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Our tree topper has had a good run

December 1, 2022 |

This star has topped our tree for 24 years. This year of all years the star refused to light up, go figure. Our $10 star had a good run. I remember shopping for this star with my mom after she saw our star-less tree. A tree without a topper was unacceptable to my mom. She…

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tips to say no

Time management: How to say “no” when you feel obligated to say “yes”

September 18, 2019

Are you saying yes when you really want to say no? It’s hard for most of us to say no, especially when a favor is asked and you don’t want to let someone down. What if you changed your perception from when you respond to a request with a “no” you are being callous and…

how to make decisions about your stuff

How to make decisions based on truth not fear

August 21, 2019

The decision-making process, or determining what to keep and what not to keep, is fundamental to the organizing process. Many things are kept because of good intentions but when the truth be told, it was kept knowing it would never be used, looked at again or even thought about. Do these situations sound familiar? You’ve…

organizing habits

Your children are watching

July 17, 2019

RANSACKED, or at least turned upside down….that’s what I thought when I looked into our teenage daughter’s bedroom. My solution……..keep her door closed. I’m a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER who helps clients declutter their homes. I know, it doesn’t make any sense. We wanted to give her some autonomy with her space. Here’s what I could control.…

vacation checklist

Use this checklist before you leave home on vacation

June 25, 2019

Vacations are much anticipated and often necessary to recharge and reboot.  It can be stressful to prepare to leave, especially for adults with homes. There’s a lot to remember to do in order to ensure your home is ready to be unoccupied, yet appear occupied for a time period. Remove some of the pre-vacation stress…

a list of items to part with

How to declutter and decide to let go with confidence

June 8, 2019

Decisions are easy……said no one! As you declutter and downsize, you’ll be faced with lots of decisions. I’ve created a list for you to refer to when you’re undecided or you feel stuck. Use this list to guide you and help you let go of your excess things.   Toss, recycle, donate or sell the item…

how to declutter your email inbox

Simple tips to declutter your overflowing email inbox

May 11, 2019

It’s not uncommon to have hundreds or even thousands of emails waiting for attention or action. My inbox comfort level tends to be about 15 emails. If you’re overwhelmed by hundreds or thousands of emails, use these simple strategies that I’ve found effective. Delete, delete, delete! Get rid of anything you don’t need. I check…

organized kitchen

How to have an organized and clutter-free kitchen

April 13, 2019

Contrary to what you might think, your kitchen can be organized even though it’s a high traffic area and a drop zone. Clear countertops and tidy storage spaces might be a task you’ve put off and it will take an effort to maintain but it’s worth it.  I find cooking is a bit more tolerable when…

organizing and storing children's art

Ideas for organizing and storing artwork created by your children

March 30, 2019

What in the world do you do with the special art your children created?  It piles up quickly, especially during their pre-school and elementary years. I’d like to offer you some options for saving artwork created by your kids or grandkids. First, be extremely selective by saving only the cream of the crop. Ask yourself, are all…

3 vital habits

3 vital organized habits you need to adopt to live a more organized life

March 16, 2019

Uncover the organized person within you. Believe it or not, we are all capable of living a more organized life. I’m going to reveal three vital organizing practices I teach my clients that may encourage you to embrace better habits. 1. Edit your possessions until they fit their intended space. When everything fits into your available…

found money

You won’t believe what turns up while decluttering with clients

March 2, 2019

Has clutter concealed money in your home? You’ll find out once you start sorting through your papers, boxes, and piles. My clients have discovered thousands of dollars hidden among clutter in their homes. People are thrilled when we find sizable checks they thought were lost forever. We’ve also found loose change and bills. We once…

home maintenance

Practical tips for organizing your home maintenance records

February 16, 2019

If you own a home, you know that a home requires care and upkeep in the form of repairs, renovations and regular maintenance. There are systems you can put in place to organize home maintenance paperwork including receipts, service providers and projects. Your first consideration when organizing home maintenance items is to decide whether  you…

decluttering tips

Instant decluttering tips for a cleaner home

February 2, 2019

This is the last my series of tips to help you start eliminating clutter and take you from overwhelmed to organized. Apply the “one-in, one-out” rule to your home. For every item you bring in, one should be donated or discarded. This may need to be modified to one-in, 10-out until your home feels comfortable. Give…