What is the first thought you have when going to your mailbox each day? Is it a feeling of dread? Curiosity? Eagerness? I’m going to guess that we all look at our mail and think something along the lines of: “Ugh, what kind of junk am I going to find in the mailbox today?” Right? …

It’s March! Time for March Madness, Pi Day – complete with mathematical jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and fresh baked pie, and St Patrick’s Day, when the Chicago River turns green. It’s also when the Vernal Equinox, on March 20th, signals the start of Spring. The sun shines on the equator, giving us a near 50-50 split …

This past fall when Facebook became too political for me, I backed off of it and joined Instagram. Instagram, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the app, enables users to take pictures and share them. It was much more fun to look at pictures of my friends and family than political rants. While …

“I kept this because he liked it on me” This strong, smart, mindful woman was pulling clothes out of her closet, explaining why she had kept them. Although it wasn’t the first time I had heard something like this, it was shocking to hear from my otherwise extremely spirited, sensible client. I asked her, “You …

In this day and age, with so many more responsibilities, and clocks that seem to spin faster and faster, how do you keep your house in order with while raising kids? I met with someone the other night for a free consultation. She is an intelligent, warmhearted woman, wife and mother of three. She has …

Over the years, I’ve talked to many people who want to live minimally or be more organized. They’d like to have less stuff in their closets, drawers, basements and attics. They’re thrilled with the idea of having less furniture and knick knacks to clean. They want to rid themselves of items they’ve kept out of …

I’ve spent a lot of time in my kitchen during the past two weekends. We hosted two Saturday night dinners with parties right afterwards. Both were loads of fun and well worth the culinary efforts. Once upon a time, I loved hosting parties, gatherings and dinners. Then, I went through a period of time (let’s …

spring fe·ver noun a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring. Doesn’t Webster’s Dictionary describe spring fever perfectly? Well, it should. I mean, it is the dictionary, right? Really though, after hibernating during the frigid winter, we’re suddenly ready to be more physical: We’re obsessed with walking 25 miles per week. …

I read an article recently that promotes a new spin on decluttering. In it, the author states that the best way to declutter your home is to make sure you don’t touch any of the items. Her theory is that once you touch things, you assign emotion or purpose to it and will never get rid …

  Let’s start out with the The Rube Goldberg Conclusion: If it’s Broken, Toss It. But, let’s stop at that point because we don’t want to run right out and buy something new to replace something unneeded in the first place. Let’s just concentrate on the part about broken things being tossed. Here’s the deal: …