Organizing Tips

Beautiful Easy Tags for Bins & Baskets

One of my favorite uses for a tissue box is to make tags with it. Tissue boxes have pretty and colorful designs, are thin enough cardboard to cut, and make sturdy tags for your bins and baskets. I have one set in my kitchen for dish cloths, cloth napkins, dust rags, and aprons, and another Read More

Declutter Your Email

Clutter is clutter, even if you can’t see it. If you’re logging into your email account and it shows that you have 3,558 unread messages and 7,942 total, you need to declutter your email. Searching through folders and filters to find information you need or saving every sent message is the equivalent of having so Read More

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Back to School Organizing

Back to school time can feel chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be chaotic. How do you make the shift? 6 Tips for Back to School Organizing Set an intention. What do you want the start of the school year to look like? To feel like? For your kids and for you? Identify the obstacles to that Read More

Declutter Your Mind

It’s easy to see when our home, office, or car is full of clutter, but our minds are not so open. We can’t see the piles in our mind’s corners, the unpacked boxes of our history, or the regrets we revisit. Mental space gets cluttered with random thoughts, lists of worries and to-do’s, plus rules for how Read More

Use a Tissue Box to Store & Dispense Plastic Bags

Looking for a simple and attractive way to store plastic bags? Use a tissue box. Or more than one.   Tissue boxes are the perfect storage for plastic bags because they dispense one bag at a time. Because tissue boxes come in so many different designs, you can use a different box for each size bag Read More

20 Ideas for What to Do with Kids’ Art

What can you do with children’s artwork? Most of my organizing clients just aren’t sure what to do with their kids’ creations. Neither are most parents. There’s so much of it.  Some of it is beautiful. Other pieces are markers in time: a handprint, the first collage of shapes your child made after mastering scissors, the Read More

Try This: Display Kids’ Art

Kids’ artwork creates an organizing and home design challenge. The sheer volume of it from from the time your child is old enough to fingerpaint through elementary school and sometimes beyond requires an organizing plan. Otherwise you have artwork piled up or stored in various bins,  your walls and your refrigerator are plastered with pictures, paintings, Read More

Organizing for Kids: School Papers

Whether your kids just got out of school for summer are about to get out, you’ve probably got stacks of school papers to deal with: art work, worksheets, stories, journals, and more more more. What are you supposed to do with it? I’ve had clients function anywhere on the spectrum from keeping everything to throwing Read More

Get Your Guest Room Organized

Summer makes it more likely you’ll be having guests come to visit. Your guest room may only be used two weeks a year, but summer probably makes up at least one of the weeks, with winter break holding court for the other. I’ll write in another post about how you can make your guest room Read More

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Try This: Organize Your Earrings

Organizing earrings doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. Many jewelry boxes and displays don’t have enough space for a large earring collection, so you end up putting more than one pair in each section and still have to dig through. Maybe you’ve got the perfect jewelry box but it’s not expandable so your Read More