Add Organizing Sessions To Your Gift Registry

After helping some recently engaged friends move into a new apartment together the bride to be let out a big sigh, looked at me and said, “We need to register for your services!”  My response was, “what a great idea!”

Merging households is by far one of the biggest life transitions a person will experience.  Finding techniques to handle the stuff in our world takes time and reevaluation regularly.  Unfortunately, there is no magic wand that will determine the perfect system for you and your mate.  Trial and error will enable you to learn about your work style, your mate’s work style and how to merge them. read more

Organized Unpacking- An Organized Move video series Part 5

Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Founder & CEO, offers you this final episode of her series on “An Organized Move” focusing on the unpacking process. How do you prioritize what to unpack first and what is the process to use to decide what goes where?

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

Preschool Artwork: It’s OK to Throw Most of It Away

Just in these past few weeks of the school year, I’ve sent home with my preschool students hundreds of paintings on oversized newsprint, drawings on dot matrix printer paper, and sculptures made of recyclables.  Most children love to create.  But what to do when all that art comes into the house?

First, as a preschool teacher, I want to tell you that your child’s time being creative is very important.  Your child’s brain is growing smarter as they experiment with different forms of media, different techniques, and different subjects. read more

Things and Happiness

The following is a technique discussed in the book Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky.  This book is packed with information on dealing with the Things in your life and how to determine which things are worthy of staying in your life.  Give this technique a try:

“Choose a room in your home.  List every Thing you can see in it that is not essential for your survival.  On a scale from 1 to 10, how much pleasure does each of these Things currently give you?  The items with a score of at least 6 are among your “happiness Things.”  Now focus on the Things that receive a score of less than 6.  What “shoulds” are motivating you to hang on to these belongings?” read more

A new use for comforter bags…

Do you remember those plastic zippered bags that comforters and sheets often come in from the manufacturer?  I have never liked them much, mostly because in many clients’ houses I run across extensive collections of these bags!  People are always keeping them hoping they will come in handy during some organizing project.  The occasion almost never arrives and we end up recycling the bags.  However, a couple weeks ago I can honestly say that a client and I discovered a great use for these bags. read more

Moving Day Tool Kit- An Organized Move Video Series Part 4

Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares her recommendations on those essential items that will make your moving day go smoothly.

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is a Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA and is a NAPO-NE member.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

The Secret Weapon for Constant Decluttering: The Donation Box

In my closet, I have a very important box.  Depending on the time of year, it can range from completely empty to completely full.  I love this box because it helps me in my quest to keep our home clutter-free.  It’s my Donation Box.

Right now, inside my donation box are:

  • some decorative items that we no longer love (but are still in good shape)
  • electronic equipment that we don’t use anymore but could be really helpful to someone else
  • some clean clothes that no longer fit

On the outside of my Donation Box is a label with the phone number of a charity which picks up my donations.  As soon as the box is full, I call the number on the label to schedule a pick-up.  Then, I put the label with the phone number on a new box and put it in the closet to collect any future donations. read more

Simple Ideas to Organize a Craft Room

Creativity and organization go hand in hand.  How can you let your ideas come to fruition when you can’t find your glue or you are avoiding your craft room altogether?  Follow the six steps of organizing to give your creative space a fresh, new look.

Here are some crafty strategies to keep your creativity flowing. 

1.  When you complete a project, put away your tools and materials in their assigned spots so you know where to look for them later.

2.  Assign a spot for in-progress projects that will not get in your way as you function within the room, such as a flat surface away from your main work table. read more

True Story: How Having an Organized Jewelry Armoire Lead to a Beautiful Gift

This is a true story I wanted to share.  When my parents recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary my father was in need of a gift for my mother.  He knew she likes jewelry, but he did not know exactly what to get her.  My mother has organized her jewelry in a jewelry armoire (a video of my jewelry armoire can be viewed here).  This enables her to easily view and choose her jewelry from day to day.

Here’s where the story gets cool: as I said, my dad did not know what to get her.  He decided to look in my mom’s armoire to see what kind of items she already had.  He noticed that she had a significant number of blue and green pieces.  He took this tidbit of information to the jewelry store with him and decided to keep away from blue and green jewelry. read more