10 of my Favorite Organizing Products

I’ve worked as a Professional Organizer for almost 18 years & there are a few things that I simply could not live without. There are also some “commandments” that I try to bestow on my clients & it never ceases to amaze me when they tell me that they hear me in their head sometimes… “Laurie would want me to purge this or Laurie would tell me that I don’t need to buy another set of dishes, etc.” I love my job & I hope you love some of my suggestions! Label Maker Thou shalt not hand write on file folders or the sides of boxes! It makes my eye twitch when I open a file drawer & see handwritten file folders. Unless you have the handwriting of an Interior Designer PLEASE use a label maker! You can also use the Avery Label Stock & use your printer to get fancy with fonts … [Read more...]

Easy Printables: Thank You Card Templates

I love my machines (computers) and I love mail, BUT nothing beats receiving a handwritten letter, note or card. Most of them are easy to store and are great mementos. When I receive cards I like to write the date or just the year (in the case of birthday or Christmas cards). They are really lovely to look back on. Download Thank You Bells On Cards Because I like to design things, it is interesting to see each card with different illustration and typography styles. Download Thanks So Much Cards A cost effective and inexpensive way to show your appreciation to someone is to give them a card. These ‘Thank You’ card downloads give you the opportunity to do just that. These cards feature simple design, festive colors and are easy to make; just print, cut and fold along the middle … [Read more...]

Gift Giving with Love just feels GOOD!

It’s that time of year when I LOVE finding the perfect gifts for my family and friends. I’ll spend hours looking for something with a WOW factor. It’s my chance to think and determine what needs to be given and to make sure it fits with the person. Gift giving is way more fun than receiving them! I have found some wonderful options at Minted. A gift no matter how small is your chance to make a statement that you care about someone. A small or big universal way to show interest, appreciation, gratitude and a chance to strengthen a special bond with someone. It comes in so many shapes, sizes and forms. As beautifully written by Mother Teresa, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” As we approach the holidays, the gifts have been ordered and the shipments … [Read more...]

How To Choose the Best Size Chandelier for your Dining Room.

Picking the right light fixture for your dining room, foyer or entry hall can be confusing and difficult.  Then, once you have figured out the right size, then you have to decide the perfect height.  There are universal rules for you to consider to make the process easier.   (PC: HGTV) Follow these easy tips to ensure your room is well lit and comfortable for your guests to enjoy. If you've just moved into a new home and haven't picked out dining room furniture, but want to start with a lighting fixture, simply add the length and width measurements of the room together. The number you get is the right size diameter a chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 12′ x 12′, a 24″ diameter chandelier would look great. But If you already have a table, it is … [Read more...]

8 Great Gifts for the Man in your Life

Men are fun to purchase gifts for but it can be a challenge to find unique and fun items (most of them don’t need another tie). This selection of goodies are great for everyone & I’m sure that you can find something in this collection even for the man that has everything, enjoy! Custom Golf Balls These custom golf balls would be a really fun birthday gift for your significant other (or any other Golfer in your life). Each ball is customized with two lines of personalized text & they can also be packaged individually as party favors for a special soirée. Custom Cufflinks These 5/8 inch square cufflinks are available in many other states besides Texas & would stylishly display your heart on your sleeve. They can be personalized in over 30 colors with either a silver … [Read more...]

5 Things you can do now to have your most Organized Thanksgiving EVER!

Over the past few years I have offered a “Virtual Organizing” Bootcamp on my blog. This year we thought we’d feature some of our favorite “missions” with you for FREE so that you could enjoy being organized this Holiday Season. Starting with Thanksgiving, here are a few of our suggestions to get on top/stay on top of things this year: Mission: Clean out the spice cupboard Go through your spice cupboard and pantry and make a list of everything you will need for holiday baking.  Make sure to toss anything that is passed its prime. Things to double check: Baking powder expiration date (on bottom of the can) Toss spices that are older than: Whole spices – 4 years Ground Spices: 2-3 years Leafy Herbs: 1-3 years Let your nose be your guide! Don’t forget flour, … [Read more...]