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…

I love this product…

3M command strips logo

Of all the products I use with my customers, I think 3M Command Hooks might be my favorite. And based on the ever-expanding selection available, I think others feel the same. Once offered only in white, the plastic hook now comes in a variety of "finishes" - such as brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze - as well as clear(my favorite) and black (great…

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…

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…

Are You a Nester? 5 Lessons from Cozy Living

A baby bird in the tree

I’ve got that nesting feeling. That hunker-down, fluff the house, prep-for-the-long-dark-winter feeling. And fortunately for me, I recently picked up a few nesting skills from an expert extraordinaire, and I’m happy to share them with you here. This summer a Robin built her nest on our front porch. She flew by with a twig in…

Productivity Tips from Dory the Fish

Regal Blue Tang Fish

Do you remember Dory from the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo? She was the show-stealing neurotic and forgetful regal blue tang fish with the Ellen Degeneres voice. Her most memorable line, to me anyway, was this mantra: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” She would sing song her way through life, not always knowing the point or where she was…

10 Items Obsolete in 10 Years

A cell phone

In honor of Totally Orderly’s 10 Year Anniversary (2004-2014!), I bought myself a new work bag. We, professional organizers, love our work bags full of little organizing gizmos and gadgets.  I’ve had at least five bags - one so big my client hesitated to allow me through the door! Another so small I had to ask to borrow…

Friday Finds: Chalkboard Labels

Canisters with chalk labels on them

I'm just crazy about this chalkboard craze. Which is weird, because I don't like the feel of chalk. (Chalk Ink was the answer to that "touchy" problem - looks great, too!) Anyhow, these Avery Chalkboard Labels are so much fun. These are perfect for boxes and bins - and they're removable! The scalloped edge on this one looks great on containers…