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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 [...]

Benefits of Moving to a Smaller Home

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Moving|Tags: , , , , |

There will be a point in your life when you start to consider moving to a smaller home.  Typically, we start to think along those lines as we get older.  We slow down and don’t have the energy or physical capacity to manage the tasks associated with a big home. You may have started out with a smaller home, then as you moved along life’s path, you needed more space so you upsized to a larger home, maybe more than once. The kids came along and you needed more space to accommodate more things for more people.  You needed more [...]

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 [...]

Plastic Grocery Bags Are Not Good For Long-Term Storage

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Currently, the big question on my mind is, why do so many people use plastic grocery bags for storage? I see this in my client’s homes as well as family member’s homes, even my own.  Not by me of course, but others. I’m calling them grocery bags but the reality is that all stores where you purchase products use them. Maybe grocery stores were the first ones to start using them, who knows, I certainly can’t remember that far back. I see them in refrigerators, freezers, drawers, closets, garages; everywhere humans store things. Instead of storing packages of meat in [...]

What is a Body Double?

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Motivation, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

You may be familiar with the term, ‘stunt double’, specifically in the movie industry. Stunt doubles are trained to perform stunts that are typically dangerous in nature, in the place of an actor.  But what is a body double you ask? You may not be familiar with the term ‘body double’. This term has a very different meaning than a stunt double.  It’s used in the organizing industry, most notably for those with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), but not exclusively. In a nutshell, a body double is another person that sits with you, or occupies the same area while you work [...]