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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 Approach Should I Use to Begin to Declutter my Home?

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

This is a common question I hear from new clients. The answer is not simple.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  In fact, there are very few scenarios in life where one size fits all. The approach you use to declutter your home will likely be different from anyone else. Your situation is different from others so your approach will have a different strategy. Not everyone needs a whole house declutter.  Some just have areas that are clutter magnets and need some tweaking to existing solutions.  Others may need to declutter their home from top [...]

Things For Seniors to Consider to Stay at Home as They Age

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

These are the times when so many older adults prefer to stay at home as they age.  According to AARP, ‘nearly 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age’. Many have lived in their homes for decades.  They have raised families there, made friends there and established roots in their communities.  They know the lay of the land in their surroundings.  They are comfortable with the neighborhood. I’ve often heard the term, getting older is not for sissies. You may have aches and pains, your vision may be declining, you don’t have as much energy [...]

How to Clear Out a Home to Sell After a Death

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had to clear out a home to sell after a death?  If so, then you know how much there is to do. You also know that it’s an emotional journey.  We learn things about our loved ones that we didn’t know as we cull through their things.  These things are small pieces of their lives that live on through the memories they leave behind. Several years ago, I had to clear out a home to get it ready to sell after my aunt passed away.  I was her caregiver, although I didn’t live with her, for 8 [...]

Gifting Experiences

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Gifting experiences instead of giving material gifts makes sense for so many reasons.  The most important reason is that experiences = memories.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Experiences create memories, and the feelings from those memories, like the memory itself, will last a lifetime. The holiday season is upon us which signals the start of ads for holiday gift buying.  Black Friday kicks off the sales with Cyber Monday close behind.  Everyone is looking [...]

Creating a Caregiver Binder

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Eldercare, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Creating a caregiver binder is essential for a lot of reasons.  The number one reason is for peace of mind for the caregiver and the care recipient.  This binder is a portable compilation of resources to have at your fingertips to assist in your role as caregiver. A caregiver binder should include as much information as required for the care recipient’s needs. It should be portable to accompany the caregiver and care recipient when they visit healthcare providers.  Most doctors will ask about medications you’re taking to ensure they have the most up-to-date list.  If they make changes, you can [...]

Organizing Cables – How to Avoid The Spaghetti Effect

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Do you have a box of cables that you don’t know what they are or what they belong to?  Do the cords around your tv or entertainment center look like a mass of spaghetti? Do you have cables attached to power strips that are not attached to any device? Maybe they are attached to devices but you can’t figure out which device goes to which plug? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a cable organization dilemma!  First let me say that you are not alone.  So many of my client’s homes have this same [...]

Options to Store Spices

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , |

Spices & herbs are an integral part of the cooking experience. Whether you are baking a delicious dessert, or cooking a yummy meal for your family, chances are that you are using spices in some fashion.  Some prefer fresh spices & herbs to those that use dried, perhaps due to convenience. Using fresh spices & herbs requires a larger quantity than the dried version, according to Martha Stewart.  There is also information in Martha Stewart’s post on how to store fresh cut herbs.  While using fresh spices & herbs may be more desirable than using dried, it is less convenient [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 2 – Eliminate Excess

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Peace|Tags: , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the second in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first step by clicking [...]

4 Strategies For Going Digital

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Paper Management|Tags: , , |

What does it actually mean to say you’re going digital?  We live in the digital age and so many actions we take involve a computer of some type.  There are laptops, electronic readers, smart phones, iPads, electronic devices for healthcare, voice recognition devices, etc.  The internet sends data through the ether to its intended destination as a form of communication. Companies of all shapes and sizes are going digital. When you make an online purchase, you enter credit card information.  When you make in-person purchases you have the option to swipe or insert a credit card or put your phone [...]