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July 2017

Organizing the Catch-All Room

By | Previous Job, Weekly Tip | One Comment

Well, it’s the fifth week of the month which means your weekly “tip” comes in the form of a previous job. ūüôā

Some homes have “catch-all drawers”, “catch-all cupboards” and “catch-all spaces”… This home had a “catch-all room”. ¬†I met the mom in a ballet class we both were taking and every week she would tell me she needed to hire me “one day” (which I hear a lot) and she actually did! ¬†I went to her house for a consultation and she showed me her “catch-all room”. ¬†As we discussed her desires for the room, she told me it needed to be multi-functional for her family. ¬†She is a crafter and seamstress so she needed a space for that, she home-schools her 3 kids and so she needed a space for them to do work individually, she wanted a space for all the arts and crafts supplies they use every day, along with a place to store books, old pictures and other random items that didn’t have a home. ¬†If this sounds overwhelming, it was. ¬†It was a a VERY cluttered space but had SO much potential.

We worked hard for several hours and came up with 4 different “zones” in this large room. ¬†She had her craft and sewing space, her kids got their desk space (she only has 1 kid at a time sit a do work so the desk she had was perfect), the large bookshelf that already had arts and craft supplies on it just needed to be organized and the small bookshelf was perfect for the items her husband needed stored, along with the pictures and books we found along the way.

The one tip I’ll give to you guys based on this job is this – purge! Every single item in your space needs to be addressed. A lot of what you’ll see in the pictures was thrown out or donated. ¬†If she hadn’t been so ready to get rid of the unnecessary, this job would have been a lot harder and a lot longer.

Overall it was a great experience and I was thrilled I could help a friend out. ¬†Scroll down to see the “before and after” pictures.

Do you have a “catch-all space” you need organized? ¬†Let me know in the comments below!

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A Guest Post For Every Parent’s Need

By | Guest Post, Weekly Tip | One Comment

Okay maybe not EVERY parent, but parent’s with young kids. ¬†One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How do I keep my kid’s “too small and too big” clothes organized?!” ¬†I’m sure some of you out there are saying, “YES!”, but even if you’re not just keep reading. ¬†You never know when you may be able to pass this info along.

Kristin at Everyday Organizing has personal experience with this (unlike my single, childless self).  She has twins, a boy and a girl, and at the time she wrote this post they were toddlers Рyikes for clothes organization!!! She addressed this issue in her post Too Small/Too Big Baskets. She writes:

“…the areas of my house that require the most constant purging are my kids’ closets. ¬†As all parents know, toddlers grow out of clothes in the blink of an eye. ¬†I swear, pants that fit perfectly last week are suddenly two inches too short. ¬†At least once a week, I put an item of clothing on one of my children only to find that it no longer fits.”

If you can relate then click the post title and see how she combated this problem!

Do you like this post? ¬†Have you been trying to figure out a way to tackle this in your own life? ¬†Or do you have a better way to keep track of the random clothes in your kids’ closets? ¬†Let me know in the comments below!

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This is One of My Least Favorite Organizing Tools

By | Least Favorite Organizing Tools, Weekly Tip | One Comment

This organizing tool is one that can be found in dorm rooms all over America, which is fine. ¬†In my opinion they should stay in dorm rooms. ¬†They are handy, they do provide extra storage when needed, and they are affordable, but please, do NOT bring this item into your home once you’re out of college and in your own place.

Okay, so what is this item? ¬†Plastic stackable drawers. ¬†These guys are magnets for dust and dirt in every tiny little corner, they bend, warp and break very easily¬†because they’re cheaply made and, quite frankly, they just aren’t nice to look at. ¬†If you’re willing to do just a bit of research you’ll see there are so many other great options out there.

One such item is IKEA’s¬†Raskog utility cart. ¬†This consistently is one of IKEA’s top sellers and everyone who has one raves about it in all the reviews and online articles. ¬†If you don’t like the look of that particular cart or the price is higher than you’d like there’s other carts out there such as¬†this one¬†from Wal-Mart¬†or this cart¬†from Amazon. ¬†Or, maybe you want to go in a completely different direction and buy something like this¬†from Bed, Bath and Beyond. ¬†Whatever you choose to use, do yourself a favor – donate those plastic drawers to someone going off to college in the fall and find a new way to store the items it contains.

