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Create a Summer Activities Folder for your kids

June 2, 2014

If you are the parent of school-age children, you don’t need me to tell you that summer vacation is almost here! Yikes! So I’ve been making lots of these Summer Activities Folders for my organizing clients: It’s the perfect way to store all those brochures about summer camps and swim lessons. It’s also great if […]

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The 8-year-old organizer’s DIY stuffed animal holder

May 15, 2014

If you have been reading for awhile, you know how much stuffed animals are a thorn in my side. The children in the families that I work with have often lost considerable real estate in their bedroom or even on their bed due to the overwhelming number of stuffed animals in their collection. Yet the […]

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Organize your nightstand using adorable tins

April 22, 2014

My nightstand has been a clutter magnet for years, probably because it is tucked into the back corner of my bedroom, and I only see it for a couple of hours every morning and night. The rest of the day, it’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But then I came across a cute organizing solution and decided to […]

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Easter organization tip for parents

April 8, 2014

See how cute these Easter plush animals are, just staring out at you from the store shelf with their big, sad eyes? Wouldn’t your children just love a cute, cuddly, brand-new stuffed Easter bunny for Easter this year? Here is a bit of Easter-related organization advice: If your kid is like so many other kids, […]

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Cute little DIY organizing craft for the kitchen

March 31, 2014

Do you have this problem: All of your cups and glasses look identical, so your family can never remember whose glass is whose on the kitchen counter? And as a result, everyone grabs a new glass whenever they are thirsty, so you end up with a dozen dirty glasses on the counter by the end […]

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Super cheap Ikea hack for storing wrapping paper

March 20, 2014

The clever people at www.relaxdeco.com had the great idea to use a cheap-o Ikea plastic bag holder to organize their gift wrap. What a great way to save space in the closet while keeping the gift wrap from being mangled on the floor! Here’s another great way to store rolls of gift wrap: And here’s […]

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5 tips for teaching your children how to do chores

March 18, 2014

It probably makes sense that if you live in a house of, say, 5 people and you are the only one who cleans while the other 4 members seem to be the ones who make messes, your house will always be messy, no matter how much housework you do! Everyone in the family needs to […]

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Solved! Organizing pans and baking tins in the kitchen

March 5, 2014

I have been organizing a lot of kitchens lately, and it seems like the toughest thing to organize in the kitchen are the pots and pans! Those darn handles! So I love this solution using a few organizing products. Simple, inexpensive shelf dividers from The Container Store separate baking tins and trays up above, while […]

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What do you do when your child wants to keep every toy forever?

February 20, 2014

My work as a professional organizer often takes me into children’s rooms and play areas. Frequently these rooms look like they were hit by a toy hurricane. It can seem like an overwhelming job to bring order back to these spaces, but the thing to remember is this: If you get rid of the excess, […]

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How to overcome feelings of dread, inertia when starting an organizing project

February 18, 2014

Do you know what is often the hardest part of getting organized? Getting started! So often, we look at the room that needs decluttering and a feeling of dread and exhaustion overtakes us before we even pick up the first object. We think, “There’s no way I could go through every single thing in this […]

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