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Wardrobe Preppers – Who, What, Wear? image

We’ve all had difficult mornings. You know those mornings. You can’t find that one matching sock. The shirt you grabbed has a stain on it. Your keys aren’t “where you left them." And the downward spiral continues. One of the best ways to get your time back is with Monday through Friday wardrobe prepping. If you have our shelving systems installed—or even if you don’t—using MTWTF labeling on dedicated shelving or a dresser will allow you to prepare each day’s clothing and accessories in advance. This is a great way for kids to learn to plan ahead. For adults, a glide-out valet bar offers a built-in option for daily wardrobe staging. Breathe easy with a prepped wardrobe and enjoy one more cup ...

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It’s Easy Being Green – AND Organized! standard

As a professional organizer, I use the word simplify in my daily vocabulary. We’ve all heard the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”. But what not everyone recognizes is that ‘simplify’ is just a more palatable synonym for ‘reduce’. I’m, quite frankly, in the business of reducing.  It’s no mistake that ‘reduce’ comes first in the mantra. Our culture often obsesses about the end game, but recycling is actually the last step. The goal is to acquire less, creatively reuse what makes sense and recycle what you can. The good news is there are many resources locally and nationally to help!   Reduce Shop with the idea of ENOUGH in mind.  When you know what ‘enough’ is, your inventory of possessions stays ...

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Spicey Organizing standard

We often find clients who  have too much spice in there lives!  Oftentimes people want to cook more but are having trouble making time.  They over-buy in case they ever get the opportunity there will not be any barriers, they will have everything they need.  Some people identify providing with having everything they can possibly think of on hand.  It is their way of showing their love.  These people purchase spices (and other items) “just in case”. Others have inventory issues.  Either, they do not know or cannot see what they have.  This is a vicious cycle because spices tend to get lost behind other spices.  No matter what the root of the problem is, keeping spices in an appropriate place ...

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There’s An App For That… standard

In my last blog post I mentioned how there is an app for everything? Well I thought that I should elaborate and tell you about some of my favorite apps that I find useful! Shoeboxed (Free) The fastest way to turn a pile of receipts into digital data for effortless expense reporting, accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation. Snap a photo of your receipt and create an expense report on your phone that will sync with QuickBooks, Wave Accounting, Xero, Excel, FreshBooks Outright, Xero or dozens of other tools. Great for those little business expenses that used to get lost in the shuffle. Be aware that there can be some fees incorporated into the app if you start using it heavily. ...

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Get Organized Month! standard

Getting Organized is one of the top three New Year’s Resolutions every year.  Now that we are a month into the New Year, motivation may be starting to fade. The best thing you can do to keep energized is to add a big dose of accountability! There’s an app for that… It is true.  If you are a smart phone user, there are apps for everything from tracking exercise and adding up calories, to tracking mileage and even an app for posting daily gratitude journal entries. Receiving automated nudges from a tool that is almost always by your side is a powerful way to stay on track.  Below are some of my personal app suggestions. Go Public with Social Media ...

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Holiday Stress: Worth It or Not? standard

Traditions change. Yes, it’s an oxymoron, but it’s true. If you think about it, year by year new traditions and expectations are added to our holiday celebrations. Relaxation and joy are sometimes replaced with guilt and stress while we try to keep up. Awareness is the first step to making a change. If you want to make a change start by thinking about the details of your traditions and ask yourself these questions: Think back on how many family traditions got started. Think about the “why” behind each tradition. Is the tradition aligned with your family values? Is it something you “should” do or something you “want” to do? Try to think about the joy/stress ratio for each tradition and ...

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