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Organizing a Dorm Room

There are two basic organizing rules to keep in mind when preparing to send your kid off to college:

  1. Take as little as possible:  they will accumulate more stuff. 
  2. Create more storage: dorm rooms are small, so space must be used efficiently.

Here are some ideas for helping your student set up an organized dorm room that is comfortable and can be maintained with minimal work:


The Five Things I Often See in Teen Rooms

Parents are often at their wits’ end over the state of their teenagers’ bedrooms.  How can they live like that?  They could find things so much more easily if they’d stay organized!  Often they call me to help find solutions.  Here’s what I see when I go into teen spaces.


How to Stay Organized When Traveling

Traveling can be a great way to take a break from patterns and give a person a fresh perspective.  But the flip side of interrupting routines is that you can be left feeling out of sorts: why have I just checked for my keys for the 5th time?

The solution?  When you’re on the road, replicate your home systems as much as possible. Do what you can to take good care of yourself and prep a few things in your bag so you’re ready for busy days and tight turnarounds if you’re a frequent traveler.  Here are some tips for staying organized even when you’re away from your familiar routine: 


How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

Working from home seems like a dream situation:  no morning commute, no stuffy attire, just roll out of bed and shuffle over to your workspace, stopping at the coffee pot on the way, right?  It seems so simple: work from 9 to 5 just as if you were heading to an office, except easier. 


Storing Winter Gear

Flowers are blooming, farmers’ markets are in full of swing again, school is just about out — in other words, it’s time to pack up winter gear.

Before you stash things away, follow these tips to help ensure you’ll be ready again when the first snowflakes fall.  This can also be a good opportunity to teach other people in the household how to care for their winter gear, ensuring years of use and enjoyment.


How to Organize Your Own Move

(without causing yourself a nervous breakdown)

If you’ve ever moved, you know that it’s a big job, no matter how near or far you are going.  If you’re not hiring a home organization company to help make the transition as smooth as possible, follow these steps to make sure you are prepared for your big day with minimal stress and aggravation.  


Preparing to Move: 10 Places to Lighten Before You Pack Up

Moving:  whether it’s across town, or across the globe, it can be a time-consuming and expensive ordeal.  Fortunately, with some planning and preparation, you can make it easier on yourself.  In helping clients get organized before moving, and helping folks get settled in and organized after moving, these 10 places are common trouble areas that need time and attention.


Organizing Spices 3: Buying Spices

A lot of time when we’re organizing people’s homes, we have to talk about habits that got people into the situation they’re in.  If we don’t, we’re not helping. Staying organized with spices starts with buying quantities appropriate to your use.