Tips for Digital Organization

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Use descriptive subjects in the subject line of your emails.  This will enable you to easily locate an email when you need it. Change subject lines in emails, particularly when there’s a chain of emails that has gone back and …

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Finding Your Inner Peace Before the Holiday Frenzy Begins

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Between agitating over the perennial what to wear, where to go, what to buy, how to pay, and why you ate so much, the time between Thanksgiving and New’s Year can be filled with high-octane stress. However, there are safe …

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Tips for Managing Multiples

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As the mother of twin teenagers, the baby and toddler years are a distant, but precious memory. Yet, here are some specific questions I’m often asked about managing multiples. 1.  What is the greatest misconception for managing multiple births? People …

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No Fuss Entertaining

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Every year, I host the holiday meal after Yom Kippur (called “Break Fast,” when you literally break the fast from sundown the previous day).  This is the only holiday I enjoy hosting for several reasons.  First, the traditional meal is …

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Hand Me Downs…A Blessing or Curse?

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Last Tuesday, at 6:45 AM, my house descended into chaos.  It was game day for my soccer-playing son, and on game days, athletes need to wear khaki pants to school.  As it happened, the same pants that had fit just …

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Staying Organized at College

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By Guest Blogger Aviva Leshaw, McGill University Freshman Now that I’ve settled into college life, I see how important managing my time and my space is. If you want to excel academically, socialize, and participate in extracurricular activities, follow these …

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Queen for a Day for the “Queen of Clean”

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This month I was profiled in an article in AARP magazine entitled, “Declutter Your Life – Now! Meet the Queen of Clean”.  While just being chosen for the profile was exciting enough, what went on behind the scenes was truly …

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Product Review: Frego Storage Container

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One essential part of organization is finding items that serve multiple purposes. Like a blouse that can be worn with jeans one day and a fancy skirt the next, the frego is a winner.  It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, goes …

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Downsizing Tips

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I was profiled in this month’s AARP magazine, and the article talked about helping seniors downsize.  Here are my top 10 tips and a link to the article (http://www.resourcefulconsultants.com/images/aarp-august-2014.pdf). Other people’s memories are not your responsibility.  If your great aunt’s …

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Packing for College

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By Guest Blogger Aviva Leshaw, McGill University Incoming Freshman After working as Barbara’s intern for the past 3 years, I’ve definitely learned a few things about organizing.  In less than a week, I’m moving to Montreal for my freshman year …

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Organizing Your Smartphone and Tablet

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These days, being organized isn’t just about the state of your kitchen or closet.  It’s about your smartphone and tablet too!   A well-organized smartphone with useful apps can be a priceless tool in allowing your life to run more seamlessly. …

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Hosting a Stress Free Summer Barbecue

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Are you hosting a barbecue this summer?   If planning your party is putting a dampener on beach weekends, here are my tips for a stress free barbecue! One Week Before: Finalize your headcount. Figure out the menu, including what drinks …

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What does your clutter say about your personality?

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Everyone has clutter, even the most organized person.  The reasons behind the clutter; however, are different for each person. What does your clutter say about your personality?  Are you… 1. UNABLE TO MAKE A DECISION? Many people hold onto things/clutter …

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Preparing Your Summer House

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Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to prepare your vacation house for a wonderful season.  Here are my tips for getting your house in tip top shape: Make sure all appliances, large and small, are in working order. …

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Use It or Lose It

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Many of my clients believe that if they save certain items, one day they’ll become the type of person that uses them. I hate to say it, but in my experience, it doesn’t happen like that.  Instead, these things tend …

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Staying Organized in the Digital Age – An Interview with CEO of Springpad, Jacqueline Hampton

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In today’s technology driven world it’s just as important to be organized in your digital space as it is to be in your physical space.  You wouldn’t let your paper files pile up to the ceiling in the your office, …

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Coming Back from Vacation

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Coming Back from Vacation The best thing about vacation time is it slows you down, forces you to relax, and provides a welcome break from the daily grind.  But what can you do to keep that zen feeling going when …

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My Favorite Products for Organizing Children’s Playrooms & Bedrooms

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Because I spend so much time organizing  children’s playrooms and bedrooms, I’m often asked what my favorite products are for these areas. So, here’s my list…. 1. Alexandra Ferguson House Rules Pillows 2.Herman Miller Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack 3. Neiman …

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Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy – Organize Your Car

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If you dread road trips, errands, or play date drop-offs because your car has long ago lost its new-car smell, you need to get moving and get organized.  Here are some tips: Everything you bring into the car needs to …

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Organizing and Storing Jewelry

