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Why I Say Professional Organizers Are Lazy

By | February 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Why do I say that professional organizers are lazy? Because I am one so I know! What I mean by this statement, is that we know what it means to be organized. We also understand the challenges it presents when we are not, not to mention the stress it can cause. Professional organizers want solutions in place to make our lives easier, hence the lazy comment. The solutions we create for ourselves and our clients, allow a flow into our busy lives as if we are on auto-pilot.  We want our clients lives to be easy and relatively stress-free like [...]

Important Papers – What to Keep & For How Long

By | January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

As a professional organizer I’m frequently asked about how long to keep important papers. There is no catch-all answer to this question.  The IRS states - The length of time you should keep a document depends on the action, expense, or event which the document records. There is a different answer for each document.  Some need to be kept forever and others have a life cycle. Going back to the basics for a moment, important papers are documents that include your personal information.  They are considered legal documents. Some documents contain your social security number, others contain account numbers and other [...]

Storing Stuff Where You Use It

By | January 15th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Storing stuff where you use it just makes sense. Did you ever spend a lot of time looking for something that isn’t where it should be? Maybe you didn’t find a home for it when you brought it into your house. Or maybe someone didn’t put it back where it belongs. In the organizing industry we create zones. These are typically work zones for specific tasks. This is especially important in kitchens and offices, or office areas.  By storing stuff where you use it, you are creating zones. In the kitchen there are various zones. Each zone has most, if [...]

Organizing Printed Photos

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

People of a certain age, older adults, have a lot of printed photos. In the past, there were actual cameras we used with film cartridges that you had to take in for developing.  Those actions led to a mass quantity of physical photos. It’s not unusual to find boxes of loose photos, negatives and those little cardboard slides for projectors in my client’s homes. Back in the day there weren’t as many options for storage and to display printed photos as there are today. We also didn’t understand how to preserve our treasured memories so we could enjoy them for [...]

Consolidate to Save Space

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

When you consolidate contents of containers with the same product, you save space.  Many of my clients have multiples of one product with varying amounts in each container. These could be personal care items, cleaning products, office supplies, etc. We consolidate the varying amounts into one container and voila, more space! I often wonder how that happens. My thought is to use up all the stuff in one container before opening a new one. If it’s the same product, why open a new one? It could be that the container being used, gets pushed behind others so it’s not seen.  [...]

What’s Hiding in Your Closet?

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization|Tags: , , , |

A closet is a great way to store, well, anything actually. Before they were designed in the build of a home, an armoire was used to store clothing.  In modern times closets are designed and built into rooms in every house. Typically, a bedroom includes a closet to store clothing to replace an armoire of days gone by.  A living room, or foyer may have one to store coats. It’s basically a confined space with a door intended for storage for that room or space. If space is an issue, a closet may be used as storage for multiple categories [...]

Backs of Doors Storage Options

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

The backs of doors are an under-utilized storage option.  For those that have small spaces they can provide the additional needed storage.  There are many options for this type of storage but you need to do a little research to understand what works best for your situation. You must be conscience of the size of the items stored in these locations.  They need to be in proportion to the area around the door when it closes.  Cabinets and pantries have shelves in them that you need to work around depending on the depth of the storage item. If you decide [...]

What Important Things Would You Take in an Emergency?

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever thought about this question? Do you know what items in your home that you consider important things? These are mainly things that would be very difficult, or impossible to replace if they were lost or destroyed. Imagine that you are in an emergency situation like a natural disaster, maybe a tornado, hurricane, flood or a fire.  Sheltering in place is not an option. You could potentially have just minutes to evacuate your home.  Obviously, the most important things to grab are not things, they are people and pets - your family members. After everyone, people and pets [...]

Empty Nest Syndrome

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Home Organization|Tags: , , |

You may have empty nest syndrome if…the kids went off to college, the kids got married, the kids moved into their first apartment, etc.  The commonality here is that your children no longer occupy space in your home on a regular basis. This can be an emotional time for everyone - you, your husband and of course, the kids.  You may be feeling like the momma bird after her babies left the nest. Maybe not as much for the kids though.  They are getting out on their own and probably feeling liberated from the rules they had while living under [...]

Organizing a Lifetime of Memories

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , |

Let’s face it, we all keep objects that have memories attached to them. The memory typically has an emotional attachment to the item.  That may be why we keep them.  Some feel that they will forget the memory if they discard the object.  That may or may not be true but there are ways to manage your memorabilia to keep your memories from fading away. Everyone has different ideas of what they keep in terms of memorabilia.  I’m not talking about photos, that is a category all on its own, although it does fit the memories theme. What I’m talking [...]