Wednesday, October 2, 2019

80/20 Rule. Again.

Studies show that 80 percent of what we use comes from 20 percent of what we own. That means that 80 percent of the things in our homes are rarely or never used. Look in your closet, garage, or even your sock drawer to test that theory. Before you buy, think about the time you’ll spend in cleaning, storing, and maintaining that item. If you absolutely must buy, establish a “new item in, old item out” system. For example, if you purchase a new pair of shoes, then send an old pair (or two) to the local donation center.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Helping others is what it is about.

Another note from a happy client.  I love my job and obviously others like what I do as well. Life is good!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Before and After- Garage

This was a typical garage where things got out of control because items were never given a designated space.  These clients have plenty of storage but it was not used efficiently.  Like before, we took everything out and started grouping like items together.

Fall decor was in three different cabinets and now one cabinet houses it all. That will simplify decorating.

Adjusting shelves to fit the items that one needs to store also helps maximize space. (Note second cabinet from the left.) If possible get adjustable shelving in any storage that you purchase.

Cleaning products are grouped together. It is important when buying bulk products to keep them together so you can always see what you have and when to buy more.

We also created a shelf to house power tools and misc. workshop items instead of having them on the workbench prohibiting a place to work.

The three cupboards on the right are filled with items that are needed for household chores.  It makes it easier to know where to look for items.

These clients are enjoying their space with items that are labeled and in order.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Before and After- Upper laundry cabinets

Two very nice size cabinets above the washer and dryer became a catch-all for items. The machines are front loaders which makes it more difficult to access the upper shelves without a step stool.

We began by pulling all of the items out of the cabinets and grouping like items. Once that was done, we assessed what was needed in the space and what could go elsewhere. Items needed infrequently are on the higher shelves while items needed often are on the bottom shelves.

I often try to use tubs and baskets the client owns if they can work in the space. If not, clear baskets with labels are helpful to know what is where
when needing something. Also utilizing a lazy susan in the laundry detergent area simplified access to different cleaning products especially in a space that is harder to access.

Which cabinet storage would make your life easier?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

National Ice Cream Month

Take Charge of Change Week is the first week of July. What better place to start than by organizing your home? First, figure out how you — and your family — will benefit from an organized home. Come up with five ways your household will improve once you’re more organized. Then, ponder what will happen if you decide not to change, and what will be different once you make some changes.

After you are done you can celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. What better way to reward yourselves for beginning the process of organizing your home?


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Before and After- Master closet

This custom closet had many positive features. Drawers, shoe storage, adjustable hanging rods, and shelves. The clients had filled it all to the max when they moved in yet did not weed out items no longer liked or that fit. Once we went through every item in the closet, we were able to better utilize all the space.

A set of adjustable shelves was eliminated and replaced by hanging rods. See back right in the photo. (Look for easily adjustable shelving and rods when looking at closet systems as clothing needs change over time). More clothing needed to be hung to keep wrinkle free than folded on shelves. 

Color coding the clothing by type saves time in the morning as it is easier to find what you are looking for when you need it. Group all of your tank tops together from light to dark and repeat with your short sleeve tops. Repeat this process with all of your other categories.
The key to success is putting things back in the proper location. That dark t-shirt should go with the darks and not in the middle of the white shirts. This may be a change for you but after a while, it becomes a habit.

Seldom used purses stored downstairs were brought upstairs and now they are used more often. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Are you a collector?

Image result for royalty free images of collectablesTo 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 the 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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

This Week’s Easy E-Tip: Organize Your Sheets

Gather up all the sheet sets in your home, and sort by size. Toss any that are past their prime or that you simply don’t love. (Really, all you need is two sets per bed.) Then, place each set inside its pillowcase, Where ever you choose to store them, make sure to label the area (twin, full, queen, king) so it’s easy to find the right size when you need it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How I spent my afternoon.

A four-hour afternoon session with a client changed this pantry closet chaos into a well-organized pantry where the clients can see all of their supplies. You are probably thinking, "They probably threw everything away."

We did move silk flowers into an under bed storage bin,  reduced and corraled the number of paper bags that kept getting thrown in the corner, and sorted and discarded food if outdated. It was then a matter of grouping like items, such as vases, or putting bins where they better used the space. Clear bins and labels make it easier for the clients to remember what goes where when groceries are added.

This client cooks with fresh foods most often so that is the reason there are not a lot of canned goods to be stored. We actually were able to take a few items from other cabinets as we had space.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A picture says it all.

After a recent session with a client, I received this card. I smiled too as it shows that I am helping people create spaces to make their life easier. This client happens to like making cards. What a special note and thank you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Before and After of the Month- Storage Room

Do you have one of those spaces where you put everything that does not have a home? This was such a space and the owner had enough of the clutter. We worked together for a couple sessions and then the homeowners began projects that they wanted to handle themselves, mainly the family photos.

They love the new space and the momentum has helped them carry through to other areas of their home. I will get messages once in a while stating how much they learned and what projects they have tackled recently.

Giving yourself the gift of organization is a gift
that keeps on giving.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Create Gift Wrap Central

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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get your gift-wrap supplies untangled and in order. First, gather it all into one location. Toss any wrap, bows, bags, or tags that are wrinkled, worn, or just plain ugly. Then, containerize for easy access. You could use a multi-drawer bin system on wheels, which is easy to move from room to room as needed. Or install a behind-the-door wire hanging rack organizer. You could even corral the supplies in an under-bed storage box. Any system is fine, so long as it’s easy for you to access.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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

Image result for free christmas imagesIt is that time of the year for my annual list of gifts that come from the heart and not always from the store.
  • Date night in a basket-movie, wine, cheese
  • A health club or museum membership
  • Gift cards
        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 homemade 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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

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The time of the year for my annual list of gift giving ideas that do not necessarily come from the store.

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)
            A 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:

Friday, November 9, 2018

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

It is that time of the year for gift giving and my annual list of ideas.
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Share the gift of time and experiences. 

Special one on one day with grandparents
              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

A box of dress-up clothes

Art supplies

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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

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It is that time of the year for my annual list of gifts that do not always come from the store but from the heart.

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.