They’re coming… Preparing for Overnight Guests

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

This is the time of year when many of us will be hosting family and friends from out of town. With a little advance preparation, you can make your overnight guests feel welcome while maintaining a stress-free holiday for yourself. Whether your guests are spending one night or having an extended stay, here are a few tips to help you get ready: 1.) Stock up on their favorite snacks and beverages. Do a little bit of recon work and find out what your guests like to drink in their coffee or if there is a picky eater in the bunch be sure to have something they enjoy.  In general, a complete...

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College Bound!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

It’s that time of year- when many of us (present company included) are sending our kids off to college. Small spaces can be difficult to organize and a dorm room is an even greater challenge. Here’s my Top 10 List that will help keep the clutter under control and help your student make the most of their room: Get more space out of your closet with slim line hangers and/or Wonder Hangers which allow you to hang up to 5 garments while using up the space of only one hanger (available at Target) Bed risers are an easy way to get some extra storage space under your bed. A plastic tote...

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Spring Cleaning… is more than just extra dusting.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017

When it comes to spring cleaning or any kind of cleaning, …the more stuff we own, the more there is to clean. A spring clean out or edit of our possessions can be so paralyzing to some that nothing gets done. Years will pass and we can be faced with an overwhelming accumulation of stuff making it difficult to clean and/or enjoy our living space.  In order to take some steps forward, perhaps all we need is a change in mindset. Here are some common reasons why we cling to items longer than we should and how we can re-frame our thinking so we can release those items. 1. It may be a gift....

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20 Clutter-Free Gift ideas Ahead!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Gift giving is a tradition enjoyed by nearly everyone this time of year. I like to encourage folks to consider gifts that are thoughtful yet sensible and more importantly, do not not clutter a home. Here are a few ideas to help you be a clutter-free gift giver: A year-long subscription to the zoo, museum, aviary or science center. A good wine or a special micro-brew beer. Consider a year-long sampling for a larger gift or just a bottle or 6-pack for a smaller gift. For the coffee drinker – a specialty coffee, gift card or free-refill card to their favorite coffee shop. A fuel gift card...

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In Case of Emergency

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016

. After news of the flooding in Louisiana, it makes you think…How prepared would you be for a disaster? Help may not arrive right away… Being organized and knowing what to do during an emergency  (man-made or natural) is an important part of being prepared for your family.  Here are some tips to get you started: -Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit- The following items are recommended: Water. One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Battery-powered or hand crank radio with...

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Summer Has Arrived

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016

Closing Out the School Before you break out the sunscreen, take a few moments to clean up and organize your child’s school paperwork and get ready for next year.Any school papers you decide to keep should be limited to special pieces. These decisions can be difficult so here are some examples of discernment: Keep your child’s final report card rather than each quarter. Keep special reports or projects that exemplify the character and hard work of your child rather than a fill- in the blank test. Keep special handwritten notes from teachers that praise your child. Keep merit awards rather...

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