Let me set the scene: I received an inquiry from a prospective client who stated that her apartment is causing her extreme anxiety. Piles are everywhere. She's tripping over kids' toys and clothing. She works full time in a high profile job and her kids have lots going on themselves so somehow it all just got out of control. Her message ended with HELP! I work with overwhelmed women all the time and I know just how busy they are. They're being pulled in so many directions that at some point something has got to give. And I've discovered over my years doing this that that "something" many times is their home. From the outside looking in everything seems perfect in their life but an unexpected visit to their home may reveal something far different. Clutter is the great equalizer. It crosses all genders, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. So many people I know just can't keep up with the stuff and no wonder...

I’m a firm believer that getting organized is a skill anyone can learn. It takes some time and practice to make it happen. Sometimes you just need to get things done quickly, like yesterday, because your uber judgmental mother-in-law is visiting soon, like tomorrow. Is it possible to clear those piles o’ crap in a flash without just tossing it all in a bin and sticking it in a closet, garage or basement never to be looked at again?   Abso-friggin’lutely.   Here are my Top 5 Areas to Tackle Quickly for Big Impact   The Entryway I begin here because walking into your home after a long day and being hit in the face with piles of coats, bookbags, mail, shoes and God knows what else makes you want to turn around and run away. Rework that entryway closet Add hooks for backpacks & coats if your kids can’t reach the hanging rod. Place bins on the floor of the closet for hats, gloves and those other annoying accessories that tend to get lost. The inside of closet doors is prime real estate. Hang an over-the-door plastic shoe holder to house not just shoes but, gloves, keys, sunglasses – stuff you waste years of your life looking for. No Entry Closet No Problem Hang double hooks (one for each family member at their height) so at the very least you’re not tripping over that stuff.   The Mail It’s the digital age yet you’re still drowning in a sea of paper. Truly going paper-free (or close to it) is glorious but can be a tedious task. You can get your incoming mail in check in no time. Mail Sort System There are a billion different ways to house mail, (just look on Pinterest) but you only need to choose one simple system. Decide where your mail-sort system will go. It’s best...

I’ve been hiding a part of myself from my business persona. It’s a HUGE piece of who I am, but I’m a little weary of revealing it because I’ve been told over and over never to mix business with person beliefs, politics or money talk. So I’ve been playing it safe. Trying not to ruffle feathers.   I just can’t do that anymore. It feels fake and wrong.   I’ve never been able to sit idly by and watch injustice take place. There’s something deep within me, at my core that burns when I witness inequality or oppression.   Someone recently called me a natural empath. That makes perfect sense. If you can step into someone’s shoes and have the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, you’re an empath, too.   When I worked in the restaurant business, which was full of daily maltreatments, my nickname was Norma Rae.   I intervened when employees were fired without just cause, when sexual harassment took place and when my co-workers were taken advantage of. I was a voice for those who felt like they couldn’t speak up.   Once I started my own business, I toned that aspect of myself down dramatically. Politics would sometimes come up with clients, but I didn’t engage unless it was someone who I knew and trusted well.   Our country is in an upheaval. It feels backwards and scary. People are being discriminated against because of their race, gender, religion or whom they choose to love. I must use my voice for good.   That may mean some people may unfollow me. Some people may not want to collaborate with me. Some people may not want to hire me.   And that’s OK.   When one or five doors close, more doors will open. And those doors will present something even better than expected.   My clients are 98% women. I empower them to simplify their...

I called my mom yesterday and the minute she picked up the phone I could tell something was wrong. She sounded sick, worn out, weak. She told me that ever since last Monday, she’s been feeling terrible and it’s getting worse by the day. I’m not Einstein, but I could quickly piece the situation together. These are tough times. The world is upside down & topsy turvy. It feels (to many of us) that the country we know and love is quickly changing and not for the better. We feel overwhelmed by the daily news, protests and actions. We want to stand up and fight, but we’re unsure if it’s making a difference. I told my mom to step away and retreat for a bit. Get off of Facebook. Turn off the news. Don’t look at the paper. Shift focus to relaxing, joy and getting better. Watch HGTV all day or put on a movie. The madness would still be there once she’s well enough to return. This is advice I myself needed to hear. I’ve not been sleeping well and trying to focus on anything but calling Senators, signing petitions or reading about the destruction of our Constitution has consumed me. But daily life is still happening. Laundry has to get done. Meals have to be cooked. Business is still taking place. I know what some of you are thinking… “Who cares about laundry when people’s lives are at stake!!” I know. I get it. I’m with you. This battle, and I do believe it is exactly that, will not be swift. It’s going to take fours years or more to resist and fight all that’s being proposed. If you do not step away, ever so slightly daily, you’ll burn out. We need you to be with us for the long haul. And you may want some...

I love this time of the year! Who doesn’t? It’s all about new beginnings, fresh starts, clean slates and endless possibilities. I’m eager to jump in and make changes but one thing I won’t do is make resolutions. I stopped that years ago because they don’t work. It’s true and here are the downright depressing stats to prove it. •    36% of all New Year resolutions are abandoned within 30 days •    By the 6 month mark over 50% of people have called it quits on their resolutions quits. •    Only 8% are successful in achieving resolutions. We are creatures of habit and the only way to succeed with our new goals is to make changes in our daily life. Eventually, those new changes will become a habit with practice and implementation.   I’m also not a fan of starting new things on January 1st (or even the 2nd). I mean, how can you start new life habits if your dried up Christmas tree is still in your living room waiting to be turned to mulch and your cabinets are full of holiday chocolate bark?   Spend the first couple of weeks of the New Year getting back into your normal routine, which was completely disrupted by the holidays (in a good way) and making a plan.   How To Make a Goal Plan That Actually Works in 2017 Step 1 Brain Dump Get a notebook and write down EVERYTHING you want to accomplish, do and be in the New Year. Let your dreams fly.   Break it down into categories such as biz/career, relationships, personal/health/well being.   Step 2 – Let Some Go This may not be what you want to hear, but the truth is if you really want to make big changes and accomplish things this year you’ve got to cut that dream list down. It doesn’t mean that those dreams are gone forever. You can...