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Don’t wait for spring – winter clean!

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Most of us grew up hearing about, or participating in, “spring cleaning.” Everything outside is fresh and new, so why not your house too? The problem I have with deep cleaning, organizing, and household projects in the spring is that it’s not what I want to be doing that

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Constructive Thoughtfulness for the Future

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As I write my last post for 2015, many thoughts flood my mind … reflections on this year, memories from prior holidays, dreams and goals for the upcoming year, and on it goes. I try not to get too far ahead of myself in setting goals for

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What’s your deal-breaker?

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Sharing another secret today … I’m okay with a little bit of clutter around the house! I’m a firm believer that each and every one of us has a deal-breaker, that one thing that we just can’t live with in our homes. For me, it’s dirt. Walking across the

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The Monster Called Laundry

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Laundry in a house with six people is quite a job! Just one outfit per day, per person makes a large pile. Add sheets and towels, workout clothes, sports practice clothes and uniforms, swimsuits and those giant beach towels – WOW! There are, I’m sure, many laundry

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Order in the Fort

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Have you ever said “never” or “never again” and had it come back to haunt you? Maybe more than a few times? It’s often said with the best of intentions, however, the “never” will without a doubt present itself again when old habits die hard. In the organizing

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How To Keep An Orderly Home

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In case you missed it, last month we had the privilege of joining Suzy in her lovely home to assist with spring-cleaning and identify ways to bring additional order to her well maintained home. Suzy left the corporate world and now splits her time between taking care

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Why Shine?

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It was 2003 when Straighten Your Paths was officially formed, and I remember thinking, would there be enough of a need for this unique business to succeed? Today, and 12 years later, the resounding answer is not simply yes, but heck yes. In fact, there is now

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