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Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America
SQB Alum Ashley Garrett interned at the White House, where she met President Obama, Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Growing up in Mattapan and Roxbury, SquashBusters alum Ashley Garrett always felt that through SQB and other programs, she benefited from access to opportunities that many in her community weren’t as lucky to have.

Months away from graduating with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from American University, Ashley is nothing short of accomplished, and she can’t wait to give back through a career in public service.

Ashley joined SquashBusters in 2004 as an eighth-grader at Timilty Middle School and stuck with the program all the way through her high school graduation.

It wasn’t just squash that kept her involved, but the varied opportunities and new people she was exposed to as a SquashBusters student. Her admiration for Greg and love for community service are what she remembers most fondly.

They had a powerful influence on her decision to follow a path of public service in her studies and her work.

After graduating from high school, Ashley enrolled at Wesleyan University, and applied for a rigorous, multidisciplinary special major called the College of Social Studies.

Ashley was not the typical applicant: she struggled in her writing and was a student athlete with a demanding schedule, but she was accepted because of the same strengths that SquashBusters saw in her: resilience, persistence, and a willingness to work hard and keep trying no matter what. Of the 30 candidates in the program, Ashley was one of 22 who finished, and she was one of only six women in the program. Her studies at Wesleyan took Ashley to Denmark, where she learned about European health programs and how they offered solutions to similar challenges facing the health system in the US, prompting her to write a thesis on the subject.

Driven to create change, Ashley has always believed strongly in giving people equal access to resources and felt that systemic issues have to be addressed from the top.

This passion took her to American University, where she threw herself into opportunities that would give her an in-depth understanding of the federal government, the healthcare system, and challenges facing the American public.

In her second semester of grad school, Ashley joined the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence as an intern, reading and responding to mail related to foreign policy and defense, listening to stories of everyday citizens and helping them get the resources they needed, and giving White House tours. She even submitted her college thesis to the Office of the Vice President as part of her participation in a working group on health policy.

In her capacity as an intern, Ashley had the opportunity to meet President Obama and Vice President Biden, but it was her encounter with First Lady Michelle Obama that left the greatest impact.

Ashley listened to Mrs.

Obama talk about resilience, education, and the importance of leadership and public service – themes that resonated with Ashley personally, as they are woven throughout her own upbringing and educational journey.

As Ashley winds down her studies and prepares for life after graduate school, she reflects with gratitude on the opportunities that she has been given throughout her life – SquashBusters included. We are so proud to see what she has accomplished and how her grit and resilience continue to propel her forward, and we can’t wait to see how she changes the world.

Behind the Derby: The Many Contributions of the Nimicks

John and Kate Nimick

As the 2017 MFS SquashBusters Derby fast approaches – mark your calendars for May 5 and 6! – it seems apropos for SquashBusters to extend a heartfelt thank you to the husband and wife team of John and Kate Nimick.

Most Derby aficionados can quickly point to the phenomenal contributions that both John and Kate have made towards our signature fundraising event. John has been the brains behind the Derby moving north of $1 million.

He brainstormed the Derby’s expansion to doubles, has recruited all of the pros, and partnered with Greg these last several years in securing each and every one of the amateur players and fundraisers.

As founder and team captain of the all-women’s team Unbridled, Kate singlehandedly solved the Derby’s ten-year challenge of involving more women in the event.

Unbridled is about to saddle up for its second SquashBusters Derby. With Amanda Sobhy, current world number 6, and her sister Sabrina, ready to run, the team promises to be a competitive juggernaut. Intercontinental Real Estate, New Balance and Thermo Fisher Scientific are already lined up as major team sponsors, meaning Unbridled will more than hold its own in the fundraising race as well.

What people may not know is that John and Kate have been in the trenches with SquashBusters since the program’s very start. John served as SquashBusters’ first Board Chair when the program was nothing short of a pipe dream, with $20 in the bank and twenty trusting students on the roster.

Kate ran an academic station at Hemenway Gym in 1995, when the very first team was trying out. Years later, when SquashBusters had matured and expanded to Northeastern University, she served as Program Director – the most challenging and important role in the organization.

Over 20+ years, John and Kate have spent countless  hours helping SquashBusters kids grow as athletes and students. They also have been tremendously generous financial supporters of SquashBusters.

