What If J. Peterman Sold Office Supplies?

The J. Peterman Company isn’t your average retailer. Whether you’re reading about a flowing silk dress or a distressed leather bomber jacket, there’s usually a backstory to each item that includes adventure, intrigue, and a hefty price point. After reading the latest J. Peterman catalog, I thought about how they would describe simple office supplies. […]

Time to Celebrate. It’s Working Naked Day!

(February 6, 2015) Forget Casual Friday…It’s the sixth annual Working Naked Day! This is the day those of us who work from home celebrate the freedom we have to set our own hours, work wherever we want and even wear whatever we want (if anything at all). A few years ago my friend Mindy Wells […]

Home Office By Day And Guest Room By Night

In her hilarious bestselling book Yes Please, Amy Poehler describes the snooping she did when she babysat her neighbors’ children. She’d open drawers, cabinets and closets looking for clues into other peoples’ lives. When I go to other peoples’ homes I don’t open drawers, but instead I open doors to find home offices, guest rooms […]

7 Quick Home Office Fixes

You know that deer-in-the-headlights look that some people get when they’re scared? I’ve seen people get the same look when they think about making changes to their home office and when they visit an IKEA store for the first time. Changing the way your home office looks and functions can be challenging. While you can’t […]

5 Ways to Keep Your Family From Resenting Your Business

When you have a built-in pep squad — your family — cheering you on and reassuring you that you made the right decision to give up a guaranteed income and amazing health care benefits, starting a business can be exciting, fulfilling, and a dream come true. When your family resents your business, your new business […]

What Does Your Desk Say About You?

Take a close look at your desk. Would you describe it as sloppy with papers piled like a game of Jenga? Or is it streamlined with containers organized like the warehouse in an Ikea store? When I was a professional organizer I worked with clients who hadn’t seen the tops of their desks (and in […]

5 Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

You know those days when everything clicks and you can’t believe how amazing you are? You replay the highlights of the day in your head like you’re the star in the epic movie about your life, you tell yourself that you can accomplish anything, and you even do the happy dance. You are awesome!

Chips, Chat and Home Office Changes

Last weekend I figured out why some of my friends invite me to their homes more often than they used to. Yes, I bring over appetizers, desserts or whatever dish they want me to bring. It’s not that. I’m not a very good cook. They invite me over because they know I can’t stand to […]

Take Time To Purge Your Home Office

I’d love to invest in a storage facility. You know, the ones filled with storage units that people pay $120 a month to store $25 worth of stuff. I know it’s hard to get rid of things like old client files, equipment so out-of-date they don’t make ink cartridges for it anymore, and stationery that […]

Snow…Who Cares? You Can Always Work From Home

Winter is already taking the country by storm like crazed shoppers at the mall the day after Christmas. But for those of us who work in front of a roaring fire, in a guest room, or in a commute-free home office, it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside. Working from home is business as usual.