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A Plan for Last Minute Back to School Preparation

Oh, my goodness. Where did the summer go? I bet for some of you school preparation is the last thing you want to deal with! Here in Spokane, our summer weather got here late. It doesn’t even feel like we have had much of a summer. There is still about a month before school starts and lots of fun to be had. School on the average around here starts September 5th, so, we may have a


The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About Organizing Cats

The single most important thing you need to know about organizing cats is….YOU CAN’T ORGANIZE A CAT! Believe me, I have tried. She insists on pulling the toys out and never putting them away! .   Cat’s generally don’t own a lot of stuff. What they do own is toy’s, and those usually get left where they were dropped.  Let me know if you have trained your cat to put toys away! As with any


How To Have a Successful Yard Sale

Unfortunately, a successful yard sale is never guaranteed. Rain, wind, and excessive heat may put a damper on shoppers’ yard sale plans. These, of course, are things we can’t control. Planning a successful yard sale is, however, in our control! Only sell items that are in good condition and clean. Don’t overprice your items. Keep sentiment out of the equation and be realistic about the pricing. And be willing to haggle. And, as with any


Bills, Bills, Bills

Would you love for bill paying to be a little less stressful? Having an easy to use bill pay system is invaluable for this feat.  Let’s start at the beginning. The beginning being when the mail arrives. I have said it before, and I am going to say it again, deal with your mail on a daily basis. 1. When the bills arrive in the mail, set them in the bill-paying area immediately. 2. Set


Summertime Savvy

There is less than a month left of school left.  How crazy is that?  This means summer break is going to be here before we know it. Do you create a plan for your children over the summer, or do just let things land as they may?  As an Organizing Expert, I, of course see the merit in planning, and, believe it or not, I also see the merit in spontaneity.  That being said, what


10 Garage Tips Everyone Should Know

It’s almost summer here in the Pacific Northwest. How did your garage fare over the winter? I would say ours didn’t fare all that well. I might even take these garage tips and implement them this weekend. Anyway, our garage is pretty garagey right now. Cobwebs; spider “stuff”; accumulations of things that don’t belong where they are, but were put there “for now” since it was cold outside and the garage isn’t heated. Or, it could

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