Top Organizing Tool! BASKETS!

    Being in the Home Organizing Business has it’s perks…like when my passion “comes to a location near you”. As in: The Container Store! There is a new store opening in the Central Phoenix Area at Camelback Road and 20th Street! OH JOY! OH BLISS! Let’s take a walk down a few aisles, shall we, and discover what this Organizer’s Mecca has to offer. While browsing, we may even stumble upon my Top Organizing Tool! BASKETS! The Container Store is your solution to every storage problem you never knew you had. It has an IKEA-esque quality with warehouse style displays and multi-color options for just about every product. And did I mention multiples? Multiples-of EVERYTHING. THE TOP ORGANIZING TOOL…BASKETS! Baskets have been used to hold things for eons. There is no more convenient way to stash your stuff! Just ask The Container Store. There are aisles and aisles of them. The Best Basket Ideas: Kitchen-...

Dorm Room Essentials

Collegiate Life: Dorm Room Essentials The new school year is upon us! Are you a first-time college student? If a dorm room is in your immediate future, here are some things to think about to help make your transition from home to school a little easier. Minimize What will the dorm provide? You won’t need to take everything you own! Get a list from the college. Dorm rooms come with beds, desks and other essentials; sometimes even non-essentials like a microwave. Know what to purchase. When packing clothes, think: “less is more”. Think of the climate: rain and snow? sunshine and high temps? What clothes are weather appropriate and could do double-duty? Mom can always send more if you need them! Storage Maximize your small closet space with these handy items. Wonder Hangers: expand hanging space vertically Hanging Jewelry Organizer: tons of pockets to stash ALL your amazing jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Free Standing Shelf or...

Getting Your Kids to Help With Chores

Getting Your Kids to Help With Chores I will never forget when my friend Denise and her sparkly little 18 month old, Tiffany, came over one morning to visit. When coffee and conversation were over, Denise started to sing, “Now it’s time to clean up toys, clean up toys , clean up toys…” and little Tiffany, as if turned on by a switch, stood up and began to clean up the toys! One after the other she picked them up and dropped them in the basket. I was shocked. It had never occurred to me that a toddler would help with chores. That day this mom learned a lesson: kids will do what is expected if you follow through and make them do it! There are 3 keys to getting your kids to do chores in your home: Setting Expectations, Training, and Follow Through! Setting Expectations Maybe you’ve never made your kids do chores. Perhaps they...