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Ideas for donating your stuff this holiday season

For many people the Christmas holiday means a huge spike in consumption and gift buying for family, friends, and especially children. For some, though, right within our own neighborhood, this time of year is incredibly stressful as many struggle to provide the feasts, gifts, and bounty that they dream of bringing to their families. For […]

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5 Tips for an Organized Summer

1. Keep Routines School’s out and kids and parents alike are ready to buck the routine and schedules and be free to embark on later night BBQ’s, movies in the park, and lots of traveling.  Be sure you give your kiddos some calm nights at home with their normal bedtime routines at least a few […]

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Time Management for Moms

Whether you have 5 kids or 1, you work full-time, part-time, or are home with the kids full-time, there are a few things that are certain for all of us mamas.  We all have 24 hours in a day, and it rarely feels like enough. We are all being pulled in many directions by the […]

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Decluttering with a Conscience

As a professional organizer, I stand firm that people generally live their lives filled with way too much stuff.  The stuff fills their closets, their garages, their living spaces, and even their bedrooms.  We bring these items into our homes with the best of intentions, but then they get lost in the shuffle of our […]

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Say No To Clutter and Yes To Being Present

I never know quite what the statute of limitations is on saying “Happy New Year!” but the feeling of new beginnings is definitely on my mind still 2 weeks into the year.  I’m not crazy about the concept of New Year’s Resolutions only because they are the brunt of jokes just about as much as […]

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Is your clutter keeping you stuck?

Clutter: any obsolete object, space, commitment, or behavior that weighs you down, distracts you, or depletes your energy. This brilliant, eye-opening definition in Julie Morgenstern’s SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life, moves the perception of “clutter” beyond the conventional notion of mess, disorganization, and too many belongings.  I began reading this book with the intention of gathering some […]

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Let it Go: Honor the Past, Welcome the Future

My 5 year old daughter is completely obsessed with Disney’s Frozen and I have easily heard the song, “Let it Go!” sung in my home 10,000 times in the last 5 months.  Long before my sweet Lila was transformed into her new alter-ego Elsa, the Ice Queen of Arendelle, this phrase was mine!  And I’m taking it back. […]

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5 Reasons Home Organizing is “Green”

With the coming of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I have had green on my mind today.  In the spirit of all of this green I thought I would share with you some reasons why I think getting your home organized is one of the most “green” things you can do […]

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Kid Art Part 2: Archiving your Child’s Art

In my last post I wrote about my own trial and error and the solutions I have created for making a manageable, functional art creation space for my kids.  I am proud to say that the space still proves to be a great solution, though maintenance is definitely required on an almost daily basis.  One […]

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Kid Art Part 1: Creating the Ideal Art Space

My kids are intensely prolific artists.  The sheer quantity of art and literature these kids churn out on a daily basis is nothing short of mind-boggling.  It has always been important to me to promote their creativity, and so I have always, since their early drawing days, had lots of paper, coloring books, crayons, markers, […]

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