books, books and more books

If you are a parent, your child no doubt has a big collection of books. While a good rule of thumb is one in, one out, when it comes to children’s books, this shouldn’t always apply. 1 in 5 adults are illiterate. Reading is one of the most basic skills we can teach our children. Developing a love for reading early in life will carry through into adulthood. So, carve out or create bookspace wherever possible!  Books1 Books2 Books3 Books4 Books5 Books6 Books7 Books8

i love gumball machines

Gum1 Gum2 Gum3 Gum4 Gum5 Gumball Machine1Gumball machines can be a fun way to store items at home or at work. Think of all the cool items you could fill them with. Be creative with your storage!


Pegboards are super functional for storing all kinds of stuff – jewelry, belts, hats, makeup, towels, garden tools, books, toys, kitchen tools, dog leashes, keys, etc. The uses are unlimited! But, no one wants plain white pegboard on their home walls. Paint, stencils, frames and some creativity can turn plain pegboard into a beautiful display. Hooks and bins can easily be attached for all your stuff,  for any room in the home.

Pegboard Frame Painted Pegboard Pegboard Dog Pegboard Headboard PegboardGarage Pegboard Pegboard Background Pegboard Work Space


why are you keeping it?

We keep things because it’s hard to let go. Sometimes there’s guilt about tossing or donating an item. Maybe it was an expensive purchase? Or, a gift? Ask yourself – Do I love it? Do I use it? Is it beautiful? Does it serve a purpose? One client’s vision was having a home that resembled a luxury hotel suite. This became my key question as we made our way through the stuff. “Does this belong in a luxury hotel suite?” Find your key questions and ask yourself them with every item you touch in your home. As you begin letting go, it will get easier. You can do it! And, your rewards will be endless!    


I failed in one area last year. Blogging. I just didn’t do it. Facebook made spreading my word easier and quicker. Let’s face it – if a goal isn’t simple, it’s hard to meet. However, 2013 is a new year! I am dedicated to blogging at least 1x a month. I think that’s manageable! What are your new manageable goals?




“When will you get to it?” “Someday!” Put a date on it and make it happen!


According to Wikipedia, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority or important actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one brings enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Psychology Today estimates 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions.

Do you put off organizing? If so, why? Do you feel overwhelmed? Not know where or how to start? Does it make you anxious, nervous or upset?  

I often compare professional organizing to personal training. Sometimes to get the job done, you just need the support of another. To guide you. Walk you through it. Show you the ways. Make it fun. Whether you call on a buddy or need a professional organizer, commit to making organizing a priority. There are oh so many benefits! :)

what do you know?

You know I’m a professional organizer. What else do you know? I bet you don’t know that…

1} I have more followers on Pinterest than Twitter or Facebook, but spend the least amount of time “pinning” photos.

2} I spend 30 – 60 minutes a day on my own home maintenance. I never waste time watching commercials.

3} No two days are the same. My schedule is not consistent.

4} I’m most productive at night. 

5} I update my calendar on a daily basis so I never overschedule, but I maximize each day.

6} I’ve learned when to say no.

7} My husband says I need to turn off my “on switch” once in awhile, but I never really do.

8} I’m not as spontaneous as I should be.

9} Sometimes client ideas come from my home. Sometimes I apply client ideas to my own home.

10} My favorite color is navy blue, but it’s not the color reflected in my own home.

11} I love vintage and industrial design, but only a portion of my home reflects it.

12} I have a lot of resources because I work with a lot of people. One client refers to me as a yellow page book. Another calls me the restaurant guru.

13} I love shopping for containers.

14} Organizing is not my only passion. I love travel, adventure, geocaching, photography, design, crafting, cooking, hiking, biking, drawing, writing and reading. Before all else is my family.

slender book storage

Using slender book storage will make any room more spacious. Get creative! Build your own by re-purposing wood, crates, shutters and rain gutters. They take up minimal space and can be mounted at varying heights to accommodate all family members.

a good night’s rest

A bedroom should be a place of rest. Reduce clutter, limit colors and choose furniture wisely.

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