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Hello everyone!
     We can find inspiration in the most interesting places!  A conversation with a client this morning inspired today’s blog article about a common challenge many face: too many socks.
     Maybe you didn’t know other people shared this problem. Trust me, they do. This, and others, too. Unfortunately, we imagine  there is something wrong with us because we’ve never heard of anyone else struggling with xxxxxxx (fill in the blank here). But you are not alone, I promise.
      The other side of “yes, this is totally normal and lots of people have this challenge” is that, common or not, if disorganization is causing stress or dysfunction, we still need to conquer it.  So, rest assured, lots of folks have organizational challenges, and more importantly, here are some ideas on how to solve them!  Read on for “Truth Bombs About Socks(more…)”.

     Today’s public service announcement?  It’s 7/11, Free Slurpee Day.  You’re welcome.
Don’t know if you noticed, but in the last 11 days, we ushered in the second half of 2017.  Crazy,  right? Time really does fly.  Lately, I’ve been pondering my 3rd Quarter goals, signing up for events for Fall, and generally thinking big picture thoughts in the midst of sun and fun with friends and family.   The article I planned to write this week was going to challenge you to make some big-picture goals for the rest of 2017, and then this article came up in my FB memory feed, and I had to share it. So let’s start with “Who’s Driving This Car Anyway? YOU. You Are In Charge. and we’ll look at goals next week! (more…)
american_flag.jpg     I hope you enjoyed a great weekend and holiday. There is so much to be grateful for, especially this time of year.
     We have a holiday mid week this week.  Weird.   A Tuesday off.  So is Wednesday morning the new Monday morning?  And then just three days and a weekend again?  Very strange.  If starting your week is sometimes a struggle, especially when it’s a re-start like this week!! – read on for Ways to Make Monday Mornings Less Icky.
     Did you know? I belong to an amazing group of accomplished professional speakers, the Chicagoland Speaker’s Network. Click here to find out more about us and our wide range of topics and talents (more)…. 
How is your week going?  I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I am a big fan of planning and routine.  Ok, so that’s not really a secret.
I rely on planning and routines to keep all the facets of me – family, home life, professional life, volunteering and service – running smoothly. Occasionally I’ll break routine for fun and spontaneity, and occasionally it will break when other factors intervene.
But the most important thing to remember when life gets off track is that we can get back to normal when we’re ready, as long as we know what normal is. This week I share strategies to use “When Our Morning Doesn’t Start As Planned”. Read on…(More)


Tuesday, June 20:  Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?
How is your summer going?  Everyone finally out of school?  We’ve been out for weeks, and I feel like we’re hitting our stride.
I took a good look around my car today.  I spent a few minutes tidying it up after dropping off a batch of donations for a client. And I realized that for all the time I spend in my car, I’m so grateful it’s clean and organized and pleasant.  Want to improve your day?  Take care of your car! Read on for “Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?)”
If you try one thing this week, try this: Take your care to a car wash, and get it cleaned inside and out!  (Yes, a car wash, it’s better for the environment….more…)


Tuesday, June 13:   How High Are Your Eyes?  (a.k.a. Where to keep the canned tuna?)
This past week, I celebrated my 14th anniversary as a Professional Organizer. Wow.  Whoa.
I appreciate each of you every day for your faith and trust in me and my abilities, and I look forward to many more years of imagining better with you and restoring order from chaos, one room or client or project at a time.
Last week also found me settling back into our almost-finished kitchen and helping friends get settled in their new home.  These two experiences reminded me of a very helpful rule of thumb to use when determining where to store items in our homes.  Read on to learn more in “How High Are Your Eyes? (a.k.a., Where to store the canned tuna … more).

Tuesday, June 6: Summer’s New Normal
     Hello everyone!  Summer is here, at least in the Klimczak household.  Everyone’s out of school, summer work and schedules have begun. But some things remain the same.
Last week, my awesome accountability partner asked me what my “New Normal” is for summer.  Her insightful question has helped me to be intentional about how I will spend my summer! Read on to learn more with “Summer’s ‘New Normal'(more…)”.

