What To Do With All Those Damn School Papers

My kids started school last week, and the daily influx of art and assignments has descended on my kitchen. Here are some tips for taming the beast. Process daily. When I unpack the backpacks, I deal with the papers immediately. Ask your kids. I’m always shocked first about what they want to save and second about how much they are cool with trashing. Make a home. Create a bin for all the art that they do want to keep to go into, so it’s not taking over your counters. Hang crea

I love Boxing Day

I love Boxing Day.  The craziness is starting to die down; the kids are completely entertained with their new toys, and I can usually just stay in my PJ's all day. I also love the idea of getting rid of old toys and clothes to make way for the new. Every year we go through all the old toys and make four piles: donate, trash, keep or save. The 'save' all go in a box to be rotated back in later. 'Keep' stays on the shelves. This year's Boxing Day was like having another Christm

How Decluttering Changed My Life

Decluttering was a keystone habit for me — a habit that once unlocked, causes a domino effect of good habits throughout your life. We had a remote storage unit in NYC, and I was fed up with the amount of time I was shuttling stuff between it and my apartment.  I had the audacious goal of getting rid of it — getting all of our belongings (Christmas decorations and all) to fit in our small two bedroom NYC apartment. I read Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, held e