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What If?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 19, 2015 in Family, life |

When I work with my client’s I find my time with them a learning experience for me and hopefully for them. But really it is about me. A few weeks ago I worked with a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and I learned so much about grace and dignity. This week my client was a person […]

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When You Have More Than a Junk Drawer

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 12, 2015 in Family, life |

While conversing with the gentleman on the plane seated next to me last week he recognized me and we began the discussion of his concern of his parents being possible hoarders. He read my article on hoarding and it reminded him of his parents. He described them as not having a junk drawer, but rather […]

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The 20/20 Rule of Stuff

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 5, 2015 in life, Moms |

I am a rule follower and a rule breaker. None of this middle of the road for me! I am either all in or all out! So give me a rule to follow that resonates with my heart and I will run with it. When I heard the Minimalists speak at a conference I attended in […]

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Do You Love It Enough To Dust It?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 29, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

Spring cleaning is in the air and I have the measuring stick to prove it, more and more people are coming up to me and telling me that they are sick of all the clutter in their homes and are ready for action. As I was leaving a coffee shop last week someone came up […]

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From Hoarding To Hope : A Book Review

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 21, 2015 in Family, life |

I just returned from a three day intense NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference in Los Angeles where I was surrounded by the best and brightest in the industry. For many years I was the only member of NAPO in the state of North Dakota which forced me to make connections with other organizers […]

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Top Travel Tips

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 14, 2015 in life, money |

If you know me personally, you know that I love to travel. I am frugal with my travels and try to look for good deals wherever I go. I look at ways to maximize my travel budget and my time. Because of this I have been able to take some fantastic trips for less money […]

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5 Things That Can Leave Your Home Now

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 7, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

When people start the process of organizing they are overwhelmed. This time of year the pressure is even more as the weather turns nicer and we feel the need to spring clean. Most people simply don’t know where to start. The trick is to start and the organizing bug will bite you and you will keep going! […]

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Laundry Tips

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 31, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

If I had to pick one household chore to do I would always choose laundry. It is a task that I can stay on top of and it feels good to put everything away. I started doing my laundry at a young age, and my kids are all of the age that they can do […]

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We Are Family

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 24, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

We are only as strong as our weakest member. This saying is used in business and in coaching, but I think it can be used for our family as well. I have seen my role as a mother to not only comfort my children when they are suffering and to give them strength when they […]

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Learning to Say No

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 17, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

  We all are asked to do things that we don’t want to say “yes” to. But if you are like me, I am ill equipped with being able to say “no” in a way that I feel will not hurt the other person. We would rather hurt ourselves than say “no.” It makes no sense. I would say […]

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