Summer Survival

I had a friend ask today about this summer schedule we used last year.  I had forgotten all about that schedule and went digging to find it.  I love it when someone reminds me of a good idea I had but had forgotten about.  Summer is almost upon us here in Athens....only 7 more days of school!  I find summer is much more manageable when I have a plan.  I spend less time being that cranky mom who no one listens to and more of the fun mom taking her kids to do fun things ...continue reading

Guest Post: Emotions In The Trenches

I'm so excited to share a guest post with you today.   I thought this would be a perfect follow up to my last post about my sister.  I had the opportunity to help my sister with her closet.  She'll share all the gory details below but I was so very proud of her hard work.  She was prepared for the task at hand and she really was a great student.  She kept working hard until we were completely finished and she has a lovely closet as a reward.  She also happens to be a ...continue reading

Julie’s Principles of Organizing

Someone asked me the other day what were some common things I tell my clients.  I thought about it some and these are some things I try to teach all my clients.  If we have worked together before you'll probably be nodding your head along the way.   I hope these help spark some ideas for you and help you get started on your journey to having a Neat & Pretty space to enjoy! 1. Use Vertical Space We all know how to use flat surfaces to store our stuff (aka piles) ...continue reading

Let It Go

Today is a great day.  You have just decluttered your home.  Or maybe you purged your closet and really only kept the things you love.   Maybe you decided to thin out the piles of children's toys.  That is awesome!  Give yourself a pat on the back.  You have done a great thing.  You are moving forward with making your life more peaceful and less cluttered. But wait! You now have a pile of perfectly good tchotchkes, clothes or toys.  These things are worth REAL MONEY.  ...continue reading

Give Honor To The Things You Love

Today I helped a client choose what to put on some built in shelves in her dining/living area.  She hadn't really touched the shelves since she unpacked when they first moved in and random things were on the shelf.  We emptied the shelves completely and then I asked her to look around and bring me things that she loved.  At first, she had a hard time picking things.  She brought me one or two and I picked a few I personally loved.  Then she really started thinking about ...continue reading