Practical tips for organizing your home maintenance records

February 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
home maintenance

If you own a home, you know that a home requires care and upkeep in the form of repairs, renovations and regular maintenance. There are systems you can put in place to organize home maintenance paperwork including receipts, service providers and projects. Your first consideration when organizing home maintenance items is to decide whether  you…

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Instant decluttering tips for a cleaner home

February 2, 2019
decluttering tips

This is the last my series of tips to help you start eliminating clutter and take you from overwhelmed to organized. Apply the “one-in, one-out” rule to your home. For every item you bring in, one should be donated or discarded. This may need to be modified to one-in, 10-out until your home feels comfortable. Give…

7 winning organizing strategies

January 19, 2019
organizing strategies

This week I’m sharing more of my top strategies to help you go from overwhelmed to organized. 1. Use containers while de-cluttering instead of creating piles. You’ll need these clearly labeled containers next to the area you are de-cluttering: donate, sell, trash, recycle, items to keep but go elsewhere and shred. 2. Find a home for…

5 ways to start organizing when you’re overwhelmed

January 5, 2019
start organizing

It’s not uncommon to dread the organizing process and feel paralyzed.  I’m sharing my best tips to help you go from overwhelmed to organized in the next 3 blog posts. Start small. Choose a very tiny area to start, like one drawer, or commit to organizing for a short amount of time (15 minutes every week).…

Unique holiday gift ideas for every person on your list

November 30, 2018
unique holiday gift ideas

With gift-giving season upon us, you might like these nifty options that won’t add clutter to the recipient’s life. Requests: Ensure your gift will be put to use and enjoyed by asking the recipient for their wish list. If you don’t want to spill the beans and ask them directly for ideas, enlist the help of…

What you definitely need to do before buying bulk quantities

November 17, 2018
warehouse bulk shopping

Before you buy an enormous package of toilet paper or a colossal container of berries from your local warehouse club store consider these factors. Do you have room in your home to store your bulk purchases, including the frozen and refrigerated items? Carefully ponder where you will put each and every item you place in…

A calm holiday season: Yes, it is possible!

November 3, 2018
holiday organizing

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…

How to banish bathroom clutter

October 20, 2018

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…

How to transition you clothing closet for fall

October 6, 2018
clothing closet, organizing clothing for fall

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…

How to downsize and declutter without being ruthless

September 22, 2018
downsize

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…

Choosing the right hangers for an organized closet

September 8, 2018
hangers, closet organizing, clothing organization

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…

What to do if your refrigerator is a kitchen eyesore

August 18, 2018
fridge organization

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…

How to keep cool about back to school AND save money

August 4, 2018
back to school tips

Depending on how you’re summer has been going, you’re either excited or sad about this whole back to school thing. Here are some tips to reduce a bit of the stress associated with this time of year and make this time of year kinder to your budget. Schedule a doctor’s appointment. Most sports require a yearly physical…

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