Uh-oh! Schools Out!

How is it that summer vacation always catches me off guard?  After talking with a few moms in my network, I’ve found that I’m not the only one that experiences this mysterious creeping up of June.  It’s not as if the months change order, June always comes after May and yet, one week before school […]

TGFB- Thank God for Backups!

Yes, it happens to us all- Failing Hard Drives! Much to the chagrin of both my assistant Katrina and myself, on Tuesday we were struck by the Hard-Drive-Fail-Boogey-Man. When rebooting the computer that scary message appeared telling us that we could go no further. But, we’re making it through this “disaster” with very little sacrifice […]

What is your biggest dream?

Create a Lifestyle, not an Outcome. We all have fantasies about lifestyles we wish we could have. Perhaps it’s wandering the world to eat exotic cuisine, living in a cottage in Scotland, or cruising a boat around the Caribbean. What if you decided TODAY to make that dream happen? The only thing stopping you is […]

Do Not Be Overwhelmed with Bridal Show Paraphernalia

When planning a wedding one of the most common places to start is at bridal shows.  While these events offer a vast variety of services and information, they can also leave you with a surplus of written materials.  Don’t let the free tote bags and mounds of literature make wedding planning any more exhausting than […]

Three Tips for Conquering Big Projects

My husband and I are moving this summer and we have been systematically sorting through all our things and weeding what we don’t need anymore/don’t want to carry up three flights of stairs into the new apartment. My husband has many, many books.  (Books are heavy!)  He’s also a librarian, so he sorted through his […]

Just Start Somewhere

Years ago, I worked in a bookstore and the manager asked me to create a large display.  He said I could be as creative as I wanted to be, just make sure it reflected the season (which happened to be Spring).  At first, I was excited.  I consider myself to be fairly creative and was […]

What is Holistic Organizing?

During a recent visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, my dear colleague Geralin Thomas, of Metropolitan Organizing, asked me to write a guest post for her blog answering the important question: “What is Holistic Organizing?” In recent years there have been an increasing number of professional organizers using this term, and, while I won’t attempt to […]

It’s All About Compromise

My fiancé and I recently purchased a new fan to replace one that was old, dirty and made an annoying rattling noise.  The new fan promptly made its way out of its box and into position in the house.  The old fan was to go to the dumpster-or so I thought.   The situation: my […]

Do the Other Person a Favor and Tell Them, “No.”

This post is for all the people out there (like me) who have trouble saying “no” even when they are already overcommitted. One of my clients has been having her floors refinished.  All the furniture from her first floor is crammed into one room.  All the counters in her kitchen are full of the contents […]

Patting the Tail

So we all hold on to things that have meaning to us – old letters, pressed flowers, mugs, books, etc. We call them mementos and we cherish them, even as we shove them in a box and set them way back in the closet.   However, sometimes, for some people, what starts as one box […]