“The house is a machine for living in.” - Le Corbusier

Hi, I’m Rebecca! I teach people how to create systems to simplify their home and life.

Lots of organizing TV shows and social media influencers cover:

  • How to do a weekend closet purge

  • How to organize your belongings by color so they photograph well

  • Which stuff to buy at the Container store

But very few talk about how to:

  • Maintain order with very little effort

  • Feel peaceful when you’re in your home

  • Get time back in your daily life

  • Reduce your mental load

That’s where I come in! Systems can help with all these things, but it takes practice to start thinking in systems. People dedicate their lives to studying this stuff. There’s a whole field called systems engineering and method called systems thinking.

This happens to be how my brain works so I’m here to help you apply systems thinking to your life (generally using bullet lists to save time). The right systems can change everything—I really believe that.

A little more about me: I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, two young kids, and dog. I used to work in product management and data science at Airbnb, where I used strategic and systems thinking to help technical teams build tools and products.

Now I’m ready to bring this thinking home to increase the effectiveness of my house. Since really, a house is a machine and we are all its engineers (per Le Corbusier quote above). I launched this newsletter in 2023 to document and share my theories of home organizing.

Here are some popular articles to get you started:

Laura Fenton wrote a lovely overview of my home and approach to organizing if you’d like to learn more:

LIVING SMALL by Laura Fenton
A fresh take on home organizing
One of the pitfalls of writing about the same beat for years is that you become a little jaded. I know I’m guilty of this when it comes to writing about interiors. For example, the first time a designer told me that they drew their color palette from the natural world surrounding the site, it felt like such a fresh idea, but when I hear it for the 128th…
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If you’re a book lover like me, here are the books that have most shaped my House Machine worldview.


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Pacific NW mom and former tech worker pursuing a simpler, more organized life. My brain runs on optimizations.