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 […]

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 […]

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

I’m Moving: Please Handle (Me) with Care

My husband and I are really excited about the home we’re moving into this summer.   It’s a beautiful old house near the Gloucester Harbor.   There’s a big front porch, a deck off the back, a little yard, and – possibly best of all – lots of storage space! But I don’t want to move in […]