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.
We all do it. We collect something. Pretty pillows? Anything with a cat picture on it? Cozy blankets? Mugs? Vases? Table cloths? Napkin rings? You name it, one of us collects it. Chances are, we've been collecting our whole lives without being aware of it. Personally, I was obsessed with Barbie Dolls and had to have each new one as it was available; and their matching outfits; and shoes; and purses. My brother loved toy cars. Didn't matter the style, colour, or model. The more the better. There were boxes and boxes of toy cars in his bedroom. However, I can't say too much about his collection considering I had my Barbie collection in a suitcase. There was no way on earth it would fit into one of those teeny, tiny doll cases!
The point is, most of us collect without even being aware of it. More often than not, the things we collect become clutter. They generally don't serve a real purpose, we don't use them, we like...
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’.
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...
In today's iPhone/Android age, it is no surprise that there is literally an app for everything. Whether it's something to keep you entertained or stay organized, there is just about any type of application imaginable out there.
Many of our clients are surprised to know that our services include office organizing - and we get a lot of customers with bustling businesses and home offices on our roster. One key way that we can help to organize your chaos is by implementing ideas and tips/tricks to help with the paper clutter!
While we all love a good, clean, organized filing system (really, who doesn't?!) we also understand today's business needs. With so many people on the go - and doing business in unconventional locations (coffee shops, touch-down temporary offices, in-home consultations, etc), it's important to have a solution that can follow you and your clients almost anywhere. This week, we are taking a look at PDF Expert - the app that lets you create, m...
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...
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!
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...
As you know, we just love staying organized and on top of things here at Organize My Chaos. We use these lists in our daily work and personal lives, and thought we'd share them with the world!
Whether it's a meal planner or a budget and expense list, we have given you five new lists to get you started... and there are many more coming soon! Print them and display them - or add them into a binder or an Action Items folder, and enjoy!
Have an idea for a list - or need something that you don't see here? Drop us a line and tell us, and it may make it's way to our downloads!
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...