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Who Wants To Get Organized?
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I have been organizing people for over 10 years, and during that time, I've learned a lot about what works and doesn't work. Blogging give me an even better way to share my ideas about organizing with the masses -- and dadgummit, I intend to do just that! This weekly blog is a compendium of tips, tricks, techniques, and theory about how to organize every area of your life. You will find a little bit of everything -- time management, paper management, space organizing, clutter-clearing, home, work, kids, finances, travel, holidays, you name it. If you're new to us and starting at the very beginning (which Julie Andrews says is a very good place to start) you will find a discussion of my organizing philosophy (so you know where I'm coming from), where our clutter and disorganization come from, and the first steps for organizing any area of your life.

Who Wants To Get Organized?

Matt and I don’t spend a lot of money on “stuff” (there’s just no room for conspicuous consumption when you live in a 29-foot Airstream!) But we do enjoy having lots of “experiences” — so we have to work hard to keep our entertainment and travel budget under control. Fortunately, I’ve figured out how to…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

Talking about technology and frugality often brings up a bit of a catch-22. Technological advances can make certain items less expensive (like downloading movies instead of going to a theater) — however, it's also very easy to spend more on your gizmos and gadgets than is really necessary, if you're not careful.

Who Wants To Get Organized?

With gas prices hovering at more than $3 per gallon, it makes sense to try and reduce your transportation expenses — but how to do it? Unlike cable TV or Starbucks or eating out (which are obvious luxuries that could easily be cut from the budget), you need your car! After all, you have to…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

Next to buying a house or a car, having kids is the biggest money drainer that most people will experience in their lives. Children these days are expensive — in addition to the basic costs of clothing and feeding them, you've got summer camps, private schools, piano lessons, video game systems, and birthday parties to…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

The one good thing about a down economy is that you can find lots of bargains on just about everything you need (or want) to buy in life — groceries, household supplies, clothes, sporting goods, cars, appliances, multimedia, even entertainment and restaurant meals. And you don't even have to spend hours clipping scraps out of…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

The fourth Friday of November is host to two polar-opposite holidays — you can choose to join the mobs of shoppers hitting the Black Friday sales, or make a statement against crazed over-the-top consumerism by celebrating Buy Nothing Day. Where does the truth lie? As always, probably somewhere in between — and while it may…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

I have been reading stories all over the internet about how house sizes are shrinking — folks are (finally) realizing what an economic burden and a maintenance nightmare the “McMansion” is, and are shifting to smaller and more manageable living environments. Matt and I moved from a 2-story house to a 29-foot Airstream so we…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

Healthcare costs in this country have gone through the roof, and many people feel as if they just can't afford to take good care of themselves anymore. But saving money on health costs does not mean skipping doctor visits or avoiding necessary treatments — living simply and frugally is about developing affordable and healthy habits…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

It might seem obvious that sound money management should be on your list of concerns when trying to life frugally. And of course you want to put money away for the future, as you look forward to the day when you no longer have to work — but sometimes our focus with regard to this…

Who Wants To Get Organized?

Aside from housing and transportation, one of the biggest expenses we face in modern society is keeping fed. HighBeam Research claims that the average American spends nearly $4,000 per person per year these days on food and drink — that includes bulk groceries, convenience foods, restaurant and fast food meals, alcohol, snacks from the vending…