Moving a Student to School – Bathroom Organizing

Make 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 tip 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 3. The basket may include an over the …

Moving a Student to School – Closet Organizing

Bring 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. 4. Use the inside of the bedroom …

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…

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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 …

Active Office

An active office has a standing area, sitting desk and whiteboard Stand up Sit less Move more An active office is defined as a workplace design concept that proposes an integrated supportive environment, which aims at the reduction of sedentary behaviors and promotion of a physically active work processes that are characterized by regular changes between different work-related tasks, workstations, and working postures.  Active Workstation Design It involves an ergonomically designed workspace that integrates traditional desk workstation with elements such as active seats, standing desks, and whiteboards that, can be used while sitting or standing, to form an interconnected workplace environment . Studies are showing that it is transitioning from one position to another that is good for your health; it activates muscle contraction and circulation. Studies suggest …

The Economics of Home Organizing

The most fundamental principle of all economic theory is supply versus demand. Striving for equilibrium between the two results in a healthier economy. The same concept applies to individual households as well. When demand is high, there is upward pressure on prices which translates to higher costs for consumers. In terms of a family, too much demand wreaks havoc not…

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Organizing Shelves

When I was designing my first bathroom, my contractor nicknamed me “shelving Seana” because I was always adding shelves. Shelves are the perfect blend of form and function, and maximize the efficiency of vertical space. Unfortunately, figuring out how to get the most of your shelves can be challenging. Here are a few tricks… ADJUST Many shelves are adjustable. We frequently…

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Quick Escape – Organize your Entranceway

Controlling the clutter at the entrance to your home can be a nightmare. Place hooks low enough that everyone can hang up his or her own coats, sweaters, and jackets. Establish a space that can be reached without help for each person’s backpack or gym bag. This could be a shelf, cupboard or hook. Have enough space near the entrance…

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Getting Into Mom’s Kitchen

I remember the day, when I first noticed my mom’s shaking hands. It was in her Brooklyn apartment, at the end of another delicious Shabbat Dinner. Our mom was serving tea and desert, like she did every Friday night since 1979. Her hand was extended across the table and all of us just froze, watching the cup of tea shaking…

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Organizing Your Kitchen: Meal Planning

OK, I’ll admit it. Meal planning is not one of my strong points in the kitchen. In fact, it is probably one of my biggest headaches. I don’t mind grocery shopping, putting away the groceries or cooking but I can stand in front of a full fridge or pantry and not think of a single thing to make. It’s like…

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