Archive for March 2014

Will Chicago Finally Ban Plastic Bags- Vote To Be Held April 15th

Last week I was walking my neighbors dog and forgot to bring a doggy bag. Luckily, so many people choose to litter so I had quite the choice of plastic bags on the ground! Sad but true. I have been a huge fan of banning plastic bags for many reasons. Aside from being bad for... Read more »

An Organizer Provides Answers To Some Most Common Organizing Concerns

I have been organizing for eleven years- ten years in my own business. Some days, I feel like a rock star! I came, I declutterd, and I organized. Other days I run home with my tail between my legs. Yup, I am a people pleaser! I want to make amazing progress in every project I... Read more »

What To Do When Kids Fly The Coop and Leave Their Stuff; Clearing Out Kids Clutter

Congrads! You are now an empty nester! The kids have flown the coop. You can dance around all day in your jammies with a glass of wine if you want. You don’t have to make dinner for anyone but your spouse! Party time. After the glow fades, you realize that you have been left with... Read more »

The Mail Monster- Why Are We All So Afraid Of The Mail

A very large part of my business is paper management. I find that many people are afraid of what I call the “mail monster”. Yes, that daily pile of paper that comes in our home. So how do we tame this wild beast and get our paper under control?? Limit what comes in your mailbox.... Read more »

The Purse Problem- Keeping It Organized

I was at a party the other week and they were playing that game- “what is in your purse,”- I lost of course. Purse items are the one area that I am a true minimalist. Don’t ask me for kleenex or a nail file. The best piece of purse organization advice I have ever recei... Read more »

Spring is Here, How To Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning/Organizing

Welcome to Spring. And yes, In Chicago we woke up to snow. Thankfully, it stopped and the sun came out. I am starting to feel hopeful. Along with Spring, comes the tradition of Spring Cleaning. In some cultures, the cleaning of the whole house is a tradition. Everything is moved, dusted, and mopped. Do you... Read more »

Saving Toys For The Grandkids- Should You?

Toys and books are pretty darn expensive. And these days there are so many more choices then when I was a youngster. The childhood staple of games have remained the same, but there are so many new items. Legos alone can fill a whole room (yes, I have designed lego rooms). So after your kids... Read more »

Things You Should Purge in Your Home

After organizing for 10 years, I find a lot of commonalities in homes. There are some of the same items that I find time and time again, that could use a purging. They tend to get shoved in a corner and forgotten. 1. College Text Books- Lets get real. How many of you actually use... Read more »

Three Projects That Should Be At The Top Of Your Spring Cleaning List

It may not look or feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Aside from the sunshine, green grass, and nights spent outside, there is that age old tradition of spring cleaning. Don’t shoot the messenger. Its that time to put on those gloves, get out the mop and dust pan – go... Read more »

How To Be The Hostess With The Mostess and Not Lose Your Sanity

Yup, I have been slacking on the blog the last week. I worked double days in order to take a little time off this week. One of my dear friends from kindergarten (the forever friends are the best), and her family decided to make the trek up from Texas. And yes, this organizer had some... Read more »