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...

The Illusion of Clean

The Illusion of Clean Do you clean your house every day? I’m guessing most of us don’t. The many things on our list vying for attention: work, school, activities, personal time- to name a few- usually trump housework. Even if Hazel the housekeeper doesn’t knock at the door at 9AM daily, your house doesn’t have to be a nasty mess. You can FAKE your way to a clean house, and no one will ever know that you didn’t have time to clean this week! Here are 4 things, which, if done on a regular basis, will give your house a clean appearance. Added perk? These things will also make the real cleaning day a breeze! Tip # 1 – Everyone Makes Their Bed! Whether you are thorough and careful, or just pull up the covers and toss and place the pillows, the bedrooms will feel tidy. Tidy beds give incentive to put away shoes, toss stray...

Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...

Back to School Routine – Getting out the Door on Time

Back to School Routine-Getting out the Door on Time Do you hear that sound? It’s familiar…you’ve heard it before. It’s the sound of school bells ringing. High school gates are opening. Grade school playgrounds are clean and tidy. Teachers have their rooms prepared. It’s Back-to-School time! The lazy days of summer have come to a close, and a working plan must be set in motion, all with the hopes of Mom and Dad still getting to work on time! Here are some tips to help you with your Back to School Routine. PREPARATION Ever heard the expression, ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.’? A few weeks before school starts, sit everyone down around the kitchen table and have a Back to School Routine conversation. What are your needs, desires, and expectations for this new year? Everyone gets to share. Do a quick review of last year. What went great? How could things be improved?...

Tips for a backyard wedding

  How would you describe, ‘Planning A Wedding’? Exciting! Complex. Meaningful. Costly! If you are focused on hanging onto the excitement and meaning, but would welcome a little less complexity and cost, then opting for a backyard wedding might be the direction to take! Here are a few cost-lowering backyard wedding ideas that will fulfill your expectations! Tip 1: Location, Location, Location! Picking the right backyard is the first item on the list! Who do you know who would be open to a backyard wedding? Cross your own yard off the list! You’ll want to alleviate that potentially stress-filled choice. Tour the yards on your list, and take pictures. Ensure that the yard has two distinct areas to hold all guests: one for the ceremony, and one for the food. This allows for pre-wedding set-up for both ceremony and reception. Consider the altar space, the most lovely views, seating, and sunshine at the time of day...

Poison Awareness: Stay Safe In Your Home

  Poisonous Household Cleaners We know that many household cleaners are dangerous. Add children and pets to the mix and you have a potential hazard. Cleaners, polishes, solvents and bleach should be stored in an effort to prevent accidental poisoning. Here are some safety ideas to implement in your home. Are there children in your home? Ever? Kids are curious. They move at lightening speed, and they do it with the stealth of a Ninja. Lock up your cleaners! Inexpensive child safety locks are easily installed on cabinet doors, and might just save a life. Cleaning with chemicals requires good ventilation to avoid toxicity. A bathroom fan isn’t enough. Instead of ammonia or bleach, try lemon, vinegar and baking soda. Use original containers. If an un-marked spray bottle is used, clearly label the contents. Keep the original label information by taking a photo. Then, if disaster strikes, Poison Control has the information they need. (Keep that...

BIG PLAYER IN THE HOME CARE INDUSTRY SHUTS DOWN

  It’s always an upset when someone’s business closes. It’s an upset to the owner, who was in all likelihood, hoping to make an impact on the world for the better with his corporation. It’s a disappointment to the employees who were counting on the income. It’s also definitely bad news to the client, who was expecting to receive goods and/or services rendered, but is left high and dry. Such is the case on Friday, July 31, 2015 when HOMEJOY, an internet based company, claiming to match quality home cleaning (and other) professionals with clients, will close it’s doors. WHAT HAPPENED? HomeJoy is currently facing four lawsuits by workers regarding the misclassification of employees, which played a large part in the shut down. What does this mean? When an employee is hired, the employer must pay social security, payroll taxes, unemployment etc. If the worker is paid as an Independent Contractor, however, his employer is not...

Event Hosting with Moxie Girl

  If you’ve ever longed to have a birds-eye-view of a chef at work, creating culinary masterpieces designed to entertain the eye and  delight the palette, you would have loved to have been in my Moxie Girl shoes last Saturday night! It was my privilege to assist Alison, an aspiring chef, with her first ‘Underground Experience’, an elegant 6 course Early Summer Redefined Picnic Dinner for 24. My first duties consisted of a quick pre-event once-over of the party-sized kitchen area and dining areas, including dusting, vacuuming and lighting a myriad of candles. Chef Alison handled the first early glitch in the evening with calm grace– a 45 minute power outage occurring shortly before guests were scheduled to arrive. Chef handed me the battery-powered vacuum as the barbeque outside was lit for roasting the small red potato hors d’oeuvres, hardly missing a beat in the tight presentation schedule. Once the mingling guests were served shot glasses...