Getting Into Mom’s Kitchen

I remember the day, when I first noticed my mom’s shaking hands. It was in her Brooklyn apartment, at the end of another delicious Shabbat Dinner. Our mom was serving tea and desert, like she did every Friday night since 1979. Her hand was extended across the table and all of us just froze, watching the cup of tea shaking…

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Organizing Your Kitchen: Meal Planning

OK, I’ll admit it. Meal planning is not one of my strong points in the kitchen. In fact, it is probably one of my biggest headaches. I don’t mind grocery shopping, putting away the groceries or cooking but I can stand in front of a full fridge or pantry and not think of a single thing to make. It’s like…

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Three Habits to Simplify Your Summer

1. Never Leave a Room without Improving its Appearance Before leaving your bedroom, close the closet door and when going through the family room, pick up the old newspaper and throw it into the recycling bin. In the kitchen, place your coffee mug in the dishwasher and straighten a chair. These little things will take you only a few seconds,…

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My Favourite Time Management Technique

My favourite time management technique is to know when I will have a WiFi connection and when I won’t.  Yes, there are still times and places when I can’t get WiFi.  For those time I plan to have work with me to do when I am unconnected.  You might think, “when does that ever happen”, more often than you think:

What do you do when there is no connection?

When I  arrive early at a client’s home

When I arrive early to pick up someone

When the person I am pickup arrives late

When the client is late

When the distance between appointments and returning to the office will cause me to waste time commuting  so I find a quiet location  work instead of wasting my time driving.

I will have a book along to read or mail to open or start on my e-mail that I downloaded before I left for the call.  Sometimes I am reviewing a speech I am presenting, signing holiday cards, planning my week/ month or getting in my exercise by going for a walk.  Using these small expected or unexpected amounts of time well will make you more productive.  I learned this technique by trial and error.  I found myself sitting around waiting with nothing to do when my children were involved in activities.  I quickly realized that I was wasting a lot of time and needed to plan my “spare time” as well as my work time to be able to get everything accomplished without using my family time or free time to get things completed.

Organizing Your Kitchen: Time to Purge

Let’s face it, the kitchen can often become one of the most cluttered spots in the house simply because we spend so much time there. It is truly the heart of a home so keeping things simple and organized can make a big difference in our lives. Sometimes our kitchen cabinets become black holes for chipped dishes, strange utensils and…

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Get organized now for Back-to-School

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. School’s out, and the kids are off to camp, in the pool, or curled up in the backyard with a good book. Whatever you do, don’t let them see you reading this! Between you and me, summer’s short, and…

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A Pre-Vacation Checklist to Ensure a Sane Return Home

  There was a time that I actually used to dread going on vacation, for fear of what awaited me back home when I returned.  There was the chaotic mess I left behind in my home in the haste of packing for the trip, not to mention the piles of mail and overflowing email inbox to sort through.  Let’s not forget the inevitable foul smell that would greet…

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I Can Get No Satisfaction

06.08.2014 In the world of instant gratification, where everything is at your fingertips, what does it feel like being truly satisfied and how long can you hold on to it? How big it has to be to make a dent in your constant search for ‘happiness’? I remember the day I went to Bloomingdale’s in NYC, to buy a Chanel…

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Home Organizing: The Bathroom Dilemma

The bathroom is one of the most important and busiest rooms in a house and yet it tends to be the smallest. Consider the space as premium real estate and create an organizing game plan accordingly. The beauty industry in the United States has surpassed $10 billion in annual sales revenues. That is a virtual ocean of potions and lotions….

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Downsizing Your Fears

If you are having trouble beginning the process of downsizing remember:

 1. Embrace your new lifestyle.

Downsize your fears and space

2. You are still the same person; you just choose to have fewer belongings.

3. Simplicity reduces stress.

4. Saying “goodbye” to the past can open new doors in your future.

5. Your worth in is who you are and what you do, not in what you own.