Be Prepared Before You Hit The Road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

In my last blog, I discussed seasonal preparedness for your car, but what about the day-to-day? In this blog, I’ll discuss items that make our cars function well.

Shopping items – bags, coupons, gift cards, oh my!

We’ve all purchased cloth shopping bags with the intention of using them each time we go to the store….but….how often do we leave them behind? To avoid purchasing these on multiple visits (and amassing more than you’ll ever need), as soon as you unpack your groceries, return the bags to a designated space in your car. This is key and it may take a few fails before you form the habit, but you’ll be used to it in no time! Why not also keep your coupons in the car. There are all sorts of great coupon organizers on the market, many of which fit nicely into the pockets of a handy trunk organizer. Speaking of trunk organizers … I’ve even seen some that have a built in cooler, such as this one. read more

Seasonal preparedness while on the road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

By virtue of living in the suburbs, and as a professional organizer traveling from one client’s home to another, I spend a whole lot of time in my vehicle.  I suspect I’m not alone.

With the recent and much awaited start of spring, it is finally safe to initiate the seasonal turnover of the items in our road salt-stained New England vehicles. This got me thinking about how many items in our cars need to be organized and contained to support our busy and mobile lives! read more

Vacation Success Depends on the Planning

Diana Eastty, Well Ordered Spaces

A vacation only really begins after the work of planning for the vacation is done.

As I reflect on the many family vacations we’ve taken over the years, I realize that the best ones resulted from some serious upfront planning. Here are some examples.

Ever since our youngest daughter could read road signs she was intrigued by the number of towns named after distant countries, and at this young age she expressed her desire to “travel the world in Maine.” For those of you who are not familiar with Maine, there many towns who have adopted the name of foreign countries sprinkled all over the state. read more

What Would You Bring to a New Land?

I went to Ellis Island recently and was really fascinated by the history around me.  All those people arriving in a country where they didn’t know the language, customs or rules, but eager to make their way.  One of the things I found particularly fascinating was the luggage, the bags, baskets and trunks.

They literally moved their entire world in a handful of containers.  Clearly only those things that truly mattered made the cut.  It’s a good way to go about purging your own belongings.  If you were moving and could only bring what you could carry, what would you bring?  Granted you are going to keep more than that but, it should help with prioritizing which things you truly need or love. read more

Create Quick Kits for Everything

One of my favorite ideas was recently captured in this Pinterest pin about creating quick kits for all your activities and needs.

Source: via Erin on Pinterest

I have little personal care kits in my briefcase & purse. I’ve helped clients create kits to entertain their kids in the car, to take care of their dog for weekend car trips, and many others.

Take a look and this might inspire you to create some quick kits to make your life easier.

Erin WErin Elizabeth Wells is Founder and CEO of Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at  Or call (617) 519-5693. read more

Car Travel Season is Upon Us! Is your Car Ready?

Millions of Americans will hit the roads this Summer and Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the Summer travel season.  While it looks like most of us live in our cars these days, make sure your car is clutter-free, prepared and well-organized before heading out on the great open highways.

Here are some tips to get your car road ready:

Maintenance! Maintenance! Maintenance!  Be sure to check that your car is running properly by checking the fluids, brakes, tires (don’t forget the spare!) hoses, belts, and of course, air-conditioning prior to departure. read more