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Sort Out Sunday: Bringing ONLY Things You WILL Use In Your Home

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I’ve written blog posts about repurposing and I’ve blog posts on getting rid of things as you bring things into you home. I’ve also talked about rotating your clothes. Now I am writing about something that I am practicing myself. Only bringing items into the home that will be used.ACTUALLY USED!  And I don’t mean in a year! And I don’t mean MIGHT be used. I’m talking about going to the store and only buying clothes, accessories, food items, appliances, etc that will have a spot to be and will be used.

I got the idea from a minimalist friend of mine. I didn’t want to go that extreme, but the thought is similar. The benefits are less clutter forming, money-saving, knowing what you actually have in your home, and  things get used. I am on a new crusade to use the items that are in my home. Get my money’s worth! AND as a Professional Organizer, I want to eliminate clutter! This accomplishes both! Think about this!

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in Organizing

 

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4 Creative Ways to Increase Storage Space on a Budget From Guest Blogger DIY Mama Erin Reynolds

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4 Creative Ways to Increase Storage Space on a Budget

 

If you have often found yourself frustrated at the clutter building up in your house, you’re not alone. According to Time, the single biggest pet peeve amongst homeowners is lack of storage space. Storage is essential to having an organized home, which in itself is important for our mental health and well-being. These four tips will help you fight clutter by allowing everything in the house to have its own place without having to spend a fortune on new furniture.

Before You Start, Go Online

 

Big shops have regular sales throughout the year, but you can’t always wait until the next one comes around to buy what you need. Even if you could, it can be difficult to get the best possible price without losing out on the deal. This is why the internet is your best friend when it comes to home shopping. There are plenty of coupons, discounts, and cashback programs available for online shopping, so never buy without checking a website like Ebates, which offers discounts and deals on stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, where you can find stylish storage solutions that match your decor, regardless of the project.

Look Up

 

How much vertical space are you currently ignoring or underusing? Many of us have plenty of bare walls that are just begging for some shelving and extra storage space. Shelves are one of the easiest DIY projects to undertake, and can often be made for little to no cost using upcycled materials such as boxes, wooden furniture, and even belts. Don’t be afraid to go high up with shelving near the ceiling or above door frames — you can place things here that you rarely use, such as boxes with important documents or Christmas decorations. If you want to purchase shelving without having to do it yourself, save money by taking advantage of cashback offers and online sales for stores such as Crate and Barrel.

 

Get Rolling

Storage on wheels is a great way to utilize small spaces without sacrificing convenience and ease of use. Being able to roll out hidden storage makes using it a breeze, so you don’t have to struggle with lifting, pulling, and dragging boxes across the floor when you need something.

Rolling boxes for under bed storage can be bought for quite cheap or made from simple wooden boards, which are perfect if you have some left over from another DIY project. Similarly, a roll-out pantry can be the perfect solution for that narrow gap many kitchens have next to the fridge, and it is also easily made with cheap materials.

Hack Existing Furniture

 

If you are intimidated by the idea of building something from scratch, you can ease yourself into things by “hacking” existing furniture to boost its storage capabilities. This usually involves more basic DIY skills and has less of a chance of going wrong since you are not making big changes to the structure of the furniture itself.

IKEA furniture lends itself particularly well to hacking due to its assembly methods. This is why a whole community of IKEA hackers exists online to share tips on how to transform their flat pack furniture into something unique. This often involves taking a cheaper piece and making it look more high-end or simply changing its design to suit another room and use. Check out some great ideas for low-cost storage IKEA hacks here. You can also save money on IKEA products by searching through money-saving sites like RetailMeNot.

With these solutions, storage doesn’t have to be a problem in your house anymore. You can now say goodbye to cluttered, stressful, and cramped rooms that are hard to navigate and even harder to relax in. Forget spending money on wardrobes and cabinets that feel bulky and out of place in your rooms. A bit of creativity and flexibility can help you fit easy, cheap, and simple storage solutions into your space in a way that feels seamless and unintrusive.

 

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Posted by on September 22, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Sort Out Sunday- What Do To With Samples

I love getting samples of products, especially face and skin stuff. Of course I am an organizer and don’t want to add clutter to my spaces. I am believer of bringing things in your house and USING them! Here are some suggestions from me:

If you have space on a counter, get a small basket/tray/cup/bowl and put the samples in there and USE them. Having them OUT is great way to not FORGET them. 

Put in your gym bag and use them.

Take them with you when you travel. Especially for short trips, they are usually the right amount.

Trash any samples you don’t want. OR give away to someone you might know would like them! 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Thought Of the Day: Could Your Stuff…Kill You?!

Yesterdays blog post by guest blogger Erin Reynolds talks about items and things you do and have in your home that can harm your health. Read here.

I want to add a thought. Could having a lot of “stuff” in your home or space harm you and even kill you?

