10 Pack and Store Tips For Holiday Decorations

Holiday Storage IdeasChristmas Season has come to an end and as our thoughts begin to focus on our New Year’s Resolutions, we’re still left with the chore of the post-holiday cleanup.

 My top 10 “Pack and Store” tips will help you pack your holiday decorations with care for easy retrieval next year. [Read more...]

An Organized Plan For Back to School Shopping

The Organizing Genie's Organized Plan For Back to School Shopping You can’t miss it.  Every retail establishment you enter is having a big “Back To School Sale.”  A statistic from the National Retail Federation stated that, “In summer 2010, parents spent over $20 billion on back to school items – and a further $33 billion on back to college gear!”  It’s no wonder that retail establishments are pushing their “Back to School” sales early each year to cash in on this goldmine!

When such great sales abound, you need a plan of action. Here’s a quick guide to help you create an organized plan to ensure your child has everything they need to start their new school year in style. [Read more...]

Adventures in Organizing: The Linen Closet – From Frightful To Delightful

Organizing Genie's Adventures in OrganizingI received a distressed call from Jill, a dear friend of mine, who was in the process of preparing to place her home on the market.  While she had made amazing strides in decluttering her home, she was concerned that her main closets were still too packed and cluttered for potential buyers to see.

So I packed up my bag and what started out as an overnight trip turned into a 4-day decluttering and organizing adventure.

I share this real life transformation with you to serve as a quick guide, so that you can follow the same steps we took while decluttering various areas in her home.

In my first organizing adventure, I transformed her coat closet from scary to airy.  My next adventure was to tackle her linen closet.

Adventure Two: The Linen Closet – From Frightful To Delightful

The following morning, my friend prepared a protein filled breakfast with coffee. She told me I would need all my energy to get me through her next decluttering project, the linen closet.

I thought to myself how bad could it really be! As we went up the stairs, she told me to prepare myself to what lay behind the linen closet door. [Read more...]

Adventures in Organizing: The Scary Coat Closet

Organizing Genie's Adventures in Organizing - The Coat Closet

I received a distressed call from Jill, a dear friend of mine, who was in the process of preparing to place her home on the market.

While she had made amazing strides in decluttering her home, she was concerned that her main closets were still too packed and cluttered for potential buyers to see.

So I packed up my bag and what started out as an overnight trip turned into a 4-day decluttering and organizing adventure.

I share this real life transformation with you to serve as a quick guide, so that you can follow the same steps we took while decluttering and organizing various areas in her home. [Read more...]

5 Golden Rules of Teaching Your Child Basic Organizing Skills

Teaching children basic organizational skillsOrganization is an essential life skill that all children should be taught at an early age.

Unfortunately, these lessons are not taught at school, so it’s up to the parents to teach their children basic organizational principles and the mudroom provides the perfect “classroom” setting for beginners.

 

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Organize Your Bills For Financial Success

You wake up in the middle of the night screaming because you just remembered that your mortgage payment was due today.  You frantically jump out of bed, stub your toe on the corner of your bureau and stumble out of your bedroom in pain to search for the bill.

Unfortunately, you never placed the invoice in a safe place so you recklessly wrestle through piles of papers throughout your home before finally resigning to the fact, that once again you will be have to pay another late fee or even worse affect your credit rating.  Have you ever experienced this nightmare?  Unfortunately this is one that is a reality to many.

The Harris Interactive research firm reported that 23 percent of adults admitted to paying their bills late (and incur fees) simply because they misplaced them.  In our hectic world, that number continues to grow every year.  In keeping in line with Time Management month, here are 4 practical solutions to help streamline your bill paying process allowing you to master your finances once and for all. [Read more...]

Making A Case For the Neglected Waffle Iron

Waffle MachineRecently, I spent a five days with a dear friend of mine who asked for some help in decluttering and organizing her home.  While we were devising a game plan, her daughter stopped by for a visit and joked about the unused waffle maker that has been taken up valuable space in the kitchen cabinet for many years.

That’s when my friend became a client and I started to ask her some questions.

I asked her when was the last time she used it?  She explained that while she loved it, that it is a pain to use because you can only make one waffle at a time and that it took forever to prepare waffles for her family.

I then asked her if that was the case, why keep it?

She tried to defend her decision by explaining that since both of her children had moved out that she would finally be able to use it again to prepare breakfast for her and her husband.

Knowing that she and her husband are in the process of moving and that the next few years will be very busy for them, I challenged her on that.  That’s when she admitted that yes, it would probably be a few more years before she had a chance to use it again. [Read more...]

5 Clever Ways To Discover More Storage Space In Your Home

Turning Dead Space Into Prime Storage Areas

As a professional organizer, one of the most common questions I’m asked is “How can I find more storage space in my home?”  I love that question simply because I have an eye for turning “Dead Space” into prime storage goldmines. I always advise clients that by thinking outside the box, there are many creative ways that they too can turn their homes’ “Dead Spaces” into clever storage zones. [Read more...]

“Put a Lid On It!” – How to Organize Those Pesky Plastic Food Containers

Declutter and organize your kitchen cabinets plastic food containersIt happens to the best of us.  After enjoying a great dinner surrounded by your family, you get up to store the leftover portions that you plan on taking for lunch tomorrow.  As you open the kitchen cabinet your mood quickly drops as an avalanche of containers and lids in come stumbling out of the cabinet only to hit you in the face before finally landing sprawled all over the kitchen floor.  Ouch!! That’s when your favorite game of “Does this lid match this container?” begins.

Between food containers purchased at the store, to the barrage of free containers we keep from grocery stores and restaurants, it’s no wonder this untamed pile of mismatched lids and containers creates a ticking time bomb ready to explode from our kitchen cabinets.

This mishap could easily have been avoided and the following tips will help you steer clear of a rain of these pesky containers from falling on you as well. [Read more...]

Supermodel Fabio Turns A Day of Grief Into a Sentimental Gift of Clutter-Free Memories

Fabio Birthday CakeIn my previous post I shared how a simple glass Kool Aid pitcher served up a life lesson on sentimental clutter and the importance in realizing that it is the memories, not the items, that keep our loved ones alive forever.

I would like to further explore this topic and share with you how supermodel Fabio saved the day(figuratively) to help my family cope through our tragic loss.  Fabio turned out to be and continues to be a clutter-free gift that keeps on giving.

OK, so you might be asking yourself, “What does Fabio have to do with sentimental clutter?” Absolutely everything! [Read more...]