Nancy Giehl

My name is Nancy Giehl and I live in Boulder, Colorado. I've been married almost 30 years. My three kids are in college. I own a small business, Simple Moves, that helps people organize, downsize and settle in after moving, with my fabulous partner, Joan. We published our first book, Organize Pack Move! Strategies and Money-Saving Ideas to Simplify Your Move in October 2009.

While Joan and I haul stuff out of people's homes we constantly discuss what things are working and not working in our lives. We've found that as our kids are leaving, and parents aging, things that worked for us before aren't working now. The more we talked about it the more we thought there have to be thousands of women out there just like us. In November  2009 Joan and I launched our blog, Just the Right Things - Practical, cool stuff and ideas for women who are switching gears. Come check us out!

DIY Holiday Gifts: How to Make a Homemade Cookbook

This is the gift I made this holiday season that I wanted to keep for myself. But that wouldn't be fair for the originally intended recipient, now would it?  So I may be making a second one someday. Until then, I will share with you....more
This is a great idea but I think I would have needed to start it last August to have any hope of ...more

Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Sports Fans & Fitness Fanatics

With 10 days left until Christmas, there's still plenty of time to stock up on holiday gifts. Rather than compile another list of suggested gifts for the athlete in your life, here are links to lists I've found that have done all the work for both of us.Kids...more
I liked the Women Talk Sports Gift Guide. I know several people who would like the Yurbuds and ...more

HomeGoods Sweepstakes

UPDATE 6/30/11: The sweepstakes have now ended. Thank you for your interest in this program!Ever wish there was a HomeGoods store in your neighborhood? Your wish may come true! HomeGoods is opening tons of new stores all year long!

Practical Moms Guide to College: Finals Care Packages

College finals are always a big deal. Whether your student is a first semester freshman or a seasoned upper-classman, the stress of exam week is intense and a little care package is much appreciated. Being practical moms, we don’t go overboard on finals care packages. Between the cost of travel, holiday gifting and January tuition bills, our bank accounts are groaning quite enough. Fortunately you can come up with a little something that says I’m thinking of you without blowing out the budget. ...more

Cash is always just the right thing!

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The Great Unsubscribe of 2010

My inbox overflowed. Every single day. Emails. Emails. Insane amounts of emails. My inbox was crazy. All of my inboxes were packed. I have 7 inboxes that I actively use, and all of them were crazy, with my primary account being the craziest of all. And were these emails from friends, family, business contacts? No. These emails were from marketers trying to sell me things. And it was all my own fault. ...more

This article is so timely. Sometimes I need "permission" to remind myself it's okay to dump ...more

Avoiding the Back-to-School Wallet Pinch

If you’re the mom of a school-aged kid or two, chances are good that you’re doing battle with the dreaded school supply list this month. The pencils. The notebooks. The staplers of just the right brand. The tissues and erasers and hand cleaner and every other thing that your kids need for school. Just buying school supplies can leave you feeling broke. Then there’s still clothes shopping. It can leave you wishing for a money tree. ...more

I agree having a stash of supplies bought on sale is a great strategy. I've had a stash of ...more

Unitasking Kitchen Equipment: Which Items Stay or Go?

Alton Brown -- a kitchen genius in my eyes -- has strong feelings against non-useful unitaskers, those kitchen items that perform a single task. Usefulness is obviously in the eyes of the beholder and what may be a timesaving tool for you is merely clutter for me. He suggests clearing out a drawer or cabinet in your kitchen and placing all your utensils and gadgets in a separate space. ...more

I love my stick blender, too. Would be easy to give up my regular blender which sits in the ...more

Unitasking Kitchen Equipment: Which Items Stay or Go?

Alton Brown -- a kitchen genius in my eyes -- has strong feelings against non-useful unitaskers, those kitchen items that perform a single task. Usefulness is obviously in the eyes of the beholder and what may be a timesaving tool for you is merely clutter for me. He suggests clearing out a drawer or cabinet in your kitchen and placing all your utensils and gadgets in a separate space. ...more

Interestingly, a bread maker was listed in last Sunday's Wall Street Journal, more

Swipely: Would You Tell the World What You Spend and Why?

Have you ever longed for a quick and easy way to tell the world what you're spending and where you're spending it? You haven't? Huh. I have. Well maybe not, but I am always looking for new social media tools that will encourage frank discussions about money. I thought Swipely might be the perfect tool. ...more

I'm struggling to see the advantages of this, too. The idea of handing over access to my bank ...more

The Practical Mom's Guide to Outfitting Your Student for College: Dorm Life

Have you gone to your student’s college orientation yet? What’s the number one thing on your mind? If you’re like us, it’s not about the variety of programs the university offers, how fancy the rec center is or how to pay bills -- a subject close to college administrators hearts. No, the real questions most moms have are mom questions. ...more

Last Fall I moved my son and daughter (twins)into the dorm. It was a night and day experience. ...more