Drop the extra weight to get ready for a move

Drop the extra weight to get ready for a move

My father was in the US Air Force for 20 years! That’s a long time. During his career our family moved every 3 years or more. We are all good at moving now, that’s for sure!
In some ways a military move is easier than a civilian move. But in most ways, it’s exactly the same. In both cases, it really helps to be organized and ready for a move.

How lipstick is like a tidy house

How lipstick is like a tidy house

Drop your belief that other people care if your house is clean.
They don’t care.

3 new ideas for organizing Tupperware

child with goggles in pool

Photo-by-Porapak-Apichodilok

I wish someone had told me when I was a kid that being an adult would involve fighting with Tupperware. I wouldn’t have been so anxious to grow up! I could’ve propped my feet up and enjoyed those afternoons at the pool even more if I only knew what I was putting off by staying young.

You’re too rich to hoard that!

You’re too rich to hoard that!

This parable about a raft can show us a lot about why we hold on to clutter.

“A person traveling along a path came to a great expanse of water. As she stood on the shore, she realized there were dangers and discomforts all about. But the other shore appeared safe and inviting.
The person looked for a boat or a bridge and found neither. With great effort she gathered twigs, logs, and branches and tied them all together to make a simple raft. Relying on the raft to keep herself afloat, the person paddled with her hands and feet and reached the safety of the other shore. She could now continue her journey on dry land.
This brought up a question, What would she do with her makeshift raft? Would she drag it along with her or leave it behind?”

Open Letter to the Queen Volunteer

Open Letter to the Queen Volunteer

This week I found this letter which I wrote to myself when my children were 4 and 5 years old (they are 15 months apart). Those were hard times, friend. And here’s my proof.

Not-so-extreme Home Makeover: Organized people need help, too

Not-so-extreme Home Makeover: Organized people need help, too

I could watch Fixer-Upper on HGTV aaaalll day. I mean all day! Couldn’t you?
It’s so fun to see a space go from neglected to stunning, especially when you don’t have to do the heavy lifting yourself!

A professional organizer’s backyard mess: The cobbler’s children

Sanford and Son model pickup truck

Ford F-1 Pickup by, John DaPas

I may be a professional organizer, but most of the time my backyard looks like “Sanford and Son”.

Everyone has a room–a catch-all, an embarrassment. For me it’s our lack of garage and resulting junk-heaps of old lumber, paint cans, and debris in the backyard.