Go! Set! READY!

I’ve discovered the secret to keeping dirty dishes from multiplying in our kitchen sink: empty the dish drainer. (If we had a dishwasher, the secret would be emptying the dishwasher.) So much of the clutter and disorganization around us is a result of multi-step tasks being half done.  In her book It’s Hard to Make […]

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 […]

Where’s Your Wealth? Time or Money

How many times have you recognized that you have a choice between investing time or money? We have all experienced it. I can either work on this project myself for the next few hours (days, weeks), or I can hire someone who can do it for me. I firmly believe that our individualistic culture has […]

Organizing is in the Air

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several friends and aquaintances say that they are feeling compelled to sort and weed through their homes. Of course, it is spring and, for some of us, spring cleaning can feel like a biological imperative.  Others of us are moving in the near future and want to prune […]

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- […]

What Yoda Taught Me about Being Green

My husband Jim and I are big Star Wars fans, so when we saw a talking Yoda at Target a couple years ago, we just had to buy him.  Yoda cost $30, which was a nice chunk of change for us at the time.  But he talked!  He had no practical purpose at all, unless […]

My Little Chat with My Headband

Earlier this week I decided to say goodbye to my favorite headband.  I bought it in Australia when I was studying abroad in 1996.  The past 14 years have not been kind to it.  It’s seen a lot of wear and tear and it’s dropped into the toilet a few times (the toilet was always […]

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 […]

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Friends, Acqaintances and Strangers in Your Closet

Last week I suggested a tip for setting up your closet at the beginning of a season in order to be able to weed out clothes you don’t wear later.  For those of you who are ready to weed that closet now, no matter what direction your hangers are facing, I have another tip.  Actually, […]

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 […]