Monthly Archives: March 2013

If you could…

If you could organize any space at home or the office, what would you choose? If you didn’t have to worry about money, time, or your energy level what room would you choose? And please feel free to insert your own answer if it’s not listed.

This will help me post based upon what you want to see organized, thank you for participating!

{This poll will remain open until Sunday April 7th}

Wake up your work space with a pop of color!

poppin orange

I love the colorful stance Poppin makes on organizing products. The Poppin website is so much fun to look and play with, you can even design your own desk. The website also has a large selection of free printables and projects.
poppin pool blue poppin yellow

For more of my favorite organizing products check out:
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Top Four Organizing Products

Don’t stop…

Have you ever started an organizing project to only get half way through and then stop? Are you frustrated with the lack of progress? Recently, I have come across many clients who had previously started to organize their closets, offices, living rooms, but for whatever reason had stopped. This lead to a feeling of defeat and resignation.

great wall of china

Imagine what it must have felt like for the builders of the Great Wall of China. Continue reading

Not Necessarily New: Better Uses for Old Things

records on stairs

Since they actually sell the frames for old records in craft supply stores, I don’t think I can claim this as a new use, however it is a better use than in storage. Displaying records as art is a great way to decorate a man cave or family rec room without spending too much money on decorations. CD frames are also available if you want to display cd album covers.

etsy album frame

I still recommend keeping your cds in the event of losing your digital version. CD storage boxes are easier to store sense they can stack and be placed on a shelf. I don’t recommend getting the CD binders because they store less without the cases and are harder to shelve. The boxes are also easier to label based upon type/genre/use.

CD storage box

Would love to hear what items you would like to display!

Birthday Calendar

birthday calendar

In honor of an important birthday for a family member, I thought I would remind those around me of other important dates.  Click on the birthday calendar for a free printable to help you remember those special dates. Enjoy!

What you need to hear

new day

Today is a new day. Even if yesterday was a total failure and you have piles everywhere, with mounting bills and screaming kids, today is a new day. And even if you don’t realize it, I’m thinking about your day as well.

You are the reason I will crawl into the back corner of your scary basement to remove the last little area of clutter. You are worth the effort and energy Continue reading

Organized by Martha: The sneak attack

I received this email ad from Staples and had to share because we all need a good laugh. All humor aside, this is not the normal method of a professional organizer. We don’t hunt you down and point out your problem areas. We work with you so that sneak attacks don’t surprise you. And the next time Martha walks into your office you won’t be embarrased that she makes you dump out your purse. My question Martha, is what’s in your bag?

The Economy of Clutter

self storage unit

One of the biggest obstacles for me in my profession is the storage unit. When coming across an item that just doesn’t fit anywhere in the home, I often hear “I’ll just put it in the storage unit”.  This is hard for me to hear on several levels. One, my ultimate goal is for you to be able to enjoy your space without delaying what you are going to keep and where. Two, the amount of money that is spent per month is staggering, I’d rather see you use that money elsewhere. Three, I know that it might seem easier to move the item to the storage unit but at some point you will have to make a decision and now is the time to decide what to do with the clutter, don’t delay it by moving it around.

self storage cost comparison 01 Continue reading

VHS Tapes: New uses for old things

VHS tape as art

In my job, I come across LOTS of boxes of old VHS tapes. Some of my clients don’t necessarily want to get rid of the old tapes because of the memories attached to them.  A creative way to display the movies without adding to the clutter is to create a mural out of the cases.  Using corkboard attach the movies to the corkboard with some type of adhesive (push pins were used in the picture above). Then attach the corkboard using wall mounting tape. This is a great display piece for a man cave or dorm room.

The actual VHS tapes can be donated to a local library or shelter (confirm that they take VHS tapes prior to donation).

I would love to hear how you’ve taken something old and turned it into something new!

Purse Organization: Who else would you let look into your purse?

purse organization
I am a one purse a season type of woman, I don’t change purses very often but most of my clients, who are much more fashionable than I, treat their purses like an accessory and change them depending upon their outfit.  This requires oragnization, to be able to switch quickly between bags without leaving behind something vital.  Here are three items that will help keep you fashionable and organized without feeling flustered or overwhelmed. Continue reading

50th Celebration! A quick guide to event organization


In honor of my 50th follower I thought a little celebration was in order.  You are all invited to this WordPress party! Don’t forget to check out your party favor; a printable event planning guide.

Organizing the Grocery List

Grocery shopping is most likely something you do no matter if you eat out a lot or grow your own food, you still probably purchase a few items at the store. (This does not apply to Barbara Kingsolver* who I sincerely applaud and wish I had that level of commitment!)

In order that you don’t move back and forth in the aisles, wasting time and energy, I’ve created a quick grocery list that is organized similarly to a generic grocery store. You can print this page out and clip it to your refrigerator to add items as you need them. Then when you are at the store it will be easier to see what items you need in each department.

Another benefit is that you can give this list to some other member of your household and you might actually get the items requested. Good luck and happy shopping!

*Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – a book by Barbara Kingsolver chronicling her family’s endeavor to eat locally grown food.

Sequestration, an Opportunity for Organization!

Now that sequestration is in effect you might have more time on your hands (or less money). Instead of depending on Congress to agree on anything much less a budget, I view this as an opportunity to invest in yourself and your local community. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend your sequestration… Continue reading

Home Based Business Inventory Organization: Clearing off the Dining Room Table

Marykayorganizationbefore01This was a hard project to categorize because on one hand it is a dining room and on the other a home office. But that is the beauty of dual purpose rooms, they provide the best of both worlds. The hard part is making sure those worlds don’t collide and create an explosive reaction. Continue reading

Ask the Organizer: Taming Tupperware

tupperware organization

“What is the best way to organize the tupperware cabinet”

When it comes to organizing your storage containers I recommend keeping the lids with the containers. I am all for quick and easy and this alleviates the guessing game, does this lid fit this container? Nesting is not for me. I’ve seen many clients who think nesting is the way to organize storage containers and it looks great the day you organize the cabinet. But come back in a week or two and it generally doesn’t stay organized because when you need a lid or one of the bottom containers the rest get tossed aside.

In the picture above, the client needed to store all the storage containers including water bottles and pitchers. We removed all the items from the cabinet, wiped down the shelves, sorted the items by type and size, then placed them back in the cabinet by frequency of use and type.

Hope this helps and keep the questions coming!!