An Organized, Meal Planned Fridge.

An Organized, Meal Planned Fridge.

For those that know me personally, know that I DESPISE grocery shopping. I can't stand it! The whole process; meal planning, going to the store, bringing my own bags, organizing the fridge, having all the right ingredients, then trying to put it all together in time for dinner and not burning it. -Too much work- It wasn't until about a month ago that I was perusing Facebook that I saw a few of my friends "liked" this company called Blue Apron. This company will send you all the ingredients with the exact portion sizes! Ta-Da. I'm saved! My boyfriend and I have been using Blue Apron for over a two months now and we both have so much fun preparing each meal. *Bonus* It comes with step by step (with pictures) of how to prepare each dish. Which means it so easy to cook that even my boyfriend easily prepares a gourmet dish in 30 minutes. No stress. No shopping. AND, it's a new and exciting activity...
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The Lego-land Kid!

The Lego-land Kid!

  I had such a blast organizing with this loving family of four. Their son, age 8, was the sweetest, cutest thing I've ever seen. His father called me asking for help. Emotionally, it was very hard for him to deal with his son's room. "I've been wanting to do this for a while, we just need help", they told me. As soon as I met him and his lovely partner, I knew I could de-clutter his son's room in a heartbeat. But, I had no idea his son would make such an impression on my heart. This family has so much love to give and to share. They just needed help getting it done! His son and I spent six hours together in his little 8x9 room shuffling through toys and dust. I think the excitement of getting his 'room back" got him pumped up. I remember him telling me, "this is so cool I can see my floor, I haven't...
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“They took the time and cared about my stuff.”

“They took the time and cared about my stuff.”

Soon after my dear friend Lisa passed away in August 2012, I felt like I needed to "escape" my home, that my current living situation didn't make me feel safe and secure as it should. I found that through organizing for others, giving them a new insight or new direction, I could heal my heart and finally begin this new chapter in my life. It wasn't long after that I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah, one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She too was going through a major transition in life and after a stressful move from Mercer Island, she didn't know what to do or where to start. "The clutter was stifling my growth, in terms of this new direction in my life." -Deborah (Kirkland, WA) Deborah sat down with me last week and shared her personal experiences of relocating, downsizing and working with our team to turn a new space into a relaxation destination. This is Deborah's journey...
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Best storage items for kids on the go.

Best storage items for kids on the go.

Featured in: ParentMap Magazine Start small. Have a spot in your house where things seem to pile up? A basket with handles can make things look neater and give you an easy way to carry things to wherever they belong. Kammie Lisenby of Seattle Organizing Experts likes to use a basket with kids who tend to “dump and forget” their school stuff until the next day. You can have some fun with your child at the craft store letting them pick out the basket they want. Here are a few of my favorite kids storage solution ideas. Affordable + Easy Upkeep = Success!     ...
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Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

July 28, 2013 Written by Kathryn Russell Selk for ParentMap Magazine School is looming. The kids are cranky. You know you have to wean the minions from their summer schedule and somehow keep your cool. The last thing on your mind is dealing with your own clutter. But taking a little time now to get your own things more in order may go a long way toward reducing your own anxiety level — and your kids’ stress as well. Those piles of chick lit stacked next to the bed and the towers of paper you plan to deal with “soon” are not just unsightly, they’re downright unhealthy. A 2012 UCLA study finds that levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are higher in the saliva of women whose homes were cluttered versus those whose homes were described as “restorative.” Searching for your keys in the clutter? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a direct link between stress and cognitive problems such as issues with memory. And a...
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