About Me

The idea is to blog from 365 cookbooks for 365 days, crazy as it may seem.  The journey begins January 1, 2011.  I am a mom of three boys who are active from sunup to sundown.  I am usually in the audience cheering them on for their various activities while trying to juggle my business as a professional organizer and part-time lawyer.  My goal first and foremost is to cook what my family will eat, which means:

  •  a 17-year-old boy who will eat anything in sight,
  • a 15-year-old boy who loves white and cheesy food but will expand his tastes a bit and is working hard on gaining weight for sports,
  • the 11-year-old boy who is living on soup and chicken these days (we will call him “what else is there to eat boy”),
  • my husband, who will eat anything I make as he appreciates a home cooked meal,
  • and me, who would love to eat seafood 7 days a week.

My husband’s only question was that he wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to buy 365 cookbooks, as that would go against my profession of clearing clutter out.  I find my cookbooks in my own existing collection, borrowed from friends or checked out of my local library.  I only want to blog cookbooks that are currently in print and can be purchased easily.  That does not mean that I won’t deviate a time or two with some out of print cookbooks.  If you have a cookbook that you would like for me to take a look at, you can contact me at melissa@ididit-fargo.com.

My professional background is as a lawyer since 1993, which was also the year I became a mother. I have focused the past 17 years on being a mother of now three very busy boys and trying to find a system to balance my work life, volunteer life, and family life to make time for what is the most important….time with my family.

My love of organizing did not begin at a young age…just ask my mother as to how messy my room was a teenager. But what I was surrounded with was peace and order (until my sisters were born) and I took that into my own home when I got married in 1990. I now alphabetize my spices just like my mom does. Oh and I should probably mention that I married the most patient man in the world who craves order as much as I do. I must confess that the quest for order is always evolving….I do have my secret stashes of clutter….which my husband reminds me of.

I began my organizing business in 2007 with the name “I Did it” with the idea to help my clients find more time in their lives by becoming more organized. I have now taken my eye for attention to detail as a lawyer and turned it into a business specializing in home and office organization as well as large event planning in the Fargo, ND and surrounding areas. I have discovered that my genius is “creating order” and I need to share that genius with others and help them create order in their lives.  In May 2010 I joined the company Clever Container which is a business dedicated to providing great organizing products for the home, office, car and family.  I would love to help you learn more about this up and coming company.

It is my professional goal to help my clients create and maintain a system of organizing that works for each individual person. I work together with the client to create the organized and relaxing home or business that they have been dreaming of.


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