Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you find some helpful hints for organizing your time and space. My passions are to help you make home a refuge instead of a crisis center, and to help you function in peace rather than chaos – at home or at work.

A Little Organization Takes the Stress Out of Summer Parties

I love having parties!! They are a lot of work, but so much fun! I have found that a little organization takes the stress out of throwing a party. We’re having a cookout over Memorial¬† Day weekend. I think it’s a lot more fun if my party has a theme. So we’re having a Burger […]

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Save Time Spring Cleaning Your Silver

I know, I know … people don’t entertain much with silver any more. I hadn’t used my silver for years. But it’s fun to use it for those special showers, receptions or other events. The ladies in our church decided to have a spring tea for girls and ladies last Saturday – with silver, real […]

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Planning for the Worst – The Importance of Choosing Guardians for Your Children

Making a will is not something that is a pleasant thought. However, for the sake of your children, it is essential A few days ago I was reminded of this as I spoke with a friend whose relative died suddenly, leaving a daughter. She had not made a will naming guardians for her daughter. As […]

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4 Decluttering Questions to Ask Yourself

Spring brings on an urge to freshen up your house. Whether you are decluttering or doing spring cleaning, it’s a great time to clear out the excess. To make the process a little easier, here are four questions to ask yourself as you go: 1. Is it functional? If it’s broken or has missing pieces, […]

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Hints on Organizing Your Spring Cleaning

In some parts of the country Spring is showing up. Here in Montana, warmer weather comes a little later. We still have piles of snow in our front yard from shoveling! Nevertheless, it’s a great time to do a little spring cleaning! After all, studies show that spring cleaning has mental health benefits! And we […]

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Huffington Post: 14 Habits Of Ultra-Organized People

In the following article by Sarah Klein, she lists the habits of those who are uber-organized. It’s a fun read – how do you match up? “They’re the people who just love to check things off a list. Their idea of heaven is The Container Store. And they sure know their way around a spreadsheet. […]

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How Scarcity of Time Effects Your Mind

I’ve been reading a very interesting book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. The authors studied the consequences of scarcity – all kinds of scarcity – time, money, friendship, food, etc. As I go through the book, I’ll attempt to share some of the applications I glean […]

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Upcycling Your Clutter

I’m usually encouraging people to get rid of clutter. Today, I have been alerted (by my daughter) to some ideas for re-using your clutter by upcycling it – turning it into something useful. I’m all about efficiency – getting the most bang out of a buck, and that includes repurposing something instead of throwing it […]

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Managing Life Well by Aging Well

I found the following article from the Chicago Tribune fascinating – maybe because I’m aging? But aren’t we all? “How do we stay healthy and mobile into our senior years? How do we stave off dementia? Exercise regularly. Stay mentally active. Nurture rich social connections. Find things you enjoy doing and people you enjoy doing […]

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DIY Purse Storage

Here’s a great idea from Real Simple to organize purses: hang shower curtain hooks on your closet rod. If you don’t have enough room in your closet,¬† install a tension rod or another type of rod in an used area. More DIY closet storage ideas: DIY Closet Door Stoage DIY Scarf Storage DIY Closet Storage […]

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