The friendship between John, Kate and Greg goes way back to the days of The Squash Club in Allston in the 1980s, when John and Greg were training partners and competitors on the World Professional Squash Tour.

Kate kept them both humble as the fittest and strongest of the three.

Their bond – the same kind of closeness that SquashBusters tries to foster among its students – has truly been responsible for so much of the joy and success of our special program, and of its aging, but still devoted, leader.

“Since we first talked with Greg on our front lawn about his idea for this program – where we probably told him he was crazy – being a part of SquashBusters has been a privilege,” says John. “We support Greg’s vision that all kids should be nurtured and supported, regardless of the circumstances they come from. We’re looped in for the long haul.”

Thank you so much, John and Kate, for everything you have done for SquashBusters.

The 11th Annual MFS SquashBusters Derby will take place on Friday, May 5 at the University Club of Boston and Saturday, May 6 at SquashBusters. Visit the event website to learn how you can support SquashBusters’ big event.

SquashBusters Student Spotlight: Ife Asere

Ife Asere, SquashBusters ’17, and her college mentor, Katie Fagan

Senior year of high school is a busy and challenging time for everyone, but that didn’t stop Ife Asere, SquashBusters ’17, from signing on as captain of the Boston high school girls’ team this year. In fact, taking on new challenges and persevering are a big part of Ife’s character – something that’s been reinforced time and time again over her six years in the program.

Ife joined SquashBusters as a seventh grader, because she wanted to try a new and different sport. Since then, she’s built close relationships with the staff and her fellow students, moved up the squash ladder, traveled to new cities and given back to her community.

As the girls’ team captain, Ife is tasked with pumping up her teammates before matches and giving pep talks and motivation when other players are down. It means a lot to Ife to provide this helping hand to her fellow students, because it’s something she’s also benefited from many times at SquashBusters.

“My freshman year, I was not doing well in school and I almost had to quit squash,” she recounts. “I didn’t want to lose what I had here, so that helped me turn things around. Luckily, with SquashBusters, I never felt I had to do it by myself. I had tutors to help with my homework, and I could always talk to the staff when I needed support. They’re always there for me.”

As a senior, Ife is especially grateful for the intensive support SquashBusters provides with the college application process.

SQB staff members Mikhail and Eileen, along with her college mentor, Katie Fagan, have provided help with everything from identifying potential schools to applying for scholarships.

“SquashBusters is the reason I’m here today, applying to college,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to get that level of support anywhere else.”

She is excited to take the next step in her journey – college – and work toward her dream of becoming an oncologist.

At this point, she has already received acceptances from Curry College, Dean, College, New England College, Roger Williams University, the University of Connecticut, UMass Amherst and UMass Dartmouth.

With her grit and determination and everything she’s learned from SquashBusters in her toolbox, we have no doubt that she will excel wherever she ends up.

When asked what advice she would give to younger SquashBusters students, Ife had plenty of wisdom to share. “Stick with it, even when it’s hard or you’re not at the top of the ladder. SquashBusters is more than just squash. It’s lifelong friendship and a great network. And always come to practice, even if you’re feeling down. You might come to squash sad, but you’ll always leave happy.”

Teaming Up for Urban Teams

Snyder Amazan, SquashBusters ’19, dives for a shot at Urban Team Nationals.

The GU-15 team took second in their division

In the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, January 14, more than seventy SquashBusters students boarded two Greyhound buses in Lawrence and Boston and set off to the City of Brotherly Love for the prestigious honor of playing in the thirteenth annual Urban Team Nationals (UTN) tournament.

Hosted by the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA), UTN is a weekend-long competition that gives students the chance to play alongside their teammates and meet hundreds of their peers from 18 other urban squash programs across the country.

This year’s event brought together 450 students from 19 programs, with players travelling from places as far as Cleveland, Detroit and San Diego to compete on courts at Drexel University, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, SquashSmarts and the University of Pennsylvania.

The tournament kicked off with some inspiring remarks from Monete Johnson (SquashBusters ’07 and Trinity College ’11) who talked about her fond memories at the first-ever UTN in 2004, when there were four programs and less than 100 students.

From there, it was back-to-back squash for the next three days, with SquashBusters competing across all eight divisions.

Competition was fierce, but SquashBusters’ Girls Under 15-B and Girls Under 17-B groups both clinched finalist spots in their divisions! More results can be found below.

