Fall Family Organizing Tips from Rachel and Company

I am honored to feature this guest contribution from celebrated local organizing expert, Rachel Strisik Rosenthal of Rachel and Company.  As we all work to establish order and healthy routines for our families this fall, her tips and advice are lifesavers! - Jessica  Back To School Is Stressful for Everyone, So Give Yourself a Break The beginning of a new school year is stressful for kids, but it’s stressful for us parents too. Some parents may be asking if I am crazy right about now as Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Organizing Manifesto Poster from Kacy Paide (as seen on Young House Love)

Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office loves to organize offices and paper. I will just let that sink in for a minute.Kacy finds joy in doing what gives most of us a low-grade panic attack. Tackling projects big and small, she works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office.  She says that she "loves a good mess and wants to fix yours." A Professional Organizer since 2001, I met Kacy in 2011 and was immediately blown away Read more...

DC Office Organizer Kacy Paide: 10 Ways to Create An Organized, Inspiring Office

I worship Kacy Paide, Washington, DC-area/Silver Spring office organizing expert of The Inspired Office. She loves to do what most people hate: organize offices and paper.  I am obsessed with Kacy's blog and YouTube channel in which she makes creating functional and even beautiful offices look so easy! Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Read on for Kacy's incredibly useful tips on how to start your own office on the way to awesome. -- Jessica  10 Read more...

GUEST POST: The Maids Tips on Decluttering and Organization

Judy McGhee works for The Maids of DC and therefore knows all about clutter as a professional in the home cleaning business. She offers tips and advice to help homeowners keep their houses squeaky clean!As a busy mom, we all struggle with the clutter in our homes! We all want everything to be in its place  when the phone rings and your mom, of heaven forbid, mother-in-law is on her way over. A girl could twist an ankle running around the house stuffing things into closets and under beds!There Read more...

Dream Dinners in Silver Spring Free Tasting & Sale on Saturday!

I love Dream Dinners in Silver Spring. You know, the only meal assembly store in Montgomery County, where you come in and either make a series of healthy meals all at once, or call ahead and have the staff make them for you, or drop by their store and purchase pre-made meals from their freezer.What?  You haven't heard of it? Honey, it's truly a dream come true.Sure, I love to cook. But having healthy, easy, pre-made meals ready to go in my freezer and fridge are perfect for the nights when Read more...

Spring & Summer Fashion 2009: Organizing, not shopping

Click on the photos in this post for notes, if you're theohhhh-ahhh-organization-Real-Simple-Apartment-Therapy voyeur type. I have received a surprising amount of emails from fellow moms asking if I was going to do any spring/summer fashion and shopping posts like I did last year here and here. And I could totally do it. You KNOW I'd love to do it, bossy narcissistic bitch that I am. I get all the magazines and catalogs and those newfangled "exclusive" sale alerts. I think I have a good grip Read more...

Sunday Sales at Silver Spring-Area Boutiques

If you're feeling the need for a little light retail therapy this Sunday, you're in luck: two of my all-time favorite stores are having all-time awesome sales today! Both Tiara Day and The Pajama Squid are independently owned by local women and stock the coolest, most original inventory. And the deals, oh honey, the deals. You just have to go!The Pajama Squid clothes and shoes are 50% off! This children's store is a dream, but nope, you're not dreaming: organically-grown cotton sweaters for toddlers Read more...

Mother Earth’s Day

Earth Day Events Today & This WeekWhole Foods Silver Spring will give customers that sign a commitment to use recyclable bags one free reusable bag, while supplies last. These "Better Bags," pictured below, are sturdy, colorful, washable, made from recycled plastic bottles. They can also hold six bottles of wine without bursting or breaking your back...can your regular old plastic grocery bag do that?Whole Foods Silver Spring is also hosting a Half Pints Club Snack and Storytime for kids of Read more...

Children’s Clothing, Toy Consignment Sale

Four Corners Community Nursery (4CCN) in Silver Spring is not only a wonderful preschool, they have one of the best local consignment sales in the area. 4CCN's annual children's clothing and toy consignment sale will be held Tuesday April 15-Thursday April 17. This sale is HUGE and has wonderful items every year. I have scored the Exersaucer at left, Lily Pulitzer sun dresses, Talbots Kids neck ties and Little Tikes backyard loot in previous years for unbelievable prices. Tuesday and Wednesday have Read more...