Thursday, May 10, 2018

This Week’s Easy E-Tip: Have a Remote Control Round-Up



If you’re always searching for the remote controls, corral them all in an attractive basket or box on your coffee or side table. Teach family members to deposit all remotes into that container when they are done with them.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Quick tip of the day-Bathroom clutter.

Declutter the bathroom by removing the travel-size bottles of shampoo and miniature soaps you collect each time you take a trip. See if your local women’s shelter would like them. And since you’ll likely receive more each time you visit a hotel, you really don’t need to bring any home next time, right?







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Thursday, April 26, 2018

This Week’s Easy E-Tip: Run Errands Wisely



Rather than dashing out for a quart of milk here and stamps at the post office there, designate one or two days per week for errand-running. Make a list of every place you need to go, and then map them out so you can hit each one in a logical order, saving you time and gas. (Plan them in a counter-clockwise direction so you can make easy right turns into and out of the parking lots!)

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Friday, March 23, 2018

I can't find it (again).


When you can’t find something, it’s often easier to just buy another. But the original will eventually turn up, leaving you with more than you really need. Take some time to scout out duplicates in the kitchen, garage, bathroom, and even your closet. Decide how many you really need, and keep your favorites only. Donate the rest.






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Thursday, March 15, 2018

To shop or not to shop? That is the question.


It’s difficult in today’s society to not feel the pressure to buy more, be more, and have more. Just remember that the more we have, the more we have to maintain. Where do you want to spend your time, money, and resources? Take a moment this week to figure out what truly makes you happy, and you’ll likely find that it’s not the stuff, but the experiences and people that you love.





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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Food for Thought

Peter Walsh, a professional organizer, says:

"Our homes should be the antidote to stress, not the cause of it"


"Each pile of clutter is a monument to a series of small procrastinations."  

What is your take on those statements? Is the photo a picture of serenity? Do you get that same sense when looking around your home?


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Friday, February 9, 2018

February is Archive Your Files Month. Who knew?

If your filing cabinets are running out of room (and you’ve already purged all you can), take time during Archive Your Files Month to box up inactive files and store them in the basement or off-site.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Celebrate Groundhog Day

Gather your friends and family around the Groundhog Tree, sing carols and enjoy the day. No organizing tips as I am celebrating!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Baby steps toward organization.

Create some breathing room this Get Organized Month. Tackle one drawer, cupboard, or shelf in your home each day this month with the intention to remove and donate/toss/recycle/sell at least 25% of its contents. When spaces aren’t packed full, it’s easier to find what you need and keep organized.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January is Get Organized Month


Create some breathing room this Get Organized Month. Tackle one drawer, cupboard, or shelf in your home each day this month with the intention to remove and donate/toss/recycle/sell at least 25% of its contents. When spaces aren’t packed full, it’s easier to find what you need and keep organized.


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Reorganize today for an easier Christmas next year



While the memories of Christmas last year long, the decorations need to come down. By organizing them as you put them away, it will make it easier to use them next year. Do not rush out and buy containers yet to store things.  Just like any organizing project, you figure out what needs to be stored and then figure out storage systems. The task is not so daunting when you break it down into simple steps.

1. Separate items into categories.
2. Find storage containers for those categories.
3. Label containers.

The first thing is to look at all of your items, especially those that did not get out of the boxes this year. Do you still have a strong attachment to those decorations? Sentimentality is a large factor for Christmas but if you do not really love the item, it is time to share them with others who truly will love them. Set aside a box for donations as you begin the packing process.

Sort items into categories and pack similar items together so it will be easy to find all of the like items next year. Remember not to pack delicate items on the top or bottom of boxes.
1. Inside decorations: garland, greenery, lights, silk flowers
2. Outdoor decorations: garland, bows, lighting
3. Ornaments.
4. Greeting Cards.
5. Fabric related items. Towels, linens, wall decorations.
6. Dishes. Can they be stored on a shelf in the kitchen or dining room? If not, pack securely using some of your towels or linens to help cushion the breakables.
7. Wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, bows.
8. Artificial Christmas trees. Store in the original box or purchase a Christmas tree bag for storage.
9. Candles. Wrap each candle to avoid scratches. An old sock works.
10. Keep track of things needed for next year.

Storage Containers:
Once your items are sorted then look at storage options. Clear boxes make it easy to see the contents but cardboard boxes may be the thrifty way to go. Special boxes for ornaments are a great investment as they keep the ornaments separated.

Label and number the boxes. A general name on the outside of the box and then a list inside with specifics. If you need a certain box to begin your decorating, such as Advent supplies, you may wish to add a number 1 to the box so you will store that last so it will be first out next year. 

Tips for specialty packing:
§  Fragile vs. non-breakable. Egg cartons can be used for smaller items to protect them and keep them separate. Otherwise, wrap the ornaments in a soft cloth or even cocktail napkins that have gotten wrinkled. Ornament storage boxes are a great investment.
§  After Christmas enjoy an evening of looking at the Christmas cards again and then decide if they are to be kept or not. Check any address changes and add to your address book. Check with your local school or preschool to see if they like covers of cards for art projects. I will take off the cover-making sure there is not writing on the inside and then recycle the rest of the card if applicable. I do keep letters and photographs and group those with a rubber band in a box.
§  If you always have specific decorations in a certain room such as a bedroom, store those items in that room on a closet shelf. It will save time moving it elsewhere and then moving it back again.



