How Long Should You Keep Packaging Materials

Someone asked me recently what to do with all those boxes of electronics and appliances.  You may have been lucky enough to get some great presents for Christmas and now you have some boxes hanging out taking up space.  So the question is...do I have to keep them? And if so, for how long? This is not a yes or no answer so let's break it down. 1- Do you own the item still?  If no...GET RID OF IT!  If yes...see number 2. 2- Does the item have a warranty?  If ...continue reading

Move Some Furniture

Sometimes you have looked at a space in your home so many times you just can't envision it any other way.  You can't see the potential in a room.  I have had the opportunity recently to work with a client who has let me help her rearrange some spaces in her home.  Actually every single room in her house she let me rearrange.  We moved a couple dressers, a sofa, a dining table, a large shelving unit and got rid of a bed.  Her home looks amazing and it seems to have gained ...continue reading

War on School Papers

If you're anything like me...you are always battling a war on paper...specifically school papers.  We talked about those stacks of paper last week.  Let's continue to talk about how those stacks of paper enter your home.  They don't always enter your home as a stack...usually they come in the form of cute drawings and special stories written by your children.  They come in the form of papers from the teacher and communication from school.  There are all kinds of sources  ...continue reading

Activity Bags

My children are 11, 9 and 5.  We have one playing volleyball, one playing flag football and one taking trapeze lessons.  On top of that we attend church regularly and sometimes help out with the campus ministry at church.  And we do have a little bit of a social life beyond that...sometimes.  HA!   Last year we were always arriving at someone's lesson or practice and the other children were complaining of being bored, thirsty of hungry.  So this year we are trying to be ...continue reading

Back To School Stacks

  I feel like most of what I have done this week is put out fires and tackle stacks.  Monday was our first day of school.  I have two in elementary school and this year I have one in middle school.  This means two times the parent meetings, two times the school events and two times the paperwork.  Well, truly I have three sets of paperwork but two different schools means different channels of communication going out and coming in.  To top that all off I spent all ...continue reading