4 Areas of Your Home that Could Probably Use More Love (and how to do so!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! During this holiday, I know how common it is to show the people that you care, but have you ever thought about doing the same for your surroundings? Ok, hear me out. I can’t think of a situation where a client has come to me and said that they are perfectly happy with the current state of their home. Instead, they have the room that always remains shut so that when guests come over they don’t peek in the room and see the mess. Or the annoyance that comes with not being able to find a top sheet in the linen closet even though there are dozens of sheets spilling off of the shelves. Or the embarrassment of not knowing where to begin to declutter, but they have finally “given in” and know they need some help from an outsider. You have invested time and money into your home and it ideally should be the place where you love to spend time and not a home where you find yourself avoiding areas just to stay sane. So, this Valentine’s Day I’m going to help you fall back in love with your home by focusing on four areas that could probably use a little extra love.

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5 organization hacks for busy parents

Like many of you, I wear many of hats throughout a day. Between being a mom, running a full-time business and managing my team, plus keeping my house and personal well-being in check it feels like there never is enough time. We are always searching for time to add to our day. Clients always tell me that if they had more time they could do XYZ and I get it. I know that I can’t change how many hours are in a day but I can change what I do in the environment where I spend my days. There are things that I can do throughout the day and week that can get me—and you, too—more in control and grounded so that when I lay my head down at night I’m not running through the laundry list of items still on my to-do list. And while I can’t dish out tips for how to master the work/parenting balance (is there even such a thing?!), I can tell you that there are things that can be done in your home to help save you time and sanity, which is a pretty big “win” if you ask me!

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The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Clutter

What I love about organization is that it allows for you to see what you have in each category of your home, so you’re less likely to buy duplicates or overbuy items that you don’t need. During the decluttering process, it’s important to take note of the items that you are discarding and determine if they are in sellable condition. Between yard sales and apps that make it easy to sell items, your clutter could easily turn into cash! But, is it worth the effort? It depends…

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3 Simple Tips for Identifying What to Keep or Purge Based On the KonMari Method

I have to say, there has never been a time quite like now in my career where there has been so much buzz about organization. After Netflix released it’s new series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on New Years Day, there’s been so much chatter surrounding the tidying expert across news channels and press outlets, social media feeds, and friends, clients and family have brought it up on a daily basis.

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Top 10 Favorite Organizing Products for Your Home

I am frequently asked about the products that I use when organizing client’s homes, which products are my favorite, where to buy them, etc. I get it! There are so many products out there and it can be overwhelming where to look and how to know what is needed. So, before I dive into my favorite organizing products, let me highlight a few important tips before you go out and purchase a single product.

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How to get your home organized (once and for all!)

Happy New Year! I hope that you all are looking forward to everything that is to come in 2019. From resolutions, personal goals, business checklists, self care intentions, and more, the beginning of the new year is always a great time to start new. To me, the beginning of the year always feels like a clean state and an opportunity to start off on the right track. Do you feel the same way? I like to set a couple of goals to focus on and work towards, if anything just to get my mind, body, and business moving in the right direction. And I know that sometimes, those goals and resolutions can feel a bit lofty once the new year rolls around and it’s time to put them into action. So, how about a little motivation to get the ball rolling?

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2018 In Review: What A Year It Has Been!

As 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on this year and articulate just how grateful I am for the opportunity to do what I love to do. I feel like I have won the lottery and this is my acceptance speech, but I rarely get to say thank you in such a public setting so as we usher out 2018, you all will just have to bear with me!

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Why It’s Important to Declutter with Your Kids

Getting kids involved in the organizing process and showing them not only the importance of decluttering but HOW to actually declutter is a lesson that they will carry on with them as they get older. As a parent, I know that many of you are probably reading this and thinking “there’s no way my kid will do this.”, and I HEAR YOU but don’t lose hope just yet! Take a look at my top tips for getting kids on board with decluttering. So, whether your kids are young or you’re interested in getting your teens involved, read on!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Have you started your holiday shopping? My girls’ big present this year is a puppy (coming Monday!), and for everything else on their list I’ve turned to online shopping (who’s with me?). I’ve been made sure to take advantage of some of the crazy sales that have been going on during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Of course, it’s no surprise that nearly every sale has been extended (seriously, there is no reason to pay full price these days) and I have a few more things I’d like to grab for people on my list. I know how difficult it can be to come up with ideas for people on your list—especially those who fall into tricky categories like co-workers and tweens—which is why I’ve compiled ideas for everyone that you might be shopping for in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

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What to consider as you decorate for the holidays

The holiday season seems to bring an influx of everything. From the decor that gets pulled down from storage around Halloween, the food and extra hosting commitments that start around Thanksgiving, and the holiday parties and work events that spike around this time of year, it can be a lot to handle! When you really break it down, organization plays a huge role in each aspect of the holiday season. Whether it’s how to get ready for overnight guests, how to prep your pantry and fridge for upcoming events, or how to declutter your kids’ toys before a fresh round of items start arriving this holiday season, organizing is a critical piece to getting each of these tasks accomplished.

