For the past several years, I've been been attending various national & international conferences on behalf of my professional organizing business. Sometimes I speak, sometimes I don't, but I always have fun, which is a nice bonus I didn't see coming. As a former teacher, I thought these organizing conferences would be an opportunity for live education outside of my local area in Austin. Taking a class online can be great, but meeting up with people in person is even better.
Halloween is finally here! Let's simplify the chaos and make room for more fun in our lives during this holiday, shall we? Here are 8 great tips for an organized Halloween: Make A Date Specific List You've still got time to plan out your last minute food/candy/costume shopping if it's not done yet. Plan out your tasks by date and time and divvy things up to each person in your home. Chunk your tasks by location so you don't make unnecessary extra trips out among the crowds.
(my little guy enjoying the bubbles I buy by the gallon) Organizing your summer with the kids can feel like preparing for battle. I'd rather have them remember a happy mommy instead of a frenzied stress monster. Any pre-planning and organizing I can do to get to happy faster just makes sense. A "summer organized" mom is a happy mom, even if it means you're not at your usual full strength schedule and tightly run ship. It's alright to take a break, loosen up, and let the d
It seems to me you have 3 options for a successful summer home with your kids. Schedule everything. Schedule nothing. Or find a middle ground. I've done the schedule everything. For a while it was quite successful when the kids were younger. I got nap times to decompress. The activities weren't that intensive and their attention spans were mighty short so a lot going on every day was good. They didn't mind doing the same things over and over again either - the same pla
My 6 year old has been asking some deep questions lately about the universe, why the world was created, and what happens when you die. I have been very upfront with him about not knowing all the answers and we have had some pretty interesting conversations in the car pool lane of all places -- why does he ask me these things one minute before I drop him off for school? It's got me thinking lately about what really matters in the end. When it comes to organizing your home th
Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder exactly what it was that you did all day? Your spouse comes home from work, asks how your day was, and you really have to stop and think about it... what DID you do? Where did the time go? Were you productive? How many tasks did you check off on your To Do list? Was it a good day, whatever that means? If you have a 9-5 job, you may not have accomplished much some days, but you know where you were at least. You got paid
For the longest time my husband had this super loud ringtone for his text messages that was the actor, Shia Labeouf, screaming, "Just Do It!" If you haven't seen the video, do yourself a favor and Google it now. The ringtone was funny at first, then kind of scary at 2am when it woke us up, but then it grew on me. The kids even started growling "just do it!" with a smile when it was time to get in their pajamas at night. When we recently remodeled our closet and he hooked
This month's organizing video was all about organizing your hobbies and collections so you can really use them again and display them with pride. On especially stressful days, taking a 5 minute pause to clear your head of work and admire your collections can be a great break. However if walking through your home instead reminds you that you have so much to do and you don't even know where to start, I have an idea for you. I challenge you today to find something in your home
I'm feeling it already - are you? Like that one burned out bulb in a strand of lights you can't find. That sense of time running out before the holidays, when really we've still got 2 weeks. It seems like the public, everyone on social media and that darned perfect friend of yours have already bought, wrapped, and shipped all their gifts. Their houses are gleaming bright, and dozens of cookies have been made and photographed with fabulous lighting and backgrounds. I'm here
Hobbies are supposed to be fun. Remember fun? It's that feeling you get when you do something that gives you pleasure and brings a smile to your face? But sometimes the maintenance of hobbies can overwhelm you and the fun takes a backseat. Finding the supplies, setting up an area to craft, cleaning up, and all that work makes the actual creation part seem just not worth it. Your first decision to make: to craft or not to craft? Just because other moms do it (and post it
I admitted in this past week's organizing video that yes, I re-gift. I say admitted because some people frown upon this, but not me. I will continue to streamline my life as much as possible to always reach my ultimate goal: more fun family time and less chores, errands, and wasted time. I want to love the life that I live and actually have the time to enjoy it now! There are tons of small tweaks you can make to your habits besides re-gifting to deal with the wasted space
Do you ever think, "What's the point of cleaning, organizing, or pretending like I've got it all together?" Everything you do ends up undone and it seems like such a vicious cycle of repeat, repeat, repeat, so why bother? But then you hear just one little thing, maybe on Facebook or at work or when getting coffee that gets your spark ignited again. You start to think it through, trying to remember that time last year when you kept up your schedule and life seemed hectic, b
As a former art teacher with paid summers off, I know how to waste a good vacation. The first few days are all about relaxing and unplugging from work mode. Then comes the manic cleaning and project ideas. Next is the "Why am I so tired even though I'm not working so I should take a deserved break" phase. Then the holidays and parties show up, quickly followed by back to school sales and before you know it, it's the end of August again. So how do you break the cycle? Sch
Growing up I was one of those strange people that actually liked quizzes and tests, especially those Myers Briggs and job career ones we all do in school. Learning about how to streamline my habits to my personality to make my life easier? Heck yes! Who doesn't want easier? Apparently a lot of us as it seems like more and more people aren't playing to their strengths any more. Finding out how you study best, learn best, or are motivated best can only improve your life. W
We've been thinking a lot about what our clients need as the seasons change. Sometimes summer is a great month for organizing - the kids are home and you can finally get them to go through all the artwork, toys, and stuff they've accumulated this year. Sometimes summer isn't so great - you get too busy with all of the outdoor activities (plus it's so hot here in Texas) that the last thing you want to do is stop all the fun to do "work" and make more decisions. That's why so
It's that time of year that gets a lot of people down. It's past the major holidays, the weather is still a bit too cold for outdoor fun, the new years resolutions are losing their steam, and the flu season is upon us. It's hard to get motivated to do much of anything, let alone get organized. Ugh. Nevertheless, we say it's the perfect