Perri Kersh

Perri Kersh is the neatest, and sometimes freakiest, at Chapel Hill-based Neat Freak Professional Organizing, LLC. She works with individuals, families, small business owners and students to help them get and stay organized. When she’s not organizing for others, she frequently shovels up after her husband and children. In 2019, she was elected president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. You can read more about Perri on her website,, or reach her at 919-824-8196.

10 Rules to Live By

I am a rule follower. Always have been, always will be. And when life gets busy, I really like having a few rules to live by. It keeps me from having to think too much, or have internal debates about right and wrong. Here are a few of my favorite go-to organizing rules to live …

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Lending a Hand

Watching the refugee crisis or any number of disasters unfold before us on the news is heartbreaking. Our natural tendency is to want to do something — anything — that makes us feel like we’re helping those in need. While sitting here in the comfort of our homes in the Triangle, observing our excess, we …

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Quitting Time

I’ve been thinking about quitting a lot lately. Not quitting my job (because I truly love what I do), but quitting other things. Things that no longer serve me, make me happy or make me say, “Hell, yeah!” This is new territory for me because most of the time, I’m a finisher. I’ll tough out …

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Planning for Spontaneity

One of my favorite things about summer is the spontaneity. For those who know me well, I’m not exactly a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal. I live by my calendar, and despite my best efforts, I sometimes do glorify being busy. (There is a trophy for the person who does the most, right?) But during the …

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An Ode to the Camp Trunk

I just returned from dropping two very happy kids off at sleepaway camp. Our kids absolutely love this ritual of summer … a week or two spent outdoors, unplugged, making new friends and having a few adventures. This also means I get to spend the week prior to camp packing up the beloved camp trunks. …

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Use It or Lose It

In the past two months, I’ve had more than 25 people ask if I’ve heard of Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The main premise of this book is that the items in your home should “spark joy” or be tossed. And she has people around the world …

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Organizing & Grief

Clutter in our homes can be stressful. Piles of mail and paperwork, unworn clothes, too many toys, electronics, cords, cables and miscellaneous household goods can get us down even in the best of times. Add to this an additional major life stressor, and the clutter can be paralyzing. This month, I’m stepping away from my …

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For the Love of Organizing

February is a short, cold and snuggly month. We celebrate Valentine’s on the 14th but really, shouldn’t we celebrate our love every day? And what better place to start that celebration than in the bedroom? Keeping that room organized and tidy is just one more way to encourage relaxation and romance…here’s how (cue Barry White …

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The ABCs of Organization

[dropcap type=”2″]Y[/dropcap]ou can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper in January without seeing some article about getting organized … doing it In 10 Simple Steps or In 30 Days or In Just 10 Minutes a Day! Organization, like any other goal, might be popular to strive for in a new year, but truthfully, it takes …

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