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How to Store Kids Artwork

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2019

Kids are amazing creators. 

Add in a few school assignments and if you're not careful you could be swimming in artwork, science projects, and more. Each precious and not so precious. What to do? Watch Suzanna Kaye, Professional Organizer for some great tips and suggestions you can use now. 

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49+ Easy Ways To Show Love Today and Every Day

kindness Nov 25, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

Simple acts that take little or no time or money

  • Let someone in while in traffic
  • Smile at someone
  • Bring an empty cart back into the store as you go in
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Call someone (especially an elderly or homebound person) just to say hi
  • Tell someone else about these ideas so they can do them too
  • Text someone to let them know you love them or are thinking of them
  • Pay for the person's coffee behind you at a coffee shop
  • Buy a small gift card to give to a random person
  • Talk to a homeless person and listen to their story
  • Tell someone they are doing a great job
  • Wave at someone
  • Give a hug
  • Send a thank you or thinking of you note by regular mail
  • Pray for someone
  • Donate to a charity
  • Hold the door for a stranger
  • Let someone else have a closer parking space
  • Bring your neighbor's trash cans up and put them away
  • Make someone laugh
  • Share a happy thought or quote on social media
  • Leave an extra tip in a tip jar
  • Leave a note for someone to tell them they're awesome
  • Pick up...
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More Clever Travel Tips

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

While you're probably not preparing for Hogwarts you don't have to be a sad muggle when you travel. Although we'll both agree floo powder would make life much easier. Travelling can still be fun and enjoyable.

Here are some more clever travel tips you're going to want to start using immediately!

Make a quick fix tool bag.

Wrap a bit of duct tape or gaffe tape around a pill bottle or pen so you don't need to bring the whole roll. I ended up using a little flashlight I had on hand. Safety pins, rubber bands, binder clips. To fix a gap in the curtains, temporarily hem a pair of pants, fix broken luggage, create a finger splint, you get the tips

Extension cord.

Admit it, I don't have to explain this in the time of cell phone chargers and stuff. These magical tools make us feel like wizards, it wouldn't do to let them lose power.

Suction cup hooks.

To hold your stuff in the shower. Way better than the floor or tub side. You went swimming? Hang your suit...

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Clutter-Free Gifts for the Holidays (Give a gift they will love)

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

As an organizer, I deal with people's clutter year-round. Among this clutter is usually a TON of gifts my client has received from a loved one that isn't their style or they do not really have a use or space for, but they feel obligated to hold on to out of guilt or fear of hurt feelings.


The last thing we want to do when we give a gift is place pressure on that person and create guilt and negative emotions.


This year I challenge all of us to make a resolution early - to make our holiday gift-giving clutter (and guilt) free.


Here are a few ideas for some clutter-free gifts you can give the person who really does have it all (or wants to have less):


  1. Services to remember

Paying for services to improve the home, relax and de-stress them or help out with difficult chores can be a great gift that will be remembered for years to come. Professional Organizers, maids, carpet cleaners, handymen and more will often accept prepayment for services as a gift.


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Time Management: The Best of the Basics

time management Nov 18, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

Step ONE: Do the biggest nastiest task first. Eat that frog!
I don't know about you but if I have a big nastiest ugly toad looming over my day.... it makes everything harder. I've built it up into something paralyzing.

Doing that tiny but nasty little frog first, I'm a success! I feel like a winner!

Also, you are already quite productive because you have to identify which task is the frog. It's amazing how wonderful this time management tip is!


Computer work, emails, phone calls, project work. This is four different types of work, requiring your brain to flip from one thing to the other. Draining your mental energy.
While it's not a huge amount of time, if you can be within one system you can complete more tasks altogether without brain drain. Allowing you to focus more.

I even schedule my batching so that I know the time I'm going to fill. Check out my bullet journal or rocket book posts to learn more.


A huge concept. Planning for things...

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Fully Experience the JOY of the Season

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

Do you find yourself missing out on the Joy of the Season due to being run down, over busy, or just blah? You're not alone. For all the sparkle and presents, the Holiday season can be hard.

