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.

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 and 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. 
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