Organization Articles

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Simple Ways to Organize Pet Supplies
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  If you’ve landed on this article then chances are you love your pet! Animals bring such joy and love into our homes, but, to be honest, taking good care of a pet is a lot of work. However, with … Read More

How Garage Cabinets Can Keep Your Garage Safer, Cleaner and More Organized
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Regardless of the amount of time a person spends decluttering or organizing their possessions, there will be items which need a home up and out of the way of daily living. These may be tools, equipment or materials for outdoor … Read More

Simply Earth Essential Oils Perfect for Pets
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People who love pets are the best people in the world. Just ask someone about their dog or cat and you’ll hear love in their voice and see hundreds of iPhone photos. We all want the best for our pets, … Read More

3 Simple Hacks That Will Help You Have a More Organized Home
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Is everyone around you busy tidying up? Are you thinking about sparking some joy of your own? Decluttering and cleaning your home can indeed make you happier, but getting those tasks done can feel like a real chore. So, how … Read More

How Decluttering Can Earn You Cash
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Marie Kondo has become famous for her ability to encourage people to live simple lives and declutter. According to her methods, it’s most important to only keep the items that truly spark joy. As the Spring season rolls around, it’s a … Read More

Simply Earth March Subscription Box Review
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Simply Earth is the essential oil company with fair prices that teaches you how to use essential oils to make your home more natural. Their subscription box arrives monthly with 4 oils and everything you need to make the 6 … Read More

Great Places to Donate Your Unwanted Stuff
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A new year seems to always bring the urge to declutter. Added to that is the craze of the Marie Kondo Netflix show and everyone is staging their own declutter-a-thon! I’ve created a list of deserving resources for great places … Read More

The Real Benefits of Tiny Living
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The Real Benefits of Tiny Living Have you ever wondered about tiny homes-or why someone would choose to live in one? Guest poster  Molli McGee of the Tiny House Society lets you in on the real benefits of tiny living.   … Read More

Simply Earth: The Easy Way To a Natural Home
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As a professional organizer it’s just natural for me to concern myself with not only the functionality of your home but the beauty and health of it as well.  My mantra is that your home is your haven. That haven … Read More

Awesome Clutter Free Gifts for Kids
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  Are you SUPER PUMPED to have loads more toys in your house? I thought not. So many parents I know use the term “swimming in toys” with me. There is a way to give your child a magical present … 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

Join the Kitchen Organization Challenge
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Your kitchen will be the most used room in the house during the holiday season. First there’s the Thanksgiving Food-O-Rama not to mention all the family and guests popping over, then onto holiday baking and the feast with roast beast. … Read More

The Best Way to Store Your Hockey Gear
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Do you have a hockey player in the house? If so, then you know it comes with a lot of gear. This infographic makes organizing your hockey gear straightforward and easy!   Click arrows in the bottom right corner to … Read More

My 5 Best Kitchen Organization Tips 
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My 5 Best Kitchen Organization Tips   The kitchen should be a relaxing haven, the hub of the home. The reality is, however, that it’s easy to let clutter build up. Keeping it consistently clean and tidy can be a … Read More

How to Stay Organized while Moving Homes
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Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home, … Read More

Turn Your House into a Home
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Have you ever contemplated the familiar saying, “Home Sweet Home?” Why don’t we say “House Sweet House” or “Apartment Sweet Apartment”? For many of us, the answer is quite obvious. We see houses everyday- all we need to do is … Read More

The 5 Best Ways to Keep Clutter Away
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Clutter can be overwhelming. The new move into a more minimal lifestyle emphasizes that when we get rid of a life of too much ‘stuff’, we live more freely. Keep clutter away and you will be able to focus on … Read More

Break In Your New House to Make It Feel Like Home
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Congratulations on your new home!     There’s something satisfying about that moment after you’re finally done carrying boxes, and you are really home. Except… your new house isn’t always going to feel like home. There’s kind of a reason … Read More

