“Nothing is Permanent”

Though I LOVE spaces, I am not quite a visual learner. I'm more kinesthetic - I need to touch things, move them around, experience them before making a decision. Often times I don't even measure when I'm trying to figure out a room lay out - I just try to push the...

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Time Domination Thoughts and Actions

I'm blogging this week. Do you know why? Because I was lucky enough to go to a workshop on time domination (not time management - because time shouldn't be managed, it should be dominationed!) and I am now on a roll to get shit done. The workshop was put on by Keita...

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Organizing Project: Storage Wars

I have been at war with my storage unit for years. Yes, it may sound dramatic, but it was TRUE. My storage unit was a damn war zone. I live in a small condo and am so lucky to have an on-site storage unit on a different floor. However, when you have a small condo AND...

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Nest Fest 2017

I love a good transition. There is nothing in life that kicks my ass into gear more than a major change. Waiting for that change to occur, on the other hand - that's a challenge for me. I get impatient and want the transition to be OVER. I'm ready to be onto the next...

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Organizing An Effective Medication Routine

My health has been my biggest source of joy and my biggest challenge the past couple of years. In 2015, after a LONG struggle with fatigue, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, which I consider to be a huge blessing. Finally, I knew what was causing my constant tiredness...

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Keeping Craft Supplies from becoming Clutter

Today brings a guest post from the wonderful Jeriann Watkins of dairyairhead.com. Often, people who struggle with organization are very artsy and creative. I thought this was great stuff for those of you who enjoy arts and crafts, but need a little structure. - Stacy...

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Extend Your Wardrobe With a Dress Extender

When a representative at Perfectly Priscilla contacted me to see if I wanted to try out one of their pieces for a review, I jumped on it. I'm a big fan of any kind of clothes, so right away I settled on this dress extender - something I have always wanted, but didn't...

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Royal Carribean Autism Program

I am so fortunate to have met Kyle Smith, a Travel Advisor with Cruise Planners Kyle has spoken of the Royal Carribien Cruise Line being certified with the Autism Friendly foundation, which is absolutely amazing for families who have kids on the spectrum.   From...

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Product Review: Motormood

If you know me in real life, you know that I'm an avid fan of people. I was incredibly shy as a child. It was actually kind of nice, because when you don't talk much, people really listen to you when you do. I remember back in my school days, people always quieted...

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Why Every Apartment Dweller Needs a Wagon

I have written about it before, but I can't help it - I am obsessed. If you are living in a condo or an apartment with an elevator, this wagon is an absolute must.   Here are some things that I use my wagon for: Garbage.  Taking the garbage out every single day...

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Clutter Free Shopping: Clothing

Clothes shopping is HARD. I mean, buying things isn't hard - not for me, at least. I can almost always find something that I like. However, I've learned over the years that it's hard to know if clothes are going to work out in my wardrobe. How so? Have you ever tried...

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My Criteria for Choosing Organizing and Storage Products

Many people are quick to go out and buy organizing  and storage products when they start their project - but that's not always the best idea. Why? I've talked about it before - usually, if you already have too much stuff, buying more stuff doesn't help right away....

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Win 3 Months of FREE Storage from Sparefoot.com!

Exciting times! I have recently partnered with Sparefoot.com to spread the word about their simple and effective storage solutions. I will soon begin working with them to store some stuff (as my wedding decorations are sloooowwwly taking over my house!) and am excited...

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Stacy is Partnering with SpareFoot.com!

When I first got asked to collaborate with SpareFoot.com, the first thing that came to mind was that I don't believe in storage. Storage is for people who don't have things together right? Storage is for people who have too much stuff , who pay have it stored off-site...

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Planning a Low Clutter Wedding

Summer is coming, and like it or not, along with summer comes wedding season. I particularly like wedding season this year, as my own wedding will be taking place on August 20th. Yay! My fiance and I got engaged at the end of January, but we have been been taking...

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Getting Schooled

  Sometimes there are things that you've just gotta do. If you don't do them, what happens? Things go downhill, and fast! What am I talking about? At my house, it's usually all the tidying chores - making sure all items get in their correct spot, dishes, laundry,...

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FOMO vs. GOMO

I feel a little bit too old to be a victim of FOMO (fear of missing out.) Have I felt it before? Definitely! But some pretty big life changes squashed those feelings pretty quickly. What were they? The first is that I started to get ill - very ill. (Read more about...

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Something Old, Something New

I got engaged a couple of weeks ago. This is the most beautiful and exciting thing that has happened in my life so far. When I turned thirty a couple of years ago, I gave up on finding a mate and decided to move forward with having children in my life by becoming a...

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Getting Organized and Built-In Shelving

Have you ever designed your own house? Yeah, me either. However, I am in lots of homes for my organizing work. Many of these homes have lots of amazing features, and one of the things that I see often is gorgeous built-in shelving. And, often, the people who have...

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3 Quick Post-Holiday Decluttering Tips

It's really best to declutter and organize BEFORE the gift giving holidays. However, now it is January, so that ship has sailed. Here's a couple of tips on making post-holiday organizing effective:   Set Aside a Big Block of Time I always work with clients in...

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Eight Must-Have Items for Apartment Living

  So, Christmas was awesome. Why? Because I received some long-awaited items that are already making my life a WHOLE lot easier, which inspired me to make this list. I live on the 7th floor of my condo building. While I love having a view of my neighborhood, I do...

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Setting Actions

I'm a big fan of goals. People say that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound. I've made a LOT of SMART goals in the past - but this year, I am focusing on action. Why? Because the goals I have been making have been...