Between matches, students took some time to explore Philadelphia, visiting iconic sites the Liberty Bell, City Hall, the Art Museum and the Rocky statue. NUSEA also hosted several exciting off-court activities.

In the academic essay contest, SquashBusters Boston freshman Marangela James won the U-15 division with her essay answering the question: “What would you do if you were President for one day?” In addition, Monete joined several other alumni – Jacinthe Cooke (SquashBusters ’06 and Smith College ’10) and Mikhail Darlington (SquashBusters ’07 and Temple University ’11) – on a Q&A panel alongside graduates from other programs who talked to current urban squash students about what to expect in college and the professional world.

Year after year, UTN continues to be a meaningful experience and a fabulous opportunity for our students. “UTN gives our students the chance to earn their way to something special and have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on a national platform,” says Boston Program Director Myra Sack.

“The tournament harnesses the power of sport to build a community of young people who become excited to learn and grow, get comfortable on a college campus and begin to imagine the real possibility of attending one, and who are inspired and guided by their peers to continue to set meaningful and concrete life goals.”

UTN rotates locations every year between Philadelphia, New York, and right here in Boston. Last year, SquashBusters hosted, and next year, the tournament will be held in New York. We can’t wait to do it all again when the time comes!

Competition Results

BU-15 A Team 4th Place, A Division – Joshua Agesta, Oscar Eldh Jahn, Chris Garcia, Anthony Guzman, Colin Ye

BU-15 B Team 3rd Place, B Division – Raudy Bonilla, Abdiel Ixlej, Phillip Kutta Jr., Thomas Le, Emmanuel Rivera

GU-15 A Team 3rd Place, A Division – Xaria Durocher, Brenda Hernandez, Marangela James,  Valerie Rosario, June Zhang

GU-15 B Team 2nd Place, B Division – Yeribel Fermin, Cynthia Gomez, Lilian Interiano, Winter Jones, Paula Villarruel

GU-17 A Team 3rd Place, A Division – Angela Cao, Kat Leiva, Tina Jagmohan, Charlenny Perez-Pena, Beverly Vo

GU-17 B Team 2nd Place, B Division- Elizangi Araujo, Micheka Fenelon, Sayuri Omura, Chantal Perez-Pena, Ariany Terrero

BU-19 A Team 4th Place, A Division -Antar Jimenez, George Montero, Ravi Rao, Pablo Rodriguez, Jose Soto

GU-19 A Team 4th Place, A Division – Ife Asere, Heyssis Castillo, Princess Ojukwu, Tara Reed-Smith, Toni Woods


New Year’s Organizing Revolution – Week 5

Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America

I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of January already – if you’ve been following along with our New Year’s Organizing Revolution, you’ve been challenged to organize your office, your kitchen, your closets, and your living areas. This week you get to help choose the top four spaces and grand prize winners for this month’s challenge!

But first, the three winners from last week’s living/play area challenge are:
1st Place: 
Laura, from Casual Fridays – JOYS paper filing system

2nd Place:
Katy from Kate’s Great Crafts – Scentsy gift pack

3rd Place:
Vanessa who’s Pinterest pictures are here –  $100 Gift Certificate to Thirty-One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

NOW these three and all the winners from the weeks before get a chance to see the GRAND PRIZES and vote for the #1 winner!!! Here are the grand prizes.

For First Place:

An Oreck Versa Vac

Oreck Vacuum Website

Value: $249.99

Paragraph (from their website): “The VersaVac™, a full-powered bagless vacuum cleaner that is also a steam mop.

The ultimate multi-functional, multi-surface cleaner, VersaVac is powerful and is easy to use — on all floor types. With its incredible suction, an on/off brushroll and adjustable steam settings, the VersaVac has all the power and performance you expect from Oreck.

With its dual functions, the multi-tasking VersaVac eliminates the need for multiple cleaning tools!”

For Second Place:

A Membership to Alejandra’s Power Productivity Program 

Prize – $197 value Power Productivity Program

 Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who shows individuals how to become more organized and productive on a daily basis by setting up systems that work for their own organizing style. Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.

tv, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. Formerly an IT engineer, Alejandra was named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV.

Her expertise has been featured in HGTV, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Washington Times, CBS, NewsChannel8, and Mashable. Sign up for her FREE 7-Day “Jumpstart” Video Series  on her website to start getting organized today!

For Third Place:

A Cricut Machine!!!

