The Declutter Challenge: Kitchen

The Declutter Challenge: Kitchen

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are doing a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. How did it go last weekend with the weekend organizing challenge #2 – your CLOSETS? Do you find that it was easier to get ready in the morning? Did you have more space on your closet?

Next up – the KITCHEN!

I LOVE organizing kitchens. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it is essential that it functions well, and people know where everything is located. Typically, people’s kitchen cabinets are stuffed (how many coffee mugs do you REALLY need???), so items end up on the countertop and reduces the working space available. And maybe since you’re working from home, you find that you are cooking differently. Now is a great chance to really re-organize for the life you’re living NOW – especially if you know you’re not going back to the office for a while.

Some tips for organizing a kitchen:

  • The kitchen can easily become a catch all area of the home. Depending on the space you have, only crucial items should be stored in the kitchen. (A bottle of ibuprofen – yes. A whole entire medicine cabinet taking up the prime real estate in your kitchen – no.)
  • Pull out kitchen items and sort by category. This is the messy, tedious part but then you can really see all the gadgets and duplicates you have and possibly don’t use.
  • Decide what you want to keep.
  • Figure out where it’s going to live depending on the space you have (drawers vs. cabinet vs. pantry) and ask if it NEEDS to live in your kitchen or could it be stored in somewhere else? The huge lobster pot you use once a year? Maybe that can live in the attic or garage.
  • Drawer organizers can help neatly keep things in place.
  • Give the inside of the cabinets and drawers a good deep cleaning while empty.
  • Put items back where it makes sense – keep frequently used stuff at your fingertips and things used less often you can tuck away.
  • After the kitchen, move onto the pantry – toss the expired food and spices and you’ll be amazed how much space you have!

Kitchen before and after

Having trouble getting started? Sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

Ready for the next step in the Declutter Challenge? Check it out HERE.

The Declutter Challenge: Kitchen

Declutter Challenge: Closets

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are doing a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. How did week #1 of the Declutter Challenge go with the BATHROOM? Do you find that it was easier to get ready in the morning? Did you have more space on your countertop?

Next up – CLOSETS! Dealing with your clothes can be challenging – and this past year didn’t help. With so many people continuing to work from home and special events cancelled, you might have found that your work and dress clothes haven’t quite made it out of the closet in a while. Now is a great chance to really re-organize for the life you’re living NOW – especially if you know you’re not going back to the office for a while.

Some tips:

  • There are different ideas on where to start – I think it’s a little overwhelming to throw all your clothes on the bed. It’s easier to sort by one category at a time and start there. TOPS (Tank tops, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, sweaters, etc.) PANTS (jeans, leggings, etc).
  • Decide what you want to keep.
  • Figure out where it’s going to live depending on the space you have (dresser vs. closet) and ask if it NEEDS to live in your closet or could it be stored in somewhere else? Work clothes and formal wear, for example, might go to the guest room closet or can be boxed up and stored.
  • Buy nice hangers to create a uniform look – I suggest the non-slip black velvet hangers – the best prices are found at Costco and HomeGoods.
  • Give your closet a good deep cleaning while empty.
  • Hang up your clothes by category and by color – lightest to darkest.
  • To maintain it, gather empty hangers together and don’t have more than about 5.

Closet before and after

Having trouble getting started? Sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

Ready for the next step in the Declutter Challenge? Check it out HERE.

The Declutter Challenge: Kitchen

The Declutter Challenge: Bathroom

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s JANUARY – FINALLY!!

After the Christmas chaos, decorations are packed away, new gifts have found a home and your home is looking perfect – OR IS IT??!?!?

January is a great time to start a home REFRESH – it’s the doldrums of winter, we are home A LOT and why not take a little time and LOVE your home again?

That’s why we are starting a home organization challenge concentrating on a different area of your home each weekend. First up, the BATHROOM. WHY? It’s typically an easy place to start to hone your decision-making skills – few sentimental items, products you either use or you don’t, and it’s an area that you use every day.

 

Some tips:

  • Make your bed and put a blanket or old sheet on top to protect the covers. It’s great to use to spread everything out and easier than using the floor.
  • Start pulling out everything from your bathroom and sort by category and sub-category. For example – make up/ eyeshadow, mascara, hair products/ gels, shampoo… etc.
  • Decide what you want to keep.
  • Figure out where it’s going to live – does it NEED to live in your bathroom, or could it be stored in the linen closet? Backstock of extras or towels would be a good example.
  • Decide on a container that best suits what you’re keeping.
  • Give your bathroom a good deep cleaning.
  • Put things back where it makes sense and LABEL.

Having trouble getting started? Sign up for our newsletter and gain access to our FREE Declutter Quicklist. You’ll get our itemized checklist to help get the ball rolling, as well as even more spots in your home to declutter. Set a timer for 20 minutes and GO! At the end, either stop or continue. It’s that easy! If you need some assistance, encouragement, or just want to let me know how it goes…let’s chat! Schedule a call HERE.

Ready for the next step in the Declutter Challenge? Check it out HERE.

Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 1: Putting Up

Holiday Décor Declutter & Organizing – Part 1: Putting Up

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The stores already have lights and trees up and the new, shiny, and sparkly items litter the aisles. It’s easy to picture them in your space while the urge to fill your home is tempting you to buy ALL. THE. THINGS.

But wait – don’t forget about ALL of the décor you already have stuffed in your attic! If you’re like most people, it’s probably TOO MUCH.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with it and possibly make room for new stuff!

>Don’t start too early.
No one wants to pull out ALL the Christmas decorations in July and declutter and organize it – you’re just not in the right head space. I suggest pulling EVERYTHING out just before each holiday and plan to declutter WHILE you are decorating, which will save time.

>Sort like items together.
Group items so you can see what you have and it’s easier to pick out your favorites to keep.

>Put it up or put it out.
Give each piece a second look – if you love it,
especially after not seeing it for a year, put it up for decoration. If you don’t love it, put it out for donation. Let’s face it, decorations don’t last forever – they get worn and tired over time and styles and colors change. So, if you keep looking at an item and year after year it goes back into a bin instead of being displayed for the holiday season, it’s time to say goodbye. If there are sentimental items that you just can’t part with, put those aside in a separate container. Also keep in mind that the fewer decorations you have, the less time it will take to decorate and put away at the end of the season.

>Containers are Key!
Once decorations are up, you can idea of how many and what kind of storage containers you will need. Cardboard boxes are not my favorite in storage areas – they hold moisture, attract bugs, and breakdown over time. The red and green ones seem like a good idea, but in the long run make it more difficult if you need more. These CLEAR BINS have been my go-to for years – they are budget-friendly and the clear containers make it easy to see through. And I like putting the LABELS on the inside so they don’t get ripped off or torn. Also, they are not too big which can get too heavy. I also love using large and small zippered food storage container bags to separate items.

>Organize Gift Wrap Supplies.
Again – though you may be enamored by fun new wrapping paper, ribbons and bows each year, see what you have first before buying new. I think it’s easiest to keep Christmas wrap separate from non-holiday wrapping. This wrapping paper storage solution is a great option for keeping your gifting supplies organized and easily accessible. Toss or recycle any paper that’s old or you know you won’t use in the future.

Less Clutter, More Life

If these tips worked for you, share some pictures of your holiday décor clean-up! Or if you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some help, let’s chat!

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Stay tuned for Part 2 – Tips for Putting Décor Away

5 Garage Organization Ideas to Make Your Life Easier

5 Garage Organization Ideas to Make Your Life Easier

Wouldn’t it be nice to park your car in the garage this winter when it’s cold outside? Imagine not feeling stressed when walking through your garage to enter your home at the end of a busy day? It’s amazing some of the people I talk to don’t even care about parking in their garage – and the people without a garage would love to park in one!

Garage clutter is one of those things on the To Do List that’s easy to put off – who wants to spend their precious weekend cleaning out the garage when it would be so much more fun and relaxing to hit some breweries with friends or go hiking with the fam?

If you do find yourself at the breaking point with your garage, here are some things to keep in mind while organizing:

1.    Pull Everything Out of the Garage

That’s right! Everything needs to come out of the garage and be sorted by category – tools, lawn and garden equipment, kid’s stuff, pool/beach stuff, sports equipment, holiday décor, home project supplies, etc. By doing this, you can easily see what you have…and maybe have too much of!

2.    Donate What You Don’t Need

Now that it’s all in front of you, you can easily edit the stuff you don’t want or use anymore – donate, sell or trash. There are usually lots of toys and sports equipment that the kids outgrow or that is no longer used laying around taking up valuable space.

3.    Identify Your Ideal Storage Solution

Figure out what the best kind of shelving and containers will be for you! Ask yourself, “Where are they are going to live in the garage – or can some items be relocated to another storage area?”

I often tell my clients that taking advantage of vertical shelving is key to keeping the floor clear and being able to park your car in your garage. These heavy-duty plastic shelves are a favorite of mine and a great way to create more storage. Plus, they are budget-friendly! You’ll get stuff off the floor so it’s less likely to fall over or get dirty. This is especially good for lawn and sports equipment.

The Rubbermaid Fast Track is easy to install and is versatile enough to hang all sorts of items. If you have tall ceilings, a loft shelf is a great way to create extra space for items you don’t use very often – camping equipment, turkey fryer, holiday décor, etc.

See more of my favorite storage tools on my Amazon list.

4.    Clean Your Garage

It might seem like a small thing but taking the time to clean your garage is a step that many people overlook. Refresh your walls with a coat of paint while you are at it and you’d be surprised how much it can improve the space.

5.    Organize Strategically

Put items back in their bins strategically so you (and others!) can keep the garage organized and functional!

6.    Enjoy Your Newly Organized Garage Space

Now that the hard work is done, you can finally enjoy parking in the garage this winter while everyone is running late scraping the ice off their windshield!

 

Less Clutter, More Life

If these tips worked for you, share some pictures of your garage clean-up! Or if you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some help, let’s chat!

 

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