Organization and Time Management Articles

Join me as we go on a journey, step by small step, to organize your home and your time. Reclaim time for the things you love! Readers in the Raleigh area, contact me and I will personally help you organize your life!

9 Awesome Ways to Organize a Bedroom That Grows with Your Child
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9 Awesome Ways To Organize A Bedroom That Grows With Your Child     Any parent who keeps record of their child’s height on a door frame knows that the pencil marks can increase by the inch (seemingly) by the week. … Read More

12 Surprising Ways Clutter is Ruining Your Life
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Clutter can seem like a nuisance we just need to get out of the way before our in-laws arrive for the weekend. Moving the pile from one hiding spot to another is, in a way, “cleaning up,” but as this … Read More

The Low Down on Deer Damage and Auto Insurance
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The Low Down on Deer Damage and Auto Insurance     Ah, autumn. It brings the familiar sight of leaves transmuting into a dizzying array of goldenrod, burgundy, plum, burnt orange and chestnut hues. You might also enjoy the fall … Read More

Woodworking for the Soul: How Do-it-yourself Projects Increase Mindfulness
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Guest Post: Sarah from The DIY Hammer approached me about a post about how woodworking and mindfulness go hand in hand. I am happy to share her article. I do some DIY woodworking projects currently and have experienced first hand … Read More

Your Guide to Organizing School Year Fliers, Forms, and More
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It’s back to school time! Which means a quiet household, a return to a regular schedule and PAPER, PAPER, PAPER! You’re about to be inundated with forms, requests, and save-the-date letters. Use this guise to set up a system to … Read More

8 Reasons Decluttering is Important
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I was recently asked to chat about decluttering in a Facebook group: Clutter Wars. Sure!  I could talk about that all day long. My friend and fellow professional organizer hit me with her first question:  Why should people even bother to … Read More

Stop Being Overwhelmed and Be in Control of Your Time
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Want to stop being overwhelmed and be in control of your time? You are not alone. I meet women every day who are struggling to keep up with everything on their always growing to do list. They feel frustrated. Often … Read More

5 Ways Tracking Your Time Will Make Your Life More Peaceful
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If you’re like most people, you probably feel like you have too much to do and never enough time to get it done. Well…perhaps you have more time than you think. Tracking your time for just five days will blow … Read More

6 Things You Think You Must Do Now! (But Can Really Let Slide)
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Oh that list. That seemingly never ending to-do list. Sometimes we just want to crumple it up and throw it away rather than face it. What to do first?? It can be hard sometimes to decide the priority of our … Read More

5 Things You Miss in Life with Poor Time Management
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168 hours in a week. We all get the same 168 hours. But the way we use time can be so different. We all want to live a full life. However, there are 5 important things you may miss in … Read More

8 Simple Things You Must Do for Restful Sleep
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Lately a lot of friends tell me they have trouble falling asleep, or can’t sleep through the night. I don’t think we should take this lying down! (Okay, I just had to.) Seriously though, restful sleep is ridiculously important. Who wants … Read More

How to to Make Mornings Peaceful: Stop the Morning Rush
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Mornings are the best time of the day. Ha! Whoever said that didn’t have to get kids off to the bus or carpool to deal with. They obviously didn’t have to rush to the office for an early meeting. Tired … Read More

10 Lessons I Learned in My 40s That Rocked My World
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My 40s have been a time of deep reflection for me.  I am grateful for where the trials, tribulations and joys of my life have led me. Here are the 10 lessons I learned in my 40s that rocked my … Read More

Organize Without Overwhelming Yourself
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This is a guest post from Micah Klug. Micah, author of “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family” runs a lifestyle blog to help people strengthen their faith, home, and family at  www.HomeFaithFamily.com.  Organize Without Overwhelming Yourself     … Read More

How to Organize Your Bedroom: Maximum Storage in a Calm Oasis
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Your bedroom should be an oasis of calm. A place to escape the hectic world. A sleep-inducing paradise. How to create such a room? Read on for bedroom organizing tips that will show you how to maximize space in several … Read More

Finding Satisfaction in Our Work
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This is a guest post by Kimberly Sutor of Grace and Sass. Grace and Sass is about making our journey better – and a little easier – by walking with others. Through her blog you can find friends and share lots of … Read More

