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Organization does not look perfect

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So many people ask me if my home looks perfect because I am a professional organizer. The answer is a resounding no. Being organized, and functioning efficiently, does not have to look perfect, it just has to work. The bottom line is that you take the time to assign a place for everything to live. That way you know where it goes when it comes in, and you know where to find it when you need it. Eventually it becomes second nature and you don’t have to even give it a thought. Getting organized reduces your stress, increases your productivity… read more »

Making it work

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Since there was enough stuff in my spice cabinet to really fill two spaces, I separated the spices from the flour, sugar, etc. After raising a couple of the shelves in the cabinet so that the larger spaces were on the bottom two shelves, rather than the top two like it had been before, I began returning items to the cabinet. I placed the items in the cabinet based on their usage, with the most frequently used or larger items on the bottom shelves. And the less used or smaller items on the top shelves. I was also able to… read more »

The Home

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After determining your vision, sorting and then tossing your items, it’s time to determine where they should live based on their usage. I had an empty drawer in my kitchen that I hadn’t realized before. I shifted other items in my kitchen around so that the right size drawer was empty. I wanted to put my spices in a drawer so that I could make my vision for the spices a reality. I would be able to see the spices easily. I would be able to get anything out of the drawer I needed very quickly. And return the item… read more »

The Toss

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After establishing my vision for the spice cabinet and sorting the items, it was time to toss or consolidate items. Check expiration dates and toss expired items. Consolidate duplicate and triplicate items. Determine if you still need the items. Once I followed the simple steps above for the items in the spice cabinet, I was able to pull in some of the same items from other cabinets and consolidate them. I found more sugar, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and Pam in another cabinet. Of course those items were 1/2 or 1/3 full as well, so I was able to… read more »

The Sort

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Once I figured out what wasn’t working with the spice cabinet, and what my vision was for it, I took everything out of the cabinet. Needless to say, there were many duplicate items and even more triplicates of items than I want to admit. After grouping like items with like items, this is what I found: 2 bags of sugar – one 1/2 full, one 1/8 full 2 bottles of virgin olive oil – both pretty full 3 bottles of vanilla – two full, one missing about 4 tablespoons 3 jars of chicken bouillon cubes – two missing about 6… read more »

The Vision

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This spice cabinet in my home has not been working for a long time. It is crammed full of things, I can’t see what’s in there, and it’s a nightmare to get anything out of it. I’ve been putting off re-organizing this cabinet for so long because I didn’t want to stop and take time out of my busy schedule to do it. Saturday I tackled and conquered it. I took pictures along the way in the hopes that it will help you to know how to re-organize different areas of your home or office. We’ll go through it step… read more »

One of our favorite products

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One of our favorite organizing products is a 6-quart storage box, otherwise known as a shoe box. We use these so often because they are a perfect solution for many different areas of the home or office. Because they are clear, it is easy to see at a glance what might be in them. They are also very easy to label and stack. Where can you use them? Bathroom closets: Use these storage containers for your medications, lotions, first aid items, etc, rather than struggling to find things because you have everything strewn about on a shelf in your bathroom… read more »

Clothes have rules too

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In order to remain organized and clutter-free you must establish systems, or rules, for your stuff. Here are some fairly basic rules that you can easily implement to help you keep a handle on your clothes: Check them seasonally. At the beginning of each season when you are switching out your wardrobe, take a fresh realistic look at the clothes you are moving into your closet for the upcoming season. Do you still like that style? Is there anything wrong with it? Does it fit? Put hangers backwards. When you move your clothes for the upcoming season into your closet,… read more »

Let’s tackle those closets

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Our closets are a place that we use very frequently. If they are clutter filled and not in order, this can add to our daily stress because we waste time and energy searching for the things we need on a regular basis. Start off tackling the closet by pulling everything out of the closet and sorting the items into categories. Do not try to make any decisions on whether you need an item at this time, just sort. Once you have completely sorted the entire closet into categories, you can go back and make a more informed decison about the… read more »

It’s spring cleaning time!

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Spring cleaning each year gives us a chance to throw open the windows and let in some fresh air while we dig in to de-clutter and deep clean our homes. Here are 10 things you may want to tackle: Launder your curtains. Consider using Downy to add that great clean smell to every room. Clean cabinet doors and knobs. Clean switch plates and mini blinds. Clean oven. Dust ceiling lights, fans and hanging picture frames. Touch up paint where needed to cover wall marks. Vacuum furniture cracks and crevasses. Wash baby car seat cover. Sweep out garage. Wipe down handrails… read more »

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