Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My favorite storage box


My favorite all time storage system is the traditional "plastic shoe box".  It is so versatile and can hold so many different types of items.  I usually use it for storing art supplies/art crafts and office supplies in a cabinet.  Many times it can substitute for drawer dividers instead of the more expensive ones.  The reason I like them besides being less expensive then most storage containers is they stack are clear see-through and easy to clean.  They are great in the pantry, bedroom, bathroom and garage. You can purchase them online or at the container store.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year

It is a New Year full of new commitments and opportunities.  It is time to learn new techniques of organizing or implementing the habits that you were procrastinating.  It is time to finally take action and change bad habits.  Develop new techniques and incentive to change the way you use our time and energy.  Change the way you view your living situation and teach your family to get on board and make improvements on how you live.  Let's finally make this year a year of change.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Everything you need to know about organizing for the Holidays

Tonight I gave a tele-class to professional organizers from NAPO.  I shared with them my personal experiences and ideas/tips for organizing the holidays around the year. My Master Holiday Checklist included: Creating a Holiday notebook (usually a 3 ring binder ) where everything is stored.  Use this checklist as a reference, keeping in mind that not every client needs or wants to be organized for everything on this list.
Holiday Goals-What are their expectations?
Holiday Ideas Notebook-to collect ideas throughout the year
Success and mistakes List-from year to year, so they learn from their mistakes!
Create a budget per Holiday
Holiday Calendar
Timeline or flow -chart for each holiday
to do list for each holiday
holiday storage-home/outdoor decorations, dishware, gift wrap etc
The organized kitchen
Menu Planning
Setting up the house.

MY FAVORITE TIPS
Remember holidays are all about family and friends gathering together! Less is more.  Keep the value of the holiday in mind.  Here is how I make the holidays stress free and enjoyable for everyone.
1. Begin with the end in mind..set the table before you start cooking.  It makes me feel like it will all come out right on time.
2.  Keep your list close and add to them as you need (you might want to put them on your phone)
3.  Choose one area that is important to you an make that your priority.
4.  Delegate as much as you can.  Hire help (if it's in your budget.)
5.  Involve your children by letting them help you make some food or decorations at the table.  Involving the family makes it a fun experience.
6.  Buy a new apron.  It always makes cooking fun.
7.  Put on your favorite music while you cook.
8  .Light  a fragrant candle to make the house smell nice.
9. Invite a friend to cook with you
10. Drink a glass of wine while you are cooking

Happy Holiday Preparations!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June - End of the School Year

Now that June has creeped in we are getting ready for the summer, getting our kids ready for camp, and hopefully getting rid of some clutter.  Do you know the difference between a "to do" list and "a project list"  They don't belong on the same page.  When making your lists of things you want to do this summer be sure to be realistic and watch your time.  If you are making a list of "goals"  this too needs a separate page.  To Do is something you generally can do in a small amount of uninterpreted time, like going to the market or returning something at a store.  Projects require more time and planning and probably some additional help from others.  Conquering goals is a process that needs to be broken down into some time intervals.  Examine what you want to do this summer and start making the proper lists.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May is for helping Mom

The whole month of May should be dedicated to helping Moms.  What better way to help her then chipping in with the chores around the house.   Here is a list of things you can organize for her.
1.  Ask her if she would like you to go shopping for her or computerize  a shopping list on her smart phone.
2.  Organize her photos so she can order on snap-fish.
3. Write out a itemized list of cleaning tasks you can help with or hire some help.
4.  Clean up all her clutter on her emails
5.  De clutter the garage or your room. What's ever is worst !
6.  Plant some flowers in the garden and make a list of how to maintain it.
7. Give a gift of a professional organizer !!