5 Essential Books for an Organized and Productive Life
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I’ve hand picked my favorite 5 essential books for an organized and productive life. I’m the nerdy type who likes to read these kind of books for fun. Hey, it’s my job! These particular books are not just inspiration books … Read More

Letter from My Daughter: You Raised a Feminist
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My nearly 19 year old daughter had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed over winter break and it was gruesome! Swollen face. Bruises. Tears. On the bright side, we enjoyed lots of cuddle time on the couch, Gilmore Girls binging, and … Read More

Simple Yet Essential Organizing Advice: It Boils Down to This
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Do you remember the book “Everything I Ever Learned I Learned in Kindergarten?” For those of you not of my, um, decade, this was a book that said “most of what we really need to know about how to live and … Read More

Introducing Your FREE Ultimate Calendar Guide
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So, it’s a new year and you’ve probably bought yourself a pretty calendar for the kitchen wall. Or maybe a soft, leather-bound planner. Perhaps you’ve installed the latest cool calendar app on your phone. So much possibility. Each day is … Read More

Create a Healthy Morning Routine for Your Best Year Yet
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Like the vast majority of Americans, I have an intention to be healthier this year. I will not use the dirty R word. Those never work for me because it seems like, well, work. No fun at all. Instead, I … Read More

How to Save Your Sanity With Lists
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Santa is one smart dude. He knows to make a list. He even checks it twice. Marilyn, however, has it all wrong. Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend. Lists are!  I cannot emphasize enough how lists not only help me … Read More

How to Host an Awesome “A Christmas Story” Party
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When I first heard the words “Some men are Baptists. Some men are Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man” I knew I had found MY Christmas movie: A Christmas Story. Because my father was an Oldsmobile man. He rented … Read More

Organizing Your Daily Skincare Routine
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When people usually think of organizing their life, they think of ways to improve work productivity, like daily schedules, filing systems, office layouts, etc. But any organized person will tell you that you should seek efficiency in all aspects of … Read More

Perfect Gifts for the Car Enthusiast in Your Life
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My baby boy was so busy, so active, I just remember years where I was covered in sweat running after him. Well, I don’t have to run after him anymore. He’s 16 and has his first car. And he’s fallen in … Read More

How to Plan Your Perfect Thanksgiving
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Have you already started getting ready for the big food fest we call Thanksgiving? If so, give yourself a BIG pat on the back. If not, I’ve created a handy planner to guide you in how to plan your perfect Thanksgiving. Imagine … Read More

New FREE 7 Day Gratitude Journal
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November always reminds me to focus on gratitude. Perhaps it’s that whole Thanksgiving holiday thing. I wanted to share a few prompts that have really helped me to think about all the blessings in my life. When I write in my … Read More

Have Yourself a Merry Clutter-Free Christmas
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Fa la la la la isn’t the only familiar refrain this time of year. Often I hear “my house is overflowing now” or “my kids have so much already!” So this year, why not resolve to have yourself a merry … Read More

Design a Powerful, Intentional, Grateful Life
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I’m here to tell you that being in your 40’s is awesome! If you haven’t gotten there yet, I promise you, really, this decade is so good. I’m 48 so I feel I can say that with confidence. If you … Read More

How To Manage Mail Quickly and Easily-Before it “Manages” You!
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The inspiration for this post comes from a client-who threw away a check for over a thousand dollars. Ee gads! I’m happy to say the check was found (phew!) but this scare led her to contact me. She wanted a … Read More

How to Volunteer with Intention (and Say No Nicely)
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      Now that a new school year has started there will be a veritable feast of organizations and groups you can volunteer for. PTA, your child’s sport or activity-the list can seem endless. I was what I like to … Read More

Supplies for a Less Stressful School Year
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I’ve said it before, high school is no longer a place for your child to explore what they might want to do with their life. It’s a place where often they worry about their rank and how many AP classes to take. It’s a place where … Read More

All About Your Garage: Sports Equipment
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Over the years hubby and I threw every sport imaginable at our son, wondering which one would stick. He didn’t like basketball. He didn’t like soccer. He liked flag football…until it turned into tackle football. Roller hockey was good for … Read More

