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July 10, 2017 Maniacs Book Club ~ Junk ~ Alison Stewart

Report by Jennifer Sheller You may remember Alison Stewart from MTV News in the 90’s, but recently the award winning journalist decided to take a fascinating look into “Junk: America’s Love Affair with Stuff.” Her journey begins when her mother passes away. She and her sister take

July 6, 2017 July Is Anti-Boredom Month: 5 Activities to Combat Boredom

by Kathryn Anderson It is now July: the kids have been out of school for a few weeks already, and the excitement of summer vacation is decreasing with every waking moment. Perhaps the kids spend their days sleeping until noon and watching television. Or maybe they’re slightly

June 29, 2017 Minimalism: An Independent Journey

We discussed how to plan and prepare for pursuing minimalism – a life of focused intent and meaning. We talked about basic questions that need to be asked and answered in order to make the move as simple and seamless as possible. In this post, we

June 27, 2017 Start Saying No

by Kathryn Anderson New York Times bestselling author and innovation coach, Diana Kander, recently published a Harvard Business Review article entitled “Help Your Team Stop Overcommitting by Empowering Them to Say No.” The article sheds light on the dangers of overcommitting ourselves. One point that stood out

June 22, 2017 Getting Started with Minimalism

Minimalism is defined differently by various people, but the core idea is living life with as few factors as possible that restrict what you want to do – that keep you from living the life you would love to live. It is the practice of

June 15, 2017 Organizing the Living Room to Create a Space You Love

We’ve been talking about decluttering and organizing the living room to create a space you love to spend time in, whether you’re entertaining friends or on your own. The whole point of a living room, of course, is that we spend a lot of time

June 8, 2017 Back to Summer Organizing Tips

by Kathryn Anderson You’ve read our back-to-school organizing tips, but summer organizing can be just as challenging! What should you do with all of these supplies when the school year is over? You now have used notebooks, dirty backpacks, and writing utensils that you won’t be needing until

June 1, 2017 Declutter and Organize Your Living Room

How did you feel the last time you sat alone in your living room? What about the last time you invited friends over to your house? Were you worried about how your living room looks or feels? Did you go on a clearing or cleaning

May 25, 2017 Organized Travel: What to Pack

Choosing the right clothing for a trip can be stressful, but when you choose properly, packing clothing gets easier. These Organizing Maniacs  tips will help you know what to pack for more organized travel. For more organized travel, minimize the clothing you take A common rule for less-experienced travelers

May 18, 2017 Organized Travel: Packing Clothing

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton In my last post about getting organized to travel, I talked about the enormous task of planning the trip. But when all the planning is done, it's really the packing that causes all the stress. Take too much, and the luggage fees at the

May 11, 2017 Getting Organized to Travel

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton There are many different areas where getting organized can make a huge difference, but getting organized to travel can save you time, money, stress, and returning to the house to retrieve a forgotten passport (or child's blanket they can't sleep without). Travel can be

May 4, 2017 Spring Cleaning Our Yards and Gardens: Part Two

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Last week, we talked about what first steps you can take to begin organizing your yard and garden. Once you’ve removed debris, raked the yard, and planned your new season’s garden, you can start creating your new space. Purge, Prune, and Prep Purge everything that