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I’m a professional organizer, but I’m also a mom, and my son is my guinea pig for all of my home organizing ideas. As my son has gotten older (he’s 11 now), I’ve tried to walk back my role as the Summertime Entertainment Director in order to get him to take more responsibility for his […]


Easy, cheap DIY way to organize kids’ art supplies

by respaced on November 13, 2014

Art supplies can look so messy and cluttery so fast, especially when the kids are in charge of putting them away. But I have found that if we sort/store them by COLOR, kids are much more likely to put them back after they are finished with them. Plus, the supplies look so colorful and lovely […]

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In the quest to find ever more space in our homes, we often neglect to think VERTICAL. Beyond installing more shelves and bookcases, look around and see if some of your furniture may be able to be tipped on its side to give it a fresh new look. This is what I did here with […]


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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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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Cute little DIY organizing craft for the kitchen

by respaced on 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 […]


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, […]


Just a few days ago, I blogged about all the different ways you could organize your front entry way. But I failed to include THIS amazing idea! This crafty person took a pallet, painted it white and screwed it into her wall. Now she can hang whatever she wants off of it with hooks available […]


Have no money? You can still get organized!

by respaced on February 22, 2013

Organizing is about making room for what is important in your life and finding the time and space to live out your values. It shouldn’t have to cost you a lot of money, because the focus is on paring down what you own, not adding to the clutter by buying additional containers and devices. So […]


Easy DIY way to spruce up the bathroom

by respaced on September 17, 2012

Now I know you have all seen the baskets-on-the-wall-used-to-store-towels idea. BUT have you seen round baskets used that look just like 3-D chrysanthemum flowers, matching the flowers in the shower curtain? I hadn’t either. Genius. Find similar round baskets at and similar shower curtain at Image courtesy of Pinterest.