Unique holiday gift ideas for every person on your list

November 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
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…

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Start Tackling Basement Clutter Without Freaking Out

November 17, 2017

  Homeowners in the Midwest are fortunate to have additional living and storage space in our basements. Basements can also be the most cluttered space in our homes because they are a super convenient area to squirrel away things we are undecided about. But basements have limits, and even though the clutter is hidden, it…

Treasure the memories, free yourself from the stuff

November 3, 2017
antiques

It isn’t easy to part with furniture, antiques, collectibles and other inherited family heirlooms. That’s OK unless your sentimentality has maxed out your basement storage or required long-term rental of an off-site storage unit. You would think it would be simple to let these family pieces go when they don’t fit in our space or…

Organize and create a convenient workout space in your home

October 20, 2017
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In addition to hands-on organizing with my clients, my other life-long passion is nutrition and working out. I’m not talking about hardcore, sweat-fest workouts (I don’t like to sweat) but workouts that keep me strong and healthy.   My office is also my workout space because I find it more convenient.  I don’t have to…

Tips to make your grocery shopping a more pleasant experience

October 6, 2017
tips to make grocery shopping pleasant

  If you arrive home from the grocery store with bags full of food, but there’s nothing in the bags that will help you put together dinner, perhaps these tips will help you. A trip to the grocery store without a list, AKA winging it, will undoubtedly cost you more time and money. I promise…

Things to do before your baby moves in

September 22, 2017
things to do before baby moves in

Organize and prepare your home a few weeks in advance of your baby’s arrival so you’re able to snuggle with your new family member as much as possible. Shop early for essentials — delivery dates are only an estimate. If you’re a mom-to-be in a nesting phase, use it to your advantage instead of wasting…

How to simplify your laundry routine

September 8, 2017
simplify laundry

Laundry … it’s tedious and non-ending and the last thing most of us want to do on a weekend. If it accumulates quickly, change your routine in order to keep up with the piles rather than catching up on weekends. Here are some tips to simplify and streamline laundry: Maybe life has thrown you the…

Good reasons for not buying things ahead of time

August 18, 2017
Good reasons for not buying things ahead

We all have things in our home that we have purchased for the future. These may be items for a new home, a project, or future children. They were probably on sale or simply caught your eye. It’s OK to think ahead and prepare for the future but sometimes we can get carried away and…

It’s not the stuff in life that matters

August 4, 2017
It's not the stuff that matters

“All you need is love,” according to The Beatles. It’s not the stuff that matters. In fact, owning less stuff will positively change your life.  Short on time? Save time, shop less. Stop acquiring more things that need to be laundered, dusted, organized, etc. Short on space? Make space by decluttering and donating your excess.…

How To Responsibly Donate Your Things To Charity

July 14, 2017
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When I work with my clients, we come across many things they no longer want but aren’t interested in selling. I encourage clients to donate as much as possible to local charities versus throwing usable items into the trash. Since 2002, I’ve become more familiar with the items charities accept and the condition they should…

Do this before leaving for vacation

June 23, 2017
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Vacations are much anticipated and often necessary to recharge and reboot.  It can be stressful to prepare to leave, especially for adults with homes.   There’s a lot to remember to do in order to ensure your home is ready to be unoccupied, yet appear occupied for a time period. Remove some of the pre-vacation…

What does a professional organizer do and when should you consider hiring one?

June 16, 2017
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Some people aren’t sure what professional organizers do. In short, get started organizing, make decisions when you’re stuck, and keep you focused. We won’t force you to throw anything out, and we don’t judge you. Bottom line, we help you accomplish an overwhelming task you may have been putting off for years. I enjoy my…

Lego Organizing Tips To Keep Them Off Your Floor

June 9, 2017

The iconic Lego bricks have been a long time childhood staple and provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. On the flip side, bare feet dislike them and they can be a bugger to organize. You may even feel guilty asking your kids to clean them up when they are in the middle…

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