“Back to School” is Coming and It’s Time to Relax

School’s coming and you know what that means — soon you’ll be slipping into a relaxing routine with less stress, more time and less family conflict. Sarcasm? Not at all. The secret is organization, and this blog article will help you on your way to making the fantasy a reality as you get ready for “Back to School.” The Perfectly Organized School Day First, let’s look at a perfect school day in a household that runs like a well-oiled machine. Then …

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Bite-sized Recycling & Reusing Tips

Not only is recycling/reusing good for the Earth, it’s good for the soul. And the pocket book. And your organized home. Read on for some bite-sized “tiny tips” on clever ways to recycle and reuse while getting organized at the same time. Candy boxes — They’re too pretty to lightly throw away, but what can you do with them? Well, if those adorable plastic little trays that fit perfectly into their boxes can organize candies, they can organize any sort of small …

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Is Your Home Too Cluttered? Start by Throwing Out the Guilt

You’re successful in many ways, you value order, and you deserve a serene home. But you just can’t seem to get rid of the junk that is cluttering your living space and preying on your peace of mind. What’s the road block? If you’re like many of my clients, it’s Clutter Guilt. What is Clutter Guilt? Clutter Guilt is a group of feelings (fear, guilt, sadness) that subverts your reason and keeps you from getting rid of possessions you’d be happier without. Like …

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Switching to Green Cleaning – It’s Easy and Effective

Are you ready to switch to green cleaning products? Indoor air pollution is a major source of diminished health and one great way to get healthier is to stop using poisons to clean your home. Luckily, switching to green cleaning products is easy and they’re just as effective as poisonous cleaners. Use Soap to Clean Soap is synonymous with clean. Why did we ever move away from this classic? Organic, liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s, can be used to …

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Green Spring Cleaning — Is Your House Making You Sick?

Did you know that studies have linked over 50% of all health problems to deteriorated indoor air quality? Over the past twenty years, the asthma rate for children has tripled. One study found women who worked at home had a 54% higher cancer rate than those that worked outside the home. If these statistics tell us anything, it’s that your home definitely could be making you sick. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can take to make your …

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Overwhelmed by a Messy Space? 3 Quick Tips to Get Your Home Under Control

Do you feel peaceful and energized in your home? Or are you stressed out, unhappy and overwhelmed? If you’re like most of us here in Silicon Valley, you’ve got too much stuff and you’re not sure what to do to get the mess under control. But you can do it, and it’s easier than you think. Overwhelmed? Here’s Some Good News Here’s some surprising good news: the more out-of-control you feel now, the easier it is to make a big difference. That’s right. …

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One Quick Tip to Beat Procrastination

You want to organize your home. You know you’ve got the ability. You know it’s not a particularly unpleasant task. You know you’ll feel great when you’re done. But you keep putting it off. Every time you think about the task, it becomes more daunting. Each time you feel that “now” might be a good time, “later” seems so much better. You even feel anxious when you think about getting started. And time passes. Procrastin-a-a-tion — it’s making your house …

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Cleaning With Just Water — The Greenest of Green Cleaning

In my last post, I wrote about effective, all-natural cleaning products like castille soap, borax and baking powder. These are inexpensive, pleasant-to-use products that reduce the chemical load in your living space and make your home healthier. But here’s something even better: if you’re willing to invest in a couple gadgets, you can clean with no products at all — just water! Cleaning With Steam You might have seen the informercials. Yes, cleaning with steam really works. Heat kills germs and the steam lifts up …

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Recipe for naturally-dyed Easter eggs

If you’d rather avoid the questionable artificial colors when dyeing your Easter eggs this year, here’s a fun article (click here) showing you how to make dye using ingredients from your own pantry.

Finding non-toxic products has never been easier!

How can you be sure that the products you are buying for your family are truly safe?  Companies do not have to include every ingredient in product labels per federal law.  Products do not need to go through FDA safety tests before they are released into the market.  Did you know that No More Tears baby shampoo, from Johnson and Johnson, actually contained carcinogens and an array of other toxic chemicals?  (Johnson and Johnson has been working on it's products to make them safer …

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