Accomplishing Christmas Cards While Watching TV

card_basketI love getting Christmas cards! Each day in December I dash out to my mailbox to see if any new card awaits me. I hold my breath as I carefully open each card in anticipation of what is by far my favorite part of the Christmas card tradition. The picture.

The family pictures make the card for me. Imagine my disappointment when I open a card and no picture falls out. It is so sad and disappointing but a letter makes up for it. Yet some don’t have that either, it’s just a card with a signature. Read more

Organizing Toys Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

cubbyWe have a playroom downstairs for the kids. I have tried so many different systems for containing all the toys to no avail. I’m not a fan of the toybox – except for dress up clothes – because toys seem to get buried at the bottom and it’s impossible to keep all like items together. And then I discovered the cubbie system!

I just wish you could know how exciting it is for me to experience the wonderfulness of a new shelf and the possibilities that come with it. This my friends has me dancing the JIG OF JOY! Yes, like the happy dance only better. I kid you not.

This particular cubbie shelving unit features nine cubbies, but you can also get it in eight. The fabric baskets are purchased separately so you can use as many as you’d like and they come in a variety of colors. Read more

Organizing Clothes for the Seasons

frostyThe weather here is getting cold. So cold in fact that my kids are already wearing their winter coats to school. You know what that means don’t you? Time for the seasonal clothes change out!

The only way to avoid over-stuffed closets and dressers is to store away the clothes I’m not wearing. The other day my girlfriend kindly pointed out to me that not everyone does this. Huh? How can anyone stare at sweaters and turtlenecks all summer? Or tank tops in the dead of winter? How depressing! Read more

Planning to organize: Baby Steps

messyThe first step in the organizing PROCESS acronym I created is the PLAN of attack.
First thing you want to do is to pick an area/room.

Look around your home and think about what areas/rooms are causing you stress. What areas immediately make you cringe, close the door and walk away to avoid the space altogether? Don’t feel bad about your space, that doesn’t matter now. The important thing is you are ready to make a change. Read more

How I Organized My Vehicle

bin1I purchased some baskets the other day that I thought would be perfect for my son’s toys in the van. I am so happy with it; it’s much larger than what I was using. Don’t these toys look organized and tidy sitting in their beautiful container like that…..yah right….don’t be fooled….by the time we get to wherever it is we’re going, you’ll find these toys thrown all over the vehicle…sigh….but at least clean-up is a snap.

Here’s a shot of the area between the driver and passenger seats. We have a mesh netting type thing that came with the van that hooks to the sides of the seats. Inside this I have three baskets. Two are for CD’s (one for grown up CD’s and one for the kid’s music) and one bigger basket for all the miscellaneous crap essentials that you need while driving.
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Letting Go of Clutter is a Joy!

simple_flowersSometimes we need to step back and evaluate our spaces and see them with fresh eyes. Often we don’t see clutter until we are drowning in it.

Take a tour of your home and really look at everything. Find the joy and simplicity in everything you own (and do) and give yourself permission to let go of everything else.

I am really trying to simplify things as much as possible by making sure we are actually using and loving the stuff we own all of the time.

This past weekend we swapped beds in our girls’ rooms, which prompted a general re-arranging, over-hauling and purging of all our kids’ rooms. Read more

Closet cubbies and shelves: Simplify your life

closet_before2 closet_after2When I was visiting my sister I gave her an early birthday gift. Nothing says “Happy Birthday” better than brand new shelves to organize your front closet! Don’t you think?

I LOVE these cubbies and shoe stackers!! Look at how much room they create. I even have one in my own front closet if you remember.

I think my sister was most excited to finally have somewhere for her purse and a I’m outta here shelf! There is even a basket for ball caps and winter hats and mitts. Read more

Clutter Hacks: Consolidating by Keeping Like With Like

I don’t know if you’ve heard (he he) but I LOVE containers! What I also love though, and what you might not know, is that I love to use those containers to consolidate. I love just saying that word. Anytime I can consolidate many things into one, thereby taking up less space, makes me very very happy. Which is why I love grocery day. Well not the actual grocery shopping really, but the putting groceries away part. Again weird, trust me, I know!

Seriously though, this consolidating thing is addictive. I’m obsessed with it. And don’t even get me started about how snakey I get when there are TWO boxes of the same thing opened at the same time! I MUST pour one into the other and shove the whole thing back into ONE box. I MUST or I can’t go on with my day. I’m like that when I lose my favorite pen too but you’ve probably heard enough “freakness” for today:)

I turn this (L) into this(R):

Now come on doesn’t that just say fun to you?
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Uncluttering: You’ll Soon Be an Addict, Like Me

Sometimes just getting started is half the battle….My brother and sister-in-law have a nice bookcase in their living room that holds books, photos and toys. It had gotten overly cluttered and was driving them crazy. With two young kids in the house, it was just one more thing in their long list of to-dos. Yet everyday there it was, mocking and frustrating them.

bookcasesOnce you see how easy and rewarding it is to tackle one small space, the impact of those results will make you want to do it over and over and over again….until you become an addict like me. Read more

A day in the life of an organizing junkie….

It had to be done. I mean I’m here at my sister’s on vacation for a whole month after all. Much too long to be away from my beautiful friends. I miss them so much when I’m away from them.

You see my sister kindly had some empty drawers waiting for me when I arrived so I could unpack some of my stuff but, honestly, I didn’t know how to unpack without my trusty friends. That first night it was hard to sleep knowing those drawers were….naked!

[LG]Drawer Nooks called my name.[/LG]My second day here found me where some new friends found their way into my cart. I have no idea how it happened either considering I had told my Dad to keep me on track…..I just needed a new bathing suit for my daughter, nothing else. How I ended up walking down the aisle….you know the one I’m talking about. I swear I tried to block the voices that called out to me. I covered my ears and sang “la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you” but the pull was just too strong for me, I am weak, I couldn’t hang on. Read more