Friday, December 22, 2017

Greetings from Reorganize Today


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Reorganize Today.

Photo with permission from Randy Lewis

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gifts outside of the Box-Gifts from the Heart for Teachers

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These ideas came from teachers. Wishlists for a teacher may vary by how long they have been teaching. One school has the teachers fill out a “Favorite Things” questionnaire (see sample below) that is available for parents and students. Parents are given the opportunity to contribute to a joint gift and then a room mom does the shopping based on this list.

Any gifts that can be used up!  As much as some feel that a gift card is impersonal, teachers really like them. This was a top pick for my teacher friends. To make it personal, include a heartfelt note of thanks to the teacher for teaching your children.
            Gift cards for teachers favorite store/s
            Movie passes
            Magazine subscriptions
            Items from the teacher’s wish list for classroom supplies (most teachers spend their own money on non budgeted items for the classroom)
            Cozy evening at home basket-favorite beverage and snacks in a basket
            Movie night at home basket with snacks and movie
            Manicure/ pedicure/hair salon gift certificate
            Do you know if a teacher likes to cook? Give an opportunity to take a cooking class. Loves art? Membership to a museum would be an appropriate choice.

Give the gift of time. In a teacher’s case, it would be to save them time.

            Easy to prepare meal in a basket or a ready-made meal brought to school on a scheduled night to save the time of cooking a meal. Give them a personalized coupon that they can redeem at a future date. Have your child create the coupon.
            Christmas cookies to save the teacher the time of baking
            If allowed, bring a special lunch for the teacher and watch the students while the teacher has some alone time.

           
“Favorite Things” Questionnaire

Favorite color:
Favorite hobby:
Favorite fast food:
Favorite snack:
Favorite stores we shop at:
Things we collect:

Any special wishes:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Gifts outside of the Box-Gifts from the Heart for Family and Friends


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  • Date night in a basket-movie, wine, cheese
  • Health club or museum membership
  • Gift cards
        Restaurants
        Events -Ticket Master has gift cards
        Local Events-plays or concerts
        To supplement their hobbies - spices, fabric, sports
        Massage or spa treatment
        Lessons for a special hobby-music, ceramics, dance
        Garden Center
  • Magazine subscription
  • Baked good of the month certificate-homemade goodness all year long
  • "Of the Month" gift-fruit, flowers, etc.
  • Cooking lessons at a local cooking school-make it for two and go along
  • Gifts of home made food - frozen so they can use it when needed
  • Gift of food or drink: specialty coffees, wines, teas, chocolates, cheese
  • Gifts of time-Plan a group activity
  • Make a donation in honor of someone to their favorite charity
  • Coupon for a free car wash/detailing-by yourself or a professional
  • Think summer activity
  • Plan activity from someone's Bucket List
  • Special day with winery tour/s and lunch
  • Electronic toll pass for the travelers
  • Hunting/fishing license for the sportsman
  • One or more sessions from a cleaning service

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gifts outside of the Box-Gifts from the Heart for Children.

Children:

Share the gift of time and experiences. The photo is of my niece in a Hummel look-alike contest years ago. We still talk about it.

Special one on one day with grandparents
              Baking
              Sharing a hobby
              Manicure and lunch
Summer or sports camp registration

Season pass to the zoo/museum

Membership to the local YMCA

Indoor water park tickets

Music lessons

Magazines-We started with the Hello Baby magazine when the grandchildren were small and then age up appropriately.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gifts outside of the Box-Gifts from the Heart for our Older Friends

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Baked good of the month certificate-homemade goodness all year long. My friends even gave me the box back each month so I would not forget the next month.

"Of the Month" gift-fruit, flowers, etc.

Take them to lunch or dinner.


 Bird feeder and seed

"Forever" stamps

 Plan a day to bring dinner and do odd jobs around the house. This is a special one! 

Is there a car that has special memories from the past? Arrange for a car collector to take them for a ride in that car

Is someone residing in assisted living? Invite them to your house to do
some seasonal baking or summer canning.

Plan an outing to see seasonal decorations or a parade.

Friday, November 3, 2017

E-tip of the Month- Old towels

Toss Ratty Towels

Search the house for old towels. Fill a box and deliver it to your local animal shelter to provide comfy resting spots for furry friends. From here on out, when you purchase new towels, donate an equal amount of old ones.







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Friday, October 27, 2017

Tip to stop procrastination



Do you put off eating ice cream or reading your favorite magazine? Of course not! Those are pleasurable things. But writing that 50-page report, organizing your tax receipts, or cleaning out the garage? Those things can be unpleasant. Recognize that while some tasks are lousy, they must be done.