I previously mentioned the book The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. Well, she's also the author of The Happiness Project. In that book, she mentions that the secret to fully experiencing happiness has three parts. Anticipation, being in the moment and then looking back with gratitude. Being in the field of professional organizing, I can add that all that is fine and good, but if your spaces are overwhelmed then you will be, too. Regardless of how hard you try to be in the moment.

How can you tell if your spaces are sucking all the JOY out of you?

Easily enough. Next time you're out, get into a peaceful frame of mind and then consciously step into your space.  Let yourself be open and listen to how you feel. Stepping into your home, are you welcome? Do you want...

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Traveling with Kids

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019
By Ruth Zeman

Traveling with kids is for the BRAVE. They present a whole new adventure. 

Kids come with extra details that you must absolutely pay attention to! I learned this the hard way..... Trust me when I say the story is too much for your delicate hearing. Plus if I told you we'd all need drinks and we're trying to stay sober for this, so pay attention....


They need diapers, wipes, strollers, toys, the pack n play, a mommy strap on sling thingy, a car seat, or do they? While it's true you don't want to get caught without the diapers and wipes there are still ways around this.

Diapers and Wipes are available all over the world. You can buy them anywhere. You don't have to pack a month's worth in your suitcase. If you're visiting family you can easily ship to them from Amazon. Or ask them to go to the store in advance of your arrival. (send them a picture of what you need along with instructions)

This goes for formula and all other forms of baby food. Snacks...

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Let's Get Real About Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2019
by Ruth Zeman
 Seriously, we need to talk about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
’Tis the season to shop! And, if you think I’m about to tell you not to shop - don't hold you're breath, I’m not. I give you permission to shop as much as you want!! (I know - I will be kicked out of the Professional Organizer Club for this one. Totally worth it.)

BUT….. (please tell me you knew this was coming)……

Shop intentionally.  

 What does this mean? Basically, don’t buy things just to buy things. I know, it's so super tempting. Especially on Black FRIDAY!!! All those great prices on new stuff. Fancy stuff that you'd not normally even think of buying. However, that shopping high often fades as soon as we get home and put away the things we bought, and can often lead instead to guilt in the long run.
So here are some ways to shop intentionally:

- Have a list!

Even if it’s a fun shopping day you...
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Time Management Tools We Love!

time management Nov 08, 2019
By: Suzanna Kaye

I've shared tips before and you can find them on this blog, Facebook or YouTube but this time I want to go over my absolute favorites! 

I've mentioned a ton of tips and the point isn't to use them all. It's about finding solutions that work for you! So please don't let all these tips and tools overwhelm you. They really aren't meant to be used by one person in one day but rather tools you can pick and choose from to be your best you.


Sometimes my brain is like kittens on red bull and I need help staying on task. Focused.

This week my brain is all over the place. I'm having a hard time focusing which in turn leads to procrastination. Which is a great segway to my first tool!

A humble timer.

The key here is to pick one that does NOT tick. Ticking just feels like a time bomb. Don't add anxiety to your tasks, go for the silent timer. I use this in different ways.

If you're like me, getting off track, (Facebook anyone?), in order to stay on top of work I...

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10 Best Gifts for Teens!

gifts Nov 01, 2019
By Suzanna Kaye

These are not in any special order just so you know. I mention in the video where to get these items, most of them are available on Amazon. However, I'm not an affiliate of these products and I haven't linked to them this time cause I want you to stay here.... and not click away.

1. Cord Organizer. Frankly, we all need one of these.

2. Sprocket HP photo printer. These are tons of fun!

3. Solar Powered Backpack. Useful for powering phones and laptops this is a great lifesaver! My guy has one and loves it.

4. Music for the Car - an FM / Bluetooth transmitter. Get them in the habit of not using their phones while driving. Use a separate device.

5. Custom Lighting. For their TV, computer monitor, headboard, whatever. Get creative!

6. Cell phone magnet. Either with a dashboard connector or an air vent magnet, these are genius. Consider getting more magnets because you can put them on the wall outside the shower, by the bed, on the wall to create a charging station. It's...

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