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What I’m Thankful for in 2018 (plus an exciting announcement!)

In the midst of all the Thanksgiving festivities, I wanted to share a quick note of thanks for the long list of people that I want to recognize for making 2018 one of the best years yet. This year has been full of projects that have pushed our creativity and bandwidth to the maximum, goal-setting that has me looking forward to what’s on the horizon, and opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, organizers, and mom bosses that make me dream bigger than I ever thought possible. To say I’m really excited about what’s in store for the little business that I started nearly 11 years ago is an understatement. I am grateful for taking that leap what seems like a lifetime ago since it has given me the freedom and passion in a career that I truly love.

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5 Secrets to Get (and Keep!) Your Fridge Organized

With the holiday season among us (Thanksgiving is only one week away!), this means that our schedules are about to become a bit busier and our fridges and pantries may become a bit more crowded. Between hosting obligations and the anticipated turkey and side dish leftovers, finding space in an already crammed refrigerator may seem nearly impossible.

So, what can be done?

Before you bring another Tupperware container or bulk-size box into the fridge, let’s use today—National Clean Out Your Fridge Day!—to make some necessary improvements to this space.

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My girls made a huge design transition...and I had to let go of my own ideas (for the most part!)

When we moved into our home 2.5 years ago, my girls wanted bedroom decor that reflected their personality, which I was on board with since I wanted their bedrooms to be a place that truly felt like “them”. I remember spending hours meticulously placing colorful dots and heart decals on their walls, and working with them to find coordinating storage bins and decor.

I’m a big believer that if you want to get your kids excited about the decor and organization in their rooms (or in the house, for that matter!), it’s great to involve them in the process. With some guidelines to reference, like sizing and price points, I worked with my girls to find solutions for their rooms that they were excited about so that they would be more inclined to actually keep up with the organization. My girls know that if they wanted the decor and design of their rooms to be the main focus then they would have to work to keep their rooms organized and clutter-free, which is kind of a dream come true as a parent. And we had (and did) incorporate organizational solutions that matched their decor so getting and staying organized was easy and worked with the overall room decor.

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The One Morning Ritual That Makes Me Feel Like “Me”

What’s the one item that automatically makes you feel put together? Maybe it’s a piece of jewelry, a go-to hairstyle, or a bit of blush and mascara to make you feel awake and ready to take on the day (or at least look like you are awake!).

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An Easy Way to Become Parent of the Year at Your Kids’ School

As parents we are all pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. There is stuff for the kids, stuff to do at home, stuff for work and oh yes, personal stuff as well! But with my girls in their last year at elementary school, I decided I was going to figure out something that I could do to at least hold the title of parent of the year (at least for one day) to make my girls happy along with other students (alright...the praise helped also). I set out to find something that would be creative, different and most importantly, easy for me to do as I am always short on time, like all of you.

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3 Simple Tips for Organizing Your Inbox

A lot of my organizing tips are specific to an area of the home (like the kitchen, playroom, or under the sink), but there is a common area that we are all touching on an everyday basis: our email inboxes! While this area of your life doesn’t fill up with the same type of clutter that you see around your home, the impact of the disorganization in this area can be just as frustrating and difficult to navigate and honestly one of the most difficult areas to organize.

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4 Ways to Store Purses & Clutches

When it comes to closet organization, there are categories that easier to tackle than others. Regardless of what your storing, the first step to the closet organization process is to categorize all of your options and store them in a way that is the most function for how you live. That means keeping categories, like work blouses, towards the front of your closet, and giving priority placement to the shoes that are in your weekday rotation. While a lot of closet storage and organization is simple (i.e. requiring just a hanger or some shelving), there is a category that tends to trip people up: purses and clutches.

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7 Things to Avoid Throwing Away

When you’re working on decluttering your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and feel the need to get rid of everything. Yes...that happens! And while there are no real “rules" to getting organized, there are general guidelines that are helpful to keep in mind when you are deciding what should stay and what can go. If there are items or categories that you don’t use or need any longer, that’s usually an indicator that you can and should part with those items. But, there are a few categories that—despite their lack of use—should be the exception to the “rules”. Check out my recommendations below for seven things that I suggest you not throw away while decluttering (or at least take a second look and pause before you do).

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A Hashimoto’s Update + 3 Kitchen Changes to Create a Healthier (and Green!) Lifestyle

True story: last week I had to take a power nap after dropping my kids off at school. The 5-minute walk home from school expended the remaining little energy that I had and I needed to fall asleep. Never in my decade of being a parent had I taken a nap “on the job”, but I could not respond to an email, get out my girls’ snacks, or deal with the mail and incoming packages at my doorstep until my body had a break. Kind of sounds pathetic, right? That kind of exhaustion is a tiny peek into what my life with Hashimoto’s disease is like.

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