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A Guest Post to get You Questioning Your Spaces

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Guys, it’s already the end of September!  Can you believe it?!  This year is flying by and once we hit mid-October the holiday season is basically upon us (YAY!) which means POOF!  2017 is almost done!  If reading that sparks some inner turmoil because of the organizing projects you haven’t started yet, take a deep breath and calm down.  This guest post from Laura at orgjunkie.com can help with that dilemma and hopefully will spur you on to get control over some of the clutter in your life.

Now Laura is an organized person with an organizing blog, but even she has areas to work on.  In her post Rearranging Kitchen Cupboards and Making Hard Choices she lets her readers in to one area where she needed to develop a better system – her kitchen.  More specifically, her cookbooks (ooh hitting a nerve with anyone?).  She writes:

“It was time to say goodbye because now that I eat Paleo I never use them anymore. So there they sat, looking pretty but never seeing the light of day. I also now needed that space for other things. It wasn’t easy to let them go, it’s funny what we get attached to because of the significance they represent. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom and these cookbooks were a major part of that huge transition in my life.”

If you can relate completely to her statement, or if you have your own “cookbooks” that may need to be removed from your house, click the title of the blog post in the paragraph above to see Laura’s advice, along with some questions you can ask yourself so you can focus in on what exactly you want for each space in your house.

So what are the “cookbooks” in your home?  What do you need to get rid of to create more space?  Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Simple Tips to Organize Your Child’s Closet

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It’s the last week of the month and that means I get to highlight another organizing blog/blogger and one I love to showcase is Morgan from Morganize with Me.  She always has great advice and simple, easy-to-follow tips that everyone can do.

This month I wanted to feature her post on keeping her kids clothes organized for all those parents who have kiddos in their home.  With the new school year starting things are probably a bit chaotic around the house right now but even if they’re not chaotic this is a great article.

If you don’t have young kids at home I’d still recommend you check out this article.  These tips could come in handy for a friend or family member, or you can apply the tips to your own closet (well, 3 of the 5 you can).

So, check out 5 Tips for Organizing Kids Clothes and today, try to apply just 1 of the tips.  I guarantee doing just 1 of them will make a difference.

Do you have small kids and love this post?  Or do you have another way to keep your kids clothes organized?  Let me know in the comments below!

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A Guest Post For Every Parent’s Need

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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 – yikes 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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A Guest Post to Remind You About What’s Really Important in Life

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Today’s guest post is from Laura at orgjunkie.com.  Summer is in full swing here in Nashville and with it comes the pressure to do, do, do; keep busy, busy, busy; take advantage of the slower schedule by cramming it full of camps and lessons for the kids, more training for your work, adding on side jobs and taking more on your plate, always going somewhere so you don’t feel lazy or judged by other people who are habitually always on the go no matter what time of year it is.

Laura wrote a post of reflection after her daughter headed off to college and I thought it might be a timely post, especially for those at home parents with school age children in the midst of summer vacation; those pining away for the day they send their kids (of any age) off to school again so they can have some peace and quiet.

If you need a reminder of what’s important in life, then take just a minute or 2 to read Laura’s post, “Slow Down and Enjoy the Journey“.  Don’t let the rest of the summer rush by without enjoying each day and the people in it.

Do you agree with this post?  Or you do have a different opinion?  Let me know in the comments below!

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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.

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A Guest Post to Get You Ready to Travel

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Today’s guest post is from Kristin at Everyday Organizing. She and her family were gearing up for a vacation and she had a realization as she was getting ready:

“…I realized my system for travel toiletries needed an overhaul.  I like the idea of having a travel toiletry bag that is always packed and ready to go at a moments notice. You know, for all those times that my husband and I have a whimsical, spur-of-the-moment, getaway. (Ha!). But seriously, I don’t like having to start at square one every time we head out of town, so I  began by making a list of all the toiletries I wanted to keep permanently stashed in my travel bag. This may vary person to person, but here is what I chose to include:…”

Curious what items she mentions? Click here to see the full list.

Do you like this idea? Would you replace any of the items she mentioned? Or would you add to her list? Comment below and let me know!

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8 Spring Cleaning Tips

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And now it’s the final week of the month which means I take a break and let another blogger/organizer take over.  This month I’m letting Laura from Orgunkie.com teach you guys a handy tip as we make way for spring.

In her post “Make Way for Spring: Clear the Clutter from Your Closet” the first tip mentioned is:

Schedule closet cleanout time.
“It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to unclutter and organize atypical bedroom closet– but you don’t have to do it all at once! Plan to spend 15 minutes a day. Set a timer on your phone and work quickly.”

That sounds doable, right? The other 7 tips given are doable as well, so check the post out and then give them a try.

Did you like the 8 steps given?  Do you have another step you would add?  Comment and let me know.

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3 Steps to Drawer Organization

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Do you have drawers in your home? I’m just gonna assume you do. If you don’t, please send pictures of each and every room in your home because I would LOVE to see it. Anyways, assuming you all have drawers I’m also gonna make the assumption that not all of them are organized. Or maybe they’re somewhat organized, but you know they could be better. Well I have a post for you! It’s another one from Morgan at Morganize With Me.

She recently moved and has been doing her best to unpack in an while getting organized at the same time. In a post that can be found on another website she writes,

‘In my beloved Pocket Office I thankfully have lots of storage. However, one of the areas that was a little more challenging to organize was the very shallow desk drawer. I knew I wanted to use the space, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find the right “system.”

Well….drum roll, I’m happy to report that I did!’

Curious to see what she did? Click here to see the “Before and After” pictures she has. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration to tackle the junk drawer in your home… Assuming you have one. 😉

 

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Cutting Clutter

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Today’s guest post is from Morgan with Morganize With Me. I was trying to write a post about decluttering, but Morgan has some great ideas so I figured I’d highlight her blog since I love supporting others in their endeavors.

If you need to know where to start decluttering your life, check out Morgan’s post called 25 Simple Ways to Cut Clutter. Not all of these 25 steps are going to bring instant change, but over the course of the next couple months you’ll definitely see results with less clutter and junk piling up in your home.

So check out the blog post and see what steps you can take in your life to reduce clutter!

 

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Tackling the space under the sink bathroom sink

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Today’s organizing tip is another blog post from Kristin at Everyday Organizing.

This one is similar to the previous post I featured of her’s (A Simple DIY for Under the Kitchen Sink) and some of you may have already read it because she referenced it in her post. For those of you who haven’t read it, here it is: Making the Most of Under the Bathroom Sink.

Hopefully many of you out there thought “Oooh that sounds interesting” because anything tucked away behind cupboard doors is often the last place we think about organizing. If this is you then this post is for you! Kristin has a couple of cool ideas in her post, both for under the sink and on the backs of the cupboard doors. Simple solutions that will help relieve stress and frustration during your crazy mornings.

If you like this idea but want to try something else, check out these past links from Eating an Elephant:
– What’s Behind the Door… Bathroom Edition
– An Idea Specifically for Ladies
– One Way to Make Cleaning a Little Easier
– Tension Rods… Who Knew?

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Have a different idea? Let me know that too!

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