Its an Awesome Life When You’re Organized!
Marie Ricks has been sharing home and professional organization skills for more than 24 years now. She began teaching in 1986 at the local community education center where she developed an eight-week, sixteen-topic course including personal organization, time management, food preparation, office and storage organization, budgeting, training children and employees to work, and purchasing skills.
Her classes have proven popular both in San Jose, California and Utah, where she now lives. She frequently teaches organization principles at professional and community gatherings. She also does personal consultations, i.e. she has seen a lot of unkempt offices, cluttered closets, and stacks of untidy paperwork, all of which is very exciting to her.
Marie is a presenter at professional and educational venues all over the United States and has published:
House of Order Handbook that contains chapters on many facets of organization plus numerous worksheets to make running a home or small business easier at all levels.
Project: Organization, Quick and Easy Ways to Organize Your Life and Organized As You Go address personal organization skills and are available wherever fine books are sold.
Organized For A Mission, a Guide for Parents and Missionaries speaks to the needs of young L.D.S. missionaries and their parents.
Be Successful in School – A Student’ Guide for Junior High and High School is a more recent offering.
The Children You Want with the Kids You Have was published in 2010 and is full of great ideas for raising hardworking, obedient children.
Marie has also prepared additional printed materials to help home managers and professionals get more organized, whatever their needs may be. She has made good use of her personal library that now totals over 300 personal, family, home, and business organization books as she shares valuable and workable ideas in her classes, presentations, and writing.
Marie also writes for various venues, and appears as a featured guest on TV and radio. She has been a radio show host and is the owner of House of Order, a company dedicated to helping men and women find greater organization skills, both in their personal and professional lives. She shares a weekly organization newsletter for interested parties. Sign up now…
Marie also has interests in many other areas. She loves to scrap quilt, make pressed-flower greeting cards for friends and family, and write personal histories.
She is married to Jim Ricks and together they are the parents of five sons. Tom is a Math Education professor at Louisiana State University, David is attending medical school at Ohio State University, Brian is a computer science doctoral candidate at Brigham Young University (and a new husband to Jennifer), and Tyler is pursuing a degree in animation. (Evan, their youngest, passed away as a young child from leukemia.)
Marie and her husband live in Highland, Utah where they grow a vegetable and fruit garden as their summer hobby and share woodworking projects together on colder days. She and her family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she would be willing to share her beliefs with any interested parties. It is for this reason that you will find articles called An L.D.S. Perspective on this site.