Monday, November 12, 2012

Fall / Winter Organizing Tips

Welcome 2 News This Morning Viewers! Thanks for stopping by!  Click here for organizing segment this morning.

  Here is the expanded article as promised!





 Organize your car for the winter months:  Winter is the most important time to keep your car clutter free, when bulky coats make cars seem cramped. Empty trash from your car on a regular basis. Keeping your car free from clutter ensures that your passengers have as much space as possible.


·         Cold weather brings snow, ice and freezing conditions which can mean emergencies. If you have a cell phone charger in your car, be sure that's it's accessible at all times, so you'll be able to call for help if you get stuck.
·         Cold weather supplies. There are several items you should keep in your car during the winter months. These include:

o   Salt or de-icer,
o   Gravel for traction,
o   Small shovel,
o   Window scraper.
o   Spare pair of gloves
o   Chemical hand warmers
o   Small first aid kit
o   Water Bottles
o   Energy or Granola Bars
o   Sleeping Bag or warm blanket

·         Remember to Service Your Car for Winter: Be sure to get oil change, engine check, tire check, and radiator fill up. If your car is running smoothly, you'll be much more likely to get where you need to go.

In the winter, a properly organized, well-running car is more important than ever. Make sure your car is clean, properly supplied, and serviced before the cold weather gets here, and you won't have to worry. Breakdowns in the winter can ruin your day and slow you down. Avoiding them and being able to deal with them if they happen is just one more part of having an organized life.



Organize the Garage: After the busy warmer months, your garage is ready to be geared up for the winter months. During the summer weather, your garage becomes a dumping ground for many things. Garden tools and supplies, sports equipment and bikes are left laying around taking up room. Consider the following:

·         Your garage should be considered as a utility area, not storage.
·         Keep only what you need for the winter months out in the garage
·         Map it out. If you have sports equipment for kids, try to keep all the seasonal sports equipment in one area, etc.
·         Create as much floor space as possible. Garage floors get wet more from snow, ice and rain than any other season. Water on top of oil stains creates slippery floors.
·         Make sure the snow shovels, chains, rock salt, and battery cables are easily assessable.
·         Create zones for items like windshield wash, motor oil and ice spray.  As cold as it is, you’ll want to be able to get to these items in a hurry.




Clear out summer items from the Mudroom: Of any place that gets the most abuse in the winter it’s the Mudroom and Laundry room.  Clear out the area from the summer months of sandy flip flops, sandals and such and make way for muddy snow and rain boots, coats and other winter gear. Stay organized in less time with storage ideas for everything, scarves, hats & gloves.

A high functioning mudroom or mudroom areahas bins, baskets, cubbies, hooks, and a reachable area for each person of your family. And everything, I mean everything is LABELED!

Some essentials for the winter in a mud room are:
·         A Boot Tray: Got muddy boots? The easiest way to contain the wet, muddy mess from winter boots is with a boot tray. You can find them in stainless steel, copper or plastic. Make sure to place the boot tray close to the door to prevent too much tracking of mud into the room.
·         A bin or bins (depending on your space): gloves, mittens, hats & scarves.  

Create a place for everything by using storage bins with open tops that are easy to access. A bin for each family member works well for some families, or you can store items by category — mittens and gloves in one, hats and scarves in another. 

Super Tip! Choose bins that are easy to clean, or you can use traditional baskets with washable liners


  •     A sturdy rug or two in a darker color: Choose a rug (or rugs) that are intended to stand up to water and dirt, not just a pretty indoor rug from the discount store.
  •   Hooks: With all of the coats your family and friends will be shedding as they enter your home, make sure you have enough hooks for everyone. Hang coat hooks over an area that will drain well, since wet coats will drip as they dry.


Establish a Fall Routine: Fall is the second busiest season and one of the most common problems standing between you and an organized home is the ability to establish a routine. Think about your daily routine and then plan out ways to maximize your time and accomplish your chores efficiently. 

There’s a good chance your fall schedule will be busier than your summer schedule, so start off on the right foot by finding a good family calendar or personal planner to record all those important events, meeting, and activities. It could be an electronic calendar that you access via your phone or a simple wall calendar in your kitchen. The important thing is that you keep ALL the information in one place.
   

Re-organize your Closets: Fall is a great time to de-clutter closets – From clothing to medicine cabinets; you’ll want to discard items that no longer fit and switch things out from summer clothing. With the change of seasons, you may also need to change out your wardrobe and your children will most likely need a few new items for school that you missed during the back-to-school shopping rush. Plus, with the holiday season right around the corner, now is a great time to purge some of your old things to make room for new holiday outfits and gifts.
  



