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Organized Living Lessons From My Dog

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 25, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

  Losing a pet is never an easy thing. Before we lost our dog Rex I had only lost one other pet and I was in college and the world revolved around me at that time so it had little impact on me. But last week we made the gut wrenching decision to put down [...]

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Memories……

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 17, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

  Look around and take a look at what you are saving in your home. Are you saving your kids school papers? Are you saving their toys, baby clothes or books? Or perhaps you are holding onto grandma’s china for your daughter or son. Maybe it is a set of bedroom furniture that is a [...]

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Be More

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

  How many of us go to a job and work to pay for the things that society thinks we should have…a bigger house….a flashy car….a lake home….a boat….a designer purse…the latest tech gadget? I challenge all of us to stop doing the “trying it keep up with the Jones’s’” thing and start trying to be better human [...]

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Time To Create Your Stop Doing List

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 21, 2013 in Business, Family, life, Uncategorized |

I will admit it, most days I have a mental to do list a mile long. On the days that I write my list down it tends to get overwhelming. I have always supported the idea of saying “no” to things and have written about it in the past. But then I came across a [...]

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Easy Summer Freezer Meals

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 14, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I have a confession to make: our family has been eating out way too much. Sometimes it is easier with all of us on different schedules to meet somewhere for dinner than it is for me to think about what to make for dinner. But I missed making dinner. I missed my kids fighting over [...]

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There Is A Sentimental Fool In All Of Us

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 4, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

The more and more I work with clients I find that they have two different issues; either not enough time or they are sentimentally attached to their stuff. For my clients that simply have no time, when I work with them it is fun, easy and they enjoy the process. For my clients that have [...]

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Get Ready For Summer By Being Prepared

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 24, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

  The last days of school are upon us and the trees are almost all leafed out! Finally the calendar and Mother Nature are in alignment! I am shocked as always how fast a school year goes. I like to say when times are good….time flies by and when times are bad time is so [...]

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The Excuses That Professional Organizers Hear

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 17, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

When I tell people that I am a Professional Organizer, their response is usually the same, “boy do I need you in my house!” and they laugh. So it got me thinking about what some of the things are that are stopping people from taking that next step and hiring me. 1. They are too [...]

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How To Get The Male Gender To Organize

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 10, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

I received a question on my MS. Simplicity Facebook page asking for help on how to organize husbands and sons. As a married mother of three boys and being surrounded by them for the last twenty plus years I was surprised by this question. I was a messy teen girl, just ask my mom as [...]

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Skills I Want My Boys To Have

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 3, 2013 in Family, life, Moms, money |

Raising children is a slippery slope at times. We have to compete against friends and the media and our busy schedules to try to mold and grow children into productive members of society. I have one child that has left the nest and I am preparing for two more to leave in the next four [...]

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