Wednesday, August 21, 2019

5 Back to School Productivity Tips for Students

I don't know about where you are, but here in Houston school is back in session for many districts and it is time to get organized and start the school year off right. Below are 5 productivity tips for students.

Write it down! Pen & paper is the perfect way to keep track of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Consider getting a paper calendar and a plain 'ol notebook to keep track of everything you need. Electronic is great, but with your looming to do list pen & paper is great way to visually see what you need to do and help you retain it.

Get ready the night before. Prep the night before so you start the day off right. Get your bag, clothes and lunch ready so when you wake up you have to make as few decisions as possible. This helps you start the day off not stressed and ready to learn.

Get rid of distractions. When you are studying, doing homework or trying to focus block out distractions like t.v. and your phone. Leave the t.v. off. Put apps on your phone like Moment, Cold Turkey & Self Control that prohibit you from checking social media.

Take breaks. It is not good for your mind or body to never have a break. If you are studying or focusing for an extended periods of time, get up walk around, get some water, step outside or do whatever you have to do take your mind off of something.

Take care of yourself. Remember that it is important to take care of yourself. You need to get proper sleep, exercise, eat healthy (don't load up on energy drinks) meditate or do whatever you need to do to keep your body & mind performing at its best. That's help you all around in your everyday life.

What are some productivity hacks you have for back to school?

Photo by Plush Design Studio from Pexels

Monday, August 19, 2019

Made in the USA: Back to School Essential Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel

With school in full force here in Houston one item I see in clients homes when I am organizing and doing concierge work is all kinds of lice repellants especially, Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel. I use it as well, as a preventative because I am in so many households, businesses and public places. Plus it is made in the USA and in my opinion is a back to school essential.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Client Non-Profit - Storage Closet Before & After

At Eco Modern Concierge we try to do one non-profit project a month whether that is organizing or some sort of concierge project. Last year we did an organization project at Heroes for Children here in Houston and fellow NAPO Houston member Mary Jo helped me on the project. We organized their store room to make it more functional to find things for events and the holidays. We did not get rid of anything and used what they already had. Do you know a non-profit that could use some organizing help? I'd love to chat with them.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Getting Organized for Back to School Roundup

Since this summer passed me by I did not get a chance to prepare a proper back to school blog post like I should have, here is a round up of past blog posts relating to back to school, getting organized, dorm room organization and more. Being a professional organizer I get calls all the time for clients wanting to get organized before the kids head back to school. Some places in Houston have already started back to school and some start back in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! Hope you are enjoying a relaxing day.

Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How to Organize Loose Documents

As a professional organizer in Houston I often get tasked with taking care of client's paperwork and there is usually all kinds of loose documents hanging around. 
  1. Use file folders and file them away in a file cabinet
  2. You can use file folder organizers to take them with you on the go.
  3. If you want to be able to readily access them you can use a desktop file.
  4. Some of my clients love accordion style file holders.
  5. This is another desktop file option.
  6. Document bags are great to use when traveling. 
  7. You can use magazine holders to hold all kinds of loose paper. 
  8. Some of my clients love filing loose papers in binders. I also use binders for magazine cutouts I save. 
How do you like to organize loose documents? 

Friday, June 21, 2019

10 Things That Currently Make Me Happy: May 2019

  1. Getting away to Horseshoe Bay with Bryan on a much needed break.
  2. Spending Mother's Day with my mom and mother in law in Galveston and going to brunch at the Galvez. 
  3. Going to the JJ Watt charity classic with Bryan's family. 
  4. Finishing 2 huge projects that both turned out amazing and with happy clients. 
  5. Getting to visit my grandparents.
  6. Making an effort to not work as many weekends in May and spend more time with Bryan and down time. 
  7. Reading several books.
  8. Relaxing and finish some t.v. series. 
  9. Watching Bryan do the live action Mario Cart here in Houston. 
  10. Booking several new clients. 

What made you happy recently?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Client Busy Mama: Bathroom Organization + Eco Products

This has been in the drafts for some time, it was for a client I worked with years ago. She really liked having product out on top of the counter, like many of my professional organizing clients do. I thought I would link a similar product here. It is a great solution if you like to keep your product on the counter and easily accessible. 

I loved how she used so many eco products like this deodorant, my favorite Tata Harper moisturizer, Juice Beauty cleanser, eye cream, serum, overnight cream, and Beauty counter hand cream. What are some of your favorite eco beauty products?

Are you team product on the counter and easily accessible or team no product on the counter?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Preparing for Hurricanes and Free Resources

If you live in Houston you know that hurricanes are a common thing here. When I am helping concierge and professional organizing clients I often come upon or create emergency plans / supplies for clients just in case something might happen. We often gather much needed supplies and everything they could need in case an emergency were to happen. Here is a past blog post I did on preparing for hurricanes. 

If you are not aware the city of Houston has some fantastic free resources for you to utilize. You can get document bags, whistles, disaster relief guides, lights, etc. all from the city of Houston if you request it. They will even have someone come out and talk to your group and bring you all these goodies if you request it. Check out for more information. Several times we have had them speak for the National Concierge Association of Greater Houston and they are always fantastic. 