**Well this post has been up for 3 hours and has already drawn discussions and disagreements so let me add this note – when I say I don’t like theses drawers I mean out in a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. In some ways they do make sense, such as LEGO storage or for craft supplies. The point of my post was more to draw attention to the fact that if they’re being used as regular storage in ‘public’ rooms, there are other options. Yes, there is a place for those drawers, but it’s hidden away, out of sight. This is my personal opinion.

Do you agree with this post?  Or do you like the plastic drawers? Let me know in the comments below!

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This Item Will Transform Your Drawers

By | Most Favorite Organizing Tools, Weekly Tip | No Comments

Guys, let’s get real for a second – if I said¬†the word “drawer” to you, your mind would probably go to the messiest, most unorganized, clutter-filled drawer in your house; the one drawer you really want to organize, but probably never will. ¬†Instead you just keep digging through it, finding what you need and then closing it without ever addressing the issue.

Well, let me give you 2 words of advice: Drawer.  Dividers.

Seriously, these things will change your life.  And your drawers.  Drawer dividers are different from regular utensils holders because, unlike standard utensil dividers, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  Some are just simple spring-loaded pieces of plastic, wood or bamboo, similar to tension rods.  These dividers in particular allow bigger items to be contained (like different clothing items, kitchen utensils, tools, etc), whereas the tray ones provide smaller spaces for little items (like rubber bands, scotch tape, hair clips, etc).

I love using the standard utensil dividers for more than just utensils (and you can read about it in another blog post) but sometimes they aren’t the best choice to go with and here’s why: you can only add so many items to one slot, sometimes the trays in the drawer add just enough height so baking utensils like ladles and whisks don’t fit in the¬†closed drawer anymore, and sometimes there are oddly shaped items that don’t fit into a narrow slot no matter how you rearrange the other items.

When that happens I usually suggest some of these:

Bamboo drawer dividers

Plastic drawer dividers

Adjustable drawer dividers

There are plenty more options out there¬†for every drawer you can imagine, in every room you can imagine. ¬†I’ve used these drawer dividers in kitchen drawers, dresser drawers, bathroom drawers, and more. ¬†They’re so handy to have and can be a help to everyone by keeping a drawer organized simply by keeping the items in it separated and contained.

Do you like this post?  Agree with me that drawer dividers are awesome?  Or do you have a drawer divider disaster story?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Get Rid of This and Your Life Will Be So Much Easier!

By | Purge, Weekly Tip | No Comments

I know, I know, that title is a bit much, but honestly, it’s true! ¬†And not just for this specific post but every “Purge” post I’ve written so far. ¬†Getting rid of items that are just taking up space is sooooo freeing. ¬†I have had many clients tell me “Wow! I feel so much lighter!” once a job is done and their clutter has been cut down. ¬†It really does affect us physically and mentally! ¬†Trust me!

So this week’s item is just as important to get rid of and I think most people will agree with me and most of those who do will probably need to follow this post’s suggestion. ¬†Plastic containers (ie tupperware) – ¬†lids without bottoms and bottoms without lids. ¬†Why on earth do we keep¬†these in our kitchens? ¬†What’s the point? ¬†They’re just taking up space and if they can’t even be used… why hold on to them?

Take a couple minutes (okay maybe more like 15) and pull out all of your plastic containers and lids. ¬†Match each one together and if one doesn’t have a matching lid or bottom then toss it. ¬†Obviously you can recycle/reuse certain containers (which I’m okay with), I just don’t want to see them get thrown back in with the rest of the sets, continuing to make your life just a little more frustrating than it needs to be. Whenever I organize a kitchen this is one of the steps I take and no one has ever told me later “Gee, I really miss those things.” Those lids and containers are impossible to miss, especially when you need to store some food and don’t have to dig to find matches. All you’ll end up saying is “Why did I hang on to those all this time?!”

Do you agree with this post? ¬†Can I get an “amen”?! ¬†Let me know in the comments below!

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