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Meet Karen Rutkoski

Meet Karen Rutkoski! Karen is a Northern Virginia native with a passion for organizing. She’s always keen to try a new recipe for dinner, to check out a new book, or to find a new place to go for a day trip on the back of her husband’s Harley. We sat down with Karen to […]

Clutter-Free ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day For any Love Language

Looking for the perfect gift for the one you love? Look no further. Here are just a few suggestions for clutter-free ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, no matter what your partner’s Language of Love is.

Words of Affirmation

Write a love letter or poem or song (or read one you feel fits your feelings for your partner)
Write […]

Small Wins and Lasting Change

The Maniacs are busy reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for our next book club, and while we are not yet finished, there is a section on small wins that is really sticking with me. In this section, Duhigg speaks to the power of frequently achieving small goals and how they compound on […]

Make Unpacking Fun

I had the opportunity to have a great conversation with the Kaley Belakovich of Angie’s List, last week.

She was writing an article on “How to make Unpacking Fun,”  and after a few minutes on the phone we decided that unpacking will probably never be fun.  However, it can be less painful!  She wrote a great article […]

Book Club – Worn Stories

This month the Maniacs book club read Worn Stories by Emily Spivack – a collection of famous artists or public figures’ short stories about a piece of clothing that holds an important story for them. Each story is less than two pages but filled with life and emotion and accompanied by a photograph of the […]

Work it Harder, Make it Better, Do it Faster, Makes us Stronger – Kevin Roose

I had the opportunity to have a great conversation with the funny and talented Kevin Roose of Matter and the New York Magazine, a couple of months ago.

He has written a series on Self Improvement, which is funny and full of useful tips.  Here is his take on working from home!

Work It Harder Make It Better Do […]

Meet Wendy Massarelli

Meet Wendy Massarelli!  Wendy grew up in Ohio and has brought her love of the Ohio State Buckeye’s all the way with her to Northern Virginia.  And while Ohio may be called “The Mother of Presidents,” Wendy could just as well be called “The Mother of Time Management.” We sat down with Wendy to find […]

Take Control Of Your Life Changes With These Three Steps

Life moves fast and it is sometimes hard to even keep up with the pace, let alone feel like you’re getting ahead. If you’re going through a transition in you life, no matter if it’s a happy one or one that was chosen for you, take control of your life changes with these three steps.

Get […]

3 Components of Executive Functions You Never Knew About

3 Components of Executive Functions You Never Knew About

Self-Regulation of Emotion

One of the most unknown or least understood components of executive dysfunction in my experience is the connection between it and emotions. As Dr. Barkley notes in his book Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, “”Emotions are powerful motivators…If we have no control over our […]

The Planner Pad – One Year Later

Last year I had just discovered a new time management resource and was excited to review it here on Organizing Maniac’s blog. As we all know, a lot can change in a year. So here I am again