Creating Back to School Zones

colored pencils organized by color

I love the first day of school. The backpacks are full and the house is empty. What will I do with my summertime changes - coffee, shopping, nine holes? Three o'clock will round around soon enough, and my little scholars will return. Will you be ready for yours? If the after school bell rings havoc…

Practicing Mindfulness and High School Graduation

Exploring Mindfulness and High School Graduation

“What do you miss?” my father asked recently while on our weekly shopping trip. Having suffered a mild stroke last year, I now take him on his errands, and we occasionally find ourselves having deeper conversations than the price of bread. Though the question was random and without context, I knew instantly my answer: “I…

A Swing Set With a Purpose

Girl swining on a swing smiling

My daughter turned 15 last week and for her birthday we built a swing set. An unusual gift for a teen? Probably - but it was in sync with my mission statement – and though I didn’t know it at the time – it turned out to be the perfect gift. Do you have a…

4 Essentials to a Scrumptious Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot Chocolate  – mmmmmm – the perfect holiday indulgence. A rare and special treat back when I was a kid, my young seem to think it’s their daily entitlement. Inspired by internet photos, and a little bit of annoyance at the constant concoction chaos, I organized our first Hot Chocolate Bar. A fair number of…

Do these 5 Holiday Prep Actions Today!

Our long, lazy Thanksgiving weekend will be here in the blink of an eye - followed by twenty-four days of complete holiday frenzy. Who’s ready? Not me – not by a long shot (despite my Christmas obsession confession I wrote about here.) Certainly, the decorating and shopping and wrapping can wait, because they concern your own…

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*…

Oh Popsicles and ADHD

popcicles

Lessons I've obviously taught my children: open a Popsicle and throw the wrapper on the lawn; toss your clothes near, but not in, the hamper; and of course, leave cabinets and drawers ajar once you've found what you need. I don't recall actually teaching my kids these valuable skills, but clearly, I've reinforced them, based…

Today is My Anniversary

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Happy Anniversary to me! It's been FIVE fantastic years since the official launch of Totally Orderly, my professional organizing company. Dare I say: "It's gone so quickly!" (so cliché); but truth be told, time has flown. It's been fun and challenging and stimulating and educational, and never could I have imagined all the fabulous people I'd…