Tuesday, May 30: Let’s Talk Expiration Dates
      I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, and appreciate all of those who have served our country.
      I have the privilege and pleasure of serving on our local school board as a School Board Member. Tomorrow night I will attend my 5th end-of-the-year event in 2 weeks, our 8th grade graduation. We all should enjoy this happy, hopeful and optimistic time of year!
      Our kitchen project is moving along, and I will post before- and after- pictures soon enough. I’ve been thinking a lot about kitchens lately! Read on for my second installment of getting organized in the kitchen, “Let’s Talk Expiration Dates”, as a follow up to last week’s Want to Clear Clutter? Shop Better(more…) !

Tuesday, May 23: Want to Clear Clutter?  Shop Better!
At a rainy soccer game on Saturday morning, a friend and I were discussing her pantry.  She had been up until the wee hours the night before, checking expiration dates and clearing out old items.  We all want to use our ‘stuff’ wisely, save some money, clear some clutter. A great place to start is by using our consumables well and shopping better. Read on for 5 tips in  “Want to Clear Clutter? Shop Better”.  Next week, we’ll walk through the Pantry Review Process!    (more…)

Tuesday, May 16:  When Reality Meets the To-Do List: It’s Time to Act! 
Planning is invaluable.  
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”    -Benjamin Franklin
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”                   -Winston Churchill.
However, just as there is a time for planning, there is also a time for Action.
“Just Do It”.                 -Nike.
Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly.  But the truth remains.  We can plan and plan, but eventually, to make progress, we must act. We can plan for a trip, plan our packing, etc., but we still need to put stuff in a suitcase. We can research the best car with all the right options and where to buy it, but we have to act on that information if we ever want the snazzy new ride.  Read “When Reality Meets the To-Do List: It’s Time To Act” to learn more (…) !   

Wednesday, May 10, Finally, A Blog Post About Plastic Storage Containers
We’re working on a kitchen remodel at our house.  It’s amazing – all the prep work that goes into a big project like this!  And we haven’t demolished or installed a thing yet! As we pack up the kitchen, I appreciate our organized space, knowing that our stuff is already de-cluttered and pared down!  One common source of kitchen clutter is Food Storage Containers, either plastic or glass.  They are necessary and useful, but wow, can they add up and take over a space!!  If you struggle with storage container clutter, too, read on for “Finally, A Blog Post About Plastic Food Containers!”…more !

Tuesday, May 2nd, It’s May!  Is Your Head Spinning, too?
It’s May.
A lot of things happen in May.  Really good and wonderful things.
I believe this is the busiest month of the year.
And my head is spinning.
If you’ve got a lot going on right now, too, read on for survival tips for this very busy month in “It’s May! Is Your Head Spinning, Too?…more)”

Wednesday, April 26:  This Week’s Menu Plan is To Not Cook (Aka, How Many Foods Can We Serve on a Bun?)
Yesterday, my friend posted on FB that Spring Sports season brings 8 weeks of eating poorly. Regrettably I agree!  My sons have outgrown little league, but we spent many spring months struggling to eat anything for dinner, let alone something healthy!  So, J.O., this re-post is for you! Check out “This Week’s Menu Plan Is To Not Cook (a.k.a. How Many Foods Can We Serve On A Bun?)…more…”

Tuesday, April 18: Put Stuff Away Before You Take Anything Else Out!
Happy Easter!
Have you even jumped into action before really thinking things through?  I bet we all have.  This past Sunday, as we drove home from one event, we were planning for the next event.  And while I admired my family member’s enthusiasm about the next event, I knew we needed to clean up from the last one before starting the next!   Want to know how?  Read on for “Put Away Stuff Before You Take Anything Else Out “… (more)… 

Spring is here, and I am feeling it this week! A rush of energy, a desire to be outside or at least let some of the outside in, an urge to lighten up and get moving!  Very often, I get the call / text / email from a client, and they say “I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start”.  And I think we’ve probably all felt that way from time to time. This week, start with these “6 Organizing Steps to Take For Spring”! 
Got Clutter? SPRING CLEANING FOR A CAUSE...(more)… 

