredith Adams; The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, August 27, 2006

Get Organized for Success from Active Voice, the newsletter of the San Francisco Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication: "Emily Wilska wants you to get organized! She’s so committed to the concept that she started her own consulting business to help her clients organize themselves and their offices."

Simplicity--The Secret to Getting Organized from Bay Area Businesswoman News: "'I'll let you in on a secret,' says Emily Wilska, owner of The Organized Life. 'Being organized doesn't mean that your home or office needs to look like something out of the pages of a magazine.'"

Organizers Strike Again from the Sharon Art Studio newsletter, Spring 2005:"Thanks to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the generosity of 2 professional organizers, Emily Wilska and Carol Thistlethwaite, the Sharon Art Studio kitchen received a much needed purging and organizing. The 2 experts conquered years of accumulated junk, endless funky kitchen gadgets and random odds and ends that inhabited the kitchen for the last 20 years! In our estimation, these women deserve saint status!"

Emily Wilska's Organized Life by Stephanie Block, TangoDiva.com: "You probably don't need to bring both pairs of gold lamé go-go boots. A twenty ounce bottle of shampoo for a weekend getaway, are you nuts?? Which part of 'small carry-on' didn't you understand? 

Are these things you wished people would say to you? It's time to say good-bye to the baggage blues, because the Packing Diva will shape you up before you ship out. According to her, it IS possible to look fabulous even if you don't bring your entire closet and bathroom with you. Is she crazy or just really, really well organized?"  Read the article to find out!