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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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Back To Basics

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 8, 2014 in life, Moms |

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the big picture that I forget about the tiny steps that compose and make up the big picture. Exhibit 1 your honor, my bathroom cabinet. I had things overflowing and it was a mess. I had to move things to grab other things. I ended tipping things over, it was [...]

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These Boots Are Made For Walking : Store And Organize Your Boots

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized |

What does a magazine, a pool noodle, a wine bottle, a pants hanger and a boot box all have in common? If you guess an obscure pool party out of a movie, you would be wrong! If you guessed different ways to store and organize your boots you are right! When I was growing up [...]

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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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Don’t Fall In Love With The Potential Of Stuff

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 5, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

The warning for you creative types is to not fall in love with potential. You know what I mean. Where a box of old door handles could be a future coat rack.  Or a old door can be painted and turned into a desk {that is what my office has}. The problem starts when you no longer [...]

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Freezer Clean Out

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 8, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

After I cleaned out my fridge I knew the freezer was not far behind. I found the freezer much easier to clean and organize for some reason, and I am not sure why. Maybe it was because I knew some of the items have been in my freezer since the ice age, or at least [...]

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Clean Out Your Fridge

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 25, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

 So I purchased a new refrigerator a few years ago and since  then, how many times do you think I have cleaned out the door to my  refrigerator? If you guessed 10x you would be living in a fantasy world that I am  not a part of. If you guessed twice….you would be right! How [...]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 25, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money, Uncategorized |

Do you feel what I feel? That is the feeling of anxiety of the holidays fast approaching.  Maybe it is concern over having enough money to buy the perfect gift or worry that there simply is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I can tell you that if you are going [...]

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Are You Smarter Than Your Smart Phone?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 12, 2012 in Business, Family, life, Moms |

With the advent of the Smart Phone has come the beginning of our journey toward becoming paperless and relying on fewer gadgets. I started to think of the many uses that I now use this one gadget for as compared to the paper and other electronic gadgets. I am starting to realize that maybe my [...]

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Make Room In The Closet

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 8, 2012 in Family, life, Moms |

Let’s face it; we just don’t seem to have enough room in our closets for everything that we want to get in them. Clothes are jammed in and when pulled out are wrinkled messes. Empty hangers are hanging in haphazard fashion. Remember what our closets of our childhood looked like? Mine was an 1/8 of [...]

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