Episode 75: Two Sisters, Two Styles, Two Solutions featuring Kelly McNemamin

Kelly McMenamin and Katie McMenamin are sisters and organizational specialists dedicated to helping others organize according to personality. After years of disagreeing with one another on how to declutter and whether to file or pile, they co-founders PixiesDidIt! After 10+ years of field research, they discovered that how you organize is hardwired in your brain and organization isn’t about making it perfect. It’s about finding stuff when you need it. They created an assessment that calculates personality and harnesses individual strengths and preferences to transform living spaces into ideal places. On this episode Kelly and Katie help usher in spring and share some of their best tips for smoothing out the edges in pandemic-weary people and homes.

Kelly McMenamin and Katie McMenamin are authors, organizing coaches, speakers and co-founders of PixiesDidIt!, a company dedicated to helping clients organize according to personality. The Pixie motto is that while life isn’t always easy, organizing it should be. Their book is “Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality” ‘(Sterling Publishing). After 10+ years of field research, PixiesDidIt! discovered that how you organize is hardwired in your brain. Organization isn’t about making it perfect. It’s about finding stuff when you need it. The trick to getting and staying organized is building systems that work with your shoes off self. 

Prior to PixiesDidIt!, Kelly worked as a hedge fund analyst and at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.B.A from The Tuck School at Dartmouth. Katie was (and is) a novelist. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from New York University.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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