Fall is the perfect time of the year to start organizing your kitchen. With the cool breeze blowing outside, it’s time you step up to revamp your kitchen for the season. After all, it’s worth noting that the holidays are just a few weeks away. Here are some simple yet effective tips to organize your kitchen for this vibrant season:
Clear out the fridge & freezer
Clear out remnants from the warmer months such as freezer-burned Popsicle sticks and old food supplies that are past their expiration date. Replace these meals with loads of root vegetables, cans of soup, hearty cuts of meat and frozen meals. While you purge, analyze all the summer leftovers you can use for the fall season. This includes the fresh batch of tomato sauce you made when tomatoes were in season!
Organize your baking essentials
Fall is the perfect time of the year to bake cookies, pies, fresh loaves of bread – you name it. To ensure you don’t turn your kitchen into a chaotic mess, make sure all of your baking essent...
Do those three words make you jump for joy, sigh with sadness, or bring on an overwhelming sense of panic?! It's hard to believe that the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Whatever emotion those words evoke, the reality is that there is a lot to get done in a very short period of time. Time to think of school clothes, healthy lunches, back packs, school supplies, and so much more. But don't worry – we at Organize My Chaos have donned our super hero capes and are here to save the day! We have scoured the globe looking for the best solutions to bring calm to the chaos of 'back to school'. Plus, there are a few of us with kids who have added our own best practices to the list when it comes to preparing for that big day.
Make sure you have the correct date for the first day of school. Full day or half day? Have you arranged after school care for the children if needed?
Ensure children are up to date on all immunizations. If required, mak...
Who would have thought the humble skateboard could be used in so many innovative (ingenious?!) ways to organize? Not us! We were looking for new and ‘out there’ ideas to share with you and came across these unbelievable ways to use skateboards.
Male, female, teenager or adult, we are about to blow you away with the most incredible organizing ‘tools’ we’ve seen in a long time. And trust us, we’ve seen literally thousands of ways to organize, but this is the most exciting thing we’ve seen in a long time.
Those of you who have tripped (repeatedly!!) over a skateboard will truly appreciate why we are so eager to share these ideas with you. I mean, where do you store them? They fall out of the closet, trip you up at the doorway and slide down the wall when you try to prop them up. So how is the best way to store a skateboard?
Ta-da!! Now we realize the skateboard isn’t being used as an organizational tool, but what a cool way to store your skateboard AND organize at the...
We are certainly all for ‘spring cleaning’, but not at all costs. In the last blog we talked about slowing down and approaching your spring-cleaning in a calmer, more relaxed pace. Let’s be honest. How many of us can actually accomplish the 100 Top Things to do for Spring Cleaning, within a one week time period? Or worse, in one weekend? Between working, caring for families and pets, grocery shopping, doing laundry and trying to have a life, our weeks are all a bit full. Trying to find the time to accomplish the impossible is, in our opinion, an exercise in frustration.
Relax, breathe, turn on the music (we love organizing to music – makes the time fly by), make a list of what spring cleaning tasks you want to accomplish in one day, and make sure you have the necessary cleaning and organizing tools you’ll need close at hand.
Today we’re talking about the white elephant in the kitchen – the refrigerator. That wonderful invention that stores our food, houses our out...
Sit down. Breathe. Put down the mop, bucket, dust cloths, window cleaner and every other cleaning product known to mankind. Take a couple of deep breaths and count to ten. Feel better? Now, put away the Spring Cleaning List you’ve been reading and relax. Just breathe. Its okay, we promise.
Yes, we know that spring has sprung, but that doesn’t mean we have to work ourselves into a frenzy cleaning and organizing everything from the attic to the basement and every single space in between within the next week – all because someone, somewhere, told us we were supposed to.
There are hundreds of lists telling us the top 100 things to do for spring cleaning, 50 ways to clean our houses from top to bottom in one weekend; and lists telling us hundreds of things to get done ‘right now’. Overwhelmed? Heart palpitations? Feeling of panic? It’s simply too much to process all at once. Bedroom, living room, family room, dining room, basement, and attic…...
It's in the corner. Over there. Buried under the mountain of clutter. The mail you innocently tossed on the table in your hallway. You meant to read it but were too busy at that moment. No matter, you could read it later. But then dinner had to be made, laundry had to be done, lunches needed to be made for the next day. You said you'll read it tomorrow.
Tomorrow came, and so did the mail, just like yesterday. More junk mail, a magazine, and the newspaper. You tossed it on yesterday's mail and said you'd read it later...maybe tomorrow.
After many tomorrows, the pile grew so high that mail was falling off and your floor became an innocent victim of clutter. You grabbed three bags from the pile of plastic bags that had amassed in the kitchen, and told yourself you would organize the untamed mountain of paper that had accumulated on your table. One bag for garbage, one bag for items to be shredded, and one bag for mail that needed to be dealt with. Yes! Yo...
No matter how many trips I take, whether by car, air, boat, or train, my absolute favourite mode of transportation is car. Flying is great when I need to get somewhere too far to drive, or in a hurry, but nothing beats travelling by car when you have the time to do so. I love the inviting open road, the sunshine on my face, rolling down the window and rocking out to my favourite tunes. It all feels so freeing and wonderful!
The excitement of the trip can continue throughout your journey when you are prepared and organized. As much as we would like to believe that everything will go smoothly, the reality is that there will probably be a few hiccups along the way. By being organized, you can make sure these inconveniences are minimal and that they don't slow you down – literally.
All of us at Organize My Chaos are chronic list makers. It's what makes us so good at our jobs. The best way you can ensure that you don't forget something, is to make a list...
Can you believe that March Break is right around the corner? If you are among the lucky ones, you will be hopping on a plane and heading to a special destination. Maybe somewhere warm? Visiting family and friends? No matter where you are going, it's time to get organized for a fun-filled and stress-free vacation!
Have you ever wondered what you are allowed to pack in you carry-on baggage when you are flying somewhere? We've spent countless hours researching exactly what is, and isn't, allowed onboard with you. Knowing what you are permitted to pack in your carry-on can avoid unnecessary delays, or worse, having to leave prized possessions behind at the security screening area. Isn't it much better to be organized and know that everything you packed in your bag will arrive with you? We think so!
The following is a list of the most asked about items that are allowed in your carry-on baggage according to the guidelines set out by *TSA and Transport Canada*. Pl...
Have you started trying to locate all of the necessary documents to file your taxes? A few receipts in your desk drawer? A few more on your dresser? What about that pile of 'stuff' on top of the fridge? Crammed in the dash of your car? You know the scenario. Now is the time you realize how disorganized your important, financial documents are.
Filing our Income Tax Returns is generally not something we enjoy, however, if you are organized it can be a lot less painful and frustrating. If you're starting this year without any preparation, it could take a considerable amount of time to locate all required documents. Chances are, there will be one or two pieces of missing receipts that you can't get your hands on. This can cost you money and time - especially if you locate them a week or two later and run them into your tax professional. What if you miss out on a tax benefit you are entitled to but can't find have 'that piece of paper' you need? Very few of us...