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gifting the kid

My niece’s birthday is next month. She’s turning five. By this time of year I’ve usually purchased her gift (I can’t resist a good toy store when I’m playing tourist). But five years in, the object-based gifts are getting a little boring, and with so many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and good family friends, it’s difficult to guess […]

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the tupperware [search] party

Are you a tupperware ninja? I’m not. #ProfessionalOrganizersAreMessyToo If only I opened my kitchen drawer and it was a tupperware party versus a tupperware search party. The reality of the situation is that I inevitably end up taking at least half of my tupperware out while searching for the appropriate lid for the desired container. […]

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coin clutter

When I was in middle school, my aunt gave me a large woven basket of change (mostly pennies). At the time, I was thrilled–who doesn’t want free money?! In retrospect, this gift was really her way of getting rid of her copious amounts of loose change while not really having to deal with it. Before you consider […]

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R.I.P. rubber bands

Is a house a home without a load of rubber bands lying around? I mean, they seem like such useful buggers, so why would you get rid of them? Answer: because – like everything in life – less is better (except for good friends, vacation time, and in my world, cats). Really people, why do […]

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the party’s over.

Picnic supplies–-whatcha packin’? More importantly, whatcha savin’ after the party is over and the coleslaw is done? One of the most common items I run across when I’m helping clients organize their kitchens is extra picnic supplies. You know the type: brightly patterned paper plates, red Solo cups and an assortment of disposable “silverware.” I’ve […]

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get a grip on your glassware

Quick: What do all these things have in common (besides being glasses)? Juice glass, water glass, red wine glass, white wine glass, cocktail glass, martini glass, champagne flute, coffee mug, beer mug, teacup, shot glass, pint glass. Answer: They’re probably taking up too much space in your kitchen. Think about it: how often do you […]

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musical motivation

Have you seen our core beliefs? My favorite is “We believe music is one helluva motivator.” Turn it up and get busy doing whatever your heart desires. And please don’t worry that you’ll disturb the neighbors with your guilty pleasure music. Who knows, you just might inspire others with your newfound energy. This week I thought I’d […]

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the clutter trap

Let’s talk about that place you put the miscellaneous stuff (like spare change, coupons, save the date postcards, random napkins) you bring into your home everyday. Be honest, we’ve all got at least one. It could be your purse, the glove compartment, the little table next to the front door, that basket on the bookshelf, […]

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the one thing your inbox number tells me

Like a crystal ball, your email inbox count can tell me a lot about you as a person… (oh how I wish that was true). Your inbox number can really only tell me how many emails you do (or don’t) have in your email inbox. A lot of emails in your inbox doesn’t necessarily mean you’re […]

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loungewear for life

Can I get an a-men for loungewear?! Seriously, there is nothing better than getting home from a tedious day of work in uncomfortable professional wear, and stepping into my spandex yoga pants. Needless to say, I am a huge proponent of loungewear, or what I like to call, “house clothes.” But there’s something I have […]

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