Organizing Tools

anything at The Container Store
any container under the sun; photo archival storage

storage at Target
inexpensive storage solutions

The Daily System at Pottery Barn
calendar/organizing system for the wall

the clearance items at
miscellaneous storage containers at clearance prices

food storage at Ikea
food storage containers that are very inexpensive


Blogs, websites
The Joyful Organizer Blog


Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern


Some of our favorite Green Products

You want non-toxic, environmentally friendly products from companies with good social and safety records. rates over 65,000 products based on these factors.

This list will be updated regularly. We’ll add to the list a green product that you have liked.

Water Filtration

Most tap water contains fluoride, chlorine (known hormone disruptors), impurities and other gunk. And plastic leaches into bottled water and creates so much waste and inconvenience. But there are other options.


AquaTruI have been thrilled with my AquaTru countertop reverse osmosis water filtration system. It’s so cool to watch it in action and the water is delicious. (Full disclosure: I’m an affiliate partner with this company.)




Click here on how to make your own nontoxic, grease-cutting cleaner with white vinegar and orange peels.


All Purpose Cleaner
Mrs. Myers Counter Top Spray ($5, 12.5 oz;
Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner (($4.89, 32 oz;

Glass Cleaner
Ecodiscoveries Glass Cleaner ($6.50, 32 oz;
Biokleen Glass Cleaner (($4.89, 32 oz;

Tub, Toilet, Sink and Tile
Bon Ami ($1.50, 14 oz;
Mrs. Myer’s Toilet Bowl Cleaner ($5, 32 oz;
LifeTree Bathroom Cleaner ($3.50, 16 oz;
Earth Choice OdoBan Shower Control Organic Acid Cleaner ($4.50, 32 oz;
Naturally Clean Tub and Tile (($5.50, 16 oz;

Floor Cleaner
BabyGanics Floor Cleaner Concentrate ($9, 16 oz;

Dishwasher Detergent
Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Powder ($8, 48 oz;

Dishwashing Liquid
Mrs. Myer’s Dish Soap ($5, 12.5 oz;

Air Fresheners
Earth Friendly Products Eco Breeze Fabric Refreshener ($5, 22 oz;
Ecodiscoveries AirZyme ($11, 32 oz;

Laundry Detergents, “Bleach” and Fabric Softenersoxybl
Shaklee “Get Clean Fresh Laundry”($15,
Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus (($5.99, 32 oz;
Ecover Natural Fabric Softener ($3.65, 32 oz;
Seventh Generation Fabric Softener ($4.89, 32 oz;

Furniture Polish
Timothy Corrigan Home “Restore” Furniture Polish ($12.50;

Miscellaneous Cleanersvegwash
Environne Fruit and Vegetable Wash ($4;
Eucalyptus Essential Oil to kill dust mites in the washing machine ($5; natural health stores)



More Than Words

Used book (CDs and DVDs) store run by teens at risk. They will come and pick up your books or look for their book-drop around the area.


Donating Gently Used Toys and Clothes


Consider letting go of some old items, such as: your kids’ unused books, toys and clothing. Check out the charitable organization, Cradles to Crayons to see what you can donate. Or check out your local area charities online to see where you can donate unused items.