Between the past couple days of (read: mud), the all-around wear and tear caused by our two big dogs, and a ton of brown leaves and “gumballs” from our sweet gum trees, the back yard looks pretty bad right now. And for weeks I’ve totally been procrastinating about doing the necessary spring cleaning. Luckily, today’s … Read moreSpring cleaning the yard, Part 1
Sensational organizing shows on TV and magazines like RealSimple and Martha Stewart Living can make us set expectations for ourselves way too high. We get discouraged because we can’t seem to make our homes look that amazing and be that perfectly organized. Organized chaos In reality, I believe it is absolutely okay and normal for … Read moreLiving with organized chaos
Few people realize that in most towns across the USA, mixed paper can be recycled with your weekly recycling pick-up. To find out whether your town does, Google your local solid waste management program. You can also check Earth911 to find a drop-off center near you. What is mixed paper? Paper of all kinds – … Read moreAnother green idea for reducing clutter
I like having a clean home, but I utterly detest cleaning. Most people are surprised to hear this. Especially because they know how much I love organizing. In fact, I frequently find myself in conversations in which I’m pointing out the differences between cleaning, tidying and organizing. In my mind, all three are entirely distinct … Read moreCleaning vs. Organizing
WHAT: Bikes for the World is a non-profit organization that takes pretty much any kind of bike – old, new, road bike, mountain bike, adult’s bike, kid’s bike, whatever – and donates them to people in developing countries. WHY you should do this: You have a bike in your garage/basement/shed that you never ride. It’s … Read moreDonate your old bike!
A neat and well-stocked purse can actually keep you more organized, not to mention cool, calm and prepared. Here’s what I recommend: Empty out the contents. Yep, dump it out. Divide up the space. In the large section of the purse, things just get jumbled up together with lint, crumbs and hair – ew! Instead, … Read moreHow to organize your purse
A helmet’s date of manufacture is usually printed on a sticker inside the helmet. Bicycle industry recommendation is that a helmet should be replaced every 3 to 5 years, depending on climate and storage conditions. This is because the EPS foam that makes up the core of the helmet breaks down naturally over time. However, … Read moreTime for a new bike helmet?