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Category: Home Organization

Creating a responsibility chart that works

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Yesterday, I shared a great chart on our Facebook page that you can use as a visual reminder to help your kids learn routine & structure. I also mentioned that making the chart together helps kids take more ownership of the process too. That post prompted one of our clients to share the responsibility chart that she uses to rotate the chores between her 2 daughters. She has given me permission to share the chart and how it works with you here. First things first, after the family all worked together to come up with a list of the areas… read more »

Kitchen cabinet project

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This was a quick little project I did in my own kitchen. I don’t keep things perfectly organized in my own home with cute little bins and labels simply because I don’t really need to since I don’t have a ton of stuff to manage. However, the cleaning supplies and such under my kitchen sink had always sort of irritated me. It was never a challenge to find what I needed, but I would always inadvertently knock over anywhere from 1-5 things each time I reached for something in the back. Then I would have to take the time to… read more »

Maximizing your storage space

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A big part of getting organized is learning how to maximize your space. Many times we use whatever shelves or storage products we have lying around when we attempt to get organized. Or we don’t put much thought into what type of shelves or storage products would be best for the space before dashing out and grabbing whatever looks cute. It is critical to your organizing success that you take the time to really think through the appropriate storage products before you invest in them – or they just end up adding to your clutter. As you can see in… read more »

Simple gift wrap station

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Look what we stumbled upon while helping a client organize their basement last week. It’s a gift wrap station that they created themselves. I was so impressed with the simplicity of it and how well it worked that I asked their permission to share it with you. All they did was used a peg board and 6” long (and longer) peg board hooks to create the base for holding the wrapping paper. Then they simply slid a dowel rod through the center of the wrapping paper rolls so that it would lay on the peg board clamps and turn seamlessly.… read more »

Cleaning for a reason

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There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing people who realize that THEY can really make a difference in other’s lives. We all can. Today’s post is about a great FREE service that started when someone realized what a gift their housekeeping skills could be to someone in need, and then did something about it. I know that I’ve mentioned this here before but it’s worth repeating. If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word on to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while… read more »

Yes you can, can

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Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to see what kind of can goods you have in the back of the pantry but you can’t get to them? Don’t you hate when you forget to rotate your can goods and by the time you get to the ones in the back, they’re expired? This product will maximize the storage space in any cabinet and make it easier for you to see, and get to, the things you need.

Sweet and spicy

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Spice storage is a real problem for most people. Either there are too many spices and so you can’t see them all, they’re stored too high to see them all or a host of other problems. This product looks like a fantastic solution to alot of the problems that people encounter trying to manage their spices. These spice rack storage organizers attach to the back of a door or can be hidden away inside a cabinet. And they allow you to easily see all of your spices.

Organization 101 – day four

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After completing all of the steps we’ve discussed already, you’re finally down to what will actually stay in the space. Now it’s time to figure out what containers to use for the items that are staying. Thank goodness in this project we already know what containers we’re using thanks to Rubbermaid. They gave me a set of drawer organizers to try out and want to gift a set to one of my blog readers that leaves a comment…hint, hint. The winner will be selected Monday. Before selecting your container, you’ll need to make sure that the container is the right… read more »

Organization 101 – day three

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Step Three Now that we’ve gotten rid of everything that doesn’t belong in this space, we can get a clearer picture of the things that will really be living there. Sort the remaining items into groups, or categories, of like things with like things. In our example, I’ve grouped the tools that will stay with the other tools that will stay, the batteries with the batteries, the screws together, etc. This step helps you to take another look at how much you have of each item and perhaps to let go of any other excess you might not have realized… read more »

Organization 101 – day two

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Step One The first step in getting organized is to determine what your vision is for the space or system you are working on. My vision for the junk drawer is to be able to quickly find what I need, quickly retrieve it and quickly return it so I can easily find it next time I need it. Step Two Remove anything from the space or system that doesn’t belong there based on your vision. As you can see, my junk drawer had a lot of tools living there that really belonged in my tool box. There were about 5-7… read more »

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