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Reverse Shopping

  The holidays are coming...and this means an influx of STUFF. One of my favorite things to do right before the holidays (okay, it's my favorite thing to do any time!) is something that I call "reverse shopping." Basically, I go through my house, pick out things...

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How To Make Giving a Holiday Tradition With Your Kids

  I've written in the past about how I handle holiday giving with my goddaughter. Honestly, it's one of my favorite things about having started Home Key - to be able to dive into how we think and feel about the stuff coming into our lives - and then do something...

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Guest Post – Post-Conference Organizing Tips

What do you do when you need something that you know nothing about? Bring in the experts! Conferences for elementary-aged students can be a stressful time for parents. But that's where my knowledge tapers off. Luckily, this week I have a guest post from a fellow...

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The Environment Is Important

  Visiting schools is always inspiring for me. This morning, I visited a school that caters towards kids who learn a certain way - kids with dyslexia and language processing challenges. This school has been around in the Seattle area for many years (I think it...

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Organization and Your Health

  I've been tired for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of the reasons I left my last job and started my businesses is because I needed my own schedule so that I could have more time and freedom to nap when I wanted to! Sleeping for ten hours a day and then...

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Versatile Organizing Supplies

I'll say it - but don't hate me. I despise primary colors. I think that primary colors in large amounts are over-stimulating for both kids and adults. Buying kid-themed stuff in primary shades in moderation can add some cute pops of color to your environment. However,...

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Less is More: Dishes – The Interview

In my last entry, I talked about how I recently greatly reduced the amount of dishes in my home. However, I wasn't the only one who it affected. I live in a beautiful space with my future-fiance (we're not "officially" engaged yet, but are currently planning our...

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Less is More: Dishes

  For the month of October, I am doing something that I've wanted to do for quite some time: I have downsized my dishes. What does this mean? It means that I have packed many dishes away so that there are just a few things left. This includes: Four big plates...

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Why It’s Wise to Limit Labels

I love my label-maker as much as the next person. Labels are usually put into place with great intent. To create structure. To remind. To help guide where things go. However, often I see places (specifically classrooms) labeled to death - and most of the time, it's...

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The Fear of Less

I meet so many people who are terrified of the idea of less. "What if I need an item after I get rid of it?" "If I donate my kids' toys, they will be mad at me!" "If I get rid of that sweater I won't be able to wear it to my company's holiday party!" The truth is, the...

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How To Make Your Home Feel Like a Kindergarten Classroom

  I came across the article "Should all classrooms be like kindergarten classrooms?" today and couldn't help but be inspired. The author addresses the fact that kindergarten classrooms are "spilling over with exploration and discovery. Kindergarten classrooms...

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Reducing Clutter by Changing Your Buying Mindset

  Why do you buy things? It's an interesting question that has a whole lot of answers. It's also a question that, when you dive deep enough, can bring up LOTS of emotions. Every time we buy something, it sticks with us in one way or another. If it's food, it may...

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Clutter and the Fulfillment Curve

When you look at this graphic, what do you see? Here's what I get out of it: when you have a little money, you're doing okay, but you still need more to survive. Once you get to survival, you're great, but being comfortable is better. After comfort you get to...

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Detox by Decluttering

What does the word "detox" mean to you? Wikipedia tells me this: "Detoxification is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body." When I think of detoxing, I think of getting rid of...

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Souvenirs

  Do you have something that you bought on vacation as a child that you still treasure now? I actually don't. I don't know if this is common or not, but there's nothing that I still have, nor is there anything that sticks out in my mind. There are things from...

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Public Play Space: Renegade Clean Up

Messes bother me. While I believe in child independence, I also believe that children cannot be independent if the environment is all wrong. For example, if you expect your four-year-old to completely clean up a room that overwhelms you as an adult - well, good luck....

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Maintaining Public Play Spaces

In Seattle, there are many indoor play spaces that get used frequently - especially in the rainy autumn and winter months. These spots are all over - in cafes, bookstores, malls, etc. Play is such a big part of our lives as children and parents, so every detail of a...

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Do Public Play Spaces Show a Lack of Respect for Children?

Working in preschools and child care centers over the years, I have encountered a lot of different play and learning spaces. So often, children's play spaces are just not nice. They're not kept up well. They need to be cleaned and organized. Toys are in disrepair....

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One in, One Out – With Kids

  There are some things that we need more than one of. Underwear. (For sure!) Favorite books. Clothes. Dishes. But what do we REALLY need to keep around? When it comes to the theory of "one in, one out" (this means to get rid of something every time that you buy...

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Increase Child Focus by Simplifying Your Environment

How do you feel when you are in the most cluttered room of your house? Uneasy? Stressed out? Unable to complete a task?       Children often feel the same way - but they aren't quite able to express it.   It has been beyond interesting to observe young children...

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What I Learned From My Own Organizing Project

As I wrote about last week, I recently organized my storage unit it. It was big. It was bad. It was ugly. Going through the process of a big organization project of my own really got me thinking of all the things that still apply to me, even as a professional...

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What To Do Before You Organize

  I had an organization project to do today. Funny enough, it wasn't for a client - it was for myself! It wasn't a minor one, either - it was my incredibly stuffed storage unit that is on the second floor of my condo building. It's funny - on my website I offer...

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Making Space

  For years before I met my sweetie, I longed for love. I had read that one way of attracting it via feng shui was to keep pairs of things in your home. (This article mentions it!) I took it a step further by wearing jewelry that represented this as well. A ring...

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Process over Product

  While watching "Orange is the New Black" last week, I heard a quote about ancient Tibetan sand mandalas. I can't find the exact quote online, but it spoke to the fact that mandalas are created with the intent to be swept away at the end. Even when reading the...

