Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hot News!!!

My favorite monthly newspaper, The Java Journal, published my article about some of the traits of organizing clients in their November issue. You can pick up your copy of the Java Journal at your favorite coffee shop or check it out online at www.javajournalonline.com. Like latte, The Java Journal is always uplifting and always enjoyable.

Look for the January 2008 Sauce Magazine (yep, the new year is right around the corner)and check out my interview on kitchen organization.

Prepare For Holiday Guests

Will you be hosting houseguests this holiday season? Use this checklist to attend to the visit details. Writing down the details will make you feel more prepared and less stressed. Plus your guests will love that you thought of everything!

1) When are your guests expected to arrive?
a. Day ______________
b. Time______________
2) Will you need to pick them up at the airport?
a. Their airline and flight number: ____________________
b. Their expected arrival time: ______________________
c. Where will you meet them? ______________________
d. Check on the flight status before leaving for the airport.
3) When are your guests expected to leave?
a. Day_______________
b. Time_______________
4) Will you need to take them to the airport?
a. Their airline and flight number: ____________________
b. Their expected departure time: ______________________
c. The time they must check-in at the airport? Check with the airline and the amount of time to allow before departure. ______________________.
5) How will you accommodate your guests?
a. Where will they sleep?
b. Do you have enough pillows, bed linens, blankets and towels?
c. If not, what do you need? Put these items on your master shopping list.
d. _____________________________________________
6) Do your guest have any special dietary requirements or requests? What are they?
7) ___________________________________________________
8) Have you planned the meals and snacks to include these requirements and extra servings?
9) After tidying the guest room make sure there is a clock, a notepad and pen, tissues, and a good reading lamp by the bed.
10) Some magazines and a small bowl of sugar-free hard candy are a nice touch.
11) Have extra travel-sized toiletries available just in case.
12) What activities do you have planned? Do you need to make any final confirmations?
a. _____________________________________________________
b. _____________________________________________________
13) After your guests are settled, give them a tour of your home. Show them how to work the door locks, how to work the alarm system, work the stove and the coffee maker. Let them know if there are any special rules for the house – such as no table scraps for the puppy.
14) Give your guests a copy of the house key with a local map. Mark the location of your house – along with the address and phone number – and any interesting near-by sites.

Remember, everyone benefits from a little quiet time. Do not feel obligated to constantly entertain your guests. In fact, they may enjoy some time for solitary exploring.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


In the press: Clear Spaces owner Denise Lee was one of the featured women entrepreneurs in the October 26 West County, Mid-County and Webster-Kirkwood Journals. Check out the article here:

(OK, it looks like Blogger's web link is not working. So try this: go to www.stltoday.com then click on the Suburban Journals; once you get to the Suburban Journals page, search for my name, Denise Lee, and click on the article about women working from home-- sorry for the round-about way of doing things.)

More exciting news -- Clear Spaces owner Denise Lee is the only "NAPO In The Schools" program provider in the St Louis metropolitan area. "NAPO In The Schools" is a free program that teaches elementary school children about the benefits of organization and the fundamental principles of organization. NAPO anticipates a program for middle school and high school students will be release during the latter part of 2008.

Plagued by paper? Those in the St Louis metropolitan area can enjoy FREE shredding services courtesy of Commerce Bank on two upcoming days. You can bring up to 10 banker boxes of paper documents and Central Paper Stock Company will shred them for you. On Saturday, November 3 (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) the following Commerce Bank branches will accept boxes of paper: Kirkwood, Town & country, Arnold and St Peters. On Saturday, November 10 (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) the following Commerce Bank branches will accept boxes of paper: Florissant, Creve Coeur, Festus, and Wentzville.