Organizing is in the Air

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several friends and aquaintances say that they are feeling compelled to sort and weed through their homes. Of course, it is spring and, for some of us, spring cleaning can feel like a biological imperative.  Others of us are moving in the near future and want to prune […]

What Yoda Taught Me about Being Green

My husband Jim and I are big Star Wars fans, so when we saw a talking Yoda at Target a couple years ago, we just had to buy him.  Yoda cost $30, which was a nice chunk of change for us at the time.  But he talked!  He had no practical purpose at all, unless […]

My Little Chat with My Headband

Earlier this week I decided to say goodbye to my favorite headband.  I bought it in Australia when I was studying abroad in 1996.  The past 14 years have not been kind to it.  It’s seen a lot of wear and tear and it’s dropped into the toilet a few times (the toilet was always […]

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Last week I suggested a tip for setting up your closet at the beginning of a season in order to be able to weed out clothes you don’t wear later.  For those of you who are ready to weed that closet now, no matter what direction your hangers are facing, I have another tip.  Actually, […]

Organizing with Your Kids: Practical Suggestions

This blog post is the last in a series on how to organize toys with your kids.  I’ve received several questions about organizing toys, and I’m happy to offer you some tips and ideas here. Clean-Up Time – As They Play or Once A Day? It would be nice if the kiddos cleaned up one […]

Organizing with Your Kids: Weeding the Toys

Organizing with Your Kids: Weeding the Toys

In our culture, we have very good skills when it comes to acquiring things, but we have lost (or perhaps never had) the complimentary and very necessary skill of weeding.  Getting your children in the habit of “letting go” of toys they no longer use is good training for the rest of their lives.   […]

Organinzing with Your Kids: Your Role

For all you frustrated parents out there who think that the playroom will never be clean unless you do it all yourself, I have good news. As a preschool teacher, I have learned that children are entirely capable of cleaning up their own toys (and not just by dumping them all in a hidden spot).  […]

Tossing the Bouquet

Thursday was my 8th wedding anniversary, and I’m finally ready to toss the bouquet…for good. My wedding bouquet was beautiful- orange and cream roses, fresia and dark orange tulips.  It was perfect for me and for our wedding day.  It was also a gift from my dear friend Leslie. I’ve kept it all these years.  […]