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...
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...
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...
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!