If you need help building a kit and making a plan, I would love to help you. Feel free to contact us here

Friday, June 14, 2019

Eco Modern Concierge's Most Liked Photo in May

Eco Modern Concierge doesn't have a huge following on Instagram or Facebook, so when this photo received almost 300 likes I was a little shocked. This photo was taken at a speaking engagement I did in April and was taken on a whim. 

If you are in need of professional organizing, concierge services or need a speaker for your event I'd love to help if you're located Houston or I can always travel

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pen / Pencil Organization

One of the most common items that I find in homes when organizing is pens, pencils and markers. Everyone has a TON of them usually because you get them for free at various places, they accumulate, you have your favorites, etc. If we are storing overstock pen, pencil, market, etc. supply away, the most common thing we use is a clear shoebox like this. Below are some other examples of things we commonly use when clients are looking for something aesthetically pleasing to use.

All photos from the links linked above.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Made in the USA: Clinere Ear Cleaners

Something we all do is clean our ears. That is just basic hygiene, so when a local Houston blogger posted about these ear cleaners and said they were awesome, I bought them to try. I have to say they work way better than I expected. Plus, they are made in the USA.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

Photo by Valentino Funghi on Unsplash

Friday, May 24, 2019

Eco Modern Concierge Featured on Veronika's Blushing

Recently Veronika from Veronika's Blushing asked me to contribute to her blog and I wrote about 5 Realistic Ways to KonMari Your Home. If you get a chance go check out the article here.

Photo from Veronika's Blushing

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Houston Professional Organizer // Summer Camp Organization

Summer camp is a big thing for kids in Houston and all over and lately I have been helping clients get their kids organized for summer camp. Right now, if you book an organizing session with me you get one of the summer camp items pictured above free until I run out. Here is summer camp organization tips & summer camp packing list posts I wrote last year. How do you prepare to get organized for summer camp? 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Made in the USA + Eco: Lindsey Leigh Jewelry Cleaner

I am constantly looking for recommendations for concierge & professional organizing clients and I first heard of this jewelry cleaner when it was recommended by several people on Instagram. When I am organizing for clients I often get asked to clean jewelry, so I was happy to hear about this product from a local Houston jeweler. Here are some things I like about it:

1. It is made in the USA
2. It's 100% biodegradable
3. Lindsey Leigh is based in Houston, TX
4. It works great!

Do you have a favorite jewelry cleaner?

Friday, May 17, 2019

10 Things that Make me Happy in April 2019

  • Visiting, hanging out and having fun with friends that were in town from Arizona 
  • Going to the NAPO conference and connecting with so many of my professional organizing friends
  • Having Easter with my family and seeing all of my cousins and their kiddos
  • Seeing Leon Bridges at The Woodlands Pavilion
  • Going with Bryan to see a Tom Petty cover band at The Woodlands Pavilion
  • Winning a FREE roundtrip plane ticket from United at the Tourism Summit 
  • Going to the Four Seasons Houston for the National Concierge Association meeting
  • Speaking about organizing for Newmark Homes
  • Having happy hour with Meredith of Sorted and Styled and her twins
  • Sunrise yoga at Buffalo Bayou Park

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Houston Professional Organizer // Pantry Organization

As a professional organizer you have to constantly get creative with small spaces. This client moved into a new apartment in Houston with no pantry and I converted the coat closet into a pantry for them. We used an over the door organizer, a metal shelf, oxo containers, white bins, a can riser, and montauk bins with label clips. Are you in Houston and have an apartment you need help with? I would love to help you get it organized. 

These photos are also the most liked Eco Modern Concierge photos in March on our Instagram page

Monday, May 13, 2019

Made in the USA: Boogie Wipes

Being a concierge in Houston I research a ton of products on behalf of clients and my clients are also full of great resources. Since I work with so many different moms, I get told all about kid products pretty regularly. One of my clients told me about Boogie Wipes and how they help with snotty noses, colds, sinuses, etc. Their website states that they are made with saline that is a mineral naturally occurring in the earth. I love that they are made in the USA.

Have you used them? Do you love them?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thank you!

If I haven't said it enough lately, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL MY CLIENTS. I am forever grateful for you.  

Photo by Morvanic Lee on Unsplash

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I Earned My Household Management Certificate from NAPO!

I earned my Household Management specialist certificate from the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). I love taking continuing education classes and really expanding my knowledge within the industry. I now have all 4 certificates from NAPO, residential organizing, workplace productivity, life transitions and now household management. If you are in the Houston area looking for a concierge / professional organizer to help you get sh*t done and help with work / life balance at home or in the workplace, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Houston Events: Innovation Week Houston

I learned of Innovation Week Houston a few weeks ago, which looks like an awesome resource and I wanted to share it with you. If you are looking to grow your business this looks like a great event that is going on all week long during National Small Business week, which is next week. They are offering more than 30 workshops for entrepreneurs to help you with your business. It started in Austin and will be in Houston this year too. Go check them out!

Photo credit: People Fund

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Houston Organizer // Client EaDo Get it Done: Closet Organization Before & After

I started this professional organizing project last year and we worked in different parts of the home to help them get organized and do what worked best for them. The transition in this closet organization project worked great. Here are some things that we did. 
  1. I sorted all items. 
  2. Folded clothes in the drawers.
  3. Sorted hanging items. They choose to use the hangers they already had.
  4. Added purse shapers and a clutch holder.
  5. Took all shoes out of their boxes and added clear boxes.
  6. Then I organized everything else!