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My Mother Made the Bed 55,438 Times!

“I have to make the beds,” my mom would say, before she could do things like go to the grocery store, work in the yard, or call her mother to say hello. In total, during her 55 years of marriage

Posted in attitudes, organizing, time management

These Minimal Quest Meetings Are Working! and Holiday Reflections

Happy New Year organizing community! Since the spring of last year, the FOCUS Organizers (three professional organizers including myself) have held six Minimal Quest Discussion Group meetings. Topics have included organized holidays, the cost of clutter, growing up disorganized and

Posted in attitudes, minimalism, organizing

Minimalist Holidays

This time of year, it is easy to get caught in up in the craziness and frenzied pace of the holiday season. But what if there was another way to deal with the holiday season this year? How about if

Posted in attitudes, holidays, organizing, time management, Uncategorized

How Can I Be A Minimalist When I Have Shopping To Do?

We had a great Minimal Quest meeting mid-summer at the Goose Restaurant in Darien. Fabulous conversation with appetizers and drinks and a group of men and women interested in simplifying their lives. Our topic was shopping! Some love it, some

Posted in attitudes, decluttering, time management, Uncategorized

Do You Have a Wardrobe or a Floordrobe?

Recently I heard a celeb on TV saying they did not have a wardrobe. They had a floordrobe. After 18 years of professional organizing, I could easily envision this. The hanging part of the closet is packed. With nowhere else

Posted in clothes, decluttering, organizing, time management

Coming Home From Vacation and My Purging Spurt!

Within eight hours of coming home from a much needed vacation, I had filled one bag with items for donation (the “Goodwill Bag”), maxed out the recycle bin, and half-filled the garbage can. Though I was still on my vacation

Posted in attitudes, decluttering, organizing, Uncategorized, vacations

The Organized Dollhouse

Wow! Look at these beautifully organized toys! Who did this? A mom organizing her kid’s playroom? A store getting ready for a big sale? A photographer prepping for a photo shoot? A stager readying a home for an open house?

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Born Organized

People often ask me if I was born organized. No, I was not; I was born to an organized mother. From the moment I arrived, she was ready: bottles in place, diapers folded with the pins nearby, onesies in every

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10 Small Winter Tasks That Make a Big Difference!

Winters cold is fast approaching! Are you ready? Here are 10 small tasks you can do that will make a big difference and help you prepare for the weather events ahead:

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Decrease Clutter With The Magazine Diet

You may be counting calories for your New Years’ Resolution, but a quick way to lose weight around the house is the Magazine Diet! Ah…magazines…they have such a lingering effect. They can sit on the coffee table for years or

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