All About Your Garage: Cool Organizing Tools
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Often when I work with others to organize their homes I use what they have on hand. I improvise. The garage, however, is one area of the home where having the right organizing tools really pays off in functionality. Unless … Read More

All About Your Garage: Organization 101
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It IS Possible to Fit 2 Cars in a Garage Driving around my neighborhood, most houses have a car in the driveway-and not because they own three cars. Often, the garage becomes a holding area for items we’re not sure … Read More

10 Ideas to Survive Summer with Teens
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High school is not what it used to be. The pressure is unreal. No longer a place to explore what might be interesting to you, high school can easily be about advanced placement classes, worrying about your rank, and thinking … Read More

Organized Party Planning-Host a Crowd with Ease
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It’s been a bit of a whirlwind at my house recently. My daughter graduated from high school on a Saturday.  The following Wednesday we were on our way to Boston for college orientation.  We returned Friday night and less than … Read More

My Favorite Summer Essential Oil Blends
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Have you entered the wonderful world of essential oils yet? My journey began with a good friend, a generous pour of wine (well, it’s the truth!) and a demonstration by a sweet, no-pressure former school teacher. I initially purchased my … Read More

Organize For Beautiful Skin This Summer
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What? How do you organize for beautiful skin? Trust me-anything can be organized! Lol! What I mean is that I want to help make it easy to take care of and protect your skin during the summer months. Our skin is … Read More

Put Summer Fun on Your Calendar
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Maybe you’re like me. I’m definitely a work first and play later kind of person. I just can’t seem to relax until the house is clean and the laundry is done and the items on my to-do list have been … Read More

Bulk Cooking Saves You Time and Money
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The time I joined my friend Ashley in her kitchen to make 15 dinners was an incredibly happy day for me. I kept dreaming of the 15 evenings I wouldn’t have to make dinner. 15 days I could sit on the … Read More

Make a Recipe Binder For Easier Meal Times
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Imagine it’s dinner time. The witching hour in many households if you have children. There’s the hustle and bustle of kids running around, asking when dinner will be ready, needing help with homework. Meanwhile you are opening cabinets and the … Read More

Meal Plan Monday 8: Very Veggie
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 For Meal Plan Monday 8 I’ve tried to highlight recipes which use quite a bit of vegetables. At least for me. I have to admit I struggle to find vegetables I like and am still trying to find a recipe … Read More

Meal Plan Monday 7: My Favorite Healthy Meals
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When the weather gets warmer I automatically want to eat lighter, healthier food. (Plus there was a lot of indulging with my birthday and mother’s day, I won’t lie.) Are you this way? So I thought I’d pull together my … Read More

Meal Plan Monday: Week 6-Something 4 Everyone!
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How did it get to be May already? It seems everyone is ready to relax and start enjoying the warmer weather just as end of school events reach a fevered pitch. Inductions, meetings, last performances. Oh my! Let’s find a … Read More

Organizing Outdoors for a Relaxing Summer
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As I sit writing this post, I can hear the birds chirping and see my blooming azaleas out the window. I love how this time of year beckons us to slow down, relax, and be more mindful. Are you ready to … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: Week 5 is Tasty and Fresh
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I hope you wherever you are you are having the glorious weekend we are having in North Carolina. It was prom weekend for my daughter and with the exception of a small drizzle of rain before the evening began it was … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: Week 4 is Delicious!
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My daughter’s last high school musical, Cinderella, was a huge success! We loved every exhausting minute of it. There were many tears after it was done. That would be me, not her- lol! So now it’s back to real life. … Read More

Take the Chaos Mode Quiz!
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  Take the Chaos Mode Quiz Now! Find out if you are living in chaos and take steps to remedy the problem. Stop living minute to minute and start enjoying life.       A)  Are you very organized in … Read More

Meal Plan Monday: Week 3 is Easier than Ever!
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This week is what is affectionately known as hell week in the theatre.  My daughter plays the evil stepmother in the musical Cinderella that opens this Thursday at her high school.  She’ll be at school from 7 a.m. to 10 … Read More

Meal Plan Monday: Week 2 of Easier Meal Times
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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be presenting another week of Meal Plan Monday. I don’t know about you but I’m loving being in the garden right now so the less time spent inside cooking, the better! So allow me … Read More

