Re-Organizing a Child’s bedroom

view from door Not long ago, I held an in-home training session and we not only had a great time but also a role reversal. My clients/readers actually helped me re-organize my son’s room. Now you may think that is a sneaky way to get free help, but it was meant to be a learning […]

How to Organize Your Garage

As a Professional Organizer I have organized a few garages in my day.  Some were in newer homes with nice walls and some in old homes in rural areas where they have a separate wooden structure.  Spring and Fall are great times to get your garage cleaned out primarily because you can take everything out, […]

How Organizing Compares To Dieting

No surprise that after a season of over-indulgence, two of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are: 1. to lose weight and 2. to get organized this year! As a Professional Organizer, and as someone who has always watched her weight, I have noticed that the two objectives have a lot in common. So I […]

Patriotic Christmas Shopping

I received an email the other day that really made me think. It was a little harsh but the message was good & timely so I’ve reprinted it here with my own edits and comments added. Author is unknown so I can’t give credit: Each year as the holidays approach, giant foreign factories are kicking […]

What laundry day looks like at my house

I often find that laundry is a major dilemma for moms. Either it’s never really done or there is clean and dirty laundry all over the house. I talked about this in my book but now I’m going to show you in pictures, my simple 4 steps to conquering the laundry mountains. Because I have […]

Organize Your Beauty Routine

Did you ever have one of those days where you stay in your pajamas and pound away at the computer until you finally look up and the kids are home from school? I’ve had those too. And sometimes they’re fun. But if you make a habit of those, you will eventually have to leave the […]

Whatcha gonna do with all those RECEIPTS?

Here’s a common problem I find when organizing paperwork: People don’t know what to do with receipts, but they don’t want to throw them out. Some save them in envelopes, some in hanging files, some even gather them all together and throw them in a box or drawer. But then what? When clients ask me, […]

Where did I put that…

Americans spend on average 55 minutes a day looking for things they can’t find. These items include but aren’t limited to: car keys, paper files, gift cards, coupons, invitations and believe it or not – cash and checks! Are you one of these people who are invariably looking for something? Or maybe it’s your spouse […]

Life in the Slow Lane

If you are a Type A personality, like me, then you probably like living life in the fast lane. Go, go, go all the time, being a mover and shaker. But what happens when your life suddenly slows down? Do you go nuts or just enjoy it? Right now I’m stuck in the middle and […]

Control

There’s a line from the movie Jurassic Park that I never understood as a kid, and now I get it.  Laura Dern’s character says,”We never had control, that’s the illusion.” She says this at the point where a few of them are safe in the dining hall and the old man still has hopes for […]

Just Do It! But when????

As a professional organizer I pride myself on good time management. I group like tasks together, have daily routines for the morning & dinner rush times at our house and have weekly routines for housework.  I also feel strongly about the motto, “just do it!” So many people talk about doing stuff more than actually […]

Making Room for the Good Stuff

I recently gave a workshop at the Main Line Times Women’s Symposium. It was a great energizing day with about 200 women gathered on a Saturday morning at the Villanova Conference Center. We heard from guest speaker Barbara Collins about discovering our authentic selves and reinventing our lives based on who we are and what […]

The Benefits of an Organized Home

Sometimes people get too bogged down in the details, the process and the struggles.  If you focus on the goal, the outcome and the positive benefits, even a project like cleaning the kitchen can have a positive twist! So let’s talk about the benefits of having an organized home. I can think of many reasons […]

Organize Your Job Search

I was recently invited to speak at a network meeting for job seekers at a local parish. While I’m an expert on organizing, my husband is really the experienced one with job searching. He was out of work for 10 months last year and each day he was busy working his system. Thank God it […]

Spring Cleaning

So what is spring cleaning? Does it mean we have to clean up around the outside of our house? Use vinegar on the windows? Beat the carpets? Or is it that desire to air out our homes and hang our linens on the clothesline for that crisp clean smell? Whatever it is, I am ready […]

Eliminate Your Paper Piles forever

Ask any organizer and the main thing people have trouble with organizing is paper. I was told in the 80′s that we were becoming a paperless society. Really? I have personally seen one doctor’s office that is paperless and I felt like I was on the Starship Enterprise. So zen, so clean, so efficient. I […]