15 Signs You Might Be a Christmas Fanatic

Christmas sprinkles with a badge that says 5 signs you might be a Christmas Fanatic

December is here and, finally, we are fully free to let our Christmas fanatic freak flag fly! We survived October and all the Facebook posts bemoaning the early stocking of store shelves. We soared through November and the cries of: “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” And now it’s December, the most wonderful time of the year.…

Can You Prove You are You? Three Ways to Protect Your…

People stranded on top of a home during a flood

Imagine a fire, a flood, a tornado taking everything – your home and all of its contents. Imagine your laptop, smartphone, files, and wallet - gone, too. Could you recreate your identity? Could you prove you are who you say you are? Could you prove you are YOU? Victims of Hurricane Katrina faced this complicated…

Preparing for Disaster, Planning for Survival | Building a Car Kit

A horse drinknig water with mountains in the back ground

The children were outside playing and the adults were indoors cooking. The evening sun was setting over a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. And someone was pounding on the door screaming:  “Fire! Get out now!” We called the kids inside, turned off the stove, grabbed our purses and car keys, and headed for the door. We were…

Preparing for Disaster, Planning for Survival | Building the Under the Bed Kit

Firefighters working on a roof

Are you ready? For the “big one?” The big earthquake, the epic hurricane, the flu pandemic? A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey found that nearly 60% of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster and only 39% have developed an emergency plan. This despite astudy by Environment America that claims 80% of Americans live in counties that have…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

The Secret Ingredient to Great Habits

The Power of Habit Book

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? It took me all the way into February to decide on mine – but I’m off to a good start thanks to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I read this amazing book last year and put Duhigg’s…

A “Back to School” DON’T for Summer Lovers

Back to school on a chalk board

By now you’ve been inundated with Back to School Organizing tips. Many of them are tried and true - a few of my favorites: Set up a Homework Zone Create an easy Lunch station in the pantry Designate a Drop Box for Mom’s papers And for my not-so orderly friends who are already behind: Find*…

Not So Totally Orderly

Not So Totally Orderly chalk board sign

Organizing projects I love: closets, kitchens, a massive pile of paper. Mudrooms are my favorite, and I've never met a playroom that didn't beckon. Organizing projects I tolerate: garages, basements, sheds  - basically any space that provides safe shelter for spiders. Organizing projects that leave me stymied: meal planning, kids’ chores, time and task management. Actually, I don’t mind assisting a client…