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Get Hooked! Hooks are incredibly useful when it comes to storing jewelry.  They are the optimal way to store long necklaces to ensure they don’t get knotted.  Invest in beautiful decorative hooks to match your jewelry!   Clear it Up …

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Hosting a Super Bowl Party

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I admit to not being a sports fan, not knowing who the contenders are for the 2014 Super Bowl, and even (gasp) not really caring.  Yet, I find myself hosting 20 to 30 people each year for a Super Bowl …

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The Organizer’s Secret Weapon – The Label Maker

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You finally did it: you organized the pantry, that dark, ominous corner of your closet, and the “miscellaneous” toy box in the playroom. Now comes the next step…maintenance. Is there a secret weapon when it comes to keeping things under …

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Dress ↑

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‘Tis the season of many parties, and as invitations start appearing in your mailbox, you can’t help but be confused by the dizzying display of dress codes.  There’s business casual, casual chic, country club casual, dressy casual, resort casual, and …

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Organizing Thanksgiving Like a Pro

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Every Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for many things…my loving family, good health, and fulfilling career. And, I’m especially thankful that I don’t have to host Thanksgiving dinner. On Thanksgiving morning, my family participates in the Turkey Trot, a multi-generational 5K race. …

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Cheap Organizing Tricks

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Here are my best organizing tips utilizing items you already own! 1. Peel off the labels of baby food jars and use them to hold paper clips, safety pins, buttons, and keys. 2. Use up all of the half full …

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Tips for Keeping Your Cool -Refrigerator Organization

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1. Use matching containers for separate foods and leftovers, so everything looks uniform. Preferably these containers should be clear, stackable, easy to open and close, and labelled! I love the Pyrex Easy Grab Bake ‘N Store food storage containers. They …

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Relax!!

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Relax! For many of us, September is the least relaxing month of the year.  There’s the chaos of back to school, getting into a routine, and saying goodbye to the unscheduled days of summer.  So, to make your transition to …

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Organizing a Dorm Room

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By Guest Blogger Sarah Katzin, University of Pennsylvania Junior. 1. Whether running to class or coming home late, college students always seem to be in a rush. Put a hook right by the door for your keys so it’s one …

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The Last Weeks of Summer

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Lazy days spent by the pool, long weekends exploring new towns, and afternoons interrupted by the mailman delivering camp letters – we’re all going to miss that summer haze that has us sighing with relaxation. But before you become utterly …

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Organizing for Guests

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There are some people who love playing host and those who believe that guests and fish stink after three days. I have to admit, that I fall into the latter category. Yet, even though my guests’ visits are short and …

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Templates for Handwritten Notes

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In this age of email and digital greeting cards, it sometimes feels like the handwritten note is a dying art. Yet, there are still those rare occasions when only a handwritten note will do. In case you find yourself struggling …

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No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teachers’ Dirty Looks

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As the school year draws to a close, both my children and I breathe a sigh of relief. We’re all tired. They’re tired of being nagged, and I’m tired of doing the nagging. But before we start counting down the …

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Day to Day Organizing

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Although there’s nothing I love more than spending an entire day blissfully organizing my home, I recognize that this is not everyone’s idea of nirvana. If the thought of spending the day organizing is daunting, I recommend spending a few …

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Organizing Your Finances

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April 15th is just hours away, and many people are scrambling to compile their tax data and meet the IRS deadline.  Since many of these people are also vowing to better organize their finances next year to avoid the last …

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Spring Cleaning with The Container Store

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As a young girl, there was nothing I loved more than going to Jaffee’s, my local stationery store, to shop for school supplies. The promise of new notebooks, pristine pencils, and a set of dividers was all I needed to …

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Busy Moms Play Whac-a-Mole

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In my book, Secrets of an Organized Mom, I compare the lives of mothers to one big game of Whac-a-Mole.  Just when we’ve smacked down one problem or responsibility, another one pokes up its stubborn head.  Let’s face it; life …

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Planning a Large Party

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On January 12th, I celebrated my twins’ b’nai mitzvah.  It was magical and memorable, and 98% stress free.  Yes, almost entirely stress free.  And, whether you’re planning a wedding, a bar/bat mitzvah, or any other large party, you’ll be calm …

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New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

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On of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to get organized.  Yet, it’s easier said than done, and getting organized can be a tall order.  But, what if you could get organized in 5 minutes or less each day?  …

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You Got a What? Bringing Home a Pet

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Yes…I got a dog.  I swore I would never get a dog because we all know what happens when your children/ husband/significant other promises to walk and feed the dog.  I didn’t have time to take care of a dog. …

