The “Maine” File

Every summer, our family takes a vacation to a lakeside cottage in Maine.  Usually it’s my family of four plus my parents, who love to join us as we leave the world behind.  There’s no stress here.  No worries about work, schedules or deadlines.  And beyond the breathtaking landscape, what really makes the trip so […]

Mise en Place

Translated as “everything in place”, this French phrase is most commonly heard in kitchens.   Reason being, your work space, ingredients and tools need to be ready and organized before starting the cooking process.  Last weekend, my husband and I attended a cooking class for couples.  With two instructors and six couples, we spent a lot […]

Clutter Doesn’t Have a Positive Purpose

“I’ve been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. […]

Organizing Changes More Than Your Space

I recently came across this great story in Mina Parker‘s book “Less is More: Meditations on Simplicity, Balance, and Real Abundance.” I thought it was a wonderful expression of how organizing your home can change far more than just your space. Bye Bye, Extra Stuff I recently heard a friend talking about how she had […]

Don’t just have goals. Create a Lifestyle.

If you would have told me over a year ago that my life would include daily beach walks, writing in cafes, and only about 3-5 appointments per week, I would have said “That’s a dream.” But I’m living the dream. Did it take a ton of hard work? Yes. Did it happen overnight? No. But, […]

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 Fringe Benefits of Failure” – J. K. Rowling

  J. K. Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter Series, is beloved world-wide, and remains one of my all-time favorite authors. But, listening to this speech makes me wish I had graduated Harvard a few years later. For, Laughter, Joy, and Inspiration- Don’t miss these videos. Yes, it’s 20 minutes of your day, but it […]

5 Reasons Why an Organizer LOVES her Kindle!

5 Reasons Why an Organizer LOVES her Kindle!

The one year mark has passed, and I have to share with the world why the Amazon Kindle has become one of my MUST-HAVE gadgets (right up with my laptop and iPhone). Weeded my book collection– After getting my kindle, I immediately went through my entire book collection to see what was available on kindle. […]

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

You Don’t Need to Be a Pirate to Have a Treasure Chest

When my clients come across something special that they want to keep but not necessarily display or interact with, I suggest we start a Memorabilia Box.  Like a treasure chest, it’s a safe place to keep precious items rather than tucking them in random places around the house where they can get lost. Some items […]

Exploration and Innovation: You need both for life

Exploration and Innovation: You need both for life I read a recent blog post by David Seah, a writer on productivity and inspiration, and he shared his self diagnosis of having “Type 2 Procrastination, a horrifying condition in which inspiration does not lead to action.” As he explored and reflected on the reasons for this […]