Organizing Tips

The clutter game is a way to learn how much hassle all your STUFF is costing you.

Let’s Play The Clutter Game

Let’s play a game called the “Clutter Game”. Let’s pretend that over the course of the next month, you have to actually use all the stuff that is currently in your house. You have to wear every piece of clothing, eat off of every dish, use every towel and sheet, and read or watch every […] Read more…

The Cleaning Styles of Men vs. Women

The Cleaning Styles of Men vs. Women

Here’s a news flash: men are different than women.  Shocking isn’t it? But it’s sort of a basic fact of biology.  So, the illogic of it is why do we expect men to act like women and vice versa?  There have been whole books on the subject – the whole Men are from Mars, Women […] Read more…

Organizing for a Trip

Organizing for a Trip

Since I just got back from my trip to DC, travel packing is on my mind.  I’m actually something of a fanatic about packing – I can’t stand to be without something I might need, so I really put a lot of thought and effort into it when I pack for a trip.   TIMING – […] Read more…

Don’t be a Martyr

Have you ever gone off on a trip, away from your family, and come home to a disaster zone?  I have, many times.  The last time it happened, I had been away at a blog conference for four 12 hour days.  I’d had a wonderful time, but I was exhausted and I came home to […] Read more…

Decluttering with my First Client

I’ve been doing work in the decluttering field for years.  I’ve taught classes and written nearly 100 posts on the subject.  I’ve also done a lot of decluttering projects in my own house and for my family, but this is the first time I’ve worked with a hands-on client.  I’m quite enjoying it – it’s […] Read more…

The Daffodil Principle

I love this little story. I got it from one of my Zig Ziglar publications and I’ve always found it very inspirational. Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over.”  I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake […] Read more…

7 Steps to a Permanently Clean Kitchen

Here is a great article by Jeff over at TheCleanTeam.com. Pop over to their website for some of the great tools he mentions here. I am going to share a secret with you: The longer you spend thinking about cleaning your kitchen, the less time you spend actually cleaning it. Until suddenly the task has […] Read more…

10 Fabulous Tips for packing for a trip

10 Fabulous Travel Tips

Travel is on my mind these days, mainly because I’m leaving on a cruise in a couple of weeks.  I’m like to think that I’m pretty good at packing, so I thought I’d share some of my tips with you.  1.  Teach your kids how to pack.  My kids have been packing for themselves since […] Read more…

CHAOS: Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome

Does the thought of having people over to your house freak you out? Flylady calls that CHAOS – Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. Before I finally embraced her daily cleaning & decluttering routines, I used to do that too. Having guests over was a virtual guarantee of several days of panicky activity as I would […] Read more…

Do You Ever Lose Stuff in your House?

Do you ever lose stuff?  I know I do and it’s one of the few things that really makes me CRAZY!  I hate to lose things and I have been known to search for weeks when I lose something important.   © Efe Can Altuncu | Dreamstime.com Recently, I lost one of my Big Shot dies […] Read more…

Organized People are Lazy

Today we have a guest poster – Alana of Our Taylor Made Home.  I met Alana over at my favorite blog – The SITS girls and I was supposed to feature her on Monday, but I messed up the dates (yeah, good thing I’m an expert on organizing!).  She was kind enough to feature me […] Read more…

Do you Suffer from Hostess Neurosis?

Do you suffer from “hostess neurosis”?  I know I do.  I get very stressed out if I have people coming over and I don’t feel like my house is in acceptable shape.  I think it’s the one time when my family truly dislikes me.  I have to say, I don’t blame them.  It’s not my […] Read more…

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