"Organize my pets huh? So my dog could learn to like, clean up?", you ask. Remembering that you saw a dog on YouTube vacuuming.
"Yeah, I could totally go for that." You say nodding your head emphatically.
"Nope, sorry. That's not it." Says the delightful redhead from Spark! Organizing LLC.
"So it's like that other YouTube video where the dogs help bring in the groceries? Line up to go to dinner?" You respond, thinking quickly on your feet. You could really get excited about this.
"No", Suzanna replies with a grin, ready to explain.
"Why not?" You ask getting slightly annoyed that this isn't something super cool.
"Cause we're organizers not dog trainers?!" Suzanna quips. "Although if you know a trainer that is teaching that, I've got a Solo and a Elby ready to learn"
"That would be sooo cool" You say...
Are you ready to try some life-changing magic? I promise there no "sacrifices" involved.
While I think it's magical to toss junk to the curb, there are plenty of items that are quite necessary in today's world we must keep.
Twist ties, cable ties, zip ties, paperclips, husbands, that penny that you picked up that special time with so and so.
You get the idea.
You, of course, have it under control. You're a brilliant human being who understands everything has a place and you know where it is. Your problem is that you live with other human beings who expect you to find that place for every single little item to walk the face of the earth.
Sadly we can't just hug these items, thank them, and toss them in the trash. So we do the next best thing we put them in the drawer of delayed decisions. Also known as.... (sad trumpet sound - wa wa wa).... the junk drawer. The drawer with batteries and that last stick of gum.
Oh the little things...
Batteries, pencils, twist ties, rubber bands, legos, toiletries, tea candles, you know, the little things. Stuff you really do need but they're just begging to be organized. You already know I'm not going to tell you to throw them in a drawer and forget about it.
Nope. Not this girl.
I'm going to give you great tips for ways to make those little things look beautiful and be right at your fingertips when you need them!
Let's start in the heart of the home!
Use hardware or my personal favorite 3M hooks, to hang on a wall.
Inside a pantry, just outside the kitchen door in the garage, you name it. Put those handy wipe, cleaners, fresh rags or sponges there. Baking soda, vinegar, cleaners, brushes, and other cleaning tools. In fact, this would work just as well in the laundry room as the kitchen.
Consider putting water bottles, Ziploc boxes, foil,...
Trust me, you're gonna like this. Basically, it's tips from the experts (us - you got that we're the experts right?) on how to make organizing effortless.
Your house on AUTO-PURGE
I know, you're skeptical. You have kids, pets, a husband. You know they couldn't possibly be trained. But maybe they could be trained? Picture this, your children cleaning the room. You're in the kitchen baking cookies. They come and ask for you to inspect their work... It's amazing. Love swells in your heart as you pull freshly baked cookies out of the oven to their cheers of delight.
Yeah, that's just a fantasy. I figured if I had to suffer from reality you can too.....
So back to the Lazy Way.
Grab a Large Bin. Put it in a closet or a spot in the garage. I have it in my entryway closet at the bottom. It's for charity. Get in...
Baskets aren't an addiction. How do I figure that? Well, there are no support groups. As long as there are no support groups, I'm going to stick with it's not an addiction.
Let's get real though, baskets can actually be a problem. I love baskets, containers, bags, bins, and find them to be beautiful, functional and useful. However, I've seen the dirty side.
Baskets can be clutter. Plus, they need to be cleaned due to lots of places for dust to collect. They're an expensive habit.
Let's talk about a classic problem situation. You seriously want to get organized so you start on Pinterest. Seduced by photos of sleek closets and beautifully organized pantries you contemplate, "Container Store or Family Dollar.... hmm.." You make your decision and go. Loading your shopping cart with cute containers, woven containers, fabric bins.
Everywhere you look there are things that you have but you don't really use them anymore. Why are they still there? Why can't you just give them away or throw them away?
Don't Hoard Paper Products. If you're not going to use it in a month - don't. Get just what you need. You don't need more than a month of can goods, paper towels, toilet paper. You really don't
Hangers - put the excess in the laundry room. Get them out of your closet!
Bags. Bags with bags inside. You don't need those. Keep your favorites, toss the rest.
HERE in the video below! I got a chance to share with Fox 35 Orlando some great tips!
Craft Supplies. You don't need piles of supplies for someday. It's perfectly acceptable to get the supplies the day you need them - then use them and toss the leftovers. (I know.... it's hard but you really can do this.) Don't let crafting guilt get to you!
BOOKS. You don't need to keep books you're not reading or...
Vacations with the kids – how do you make these memories last?
Postcards and magnets are all fun, but to create true and lasting memories you want to go deeper. The best way to create positive memories that will last through adulthood is to focus on the quality time spent together as a family.
Speed is not a goal, explore exciting discoveries along the way and get to know each other, too. When you see a sign for the world’s largest ball of twine – pull over and check it out! The excitement of discovery and the unknown is half the adventure. Plan spontaneity if you have to.
A long car ride can also be the perfect opportunity to get to know your children. Get a book of questions or create your own ahead of time. Questions such as “What is your favorite toy and why?” or “If you could be any animal in the world what would you be? Why?” are...
Spoiler Alert: LOTS -possibly even your sex life... (I'll put a link here for that special post - I have to "cough" research some more first...)
Which has me picturing a tower of junk falling on a person, SPLAT. Not what I'm talking about but still funny. Nope, this is actually a serious topic.
Think for a moment. How many storage unit places do you drive by wandering around town? I live by a university so I can easily see 30, possibly more.
The most popular unit is the size of a single car garage. Filled with stuff. Costing over $100 a month.
"The Self Storage Association reports that Americans spend $24 billion (BILLION) each year to store their stuff in 2.3 billion square feet of these units, an industry which has proven to be the fastest-growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades."
The Wall Street Journal calls the industry "recession-resistant."
Here are some...
Modern living has tons of perks. We’ve moved past sliced bread and indoor plumbing straight to watching tv on our phones in our indoor plumbing rooms. It’s enough to get carried away!
In fact, most of us have let stuff creep in and take over our lives. Enter the newest trend, smaller living. Some folks, (Hipsters and Millennials) have taken it to tiny homes. The rest of us poor slobs (who aren’t crazy or have kids) have simply stepped down in square footage.
Thus discovering, this isn’t nearly as easy as they made it look on TV.
Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.
Grab a big box for giveaways and put it at your side. Have another container or bag ready for trash. Making it easier for...
Time to organize your kid's toys? Let the Toy Library help!
We’ve all been there, that moment when you’re just sure you’ve purchased the toy of your child’s dreams! The toy they will love and cherish one day mentioning it with nostalgia when you’re both adults vacationing together someplace splendid.
You glance around your house, your eyes lingering on the whimsical sign a friend got you, “Excuse the mess, we’re making memories.” It’s the battle cry of the exhausted mother that wants to be able to sleep at night without overwhelming guilt for all the stuff that lingers around the house.
Visions of a manageable amount of toys dance through your head but this is no dream, this is a system that makes you look like a genius! Start by going through your kids toys and toss all the broken...
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