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Organizing: When Bigger is Better

  I have tried for years to pare down my wallet to just the essentials. I've tried tiny and thin wallets. Change purses. Money clips. That is, until I finally came to the terms that I just need a big wallet to hold my stuff. So often we think having smaller...

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We’re All Learning

  "He's a baby. He doesn't know any better." This phrase has stuck with me forever. I have heard it so many times, yet the way it is phrased offends me so much. There are so many things that we don't know - however, we are all capable of learning things, both as...

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Little Free Libraries – A Little Give and Take

I've fallen in love with the "Little Free Library" boxes in the neighborhoods that I frequent. What is a "Little Free Library"? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a...

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Organizing For Kids: Structure

  This article from ADDitude Magazine talks about how beneficial structure is for children with ADHD. However, it also states this: "Your whole family will benefit psychologically from a structured regime. Both parents and children experience decreased stress...

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Open-Ended Organizing

To some, "open-ended organizing" may seem chaotic. And it is - a little bit - when compared to traditional organizing concepts that you see in magazines and on Pinterest. However, the concepts used in open-ended organizing can be great for both you and your child....

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What I Learned When I DIDN’T Lose Everything

Eleven years ago I was in an apartment fire. I awoke to a room filled with smoke at 5am. We couldn't get out the door, so we had to climb out the window on a ladder provided by a team of firefighters, who, thankfully, arrived quickly. After all was said and done, we...

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What Do Babies REALLY Need?

One of my favorite blogs is Janet Lansbury's "Elevating Childcare" Blog.  This entry stood out to me recently about unrestricted play time.  Here's a great quote: If a voice of reason could be heard through the din of marketing, consumerism and peer pressure, all of...

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Easing Your Child Into The De-Cluttering Process

In big organizing sessions, I often recommend that parents send their children elsewhere for the day.  Getting rid of things can be hard for adults, even as experienced and emotionally developed individuals.  For children, the experience can be WAY too much and...

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Organizing Mobile Marketing Materials

I'm doing something I don't usually do, today - talking directly to business owners! I'm sure a lot of you have your own businesses.  Even if you don't, the tips in this article can apply to many different kids of marketing - from promoting your favorite charity to...

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Junk in the Trunk: Keeping it to a Minimum

You thought I was done talking about junk in the trunk?  Nope, not yet! Well, okay.  I actually WAS done - until something happened to me (again!) where I was thankful that the "junk in my trunk" was at a minimum. I returned home from my vacation on a Saturday.  My...

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Creating a Permanent Donation Space In Your Home

One of my favorite comparisons to make to clutter is dieting.  When we eat food, it is expected that we move to work some of it off - to be healthy, our bodies can only take so much. The same is true with clutter and our homes.  Our homes can only take so much stuff -...

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Leaving the Consumerism Mindset Behind

What is consumerism?  And why am I talking about it on my organizing blog? According to this Wikipedia Page: Media culture, with its declinations of advertising and public relations, is often considered as a system centered on the manipulation of the mass of...

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Public Play Spaces – How to Do It Right

Though I mostly talk about my work in private homes, I also do organizing work in public play spaces and preschools. Today I was visiting my chiropractor's office (Wallingford Family Chiropractic) in Seattle and noticed how wonderful their waiting room play space was....

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Travel Bags

I am so happy to be on vacation! Okay, here's the thing - I'm actually writing this in February, way in advance, so that I don't have to worry about getting newsletters done on vacation.  But, but the time you're reading this, I will be on vacation - and it will be so...

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De-Cluttering with Kids – Start with a Blank Slate

When it comes to including children in de-cluttering, there are lots of different schools of thought. Which one is right?  Well, none of them (or all of them!)  You have to do what works best for you. However, I do have some recommendations when it comes to...

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Enter to Win a Set of Ikea Packing Bags!

Giveaway Time! I leave on vacation on March 21st! Woohoo! I will be using packing bags for the first time, which I am really excited about. I bought some online, so proud of my decision - then found them at Ikea for 1/3 of the price. Doh! I decided to buy a set for a...

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Why I Love the Dollar Shave Club

Now that I own a business, I analyze marketing a LOT more. In marketing and buying, we are given a LOT of options.  So many, in fact, that we are becoming overwhelmed. In this article from the New York Times, the concept of "Decision Fatigue" is talked about.  It's...

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My Filing System

I love organizing.  However, offices are not my specialty - if you couldn't tell by my website! I pride myself in working with children and families - however, I do organize the occassional office here and there. This week I wanted to share with you what I do in my...

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KCLS’s Mind Matters Series

As I've talked about before, I will be doing a number of speaking engagements with the King County Library System. In March I will be at the Auburn Library, Vashon Island Library and the Federal Way Library. Check out these fun promo videos to learn more - and get a...

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Great Seattle Area Event for Downsizing Seniors!

Katie Munoz is a great resource in the Seattle area for people wanting to downsize and move. If you have aging parents who are considering moving into a smaller place, assisted living facility or retirement home, she is the one to call! Her company, Moving Forward, is...

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Choosing the Right Hangers

"What?  A post about hangers?" you may ask. Yes! I wanted to give a couple of tips about choosing hangers, since the right hangers can make a huge difference. And bonus:  you can apply these tips when buying any kind of organizing supplies! Now, I am all for saving...

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Happy Birthday to Me! A B-Day Gift From Me To You!

  February 18th, is my birthday! As a special treat, I am offering 25 percent off of a virtual organizing coaching session! Check out the details on this session here - then enter the code "HBD" upon check out to apply the discount! This expires at the end of the...

