The Tax Deadline Is Upon Us.  How do you make things easier for you and your accountant?

The Tax Deadline Is Upon Us.  How do you make things easier for you and your accountant?

We know this is a busy time of year and accountants will tell you they pull their hair out when they get a box full of crumpled receipts and missing forms.  You don’t want to be the one who must file an adjustment because you find a new form the day after you hit send on your electronic return.  Here are the key things to remember in the next two weeks and perhaps to do better for next year.

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I maximized my garage.  You can too.

I maximized my garage.  You can too.

I chose the Elfa system because it is the best garage system I have seen.  It is strong, flexible and cost effective.  It looks amazing and meets the key requirements for maximizing space.  1.  Use the full height of your garage walls.  2. Use adjustable shelving so you don’t waste space.  3.  Create a workstation so you can easily grab tools that you use frequently in the home or garage.  4.  Use a track system so you can use the side walls without blocking car access.  5.  Create an entry space for jackets, backpacks, shoes and umbrellas.

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Achieve the Most Popular New Year's Resolutions with Organization

Achieve the Most Popular New Year's Resolutions with Organization

As January comes to a close, we might be patting ourselves on the back for achieving a full month of our New Year’s resolutions or we might be lamenting as they fall by the wayside.  While “getting organized” is often a resolution in itself, organization is actually the means to many ends when it comes to making annual improvements in your life.  Getting organized will help you achieve your other goals for the year.  Here are the most popular resolutions and how organization can help.

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Reduce Holiday Baking Stress with the Perfect Pantry

Reduce Holiday Baking Stress with the Perfect Pantry

During the holidays, you may find yourself in the kitchen more than usual creating everything from pumpkin pie to brussels sprouts.   The state of your pantry may determine how stressful these preparations become.  To avoid missing and doubling ingredients as well as wasted time searching for key items, take these simple steps to prep your pantry for the holidays.

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10 Tips to Organize the Play Spaces in Your Home

10 Tips to Organize the Play Spaces in Your Home

Whether you have a designated play room or not, you will likely find there are several places throughout the home where toys, crafts and games will live.  These guidelines will keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the kids’ stuff while input from Shannon Booth Lipan, early childhood education expert and owner of The Wonder Studio, in St. Petersburg, FL, will allow you to maximze play for child development.

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What if I don’t have the art storage capabilities of the Museum of Fine Art?

What if I don’t have the art storage capabilities of the Museum of Fine Art?

The youngest artists in our families are the most prolific.  Their creative genius brings pride but it also creates a storage problem.  How do we determine what to keep and once we have, how do we store all of that amazing work?

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Treasure Your Memories with Proper Photo Storage

Treasure Your Memories with Proper Photo Storage

Summer is in full swing.  We are taking vacations and our cameras and phones are capturing all the fun.  This means the photo mess is going to grow!  Most of us have a mix of digital and print photos, often in a variety of places within the home.  As we have become more digital, the specific need to store print photos has diminished and so too has our photo storage solutions.  Therefore, many of my clients have photos thrown all over the house and phone storage that is full.

Wouldn’t you love it if you had one location for all of your photos?  At the end of the year, you could pull the highlights and create a printed photobook to capture the memories for you and your family.    (Photobooks make amazing gifts!)

Here are the steps you can take to get your photos under control so you can enjoy the memories now and in the future.

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Is your home too old to get organized?

Is your home too old to get organized?

Old homes have stunning character, tradition, history and quality construction rarely found these days.  These are among many reasons we choose to live in an older home.  Storage space is not one of them!  Our gorgeous old houses often provide minimal closet space, inhospitable attics and a garage that is a tight squeeze for our oversized cars.   Even those lucky enough to live in a remodeled or spacious home may struggle with keeping organized if they haven’t implemented systems to maximize the space they have.

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Calm the Camp Chaos: Get Organized for Summer!

Calm the Camp Chaos:  Get Organized for Summer!

Last year, was my son’s first year of pre-school and thus, my first experience with summer camp.  I felt overwhelmed by the process even though, at 4 years old, he only had a few options.  This summer, he turns 5 so the camp opportunities multiplied as did my stress about getting it right. 

I decided I needed a process in place that would keep the whole family organized for the summer.  I started with a spreadsheet (as many of us organized geeks like to do).  On the top I listed each week of the summer and input our planned vacation and other critical dates to consider.

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The one resolution to achieve all of your goals this year? Get Organized!

The one resolution to achieve all of your goals this year?  Get Organized!

Organization will give you more time to work out and get out with the people you love while reducing your daily frustrations.  A professional organizer will ensure you achieve your resolution by tackling “getting organized” in a specific, achievable, measurable way.

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Rent the Runway: Inspiration to Clear Out Your Closet

Rent the Runway:  Inspiration to Clear Out Your Closet

I recently attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, a conference highlighting successful entrepreneurs and businesses that make a difference.  One of the most compelling speakers was Jennifer Hyman, the CEO and Co-founder (with Jennifer Fleiss) of Rent the Runway, a new concept in retail fashion.

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