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Book Review: The Dog Ate My Planner

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I met Pat Snyder at a Women In Transition meeting here in Columbus. She is such a warm and down-home kind of gal, it’s hard to believe she was a lawyer in her former life and now an author as well.

If you just want to laugh about the realities of everyday life The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life is a great read! Pat writes about the frustrations of a hectic, out-of-control life we all have experienced.

Along the way, you will find some practical tips for organizing your time and your life. Maybe there is hope for all of us who find ourselves in “life gone wrong” situations. At least we will be able to laugh through the tears.



Pile Smarter

Friday, February 15th, 2013

There is a reason many of us prefer piles over hidden storage. Personal characteristics for pilers include:

  • Visual orientation
  • Creative bent
  • Out of sight means out of mind

Even the office product manufacturers have recognized that many of their consumers want to have important papers front and center. These are a few products that are geared specifically to folks who want to see at a glance what they must keep on top of.


Pendaflex PileSmart® line

The idea behind these products is to allow piling, but keep papers contained by project/subject in an easy-to-view format.




Peter Walsh’s [In]Place™ System

This system offers flexibility and see-through containment.


Clear Document Wallet       

So, go ahead, pile to your heart’s content. Just be sure to contain like items so you can find what you need when you need it! Pile smarter so you don’t make life harder.

Holiday Storage Hints

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Store glass ornaments safely with one of these custom drawer inserts:





Diamond Drawer Organizer, $9.99 online from


Honeycomb Storage system by Real Simple available from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Watch video.

With the proper containers, you unzip and put the wreath and tree in place.


Treekeeper storage bag - $119.00


Wreath storage bag - $19.99 – $29.99




Using the right storage saves wear and tear on your décor and on YOU!

Resources for Preserving History

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Thanks to the internet, you can research your family history from your armchair with a computer nowadays. These are sources and charts I have found to be helpful.


Every time you glean new information about your family (through interviews, census reports, etc.) you will want to record it in an organized, searchable format. The two charts most used for family historians are the Pedigree Chart and the Family Group Sheet. These are free templates if you are a paper person.


Interactive Ancestor pedigree chart - for computer use, type in details to save or print.


Free Pedigree chart - print and fill in blanks with pencil! You will erase, believe me.


Family Group Sheet - use to record the families of your ancestors, so you know siblings’ names.


Computer programs for genealogy are plentiful and faster to search and update. These are widely used:


Family Tree Maker - a software program by so swaps info with that website freely. - free download of genealogy builder, of course has a premier paid version. - This research and interactive site has copies of most major census records, state and federal. I joined recently for $22.95 per month thinking to cancel once I found what I was looking for. Warning: this site can be every bit as addictive as Angry Birds. I have yet to cancel.


When you want to save “soft” artifacts such as paper or fabric, you will want to allow breathing to combat wetness and avoid acidic containers.


These are two sources of archival boxes:


The Container Store - archival boxes for letters , photos, ornaments, garments.


Family Archives - you name it, they have a box for it!


Gaylord - supplies boxes for library collections


Have fun cataloging your family treasures and stories!


Product Review: Martha Stewart Home Office™ Product Line

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
No, I don’t think I just like these products ’cause my name is Martha. Yes, this line is more expensive when compared to generics. These are the qualities that attract me to the Martha Stewart Home Office™products:

  1. Eye appeal – I believe organizing can be beautiful and fun.
  2. Functionality – The products are well thought-out in size and function.
  3. Diversity - More than one solution is offered, giving customers a choice of what best fits their need.
  4. Savings – Staples regularly offers $4 off on a $10 purchase. Here is an online coupon for 40% off on any one item thru 12/31/12.

These are two of my favorites.




Labels - Choose from Brown Kraft labelsand Textured Labels ink jet compatible,Chalkboard Labels and Dry Erase Labels to write as you go. These are decorative as well as practical.





Desk Accessories - The Stack & Fit™ Desk System gives you the option to build your own in/out system with the supplies you use every day. Choose a color that fits your décor. Watch the demo here.

Hidden Bed and Secret Doorways

Friday, October 12th, 2012

If I weren’t still a nomad, I would love to put one of these dual-use products in my home:

Hidden Bed - Desk that instantly converts to usable twin bed and back again. This is a wonderful way to maximize space in a child’s bedroom or office/guest room.

Secret Doorway - Turn the wasted wall space of a closet opening into a bookshelf.

Watch this video that explains these two products, now on display at the Organized Home Remodeling showroom, 885 W. 5th Ave, Columbus, OH.



Hidden Bed
Hidden Bed
Secret Doorway

Helpful ER Products

Friday, September 28th, 2012

While you are building your emergency kit, these are several products I think are essential. My husband, Jeff, especially likes the electronic doo-dads.


Hand Crank Flashlight and Phone Charger- If you can turn a crank twice per second, you can power either the flashlight or use your car phone charger to power your cell phone. This device is $11.95 plus shipping and you provide the muscle power. Universal USB cable included.




Eton/American Red Cross NOAA Weather Radio- This device has radio, flashlight, cell phone charger all in one with both hand crank or solar charging capability. Cost $30.00, comes in red, green or blue colors. The USB cable for phone charger may have to be ordered separately.

Fire and Waterproof Safe - Fire proofing alone is not enough because water is often used to put out the flames. I like the SentrySafe H4300SG Fire-Safe Waterproof Security File. With capacity of 0.7 cubic feet, hanging file utility, and recessed lid for storing CD’s and USB storage, is very versatile. Price: $59.38 with free shipping from Amazon NOTE: The safety features give this safe a hefty weight – 41 lbs. empty. You will not want to haul this around. That’s why fire and waterproofing come in handy! Not intended to safeguard valuables like jewelry.



ABC-type Home Fire Extinguisher

The Kidde 466142 Full Disposable Fire Extinguisher Class (ABC) provides compact fire protection at an affordable price – $26.99 with free shipping at Amazon. These seamless aluminum cylinders have no welds so they won’t leak. These dry chemical models are not subject to costly 6-year recharge maintenance fees and have a life of 12-years.

Also, don’t forget your manual can opener, wrench (for shutting off water and gas), signal flares and duct tape! Are we there yet?