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Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Bike Storage Guide image

For organization, bicycles present a strange challenge. They are large, bulky, awkwardly shape, and often dirty. Suburban families typically get bicycles for recreation, which means they might be used infrequently enough that they end up in some forgotten corner of the garage. Urban families, on the other hand, might use bikes for daily commutes, but that means having to find a place to store them in what is likely a more compact living space. No matter where you live, you bought a bicycle because you planned to use it. Whether you use your bike daily or only on the weekends in the summer, you should resist the urge to throw it into a corner—of your entryway or your garage—and you ...

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Tips for Decluttering Your Home image

While it’s healthy to admit that your house will not be photo op-ready every day of the week, that’s no reason to give in to the clutter. Begin confronting the lack of order with a few straightforward approaches sure to make your home feel like a haven. Pinpoint a main flaw Maybe you wish you had the time for gutting drawers and labeling storage bins, but you just can’t swing a spring-cleaning binge right now. You can start by breaking a few small bad habits, like tossing mail on the kitchen counter or leaving clean laundry in a hamper. Organizing mail and folding laundry are tasks that only take a few minutes if you do them each day. But if ...

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Angie’s List Super Service Award standard

We did it again! I’m thrilled to announce that McKee Closet Organizing and McKee Organizing Services both won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting a year of great reviews from our customers. Minimum requirements for eligibility include an “A” as an overall rating. Luckily we have never gotten any review other than an “A” for either business! Only about 5% of the companies that we compete with in Pittsburgh are able to earn our Super Service Award. It’s a mark of consistently great customer service. We love our Angie’s List members and they continue to give us great reviews. Here is what some over them have said: • “Sandy was very patient and nice during the initial visit. This ...

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Old School Organizing: Lessons I’m Still Learning From My Mom standard

My mom’s shoebox for receipts, a large check register that would not fit in your wallet, and an over-stocked pantry.  These are three things that in my professional life I might have advised against.  But my mom recently passed away and is continuing to teach me important lessons in simplicity. Her shoebox of receipts was a perfect receptacle for the year’s spending.  Little handwritten notes chronicled what was important.  It took twenty minutes to sort and document medical expenses, taxable items and things that were to be kept.  It was easy to see where she went and how she navigated life using this little paper trail.  There were not two or three places to look for these.  They were not ...

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Important Documents: What to Keep and for How Long standard

You might be surprised how many people have important financial documents scattered all over the house – on the kitchen table, underneath old newspapers, in the hall closet, in the basement. If this describes your financial “filing system”, you may have a tough time keeping tabs on your financial life. Organization will help you, your advisors… and even your heirs. If you’ve got a meeting scheduled with an accountant, financial consultant, mortgage lender or insurance agent, spare yourself a last-minute scavenger hunt. Take an hour or two to put things in good order. If nothing else, do it for your heirs. When you pass, they will be contending with emotions and won’t want to search through your house for this ...

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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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