Tuesday, April 4:  Your Stuff Needs an AWAY
It’s Election Day!  Did You Vote?!  This past week, I was working with a client and her clutter, and she realized that much of her challenge was just with putting things AWAY.  She had some clutter to purge, of course, but a lot of her frustration with the clutter in her home was solved by just putting things AWAY where they belonged.   Our Stuff needs an AWAY.  Read on for “Your Stuff Needs An AWAY” to find out why and how (more…) 

Wednesday, March 29:  Life’s Stormy Weather: Cleaning Up and Getting Ready
We all have stormy weather in our lives. The ups and downs, the gray skies and choppy water.  Then the storm passes, and we have to clean up and get on with our life (and get ready for the next storm!). I say this with all hope and positivity, friends, I promise. We can and will endure the stormy weather, and then we’ll clean up and move on!  Read on to find out more, “Life’s Stormy Weather: Cleaning Up and Getting Ready”.
From a reader: Have children’s books to pass on?  Consider donating them to the Little Free Libraries at the Alzein Pediatric Associates’ offices: 2850 W 95th Street, Suite 400 in Evergreen Park; and 6700 W. 95th Street, Suite 250 in Oak Lawn… (more) 

Tuesday, March 21: National Clean Your Closet Week:  What’s In Your Suitcase?
Just in time for the first day of Spring, the third week in March is National Clean Your Closet Week! I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I always get the urge to refresh my closet and my clothes.  I know it’s still chilly outside, but as soon as Spring arrives, I crave color and novelty in my clothing choices!  Decision making is tough, though – I know.  But asking yourself a few questions can make the process go smoothly!  Read on for suggestions in “National Clean Out Your Closet Week: What’s In Your Suitcase?…(more)”

Did you know?  The second Tuesday in March is National Organize Your Home Office Day!  And since so much of the country is covered in snow, it seems like a great day to spend some time inside restoring order and peace in this very hard working space!  My own office is organized, but my virtual office – the technological aspect of my business – needed a little attention recently.  Read on to find out more about how to streamline your tech and communications in “National Organize Your Home Office Day: My High Tech Me Project”. (and thanks to Sally for keeping me on track!! … more)
Did you know?  It’s National Procrastination Week! I know, I’ve heard the jokes – you’ll google it… tomorrow. Right?!  In observance of National Procrastination Week, this week’s article is about addressing the physical clutter that keeps us from getting things done!  Read on to learn more about “Clutter and Procrastination: Making Room for Harry Potter”(more…)!
Writing this in a thunderstorm in February. Go figure!  Better wrap this up and hit send, before we lose power / wi-fi!
I just made a delicious dinner, in the spirit of Mardi Gras.  Old Bay Cheddar Grits with Andouille and tomatoes. While it cooked, I diced extra peppers to use later this week. Plus, I plan to eat the cheesy grits and veggies for lunch tomorrow. You see, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much food the average household wastes, and I’ve been strategizing about how to use our food better.  I’m here to help you use your food better, too.  Read on for ideas in “Get Over Left Overs:  85 Banana Chocolate-chip Mini-muffins”
     The unseasonably warm weather here in Chicago got me thinking about… winter coats. There is an adjustment period every Fall (or after things return to seasonably cold weather!), when we starting wearing heavy coats and have to remember which pocket our keys or phone or wallet are in!  So what is in your pockets, and what are you going to do with it when you take your coat off?
     We need habits to take care of that important stuff we lug around with us!  Car keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses? Receipts, money and change?  So here are some quick suggestions for setting up a space to put those pocket contents and habits of taking care of it all!  Read on for “Why I Never Find Money in Old Coat Pockets”. 
     I love social media.  I asked my FB friends what was in their pockets this morning, and 60+ people played along.  How awesome is that? (more…)?
Happy Valentine’s Day!  I love my clients!  Today is a day that we celebrate Love, the love of and for the people around us. Sometimes the love of stuff can cloud our love of people, though.  Let me say this – Life Is Not About The Stuff.  In this week’s article, I encourage you to Look for Love In All The Right Places! (more)…
       Happy Tuesday!  Because Tuesday is the most productive day of the week (google it, it’s true!)!  I’m working through my task-list today, getting things done and making progress on a number of projects. Of course, none of that would be possible if I didn’t write stuff down!
      There are too many thoughts in my head some days and not enough focus to make sense of them all until I jot them down and turn them into actionable steps to take. Perhaps you feel the same?  Read on for more inspiration in “If I Don’t Write It Down, It Doesn’t Exist!… (more)” 


