Back to School: Ready, Set, Go!

The new school year brings excitement and opportunity for kids returning to the classroom. For many, it also brings a little nervousness as well. Concerns about friends, homework, and an often hectic schedule can overwhelm children, particularly at the start of a new year. These organizing tips can help them (and you) get off to…

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Ready for Your Close-Up?

There’s something special about taking the time to sit down and apply make-up to the face we most take for granted: our own. Most of us end up rushing the routine, and end up curling our eyelashes while merging into traffic (stop doing this) or, at best, allow ourselves one hasty minute as we head out…

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Work of Art

Recently we had a request to help organize art supplies. That got us thinking: should art supplies be neat? Is there something about the creative process that requires a loosening of boundaries in order to more fully explore our ideas? Some people think so. Check out the creative spaces of some famous artists, and you’ll…

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Choose a Cheerful House. . .

“Choose a cheerful house, furnish it with taste and propriety, such that everything in your home breathes of you. Have good books, instruments, good friends, pleasant company. . .”  Madeleine de Puisieux, (Letter to a Friend), 1749. What makes a house a home? Advice from the 18th century about furnishing our homes still rings true.…

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As Easy as 1–2–3

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with habit. We categorize them as “good” or “bad,” and struggle to develop the good and leave the bad by the wayside. Fortunately we can create routines (habit’s first cousin) fairly easily to make our lives run more smoothly. The key is to make certain behaviors automatic: You know…

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Is Hallmark Holding You Hostage?

Greeting cards can present an organizing dilemma. We feel bad throwing them away, yet in practical terms the natural life expectancy of a greeting card (five minutes) is significantly shorter than that of the ordinary housefly (2 weeks to a month). Cards are often beautiful, clever, or both, and they are the physical manifestation of…

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3 of Mom’s Greatest Hits

“A Place for Everything”: Organizers know that half the battle is finding the right place to keep things. Close by, logical, out of sight. Keep items near where you use them, and make putting them away a breeze by assigning each a specific spot. “Do It Now”: Maybe we’re not doing Geometry homework anymore (hopefully), but…

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