A New Black Friday Tradition

REI announcing that they are closing on Black Friday and encouraging everyone to go outside and take a hike on that day instead of hitting the stores got me to thinking. So I decided to come up with a few alternatives of how to spend Black Friday that can assist in your ongoing organizing endeavors, […]

5 Strategies to Survive Life’s Transitions

Our Lives are Full of Transitions Whether due to the challenging economy, the change of seasons, or the Back-to-School rush, many of us are experiencing a life transition that we’re trying to navigate. Your transition may be routine (like preparing your closet for the upcoming winter season), or it may include a new home, new […]

Organizing for the Empty Nester

My name is Melissa Belliard, and I am one of the Professional Organizers at Living Peace.  I have one child (well, young adult of 20) who moved out of the house 2 years ago, and one child on his way to college this fall, so I now qualify as an Empty-Nester in Progress.  For those […]

Great Quote about Liberation from Fear

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 […]

What “Glee” Taught Me About Organizing.

What “Glee” Taught Me About Organizing.

It just so happens that my kids and I are “Gleeks”, the term used for fans of the show.  It’s one of the few programs on TV that we can agree on and watch together.  But it was a recent episode where I found myself especially enthralled – the cast was dealing with issues of […]

Creating External and Internal Space

Have you ever walked into a room and had an immediate visceral response to the disorganization and clutter?  You may have felt anything from disgusted, to uncomfortable, to agitated, to downright panicky. Now imagine it is YOU whose daily life is surrounded by such disarray.  Clutter of any magnitude doesn’t just happen overnight; it accumulates.  […]