Clutter-Free Father’s Day Gifts

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Holiday Organization

On this weeks podcast, Erika and I chatted about clutter-free Father’s Day gifts. Below are links to our top 5 favorites.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, here it is!



1. Compartment Valet :  Why it made the list: a great catch-all for loose change, keys, cufflinks or collar stays. You can also have it personalized with a special message to the dad in your life. Starting at $55 available at




2. Trunk Organizer Why it made the list: Whether commuting to work, or dropping the kids at soccer practice, a trunk organizer is a must-have for anyone who spends a decent amount of time in the car. Put your personal touch on it by filling it with some of your dad’s favorite goodies. Starting at $15.99 available at



3. Tile: Why it made the list: The perfect gift for the techy dad who is always misplacing things. Click here to find out how it works. Starting at $25 available at




4. Google Home: Why it made the list: It’s basically like having a Google Assistant you can talk to. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things–even have it add items to your grocery list for you!  Starting at $109 available in a variety of stores including Target, Best Buy, and the Google Store.



5. Gift Certificates: Why they made the list: Treat your dad to something he wouldn’t normally do for himself. Choose anything from golf lessons, to learning how to play the drums. Maybe consider taking a household chore off his to-do list, and get him a month of landscaping services, or a room renovation with a professional organizer :).


If you’ve got a great clutter-free gift idea, we’d love to hear about it!  You may even be featured in an upcoming episode of This ORGANIZED Life.  Share your comments in our facebook group!

How To Serve a Clutter-Free Thanksgiving

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Holiday Organization

Last week I had the pleasure of spending the morning with my good friend and anchorwoman, Eve Russo. We talked about how stressful planning Thanksgiving can be. As someone who is entering her 18th year hosting, I was able to share some simple tips for being the “hostess with the mostess” minus the hassle.

You can view the segment HERE:


A Few Key Tips to Remember:

  • Have a welcome basket for out of town guests (contents include: spare toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc, magazines, and your wifi password)
  • Get creative with with festive labels
  • Printing a copy of the menu adds a nice touch and is a simple way to dress the table
  • Repurpose household items like mason jars to corral cutlery
  • Use decorative disposable placemats (great for kids to draw on, plus makes clean up a snap!)
  • Have disposable “tupperware” on hand to send guests home with leftovers (this way you don’t have to chase them down for yours!)

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Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!



3 Organizing Hacks for the Thanksgiving Hostess

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Holiday Organization

This is my 17th year hosting Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday for a variety of reasons: the tradition, spending time with family and, of course, the food! I love to cook, but when it comes to creativity, I’m no Martha Stewart. That doesn’t stop me from adding my own touches to make my guests feel special.

Below are 3 simple organizing hacks that will leave your guests talking about you (in the best way possible!)

  1. Print Your Menu. I started doing this a few years ago and I love it! Whether you serve a sit-down meal or buffet style, it’s a nice way for your guests to see what you’re serving. Plus it takes the guesswork out of people asking, “what is that?”


  1. Corral your Cutlery. If you are tired of remembering whether the knife goes on the inside or outside of the spoon, I have the perfect solution: Group your utensils together and wrap them in twine or ribbon. It adds a touch of informality, yet shows your guests that you went the extra mile to make your table setting decorative.


  1. Is Anyone Sitting There? This tip applies if you are serving a sit-down meal. Create simple nametags and pre-assign seats at your table. This is a great project to enlist the help of little ones. Have them draw pictures, make cut outs or if you’re on the OCD side, you can design and print them from your computer. A nice touch that goes a long way.


No doubt it can be stressful trying to pull off the biggest dinner party of the year. It’s not too late to print out our free Thanksgiving Checklist. When all else fails, make sure that you have plenty of wine handy! Try to relax and enjoy what’s most important- spending time with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!