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Katy Perry, The Superbowl and Sensory Overload

I love Katy Perry. Yesterday during the Superbowl I was sick in bed, but I did manage to drag myself out to catch Katy Perry's half time performance. From what I understand, it's gotten a lot of positive attention from a lot of people - myself included. I brought me...

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Why I’m Obsessed With Ikea’s Expedit Shelf

Okay, so technically Ikea doesn't sell the Expedit anymore - it's changed to the Kallax, but it's similar enough to me that I don't really notice the difference. I got my first expedit on the day after Halloween in 2005.  I was walking with a friend and found one that...

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A Sense of Control in a World Full Of Chaos

When it comes to thinking about reasons to organize, there are so many directions to go.  I do this work because I am passionate about people and helping them on their path to find joy in life. One of the things in life that can be hard to deal with is a lack of...

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How Organizing Can Support Routines

Routines are an important part of our lives.  They can help us with so many things.  For example, if we have put on a few too many pounds, creating a routine around getting regular physical activity can help us to lose weight.  If we need to eat healthy, creating a...

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Continuous Partial Attention

Today I was listening to a podcast on the BNI (Business Networking International) website about what the founder, Ivan Misner, called "Continuous Partial Attention." Misner describes "Continous Partial Attention" as paying attention to too many things at once:  for...

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New Year, New Goals

I'm not super into resolutions. I have been before, but they always flop.  It just happens. I do, however, now have a newfound appreciation for goals. What's different about a goal?  One common goal that people set is a "S.M.A.R.T." goal:  Specific, Measurable,...

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Upcoming Events

What an exciting year! I have lots of upcoming speaking events.  See the list below for details. Need a speaker for your group?  Let me know!  I love talking to PEPS Groups, PTAs, Parenting Groups, MOPS and more! Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 7pm Organizing for...

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Christmas Clean Up

Wow! It's been a crazy week!  I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas at my Dad and Step-Mom's house in Port Angeles, WA.  It was the first time my new man, Dave, has been there.  It was fun and relaxing.  From there we came home for about 2 hours - long enough for me to...

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Decluttering – The Other Kind Of Holiday Planning

If you celebrate the winter holidays it's likely that your home is about to become much more crowded.  If you have kids, multiply that crowded by 100. That's okay, of course.  There is so much joy in the holidays, and gifts add to that.  However, after the wrapping...

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Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused or lost?

Have you ever been so excited about an idea that you felt compelled to share it? I see a mass amount of individuals and families living lives that they’ve settled for--unhappy people that are unfulfilled, sick, tired, broke and without hope Previously, I never knew...

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Inspiring Giving In Your Children This Holiday Season

It's true:  giving feels good.  There's been research in recent years telling us just that.   Giving has other benefits, too - it can help us have harmony in our homes.  When you replace some of the gift- giving that you would normally practice with your kids and give...

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Getting What You Want In Life

There are so many things that I want in life.  Kate Spade purses.  Order in my home.  Useful and beautiful gifts.  Harmony in my relationship.  Good behavior from the children I take care of. You can't always have what you want.  Or get what you want - whatever.  So...

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Junk in the Trunk – Why It’s a Problem

Back in 2004 I have a lot of junk in my trunk. It wasn't on purpose, but it happened.  I had a huge car (a 1984 Chevy Caprice.)  I was working full time AND I was in school getting my degree in Early Childhood Education.  I didn't have a designated parking spot at my...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year…

What's the last gift that you got that you love and use?   For me, that's easy--it's the Kate Spade purse that my Mom got me for Christmas last year! One of the reasons that I love this gift so much is because I asked for it.  I wanted a Kate Spade purse.  I picked...

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Ripping off the Clutter Band Aid

Getting rid of stuff is HARD for people. It’s so much like ripping off an old band-aid.  It’s difficult at first, but it gets easier and easier. Do you remember the first time you have to rip off a band-aid?  You wouldn’t do it.  Somehow you knew it hurt.  You were...

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Photography Deal for Seattelites

  In honor of my second family, this week I am sharing with you a photography deal. Lydia, my god daughter's Mom, is becoming a photographer full time and is raising money for new equipment by offering photography mini-sessions. Go to her Go Fund Me site to learn...

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Ditch the Packaging – Save Your Sanity!

  There's nothing quite like the feeling of new art supplies.  They come in crisp containers, ready to create your child's artistic vision.  After they're used, your child can replace them inside their package, tucking them away on the shelf for the next time....

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Why Give Experiences?

It can be hard to make the switch from giving a nicely wrapped gift from the toy store to giving an experience.   "I want the kids to have something to open." "I'm afraid they'll be too young to remember anything." "They expect toys--I don't want to disappoint...

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Large Motor in Small Spaces

  Kids need to MOVE.  They LEARN through movement.  A day without needed movement for a child can prove to be a day that doesn't go very well at all. The weather is getting colder, though.  When the weather is getting colder, children can miss out on the large...

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A Clutter Free Day (Or Night) Out

I have a housekeeper. Yes, the organizing queen has a housekeeper. I've lucked out--I found someone professional and wonderful willing to barter services with me.  (In addition to Home Key Organization, I have a small social media business.  I do social media for...

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My Favorite Organizing Product– Fabric Bins

Last week I promised you my favorite organizing products--and here they are! I love fabric bins - specifically Closet Maid ones. Why? They are colorful.   You can find fabric bins in almost every color there is. They are relatively inexpensive.  At the low end, they...

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Organizing Products – Why Not?

  I was getting all geared up to write this newsletter about one of my favorite organizing products. But you'll have to wait a week. Before getting into my favorite organizing products, I wanted to give some reasons why I don't promote organizing products all that...

