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...
Did you know that January is National Get Organized Month? Indeed it is and what perfect timing! As we move forward into 2017 with our resolutions fresh in our minds, it's the perfect time of year to make a promise to ourselves that THIS is the year to organize our homes, our offices, our cars, and even our little fur babies. In fact, with determination and a little guidance from us, you will learn how to organize and prioritize, save money and time, and best of all - learn how to love the space you're living in with a lot less stress. What a perfect and obtainable goal as we celebrate 2017 with a fresh, new outlook on life!
Let's start with a few questions that will help guide you throughout the entire process of organizing and decluttering your home. I've referred to it many times and keep a copy on my desk next to me so I can always stay on track. Even professional organizers need a little reminder every now and then!
Ever feel like you can't quite seem to find the time to write out your to-do list and, more importantly, check it off?
I was recently going through some of my tasks, and realized that some were missing from my to-do list. Given that I am always on the go, it's not always easy to jot down thoughts as they come to me - even with my list template which I print for the week and try to carry everywhere I go!
So, I did what anyone in the 21st century would do - I downloaded an app for that!
If you're feeling like you need an extra hand to try and juggle your daily tasks, I highly recommend Wunderlist. I downloaded this app on my iPhone (for free, I might add), and was instantly creating lists for different components of my life.
Wunderlist is great for building lists and creating reminders but, what I really love about it, is the ability to collaborate with others. This takes the functionality from a standard iPhone or Android app to the next level. I am able to create a list that...
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...
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...
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...