Tuesday, January 31:  Out With The Old, In With The New… In The Kitchen!
     How is it going? I spoke to a woman yesterday, and she said she had restarted her New Year’s Resolutions 3 times already. She thought that was a bad thing, I said it was GREAT!!  She stumbled, but recommitted each time and started again!
Getting organized is one of the most popular Resolutions, right behind Getting Healthy / Losing Weight / Getting Fit.  So, how about this week we combine the two?  There is scientific evidence that tells us that a disorganized kitchen leads us to make unhealthy choices.  And that an Organized Kitchen helps us make Healthy Choices!  So spend a little time in the kitchen this week, but first, Read ” Out With the Old, In With The New… In The Kitchen!”

     Ok, friends. It’s that time.  Yes, it’s time to take down those Christmas decorations.
I’ve taught many organizing classes recently, since so many people are enthused this time of year about getting organized! And in every Clear the Clutter class that I offer, we talk about Duplicates.

      Very often we have items that we need, use and love, but sometimes we also have too many of these items.  So the item itself is useful and great, but having a lot of the same item feels like clutter.  We need to ask the questions “How much is enough?” and “How many is too many?”  Read on for details and more questions to ask in “Life is Too Short for Crummy Pens (The Question of Duplicates)… more….”


Wednesday, January 18: You Are Smart.  And Smart People Set SMART Goals.

So, here we are! Goal Setting is a great way find focus and motivation, and to get things done.  But, as with so many good intentions, we don’t always know where to begin!  My favorite goal setting tool is the SMART method, read on to find out how to use this great tool, too, in “You’re Smart.  And Smart People Set SMART Goals!…”
A Tuesday newsletter on a Monday?  Must Be National Clean Off Your Desk Day!  (Yes, that is really a thing)!  This year, I want to focus on what we see as we sit at our desks! Look Up, look around, and learn how to make things better!  Read on for “National Clean Off Your Desk Day: Whadda YOU Lookin’ At?“.

And for more inspiration from years past, check out:

Happy New Year!  Every day and every moment holds the opportunity to make positive change, but there is something phenomenal about the energy that comes with a new year!  So, what will you do in 2017?
Have you noticed?  We want to make positive changes and meet our goals, but we convince ourselves that we need great big blocks of times and effort to make the changes happen.  However, we can meet those goals with lots of little steps and improvements, too! Consider the 17 minute rain delay in the World Series.  The Cubs all agree that the pep talk they got in those 17 minutes spurred them on to victory.  Read on to learn more, with “You Can Change the World in 17 Minutes (or less)(More…..)”
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  This is a quirky week.  Is it back to normal, or still Christmas vacation?  Some of us worked today, and some are still vegging in jammies. It’s been sunny and unseasonably warm, too, which may also be confusing my subconscious. We have more family holiday fun planned for this weekend, but today still feels like a Tuesday. Hmmmm.
So, what do YOU do with this in-between week?  Work, play, sleep, eat cookies? Strategically plan, schedule clients, work on professional development?  Some combination of them all? Just curious.  In this week’s article, a re-post from last December, I suggest we get back to normal, and then start looking ahead to 2017!  Read on for “Get Back to ‘Everyday-Ness’, then Look At Your New Year! (more…)” 
Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying the season, with minimal stress and maximum joy!  And I hope you’re all staying safe and warm. I know here in Chicago, we’re living in a deep freeze!
Rarely will you read “Must” or “Should” in my blog articles or newsletters.  I am here to help, and not to add to your to-do list!  So this week, I would like to encourage you to do less!  Indeed, there are probably tasks on your to-do list that could absolutely be moved to next week’s list!  Let’s talk about “Did You Start That Other List Yet? The After Christmas List? (more…) 