Prize- Cricut Mini Prize Package- $129 value

Cricut is the family of products that will help you hear the three little words most creators just can’t get enough of: “You made that?” It doesn’t matter if you want to craft cards, scrapbooks, home décor, organizing labels and more. One thing’s for sure, Cricut will always craft a smile.

Portable and lightweight, yet powerfully creative—what more could you ask for in a creative partner? The Cricut Min®i machine is perfect for the new and seasoned crafter a.

Designed to work in tandem with our innovative design tool, Cricut Craft Room™, your creativity will reach new heights thanks to this petite inspiration machine.

And for Fourth Place:

Office Depot $100 gift card

Get your gift card and get your home organized with all kinds of Office Depot products. 

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Office Depot

We want to thank all our sponsors for being a part of this challenge. Please go and visit them!

5 Dinners in 1 Hour
Alejandra TV
A Time for Everything
Clean Mama Printables
Clever Container
Closet Maid
Fridge Coaster
Joys Paper Filing
Office Depot
Off the Floor Rack-It
The Neat Company
Thirty One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

Remember, our hostesses for the month long organization challenge:

If you don’t already follow them on or Pinterest, this is a group of bloggers you definitely want to follow! You’ll be glad you did, they all have some great organizing tips, and love to work together to bring you fabulous opportunities this one!

  • Grand Prizes: Voting for Grand Prizes will include the four winners from each of the four prior weeks. Voting begins 6 a.m. PST January 28, 2013 and ends at 6:00 p.m. PST January 30, 2013. Grand Prizes will be determined the highest number of votes accrued during the Grand Prize voting. 4 Grand Prize winners will be announced on January 31, 2013.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Winners will be e-mailed and announced here on January 7 (Week 1 winners), January 14 (Week 2 winners), January 21 (Week 3 winners), January 28 (Week 4 winners), and January 31, 2013 (Grand Prize winners).
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to e-mail.

So, who are the past winners that qualify to be a part of this grand prize round? Vote for your favorite! The winner will be announced this Thursday (January 31st) so hurry and vote:

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The Journey of a Name: What I Want to Become!

Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America

Welcome to the third post for my “The Journey of a Name” series. If you missed the first two posts, please feel free to check out a link below:


Mission Statement

I have wanted to write this post for awhile now and I am so excited that it fits into this series. When I started this blog back in 2011, I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I didn’t know what I was supposed to write about on a blog and really had no clue why the idea popped in my head.

I just knew that I d to write, felt more comfortable expressing myself through words, and needed something that I could find pride in doing. Basically, I was on a hunt to find my passion. You know, my husband had football and I was a little jealous of his excitement over it.

I told my sister for the first time and I seriously think she laughed at me. But, I did it anyway.

After setting up an account, I started doing a little research. I found blogs that I truly loved, started following them, and looked at how they were running their space. Three brilliant and talented ladies became my inspiration and they are still my inspiration to this day! Each one of them brings a different aspect to their blog and I admire them wholeheartedly.

Some people dream of meeting celebrities… Me? I hope to meet these inspirational women one day!

Are you ready to see the women that have inspired this space?!?! I am more than excited to share them with you.

1. Jennifer Jones from iheart Organizing

Jen is an organizing fanatic just me. She has the best ideas and her photography skills are amazing. I am still trying to make my pictures look as whimsical, clean, and crisp as hers.

It is going to take a lot of practice and more lighting that is for sure. She pours herself into every post no matter if she is talking about organizing a linen closet or binder.

She will definitely make you want to run out and buy a new storage container or basket, even if you are me and already have too many.

In the past, I have been given comments on my blog that called me an “iheart Organizing Wannabe.” Well, that is kind of a compliment. Jen was blogging way before I even thought about the idea. I love her blogging style and hope I am half as good as she is one day.

Here are a few of my favorite posts…

Her Studio

She has several studio posts, but this is the most current post.

2. Alejandra Costello from

Alejandra has a station on called Home Organizing. I watch every single video she posts. And, if I am completely honest, I get a little giddy when I see she has posted a new video. And, I may watch them more than once… or, twice… or, three times.

My daughter even loves Alejandra and her videos. When Kate hears the intro music for one of Alejandra’s videos, she stops what she is doing and runs to my laptop so she can watch with me. I may have a little organizer-in-training.

