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Make Picnic Prep a Breeze With This Tip!

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Get ready for a picnic!

It’s July and summer is in full swing! For my family that means being outside a LOT, including meal time. If you’re like my family and you love eating outside, here’s a tip that will cut your prep time significantly – keep everything you need in one big bin or basket. Plates, napkins, cups, silverware, bowls, etc. whatever you need for outdoor dining, keep it together! This is one tip I ALWAYS give my clients when working in kitchens.
This means the next time you want to have an impromptu picnic, everything you need is in one area which means less time looking and more time with family and friends.

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One Simple Way to Make Your Summer Experience Better Than Ever!

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It’s summer! And that means no to school and yes to vacations, beaches and pools, evening walks, yard work, home projects and so many more things that it can almost be overwhelming when you think about it! Before your summer is in full swing, take a few minutes today to write down what you want to complete or experience this summer. Put it all in your planner, mark those days on your calendar, create a summer “to-do list”, or whatever else you need for a reminder, but the best way to make sure something happens is to put it in writing so you don’t miss out!

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1 Simple Way to Bring Spring Inside Your Home

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Spring is in the Air… Finally!

This was a long winter but we’ve finally moved past cold weather and are seeing the April showers giving way to May flowers! Nature is doing it’s part outside, but are you doing your part inside?
One easy way to update your home for the spring season is to change out those dark throw pillows and accent pieces for lighter materials and brighter colors.

A simple change but a big step to help bring spring inside your home.

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1 Way to Take Advantage of the Spring Weather

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Goodbye Winter. Hello Spring.

April is here! And for most of us that means the snow is gone, the green leaves are budding and flowers are beginning to bloom. That also means it’s the perfect time to tackle your garage/shed. Summer can be too hot but spring weather is the absolute best time to pull everything out, purge whatever you don’t want to keep and then put everything back in to the space, categorized and organized.

*Helpful tip – invest in clear bins with locking lids so you can easily see what’s in each container and you won’t have to worry about unwelcome guests making their way inside.
Cardboard in a garage or shed is a definite “no” for long term storage.

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Spring Cleaning is Just Around the Corner!

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March Newsletter

Spring is coming. Are you ready?

March = (thoughts of) Spring. Spring = Spring cleaning. If the thought of spring cleaning stresses you out, remember 3 important tips:

1. Top to bottom*
2. Inside to outside**
3. One room at a time***

*Clean effectively (start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor)
**Clean smartly (begin inside, where you live, and end outside, where dirt lives)
***Clean realistically (tackling one room/space at a time will give you a quicker sense of satisfaction and will help motivate you to go on to the next space)

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Are Winter Clothes Causing a Clothing Jam in Your Closet?

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February Newsletter

Keep a bag, box or bin in your bedroom (in the closet or under the bed is ideal so it’s not out in plain view) and whenever you put something on that doesn’t fit well, has a defect, or you just don’t like anymore, do NOT put it back where it came from! Put it in your “donate” holder. I guarantee you’ll get rid of more clothes than you think you will AND you’ll eventually clear your closet of clothes you never wear.

(bonus: the feelings of guilt you feel every time you look at those
‘never worn clothes’ will go away once the clothes go away!)

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Begin The New Year By Looking Back

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January Newsletter

Christmas is over and the new year has begun! January is a great month to look back over the past year to see what items in your home didn’t get used. Whether it’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, tools, perfume/cologne, books, bathroom or kitchen items or other random items around the house, there are probably several things that need to find their way to the “donate”, “recycle” or “trash” pile. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but purging even a few items will help get your new year off to a good, and organized, start.

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A Post-Christmas Tip

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Christmas is coming!

If you’re like most families you probably have your Christmas tree, decorations and lights up already. If the entire process made you frustrated, invest in some key organizing products now, so the tear down, and, more importantly, next Christmas set-up can be faster and less stressful:

  • Clear plastic bins so you can see which decorations are inside
  • Labels so you know exactly what’s in each bin
  • Hangers to wrap each strand of lights so they never get tangled again

(extra tip for those who want to take their packing a step further: categorize your items as you pack them –
“like with like”)

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Final Post

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Well, this is going to be the final blog post for Eating an Elephant.  After talking it over with friends, praying about it, thinking through where I want to focus my energy and realizing I was beginning to look at blogging as a chore and not something I enjoyed, I’ve decided to step way from the blog and focus on other endeavors.  That doesn’t mean you won’t have access to the blog though.  I’ll be keeping it up on my website, so if you have an organizing dilemma just head to my website, click search, type in your problem area and all of the blogs I’ve written that relate to your specific search topic will show up. Whew, am I right?! You can also check out Top Shelf on my various social media sites – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even occasionally Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Ending Eating an Elephant also doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing from me.  I’m working on getting something new to you, my amazing and faithful readers… Just hang on for a few weeks while I work on the finishing touches.  It won’t be in the form of a blog on a weekly basis but it will still be informative and delivered right to your inbox.

I never thought I would become a blogger and even though I don’t have a following of thousands (or even hundreds) I’m proud of this little blog and what I’ve been able to accomplish with it. I’ve helped people get organized in small ways, I’ve learned and discovered awesome new organizing tips, and I’ve been able to figure out my style of organizing, what I like and don’t like, and gain a better understanding of what I offer. So yeah, I’d say it’s been a success.  For me.

So thank you all, old subscribers and new, for reading this blog and supporting me in my writing. I appreciate each one of you and hope all of you will enjoy what’s to come.  Hang tight for a few weeks and you’ll be hearing from me again.

– Jenna

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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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