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It’s In The Bag

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 24, 2014 in Holidays, life, Moms |

I don’t know if you are like me, but I can not wrap a gift to save my life. Every holiday when I need to wrap a gift I hand the gift to MR. Simplicity and he takes it and makes the perfect cuts so that he doesn’t have that lop sided section that I [...]

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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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Things My Mom Taught Me…Otherwise Known As Moms Know Best!

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized |

One of the questions I get most often is, “were you born organized?” The answer would be most defiantly not! My mom has pictures to prove it. When I lived in my sorority my roommate had a name for my chair with my pile of “kind of” clean clothes {you know the clothes that you [...]

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Nobody Darns Their Socks Anymore

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 19, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

Think about it: when was the last time you took a needle and thread out and repaired a hole in your sock? Chances are if you are younger than I am you haven’t ever done it. We are now living in a consumable society where we can buy 6 pairs of socks for $6. We [...]

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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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The Power Of A Compliment

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 31, 2013 in life, Moms |

  I have been witness to a weird phenomena in the last year; my clients are crying. No it is not because I am making them throw away a prized possession. It is because I am giving them a sincere compliment. Then it dawned on me this week: women do not know how to receive [...]

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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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