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Dying To Put A Desk In Your Child’s Room? Not So Fast!

I meet with a lot of parents who want to get their child's room organized.  While a lot of it has to do with toys, clutter control, self-sufficiency and the desire to help a child keep a clean room, parents are often prompted by the promise of academic focus via...

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Too Much!

Has the stuff in your home multiplied since you've had kids?   "Managing the volume of possessions was such a crushing problem in many homes that it actually elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers." - Trouble in paradise: UCLA book enumerates challenges...

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    Why waste your time on things that don't make you feel...

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Life Is Stressful.

    Want to improve your quality of life at home?  With organization coaching from Home Key Organization, you can! Imagine coming home after a long day at work to a space that soothes and relaxes you.  Your counters are clear, ready for your to cook a...

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Nature is Clutter-Free

Next time you are outside with your child, take a look at what is engaging them. Most often, it is not anything elaborate.  It's nature.  It's leaves, sand, dirt, rocks and sticks. Outside isn't crowded.  There are lots of things to occupy kids, but they are not...

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Where Will All The Stuff Go?

  With lots of transitions in my life lately, my home is changing.  My sweetie moved in with me, and navigating two people's possessions in a small condo has been a bit challenging.  Luckily, we dedicate a lot of time and put a lot of thought into planning our...

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Business of the Week – Toolbox for Teaching

  Do you know of a preschool or child care center that is needing support?  Toolbox for Teaching is it!   Toolbox for Teaching offers customized STARS training for licensed child care centers in the Seattle area.  Check out their website and be sure to...

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Cutting the Clutter for Summer – Inventory the Basics

Okay, fess up--how many old, dried out bottles of sunscreen do you have? Five?  Fine.  That's okay!  But will you finish using them this summer? Yes?  No?  Okay.  Either way, make sure you know what you have, and what you're going to use. If you won't use those five...

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Book Your “Back to School” Consultation Now!

    I know, I know--you don't even want to THINK about September now. However, it will be here before you know it--and THIS is the year that you will be organized, right?! Get started with a consultation with Stacy--one hour of solid ideas, suggestions and...

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Cutting the Clutter for Summer – Artwork

  It’s June! In Seattle that means that start of gorgeous weather--weather that I, personally, wait all year long for! For most of the country, the beginning of June also means that school is about to get out for the year. I've heard mixed reactions from parents...

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The Perfect Baby Shower Gift!

  Picking a gift for a new parent can be hard. They are likely to be inundated with SO many things--and may struggle to decide where to put it all! That's why I have the "Welcome New Baby" package.  It helps new parents get ready for baby by getting organized and...

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Friends Don’t Give Friends Clutter (Shop off the Registry!)

  Part of becoming organized is reducing clutter. Part of helping other people live simplified, happy lives is not to give them clutter. By changing the culture of gift-giving, we can slowly start to shift the amount of clutter in the homes--and in the homes of...

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A Toy Free Kindergarten?

Hello everyone! This week I want to share a research article with you. Possessions in our homes grow exponentially--we can all agree to that.  Our stress levels are growing too.  Related?  Of course, I think so. My organizing work with families almost always results...

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Make it Easy On Yourself (And Your Child!)

  I meet so many parents who are frustrated with their child--and I get it!  Though we are all well-meaning, sometimes our kids do things that we just don't understand. My favorite example is parents who tell me that their kids just won't put their clothes away...

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Spring Break: The Aftermath

Spring break can be a crazy time in the life of a family.  It messes with routines--sleeping, eating, cleaning up, homework--and those are only the beginning!   Because Spring Break is so close to the end of the school year, it can seem like there's no reason to...

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Business of the Week: Cultural Care Au Pai

Considering a nanny situation?  Have you thought about getting an Au Pair?  Au Pairs offer a cultural experience and are generally less expensive than hiring a nanny. Lucia Liepins is an au pair coordinator with Cultural Care Au Pair.  You can visit her website...

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Does Spring Cleaning Stress You Out?

Spring is here!  As always, Spring Cleaning is a major buzzword and will be until summer comes in June. Buzzword or not, sprucing up your home for spring is not a bad idea. Summer time can be busy with activities and vacations, and dealing with mess and clutter around...

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Business of the Week: Kita Events NW

It's time to party!  What better way to have a good time than to hire an event planner to take care of all the details? Kita Events NW does weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties and business events.  Visit their website at http://kitaeventsnw.com/...

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The Rubber Duck Army (Or, Taming Bath Toy Clutter)

  Bath toys seem to be a huge source of clutter in homes that no one really looks at.  And why not?  It may not seem like it impacts your life that much...at first. Eventually, people start giving you things.  Rubber ducks.  Fun little knick-knacks from birthday...

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Clutter can affect the whole family.

  I did an organization session once in a home with two cats.  As soon as we cleared some clutter off of the floor, one of the cats spread out on the empty spot, looking happier than ever. It's interesting to see how animals are affected, of course, but kids...

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Just Say No!

When major life events happen, people want to help.   One of the ways that people offer help is to give you stuff.   While often this is of great assistance, it can also be the producer of some not-so-great feelings.   Example:  You're having a new...

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Organizing Tip of the Week: Teaching Kids About Impulse Buying

  A big part of clutter control is monitoring what comes into the home.  With companies marketing toward children more and more, children naturally, seem to want more and more. While this can be annoying, it is completely normal. "Oh!" a child might say.  "A sparkle...

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Get Help Now! Book a home organizing appointment with Stacy

 Hey Seattle!  Need a Professional Organizer?  Stacy Erickson of Home Key Organization specializes in child and family environments.  Here are some upcoming openings! Seattleites!  Here are some upcoming openings for you: April 3rd, 10am to 2pm April 9th, 10am to 2pm...

