Happy September and Happy Real Simple Book Release!

Happy September! This month always feels like a time of renewal for me. I’m a September baby so my birthday and the back-to-school vibe that September brings creates an energy of reflection and refocus for me after “summer break.” I will consider it a birthday gift (or, at the very least, perfect timing) to announce the release of an excellent new organizing book in that I am so fortunate to have been included! “The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room (And How to Keep it That Way)” is a gorgeous creation from the people who know what the heck they’re talking about when it comes to making things more functional and more beautiful in your home. It’s an extremely user-friendly and effective guide to take you from feeling overwhelmed in your home to feeling totally in charge!



The beginning of the book outlines what in your home should stay and what should go (this is about stuff not spouses – that’s a different book). There are two very helpful pages pointing you in the right direction for your items to be donated and your items to be resold. Get that money!

And then each chapter is broken down by room. If you’re all good in the kitchen but your home office is a stinky mess, go ahead and skip to the room in need! Here are the chapters…see, it’s not so overwhelming when you look at a handy list:

  1. The Entryway
  2. The Living Room
  3. The Kitchen
  4. The Dining Room
  5. The Bedroom
  6. The Bathroom
  7. The Home Office
  8. The Laundry Room
  9. The Kids’ Bedroom
  10. The Outdoor Spaces

My favorite part of each chapter is the suggested checklist of tasks if you have only 15 minutes or if you have an hour or if you have a weekend. This time management is so crucial when it comes to decluttering and organizing. “But I don’t have a lot of time,” is something I hear from new clients when we begin our work together. You don’t need to spend all of your vacation time wrangling your home! You can accomplish so much if you just set your focus on these short spurts. This book helps you do that by listing reasonable tasks that make sense and keeps you on the ball. The follow-up portion of each chapter is “Keep It That Way.” Maintenance is really the whole game here! Once you get on track you can keep up with the work by staying on top of the systems you created. You can do it!


As a lady who loves to eat, I found it quite fitting to be asked about my dining room organizing advice. Memories are made around meals so this is a very important room to nurture.  The tips that we provide in this chapter create boundaries and focus around the dining room so that you can fully enjoy socializing and eating in this special place.

Here’s my Pro Tip for this chapter*:

And here’s my Ask the Organizer contribution*:


As you can see, I love ending all of my advice with an homage to eating. Maybe, once you’re done tackling your dining area, you’ll even invite me over for dinner. I love pasta. True story.


Please check out the book, it’s not only helpful but also incredibly beautiful and tastefully put together. Getting your home in order is a wonderful gift to yourself that will bring you ease and serenity. You deserve it!

With love, light and less clutter…



*Excerpted from The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room by the Editors of Real Simple. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.


  1. How fabulous! Come for dinner-pasta, of course for a course!

    I never had to ask you to clean your room-a star even then!❣️

    Comment by Munsey Aron — September 7, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

  2. I was basically THE BEST! Thanks mom! xo

    Comment by Jeni — September 11, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

  3. There are absolutely no words to speak positively of the work that Jeni was able to accomplish and retain her sense of humor. She is a Saint.

    Comment by Bruce Pachter — September 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Thank you, Bruce! Miss you guys. xo

    Comment by Jeni — September 11, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

  5. After I originally commented I appear to have clicked the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever
    a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that
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    Comment by online — October 12, 2018 @ 6:11 pm

  6. Unfortunately I don’t have access to that function.

    Comment by Jeni — October 12, 2018 @ 6:33 pm

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