Please tell me that I am not alone in having a love/hate relationship with photos and memorabilia. I LOVE the concept of taking pictures, keeping mementos and documenting all the precious moments. When my kids get to the point of not wanting to hang with me, I plan on diving into the boxes and albums.. read more →

17 Jun 2013
June 17, 2013

Gorgeous chunks of time!

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School is out and I am exhausted. Mentally and physically. The final week felt like running a sprint at the end of a marathon. Make that an ultra marathon, entirely uphill, with an armful of bricks.   Let the lazy, hazy days of summer begin!   No wait. Hazy, yes. Lazy, never.   I have.. read more →

11 May 2013
May 11, 2013

Just say thanks for everything

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Truly, all the time is time to appreciate mothers, but I guess an official holiday keeps the pipe cleaner industry afloat. Some of a mother’s work is obvious. Many mothers, including myself, do the bulk of the shopping, the laundry, make the beds and pack the lunches. If asked to generate a list, these are the tasks.. read more →

There’s nothing like those first warm days of the year. Suddenly, with a re-energized spirit, I open all the windows to air out my life. It feels good, but it always makes me assess my surroundings, the piles of papers and mail and outerwear that seem to blend better during the dark winter months. In.. read more →

  Raising a future professional organizer and/or opera singer. I love the Design + Conquer philosophy. “Clear the outer, calm the inner.” It’s so true. So, so true. Less physical stuff in random places means a happier, more productive life. It’s that simple. But if you’re a certain kind of person, if you’re Edy MacKenzie(8),.. read more →

Are you hard on yourself? I bet you are. I mean, if you’re reading a blog on a professional organizer’s website, then you’re probably someone who strives for betterment. Just a hunch. Well I feel for you. Life is daunting. We work so hard, every day, in hopes that it turns out well. And when.. read more →

16 Nov 2012
November 16, 2012

30 Days Hath November

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So we started. As a family. Then stopped a week later. Not because we ran out of reasons, but because we are quite busy. Lame excuse, but I’m sticking to it. Of our dismal number of declarations, my favorite was Edy’s when she was thankful for “my toys and clothes because I never paid a.. read more →