Organizing Kids – Book Review – Benji’s Messy Room



Teach Kids Organizing Skills Using Fiction

Benji’s Messy Room is a beautifully illustrated book with a purpose – to get kids organized. Cowritten by two professional organizers, Jonda Beattie and Diane Quintana, this book is written in first person in the voice of Benji, who takes you along on his journey from a messy to immaculate room in manageable-sized steps.

The story begins with a bit of defiance and a feeling of being overwhelmed by his mess, but Benji progresses through the task of room cleaning and reducing his toy collection in a step-by-step process (which includes a reward at the end).

The authors include tips and techniques for teaching organizing at the end, but the real meat is in the story itself, which was written by two women, both teachers, in a way that engages kids visually through a compelling, first-person narrative that kids can identify with as they build their own tidying habits.

Teaching kids to organize is a skill that they’ll benefit from their whole lives, both personally and professionally. Benji’s Messy Room is a fun learning tool that young mothers, grandmothers, teachers and professional organizers alike will appreciate. A female counterpart book, Suzie’s Messy Room is also available.

The illustrations are visually compelling, warm, distinctive, and entertaining, which kids will surely love. Both Quintana and Jonda Beattie are certified professional organizers and teachers, so they know how to communicate with children, as evident in this delightful book. Find out more on Jonda’s professional organizing website.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with class — and good food


We’re just starting to reach the calm after the storm of Christmas, and here comes New Year’s Eve. If you hosting this event, it can be easy to give in and let it get out of control. But this celebration can be simple and elegant. Here are some tips to ring in your new year with less work.

  • Serve small plates: Since most of your party-goers won’t be arriving until later in the evening, you don’t need to plan a large meal. Make prep and clean up easier on yourself by serving small plates or horderves. Divided serving dishes make it super simple to present small offerings like olives, nuts, cheese and more.
  • Utilize serving trays: While we’re on the subject, serving trays will be your best friend. With them, you won’t clutter up your surfaces with your normal plates. And some designs, like this one with room for ice, are designed to keep your food cold all night — so food is fresh for all parry-goers, no matter what time they show up. Tiered serving trays are also a great investment; these decorative pieces are also super convenient because they allow you to present more options without taking up previous space.
  • Use a serving caddy: Keep plates, napkins, flatware and serving pieces all in one area. These awesome caddies make it even easier for guests to help themselves to food. Opt for the disposable plates and flatware, too.



1.) Bamboo Entertaining Set

2.) Serving Caddy

3.) Three Tier Serving Tray

4.) Appetizers on Ice Serving Tray

5.) Divided Serving Dish


Spruce Up Your Garden!


Happy Spring! Preparation for your garden should begin with cleaning up the space, eliminating old leaves and and debris, and checking the soil, then let the planting begin! Once your gardening has begun, here are some ideas to make the rest of this season a little bit easier on you and to make your garden space a little more fun!


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Jewelry Storage (In Honor of Valentine’s Day)


With February, the month of love, in full swing, now is the time to take stock of your gems and your jewelry storage system (or lack thereof). We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the process for you, with promotional (lowest!) pricing on the most popular Jewelry Armoires and boxes by Nathan Direct:

Hudson Jewelry Tower
The Hudson Jewelry Tower ($38.99 with free shipping*) is the number one choice for the vanity in the bedroom or bathroom. It boasts a mirror on one side and hanging necklace hooks on the other, with pink felt lined compartments on the interior. Read more


Two Valentine’s Sales…Just In Time


If you want to shop online for Valentine’s gifts, start now to avoid costly last minute shipping fees! We’ve got just the deals for you with these great promotions:

Red Vanilla Glassware: Elegant Glass Sets for both gals and guys! Starting at $35.49 with free shipping.*

Set of 6 Samba Martini / Dessert Glasses
Go modern with drinks, and classic for sweets! Set of 6 Samba Martini / Dessert Glasses – $38.99 with free shipping. Read more


Valentine’s Gifts for Everyone!


Whether you are shopping for your hubby, daughter or mother, we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of Valentine’s Day Gifts that includes something for everyone:

For your Wife or Girlfriend:
Granada 5 Drawer Jewelry Armoire
The Granada 5 Drawer Jewelry Armoire is just one of many beautiful jewelry armoires for the home. Find them available in every style imaginable to match your home decor! Read more


Get Your Party Gear Ready!


Table Top Wine HolderMaybe you are hosting tonight’s Christmas Eve shindig, or maybe you are hosting the big day tomorrow at your house! Whatever your current hosting plan is, here are some last minute tips to keep you on track and stressing less.

Things you (or your family) can do now to get ready for the party:

  • Get your Playlist Ready
  • Set the Table
  • Set up the Bar and Uncork Wine
  • Wipe Down the Bathrooms and Replace Toilet Paper and Towels
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    Last Minute Gifts from the Heart (and the printer)


    Puerto Azul Jigsaw FrameLooking for a last minute gift that doesn’t require shipping? Print one out right at home with these easy, go-to gift giving ideas:

  • Date Night: Give your spouse a “gift certificate” for a night out without the kids!
  • Babysitting Voucher: For those hardworking parents you know, a voucher for a few hours of babysitting is likely the best gift you can give them this season.
  • Donation: For that person that already seems to have everything, a donation to a cause they care about is a great way to go.
  • Photo Gifts: Many photo-gifts can be ordered online and picked up at your nearest store, it’s not too late! Even an unexpected photo in a frame will work!
  • House Cleaning Service: Who wouldn’t love to be treated to a housecleaning service in the new year?

  • It’s never too late to find great last-minute gifts!

    Shown: Puerto Azul Jigsaw Frame