Great Quotes

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Wait Watchers

I was reading my buddy Amanda’s July 14th blog Consequences: Eating and Organizing and it got me to thinking about another way eating and organizing are synchronized. Just as crash diets are bound to fail (and trust me- I’ve tried enough of them!) – so are crash organizing actions.  You know the ones I mean~ […]

Think Like A Blonde

Think Like A Blonde

The blonde I have in mind is Goldilocks.  She understood the true meaning of fit – not too big, not too small – just right. This is a great principle to keep in mind when organizing your paper files (among other things!)  Are your categories too big or too small or just right for you?  A […]

Long Distance Learning

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in England and, as always, the act of traveling taught me some great lessons. 1.) Less is more. 11 days with temperatures ranging from low 50’s to mid 80’s rain and sun. Here’s what I packed/wore: 1 skirt, 1 pr jeans, 1 pr black pants, 4 sweater […]

Ending Home-less-ness

I believe that clutter is a state of home-less-ness and it’s time to end this sad condition! Everybody and everything needs and deserves a home, a place to call one’s own.  This is not an impossible task when dealing with our stuff.  Here’s 2 major causes that often result in  home-less-ness: NOT ENOUGH SPACE – […]

The Keys to My Queendom

The Keys to My Queendom

I can’t travel far without my keys.  They have a home on a little table by my front door – and they rarely run away from home.  I’ve trained them well.  And since I don’t leave home without them- they’ve become my mini command center while I’m on the go.  Not only do I carry […]

The Spirit of Organization

I was chatting with the minister of my church the other day before a meeting when he mentioned that my Facebook posts made organizing sound like a spiritual event. ( DC please forgive the paraphrase!)  And you know what?  I was thrilled – because that is exactly what I intend when I spend time organizing- […]

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

Every year in honor of Earth Day (April 22) I try to add one new behavior to help Mama Earth.  This year I’m singing the praises of my Baggler Bags.  This cute little red pouch (6″ x 7″)  comes with  3 sturdy nylon bags (each opening to 14″ x 16″) and easily holds 2 or […]

The Journey of a Lifetime

Last Saturday night I went to sleep with the words from Alexandra Stoddard’s 1992 book Creating a Beautiful Home on my mind.  She described home as “an outward expression of an inward journey.”   Sunday morning I woke to Ashley Gilbertson’s photo essay The Shrine Down the Hall ( 3/21/10 text by Dexter Filkins) in […]

Time to cut the apron strings?

Not so fast!  I love wearing them in my kitchen. They’re cute, comfortable, and make me feel like Betty Crocker even if I’m microwaving a frozen dinner.  But I ADORE wearing them in my car.  I keep one stashed in the back seat and when the urge to down a latte or gulp a hamburger […]