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1 Simple Tip to Make the Seasonal Change a Little Easier

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Fall Is Approaching…

July is here! Hopefully you’re in the midst of summer fun. But before you realize it autumn will be here, and with it school for kiddos, cooler weather, changing out the wardrobe, heavier shoes, protecting plants, switching out summer gear for winter, etc. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with the change of seasons, begin your prep now. How? Simple.

 

Make a list of all you need to accomplish

 

I’m a big fan of lists and keep an ever changing, constantly updating “to do” list on my phone.
if you tend to feel overwhelmed with all that comes with the change of seasons (which is different for every person), take advantage of this tip and get your list going now. Whether you’re a paper and pencil person or someone who keeps everything on their phone, once you’re in the midst of the craziness of fall, you’ll be glad you have the friendly little reminder that will leave you feeling productive and on top of what you need to tackle. Just make sure that list is easily accessible and not in a place where you’ll forget it!

 

 

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The Storage Container Matching Game

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The Match Game

Oh food storage containers… the kitchen equivalent of a pair of socks. Somehow, there’s always a missing lid or bottom and a completely flabbergasted hunter without a clue where it went or how it got lost. If you can relate (and let’s be honest, I think we all can) then keep reading and take my advice – pull out all of your containers, match them ALL up, discard the ones without a matching piece and then….

Keep the food storage lids in a separate bin

Not only is it way easier to see what you have and find the lid you need, it’s also a better use of space AND it gives those pesky, easy to lose lids a home! And when an item has a home, you’re more likely to put it back where it goes.

I’ve done this at several different jobs and in several different spaces and I know it works. This idea can be used in drawers (deep, not shallow, so the lids can stand up and be filed), cupboards with a half shelf, cupboards with a full shelf, and cupboards without a shelf. Nest the bottoms, contain the lids and watch how long you can go without losing a single one.

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When Was the Last Time You Washed This?

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Spring has officially sprung! And with it comes spring cleaning! Most of us remember the basics (windows and screens, baseboards and fans, etc) but I bet there’s one small section you don’t even think about. Can you guess what it is?

Throw pillows

When was the last time you washed your throw pillows? I know for me, the answer is “uhhh never?”. But think about it, you lay on throw pillows just like you do your bed pillows and chances are you probably wash those cases regularly. What’s better on a cold winter day than snuggling up on your couch for a rest by the fireplace? Not much. So now that it’s spring, freshen up your living room by freshening up your throw pillows. Because snuggling up on the couch when it’s a rainy day is just as delightful.

Keep in mind the type of material will dictate the method of cleaning, but if possible, remove the covers** and get those things clean!

 

**Some experts say to only spot clean pillows that don’t have removable covers to ensure the pillow holds its shape.
This also applies if the pillow is vintage or has delicate embroidery. An alternative to this is dry cleaning the entire pillow

 

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A Simple Tip to Take Away the “Out of Town Guests Stress”

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Out of town guests arriving can be extremely exciting and at the same time extremely stressful. One way to cut down on the stress is to keep things organized so you know where everything is at a moment’s notice.
And what’s one way to do this?

Keep ‘guest’ related items in the room they belong

With this tip I’m thinking specifically of towels and linens. If you have a designated guest room, utilize the closet or dresser space for those items. If guests stay in a child’s bedroom, keep the linens tucked away in the closet where they can’t be used accidentally. Typically I’m a big advocate for keeping everything in one place  (such as a linen closet) but sometimes you have to break the rules in order to eliminate the stress of looking for something only to find it’s been used by a “non-guest”.

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I Need Help!!

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Overwhelmed with your project(s)?

Do you have too many projects surrounding you? Last month I challenged you to start a project during the month of January. Did you do it? Did you begin a project? The bigger question is, did you finish the project? So many times people start a project but before finishing it they begin another one, and then another one, and then another one…
and eventually they get overwhelmed and just give up on everything they’ve been working on and nothing gets completed.

So here’s today’s tip:

Finish one project before moving on to the next

Pick one project, big or small, and FINISH IT!
Then ride the wave of excitement that comes with a project being done and tackle another partially completed project.
Focus on each project as you’re working on it and see each one through to completion before going on to the next.

You can do it!

 

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One Way to Overcome the Post Holiday Blues

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Beating the Winter Slump

Christmas is past. We’ve rung in the new year and now 2019 has begun… and for most of us, that means a few more months of dark, cold winter. If just the thought of that makes you feel depressed, here’s one tip that will help banish that gloomy mood and will keep you motivated and productive when winter feels like it will never end:

Tackle A Project

Think about it, winter is the only season when you’re mostly inside your home. It’s dark longer, it’s usually very cold (relevant to where you are) and snow days are real things, in work and school. There may be the occasional walk or play date outside, but no one is packing up their family for a picnic at the park and staying out late in January (at least not here in the US). Since you’re going to be home more anyways, find a project you’ve been meaning to tackle, and use this month to actually do it! Whether that is organizing, painting, rearranging, purging, DIYing, etc, make the most of this forced “inside-ness” and stay productive. Then, when spring finally rolls around, you can get outside more knowing your home is in good shape.

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How To End the Year the Right Way

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One in, One out… Or two

Christmas is 22 days away! And some of you have no idea where you’re going to put all of the new stuff (cuz let’s be honest, a lot of it is “stuff”). If you’re already in panic mode just thinking about finding space for the new loot, take this one simple piece of advice:

One in, One (or two) out

It’s a simple concept – for every new item you get, remove 1 (or if possible 2) of the same item that you already own. I know this can’t apply to everything, but it can be used more than you think – Clothes, toys, kitchen gadgets, hair utensils, tools, linens, shoes, electronics, books, jewelry… And plenty more categories!

This Christmas doesn’t have to be the tipping point for a chaotic and unorganized home. It can be the start of a MORE organize home if you deal with each item as you go. No more cramming and shoving. Take an item, give it a home and if an older version needs to go, let it go
(cue the song that now’s playing in your head

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My #1 Tip for the Holidays

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Let the holiday season begin!

If you’re like me, November 1st meant turning on Christmas music and beginning the countdown to December 25th!
If you’re not like me at all, you don’t appreciate my mentioning Christmas since we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet. Well, whether you like it or not, the holiday season is approaching which means lots of food and lots of stuff.
One way to help combat this problem of “more” is to:

PURGE

Your pantry, your fridge, your closet, your kids’ closet, their toys, etc.
Go through the areas that can get overcrowded once the holidays have passed and make some room.
What’s better than Thanksgiving leftovers? Not much.
So make room for them by purging your pantry and fridge before the big day.
What’s better than a brand new Christmas sweater?
Not much, so make room in your closet by purging items you don’t want to keep.

It doesn’t have to be a lot, but I guarantee getting rid of even a few things
will make a difference in your stress level when trying to find a place for the new items.

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One of my Favorite Tips when Tackling Storage Spaces

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Don’t Mix and Match

Whether you’re organizing your garage, attic, basement or storage shed,
this one piece of advice will go a long way in getting that area organized in  a way that you will be able to maintain it:

– use the same containers –

This could mean the same bins throughout the entire space, or specific bins for each category (Christmas, keepsake, kids clothes, etc).
However you choose to organize them, having the same bins in the same area will make organizing, stacking, and locating
easier than trying to shove a bunch of mismatched bins together in one place.

Also, I typically recommend bins with locking lids when working in these areas, because they last longer and
do a better job keeping dirt, insects and who knows what else out of your bins.

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