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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 [...]

Storage Furniture Works Great in Small Spaces

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Storage furniture is not just for small spaces, but it does work well if that is your situation. You may be asking what I mean by that term. Just like containers, there are a lot of pieces of furniture that would fall into the storage category. The obvious pieces of storage furniture are bookcases, cabinets, armoires, dressers, desks, etc. There are also not so obvious pieces such as storage ottoman’s, benches and beds with built-in drawer’s underneath that do double duty. These pieces of furniture double as storage so you get more bang for your buck and save space at [...]

How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

4 Reasons Why Attic Storage is Not a Good Idea

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

There are many companies that provide attic storage solutions.  Most of what I’ve seen in these solutions look like good ideas in terms of storage and organization. Installing these solutions, and then accessing the items, may make you rethink the solution. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons with attic storage.  In my experience, there are not many pros that I could find if I decided to actually make a list. Most of my clients that use attic storage, put items up there and then forgot about them.  Many years later, when they’re in their golden years [...]

3 Options For Storing Photos

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Taking photos is a wonderful way to capture memories, and we’ve been doing it for centuries. The history of photography goes way back, beginning in the 4th century b.c., according to this timeline on ThoughtCo.com.  Taking photos has certainly evolved over time, and become commonplace in our society, which created a need for solutions, or options for storing photos. Several months ago I wrote an article called Organizing Printed Photos, which touched on storage. In the early stages of photography, not many people had cameras, so storing photos was not really an issue. When a photo was taken, most likely [...]

6 Easy to Access Storage Solutions

By |2020-11-17T13:41:14-06:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Containment is part of the organizing process. Containers make good storage solutions, but is it always easy to access the contents? This is a question that needs to be considered based on the type of storage solution.  The criteria for storage may be different for each organizing solution, but ease of access should be a top priority. As mentioned in previous posts, containment, or containers come in all shapes and sizes. Every box, bin, basket, shelf, drawer, rack, cabinet, pantry, closet and room in your house is a container, as well as your house itself. How we organize these containers [...]

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