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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 [...]

A House is Just a Place to Put All Your Stuff…Isn’t it?

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Apparently, it is according to George Carlin.  What an awesome comedian! George thinks about things we encounter in our daily lives and puts a hilarious spin on them.  He talks about stuff in a very comical way but he is so on point with his message.  Our stuff is our things, items, belongings, whatever term you use to describe your stuff. Looking at this bit at a higher level is how we store our things.  When he describes taking off in a plane and looking down at all the piles of stuff with covers on them, he means our houses. [...]

Space Planning

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Space planning comes into play in various life scenarios. Some of the most common life scenarios include - moving to a new home, remodeling, a new baby, someone moving in or out, inheriting items, new furniture and holiday decorating.  These scenarios dictate the need to consider the available space you currently have, or the space that will become available. This will enable you to create, or adjust your spaces to encourage peaceful surroundings.  Actually, we should always be consciously aware of our homes in terms of space, or our surroundings since we spend so much time there.  Too much clutter, [...]

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 [...]

Hockey Storage Tips to Keep Families at Ease

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Do you or your kids play hockey?  If so, is hockey storage an issue? I’m guessing that you have a lot of equipment - sticks, skates, pads, helmets, jerseys, pucks, etc.  I’m also guessing that storing all this gear and keeping it organized can be challenging for many reasons. The biggest challenge for hockey storage may be location, location, location!  You may have gear stashed all over the house, creating clutter and possibly damaging that expensive equipment. You need a significant amount of space that is out of the way, yet close to vehicles for quick loading and unloading.  The [...]

A Strategy For Paper Piles

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever seen someone’s desk, either at work or in their home, that has paper piles covering the surface?  Perhaps your desk looks this way.  These people are known to the organizing world as pilers.  It’s a very common organizing style, or dare I say, lack of organizing style. When asked, pilers will tell you that they can find what they need when they need it. If this style works for them, great, although I’m not sure how they can find a particular document in all those piles.  Maybe it’s some sort of brain radar that has yet to [...]

Misplaced Glasses

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Focus, Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Anyone that wears glasses, has at some time, or many times, misplaced them.  Those that wear reading glasses only, may misplace them more than those that wear glasses all the time.  This probably occurs most often when we’re tired or distracted. When you’re tired, you don’t want to fall asleep with them on and risk damaging them, so you take them off and put them down.  You’re sleepy so you don’t really pay attention to what you’re doing when you set them down. The same thing happens when you’re distracted from a task that requires you to wear your glasses.  [...]

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Prevent Clutter & Save Money – Visit Your Local Library

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Storage|Tags: , , |

What is the best way to prevent clutter & save money? As the title says, visit your local library.  They have a myriad of books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s, & books on tape. Not sure if I missed anything, but all of these items that we buy can lead to a whole lot of clutter.  Clutter that we have to maintain in some fashion, which has associated costs. To keep them organized so you can find what you need when you need it, there is a storage component.  You may need to purchase storage if you don’t already have something you [...]

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Life Situations That Create a Need to Declutter

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Moving, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , , |

Life situations that create a need to declutter are many.  These situations typically create a change to your living dynamic.  Many are resistant to change and it’s understandable, especially at those times when you feel a loss.  However, sometimes it helps to take an action to work through that sense of loss.  Decluttering is a liberating feeling and may just be the right action for you. Life situations occur whenever there is a change in your living situation.  This becomes an opportune time to declutter and organize for the new to come into your life.  The scenarios below provide some insight [...]

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Junk Drawers = Miscellaneous

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Junk drawers are equivalent to a box marked ‘miscellaneous’.  Organizers tend to shy away from those labels.  Why you ask?  Because it’s a catchall phrase that means that the items in the junk drawer or misc box have no assigned homes.  And we don’t actually know what is inside this junk drawer or misc box. We have to dig through said drawers or boxes to find what we are looking for. Another reason could be that these items have assigned homes, but because we are busy, it’s just quicker to stash it away in a nearby drawer than to put [...]

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