Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

electronic-to-doPeople have tried to find electronic solutions for most things that used to be done by paper.

However would a paper To Do list work better for you than an electronic one?

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Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

Home Organizing: Live Within Your Space

Somewhere along the way, we have all heard the sage advice to, “Live within your means.” Take that one step further and learn to live within your space too.

It is much easier said than done unless there is a bit of an attitude adjustment. In many cases, the issue is not so much a lack of space as it is too much stuff. Bigger will never get you better unless the underlying clutter problem is addressed.

Imagine a home where everything has a place. Time would finally be on your side. The ability to find things and put them away with very little effort has its advantages. Cleaning and maintaining the house would not feel like such a monumental task. It is possible to have a home that you are proud of and that gives you a sense of well-being.

In order to get to the promised land, it could take a giant mental leap to let go of all of the things that stand in your way. In any given house, there are a multitude of items that just are not needed or even wanted. Not surprisingly, there are just as many reasons why people stubbornly hang on to them.

Keep your head in the game and cut through the emotional quagmire. Just starting with small steps may very well get you to the end zone.

The size of a home does matter but the amount crammed into it matters more. Keep the balance within any given area and the likelihood is high that you will not only live within your space but within your means as well.

For more information on this topic, visit Effective Space Management Tips by InteriorHolic.com.

Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

Scaling DownThis book written by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker is a complete guide to help you declutter and move. It has practical solutions for downsizing your clothing, collections and dealing with sentimental items. It also addresses how to move a family member to a supervised living facility.

The authors remind you that if your parent can make decisions, your purpose is to help them move happily from a large space to a smaller space not make decisions for them.

It suggests that you write a book about your life, put it down in black and white. A number of different ways of recording events about your life are provided.

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Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

How Do You Store Your Batteries?

Here is a great video on how to store batteries safely to prevent a fire in your home.

Source: How Do You Store Your Batteries?

Good Storage Is…

Storage Ideas

Are you ready to get organized, but aren’t sure exactly what to do? Once you’ve sorted your belongings, its time to establish storage. But what exactly does good storage look like? Here is what you need to know.

GOOD STORAGE IS…

  Convenient

The odds of you putting an item away (instead of simply setting it down) increase dramatically if you make it easy. When setting up storage, remove any barriers that discourage you from using it:

Don’t like hangars? Install hooks.

Hate removing lids from boxes? Add shelves so boxes don’t need to be stacked on top of each other.

Hate going upstairs? Establish a storage location on the first floor, or designate a container on the stairs to grab whenever you go up.

√  Intuitive

When deciding where to store something, always ask yourself, “If I had to find this, where is the first place I would look?” After all, it’s important to store items in a place where you can easily find them… it’s all about what makes sense to your brain.

√  Triaged

Not every item needs to be equally accessible. Some things you use every day, some you use periodically, and some you are holding onto “just in case.” To maximize efficiency, store items according to how frequently you need them. For example:

  • If you work at a desk, the drawers you can reach without having to get out of your chair are your “prime real estate.” Reserve these drawers for the supplies you regularly need, such as pens, staples, paper clips, and current files. The same concept applies to all products you regularly use. If you touch it (almost) daily, it belongs on the eye level shelf, the nearby drawer, etc.
  • For those items you pull out periodically, such as reference files or the fine china, designate storage locations that are accessible, even if perhaps a bit less convenientExamples here include the file cabinet across the room, the top shelf of a pantry, or the back of a corner cabinet.
  • Lastly, for those items you are keeping “just in case,” utilize the most remote locations in your space, such as the attic with the pull down stairs, the box at the bottom of the stack, or even an offsite storage location (for more thoughts on self-storage click here.)

√  Labeled

Putting a label on a container/space is the single most effective tool you have for ensuring that users put items away properly. Labels help us remember what goes where, and make us feel guilty if we put something where it shouldn’t be. Labels are also helpful when multiple users share one storage location (e.g. the junk drawer or the supply cabinet.) A label can be anything from a handwritten piece of masking tape to a decorative decal.

[NOTE: if you really struggle with putting items back in the right container, utilize clear containers. Seeing what is inside is like a giant label!]

To read more about labels, click here.