Tuesday, December 13: Practice Good Elf-I-Mean-Self Management This Week

Just got home from a high school Christmas Concert, it was lovely.  The rest of the week is filled with more fun and festivities.  But there are times during these whirl wind days that I realize I need to take care of me – perhaps I’m hungry or thirsty or tired or stressed – if I’m going to be able to maintain this hectic pace, and see my way to the quieter days to come.
 Yesterday, my accountability partner challenged me to do three relaxing things for 30 minutes each this week.  I have no idea what that will look like, but I’m willing to try!  We all need reminders to help us take care of ourselves during this season, read on for more ideas in “Practice Good Elf-I-Mean-Self Management This Week”.
How is your December coming along?  I will admit, my shopping isn’t done yet, the cookies aren’t baked, and the cards aren’t ordered.  But our Christmas events are in full swing, and I’m breathing the Christmas Spirit, which I feel is much more important than the rest! Hope you’re enjoying this special time of year!    Here are some blog articles from Christmas Past to help!
     Have you noticed?  Christmas lights, wreaths and trees are showing up in front yards, on front doors and in front windows all over town.
     The weather has been very accommodating – we put up our outdoor lights this past weekend with sunshine and in sweatshirts! If you are ready to Deck Your Halls this week, too, read on for a few tips to make it go smoothly – “An Organized Deck the Halls”… (More)!

Tuesday, November 22:  Right Now, What’s the Right Thing To Do? (aka, don’t aggravate your loved ones)

     Happy Thanksgiving!  What are you thankful for this week?  I’m thankful for my amazing husband and awesome sons.  I’m thankful for our parents, my brothers and brother in-law and wonderful sisters-in-laws, and of course, my nieces and nephews. I’m thankful for my friends who are like family, for our wonderful community, for our Faith and God.  For our home and all the good that God provides. And I’m thankful for all of you.  Happy Thanksgiving.

