If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast

SUNDAY STORIES A client called me and said “My entire house is very organized except for my playroom. I call it ‘THE MONSTER’. So I went to slay the monster because that is what I do; which is tackle messes that most people find overwhelming. The steps in the process are: sort downsize/declutter organize. ThereContinue reading “If you have a room nicknamed ‘The Monster’ here’s how to slay the beast”

The Joys of Toys

Joys.  Toys.  Boys.  Oys.  What do these words have in common?  Other than rhyming, what’s the link? (Remember, I am an English teacher.) Toys have a purpose to serve:  to engage young minds in creative play, build cognitive skills, and/or have fun.  This is the joy of toys.  Boys and girls enjoy playtime.  The ‘oys’Continue reading “The Joys of Toys”

The Joys of Toys. How to declutter and keep toys from taking over your home

Lately, on my organizing groups, I’ve seen many posts dealing with toy storage.  The suggestions are great.  However, I am very bothered by the photos accompanying the articles.  What irks me is two-fold.  Firstly, the quantity of toys to organize is overwhelming.  Secondly, the photo is staged because no children’s room is that immaculate.  What is the realityContinue reading “The Joys of Toys. How to declutter and keep toys from taking over your home”

It’s Clean Up Time

One of my all-time favorite movies is Mary Poppins.  One of my all-time favorite scenes in the movie is when Mary Poppins helps Jane and Michael tidy up the nursery.  As a young, impressionable child, this scene left a mark on my psyche.  Yes, I knew it was movie magic.  But somewhere inside, some partContinue reading “It’s Clean Up Time”