Donation Station

Every home should have a donation station.  A box, bag or other container to hold the items you want to pass on to your favorite charity.   Label your container “donate” and set in a location that is accessible to all your household members.  We have our bags in our basement laundry room. This station provides… [Read More]

Just for today…

Organization requires changing your habits and routines.   Have you ever heard the expression, “if you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten?” Do you want to develop better organizing habits but it just seems too hard and too overwhelming to change the way you do things? I’d like… [Read More]

Organize for a walk, run, swim, or a bike ride.

We have a large, sometimes obnoxious, yellow lab named Cleo. Cleo needs a daily walk to mellow her out. I also require a daily walk to mellow out. Sometimes a few of my friends and their dogs come along. If you are a dog walker you are well aware that dogs usually need to stop,… [Read More]

Garage Organizing: Client Success Story

My client’s garage needed a bit more organization.  She hated looking at the mess, it made her feel awful but she was too overwhelmed to do anything about it.  She called me and found out I don’t get overwhelmed very easily, because I love to organize. We had a great time together.  She purged like… [Read More]

Is your garage clean enough to eat in it?

I would not call this garage your every day sort of garage.  In fact it’s no longer used as a garage, it’s now a 50’s diner and a fun space for entertaining.  They went above and beyond organizing their garage! We happened upon this garage during our road trip to Maine in 2006.  Our car… [Read More]

Garage Organizing Tip: Garage Shelving

I’ve emphasized using your garage walls to their fullest potentials in my garage blog posts.  This includes installing shelves to maximize vertical storage space. Our shelves are attached to the walls; free standing, sturdy shelves are another option. There are also storage racks that hang from the ceiling.  www.Saferacks.com The shelves in our garage hold… [Read More]

Garage Tips: Storage Containers

Labeled storage containers keep a category of like things together.  Items stored in containers on a shelf or in a cabinet will be easy to find and accessible.  Think outside of the organizing box when choosing containers.  I have used the following to contain items in my garage or in client’s garages. Laundry Baskets: toys,… [Read More]

Garage Organizing Tip: Garage Hooks

Make friends with these rubber/plastic coated garage hooks. They are sturdy. They are functional. They are economical. They are available in a variety of and shapes that allow you to hang just about anything. We’ve used hooks for ladders, bikes, tools, weed wacker, extension cord, a fertilizer spreader, and chairs. Hooks + Stud = very… [Read More]

Garage Organizing Tip: Organizing Small Tools.

Do you waste time looking for your tools?  Have you ever purchased a tool you couldn’t find only to find it later?  Organize your tools in a manner that will allow you to simply find them instead of wasting time and money. My husband built a workbench with a pegboard above it.  We have one… [Read More]

Garage Tip: A Solution for Organizing Large Yard Tools

Are your rakes, shovels and other yard/garden tools taking up precious floor space in your garage?  Are they tangled up in one big pile so you avoid doing yard work?  That’s your excuse and you are sticking to it. Hang them from the garage walls.  The supplies you need are large nails, scrap lumber, decking… [Read More]

Garage Organizing Tip: Maximize garage space so you can actually park your car in the garage.

  This is our garage. There’s a lot of stuff in our garage.  Most of this stuff belongs to my husband, a fishing/outdoor enthusiast.  He is also the “saver” in the family.  “You never know when you are going to need a piece of an old bicycle inner tube; let’s save it” he tells me. … [Read More]

Garage: Using a Locked Storage Cabinet to Organize Hazardous Items and Valuables

A storage cabinet with doors will keep hazardous items like garden chemicals, paint, and pesticides out of the reach of children, especially if it’s locked.  If you have valuable tools in your garage, you may want locked storage.  Before we organized my client’s garage, she had pesticides sitting next to macaroni and cheese they stored… [Read More]

Got skunk? How to remove skunk odors from a dog.

Our dog Cleo has been sprayed by a skunk numerous times.  She obviously isn’t catching on to the whole avoidance thing.  If you have had a skunk spray your pet you know it’s extremely nasty. Thank goodness my sister shared an effective recipe for a skunk odor removal concoction before Cleo was sprayed the first… [Read More]

Keep it fresh with a clothes pin

A simple clothes pin is all you need to keep your snacks fresh.  No need to buy fancy chip clips if you don’t already have them.  I don’t do fancy, I do simple.  Most of us have clothes pins around the house.   Do you have bags of chips, pretzels, crackers, cereal, or other snack items… [Read More]

Laundry tip: catch up on your laundry

Does your laundry pile up and becoming an overwhelming task?  Maybe it’s time to start a laundry routine.  Put a load in every other day or so, that way you don’t have to spend hours trying to catch up.  Finish that load completely instead of leaving baskets of clean laundry sitting around waiting to be… [Read More]

Laundry tip: hangers

When a load of wash is dry, hang up the shirts instead of tossing them into the clean laundry basket.  This  will reduce wrinkles and save you a step.  I keep a supply of empty hangers in my laundry room and hang the shirts on this clothing bar.   An over-the-door bar will also work if… [Read More]

Is it time to make a change?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Author Unknown Organization requires changing habits and changing the way you feel about your “stuff.”  Start with small changes. What is one change are you going to make today to become better organized?  Please share in the comments section.

Laundry tip: socks

Do your socks lose their mate?  Do you spend a lot of time sorting clean socks for your family members?  Assign each family member a zippered lingerie bag for their socks.  Write their names on the bag with a laundry marker or a permanent marker.  Each person will now be responsible for matching up own… [Read More]

Laundry Tip: Simplify Laundry

It sure isn’t fancy or complicated but it works for me.  This is my basement laundry area.  Instead of piling dirty clothing on the dirty floor, I sort it into baskets according to the load category.  Lights, darks, jeans, sheets, and bleached items.  When a basket is full, the clothing go into the washing machine…. [Read More]

Laundry Tip: Children Can Do Laundry

I taught our teenage daughter how to do her laundry when she was 12 years old.  Until then, she had to rely on me for clean clothing.  I wasn’t totally reliable, meaning the article she wanted to wear wasn’t clean when she wanted to wear it. You may have been hesitate to teach your children,… [Read More]

Laundry Tip: Make those clothing piles disappear

What do you do with your clothing that you’ve worn only once?  It’s not dirty enough to wash, yet you don’t want it mix it up with really clean clothing.  So where does it end up? On the floor?  Over a chair or hanging from your treadmill?  Maybe they end up in the dirty laundry… [Read More]