  Scaled

Storage containers need to “fit” the items they hold. Toss a handful of paper clips loose into a drawer and you will shortly have a mess. Always subdivide large spaces when storing smaller items. Drawer organizers, shelf dividers, bins, baskets and boxes can all be used to define areas of a shelf or drawer. And while there are many products on the market, you probably have at least some items on hand (e.g. a cereal box you cut to size) that will work.

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Effective storage is the cornerstone of an ordered space. What storage tricks work well for you?

Submitted by Professional Organizer Seana Turner, founder and President of The Seana Method.

Moving a student to University or College

How much should I take?

How much should I take?

Panic maybe starting to set in.  This is the time of year for back to school.  Some of you maybe moving a student to a school close to home, some may have a long drive to the new school and others may have to fly.  Whether you may be able to make multiple trips to your student’s school or if you have one chance to get it right, Anne Wynter’s blog can help you with a successful, low stress enjoyable move.

Read the article: How to Cut College Clutter 

Moving a Student to School – Bathroom Organizing

Image shower-3.jpgMake everything as portable as possible.   It may have been a while since your child has had to share a bathroom and/or not had a bathroom attached to their bedroom.  Here are some tips:

  1. Have a basket for transporting all shower items from their room to the bathroom. The basket should have ventilation so it will dry out and not get moldy. Make it portable Use a well ventilated container Shower organizer that hooks on the shower bar
  2. In some residence the students need to supply toilet paper.  Extra can be stored under the bed. Send all shower essentials shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving, etc in a convenient portable size. Use under the bed storage for extra supplies

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Moving a Student to School – Bathroom Organizing

Moving a Student to School – Closet Organizing

hangersBring lots of hangers, you can never have enough.  It is a great way to make new friends by sharing the extra hangers. Buy thin hangers because the closet space is limited Use a second hanging bar to make more room in the closet.

  1. Store your clothes in the closet.  Double your hanging space by purchasing a lower hanging bar.  Add an extra shelf up high in the closet to store off-season items mitts, hats.
  2. Under-bed storage containers are very helpful for sports equipment, food, laundry detergent, musical instruments, etc .
  3. Use vertical space to add more storage.  There are many types of carts with drawers which can be used to store school supplies, cosmetics, food etc.

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Moving a Student to School – Closet Organizing

Home Organizing: The Kid Factor

It is a given that we love our children. There can be no denying, however, that they come with a lot of baggage which can wreak havoc on a home and one’s sanity.

While your home may never look quite like a page out of a magazine, there are ways to minimize the mayhem. It can depend more on the system in place rather that the size of a house.

Start by designating a kid zone or zones based on the space available. It could be in the corner of a room, a spare bedroom, den, basement or just about anywhere that is safe and age appropriate.

Take an inventory of the toys, books, art supplies and other paraphernalia and sort by categories that not only make sense to you but also to your child. It will then be easier to set up the appropriate size storage with bins, book shelves, baskets, etc. Every single item needs a place to call home. It is also a good idea to leave a little extra room as all of this stuff has a way of multiplying.

Once the basics are in place, it is time to make it a family affair. In general, children can abide by rules and follow directions as long as they understand them and the guidelines are specific.

No good has ever come from uttering those immortal words, “Go clean up your room.” The predictable outcome is usually a spike in blood pressure on your part.

When it is time to put things back in order, spend a few extra moments and give detailed instructions. For instance, explain that all of the books must go back on the shelves and clear all of the crayons off of the floor and put them in their box. Since everything has a specific place where it belongs, the level of frustration for everyone will be less and the chances of a desired outcome will be greater.

Children thrive in a healthy environment. With a little strategic planning, a parent’s well-being does not have to be the sacrifice for happy children. There can be peace in the kingdom.

For more information on this topic, visit 8 Great Tips to Organize Kids’ Rooms by Cynthia Ewer.

3 Tips for Organizing During A Divorce

This is an excerpt from a great article by Autumn Leopold. Click on the link below to see the entire article.

  1. Give people the appropriate time and space they need to sort through items. If they need to stop and share some memories with you, let them. Do not judge or share your opinion just keep the process moving forward.
  2. Be mindful of the children in the home. If they need to see or discuss some of the items you may be donating or throwing away, sit and let them get their feelings out. They may have some memories tied to those items that you aren’t aware of.
  3. After the homes are separated, parents should do their best to create a new routine …

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3 Tips for Organizing During A Divorce