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 […]

Organizing with Your Kids: Practical Suggestions

This blog post is the last in a series on how to organize toys with your kids.  I’ve received several questions about organizing toys, and I’m happy to offer you some tips and ideas here. Clean-Up Time – As They Play or Once A Day? It would be nice if the kiddos cleaned up one […]

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 […]

Organizing with Your Kids: Weeding the Toys

Organizing with Your Kids: Weeding the Toys

In our culture, we have very good skills when it comes to acquiring things, but we have lost (or perhaps never had) the complimentary and very necessary skill of weeding.  Getting your children in the habit of “letting go” of toys they no longer use is good training for the rest of their lives.   […]