The Container Store Cleveland has been open for a month now and Greater Cleveland peeps can't contain themselves!!
So proud to be one of two professional organizers chosen as an Independent Representative for their Contained Home program. It has been fabulous learning from experts in the organizing products industry. It seems like every time I enter the store I find a new organizing solution!
What does this mean for you?
My brain is being filled with a gazillion new ideas and solutions to use when we work together! I can't wait to share everything with you. You might even say, 'I can't contain myself'!!!
If getting organized tops your list, you picked a good time, January is GO Month (Get Organized)!
Know where you want to begin and break it down into small, manageable chunks. You don't want to lose steam before you even start! For example, lets say you start with the bedroom. That might be too big a canvas for you, so you want to be more specific. Start with a dresser or closet and if that still seems overwhelming, start with a single drawer or just the floor of the closet.
Here are a few tips to get you started with your organizing project.
Check this video out!
It has been six years since my whole family has been
home for the holidays! For this household, 'holidays' means Christmas, New Years and three Birthday celebrations! With an active duty Marine in the family we take what time we can get and enjoy the heck out of it!
Oh the excitement! (or is that stress I am feeling?)
But I am an organizer so I have a plan. Several actually!
I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Plan what you can so you can plan to have fun.
But most important, enjoy the time you have with the people you love!
If you're struggling with your back to school routine check out this short video from my recent visit to
New Day Cleveland on Fox 8.
Back to School With Ease
Everyone loves a little Halloween scare! Right?
Not so much. My pooches big and small are not fans of the frightful night. Dogs can get anxious with the sounds of the night and disguises people are wearing. It is best to keep your pets confined on the spooktacular night. Chocolate can be lethal to your dog so do be mindful with your trick or treat bag around Old Yeller!
If you are fortunate to have that great neighborhood for trick or treating , here are some things to remind your Tweens & Teens as they head out.
* Carry a flash light.
* Travel in packs or the buddy system is always a great idea.
* Choose streets with sidewalks and stay away from busy roads.
* Masks hinder your sight so opt for face makeup and where light colors if possible.
Having parties has become a great alternative to traditional trick or treating. Kids can still enjoy candy, crafts, games and fun in the safety of a supervised area. Check out Pinterest for great party ideas.
When all is said and done be sure to launder the kids costumes before packing away. You may not see it but they are sure to have food on them that will only stain with time. After 20 years my children still pull from our 'dress up' container that holds a mix of hand made and store bought costumes and accessories.
It should! No matter the size of your closet, Autumn is a good time to make a change.
In with the new season and out with the old. As you peruse your closet for this seasons clothes keep these questions in mind. Use your answers as a guide to letting go of clutter in your closet.
Here are a few things to remember if you need to store last seasons clothes to make room for your fall/winter wardrobe.
For those of you who haven't started the back to school dance yet, it is coming soon! Back to school always feels a little bittersweet to me. While I am sad to see the summer fun end, I eagerly anticipate getting back to a routine.
For those of you with a few days left, why not finish up the summer creating one last memory. Spend the afternoon creating a craft with items you collected over the summer break. Make it something simple that gives you time to reminisce about the family fun you had. Maybe it's creating a scrap book of photos or a craft with shells you have collected. The idea is to enjoy your time while organizing your summer mementos.
Check out my Pinterest page for more ideas!
If you you are already in that back to school mode, be sure you have things set up for a successful year.
I recently spent some time working with a client to get unpacked and organized after a move to a new town. Being a single parent of a young girl her focus was on spending time with her daughter and getting integrated into their new community. She knew on her own it would take weeks to get her home functional. So she called me!
We spent two days together and accomplished more than she could ever have imagined. Although she did a great amount of purging before her move, she did even more after the move. Her goal was to live LIGHTER. Seeing things in her new home made her realize she just didn't need it anymore. It is so important to think about where you are going so you can determine what you need to bring with you. If you are headed for a fresh start, don't bring old baggage!
Having someone work along side of you whether a friend or professional is so important. As my client would often repeat, 'I would never do all this without you pushing me forward.' As she would go through items to make a decision to keep or discard she would look at me in amazement and say, 'I have wanted to do this for years!'
To keep costs down we repurposed items she already had to use as organizational tools. Craft room baskets became laundry room shelving and decorative boxes became office supply holders. We kept things fresh by using items she had always used for one purpose and switched them up to use for another. A bread basket became a charging station and a picture that always went in a bedroom was put in a bathroom. She really struggled over a few items. She knew she did not want to display them but she couldn't let go of them. We stored those with her seasonal items. Now she will bring them out for display only during a holiday season!
Any move can be overwhelming. To do it alone just adds to the stress. Be open to asking for help from a friend or professional. Feel free to call me with questions. If you are not in my area I can recommend a NAPO professional near you.
Here's to new beginnings!
July is the time most of us are off for some summer fun! If you vacation for a day, a week or the whole month long, your time should be filled with fun not frustration.
A recent trip to a friends summer house reminded me of the importance of keeping it simple to get the most out of your vacation.
As I looked around the beauty and comfort of her home I observed the simplicity in her organized ways. Everything had its place and could be easily located in the area where it is most often used.
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