Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Car

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog.

Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If the weekend challenge “speaks” to you, then set your timer for 30 minutes and start organizing/de-cluttering. Stop when the timer goes off and enjoy the rest of your weekend knowing that you accomplished something!  Of course you may continue organizing if you have gained the momentum your were looking for.

Mini Challenge

The car.

Take a trash bag, head to your car and start tossing wrappers, papers and other trash.  Relocate stray items that ended up in your car, back where they belong.  If the weather is nice, drive to the nearest full service car wash as a reward.

Did you find anything you were looking for while de-cluttering your car?

 

Three Compelling Reasons to Call an Organizer Before/After Moving

It seems people are on the move now that spring has finally shown up.  I’m working with 2 new clients this month to prepare their homes for listings and helping another new client unpack and settle into her home.

Is there a move in your future?

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If the answer is yes, here are 3 compelling reasons you should call a professional organizer.

1. You don’t want to take it ALL with you!  A move is an opportunity for a fresh start. Don’t schlep your clutter to your new digs.  Call on me to help you make decisions and de-clutter instead of feeling paralyzed or overwhelmed.  Of course the decision is entirely yours, but it’s really nice to have support and guidance.

2. You want your home to be irresistible to potential buyers.  Make it stand out against the competition.  Once we clear the clutter, your home will appear more spacious and inviting. Maybe it will even sell quicker and for a better price.

3. You want to unpack BEFORE your NEXT move.  Moves are stressful and tiring.  After arriving at the new house you find  you don’t have one ounce of energy left to unpack and put away your things.  Heck, you may have even moved a few boxes that were still packed from a previous move. Unpacking doesn’t have to take months or years. I will help you empty those boxes, decide where to put things and show you how to use your new space efficiently.  

Call me before your next move or after the moving truck has left a pile of cartons at the new house.  I will help you get it done! 608-575-7467

 

 

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: The Drawer Beneath Your Oven

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog.

Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If the weekend challenge “speaks” to you, then set your timer for 30 minutes and start organizing/de-cluttering. Stop when the timer goes off and enjoy the rest of your weekend knowing that you accomplished something!  Of course you may continue organizing if you have gained the momentum your were looking for.

Mini Challenge

The drawer beneath your oven.

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Empty this drawer and consider donating the items that you haven’t used for ages. How many baking pans and sheets do you need?  Do you EVER use the broiler pan that takes up so much of the drawer space?  Use the oven drawer to store pots and pans, or any other kitchen items you use most frequently and put the rest in another, less accessible area.  Go ahead and clean the drawer while it’s empty.

What did you decide to donate?

Spring Fling Organizing Challenge

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Say goodbye to winter and Hello spring!  Join my Spring Fling organizing challenge beginning March 29th, 2014.  Get rid of clutter and feel better.

Find out more information here.

Favorite Organizing Products–Tour of Target

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>>Jill’s Favorite Organizing Products

>>Tools to help you become more organized

>>Products to maximize your space

Join Jill for a tour of a Madison Target store on March 25th.  You will leave with a better understanding of organizing products and how to utilize them in your own home.

More information here.

 

 

3 Fantastic Alternatives to Buying More Stuff

I don’t need to save money….. said practically no one!  There is a way to have stuff and save money.  Consider temporary ownership.  You may even have less clutter as a result.

Here are 3 alternatives to buying more stuff.

1.  Rent.  Do you use your public library?  This is an absolutely free option to buying.  Books, magazine, DVD’s, and even electronic downloads, all free at your library! As long as you return them before they are due.  Remembering due dates is easy if you set up reminders in your calendar or have the library system email you a reminder.

There are more options for renting items including: movie rental stores, netflix, tools and equipment, textbooks, party supply rentals, camping gear, and sporting good rentals.

2.  Borrow. It’s great to have friends who own a lot of stuff you could use.  Are you hosting a graduation, shower or other party? Ask if you may borrow their chairs, tables, decorations, awnings, outdoor games, dishes, crock pots, bar glasses, etc.

