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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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September 8, 2017

Shoes.  We all have them.  We may not be shoe crazy and have dozens of pairs, or even hundreds of pairs, but we all have them.  Heels or flats?  Sneakers or loafers?  Flip flops or sandals?  Let’s face it, regardless of what your preference is, we all need shoes.


One of the most common sources of frustration for our clients is the growing, unorganized pile of shoes in their hall closet, the bedroom closet, the spare room closet, and…..you get the point.  Shoes have a tendency to pile up all over the place.  The worst thing about shoes is that you can pile them on top of each other so you end up cramming them in every nook and cranny.  How many times have you opened a closet door only to find a pile of  shoes on the floor?  Have you ever had to shove your shoes back into the closet so you could shut the door?!

Not only is it damaging to your shoes to continue shoving them here and there in a disorganized fashion, it is beyond frustrating whe...

August 29, 2017

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.

Basics

  • 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...

May 4, 2017

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...

April 28, 2017

Have you completed all of your spring-cleaning tasks?  Dusted? Swept?  Purged?  Scrubbed? Enough already!  We get exhausted simply thinking about trying to cram so much into a short period of time.  Won't you be glad when summer finally arrives and you can say so long to this cleaning craze?!

By now you know that we prefer the term 'non' spring-cleaning.  Easy does it when it comes to cleaning and organizing.  The mere thought of having to do so much at once can be completely overwhelming.   We prefer the slow and steady approach.  Setting reasonable goals, and allowing a reasonable amount of time to complete them. 

No matter which space you decide to work on, there are basic guidelines to follow in order to make the process less stressful.
 

  1. Determine what the actual space is to be used for

  2. PURGE all unnecessary, unwanted, and unused items*

  3. Create three separate categories of items:  Keep, Donate, Trash

  4. Be brutal when pu...

March 13, 2017

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...

March 6, 2017

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...

February 24, 2017

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...

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