***Some members of the Hertzog family are miniature hoarders.

I will admit in a non boastful way that you can visit our house and 90% of the time it will appear clean.

If you were to open a drawer or closet, you would risk injury.

The basement should require a waiver.

The outside of our house looks like we are putting on a live performance of Charlotte’s Web that characters are lots of webs and leaves.

A BEST friend TOLD HER DAUGHTER MY GARAGE WAS UNSAFE. She thought I wasn’t listening. I will never forget that turning point in our friendship. 😂

For the past year, I have let the “behind the scenes”of our house GO and it is out of hand.

Life is more important than a clean cabinet, but I was finding the more I looked at the cabinet the increasingly stressful life was becoming.

Mom Battle : Organize the ______(Storage, Garage, Closest, Cabinets, etc…)


Shut the Door????

 A burst of energy  erupted from deep inside my stomach Sunday afternoon and moved me to begin the process of decluttering my bathroom while mentally listing purchases that I needed to make to help complete the project.

My small triumph left me feeling happier.

Sunday night, I went to bed with a fire inside me as I declared to Dave “this house will be completely organized by December 24.”

Monday– I hung with my Mom and Dad. Accomplished nothing. Talked about my goals though.

Tuesday– I went to Ross and shopped for some helpful items to begin my bathroom organization .  This was monumental. I HATE going into stores.

I then researched ALL day. AKA- I procrastinated.

I read these samples.

I listened…


I googled different programs:



My parents were there listening as I told them my plans to give Hertzog Contracting some competition. I want to turn my hall closet into a Pinterest inspired home office. My Mom didn’t know you could “even do that!!!” That Pinterest is something else!

My Dad thought I was speaking a different language. That has nothing to do with the brain tumor.


I researched more.

Research Question: Is there something out there I can buy to really help me execute a plan?


This was ALL ACCESS STRESS- The possibilities with this program would be

A) a reminder of just how much work I have to do

B) shed light on things that are not current stressors

C) all of the above

So at 12:00 I revisited the bathroom and picked up where I left off.

 Here is what it looked like after I started today:

At 1, I stopped to write this…. It is 1:37. I am still writing and need to shower so it looks like I did something today. Thank God Dave doesn’t read my blog.

It is actually now 2:25. Proofs, changes… have to get kids soon.

I will give you the details of the completed project and some tips I gathered after completing my first project!

Join me in getting organized.

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  1. Mary Shields on November 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    You go girl! I loved the book The Magical Art of Tidying Up. I listened to the audio version in the car. Life changing in the area of de cluttering! Xo

  2. Kristi Hertzog on November 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    It feels so good to check things off the list!!

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