Beautiful Habits

“The hard must become habit.  The habit must become easy.  The easy must become beautiful.”   ~Doug Henning

Stressful Summer Schedules for Kids

While we think of summer as relaxed and care-free, it is still a change in routine and can cause stress in both children and adults. The following is an excerpt from an article called “What Your Child Wants You to Know About Stress” from the Early Experiences Last a Lifetime website. Did you know that […]

Book Preview: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

At the end of our last organizing session together, a dear client gave me a parting gift.  It was the book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communtities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard. I haven’t read the book yet, but […]

Time Management: Start at the TOP of Your To Do List

There are lots of things you start at the top, for example: Ice cream cones Writing letters Washing windows And when the To Do list just looks too daunting, that’s where I start – at the top. It’s tempting to look at the To Do list like a buffet menu. Which would be good to […]

Home Organizing: Board Games

I recently met a family who has dozens and dozens of board games that they like to play with friends. The problem is that when they want to play, they can’t remember what all their choices are. So I suggested two things: 1.  Keep all the board games together. Currently, the games are stored in […]

Basic Organizing: Keeping Track of Your Keys

I confess that I’ve had to work hard at keeping track of my keys. At home, they always go on the hook right inside the door. That’s worked well for years.  But I’ve had trouble keeping track of my keys when I’m not at home. Just put them in your purse, right?  Well, I have this […]

Healthy Productivity: Take a Quick “Green Break” to Refresh

Green, especially in nature, is calming. All the early spring green which is emerging outside reminds me of one of my favorite ideas for regaining productivity during a busy day: “green breaks.”  Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau describe them in their book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Try this refreshing productivity technique when you’re […]