Off to college – how to pack your kid for school

You are so proud of your child. He got into a great college! And now, it’s that time of year when he needs to pack up for the semester. It is a stressful time for sure, especially if your child is going away from home for the first time. While your emotions are running high, […]

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Organize your home office

For people who have an office in their homes, getting and staying organized can be as much of a challenge as the work. Ending the day with a clear desk and an empty inbox is important. Here are some tips to help you stay organized in your home office. Get organized for the next day […]

Tips & Tricks: July 2014

Quote of the Month “…making a list, checking it twice…” Author Unknown   A great big “WELCOME!” to all of our new subscribers this month. Thanks for joining us – it’s really great to have you with us. Vacationing Lightly Summer, for most of us, is a time to take a break… even if it’s […]

What comes first – Cleaning vs Organizing

As a professional organizer, I am often asked whether prospective clients should have their homes cleaned or organized first. In order to do an effective cleaning job, the clutter must be dealt with first. Simply stacking and stuffing clutter will not have long term benefits. While both are important and go hand in hand, it […]

Tips & Tricks, June 2014

Favorite quote of the month “…..I no longer feel overwhelmed and depressed when I go into the basement.” Excerpt from an email I received from a new client, Mary, after our first session. A great big “WELCOME!” to all of our new subscribers this month. Thanks for joining us – it’s really great to have […]

Organizing grooming products and cosmetics

Now is a good time to get a handle on personal grooming products and makeup. Just about everyone, especially kids and teenagers, have a lot of grooming products strewn around the house. The bathroom clutter is a stress inducer, and to reduce it is to lessen your anxiety. The mess can be found all over […]

Organizing cards and special letters from the past

While the younger generation is all about e-cards for birthdays and other occasions, many of us are used to good old-fashioned greeting cards and letters. That letter from Aunt Thelma you got when you went off to college has a special spot in your heart. How do you decide what to keep when it comes […]

Change of seasons, change your closet

As we get closer to summer, it is time to switch your closets around to make space for warm weather clothing. Here are some tips to make your closet switch better for this season and the next one. In organizing, there is something called the 80-20 rule. People wear only 20% of their clothing 80% […]

Tips & Tricks: May 2014

Quote of the Month “…man’s sentimental attachment to objects is one of life’s greatest consolations.” Orhan Pamuk, The Innocence of Objects A great big “WELCOME!” to all of our new subscribers this month. Thanks for joining us – it’s really great to have you with us. Sentimental Attachments – ouch! The popular suggestion of letting […]

11 Tips to a Successful Yard Sale

Having a yard sale sounds like a great idea for downsizing and organizing. However, a lot of work will need to go into the job. This is not a five minute job, it takes a lot of time to get everything together, tagged and ready for a sale. Then, you need to let people know […]