Borrow  baby equipment and clothing. Babies grow out of it so fast! We borrowed an infant car seat from a friend whose child had just outgrown theirs.  Our daughter’s graduation party was more affordable due to friends who loaned us their stuff.

3. Swap.  If you have small children, consider swapping toys, books, games, puzzles, toys, and baby equipment with other families whose children have outgrown them.  As your children grow, swap these items with a friend who has younger children.

Hold a swap party with friends and trade clothing, handbags, accessories, shoes and outerwear. This could be even more fun than shopping alone.

Swap home decor or kitchen gadgets with friends and family; your waffle iron for their juicer.

Amazon has a trade-in program you may check out here.

What do you temporarily own?

Did I miss any alternatives to buying stuff?  Please comment below.

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Under the Bed

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog.

Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If the weekend challenge “speaks” to you, then set your timer for 30 minutes and start organizing/de-cluttering. Stop when the timer goes off and enjoy the rest of your weekend knowing that you accomplished something!  Of course you may continue organizing if you have gained the momentum your were looking for.

Mini Challenge

Under the Bed.

What is lurking under your dark, dusty bed?  Don’t be afraid.  You might even find something you where looking for or something you forgot you owned.  Pull it all out, vacuum or dust the floor and only put back the items you really need to store there.  You may want a container to hold items and keep them dust free.

Want to know what’s under my bed?  Suitcases and my wedding dress!

Did you find anything unusual under yours?

 

7 Powerful Habits That Will Help You Stay Organized

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Sometimes I get surprised looks when I tell others that my home doesn’t stay organized on it’s own.  I have to work at it like anyone else.  That being said, staying organized is a piece of cake…….if you adopt these 7 powerful habits.

1. I will put things away after using them.

2. I will regularly edit my stuff.

3. Before purchasing something, I will ask myself ….where will I store it and do I even like it?

4. I will shop less and use a list.

5. I will foster gratitude for what I have instead of wanting more.

6. I will toss junk mail immediately.

7. I will spend 15 minutes a day clearing surfaces of clutter.

If staying organized is important to you, then adopt these habits.  You will be relieved when you don’t have to spend hours re-organizing your house again and again.

Which habit will you adopt first?

Weekend Mini-Organizing Challenge: Credit Cards

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Need some organizing motivation and inspiration, or a gentle kick in the rear:) Subscribe to receive mini-organizing challenges several weekends a month. They will be automatically emailed to you so you won’t have to remember to visit the blog.

Mini-organizing challenges are doable and will focus on de-cluttering a tiny area of your home.  If the weekend challenge “speaks” to you, then set your timer for 30 minutes and start organizing/de-cluttering. Stop when the timer goes off and enjoy the rest of your weekend knowing that you accomplished something!  Of course you may continue organizing if you have gained the momentum your were looking for.

Mini Challenge

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Got credit clutter?  Take a look at your credit cards this weekend.  Are there any you could live without?  Maybe the ones you opened just for the discount.  I admit, I’ve done this.  Recently I came across these 2 cards, tucked away in a file. They are never used (except for the one time) so why am I hanging onto them?

It took me 5 minutes, seriously, I timed myself, to call these 2 companies and cancel the cards.  I then cut the cards up and tossed them. Five minutes!  The phone number is on the back of the card and the phone system is usually automated.

What’s NO LONGER in your wallet?

Organize with Command Hooks

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Do you use command hooks?  If you haven’t discovered command hooks, you may be missing out on a tool that will allow you to use your walls and doors to become more organized.  No damaging nail holes!

Command hooks are a 3M product and available in different sizes, colors and strengths.  They stick to most surfaces and remove without damaging the surface.  This is what 3M claims and I haven’t had any issues with them.

I put them to use recently to hold my strainers on a cabinet door.  The strainers were taking up a considerable amount of cabinet floor space before I hung them on the doors.

The possibilities are endless!

  • Christmas decorations
  • Pot holders
  • Robes
  • Purses, backpacks and more
  • Belts, hats
  • Dorm rooms, bathrooms, mudrooms.

How have you used Command Hooks?

If you are new to Command Hooks, here is some inspiration to help you get started.