     I think we are all feeling the time pinch these busy days.  Lots to do, not always enough time to get things done.  Last week I mentioned that today is NOT the day to start a huge project if you are also hosting Thanksgiving this week!  We really just want to know “Right Now, What’s The Right Thing To Do?”. Read on to find out how! (more…)
I don’t know about you, but sleep has been a little restless lately.  The time change, the Super Moon (beautiful, yes, but Lunar Insomnia is a real challenge!), tumultuous events, the coming holidays, etc!  And this is all in addition to our regular day to day life!  Since good sleep is the ultimate Time Management tool, here is a favorite Sleep related post, to help us all get a little more Zzzzz time, and feel better, happier and more productive during the day!  Read on for Tips for A Better Night’s Sleep! (More…)
     Baseball season’s over (Go Cubs!), the clocks have Fallen back, and this election year will soon be one for the history books. The leaves are flying around the yard today, with a chilly wind.  It feels like November! And November is a great time to de-clutter, clear the decks, close the door on summer and open up the flannel sheets and hot chocolate. Conveniently, with November comes America Recycles Day on November 15th! 
     Read on for ideas on what to get rid of this week (and it might not be what you’d expect):  What Do You Want to Clear Out This Week?… (More)
     We get an extra hour of sleep this weekend! Daylight Savings ends this Sunday morning at 2 am. (Don’t forget to swap the batteries in your smoke detectors, too!)
     This week, tackle a great and quick project, and clean out your refrigerator and freezer! Read on to learn how in “Mystery Meats and Burnt Out Lightbulbs”.  If you try just one thing this week, try this: take a quick inventory of your refrigerator and freezer contents.  Save some money and clear some clutter this week by using up as much as you can before buying more! (more…)
     I have met the nicest people over the last few weeks, at the Moraine Valley Benefits and Wellness Fair, the District 230 Foundation Health and Wellness Event, and my most recent Clear The Clutter Class in Naperville!  It’s been busy, but so energizing! And I unveiled my snazzy new marketing investments (thanks to Solution3 Graphics!).  They make me look good!
     This week’s blog article supports the importance of maintenance, of our systems but also of our stuff!  Read on to learn why “My Client Asked Me If I Was Falling Apart”!(more…)
Tuesday, October 18:  What If… Your Halloween Decor is Scary, But Not In A Good Way?
Today, I put out the last of our Fall Decorations that we’ll actually keep.  And parted with a few that haven’t seen daylight in a few years. It was this activity that inspired today’s article!  (and the donating of a 1.5 foot tall Easter Bunny at a client’s home yesterday – yes, you know who you are!)  So, read on to find out the questions to ask yourself when it comes to parting with questionable seasonal decor in “What If… Your Halloween Decor is Scary, But Not In A Good Way?” (more…)
It’s October in Chicago, so it’s 80 degrees one day, and 50 degrees the next. We can all read the writing on the wall – Winter is coming.  It is inevitable.  And with it comes the Cold and Flu season. So this week, get a jump on winter, and organize your medicine cabinet!  Read on for 5 steps to get you on track in “Winter is Coming. So Are Allergies, Colds and the Flu. Sorry.”(more…)
     What’s in a name?  A lot, really.  Specifically, this week we’re talking about the self-fulfilling prophecy of a “Junk” drawer.  If a drawer is called a junk drawer, it’s no shock that junk ends up in there!  Read on to find out how to transform that junk drawer into something better!  (and thanks to all of you who sent me pictures of your “junk drawers”!)
If you try just one thing this week, try this: grab a garbage bag, open a drawer and get rid of the obvious rubbish!  Even this simple step will clear clutter and open up space!
     My next business goal is to present... (read more)
Did you know?  September is National Preparedness Month,  NPM is a national initiative to encourage and support efforts to Be Prepared for whatever emergencies life might throw at us.
     For more information, check out these NPM articles I’ve published: 
If you do one thing this week, do this: take a moment, and make sure your car and your workplace contain a few basic survival items, like non-perishable snacks and a bottle of water.  You could simply carry a couple of granola bars in your bag with you at all times plus taking your re-usable water bottle with you when you leave the house (just re-stocked mine).  (more…)
Tuesday, September 20: Spiders, Mice, Many-Legged Things and Christmas Decor (aka our crawl space)  We all have those house projects that we dread, right ? (According to my mom, All of them!)  You know, Garage? Shed? Attic? Crawl Space? The tough ones, the dirty ones, the heavy lifting ones, the awkward ones? We tackled the crawl space this weekend, and I am so glad we did!  Read on for lessons learned in Spiders, Mice, Many-legged Things and Christmas Decor (aka Our Crawl Space).  If you do one thing this week, do this:  Call me to tackle the dreaded projects!  Ok, really, try this: Stop Dreading Tasks, and start tackling them! (more…)
Tuesday, September 13: Find 5 Minutes in Your Morning
“We need to leave earlier for school” said my son this week.  And he’s right.  His school day starts a few minutes earlier this year, and we need to adjust our mornings accordingly.  He and I can work together to make the earlier departure happen, but where do you find an extra 5 minutes in your morning? To be early instead of on-time, or on-time instead of late?   Read on for suggestions to solve that very challenge in Find 5 Minutes In Your Morning “.

     For most of us, this week heralds the unofficial end of summer.  Yes, it’s still hot (86 degrees to pink magic 8 ballbe specific), and there may still be summer fun ahead, but Labor Day and Back To School remind us that the summer days are numbered now.  
      So what are we to do about this? I suggest using this transitional time to make positive changes, set goals, make plans and start fresh!  Read on for 5 suggestions of where to start,It’s Your Turn to Choose. What’ll It Be?   And if all 5 suggestions are too much to handle this week, just pick one!  Your Choice!!
      I belong to two amazing professional groups – Consider this your invitation to join me! (read more…)
      An addendum to the Recipe article from last week – In my recipe project, I forgot about my 001recipe box!  After a quick review, I purged almost all the recipes and the box itself.  Now there is even more room in the cabinet!
        003 We went to Ikea yesterday and bought a wardrobe / cabinet for the bathroom.  I have assembled many such pieces, so I thought I would walk you all through the process, too! These are easy projects and simple solutions, give one a try!  Read on for suggestions on Summer Project #8: Life Lessons in an Ikea Box! (read more…)! 
       We always use Back To School Time as an opportunity to re-boot our Menu Planning, too.  When I couldn’t find a favorite recipe last week, I knew it was time to clean up my recipes and my planning process! Read on for ideas on how to manage your recipes and menu planning with Project #7: Menu Planning. I Blame the Gumbo Recipe.
     If you try one thing this week, try this: look around your kitchen or desk.  Got recipes? Look at each a little more critically this week, and discard any recipes that just won’t work for you!
      Mark Your Calendars Now, and plan to join me at these two great upcoming events: (read more…)