A few of my favorite videos are below:

3. Ashley Stock from Little Miss Momma

This little lady is my personal, motherly, and “everything is going to be ok” inspiration. When I feel I need a little pick-me-up, I hop over to her blog and read.

I have literally sat in my living room on a Friday evening and read blog post after blog post after blog post. She is raw, open, and doesn’t sugar coat her mothering experiences.

She is my best friend, but she just doesn’t know it yet (insert smile).

She has given me strength during some of my most difficult times. I love her entire style, home and personal. She seems very down-to-Earth and I love that about her.

Some of my favorite posts of hers include:

What’s in my Bag

I could honestly go on for hours about my love and respect for these women, but I am sure you might get sick of my rambling (insert smile).

So, who are your most inspirational people? Do you have certain individuals that you look up to and feel a connection with, even though you may not have met them?


Alejandra Costello

Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America


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Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America

I teach you how to get organized so you can THRIVE!

Hi! I'm your organizing coach, Alejandra

If you're looking to get organized, I'm grateful you're here! I've been helping people identify their root causes of their clutter and create order for 10+ years.

What makes me come alive is helping people actualize their goals, specifically in the areas of decluttering and organizing.

I believe all the answers are already inside us. Sometimes we just need help finding the path back to our own inner wisdom. Think of me as your guide for helping you rediscover your most organized self that already exists!

Over the past decade, our community has grown to include members in 132 countries who are decluttering and getting organized. Both men and women. Kids or no kids. People of all ages and life stages.

I'm grateful to have shared my organizing expertise on national television shows such as Today and Good Morning America who called me “The Decluttering Queen” and HGTV which selected me as 1 of the 5 “Most Organized People in America”.

I'm also grateful to have shared my organizing expertise in other media outlets such as Psychology Today, The New York Times, Woman's Day, GoodHouseKeeping, Redbook, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Today, Inside Edition, and through videos (100+ million video views), at live events, over the phone, in-person, and through my step-by-step training programs (SimpLESSity & the Power Productivity Program).

Well, yes and no. As a teenager, I was always seeking comfort, safety, and control as I often felt powerless and out-of-control.

At school, I was always a slow visual learner in a fast-paced auditory classroom. With classmates, I was always the shy, timid, and not-so-popular computer girl who was scared to speak up.

wise, I spent much of my middle school days being teased for my big nose.

And with sports, I was always the shortest, slowest, last picked team member who was always put in the back of the field where the ball never went!

I found my comfort, safety, and control in organizing physical belongings. Organizing numbed the pain.

From about age 12, I would re-arrange my color-coded bedroom almost monthly. I'd re-organize my craft bin under my bed regularly. I'd line up the shoes in my closet. My desk was neat and tidy at the young age of 8. I used to sort my school supplies and Beanie Babies® on my bed “just for fun.

” I enjoyed sorting my crayons and markers in rainbow order and found peace in categorizing my Halloween candy with my older sister! I would re-organize the toys in the playroom while babysitting after the kids went to bed.

And if you asked my parents, they'd tell you I organized the pantry after grocery shopping most Sunday nights!

At Virginia Tech, my dorm room was neat and tidy (hallmates would tell you I stayed home on Friday night “just to clean and organize”), my school work was well-organized, and when I lived with roommates, I quickly became “the organized roommate” with trackers & planners, constantly re-arranging the fridge and common areas!

I wasn't organized all the time. There were times when life seemed to have come crashing down and life got messy. It wasn't unusal for me to feel depressed.

When this happened, I would do nothing but focus on the negative while abandoning all organizing routines which resulted in clutter sprawled all over my bedroom floor as if a tornado hit.

It wasn't until the mess became so uncomfortable that I was motivated enough to take action and get back on track (organize the mess). The vicious all-or-nothing cycle (messy/organized) can be difficult to break-free from without the right tools, systems, and strategies.

My strong need for comfort, safety, and control continued in my 20s as I transitioned from college to adulthood, moved to my first solo apartment, entered into my first real relationship (with my now-husband, Ed), and started a stressful corporate job as an IT consultant at a big 4 firm. Thus, I became really good at organizing as an outlet for finding calm when I felt out-of-control.

It was the end of 2007 when I realized I had a real passion for organizing. Not only was I good at it, but it allowed me to feel calm and centered. I wasn't anxious about tomorrow. I wasn't depressed about yesterday. I was present, in the moment. wise, I quickly learned that other people needed help getting organized.