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Make a Plan!

  On my way home from Mexico, I missed my connecting flight due to customs taking a looooooong time.  I was frustrated, of course, but took advantage of the situation--I purchased a book at the airport bookstore in order to get some insight to share with you! The...

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Hold Off On Containers

 People often get excited about getting organized and use that excitement to do something really fun--go shopping for containers! However, sometimes it's really hard to know what you're going to need until things are sorted out.  Even then, people often underestimate...

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Home Key Organization On the Verity Mom Blog

    Curious about what to do with all those "tiny" toys?  Visit the blog of Verity Mom to find out!  Stacy wrote a guest post about getting everything sorted out...or not!   Click here to read Stacy's post at Verity Mom!   Follow Verity Mom on...

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Clutter Free Gift Guide – For Kids!

      I talked last week about clutter-free Valentine's Day gifts.  This week, I am going to address clutter free gifts for kids.   I've been doing a lot of research lately about clutter and stress.  It turns out, in a recent study from UCLA, that in a...

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Clutter Free Gift Guide

Gifts are wonderful and fun. They can also cause a lot of distress.  What does someone want?  Is it expensive enough?  Do they really like it?  Is it useful?  Will it gather dust? Even more often, they cause distress after they are given.  So many of my clients hang...

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Finding The Time to Get Organized

  January is National "Get Organized" Month--and it's almost over. Lucky for you, I am an understanding organizer, and I know that getting organized in just one month isn't realistic.   This week's tip is about setting aside the time to organize. After you...

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Quick Entryway Tip #3: A Place for Your Keys

This week's tip isn't kid-specific, but it is incredibly important if you are a parent. My business is called "Home Key Organization" and I LOVE the symbolism of keys.  They are a tool to entry of the things you want. So, if you can't find your keys...where are you...

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Quick Entryway Tip #2: Coats and Wall Hooks

How many times have you walked into someone's home and coats are EVERYWHERE?  On the railing, on the couches, on the floor--everywhere but in the closet? That's what this week's tip is about--getting the coats in your entryway looking great! The first step I recommend...

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Cat Quilt and Quilt Storage

  Had to share this adorable cat quilt that my mom made! She is incredibly talented! The cats are all gray, like my cat Darby, except for one brown one, who is my sneaky little Ramona cat! I saw a similar one on Pinterest and she was able to make the pattern...

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Book Stacy As A Guest Speaker

  I'm just a few days into 2014 and have three speaking engagements scheduled!   I would LOVE to speak to your group about kids and organizing!   In the past I have spoken to MOPS Groups, PTAs, PEPs and more.  The sky is the limit!   Visit my...

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Shoe Organizing Tips – Especially for Families with Kids!

    Just jumping on board?  Read here about the one small, non-overwhelming task per week for 2014!   This week, let's zero in on the things that clutters so many entryway floors:  shoes!   There are lots of ways to tame shoes, of course, you just...

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Get Organized Month?

Click here to subscribe!   January is National Get Organized Month.  Whee!  Getting organized is a perfect way to start the year, and I am happy to participate.   However--getting organized is NOT a one month process.  Getting organized is an on-going...

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Organizing Session – Busy Family, Beautiful Home!

I recently worked with a local family who has been through a LOT this year.  Lots of illness has resulted in many, many changes--due to cancer, Mom recently lost her leg.  In addition to frequent medical interventions, the family has three amazing children and both...

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A Year In Review

  Hello everyone! I'm going to be getting a little personal on this week's newsletter, so I hope that's okay!  I was all set to write about goal setting, but I hope that I can share my store to inspire change for you in 2014.  Sometimes inspiration from others is...

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Details from a Professional Organizer’s Home

  Young.  Single.  Hip.  Organized. Okay, not quite.  Yes, I'm single, but I'm getting old, and I'm not as hip as you think. Anyway, I wanted to share some of the organizing details in my own home with you.  The pictures are from the lovely Lydia Grimes...

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Kids Can Take Responsibility with this Carry All Caddy

  This little carry all caddy is not only cute and able to be personalized, it is an affordable way to get your children to take responsibility for their belongings.   One of the things I mention to people a lot in organizing is that kids get overwhelmed...

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Keep Organized – From Home to Car

  You can purchase this tote here.   The bag above is my savior. Why?  Because I'm a city girl.  With a car.  A car that lives very, very far beneath me. That's right--my lovely home is on the seventh floor of my condo building, and my garage is one "A Deck"...

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Thirty One Gifts Party!

I'm having an online party for Thirty-One Gifts!   They have GREAT organizing supplies, just in time for 2014! My favorite is the utility tote, pictures above:  I use it to transport things from my home to my car every day! Another great item I recommend: This is the...

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Be Organized and Find Peace This Holiday Season!

As mentioned before, I will be working with Parenting Success Coaches Tom and Bonnie Liotta to deliver new services to clients worldwide! This Saturday we will be doing a webinar about parenting, the environment and creating calm in your life! Read the message below...

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Obligation

As Christmas draws nearer, a lot of gift shopping is already finished. However, there are those gifts that we feel obligated to buy for people--and we really don't know what to get them--we just feel obligated to give them SOMETHING tangible. That's how people end up...

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Giving the Gift of Organization

    There are many people that I meet who, when I tell them what I do for a living, they so "Oh!  I know someone who needs that!"   The holidays can be a great time to spread the organizing love--however, the person must be ready and willing to make...

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5 Love Languages

  I just took a quiz on the five love languages and found it interesting.  It could be a very fun thing to do with people in your family--and it looks like they have a quiz just for kids!  For the record, here's what I got as my highest and my lowest love...

