21 Tips to Create Clutter-Busting Kids

Toy ShelfHere are 21 tips to help kids become clutter-busters. (and a lot are helpful to adults, too.)

1. Cleaning their rooms involves making decisions. The more you help to simplify the room, the easier the cleaning and the decision-making becomes.

2. Check out books from the library, and buy only the ones your children really love. Why spend money on books they’ll never read?

3. If toys, books, puzzles and games don’t have a happy home that the child can reach easily to put away, then, you’ve got clutter. Read more

Tuesday Tip: How to Get a Real Person!

operatorI usually address all my customer service needs with companies from their websites. Most are intuitive and easy to use. But sometimes there is an issue which requires a direct question to a live person, so a phone call is required.

Ah, the dreaded customer service phone call.

Most customer service representatives are friendly and helpful. Once you finally get to one. Read more

Declutter Your Computer – Part 1

email iconToday I want to talk about an area of the office that may just be one of my favourite things to organise – your computer!

Because we can’t see computer clutter as obviously as we can see physical clutter, we often don’t realise it’s there but believe me, it’s still affecting you.

How does it affect you?

When you open your Inbox and feel drained at the sight of all your emails, when your computer runs slow because there are so many photos on there and when you click into your Google Reader and can’t BELIEVE how much some people post because you went through your blogs for 3 hours yesterday and now there are 127 unread items yet again! Read more

Get Organized for Tax Season in 5 Easy Steps

tax filingIn the words of Dave Barry, “It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.”

Filing taxes = huge pain. We all know it. We all go through it once a year. And while there’s no way around tax season, there is a way to make the process less stressful.

P.R.E.P.A.R.A.T.I.O.N. Read more

Web Accessibility For All – We’ve Got It!

web accessibilityStacks and Stacks is doing something new to reach out to seniors and the disabled!

We have a new icon on our website that offers a link to a web accessibility tool for seniors and the disabled! The tool is absolutely free to download and free to use, and can help people with impairments navigate the internet and our website. Read more

5 Organizing Tips for Working Moms

office organizersIt’s not quite Spring yet, but it may be time for a bit of Spring Cleaning – for your office!

Michelle Maffei has written a great post over at SheKnows.com with some timely and helpful tips on doing just that. Here’s an excerpt:

Whether you work from home or just use your office for family purposes, giving your home office a spring cleaning will boost productivity while reducing stress. From categorizing the clutter to keeping at-home kids happy so you can work, give yourself a career spring cleaning and organize your office with these tips for working moms.

1) Put clutter into categories: Read more

Do You Know What You’re Cleaning With?

toxic-cleanersAccording to the National Research Council, only 20% of chemicals have been tested for acute effects less than 10 % have been tested for chronic or reproductive effects and 80% does not have toxic information available and only 1% of toxins are required to be on a label. Yet, all of these things are on our grocery shelves, can harm us, our children and the environment.

We are constantly hearing about second hand smoke, smog, emissions from cars and factories ruining our air supply. Yet, the one thing that we use in our home to rid it of bacteria, mold and bugs, no one seems to question. Read more

Beware of Vampires!

vampire-powerEven when household appliances are turned off, most are still using some electricity. Beware of vampire energy in your home, sucking the money right out of your wallet and producing over 50 million tons of CO2 emissions in the U.S., equal to 11 million cars.

My friends over at Big Green Head have put together a cute interactive post to show potential energy vampires in your home and how to eliminate them. Check it out…[LG]A Valet with built-in power strip![/LG]

The Mind-Body Clutter Connection

clutterDo you follow the advice of clutter experts and still feel overwhelmed and unable to crawl from underneath the piles of stuff? Sheila Hawkins over at ChaoticClutterKing has written a great post on what the real issue may be! Here’s an excerpt from the post:

You can’t clear the clutter by focusing on your “stuff”. How many times have you eliminated that pile, the overflow in the closet or even cleared the clutter from an entire room only to have it come back to haunt you Read more

And While We’re Quoting…

Just found this quote in an EXCELLENT post, What NOT To Say in the New Year, on The Clutter Diet Blog!