Tuesday, August 16: Back To School: Clothes and Clothes Shopping
      This is the week for my sons – all three go back to school, to three different schools on three different days. Every new school year is full of possibilities, and I’m excited for all of them, but especially the college freshman!
You don’t have to be heading back to school or sending students back to reap benefits from this time of year. Consider this time of year an opportunity to re-boot, re-fresh, and re-commit to your goals and aspirations!
This week’s article is a re-post from this time last year. I started to write a new one, and then realized I had already said all that I wanted to say. Check out Back to School: Clothes and Clothes Shopping for the plan and process to get through the closets this week! (Read more….)

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Tuesday, August 9: Tech and Back To School:  Update Your Home, Habits and Devices
Technology is a big part of Back-To-School these days.  My college student just ordered his new laptop; we ordered the high-schooler’s e-books for his Chrome book; and the middle-schooler will have a chrome book to use in every class. So, getting a handle on our home, habits and tech devices will certainly help us stay organized!  Read on for suggestions and how to’s in Tech and Back To School: Update Your Home, Habits and Devices….

Tuesday, August 2: Sticky Habits
     I will present “An Organized Family” at the Center for Self Actualization on Wednesday, August 10th, 6:30 – 8 pm, $10 at the door. “An Organized Family! Help your kids establish skills now that will help them at home, in school and the rest of their lives.  We’ll talk routines, time management, age appropriate chores, learning and organizing styles, menu planning and more.” Click here to register!
     I took a little side trip from my Summer Projects Article writing schedule today, because Habits have been a hot topic with my clients lately. And I understand why.
This was my FB post last night “Now here is a puzzle. 9:45 pm, and I’m writing a blog article about how to make habits stick, and use technology to keep you motivated and track progress. And … My Fitbit notifies me that I still need 1800 steps to reach my daily goal. So, do l keep writing? Ok, I’m walking.” And for the record, I met my 10,000 daily step goal.  But I didn’t finish the article until today.  And that’s the nature of Good Habits. Deciding over and over again to do the harder but better thing instead of the easy thing.  And sometimes we have to decide between two important things!  For more motivation to keep the Good Habits, read “Sticky Habits” !


Tuesday, July 26: “Paper Management for Evolving Humans”
     We’re tackling Papers this week, as Summer Project #4. I spent time cleaning over the weekend reviewing school papers and re-configuring a storage space for the papers we keep. More importantly, though, I shared our paper system with my sons, so they can begin to create their own strategies. Read on for ideas and strategies in “Paper Management for Evolving Humans”. (read more…) .

Tuesday, July 19: “Except for the People You Meet and The Books You Read.”
     Sorry for today’s delay – three words. Widespread internet outage.  But it’s back, and here I am!

     So, this week, we’re tackling Summer Project #3: Books!  I reviewed two book cases this morning, and now have a stack to donate to the library.  Read on for suggestions and motivation to get through your books in“Except for the People You Meet and the Books You Read.”
    If you try just one thing this week, try this: let go of unwanted expectations, and purge the books you “should” read (according to someone else) but don’t want to! (Read more…)

Tuesday, July 12:  Did Someone Say Laundry?  Summer Project #2
     How is your summer going?  I’ve been working hard, but also making sure to have lots of fun here and there!
I met the nicest group of folks at last night’s Clear The Clutter class at Moraine Valley Community College.  Want to catch a class? I have just one more scheduled before Fall, click here to check out my schedule. My next class is Monday, July 25 at 7 pm, Clear the Clutter, Westmont Park District.
On the heels of last week’s closet organizing project is this week’s Laundry room / process challenge! Read on for Did Someone Say Laundry?  Summer Project #2 (read more…)