7 Essentials Garden Tools
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I enjoy gardening. I won’t say I love it; my neighbor loves it and she’s constantly moving plants and buying more. We’ve lived in our home for 15 years and I’m almost in what I call maintenance mode: pruning, fertilizing, … Read More

Meal Plan Monday: Making Life Easier for You
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Hello friends! I had an a ha! moment over the weekend. I realized that since I plan out my meals for the week every Sunday,  I should share this with you on the blog. No reason for you to do … Read More

5 Easy Steps to Switching Your Wardrobe
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It’s a rare person who has a closet large enough to keep all their clothing inside. The vast majority of us face the daunting twice a year task of switching our wardrobes. But if you follow a logical process, this … Read More

How To Schedule Your Week For Sanity (and Use My Free Printable)
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I’m a forms girl. I love forms! I’ve made many over the years to make my life run easier. I use “My Organized Week” with clients to help them create a schedule that works for their life. We all have lots … Read More

Essential Elements of an Awesome Command Center
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“Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.”  I love that quote.  Because it’s so true!  Want your days to run smoothly?  Want to accomplish your to do list and still have time for fun?  All it takes is a little planning.For … Read More

How to Create an Organized And Healthier Under the Sink Cabinet
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I see it all the time-the cabinet under the kitchen sink full to bursting with cleaning supplies and clients asking “where’s the Windex?” or “why can’t I find the dish soap? It was just here!” This is a cabinet that … Read More

My Best Tips for an Organized Fridge
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I was so thrilled about my pantry re-organization I thought my fridge deserved some love! I told my son I was going to call this post “Fun with Fridges!” (A pun on Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s “Fun with Flags” on The … Read More

Inspirational, Change-Motivating Podcasts & My Lightbulb Moment
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It all started with the 9 hour drive to see my in-laws. When the kids were small I would read to them, play brain teasers they didn’t realize were really math problems etc. When they were a bit older I stumbled across … Read More

How I Reorganized My Pantry- Function and Beauty-And You Can Too!
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Welcome to my pantry!  The new year always makes me want to tackle new projects and I’ve had my eye on my pantry for awhile. I wanted not only function but beauty too. This post will show you exactly how … Read More

A Professional Organizer Shows How to Declutter a Bookshelf
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I consider myself a highly organized person, but even I need to declutter now and again.  Sometimes new purchases are being made faster than I am getting rid of old or unused items.  Also, my aesthetic changes over time.  I … Read More

Prepare for Winter Storms
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Here in the South we’re bracing for a storm.  Or a bit of snow. But that can REALLY stop everyone in areas of the country that only have one salt truck! We just don’t have the equipment or experience to deal … Read More

12 Unbelievably Easy Items to Declutter NOW
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Some items are a no-brainer to throw away.  And getting rid of this clutter will give you an instant boost!  Seeing one small area in your home purged, cleaned, organized, will inspire you to keep going.  Below is a quick, … Read More

What You MUST Do Before You Organize Anything!
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At this time of year I think we all feel as if we are drowning in stuff.  Maybe it’s having all those holiday decorations up, which makes it harder to clean, and then they all have to be stored which … Read More

A Tale of Two Towels-or How to Store Holiday Decorations Properly
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When friends arrive at holiday time, I invite them into “the house that exploded Christmas.”  I have A LOT of Christmas decorations.  It comes from a mom who adds to my Santa collection every year and from living in the … Read More

The Ultimate List for a Successful Christmas
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 The holidays are fast upon us. These days, we don’t even really get to fully enjoy Halloween without also seeing the Christmas decorations sneak their way into the stores. Frankly, it’s stressful! As with many things in my life, I find … Read More

A Review of  Paper and Digital Planning Tools
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This post first appeared on Your Organized Life in December, 2016. I’m busy planning my blogs (and my life!) for 2016.  There’s nothing so wonderful as a blank slate, a new start, a few well-intentioned resolutions.  I am EXCITED about … Read More

Your Guide to Gratitude Journals
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It’s Thanksgiving time.  A time when many people pause to be thankful for the blessings of this life.  Several of my friends post a daily something they are thankful for on Facebook.  We should all have a way to be … Read More