Cut Clutter by Saying No
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When I tell people I am a professional organizer they often exclaim “boy do I need you!” What follows is usually a description of the room that is overflowing with clutter in their home. (Master bedroom closets, pantries, and garages … Read More

20 Insanely Smart Ways to Organize Your Small Kitchen
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Organizing a small kitchen can be extremely difficult and because of this reason, most have decided not to try. While we all agree that a tiny kitchen can be a setback when it comes to proper organization, there are tested … Read More

The Lotus Trolley Bag: The Best Way to Grocery Shop
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Boston is my new adopted favorite city. I visit as often as I can since my daughter goes to school there. Previous visits have been filled with sight seeing and taking in theatrical performances. (She’s an acting major.) I’d been … Read More

How to Sustainably Dispose of Clutter
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As simple as it is to throw all your clutter into the garbage, it might not be the most sustainable option. Think about it — Americans create anywhere between 250 and 400 million tons of trash every single year, and … Read More

Investing in International Real Estate
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Whether you’ve had an inheritance, saved over the years or have found yourself receiving an unexpected windfall, when it comes to finding somewhere to put a lump sum the options can seem overwhelming. From stocks and shares to savings accounts … Read More

Flu Season Survival Guide: Expect the Best but Prepare for the Worst
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Guest Author Laurie Bishop from The Happy Bishop is a yoga instructor, writer, and ultimate organizer for the flu season:  It’s flu season, and as Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said nearly 100 years ago, “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.” … Read More

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Garage Organized
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The garage is probably one of the hardest parts of the home to keep maintained. Between all of the camping goods, tools, food storage, childhood keepsakes, and kids’ soccer balls…is there even room to store your car? The garage can … Read More

Why an Organized Bedroom Will Help You Sleep Better
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Are you having trouble sleeping? I’m sure you keep wondering where you’re going wrong. Well, start by checking if you have an organized bedroom. I’ve discovered that bright and clean bedroom space is all you need to enjoy rejuvenating and … Read More

5 Essential Organizing Tools for Your Home
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Whenever I enter a client’s home to discuss organizing a specific area, I encourage them to hold off on purchasing cute bins and baskets, files and folders, and all the other beautiful organizing products they see in the stores. Why? … Read More

How to Organize Your Home Decoration Project
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Completing a home decoration project can be time-consuming. When confronted with redesigning a home’s décor, it is easy to become overwhelmed with deciding what to keep and what to discard. On top of that, shopping for a home can be … Read More

How and Why You Need to Define Your Values
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With an ever increasing number of choices to be made, how do we know which choices to make?? We live in a society of information and opportunities. With so much coming at us every minute of every day, how do … Read More

An Essential Oil Recipe to Support Decluttering
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When I was first introduced to essential oils I used them as healthier air fresheners. I loved they way they made my home smell! I’d heard about using oils to support and even redirect your emotions but I was dubious. … Read More

How to Organize the Bill Paying Process
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We’re all well aware that clutter is stressful and can be a hassle to deal with. You know what else is stressful and tempting to avoid? Household bills!   How to Organize your Bill Paying Process     Whether it’s … Read More

Organization Tips for Your Kitchen
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Organization Tips for Your Kitchen   Your kitchen could well be the busiest room in your home, especially if you have a growing family. Between food preparation, grabbing a quick snack, and dining, it can be tricky to keep it … Read More

Simplify Christmas by Remembering 3 Essential Truths
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  Overspending. Overscheduling. Sweating in crowded stores. Boring long lines at the post office. Cramped hands from addressing 150 Christmas card envelopes. ‘Tis the season right? Along with the joy of the holidays comes some dread. It’s a lot of … Read More

Decluttering Tips for Home Sellers
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  There is a lot being written about how an organized home means a better life. Though, if you’re selling your house, there are added benefits to the decluttered, clean look: higher offers from buyers, a sale with fewer days … 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

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 guide 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. There’s something about digging in the dirt and waiting patiently for beauty to erupt that is so satisfying. We’ve lived in our home for 17 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

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

Yes! I want my life organized!