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Please read the rest of the post here! Thanks again, Lorie!

How to Stay Motivated in 2011

motivated!Here is a great article by Lesley Alderman/Real Simple.com to help you stay on track when it comes to those New Year’s Resolutions:

9 Secrets of Motivated People: Real-life strategies that will help you to actually accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself this year.

New year, new you. It’s the perennial January catchphrase that holds such conquer-the-world promise. And then, well, you get sidetracked with conquering your to-do list. But even the loftiest resolutions (running a marathon, writing a book) don’t have to fall by the wayside come February. Staying motivated―and achieving what you set out to do on that bright New Year’s Day―is surprisingly possible. Just follow these nine mantras, provided by researchers who study motivation and backed up by women who have used them to realize their biggest ambitions. Read the full post here.[LG]Here’s a great Planner to get you started![/LG]

Book Review: Organize Now!

Organize NowRecently Jennifer Ford Berry asked me to review her newly revised book – Organize Now! A week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life.

I gladly jumped on it – I love organizing books!

I have to say, first off, that I love the book itself. It’s a hard bound spiral notebook that looks like a leather bound daily planner. The pages are thick to withstand frequent use and make quick referencing easy. The pages of each section are accented with fun colors and coordinating prints and sprinkled with some great quotes. It’s just an all-around fun book to look at and use! Read more

Get Rid of Clutter – Transform Your Life

motivationIt’s often hard to keep the momentum going after you start an organizing project. Reason being, unless you are a professional organizer or self-proclaimed organizing junkie, organization can seem…boring…pointless…overwhelming…difficult.

Does this situation sound familiar to you? Then it’s very likely that when you think about getting organized, your natural procrastination mechanism kicks into overdrive.

You are not alone! In fact, one of the most popular questions about organizing is: “How do I get/stay motivated?” Read more

What the Heck is MDF? and Other Questions Answered

fiber-boardI do a lot of online shopping and research. In my investigations, I’ve discovered that there are a myriad of terms that retail websites use, and they expect us to understand what they mean. Well, sometimes we don’t. And that’s why I’ll be bringing you a series of posts explaining some of these terms so you can be an educated online shopper. Today we’ll be talking about wood.

Anything claiming to be made of solid wood is just that – solid wood. Easy enough. But what about items that say they are made from particle board, pressed wood or MDF. Do you know what those are? Read more

But What Do I Do With All The Caps?

recycle binI’m learning more about recycling everyday (thanks to my friends at BigGreenHead.com!).

Like many households, we have a giant blue recycling bin that we throw all our recyclables into. Like many people, I had some questions in my mind as I was tossing a plastic container or a pizza box; Can the lid be recycled? Is it OK if there is a little grease on the pizza box? Should I rinse out containers before recycling them? But when I’m in the kitchen, I’m usually doing five other things and I don’t have time to find the answer.

I kinda just figure the guys at the recycle place will figure it out. Read more

An Animal Lover’s Paradise

animaltowmusa-logoI know there are a lot of you organizing nuts out there who are animal lovers like me. Have I got the site for you! Animal Town USA.

They sell al kinds of stuff by various artist, and everything has an animal or critter theme. There are boxes for organizing your trinkets, flags for your mailbox, jewelry, and a menagerie of wonderful houseware and gifts to admire!

Thanks for such a fun site, Animal Town!

Eliminate Your Growing Clutter…Weeds!

weedsLet’s start by defining clutter.

That’s what being a Rik Rak Sister is all about after all. I’m just making sure that we’re on the same page before we get to the meat of the matter.

Clutter – n. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble; a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter

That’s according to some on-line dictionary I found. But I don’t need to mince fancy vocabulary with you. Let’s get down to brass tax and say what it really means…
Clutter = all the crap that’s in your way. Read more