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

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

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

Sister Sister

I have a wonderful sister.  She's four years younger than me. (We have an awesome brother in between us too.)  She lives here in Athens with me and we are great friends. Though we share many values and love many of the same things...we are definitely different when it comes to organizing.  Me....the organizer from birth and she...well let's just say she won't ever have a blog named "Neat & Pretty".  We shared a room for a good portion of our lives. We have many fond ...continue reading

Welcome to Organizing School

I mentioned this before but I wanted to come back around to this topic of similarity and discuss how it works in organizing.  I suppose one might call this a secret to creating an organized space.  I think when we are organizing a space there is some confusion about what to use, how to group and how to decide what goes together.  Most of the time the goal in organizing is to help make it easier to find things that we are looking for.  But sometimes the goal is to make ...continue reading