December 5, 2018

When you think about getting organized, clearing clutter, and creating a smooth schedule for yourself, the word creativity doesn’t always pop into your mind. But I’ve come to learn that creativity and organization can go hand in hand, especially when your life needs st...

July 31, 2017

It's almost back to school time, which may or may not sound like a big relief to you. But no matter how you feel, the best way to head back to school is by being organized. No worries because you've still got plenty of time to be proactive. So let's talk about setting...

August 11, 2016

If you do nothing else to prepare for back to school, I urge you to at least give this a try: set up a School Zone.  Doing this now (before school starts) will ensure a less stressful first week, create good habits for both kids and parents, and de-clutter your main ho...

May 12, 2016

I have big time carpool road rage.  I get so irritated at the time I waste in the car, sitting and waiting for my child at pickup time, whom I can see sitting and waiting for me by the way, too.  It seems bad for the environment, bad for all of our stress levels (will...

September 3, 2015

 

We’ve already talked about setting up a “mudroom” type area to make it easier to get out the door in the morning for school, but what else can you do to cut down on the last minute panic?  Here are some quick tips to streamline your routine.  Don't try them all at onc...

August 27, 2015

One day.  $120.  A trip to IKEA and Lowe’s.  Yes, sometimes those Pinterest projects you dream about are doable.  My underutilized coat closet has now become a mini-mudroom and I couldn't be happier.

We've only been living in our new house for a few weeks...

July 30, 2015

A lot of my expectations about kids come from being an art teacher, long before I even had kids of my own. The 1000+ kids I saw each week for art classes were plenty at the time and I definitely had my own style for sure. Growing up art teachers were my favorite teache...

July 16, 2015

Back to school sales are already in full swing so it's the perfect time to organize your kid's clothes.  Take advantage of the low prices in pretty much every store you can think of - Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Target, and even IKEA - for some great deals on p...

July 9, 2015

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 s...

March 26, 2015

 

As a former teacher, I know the true beauty of freshly sharpened pencils.  And that glorious moment when the first school supply sales of the summer show up - a package of notebook paper for only 5 cents?  Holy cow!  I also know that look on my husband's face when I a...

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