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Our tree topper has had a good run

December 1, 2022 |

This star has topped our tree for 24 years. This year of all years the star refused to light up, go figure. Our $10 star had a good run. I remember shopping for this star with my mom after she saw our star-less tree. A tree without a topper was unacceptable to my mom. She…

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Organize for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 17, 2011

Are you hosting Thanksgiving Dinner?  Are you overwhelmed and feeling panicked?   Eliminate the overwhelm by tacking one or two tasks a day and you will be ready, not stressed.  More importantly ASK for help from your family. 1. Write out your menu and delegate parts of the meal to guests, unless you love to cook…

Daily pick-up

November 15, 2011

Tripping over clutter or having it glaring at you as you get out of bed probably isn’t the finest way to start the day. What if you started your day without a having to face dirty dishes in every room, tripping over assorted shoes, feeling toys squished under your bare feet, and clothing draped over…

Put it back where you found it

November 8, 2011

Having trouble staying organized?  Ever wonder why your house seems to fall out of order shortly after you restored order? Let me ask you this….after you are finished using something, do you put it away? If your answer is NO! it’s time to make a change that will change your life…seriously.  Instead of just leaving…

One in, one out rule

November 1, 2011

Now that you have a donation station, it’s time to put it to good use.  When you purchase and item, find something to donate and put it in one of your  donation station container.  Better yet, if you seriously need to un-stuff your home, donate 2-3 items for every item you acquire.   It’s called…

Donation Station

October 28, 2011

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…

Just for today…

October 25, 2011

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…

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

October 15, 2011

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,…

Is your garage clean enough to eat in it?

October 4, 2011

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…

Garage Organizing Tip: Garage Shelving

September 29, 2011

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…

Garage Tips: Storage Containers

September 23, 2011

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,…

Garage Organizing Tip: Garage Hooks

September 19, 2011

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…

Garage Organizing Tip: Organizing Small Tools.

September 16, 2011

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…