17 Dec 2013
December 17, 2013

Christmas = Butterflies+Warm Fuzzies

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Boy, it is so easy to get caught up in all of the holiday hoopla … especially with what seems to be a much (much) shorter time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Where the heck have the last few weeks gone? I feel like I’ve been in a mad scramble not only keeping on top of.. read more →

18 Nov 2013
November 18, 2013

Hot Damn…. My sister is hosting!

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner?  I always love celebrating this particular holiday … mostly because it’s not my holiday to host!  This year for the first time we’re going to have a big family shindig at my sister’s house.  Yes, for those of you who know my sister – I.. read more →

21 Oct 2013
October 21, 2013

I Had a Hall Pass…

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(*Immediate Disclaimer: I am NOT referring to the Urban Slang version of a “Hall Pass” in which I took a break from my marriage! Read on to learn what type of Hall Pass I took…) Did you miss me? Did you notice that I’ve been MIA since the end of summer? Yup – a good.. 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 →

10 Apr 2013
April 10, 2013

An Organizing Intervention

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  Recently, I was part of an Organizing Intervention. It was somewhat impromptu but nonetheless the many friends who participated were clear and committed to their message that change was needed. The thing is … I was the one who the intervention was being performed on! I kid you not … the Design+Conquer friends took.. 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 →