By planning ahead beforehand and organizing a few important areas of your home and life, you can make a smooth transition into the hectic fall months.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hello Friends! Yes, I am still alive! What, you ask, have I been doing the last 10 or so months I've not blogged on my beloved organizing website??  I went from one child (who was the only child for 9+ years) to FOUR children in a very short 28 days!!  So my life, by definition is C.R.A.Z.Y!

Here's a picture of our cuties.
I am still teaching classes, speaking, on television, and doing seminars, but for now, the only hands-on organizing going on is at MY house! I have learned much and hope to share what I have learned with you here and there.

Thanks for following me!

Monday, January 9, 2012

5 Home Organizing Tips for the New Year (As seen on 2News this Morning)


Welcome once again 2 News This Morning Viewers! Great to have you stop by.  Here are the tips from this morning. Click on the link below to watch the segment. http://connect2utah.com/libraries/nxd/media/?data=media_player&v=377527




Calendar it: Get a new calendar and transfer over all birthdays, anniversaries and other important events. Don’t forget to add appointments that you have already scheduled for this year. Color-code each event by category using highlighters in different colors so that you can see what’s coming up at a glance. Purchase a calendar wall hanger and hang up your calendar for daily viewing.

Make a File, Shred a Pile: Start getting your files and records in order. Make a list of what you need to do to update or revamp your filing system. Don’t forget to purge what you don’t need and move other documents, like taxes to long-term storage. Now is a great time to filter through the bills and receipts of the past year and shred them to make room for new records.


Make a List and Check It Twice: Make a Christmas card mailing list. Put each name and address into Word’s label feature (under tools, letters/mailings, envelopes/labels) so that next year you can save time by printing out address labels.
 Delegate:  Assign different cleaning and organizing tasks to family members or roommates (or even for yourself), so there is a little goal every day to keep the home clean.
 
Make organization part of your life: Do a little every day. Don’t save all of the cleaning for one monumental spring cleaning spree in early April. Schedule a time for organizing in your daily routine, such as after the kids get home from school. Just 10 minutes a day can make that disorganized home seem “so last year. The slow and steady win the organizing race.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tiny little tips to de-clutter and organize your house in record time, Tip 6; 3 Common Space Invaders

 
Tip 6: Banish the Space Invaders. What do I mean by this?? Common things that tend to clog up your closets, rooms, etc. Here are 3 of the worst:
1. Clothes
The clothes you wear on a day-to-day basis come from a mere 20 percent of the clothes in your closet. 80 percent of those clothes are just taking up space and never worn. Time to pair down and only keep what clothing fits and what you feel good in.
2. Small Appliances
Bread machines, juicers, all purpose mixers and other small appliances are great tools--if you use them on a regular basis. If you can’t remember the last time you used them or you have not used them in more than a year, it’s time to free up your counter space for new creations.
3. Junk Mail
Form a habit of not even letting the junkmail enter into your home. Go from the mailbox to the garbage can for any junkmail that does not have any personal account numbers on the paperwork. Create a Shred pile for those docs and shred regularly. Want to minimize junkmail? Head to www.the_dma.org and www.catalogchoice.org to be removed from their listings.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Tiny little tips to de-clutter and organize your house in record time; Tip 5: Organizing your plastic containers





HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Day 5 of "Tiny little tips to de-clutter and organize your house in record time" Day 5: Organize and Pair Down your Plastic Containers. Those pesky plastic food storage containers! Who isn’t guilty of accumulating far more than they actually ever use? Here are a few tips to keep this monster at bay:
  • Save the one’s you use the most and that have a good lid that fits on the container.
  • Discard the Rest. Unless you have a definite use for them or  you have a way to re-purpose or recycle the them, it’s time to say goodbye.. Throw away discolored or otherwise damaged containers that have missing lids.
  • Invest. If you have a mismatch of containers that don’t stack well, consider investing in a set. Buy just a few sizes small, medium, large, so that all of your containers take up the smallest amount of space in your cabinet.
  • Contain the Containers. Organize the containers by size on an assigned shelf. Use an inexpensive Ice Chest container or small dish rack to hold lids or store them upright by size. 
  I LOVE comments!  Share with our readers your solution for this pesky problem! Happy Monday!
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