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Monday, October 23, 2017

Take Back Your Time Day is October 24

How many hours each day do you spend on your phone, tablet, computer, and television? Commit to unplugging today. You’ll be amazed at your productivity, and your stress-level will decrease. Or perhaps you’ll get to spend some time doing what you truly love. If you can’t pull the plug all day, set aside at least an hour or two.



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Friday, October 13, 2017

Before and After of the Month-Linen Closet

Linen closets often become a catchall for things that one does not use too often. That was the case for this closet that was in the bathroom of the home. Once we took out items that belonged elsewhere, the closet was roomy enough for items needed such as towels, linens, and excess toiletries.
TIP: Have a designated spot in your bathroom for overstock items and look there before going to the store to avoid buying in excess. Repeat this concept in the kitchen as well.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October is Kitchen and Bath Month

Image result for cluttered refrigerator free imageGive your kitchen a quick mini-makeover by eliminating your refrigerator magnets. (They seem to multiply when you’re not looking!) Clear off all of them, and wait 30 days. If you still miss any of them, you may then bring back only those specific ones you recall missing.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tomorrow is National Good Neighbor Day

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September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day. What does this have to do with being organized? It is good to be organized with our physical surroundings but it is also good to organize your time around social situations too and it makes you feel better when you help someone else. Here are some ways you can be a good neighbor.


  • Help your neighbors in some way.
  • Offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor
  • Have your neighbor over for a meal
  • Get to know your neighbor a little better

Friday, September 8, 2017

49 Things Challenge

Take the “49 things” challenge. For the next seven days, see if you can remove seven items each day from your home. Whether you toss out broken items or donate things in good condition, so long as things are leaving your home, you’re on your way to 49 less things this week. Love the feeling? Keep it up next week and you’ll have removed nearly 100 items that you didn’t really need or love.






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Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Activities that are not work!

Labor Day holiday. What does it mean to you?
Here are some ideas if you need more things to celebrate in addition to Labor Day this weekend. I know several who will be celebrating Bacon Day! Watch for more organizing tips next week.
September holidays.
International Bacon Day - Saturday before Labor Day
Newspaper Carrier Day




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Before and After of the Month-Storage Room


This storage room had plenty of space but over time more was added without thought of where things should go. Not much was given away but just organized by location. One large extra Christmas tree box was recycled and an old table was given away but otherwise it was a matter of finding spaces to put things. The shelving unit had items that did not need to be there which saved room for other items. It did not take long and the client was amazed at seeing the floor again. His comment, " Won't the air conditioning guy be surprised as he will not have to work an obstacle course to get to the unit?" Again, making life easier by being organized.

Reorganize Today...for an Easier Tomorrow.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quick Tip for the Week. Do you procrastinate?

Tip to stop procrastination:
If you’re feeling sluggish, complete an easy job first, to get your momentum going. Also, do the toughest tasks when your body is most alert — some people function better first thing in the morning, while others perk up later in the day.








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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Simplify Your Life Week is the first week of August.

 You can find tips to simplify just about any area of your life by visiting Pinterest. Once there, you can search for general life simplification tips, or even search by specific area of the home. (A great one to peruse is how to simplify your laundry routine.) You’ll be amazed at all the creative ideas to maximize your space and time.







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Saturday, July 29, 2017

E Tip of the Month

Hold a Pencil Round-Up


Gather all loose pens and pencils in your home. Test them, and if they don’t work, toss them. Sharpen all pencils. Toss pencil stubs. Put pencils in one container and pens in another. Label.






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Thursday, June 22, 2017

This Week’s Easy E-Tip: Make Your Bed Beautiful



Make your bed first-thing, every single morning. Take an extra moment to smooth out the comforter and fluff pillows. Remove garbage or drinking glasses from your bedside table. This pretty place will inspire you to continue creating beauty throughout your home all day long.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Should I keep it or not?

Are you a collector? To help you sort the cherished treasures from ho-hum others, ask yourself, “Which of my keepsakes are really worth keeping?” For example, a teacup given to you by your grandmother may hold significantly more memories than one you picked up at a garage sale. A rare baseball card worth lots of money might hold more value than entire boxes of run-of-the-mill cards. By clearing out those that you don’t truly love, you appreciate your favorites even more. 



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Father's Day Special Gift

This Father's Day, make dad's life easier by organizing the garage. Think in terms of zones: automotive, gardening, sports, tools, toys, etc. Consolidate items for easy retrieval, placing items as close as possible to where they will be used. For example, keep gardening accoutrements in a large basket by the outside door. Set recycling bins right next to the interior door. Put tools near the workbench. And make it easy for kids to access and put away their own stuff. A tall can will neatly old hockey  sticks,
baseball bats, and other long items.  Corral balls in a large bin.                                                                                      





Friday, May 26, 2017

Tip of the Month: Stop procrastination


For truly unpleasant tasks, set a timer for 15 minutes, and just do it. Nearly anything is palatable for a quarter of an hour. It’s also helpful to see that most unpleasant things don’t take nearly as long as we think they will. You may hate going through your in-basket at work. But just 15 minutes each morning and evening is enough to review, sort, do the quickie tasks, and assign the longer ones to your planner.

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