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Kathryn’s Home Office

Meet Kathryn Mayer, CEO of executive coaching firm KC Mayer Consulting, Inc. I first met Kathryn Mayer in 2007, a few months before she and her husband made a lifestyle shift, from a dark, pre-war one-bedroom on Manhattan's Upper West Side…

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Create Kid Power

Create Kid Power Children love responsibility. Invite them to participate when doing Maeve's Method in the home. Ask a child to show you what they like, what they don’t like, accept their answers and thank them heartily for their input.…

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Organizing Twins

Joyce, an Upper East Side mother of twin 2-year old-boys, is always on her toes. "I'm constantly two steps behind," she said at a recent meeting of the Manhattan Mother of Twins Club, a support group for parents with multiples. “The…

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Swap ’til you Drop

Last weekend my friend Anna and I went to our first clothing swap of '09 (read here to learn how to throw your own). It was loaded up with designer clothing and accessory treasures. Anna made a clean sweep. Check…

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Quick Tips: Reduce Holiday Stress

With a little effort you can breeze through holiday stress triggers: Foods To Avoid: Many of us have foods we know we can't eat (wheat, sugar, dairy, caffeine, soy). They trigger energy spikes, induce cravings and affect our mood. So…

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Quick Tips: Last Minute Gifts

Gift Cards: Major retailers and pharmacies carry gift cards starting at $15. Walk in or log on to The Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, CVS and others. Buy the gift that lets them choose. One Size Fits All: Give the same…

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Take Time for You

Wish List: Think about what will make your home more livable: Perhaps fresh paint or reduced clutter. Write it down. Goal Plan: List practical things you can do each week to keep your house in order: sort photos, toss voluminous…

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Quick Tips: Look Beyond The Mess

Every home has something to love. Look beyond perceived household mess and discover the treasure within: Comfort: Notice things that without fail make you smile, as simple as morning sun across the kitchen floor. Color: Locate colors that frequently appear…

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Moving Made Easy

Facing an upcoming move? Perfect, because moving is the best time to declutter. Pack with intention and you'll save money on moving costs (fewer boxes, fewer hours): Here's how to get down to brass tacks: Like Things Live Together: Before…

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Quick Tips: Mail Phobia

Avoid scary piles by reducing the volume of your incoming mail. Take control of your burgeoning, bulging inbox with these simple tools: Eliminate Junk Mail: Let your garbage can be your friend. Toss junk mail as it comes in -…

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