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Two Limits to Set This Holiday Season For An Easier 2014!

    Many people wait until after the holidays to start setting good habits--starting a diet, buying less, getting organized.   However, making just a few good decisions now can make those New Year's Resolutions that much easier.   Here are two things to...

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Give It Away Now!

        My six year old god daughter is a huge part of my world.  After much thought, her mom and I decided to do a full room clean-out.   We had talked about this with her before, and we were met with MUCH resistance.  The thing is, when...

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Home Key’s Black Friday Sale is Coming!

      The holidays are a GREAT time to buy more stuff--am I right?   They are also a time to develop new habits when it comes to stuff--for the sake of your happiness, your home, your children and your health.   In the spirit of giving, getting...

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Home Key Organization – Frequently Asked Questions

    I wanted to address some of the questions that I get asked most frequently for anyone who may be curious.   What is your hourly rate? $50 per hour, going up to $65 in January 2014 with a minimum organization session being four hours.  If you shop...

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Link: Should I Hire A Professional Organizer?

Just found this great link to a blog post by Andrea Dekker about hiring a Professional Organizer. "Organizers are good at what they do, and they will try really hard to maximize your space, but they’re not miracle workers who can shove 5 bins of stuff in one tiny...

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Focus.

  Kids learn better in an organized, clutter-free environment--don't you? Something to think about--starting with when your kids are...

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What Kids Can Learn About “Stuff” This Holiday Season

  With the holidays coming, kids get excited about the things coming their way.  I remember this VERY well.  And honestly, I do still love getting Christmas gifts.  However, I have streamlined the way I ask for things and plan to pass this onto my children...

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Why Cutting Clutter in November Makes Sense

As the days get shorter, does your house seem smaller? If it doesn't, it may soon. November is the month where the gifts start coming in.  Flowers that come with new vases.  Cookies on platters.  Holiday decorations.  New toys.  Holiday party favors.  Santa pictures....

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Organzing Your Child’s Room – The RIGHT Way

Being an organizer has great rewards, especially for me.  Working primarily on child spaces, these rewards come in the form of smiles, screams of joy, and gasps of amazement at the big reveal at the end of each session.   While older kids are able to participate...

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Spaces Kids Need

When you are feeling overwhelmed, where do you go to calm down?   As adults, we are able to have control over our environment.  We can give ourselves what we need when we need it, within reason. For children, this may not be true.  Children often overwhelm more...

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Photos from Lydia Grimes Photography

Check out photos from Lydia Grimes Photography!  She has done all of my business portraits, and works with families, businesses and more!  Visit her on Facebook here:  Lydia Grimes Photography on Facebook.        ...

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Time it!

Things are getting busy for me here at Home Key Organization!  With all the media attention lately, I've had to really buckle down and get productive with my routines.   Using a timer to complete like-tasks has been a life-saver.  Being able to set this timer and...

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Jars

One of the organizing systems that I have in my home in love is using jars.  They're inexpensive, you can see what's inside, and they make things look like art.       Mason jars are quite the trend right now--which is cool, because they are stylish and...

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Pin It

  If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know that I'm a little bit of an addict.  I love gathering ideas and sharing them with my followers!   This week, my tip is to pin.  Pin it!  Go on, pin it!  I truly believe Pinterest can help eliminate clutter....

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Preschool and Child Care Consulting

Stacy has recently partnered with a local teacher training business to provide state certified training hours to early childhood educators.  In addition to this, she is available for consulting for child cares, preschools and more....

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Kid Business of the Week: Curious Kidstuff

  I had a great time on Friday afternoon at Curious Kidstuff!  I purchased some toys to demonstrate to the parents and teachers that I work with how to set up toys to make clean up easy.  Visit them in West Seattle, or online atwww.curiouskidstuff.com...

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Less to Store

  It's upon us again--the holidays!  Halloween begins the most consistent string of holidays throughout the year--which I'm thankful for, because here in Seattle we need a little joy to get us through the winter! I want to give you a tip this week about decor for...

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Just For Fun: Halloween Costumes!

Just wanted to share with my readers some of my Halloween costumes over the years!  I'm still trying to decide for 2013.  What will you be?   Pikachu!   Peacock Madeline Morton Salt Girl Hello Kitty  ...

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Kid Business of the Week: Coyote Central

From their website: "Coyote Central challenges young adolescents to build competence and creativity through hands-on workshops with professionals in creative fields.  Independent problem-solving with sophisticated skills at Coyote builds adolescents’ confidence and...

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Family Pictures

Just wanted to share some beautiful photos I had done recently by Lydia Grimes Photography!  Enjoy!      ...

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Get inspired!

October is $30 consultation month! For the month of October, I am offering consultations in the Seattle area and virtually for just $30! Consultations are a great way to get some customized organizing ideas for your home and talk through problem areas in your home....

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Reasonable Expectations

Many organizers make beautiful, perfect systems.  While that is nice, with kids, it is often not realistic. Kids need things simple.  Though it's good to have high expectations of your children, it's also important to make sure that what you are expecting is...

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Evening Magazine Segment

Just wanted to follow up on the Evening Magazine segment--it aired Thursday and I could not be happier.  I feel so honored! You can view the segment on my media page, or click on the photo below.       I happily serve organizing clients in Seattle and...

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Evening Magazine!

  Watch me in full-on organizing action!  Get ideas and see how a session works! I filmed a segment for the local northwest TV show Evening Magazine this summer.  Word on the street is that it will tentatively air on Thursday, September 12th! I am beyond excited!...

