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May 2017

A Guest Post All About Garages

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Today’s guest post is by Morgan from Morganize with Me and it’s called How to Organize a Garage / Storage Area.  I know for some readers this may not mean much – maybe you don’t have a garage or storage area.  But trust me, this tip can apply to more than just those 2 areas.

Her 3 basic rules are:

  • Create Zones: place like items together and put items that are used more often in an easier place to access and the items that are used less often in harder to reach places.
  • Less IS More: don’t just toss stuff into your garage/storage area, just because you can. Use the space for items that you actually need to keep and hold on to.
  • Put Things Away: commit to putting things back to where they belong and work to keep the order in place.

To find out how she applied this to her space, click the title of her post and check out her before and after pictures.

Do you have your own garage / storage transformation to share?  Let me know! Contact Top Shelf

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Don’t Go On a Shopping Spree

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The 3rd week of the month is supposed to be a post about an organizing tool I don’t usually recommend or something that I use differently than how it’s marketed, but I also want to include some general “Don’ts” if you’re serious about getting organized.

My first “Don’t” is: don’t go out and buy a bunch of random containers without knowing what you need.  Generally, before I start a job I do a consult with the new client and we discuss what needs to be done.  We create a general game plan for the upcoming space and then I do research and send different ideas to the client.  Sometimes we need to buy containers and sometimes we don’t.  While it is nice to have an assortment of options when I come in to get a space organized, I would rather have something that I know will work, as opposed to trying different options and settling for one just because it’s already there.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I come into a new job and see a bunch of baskets and bins already there I get really excited but sometimes it creates more of a headache later on because it can also limit what can be done in that space. And, if you over-buy bins then you either have to take some back to the store or you have to find storage for them somewhere and either way you’ve wasted money.

So whether you want to tackle your organizing job yourself or you’re hiring a professional organizer to come in, please make a game plan first and then shop.

Do you have your own organizing “Don’t” to share?  Let me know in the comments below!

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I Love this Organizing Tool

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Last month I wrote about large baskets and how much I love them.  This month I’m going to write about smaller baskets and just a few my reasons for loving them.  If you want a cheap way to organize a drawer, go to a dollar store and buy some pencil baskets.  As much as I love drawer organizers not everyone wants to spend the money on them when small pencil baskets do the same thing AND are easier to move around, which makes re-organizing and rearranging easier.

What else are small baskets good for besides junk drawer organization?  Well they’re a great “catch all” spot for small items when you don’t have time to put them away right away.  By having a designated space for these items they don’t end up all over the house (I wrote about the benefits of having a “drop zone” in your home in a previous post).  Small baskets can be used in pantries to hold random condiment packets or food items; they can be used in cupboards to keep measuring spoons together or all your supplements in one space.  Ladies, they are great in the bathroom to keep nail polish accessories together or all those random hair ties you haven’t lost yet (key word – “yet”).  Gents, need a space for the random coins that end up in your pockets?  Or maybe you need one in your garage for nails or screws.  Parents, keep your kids crayons, markers and colored pencils each in their own specific basket…  Are you getting my point?  There’s so many ways to use small baskets and even if the items in the basket are random, less items out creates more order in the house and makes de-cluttering and organizing a simpler process.

Do you love small baskets too? Or do you find them annoying? Comment below and let me know!

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A Guilt-Free “Purge” Item

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Nearly everybody loves to sit back on the couch, chill out and watch a movie.  But with Netflix, On Demand, Hulu, Amazon Prime and the rest of the streaming apps, DVDs aren’t nearly as important as they once were.  I’m not suggesting you get rid of your entire DVD collection, but I am going to suggest you go through your DVDs and see if there’s any you can get get rid of.  There’s probably several you don’t watch anymore, several you don’t like anymore, or there may be some you’ve never even watched.  So why not clear them from your space?  Why hold on to them, letting them take up space and add to your feelings of guilt for “all the stuff you own that you don’t need”?

Here’s some great alternatives to just throwing them away: donate them to a second hand shop, sell them on social media, offer them to your friends, or, if you’re a crafty type there’s a ton of different things you can do (click here to see 25 ways to recycle old DVDs and cds).

By doing this you’ll own DVDs you actually like and you won’t have feelings of guilt seeing all the ones you never watch anymore.

Do you like this idea? Or do you have another way to recycle old DVDs? Comment below and let me know!

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