Little did I know at the time, but the combination of finding something you're good at, that you love to do, that other people need, and that you can make a living from, is a recipe for success.

It was a couple months later that Ed and I decided to start our organizing business which would forever impact our lives and the lives were reaching.

While it's been a wild journey of ups and downs, becoming an entrepreneur has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's led me to share my gifts with the world helping countless people get organized while also allowing me to discover my true self. For that, I'm forever grateful.

It's now 2019 and I still love to organize as much as I did when I was younger! However, I'm now more grounded, conscious, and know how to manage my emotions. I strive to let go of the strong need to feel comfortable, safe, and in control.

In fact, I've discovered that the best things in life are found outside our comfort zones! At the same time, I've learned that the best things in life aren't things! They are people and experiences (which work best when combined!).

While I'll always love to create order as it connects me to God, I now see organization differently. I see it as a way to create a calm, peaceful, & productive environment that makes life easier so you can focus on what matters most – family, fun, health, faith, growth, community, & career!


10 Tips From the Most Organized Woman on the Internet

Alejandra Costello House Tour: Meet the Most Organized Woman In America

Gaze upon the photo above and feel the warmth of 1,000 suns.”Whoever she is, we are so thankful of her pure reaction. She made our moment even more special,” Jessica told BuzzFeed News. She added that she was glad to see a story about a loving LGBTQ couple go viral for a positive reason.

These ten thoughts are pure gold for those of us struggling to manage overstuffed closets and other messes. We get used to broken systems because we think that the effort and cost of fixing them is too high. Not true! Check out this article! Get hope for organizing your clutter when you click the link below.

Jen Jones is considered one of the most organised women on the internet …she’s got ingenious ideas for organising every aspect of your life! If you want to keep you house in tip top shape and win that constant battle against clutter then these 10 top tips have everything you need.

© Provided by House Beautiful When we get caught in an organizing conundrum, we often find ourselves asking “What would Jen Jones do?”Jen is the creator of the super-helpful blog I Heart Organizing, and has given her readers an excellent education in smart storage and pretty home design. We asked her for her best get-it-done decluttering secrets, so you could recreate her organizing philosophy in your home.

1. Write down your intentions before you organize a space.

Especially when you're tackling an entire room, you need a clear vision before you begin tossing and sorting. If you don't have one, your goals will get muddled midway through the project.

“I to begin by writing down what my hang ups are about a space, and what problems I'd to solve,” Jen says. “I aim for three keys points I know I want to touch on, otherwise it's easy to get lost in the process.

” By touching on your intentions at every point of indecision (

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Should I toss this old sweater? Should I put my calendar on this wall?

), you can create a space that works well for you, and doesn't try to accomplish too much.

2. Don't cling to a system that doesn't work.

For a while, Jen's white whale was an organized entryway. She tried shoe shelves in a hall closet, but it was too far from the door. Then she tried shoe baskets in the foyer, but they kept getting in the way.

Instead of forcing a broken system on her family, Jen kept looking for another solution. Eventually, she found the perfect narrow shoe cabinet (from IKEA), which minimizes clutter and doesn't require her kids to carry their shoes down the hall.

Which brings Jen to her next point …

© Provided by House Beautiful 3. A system with too many steps won't work.

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“It took me a long time to figure this out, but if your process is too complex, it will fail,” says Jen. So avoid the urge to place stuff in dividers, which are in boxes that are hidden in drawers that are all the way in the basement … you see our point.

4. Sometimes you need a better process, not another storage bin.

“I could have a laundry room system that involves several sorting baskets, but they'd take up so much space,” says Jones. Instead, she's worked out a daily laundry routine that minimizes big loads and takes a forgiving “good enough” attitude toward endless sorting.

  • Use children's books as decor by color-coordinating them and placing them in forward-facing bookshelves.

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  • Jen of I Heart Organizing created smart seating and storage in her kids' playroom. She turned two Expedit bookcases from IKEA on their sides and added a foam cushion and an eye-catching fabric. Green baskets placed inside each shelf help sort and hold toys.

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    If it feels the expected gratuity at restaurants has inched higher over the years, you're probably right – at least when it comes to what suggested gratuities restaurants are printing on their receipts.

