My neighborhood seems to be shifting by seismic proportions these last few months. There is something about spring time that makes us all want to clean out, move and start new adventures. It’s more revolutionary than a new year.   One of my close friends and neighbors has decided to pack it all up and move to Central America. Just like that.   I walked...

While I love the idea of Earth Day I sometimes forget it in the midst of other cares. This year it was on a Saturday and I somehow felt like I’d missed it… did it really happen and how was it celebrated?   So I looked into it and was impressed! The 42nd annual Earth Day on April 22 wasn’t just celebrated in America. Around the world, earth lovers marked the...

Posted on Jun 4 2012 - 10:52pm by Jessica Johnson
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My garage is currently much like the pit of despair. Boxes go in, none ever come out, and people have been lost wandering the disorganized maze found within for days. I have tried to tackle it, but frankly, I need a game plan.   I need garage motivation.   Just like window shopping, searching online gives me a lot of ideas without the need to commit. I will...

Just when I thought I had heard it all, I found even more weird things to come out of storage units. The stuff people store truly baffles me. Some things are way cool and make me ask “why would anyone ever put that in a storage unit?” Others are downright weird and sometimes even creepy leaving me to ask myself, “These kinds of people really do exist?” SCARY!...

You probably already know about replacing frequently used light bulbs with CFLs, so I won’t hit you over the head with that one. And I’m guessing you’ve heard that upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances also makes a big dent in your carbon footprint, so I won’t go there. Yet, I’m guessing you may not know how many pounds of carbon dioxide you can...

Posted on May 25 2012 - 10:29am by Jessica Johnson
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It seems like yesterday that I was making my list of resolutions for the New Year and wouldn’t you know it, this Monday is Memorial Day and the official start of summer! I can’t believe we are almost at the halfway point of this year. If I could be so bold, I would suggest that the beginning of summer is a great time to reassess and get focused on any resolutions...

I’m guilty of wasting energy at home by not turning off my computer when I’m not using it for long stretches. I may go online to look up how long eggs keep after the sell-by date. Or perhaps I’m doing some online banking, shopping for a Mother’s Day gift, or watching funny videos of a dog using the Internet. Whatever the reason I’m at my computer, I sometimes...

Posted on May 21 2012 - 4:18pm by Lisa Zaslow
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Want to make your life easier throughout the year? Take some time to re-arrange your things once a season. As the seasons change, the items that we use most often change too. In the sweltering heat of August, who wants to look at a coat closet filled with down jackets, scarves and mittens? Follow these tips to tweak your storage systems so that you can quickly and easily get to the items you need for the current season, whether it’s antifreeze or sunscreen. ...

Did you miss the incredible live Facebook chat with professional organizers Joshua Zerkel and Lisa Zaslow? It was packed—pun intended—with good information. Really, though, there was so much good, professional information shared that I wanted to pass along some of it to those who missed it. ...

So, maybe these gas-saving tips aren’t “secrets,” but they may have been placed on a dusty shelf inside your long-term memory. Everyone, especially me, needs reminding at times. As you know, gas is getting more expensive, making commutes to work more unpleasant and vacations harder to budget. However, there are some simple ways to use less gas, and they’re...