Posts by Jill Annis | Simply Organized

A calm holiday season: Yes, it is possible!

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The holiday season is approaching. Here are five things to do now to prepare for the holidays to avoid feeling frantic. Plan: It’s a busy time of year between traveling, work parties, school events, social activities, guests and all the other events that happen during the holidays. Schedule these activities in your calendar so you don’t…

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How to banish bathroom clutter

These common organizing mistakes make it more difficult to banish bathroom clutter. Buying too many health and beauty supplies in advance or making duplicate purchases. I know it’s hard to resist a sale or a lotion with an appealing aroma. You’ve probably found yourself testing new products and before you knew it they were in your…

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How to transition you clothing closet for fall

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Fall is here. Is your wardrobe ready for the changing weather? If the answer is no, use these handy tips to help you transition your closet into fall. Make sure you check your winter wardrobe before cold weather sets in. Try everything on, especially the pieces you have doubts about. Do all your pieces fit? Will…

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How to downsize and declutter without being ruthless

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As a professional organizer, I’ve often used the expression “be ruthless.” My clients and those who follow me are urged to be ruthless while decluttering and making decisions about stuff. After discovering the true definition of ruthless is uncaring, cruel, and cold-blooded, I’m now hesitant to use it. Let’s focus on a kinder expression while…

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Choosing the right hangers for an organized closet

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Wire hangers aren’t your only options for keeping your clothing clean, wrinkle-free and off the floor. Let’s go over the different hanger options and their functions. Wire hangers, in my opinion, have one function, transporting clothing from the dry cleaner to your home. After the items are home, switch to another type of hanger if…

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What to do if your refrigerator is a kitchen eyesore

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The refrigerator, a container for perishable food, needs organizing like any other area of your home. There are some common mistakes we make with our refrigerators that often create waste and turn it into a kitchen eyesore. Keeping things for too long. Perishable items have a shorter lifespan than pantry items. Before heading to the grocery…

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How to stay organized on a family road trip

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Are you planning a summer road trip?  Here are some ways you can make a family road trip more enjoyable, and less crazy. Thoroughly declutter your vehicle before packing for the trip. Remove unnecessary items, i.e. trash, mail, work stuff, sports gear and stray clothing. Have your car serviced a few weeks before your trip. Better…

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Tips for moving your college student with ease

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Do you or will you have multiple children in college? Besides the obvious financial expenses, you’ve probably spent time and energy helping them move several times a year. Our daughter’s moves went smoothly, thanks to my husband’s extraordinary packing skills. Although she would deny this, our daughter took pretty much everything she owned to college. It…

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Smart packing tips for your next road trip

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My husband and I enjoyed taking road trips to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Tetons and to Yosemite prior to having our daughter.  She then joined us as we traveled to Maine, North Carolina and Yellowstone/Tetons. We love seeing the U.S. from the road. The trips have been more relaxing when we brought along the following items. Food…

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Be prepared for an emergency with this simple card

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Emergency medical professionals want to provide the best treatment possible to their patients and also let your loved ones know you are experiencing a crisis. This is very difficult to do when you are unresponsive. Make their job easier by taking the advice of my medical professional friend who suggests everyone carry an “in case…

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Organizing a profitable garage sale

Does the thought of holding a garage sale give you goosebumps or cause you to break out into a cold sweat? Garage sales were an annual event during my childhood. My mom thought they were fun and would select household items throughout the year to set aside for the summer sale. My tips will help…

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Unique and fun gift ideas for graduates

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Do you have a family member or friend graduating this year? Here are some unique and fun gift ideas for every graduate, that will be clutter-free and useful. Cold hard cash is always appreciated. If you want a clever way to present the cash, the Internet is a good place to search for ideas. (My…

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Help with Organizing School Papers

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It’s not easy to stay on top of school papers. It enters your home via backpacks and then migrates to the kitchen counter and table. What do you do to prevent a paper pile up? My No. 1 suggestion is to be choosy about the papers you keep. Consider these questions. Can you find the…

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Best tips for storing your linens

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Besides your everyday linens, you may be the owner of holiday-themed towels, table linens and seasonal bedding. There are options, besides closets, for storing and organizing linens. Have you looked under your beds lately? There could be less important items under there that you’ve forgotten about and no longer want to own. If you decide…

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Best Tips for Downsizing Seniors with Love

Downsizing for Seniors

Downsizing for a loved one before a move to assisted living or other senior housing is more challenging when he or she isn’t able to wholly participate in the downsizing process. You can get through it with the following measures. Start sooner rather than later when helping sort and edit things. Shorter work sessions are…

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12 Days of Simple yet Meaningful Gift Ideas

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Gifts can be meaningful and fun without adding more stuff to the recipient’s life.  If this is important to you but you need some inspiration, use this list.   Many of these gifts are available online which is perfect for last-minute shoppers. Days of Meaningful, Clever Gift Ideas  A one-year membership to Amazon Prime for the music,…

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Clever and simple gifts that don’t add clutter

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What do you give the person who has everything…..or the person that literally has EVERY-thing?!    You may be reluctant to add more stuff to their life but want to express your love or gratitude.  Consider gifts that are temporary, for example, consumables or seasonal plants that have a short lifespan (especially at my house…

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