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Getting Back in the Groove after a Break

We all know how lovely it is to get away once in a while, and how important it can be for your health, happiness, and productivity. But sometimes it can be so hard to get back into your routine that it very nearly unravels all the benefits you gained from taking a break in the first place. With many of you traveling for the holidays, we want to make sure you’re well-prepared for a smooth homecoming that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re already behind on things when the new year has only just started!

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How to Care for Silver

By MLE Organizer Grace

Sunday dinners at my Great Grandmother’s house were always a special occasion. She brought out all the stops when setting the table:  handmade lace table runners, fine china and the good silverware. Great Gran took the same approach in her personal appearance. Her everyday dress was replaced with her Sunday best. Even her kitchen apron had fancy touches like ruffles or embroidery. She wore her good jewelry regardless of whether she had actual dinner guests or just our family.

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How to Organize a Mudroom

A mudroom is a wonderful feature to have in a house:  a space to transition from outside to inside, so that you can avoid bringing too much of the outside in.  But let’s face it, a mudroom that is not fully thought-out can quickly become a disaster area. Here are some ideas for enjoying the benefits without getting bogged down in the mess.

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Some Thoughts on Organizing

There’s a common misconception that only  “disorganized” people need a professional organizer.  Au contraire!  The truth is more like this:  there are many ways to be organized, and hardly anyone is highly organized in all areas of their life. Lots of people are extremely organized about their work, keeping meticulous files, knowing exactly where each clients’ projects stand, tracking deadlines and events, and so on — but maybe don’t have the same infrastructure for keeping organized at home.  

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How to organize toys when things are already out of control


In general, it’s probably safe to say that most kids these days have more toys than they need.  While our grandparents might remember having three or four toys they cherished in their childhoods, our kids likely have an entire playroom devoted to their things — and still they take over the living room.  Of course, there have been lots of economic and cultural changes since our grandparents’ days, leading to much more abundant lives for many (though not all) people — and clearly that’s a positive thing, to an extent.  But just as clearly, there’s a point when it’s true that “less is more.”

If birthday parties, commercialized holidays, and your own good intentions to provide your kiddos with a rich environment have created an overflow of playthings in your home, fear not:  here are some steps you can take to regain control.

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How to File Fold Jeans

Folks often ask me to show them how to do something organizing-related. I’m usually happy to oblige, but I was thrilled when Wendy Scott of Boutique Closets And Cabinetry asked me about how to file fold jeans! This folding and storage method is great because you can actually see your options and not just what’s on the top of the stack inside a drawer.

Wendy, this blog is for you!

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Schoolwork Organization Strategies


Organization strategies are critical to success in school, especially as workloads become heavier and content gets more challenging.  As a parent, you can lay the groundwork for a systematic, efficient approach to learning and completing assignments, so that over time your children will learn to use these strategies on their own. You’re raising kids to become adults, right?

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Helping your teen learn organization skills for schoolwork and beyond

As kids enter their teen years, organizational skills become increasingly important.  In a few short years they’ll be out on their own, and, as it states in Chapter 13 of the parenting manual that no one gets, it’s your job as a parent to help them get ready. (OK, those years might not always seem short, but once your kiddo has left the nest you’ll be wondering where the time went!)

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