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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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When A Helicopter Mom Turns Drone Pilot

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 10, 2014 in Family, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

I don’t know when it happened. There is no magic date I circled on the calendar that I planned and practiced for. There is no book called “What To Expect When Your Child Becomes An Adult.” One day  I was busy going to kids activities, making sure my kids ate a balanced diet and brushing [...]

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