Organizing Tips

Don't stress out when company is coming. Here's some tips.

Avoid the Trap of Hostess Neurosis

Do you suffer from hostess neurosis?  You know that HORRIBLE feeling when you’ve got guests coming over and the house looks like a complete TRAIN WRECK??  That’s about the worst feeling in the world.   I know I get very stressed out if I have guests coming over when I don’t feel like my house is looking good.  […] Read more…

Are You REALLY Lazy?

One of the most common and negative things people say about themselves is we are lazy. But is that really true? Are we lazy when it comes to our hobbies or our work?  What about when it comes to doing the things we really love to do? No, of course not.  My husband will get […] Read more…

Understanding The Broken Window Effect

Understanding The Broken Window Effect

Photo credit There is something that researchers have discovered that is very important. They call it the “Broken Window Effect” and here is how they discovered it. They did studies in average middle-class neighborhoods where they would leave something out that could easily be stolen – such as a bike, or an attractive pot of […] Read more…

Life Hack – Manage Your Shopping Emails

Shopping Emails are like little golden tickets for your favorite stores.  Do you know when you buy stuff these days, they no longer ask for your phone number.  Instead, they’ve started asking for your Email address.  Gotta love marketing.  If they can’t get to you one way, they’ll find another.   However, keep in mind that […] Read more…

My Easy 30-Minute Pantry Re-Organization

My Easy 30-Minute Pantry Re-Organization

This weekend, I decided my pantry was in need of a little tune-up, so I decided to turn it into a photo tutorial for you.   Here is our starting spot.  It’s been about six months since I re-did it.  Yeah, I know I have a lot of junk food – don’t judge!  Even though […] Read more…

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…

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…

7 Steps to a Permanently Clean Kitchen

I am going to share a secret with you: The longer you spend thinking about having a clean kitchen, the less time you spend actually cleaning it. Until suddenly the task has become so insurmountable that when you finally do dig in, it will take you hours of back-breaking, toothbrush-wielding work. On the other hand, […] Read more…

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’d like to think that I’m pretty good at packing, so I thought I’d share some of my best travel tips with you. My Top 10 Travel Tips 1.  Teach your kids how to pack.  My […] Read more…

A New and Improved Laundry Plan

Laundry is such a pervasive problem in our homes and it can get out of control SO fast.  I think the biggest part of the issue is that laundry is a multi-step process with unavoidable delays.  Most other chores can be knocked out in just a few minutes, but the wash is a minimum two-hour […] Read more…

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