Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Definition of Organization or do you really need more tape

garage organization before

Merriam-Webster defines organization as the act or process of organizing or of being organized. I agree but tend to think that this is a rather simplistic take on what it means to organize.  Therefore I have come up with a definition for organization that I believe encompasses the reason, purpose, and result of organizing: knowing what you have, where you have it, and why. Continue reading

Record Retention, the first step in paper management

records retention

What to keep and what to toss are always a question when organizing, especially when working through papers and documents. Here I discuss the IRS recommendations for record retention and how to implement them in your home. Continue reading


encouragement award

When faced with an any project, whether it’s organizing the office, refinishing furniture, or writing a blog, it’s always nice to receive encouragement. Just hearing someone say, “nice job thus far, keep up the good work”, can make all the difference in whether you finish well or let your efforts wane.

So I want to say thank you to A.J. Goode from A Good One, for awarding this blog the Liebster Award! The German translation for Liebster is dearest and I am inspired and honored by the mention. Her acknowledgement of my efforts encourages me to press on in hopes of producing relevant and inspiring content. Thank you!

Raising the Bar

gym barbells organizing

Ever walk into the gym and just feel overwhelmed, uncertain where to begin? Let me tell you how I came to hire a personal trainer so I would never have that problem again. {I promise to bring it back to organizing just hang with me}.

I had just started going to the gym and only knew how to use certain equipment, therefore I was always focused on completing the very little that I knew in order to feel like I was at least doing something.

One day I became very frustrated because a gentleman, who had a very smelly cast on his leg, was parked at one of the few pieces of equipment that I knew how to use. I must have circled the apparatus at least 5 times waiting for him to move. Continue reading

Jewelry Organization: Simple Solutions for Storing Jewelry

One of my clients had an amazing assortment of jewelry but never wore any of it because it was either too difficult to find the appropriate piece or it had become tangled. Below are some of my simple solutions on how to store jewelry so that it is readily accessible without taking up too much space. Continue reading

The Response

During the coverage of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, a friend posted a quote from Mr. Rogers,

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster’, I remember my mother’s words and am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in the world.” – Mr. Rogers

I tend to find comfort in helping, so here are some resources for those who feel the same.

Donate Blood – American Red Cross

Donate Shoes – Shoes 4 the Shoeless

Donate Time – Homeless Shelter Services