The Make Room

room plannerI don’t know if I was a decorator or an architect in a past lifetime, but I have an irresistible urge to plan spaces. I cannot walk into a room, even if it’s already furnished, without rearranging the furniture in my mind. This can be a distracting and cumbersome characteristic, but it comes in handy when I really do need to plan a space. Moving, for instance. Every time I move, I try to plan out where everything is going to go ahead of time. It’s partially to save myself the hassle later and partially because I just can’t help myself! Read more

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter: Part One

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter: Part OneTime to date myself here – Do you remember the 1975 Paul Simon hit, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? Well, Rita has come up with a clever de-clutter version: Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter!

Here are the first 10 – Check back in the weeks ahead for more!

~~ Take Time To Decide, Clyde ~~
The first step in leaving your clutter, before you even touch one things, is:
1. Decide where you’re stuff is going to, whether you want to donate it or sell it; how and where you will do that. Read more

Qhick Tip: Getting Ready For Christmas

Holiday Card KeeperWhen I wanted to write about Christmas this week, I wondered if it was too early.Then I saw two Christmas posts on a couple of my favorite "intentional living" blogs and I felt like I was in good company.  So… onwards and upwards.

When you think about Christmas, what are the aspects that overwhelm you and stress you out?

For me, it's not knowing what's happening.

I'm a girl who loves a plan and I like to know who's hosting the lunch and what I have to bring.

I also like to have clear in my mind what we're doing about gifts and cards. Read more

College Entrepreneurs Develop Hip, New Organizer

AccessiblesThis week, I was contacted by a very inspiring group of college students from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts who have developed Accessibles, a hip, new way to organize notebooks and planners.

Rui Wang, one of the students in this group of budding entrepreneurs, explained that, "We noticed that lots of people store their thoughts chronologically and subsequently made etched-metal monthly tabs to let you control how you organize…" Read more

Creative Cable Clutter Solution

Don’t you hate cable clutter!?! Not only is it unsightly, it’s also dangerous! Well, I think it can be – after all, haven’t you ever accidently started vacuuming up cables while you’re cleaning around your desk or entertainment center? I have, and it’s pretty startling! Luckily, the folks at Unclutterer.com have come up with a solution: use a simple towel rack to control cable clutter!

They even made a video about it! Check it out:

Pretty nifty, right? It’s also a great way to use an old towel rack that you have in your home after upgrading your kitchen or bathroom. (Pssst – and if you need that as an excuse to do a mini makeover of your bathroom or kitchen, don’t worry – I won’t tell!)

Clutter From Another Mother

rik-rak-sister KarenHere's a post from my friend Karen over at www.BigGreenHead.com – enjoy!

Oh yes, you know what I'm talking about. All that stuff that has been "passed down" by family. This is a Rik Rak Sister’s worst nightmare! Not only does it add to your pile of stuff, for which you need to find storage, but there are unspoken rules and strings that come attached to these items. One misstep could result in being banished from the family gift exchange. So what is the protocol for dispensing with these unwelcomed items? Read more

Making Travel a Little Sweeter – Suite Arrival

toiletriesI was so inspired by the post a couple of a weeks ago Ten Tips for Packing Light, I couldn’t help but start thinking about more ways to make traveling a little easier.

My biggest issue when I travel is toiletries! I have very sensitive skin, and that coupled with my contact lens necessities means I have an assortment of bottles and jars I simply HAVE to bring with me when I’m traveling. Read more

15 Creative Uses for Wine Corks

wine-corksLiving here in Wine County California, one ends up with a lot of corks. It’s hard to just throw them out when you know there must be a ton of creative uses for them out there. I did a search for creative uses for all these corks and found some great creative ideas!

Enjoy!

Napkin rings – Drill a hole in the center, thread pretty ribbon through and tie. Read more

Shop Smart After Christmas and Save!

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Starting the day after Christmas and into January you'll find deep discounts in stores carrying holiday themed items (think Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and religious icons like Mary and baby Jesus). Stock up now and save a bundle next year. CLUTTER CONTROL WARNING: Make a shopping list before you head out so you’re not tempted by the thought of a good deal only to find you don’t really need or want an item after you bring it home! Read more

Space Treat: Don't let the door hit you on your way out!

foot-in-doorIs there a door in your home that has a mind of it's own? It makes unloading and loading a full car unnecessarily challenging. Have you ever been carrying an armful of stuff when the measly door wedge gives out? … and whack! Or worse, you're trying to open the door with one foot while balancing on the other and your arms are desperately trying to keep their grip on 5 bags of groceries.

These doors just don't stay where you put them and the biggest offenders are the spring-loaded doors forcing you to race your way through so it doesn't hit you on your backside. Read more

Works for Me Wednesday: Zip Ties

humble-zip-tieZip ties are amazing! I use them for cord control, and a multitude of other little fixes all over my house.

I thought I was particularly clever last weekend when I fixed a broken toilet chain with my own little chain of zip ties and a binder clip to connect it to the rubber stopper in the bottom of the toilet tank. But I guess Elizabeth over at apartmenttherapy.com and I think a lot alike. Check out her tiolet handle fix. We should team up, Elizabeth! Read more

Organize All Your Savings Cards!

keyringthing.comIs your wallet overflowing with club cards, savings cards and discount cards? Mine is!

Seems everyone has a card for their business and I find myself digging for the right one at the checkout counter with irritated folks behind me. Or just skipping the discount because I don't want to bother. (Why don't they just lower their prices?)

