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 →

26 Apr 2013
April 26, 2013

NUGGETS from NAPO

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I just returned from a 3 day Conference in New Orleans with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and to be honest my head is still spinning with all that I was exposed to.   I had the opportunity to meet some super knowledgeable and inspirational organizers and productivity consultants, I learned about a number.. 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 →

In honor of today (March12th) being “National Organize Your Home Office Day” (yes, they really do have a day for just about anything you can think of!) I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some tips on two home office areas that seems to get a lot of people locked up.  I.. read more →

13 Feb 2013
February 13, 2013

And the Disco Ball keeps spinning

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            One thing I know for sure — if I want to throw out a tube of toothpaste, I need to do it when Jon’s away. I need to stick it at the bottom of the trashcan and cover it with tissues. I need to be covert and careful because.. 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 →

03 Dec 2012
December 3, 2012

The Anti-Anxiety Christmas Checklist

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The Anti-Anxiety Christmas Checklist Truth be told, I really and truly can’t stand all of the Holiday Checklists/To-do’s/Spreadsheets that come out at this time of year. I know I am a Professional Organizer and am supposed to love all things organized but these lists actually make me have a physical reaction when I read them. .. read more →