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A Life of Missed Opportunity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I was reminded last week about the company Kodak. Remember them? They had cornered the market on photo paper and photo processing. And then the digital camera came along and to add fuel to the fire of their company collapse, the cell phone with great cameras. People simply stopped processing their pictures. Kodak missed the turn [...]

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Boxing Up A Life Part Two

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  Last week I blogged about how painful it was to pack up my son as he prepares to move 250 miles away to college this week. I not only packed up the stuff he was taking to college, but also the stuff he was leaving behind. This one container of memories will go to [...]

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized |

I had an interesting conversation with a family friend last week after she pointed out that I “made” my son carry my supplies to my car for an organizing party. She told me that he was mad at me and that I should be able to do it myself. What I saw and heard was my son sitting in [...]

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Organize Those Darn Kids

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

There is lots of finger pointing when I work with clients. Mostly the mess in the house is blamed on children. I would agree that children create about 85% of the clutter in our homes. But how we deal with the clutter is 100% our responsibility. Children are not born to organize. Well, maybe a [...]

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Simple In Seattle

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized |

One of my favorite places to visit and just relax is Seattle. I have had the opportunity to visit nine times since I started visiting in the fall of 2010. I have read the guide books, I have talked to the locals and I have experienced most of the ”touristy” things to do. So here is my simplified [...]

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Clothing Diet Is Over

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized |

So I proclaimed on Facebook that I was going on a clothing diet as a sort of social experiment late last year. I vowed that I wouldn’t buy clothes or shoes for six months. I posted it on my business Facebook page and I got some very interesting feedback. Some people said that they hadn’t bought [...]

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Confessions of A Sentimental Fool

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Hi my name is Melissa and I am a sentimental fool when it involves my children. I love the art that they have created over the years. I love the words that they have written. I love the pictures that I have taken of them. But wait…I am a professional organizer, I can’t have this much [...]

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Back To Basics: Packing For A Trip

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized |

A question I am often asked is how do I pack. When I went to my first Professional Organizers Conference in San Diego you can imagine how well everyone was packed! Having an organized suitcase is a great way to start a vacation. Before my vacation I like to start stockpiling the items  that I [...]

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Back To Basics: Organizing Your Photos In A Digital World

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  Hi, my name is Melissa and I like to take photos. I have a problem but I am not about to change it. Currently my biggest problem is my phone doesn’t have the ability to store all the photos I take. But worse yet is having the backlog of printed photos sitting all in [...]

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Hosting An Organized Graduation Party

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

So I am a few months away from having had my second child’s graduation party, a party that I had planned for a couple of years. In essence, right after his older brother graduated two years ago I knew right away I wanted to do the same party again. Plus, I have been going to graduation parties [...]

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