March 8, 2017

I'm a woman. 

And I'm not sure women will ever be "understood." I'm not sure anyone is ever entirely figured out or fully known. We are mysterious, complex creatures -- a wonder. It seems unfair to ever blame or accuse someone, saying "You just don't get me." How can th...

December 22, 2016

In the spirit of true living, here is my top 10 list of the stuff I intend to return this year:

10. I’m going to give back twenty pounds of fat because it just gets in my way, keeps me hiding behind less-than-stylish clothing, and makes me feel old....

December 7, 2016

This was my first post about parenting, posted last year. It seemed like a good time to post it again.

The statements below are going to raise some eyebrows and questions … and that’s okay. I’ll explain more afterward so hang in there with me.

  • I don’t want my ki...

November 29, 2016

“Change your story.”

Our speaker addressed us from the front of the room. She wasn’t condescending or harsh. Her tone was gentle and encouraging.

Change my story.

I sat there thinking, wow, I actually can. I can change how my story reads from this point on. The ending has...

November 22, 2016

When you stare at yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning, it’s rarely a pleasant experience.

But this week, I noticed something ... I’m grateful.

I’m grateful for my graying hair. Gray hair means I’m inheriting beautiful silver hair from my mom and dad. It rem...

November 15, 2016

Thank you, lovely model, for inspiring us to wear fabulous under garments.

But let's be real... I'm not that adventurous when it comes to undies. Cotton and Coverage are my best friends.

For me, folding panties falls into the same category as ironing sheets… and I...

November 7, 2016

I’ve done it.  (And now my friends are running through a mental inventory of gifts I’ve given them, wondering if it was regifted.) And I’m fairly certain I’ve been on the receiving end of regifting.

But is it the right thing to do?

I’ll start with the Emily Post Eti...

October 31, 2016

Since today is Halloween, it only seemed right to talk about scary clutter.

On the scale of messes I've encountered in my 12+ years of organizing, I can honestly say I've only seen extreme clutter a couple of times. Both were hoarding situations. 

But the scariest clutte...

October 25, 2016

I have often shared that my stomach tightens and my heart drops a little when I walk through a house with an organizing customer and hear these words: “Yeah, I need to go through that.”

"I need to go through that." But for some reason, you just haven't.

  • Yes, you need...

October 18, 2016

“Why can’t I ever keep track of my keys?”

“Will we ever be on time?”

“Just once, I’d love to have a morning that’s not total chaos.”

Clues. Little (or big) signals shouting about parts of your life aren’t working. When you find yourself in a pattern, pay attention.


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