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10 Rules to Live By from the Neat Freak

I am a rule follower. Always have been, always will be. And when life gets busy, I really like having a few rules to...

Helping Those in Need

Watching the refugee crisis or any number of natural disasters unfold before us on the news is heartbreaking. Our natural tendency is to want...

Quitting Time

I’ve been thinking about quitting a lot lately. Not quitting my job (because I truly love what I do), but quitting other things. Things...

Gifts for the Neat Freak on Your List

A later Thanksgiving this year meant shopping season was upon us before the turkey was even out of the oven. If you’re just starting...

Planning for Spontaneity

One of my favorite things about summer is the spontaneity. For those who know me well, I’m not exactly a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal....

An Ode to the Camp Trunk

I just returned from dropping two very happy kids off at sleepaway camp. Our kids absolutely love this ritual of summer … a week...

Use it or Lose it

In the past two months, I’ve had more than 25 people ask if I’ve heard of Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and her bestseller The...

Emergency Preparedness: Slacker’s Edition

One of the things that stinks about being a grown-up is all of the shoulds … you should buy a house, you should have...

Organizing & Grief

Clutter in our homes can be stressful. Piles of mail and paperwork, unworn clothes, too many toys, electronics, cords, cables and miscellaneous household goods...

For the Love of Organizing

February is a short, cold and snuggly month. We celebrate Valentine's on the 14th but really, shouldn’t we celebrate our love every day? And...