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Linen Closet Storage Best Practices

By |2021-07-05T12:41:36-05:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not every home has a linen closet.  If your home has one, there are a couple of places where they may be located. Either in the bathroom, or they may be found in the hall outside the bathroom.  Typically, they are not just used to store linens.  Most likely, they are used to store towels, bed linens, personal care items and more. The location may determine what type of items you store in your linen closet. If it’s in the bathroom, consider the humidity that accumulates due to lack of air circulation, even with an exhaust fan, so you don’t [...]

Put it on The List of Needed Supplies

By |2021-06-29T14:40:48-05:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

Whenever I discover that I need something, I put it on the list. I wrote an article some years ago titled ‘How do you remember everything?’, it talks about lists in terms of to-do lists. This article is related to remembering, but in terms of needed supplies, not things to do. With everything going on in our busy lives, it’s nearly impossible to remember everything we need to do, much less everything we need to buy to keep us going on a daily basis. When you discover that you need something, a list in a central location where you can [...]

Don’t Buy Storage Products Until After Assessment

By |2021-06-21T17:42:22-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New clients always want to know what storage products to buy before we meet.  My recommendation is not to buy anything until after assessment of their needs.  Needs assessment in terms of acquiring additional storage comes later in the organizing process. During the first step of the organizing process, which is the sorting step where we put like items together, we will empty all sorts of storage products. They come in all forms, such as baskets, plastic or glass containers, boxes of every size and shape, shelves, bookcases, etc. All of these containers can be repurposed for organizing systems. I’ve [...]

How to Manage Medications From Start to Finish

By |2021-06-14T19:17:54-05:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , , , |

No matter what your age, at some point in your life you will take medications in some form. Over the counter and prescription medications both fall into this category. Like anything else, they have a lifecycle; from the need, to the purchase, to storage, to use, to refill, to proper disposal. This article focuses on how to manage medications from start to finish as described in the title. Need This is the first step in the lifecycle to manage medications. Your body is signaling that you have an issue that needs attention. It may be something as simple as a [...]

How to Organize Jewelry

By |2021-05-21T15:29:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Just like any other organizing project, there are a variety of ways to organize jewelry. Reviewing the organizing process is the first step. The steps are shown below to refresh your memory and how it specifically pertains to jewelry. Put like items together – This is the beginning of the organizing process.  Group your pieces into categories of like items that make sense to you. Examples of categories may be – rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, watches, pins, etc. Eliminate excess – Look at the pieces in each category of like items.  Make a decision for each item as to whether [...]

Determining Categories Can be Challenging

By |2020-12-09T10:52:11-06:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items into broad categories that make sense to you. A category contains like items. This can be challenging for some, for various reasons.  Everyone is different, so the key to get started on this first step depends on your individual way of thinking. You may be overwhelmed by the amount of your clutter, and that doesn’t help. If you have ADHD, you may overthink this task by being too specific, then become overwhelmed and just stop.  The state of overwhelm can sometimes cause paralysis in making decisions. If that happens, [...]

How to Create an Organized Makeup Storage Solution

By |2020-11-27T16:00:04-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

In many cases, putting on makeup is part of a morning routine.  This task may be included in a list of activities designed to ease you into your day.  A morning routine keeps things on track, and the tasks become habit. Habits are actually a form of automation which makes life much easier. In order to make this particular routine task flow for you, consider where you apply makeup and create a solution in that space.  The most common space is probably a bathroom. Second may be a vanity, either in the bathroom or another room such as a bedroom. [...]

5 Options For Storing Pots and Pans

By |2020-11-18T09:19:35-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen|Tags: , , , , , |

Storing pots and pans can be challenging. Most are bulky and require a lot of storage space. If you have a small kitchen with limited storage, it gets even more tricky.  It’s not impossible, you just have to get creative in finding storage that fits your needs. These bulky pieces of cookware are instrumental in preparing meals, so you want to have them easily accessible.  If kitchen storage space is an issue, consider storing infrequently used pieces in another area in your home, such as a basement. The various options below are intended to get your creative juices flowing to [...]

Organizing Pandemic Masks

By |2020-11-17T13:41:08-06:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , |

Due to the pandemic, wearing face coverings in public has become the norm to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Various kinds of face coverings available to the public include - masks(disposable, cloth-washable, KN95-washable), gaiters and face shields. Early on, acquiring this type of protection was scarce as a lot of businesses were not deemed ‘essential’, so they were not open. Healthcare providers were scrambling to find resources to provide enough face coverings to tend to the ever-rising numbers of patients coming in to their facilities. More and more individuals wanting to help, started making masks with scraps of material [...]

Gift Cards – The Benefits of Giving & Receiving Them

By |2020-11-17T13:41:08-06:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , |

Gift cards are so versatile and make wonderful gifts for any occasion. They can be used online or in-person. A lot of businesses also allow for purchasing them online as well. Giving and receiving gift cards is also a great way to prevent clutter. This is especially true for a gift of service.  There are no tangible items to assign a home to, except maybe the card itself if it’s not a digital card. The benefits listed below just came off the top of my head. If you have others, please share them in the comments box below. Giving Match [...]

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