    According to Nation's Restaurant News, more restaurants are ditching the traditional 15, 18 and 20-percent suggestions, instead starting with a minimum suggested tip of 18-percent. Tipping in the U.S. has traditionally been considered to be in the 15- to 20-percent range, NRN writes. But that appears to be changing.

    The industry publication then goes on to cite a laundry list of restaurants and restaurant groups who have done away with printing a 15-percent suggested tip on receipts – from casual dining chain Houlihan's to slightly more esteemed groups Jose Andres' ThinkFoodGroup to independent restaurants.

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    Michael Ekwall, co-owner of La Bodeguita in Palo Alto, the restaurant who helped spark the tips discussion after they posted a copy of one of their receipts as part of an unrelated campaign, told NRN that printing 18-percent as the minimum suggested tip is more in line with the actual tips his servers receive. He didn't want a suggestion that would lowball his staff. There's a different level of affluence in the Bay Area, and a lot of people dine out, and I think the standard has gone up, he said.

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  • Help your child get dressed in the morning by labeling drawers or baskets, in this closet found on Project Nursery. Since everything has its own specific spot, you'll never run late because you couldn't find the striped socks your daughter needed to wear.

    See more from the little girl's room here.

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  • Everyone knows under the bed is a great storage spot, but often the space becomes a disorganized mess full of storage bins and dust bunnies. Designer and blogger Jenna Burger made her own underbed storage carts with wheels to solve this dilemma. Now, items are organized and easily accessible.

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  • Instead of stowing away dress-up costumes in plastic storage bins or trunks, put them on display. Jenny of Little Green Notebook created a DIY garment rack for her daughter to make playtime a little more special.

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  • Pegboards aren't just for hardware or craft storage. Hang one up in your child's room and use caddies to store diapers, toiletries, or socks and other accessories.

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  • Every kid loves little hiding spots to play in. Ashley of Bigger Than the Three of Ustransformed her son's lackluster closet into a space that's part reading nook, part storage space.

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  • If you're replacing your old coffee table with a newer one, don't throw the old table away: Transform it into a play table for your kids. Kate of Centsational Girl took a budget-friendly IKEA coffee table and turned it into an organized spot for her son's Legos.

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  • Multipurpose pieces are key to any functional, hyper-organized space. So when it comes to choosing furniture, seating, look for ones that have some extra storage. For her kids' play table, Whitney at Shanty 2 Chic made rolling storage cubes to hold books and other craft supplies.

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  • Recycle old wooden crates or boxes and hang them on your child's bedroom walls to hold toys, books, and other accessories. You can give them new life by painting or wallpapering them.From Love Chic LivingMore Kid-Friendly Decorating Tips:5 Commandments for Kid-Friendly Decorating8 Ways to Create Your Family's Dream Kitchen10 Family-Friendly Decorating Tips You Didn't Know

5. Organizing isn't expensive — clutter is.

“I hear all the time from people that they think organizing is too pricey,” Jen says.

“But really, the act of organizing is free (old shoeboxes are often my favorite for storage), and you can even make money doing it.

Are you spending cash on a storage space to keep things you never look at? Or is your cluttered system costing you valuable time everyday? Think about it, and you might be surprised.”

© Provided by House Beautiful 6. In a small space, go vertical.

“Bookcases are my favorite pieces of furniture for organizing,” Jen says. We agree — their height offers up a ton of storage where there was once just a blank wall, and wide shelves are helpful for holding everything from clothes to bins to, well, books.

7. Don't forget about the backs of doors.

“Backs of cabinets and doors are a great place to get creative,” says Jen. Add a hook or a basket to gain instant (and often hidden!) storage space.

8. Clear out an entire space before you do a big organizing overhaul.

“I always start with a blank slate,” Jen says. “It just feels better to start fresh, and it forces you to be very selective about what gets put back into the room or drawer.”

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© Provided by House Beautiful 9. Make your bins and boxes look pretty.

“I cover boxes with contact paper in pretty patterns for a few reasons,” says Jen. “First, decorative element acts as extra motivation for staying organized. And I also want my home to have a cohesive, lived-in feel. I want everything to make me happy.”

10. Tackle problems that influence your daily life first.

“Our cluttered storage room is a thorn in my side, but because it doesn't really affect my everyday routine, I chose to organize other spaces first,” Jen says. “Think about what's eating up most of your energy, and focus on finding those solutions.”

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