I say YES!  There are MANY factors that go into this thought and my answer. One of the big ones is too much stuff that depending on how its in your space could fall on you, make you trip and fall, cut you, etc. But I want to go even further. In many cases of cluttered spaces, huge amounts of dust form. Dirt can form too. If there is wet or slightly damp stuff, mold can do major damage. Are there bugs mixed in with stuff? Half dead or dead plants! When they are dead, they can’t omit oxygen to the house.

Sometimes old stuff that isn’t kept up can smell. Your respiratory system can become compremised. Headaches can form.  There are so many benefits to having a clean and not cluttered space.

Something for you to think about especially if you aren’t feeling well and not sure why…

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Tip Monday- 3 Reasons Organization Helps With Stress

 

1- When your items have a regular place to be, it reduces the stress to try to find them.

2- When you are organized,you have a better chance to be on time for appointments and events. No stress being late or having to deal with people who don’t like you being late!

3- Writing out the steps to a project is the beginning of making that project go smoothly!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

Make Your Home More Appealing w/ These Easy and Affordable Projects by Guest Blogger Erin Reynolds

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Make Your Home More Appealing with These Easy and Affordable Projects

 

When you have to sell your house, you want to make the most you can and do it as fast as possible. Of course, moving is also very expensive, and you don’t want to put a lot of work into your home that won’t necessarily pay off. Fortunately, there are plenty of things homeowners can do to make their place more appealing to buyers that take only a little effort and even less cash. We’ve outlined some of our favorite home improvement projects anyone putting their house on the market should consider doing.

 

Paint Vinyl and Linoleum Floors

 

When it comes to making DIY home projects affordable, your best friend is paint. A gallon of paint costs as little as $30 depending on the brand, so your time is the biggest cost when it comes to this project. Vinyl and linoleum floors can make your house look cheap. Painting vinyl floors a bold color or pattern gives your home a cool and modern look that appeals to buyers.

 

Add Mirrors Throughout the Home

 

By adding mirrors throughout the home, you don’t just make the place look larger. When people tour the place, they will constantly be seeing themselves in it… literally! A great way to add mirrors to your place without spending too much money is by securing cheap, framed mirrors to doors with the frames and doors painted to match. This is especially great for closet doors, where that last-minute reflection can catch outfit snafus before heading outside.

 

Declutter Everything

 

When it comes to staging a home to sell, all real estate agents suggest two things: get rid of personal items and declutter like there is no tomorrow. When it comes to personal things like pictures, diplomas, and souvenirs, you may not be ready to get rid of a lot of them. However, you still want them out of sight and out of mind while you are showing the house. Get a head start on packing by boxing these items up and keeping them in an off-site storage unit where they can be safe and secure until it is time to relocate.

 

However, when it comes to extra items that have no sentimental value, it’s time to get tough. Decluttering your home means getting rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose in your life. Eliminate thoughts of “what if” or “maybe in the future.” If you need something in the future, you can buy a new one when that moment comes. For now, it can either go in the trash or to a local charity, wherever it best serves its purpose. Best of all, this project costs you absolutely nothing and will cut down on your packing once you finally sell!

 

Tips for decluttering:

 

  • Don’t just clean out the areas you can see! Your home’s storage is one of its biggest selling points. Get rid of junk hanging out in cabinets, closets, the attic, and anywhere else you store things so browsers can get a clear idea of all the house has to offer.
  • Send items places where they are needed most. While used decor and clothes can find a new home through a thrift store, your old towels, blankets, and cleaning supplies can be a huge help for the animals living in your local shelter.
  • Get your hands on a copy of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Not only will you learn how to successfully let go of items that do not “spark joy” in your life, you will also learn how to keep your home tidy and organized so it looks great and is ready for people throughout the home-showing process.

 

If you want your house to look great and sell faster, you don’t have to put a lot of money in it. You can give cheap vinyl floors a chic update with not much more than a can of paint. If you want your house to look bigger while appealing to more people, add mirrors throughout the place. Finally, the most cost-effective way to make your house look great to buyers is by clearing out clutter. Box up and store sentimental items, but be ruthless when it comes to letting go of things that do not “spark joy.”

 

Thank you Erin!! You can follow her at http://diymama.net/

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Workshops from the Super Organizer for June and July! Sign Up!

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Discounts:

When you attend 5 classes, your 6th class is 50% off

When you attend 10 classes, your 11th is free (and subsequently your 22nd, 33rd, 44th, etc)

When you get 3 or more people to sign up for a class, YOU get 50% off. That is every class that happens.

Upcoming class offerings:

Wednesday, June 6th – The Super Organizer’s Guide to Listening=Results (ONLINE) 6pmPST/9pmEST

Saturday, June 16th– Brunchnizing- Paper Organization and Filing  12:30pmPST

Saturday, June 30th – The Super Organizers Guide to Get Organized Part 1  12:30pmPST

Saturday, July 7th– The Super Organizer’s Guide to Organizing with Others  12:30pmPST

 

To Sign Up– send me an email at jlottjr@aol.com

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