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October 17, 2017

As simple as it seems to be organized, and as commonly as this term flies around, being organized can be a lifelong challenge for many. The barrier between organized and unorganized people has always been there. Unorganized people can’t figure out how other people can remain organized, and vice versa. If you are someone who has problems staying organized, it could be due to one of the five reasons stated below.

1. You Are the (Dreaded) Hoarder Type

There is often one in the family - you might be a hoarder and not even realize it. Hoarders are people who just cannot get rid of their “stuff”, even when they don’t need it. In their mind, they might look at something completely useless and say “I might need it someday” and then tuck it away for later. This is hoarder mentality and, when you have this condition, you either don’t mind or notice the clutter around you. In some cases, you may even become emotionally attached to your clutter.


2. The Clutter Has Seized Your Thinking

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November 18, 2016

How many times have you spontaneously started break-dancing in the middle of the night as you tiptoe into your child’s bedroom to check on them?  How about the ‘hop on one foot and hold your breath dance’?  What about the ’hand over your mouth and try not to scream’ dance? Anyone who has stepped on a piece of wayward Lego knows exactly what I am talking about.  How can such a tiny piece of plastic cause such excruciating pain?  I honestly don’t know, but I do know it hurts - a LOT!

Let’s not forget the times we’ve inadvertently stepped on the world’s most special baby doll and made her scream “Mama”.  Trust me; the doll scream is nothing compared to a four year olds scream  when she thinks you’ve just squashed the life out of her ‘baby’. 

Sound familiar?

No matter how much time we spend picking up their toys or cleaning their bedrooms, kids can completely destroy a room in a matter of minutes.  If you’re reading this blog, chances are you know exactly what I...

November 7, 2016

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November 1, 2016

Crisp fresh air, cold noses, and warm fuzzy sweaters can only mean one thing – fall is here!  This past weekend, I indeed pulled on a warm, fuzzy sweater, went outside and inhaled the crisp, fresh air.  I soon had a cold nose.  Yep, fall is upon us and so is garden clean up time. I pulled on my rubber boots, grabbed a pair of gardening gloves and off to the garage I trotted to fetch the items I needed, confident it would only take me a few seconds to locate them.  Admittedly, it took me longer than a few seconds, in fact, it took me over 10 mins of searching and digging to find everything I needed.  As I walked out of the garage trying to dodge the snake-like hoses that I swear were trying to crawl up my leg, I knew what was next on my to-do list – organizing the garage.

The garden beds were raked, bulbs were hauled up and readied for storage, and plants that had to wait until now to be divided were safely tucked in new beds.  Burlap wraps were rolled up and placed...

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Wishing all our clients and followers a Happy Halloween that is safe, fun, and filled with memories!

Wondering what you are going to do with all that leftover Halloween candy (yes, I know it's a bit too early to predict that there will actually BE any leftovers, but still...).  Keep these fun ideas in mind and you'll actually WANT to save some for later!  


Remember - this time of the year is always a little scary with goblins and ghosts - no need to try and tackle organizing on your own if you're worried it'll turn into a horror movie!  Call the pros at Organize My Chaos for a FREE consultation - get started today!


 

October 26, 2016

For those who aren’t familiar with the word pegboard, it is often described as "that thin wood with lots of little holes that holds hooks."  It used to be found mainly in the basement where tools and small packages of screws would be hanging on it from a hook, or out in the garage with an assortment of lawn implements attached to it with bungee cords.  The days of pegboard being relegated to the depths of the basement or hidden out in the garage are over!  Pegboard has finally risen to its rightful place alongside home decor and organizational aids.

Pegboard can be used in literally any room in your house.  Craft rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and yes, basements and garages.  It is one of the most versatile and inexpensive decorating/organizing tools available.  No longer kept unadorned and plain, pegboard is now painted, stenciled, framed, and proudly displayed as home decor.  The question is no longer “Why would you use pegboard in your house?”  It is now...

October 17, 2016

Have you noticed the beautiful fall colours outside?  The golds, browns, and spectacular crimson coloured leaves?  Aren’t they gorgeous?  They remind me of the colour of spices... warm, fragrant, and enticing spices - and spices remind me of cooking, which makes me think of the kitchen, which in turn reminds me I haven’t cleaned up my spice cabinet for quite a while!  Do you regularly check your spices for expiration dates?  

We always hear about Spring Cleaning, but what about Fall Cleaning?  It’s a perfect time to get organized for the Holidays and clean up from the good ol’ days of summer.  I’m going to start with - you guessed it - my spice cabinet.  Now is the perfect time to take out all of the spices, give them a quick wipe down, and check those expiration dates (spices do lose their potency, over time, so best to discard all those old ones!).  While I have the spices out on my counter top, I’m going to wipe down the inside of the cabinet and organize t...

October 14, 2016

I spent the past weekend at the cottage enjoying the last long weekend of ‘summer like weather’.  Mother Nature cooperated and gifted us with gorgeous weather, a soft breeze, and incredible fall foliage.  A good time was had by all who attended our Thanksgiving get-together.  We ate, laughed, reminisced, recalled old memories, and made new ones.  As the day faded into dusk, we said our good-byes and promised to meet again next year – same place, same time.  It was with a tinge of sadness that I said good-bye to our guests, yet I was filled with a sense of happiness and accomplishment at having hosted another wonderful family gathering.

With a sigh of contentment I turned around, and then reality hit. Hard. I was overwhelmed at what had to be accomplished in one short day in order to close up the cottage by the following afternoon. I took a deep breath, remembered the 10 questions to ask myself before I start organizing, and immediately felt a bit better.  As I clea...

October 4, 2016

Can you believe summer is over? Where has it gone? As much as I hate to see summer fade, I do love the fall and all it has to offer. The gorgeous fall flowers, the incredible fall foliage, the delicious smell of apple pie cooking, and the fresh, crisp air. Time to put away the summer things and get ready for cooler weather ahead.

This long weekend gives us just what we need to do that - an extra day we can devote to organizing. Time to declutter and put things in order so we can stop moving summer clothes out of the way to find our cozy sweaters, tossing sandals to the side of the closet (on top of the pile of flip flops) to find our fall shoes, and digging through last years gathering of mismatched gloves and mittens to find a matching pair. Yes, the time is here to bravely march forward and organize our homes (and lives) so we can enjoy more leisure time sipping cider in front of a warming fire, apple picking, or curling up and enjoying a good book. After all, we will have earned it...

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