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One Easy Tip for Back To School

It's pretty common knowledge that most Professional Organizers are obsessed with stick on command hooks. My tip for the week:  use them!   More specifically--for backpacks! Time and time again, I have heard people complain about their kids throwing their...

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Kid Business of the Week: Lil’ Klippers!

Back to school isn't only about clothes--it's about haircuts!  Stop by the kid-centric Lil Klippers in the Wallingford neighborhood for a great, fun cut! Visit them online at http://lilklippers.com/   or in person at: 1815 N 45th St Suite 205 Seattle, WA...

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Home Key Organization’s Back to School Series Week 2: Desks

  Let's continue with preparing for back to school! I've talked a lot about work spaces--however, today I am going to focus on desks--for kids and adults! Before delving in though, it's important to address whether your child needs a desk in their room or not.  I...

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Back to School Series Week 1: School Clothes

  Welcome to August! Yes, it's still summer.  Yes, I love summer.  However, it's also the time to start preparing for back to school! I like to be prepared at all times.  It helps keep life simple.  No one gets anything done by rushing around.  That includes...

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Kid Business of the Week: Jonny Appleseed Preschool

Need a quality preschool program for your three or four year old? Jonny Appleseed Preschool is the place to be! With over 15 years of experience, Teacher Janelle provides a playful and educational program in the View Ridge/Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle!  Visit...

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Special Event: Sunday at Tougo Coffee!

    Stacy from Home Key Organization and Brian, owner of Tougo Coffee recently updated the play space in the back corner of the coffee shop! We are having a small reception on Sunday at 10am to check it out!  Come play, have a cupcake, and visit! Above:...

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Get It OUT!

  There are a lot of ways that you can tackle the sometimes emotional task of getting rid of things that you don't use anymore.  This week I will offer three strategies that you can use--and potentially pass on to your children!   Have A Permanent Donation...

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Learning Styles and Homework Spaces

Recently, a client asked me how to set up her children's homework space.  Each learner is different, so there are some definite things to consider in order to maximize learning for school agers and teens.  Here's what comes to mind when the seemingly simple homework...

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Link to Article: Dirty Little Secrets of Tidy Families

I came across this blog post on a local Seattle designer Renate Ruby's Facebook  page.  I love the fact that people are catching on to the "less is more" idea.  Of course, Apartment Therapy has always been great about that! The thing that stands out in this article...

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Clean Up For Kids

Home Key Organization's Tip of the Week for July 22nd, 2013 Being that I mostly set up child environments, I talk to parents a LOT about helping to develop good clean up habits with their children. Here's a few quick tips to get you going next time you and the kids...

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Environment Restoration

A question that I often get when I tell people I am a professional organizer is:  "Oh wow!  Is your house super organized?"  The answer:  no.  Not always.   However, the secret to my home is that everything has a place.  Though things may be out of place at times, it...

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ORGANIZED Social Media!

  Social Media Customized for YOUR Small Business Are you behind the times? Is your business’ last Facebook post from 2011? Is lack of a social media presence turning potential customers away? Introducing… Organized Social Media · Facebook, Twitter, Linked In,...

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Alternate Clothing Storage

Everyone seems so eager to buy dressers lately--but why?  Your home probably already has some clothing storage options that you haven't even thought of yet!  For this weeks tip, I'll give you a couple of ideas.  But--be creative!  There may be other things you haven't...

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Picnic Time!

  I was at a picnic yesterday, and there's a good chance I'll attend at least one more before the end of the week.   While I love food and picnics, nothing irks me more than when things are piled on the table nonsensically.  I bet we've all tried to balance...

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Bulky Kitchen Items

Everyone has areas in their kitchen that just don't work.  For so many people, it's trying to make sense of all those oddly shaped containers--the water bottles, the tumblers, the travel mugs.  They don't stay up, and they look out of place next to your glasses and...

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Time.

Organizing.  Being Organized. What does it mean to you?   To me, it means time.  Time saved.  Time earned.  Time that you have that you would not otherwise have.   When your life is not overtaken by possessions, you have a lot more time.  Things get lost a...

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Summer Vacation!

  Summer is by FAR my favorite season.  Mostly because of the weather, but also because of the magic.  Summer is a time where all is right in the world.  Summer is when all the epic things happen.  Summer is paradise...and time for vacation!   I spent...

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Shred It!

  Summer is starting--why not set up a good habit in the midst of this mellow, fun and sunny season?   Mail is one of the biggest enemies of my clients.  Paper comes in, it is useless, and then it just hangs out, cluttering the house...for a long, long time....

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Outdoor Organizing

  In your home, everything must have it's own space--that way, when it is time to clean up, everything can be put away with ease.  Additionally, when it's time to find something, you will know exactly where it is. The same goes for the outdoor areas of your home....

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Use Everyday Items for Organizing

  I love the Container Store and Storables as much as the rest of you.  (Actually, maybe MORE--I am an organizer, after all!)  However, today I am going to ask you to search your home for usable organizing items before ever setting foot into an organizing...

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Video Galore!

I spent this morning at the Master Builder's Association of King and Snohomish Counties.  My friend Jillian of Playfish Media presented on video marketing--it was excellent! To celebrate this, I wanted to share the video that she did for me this last fall!  As you can...

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Trays for Everything!

  I use trays ALL the time when organizing.  In fact, most of the pictures from this week's post are from my own home!   Trays are simple, cheap, and cute ways to keep things of the same category together while still keeping them accessible.   Try them...

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Do It Together

  Many people think that they should be able to clean and organize their house on their own.  It seems like such a simple thing, right?   However, these tasks are not simple to everyone.  People have their strengths and weaknesses, and asking and receiving...

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