"Hillary has been gentle and patient in her guidance toward organization. She teaches skills in a way that is easy to understand and follow. She has also spent time with my two daughters to develop skills I hope they will take with them into adulthood."
I was looking in my bathroom cabinet yesterday and I saw a couple of beauty products that I haven't used in years. I've picked them up to throw them away a couple times, but each time I change my mind as soon as I handle them.
Amanda Darlack, Living Peace Professional Organizer, offers some tips for successful road trips with kids.
Mobile App Amanda Refers to: MomMaps
One of the best things to do when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or angry is to BREATHE. This is true for children as well as for adults.
I teach the children in my preschool class to breathe deeply by pretending to "smell the flowers" and then to "blowout your birthday candles." We even pretend to hold a flower up to our noses as we breathe in, and then we put up our pointer finger to be a candle when we blow out.
Amanda Darlack, Living Peace Professional Organizer, offers some clutter-free gift ideas for your child's teacher.
A good friend recently shared this quote with me. I had not heard it before (although it is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Address).
"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
So, here's the scenario:
You are decluttering. You're doing a stellar job. Lots of things are ready to leave your house and you will have more clear space!
Uh oh, but then you come across that complete set of china (or antique bedframe or leather jacket) that you no longer have any use for. You don't love it. You don't need it. You don't really have room for it. "But it's so nice! It cost so much!..."
"...It's too good to give away!"
I've been there too. Here are some questions to ask yourself to find the best solution.
Amanda Darlack, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares three tips to help you and your kids have a great summer.
I recently started reading Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael B. Frisch. I confess I was a little skeptical at first (and you know how much I love lists). But after reading a couple of chapters, I was feeling a sense of possibility and enthusiasm which I haven't felt in a very long time.
A friend just emailed me asking me for some organizing advice. "Is there any need to keep cards we received for our wedding?"
The answer to that question would be different for everybody. So here is the big question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to keep wedding cards or any kind of memorabilia:
Does it feel like a treasure?
Amanda Darlack, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares her technique for keeping her car clear of trash.