Unlike cousin Elizabeth, I grew up out west – Idaho to be exact. Although I now live a few miles from downtown Seattle, my Idaho roots run deep.
I am the oldest of the grandchildren, twelve years older than Elizabeth. Our moms are sisters and I’m pretty certain we got our organizing genes from them. However, they both got theirs from Grandma Nell.
Unlike Elizabeth, I had the great advantage of growing up and learning from my Grandma Nell. She was only an hour away and I spent many weekends with her. She was my “Country Grandma”, and let me tell you, she COULD “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. I’ve often commented that I think I became a stylist because of her.
My mom on the other hand was a career woman long before her time. She worked at the hospital and was out the door by 5am most days. She had no choice but to be organized.
My dad, brother and I used to tease her about her “cards”. She had a stack of simple white index cards, rubber-banded together that she kept in her uniform pocket. I’m sure she developed the earliest form of the “Day-Timer”. Those cards held all the information she needed to keep her home, family and job running smoothly.
I learned the basics and so much more from each of them. They both had their own systems and personal styles yet the outcome was the same. It worked, it was simple yet stylish, do-able and affordable.
They approached organizing from different perspectives just as Elizabeth and I do.
The tradition continues. We hope you enjoy this blog!