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 …

Our air conditioner’s condenser leaked and, since we hadn’t been down our basement in several days, the water spread across the basement and puddled on the far wall, the lowest point in the basement. I called my husband, who told me to turn off the air conditioner. I don’t know why I called him really, because …

This summer was an emotional one for our entire family. Our aunt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 and while we’ve done everything we can to keep her in her own home, she now faced a quality-of-life crisis. Our aunt never married. Although she didn’t have children of her own, she has always treated my six …

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 …

Being a professional organizer doesn’t mean I am uber-organized in my personal life. Ask my husband, Jerry, who will tell you that when I get crazy busy, I’m a pile maker. Notes. Lots of them. Balancing precariously on top of another. One pile of them in the kitchen; another in the home office. Ask our …