You can punch a hole in each of them and string them all on a key chain, but if you have more than a few, this really isn't the answer. I came across this site this morning: Keyringthing.com Read more

Carmen's Favorite Organizers A to Z – Part 4

(4) D is for Desk Dots by Dynomighty Designs. (Dare you to say that 3 times, fast!)

Ever want an organizer with super powers?

Desk Dots are very strong ceramic magnets that hold together, even with lots of stuff between them.

And the Dots can withstand multiple configurations as well. You can lay 'em in a row…pile 'em on top of each other…stick 'em on your fridge or file cabinet. (Just don't let your boss catch you playing around!) Read more

Carmen's Favorite Organizers A to Z – Part 3

(3) C is for the Calendar Tin.

Calendars normally contain your reminders, appointments, and important dates. But this calendar doesn't hold words – it holds office supplies!

The Calendar Tin stands 3 "stories" high. (Not literally, silly! That would be pretty big.)

Each story is a compartment…one for tacks, one for paper clips, and one for rubber bands. And all of these supplies are included with the tin, which makes it even a better bargain. Read more

Carmen's Favorite Organizers A to Z – Part 2

(2) B is for Bento Boxes by Plastica.

In Japan, bento boxes have long been used as lunch boxes. The structure of each bento helps to pack a meal based upon the Japanese food pyramid, which includes grains, meats, and veggies. (What?! No junk food?)

But bentos don't just emphasize a balanced diet and portion control, they also keep lunches mighty organized! And so, it's lucky for us that the bento custom has gone international. Read more

I need more time! Help for the overwhelmed

  • Do your to-do lists feel like they're smothering you?
  • Do you feel like your head is full of noise and it's so distracting?
  • Do you have bright ideas on your computer, on bits of paper, Post-It notes and in your Outlook tasks?
  • Are you spending too much time looking for things and not enough time actually doing them?
  • Is your disorganisation is holding you back and preventing you from doing your best work?
  • Do you regularly have to take a day (or half-day) just to get things back in control?

You'll learn how to: Read more

7 Holiday Anti-Stress Tips

holiday-stressHere are 7 Tips to help you ease your stress and get ready for the holidays without having a major anxiety attack:

1. Write a list of everything you need to do for the holidays. Make it a general list. For example: Don't list what you'll get for each person, just write "buy gifts".

2. Next – go through your list, eliminate anything you don't HAVE to do, & rearrange it in order of what needs to be done first. Then hang up your list where you'll see it. Read more

Lists Are Your Friends

All Out Of List"I can't remember anything any more," said one of my clients. "None of us can," I told her. And it's true. And that's why lists are so helpful.

Here are some of lists I personally find useful; I'm sure you'll have others of your own.

  • To-Do Lists
  • Someday/Maybe List (things I might want to do – but not now)
  • Shopping Lists – so I can remember what I need, and avoid the clutter caused by buying things I don't need
  • Read more

    Paper, Paper and Still More Paper

    pile-of-paperIf you're ever going to keep up with all the paper in your life, you have to decide on a system and keep tweaking it.

    Read more about how to deal with mail clutter and decide if my system will work for you as is, or if you need to make slight adjustments. I'm cool with that!

    One of the biggest mistakes people make with organising paper is jumping to the filing instead of eliminating the source. Read more

    The Big O: Under 60 with Monica Ricci

    monicaMonica Ricci, Organizing Expert, Motivational Speaker, Author and Founder of Catalyst Organizing Solutions, LLC. is the special guest on the latest episode of The Big O on VickyandJen.com.

    "Your time is short and your to-do list is long, so give us an hour and we’ll give you an organized life!" Not really, but use our Under 60 ideas and you will be much closer. Join us for this episode of The Big O: Under 60 where we share lots of projects that can be done in 1, 5, 15, 30 and 60 minutes.

    Some examples: Read more

    Can't Let Go of Old Baby Clothese? Here's the Solution!

    quiltA lot of us have old baby clothes that we just can't bear to part with – a little pink Easter dress or something Grandma gave us when Junior was born…

    Fortunately, I was able to narrow it all down to just my favorite few from each of my three kids, which I keep in a zippered bag in a trunk in my living room. But I know several people who just can't seem to do that.

    Here are a couple of great ideas for keeping those same memories, in slightly different form: Read more

    Simple Ways to Improve the Resale Value of Your Home

    houseWith all of the homes on the market it is more important than ever to make sure that your home stands out to potential buyers. Before placing your home on the market consider doing some simple and inexpensive work on your home to really make your home stand out.

    Remember that first impressions count!

    The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Make it inviting and it will set a good first impression. Make sure that there is no trash or debris in the yard and that the lawn is mowed and edged and looks well kept.

    Make the foliage inviting: trim the hedges and weed and mulch the flower garden. If you do not have a flower bed consider investing in one– an inviting yard makes a great first impression. Read more

    Maintaining Your Decluttered Space

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    We had a ball over on my other blog with the August Declutter Challenge last month.

    Everyone was so motivated and I just knew that if we didn't do something, ANYTHING, to maintain those beautiful decluttered spaces, 80% of participants would fall back to the old ways.
    It's nothing against them, or you; it's just a fact of life. Read more

    Ellen’s Penicillin Method of De-Cluttering

    mold-in-petrie-dishThis post came from Declutter 101: Strategies To Cut Clutter | Organized Home. This was such a great analogy, I just had to share

    Often, decluttering efforts chase their tails in an endless loop. The home manager declutters the small table in the hallway and moves on. By the following week, a whole new species of clutter has returned to the cleared area. Read more