July 15, 2013

File Your T-Shirts

Need a really great way to store your t-shirts and keep your drawers tidy at the same time? Try the File Method. This is my favorite way to organize tees. Rather than the typical way of folding and stacking t-shirts in drawers, fold your tees in half twice and then stand them up on end. This makes it really easy to see them all with just one quick glance. This method also keeps your tees wrinkle free and makes it easy to pull them out and put them back in again without messing up the rest of the drawer. Try this with your jeans, too.

May 10, 2013

Create an Entryway Drop-Zone

In your home create a drop-zone to land your stuff when you first walk through the door after a long day of work, play, or errands. It doesn't have to be big and fancy like we often see in the magazines. It can be as simple as a small table and a hook for your purse and coat. The important element is to make sure it's organized with a place to put things like the mail, keys, receipts, sunglasses, cell phone, shoes and shopping bags. Having a drop-zone will help stop clutter from accumulating in other areas of your home. If you live with others, create a place for everyone to drop their things and get all on board to help keep it maintained and messy-free.

April 3, 2013

Organizing with Trays

Use trays to help you get organized. Trays are great for corralling frequently used smaller items that are typically scattered on countertops and other flat surfaces. They provide visual appeal as well as function and (my personal favorite)... they make cleaning so much easier. Just lift and wipe! This tray strategy for organizing can be applied anywhere in your home. Use attractive small trays on your desk for storing post-its and other office supplies. Use trays in the bathroom near the sink for storing bath and body products you use often. Or... use a tray on the coffee table for conveniently holding remote controls, books, and other small trinkets. Give organizing with trays a try today!

January 12, 2013

Reuse Plastic Linen Zipper Bags

Save the plastic zipper bags that brand new linens and sheets come in. Their uses are endless! It's kind of like getting an extra little bonus when you buy new tablecloths, pillow cases and blankets. They're the perfect clear container for organizing many things. The small bags are great for storing toys with a lot of little pieces like legos or barbies. They're also great for storing craft projects and art supplies. Use the smaller bags for organizing your suitcase when traveling and use the larger bags for storing spare blankets, quilts, and your sweater collection during the summer. When not using them stack them inside of each other and put them in a convenient, easily accessible location so you see them often and remember to use them.

January 2, 2013

Plan To Organize in 2013

Welcome to a new year! Don't worry if you didn't get much organizing done last year. The start of a new year means a fresh start for all. This time instead of writing 'Get Organized' on your New Year's Resolution List, try and be more specific. 'Get Organized' alone is way too broad of a term and simply just thinking about it can bring up unpleasant feelings of dread and overwhelm. Rather than set yourself up for failure from the start, be more specific about what you'd like to get organized and then create small, attainable goals. Start with the easier stuff first. Maybe you'd like to finally clean out and organize the junk drawer that's been driving you crazy in the kitchen or maybe you'd like to tidy up the family medicine cabinet so you're more prepared the next time a family member is sick. If it's a larger project you have in mind like organizing the garage or organizing the master bedroom walk-in closet, break it down into smaller tasks and do a little bit in small chunks of time until it's done. Plan it out month by month (write it down!). What specifically are you going to tackle in January, February, March... and so on. Here's to a new year of successful organizing... Cheers!

November 1, 2012

Bathroom Clean-As-You-Go Routine

Tired of a constantly messy, gunky and grungy bathroom? Want to know the secret to keeping it sparkling clean? Follow a Clean-As-You-Go routine. This doesn't have to take long and can be really easy if you store supplies close at hand. Store a small towel and glass cleaner under the sink for quickly wiping spots off the mirror. Place a plastic cup on the tub ledge for rinsing out the bathtub after your morning bath or shower. Stick
a suction cup sponge holder to your shower wall. Use the sponge for wiping down the sink and countertops and for cleaning the shower while you're actually in it. Get in the habit of wiping and rinsing every day (it takes just seconds) and watch your weekly bathroom cleaning chores disappear.

September 24, 2012

Designate a Place for Items Leaving Your House

Place a big basket by your main entryway and designate it as a place to temporarily put things that don't belong in your house (that need to be taken elsewhere). These are things such as: library books, a borrowed cake pan from your mom, items that need to be returned to the store, a book or magazine you'd like to pass on to a friend, old batteries or ink cartridges that need to be recycled, or even reusable grocery bags that need to be put back in your car so you remember to use them again. Get in the habit of checking the basket every time you leave the house to see if there's anything that can be taken with you.