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Making Halloween Organization Less Scary

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As a child, the whole concept of Halloween seems too good to be true.  You get to wear a costume, knock on strangers’ doors, and ask them for candy.  Then, you pretty much eat as much candy as you want …

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Back to School

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As the long, lazy days of summer dwindle, moms everywhere start to feel stressed about “Back to School”. There’s scheduling after school activities, planning carpools, shopping for clothing, finding babysitting coverage and attending the never ending orientations, class breakfasts, and …

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Selecting and Organizing Your Beach Bag

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Beach bags should be large and lightweight. Even when you travel light, you’ll need a least a few towels and t-shirts.  Avoid any unnecessary hardware on the bag that would weigh it down. Use brightly colored cosmetic bags for smaller …

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Organizing Before and After Camp

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The first year I sent my children to camp, I began preparations several months in advance.  I ordered the camp logo items, purchased horseback riding boots, and soccer cleats (for a child who hates soccer and thinks horses are smelly), …

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Packing for Summer Camp

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By Guest Blogger Rebecca Reich, age 12 Hi Again! This blog is about packing for camp.  Unlike most of my friends’ moms, my mom doesn’t start a month in advance.  Instead, she does everything in two days (for me and …

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Hold On, I Can’t Find My…

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There’s nothing worse than rummaging through your purse, looking for your cell phone, while someone watches, witness to your disorganization, as you miss a phone call. When your purse is organized, you’ll feel in control and more powerful. So, here …

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Party Favors No More

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At least twice a week, I’ll find myself on a ladder in the uppermost recesses of someone’s coat closet pulling out a crushed shopping bag filled with the extra party favors from a party hosted five, ten, fifteen, or twenty …

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Organizing for Tweens and Teens

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By Guest Blogger Rebecca Reich, Age 12 Growing up as the daughter of a professional organizer has its pros and cons. Since I’m extremely messy, my mom constantly nags me to put my stuff in the right place. Is it …

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Bon Voyage! Tips for the Saavy Traveller

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There are many things I love about springtime: the warmer weather, the blooms and buds on the trees, celebrating my birthday, and spring break!  After the cold, dreary winter, I always look forward to travelling somewhere fun with my family.  …

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Favorite Valentine’s Day Products

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While it’s always nice to receive flowers and chocolate, here are some Valentine’s gifts you can buy yourself that will look great while helping you organize! I love the red square lacquer tray from West Elm. Not only can it …

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Moving In Together

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As Valentines Day approaches, couples everywhere contemplate taking their relationship to the next level. In some cases, this means moving in together, a big step worthy of celebration…and logistical concerns. Whether you’re moving into a new place together, or, moving …

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There’s an App for That

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My relationship with technology is like my relationship with my car.  I know how to drive it, but I have no interest in learning how to change the oil.  In other words, as long as I have the basic functions …

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You Are What You Eat

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Losing weight and getting organized are two of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, until recently, I didn’t extend my organizational tendencies to the food I ate. Because I had been naturally thin for most of my life, this …

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When Organizing Meets Interior Design

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Although we’d all love our homes to look like those pictured in magazines, not everyone has access to fancy decorators, spacious layouts, and expensive furniture.  Yet, there are many stylish solutions for your organizing dilemmas that are as practical as …

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Treasures You Don’t Want to Toss

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You know the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new?” Well, it doesn’t always apply, especially when it comes to household appliances. It’s tough enough to keep up with the latest high-tech versions of everything from your television …

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Move on Over, Milk! How to Store Thanksgiving Leftovers

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You’ve been to the grocery store too many times to count, cooked for a small army, made small talk with the relatives, and you’re still standing!  The problem is…now you’re standing in your kitchen, looking at your leftovers, and wondering …

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Let’s Hold Service Providers Accountable…For Service

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How many times has this happened to you? You find yourself with the phone tucked between your ear and shoulder, on hold for an eternity, multi-tasking while you wait, and think: There must be a more efficient way to get …

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Must Have Home Cleaning Products

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Even with all of the organizing systems I have in place, I often feel like keeping my house neat is a never-ending job.  That’s because it actually is a never-ending job.   Every time the laundry is done and put away, …

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Beating the Back-to-School Blues

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Beating the Back-to-School Blues Years ago (before I had children), Staples ran a back to school commercial that showed parents dancing through the aisles while the track to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” played in the background. …

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Welcome to my blog!

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Welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to share my latest organizational tips and tricks with you. I believe eliminating clutter is a way of life, which is why I tackle organization with a 360-degree approach, streamlining homes, schedules and …

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