my five minutes of fame

First of all, I'd like to thank Kelli of 3 boys and a dog who extended an invitation to be a guest blogger on her website today.

For those of you who are just starting to follow my blog I should let you know that I am an avid, sterotypical, type A, anal organizer. As a kid when other children were outdoors playing I was inside organizing shoes and sorting papers. Ok, so I wasn't your average child. Some may say "weird", I'd like to think of it as "special" or something more along those lines.

I am mostly a SAHM, but also work outside the home 2-3 days a week part time for a marketing company. I've been married 17 1/2 years and have 2 children, ages 8 and 10, and although I'd like to say every square inch of my home is martha stewart picture perfect, I've had to relax some just for sanity's sake (because unlike martha, I don't have a full time staff). I still have an incredible passion for order and most everything has its place. Anyone who knows me would say I have an organized home. I just have incredibly high, unrealistic standards that have also had to come down a notch or two with kids. Purge sessions for clothing, toys, and school papers are as regular as the changing of the seasons. The kids are always part of that process. My hope is that, by working with me now, they will acquire all the tools necessary to not become hoarders and to appreciate an organized, tidy space- hopefully of their own someday.

Spring is not just a time of new buds and young hatchlings, it is a time of fresh starts, clean slates, and yes, deep cleaning.

Take a minute and evaluate your surroundings. Is it a place of order or chaos? How does it make you feel? Some people do not require order to function at an optimal level, others do. If you are one of them, don't be overwhelmed with the notion of o-r-g-a-n-i-z-a-t-i-o-n. Embrace it... one step at a time. Start small. Dump out a drawer or a container. If you haven't used it in the last few months you probably don't need it and definitely won't miss it. It's amazing how cleansing and therapeutic a good purge can be, at least for me.

Good luck on all your spring cleaning ventures! Let me know how it goes. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me at


  1. Great thoughts Alicia! Thanks! I am always needing to get more organized! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and supporting me! Channel 4 news came and did a news story last night and I am hoping something will come from that...we'll see. The server took his website down yesterday, but since then, he has switched to a new server and is up and running again, with my picture still on his website...So we'll see what comes of it! Thanks again!

  2. Ummm... are you for hire? =)

    My house is a mess! It always seems like the more I do, the less anyone helps me keep things organized. I seriously need Martha's help!

  3. I need to do some organizing. I've been especially thinking about it because I want to move relatively soon and can't imagine doing it without really going through this place and throwing stuff out. This is the first place that's really been home since my parents house. I used to move so often that I was really good at it. Never threw my boxes away, just collapsed them under my bed. But with this place we've really "settled" in.

    I heard a good piece of advice where you take dump your junk drawer and into a box, and then over the next month whenever you need an item, take it out of the box. At the end of the month throw everything else in the box away. I should really do that..

    You are right. I am in my bedroom right now and it is a bit chaotic. I've focused on keeping our living room and kitchen nice and have now failed to keep up with my bedroom which used to be my sanctuary. Time to get some organization going....

  4. My husband's father and my really good friend, are both like this. Although I'm not as strict about it as you, I do love the feeling of getting rid of stuff. Like when I leave a bag or 2 for AmVets to take. Also, with all the moving we've done, we've found lots of chances for forced-cleansing sessions.

  5. Sorry, not currently for hire... but offer free tips. Happy purging!