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Exciting news! I’m in a magazine!

by respaced on September 30, 2014

So this really neat thing happened to me: I was contacted by Real Simple magazine to submit a tip for their article “76 Greatest Organizing Tips of All Time.” The magazine is the October issue, which means it is on newsstands now. This is so thrilling for me! For professional organizers, Real Simple magazine is […]

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Remember this post, where I came up with a solution for storing things that need to go upstairs in wall folders instead of in piles on the stairs? Well, Nathan, my 8-year-old future organizer, decided to take matters into his own hands. He came up with this device: See, throughout the day he puts the […]

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My top secret organizing project: The final reveal!

by respaced on December 6, 2013

As you may remember on Tuesday, I posted about the Top Secret Organizing Project I was doing as a Christmas surprise for someone. While this person was away on vacation, I came in and spent about 30 hours reorganizing their home office. This meant sorting through all of their craft supplies, papers, files, office supplies, […]


My top secret organizing project!

by respaced on December 4, 2013

I’ve been rather neglectful of this blog lately, but that is because I have been working night and day on a Christmas organizing project for a close family member. This family member has always struggled with keeping their home office organized (see the “before” picture above), so I am giving it a reSPACEd makeover as […]


Today’s post isn’t so much about giving you information as it is about soliciting information from you. My son, Nathan, is 7-years-old and in the second grade at school. Second grade is a big deal, because for the first time each student has his or her own desk to store his or her books and […]


Nathan decided to go through the shirts in his drawer, because he was having a hard finding something to wear in the morning. I told him he could just take them all out of the drawer and sort them on my bed. I suggested he start by sorting them into groups by size: So this […]


So 4 organizers walk into a room and ….

by respaced on November 8, 2013

… got the NAPO-Oregon organizers’ booth at the Portland Home & Living Show set up in 90 minutes flat! The set-up crew (that’s me, crouched uncomfortably in the middle) had a great time setting everything up on Thursday. First, I got to drive my pick-up truck INTO the Convention Center, past other people’s booths. It […]


I have FREE tickets to the Portland Home & Living Show, which runs this Friday, Nov. 8-Sunday, Nov. 10 at The Convention Center. Just click on the PDF link to download and print them. NATIONAL ASSOC PROF ORGANIZERS eTicket (3) You can also print them off of this page (scroll way down to see image […]


Halloween candy organization

by respaced on October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Do your kids take their Halloween candy and sort it all into different categories before eating it? Do they then eat from each category so there is an equal number of candy in each category or is that just an organizer’s kid thing? Image courtesy of Jim the Photographer on Flickr.


I was interviewed about my business!

by respaced on October 29, 2013

I was interviewed by Red Tricycle! Here’s the text of the interview below or you can visit it on their site here: MaryJo Monroe is the answer to your organization prayers. She’s the founder of reSPACEd, a nationally recognized home & business Portland organizer, known for its innovative yet affordable solutions and compassionate approach. Besides […]