Since school is back in session, being organized is more important than ever. Getting the kids ready for school and out the door on time can be a challenge if the closet is in chaos! An organized closet makes it easy to get ready ( for kids, or adults ), from the shoes, the outfit and the bow on top! Color organization makes it easier to find what you are looking for. Call us today to help with your own closet! (806)759.7689
Back in the Swing of things
Tips for August
With August already here, we may find ourselves trying to take one more last minute vacation and then take on our mission get all the family a to begin again a more structured schedule. Here are a few things I suggest to make schedules easier.
- Take an hour for each closet in the house and decide what isn’t worn any more, what doesn’t fit, or what really is still good. Pull the unused or unwanted clothes and donate them to your favorite charity. What now is left in your closet spaces is really used, and appreciated. Also you are not wasting time looking through clothes that are unwanted and unworn.
- Make an area in your house that is the “TO-GO” area. This can be a mud room or coat closet or coat cubbies that can contain the jackets, the backpacks, and keys for the family members that are going to and from work and school. That is where home is for the things we are going to need in the mornings. Be diligent about putting the things we will “go with” there in the evenings, the mornings will run extremely smooth to be able to walk out the door with your things ready to go.
- Make time every day, even if it’s only fifteen minutes, to do paperwork. Sort mail, look at school papers, and put filing where it needs to be. You may not have time to correspond to every invitation or set and pay your bills every day, but you will have it gathered and organized to process once you do have an hour or so to get it done.
- Get in a routine. It may be that you have gym time, meals , kids schedules, work, social calendars, laundry, that you are trying to get all under control. The best way to manage it all is having a routine. Meals for breakfast, for example, can be simple if you know every Monday is pancakes, Tuesday is fruit and yogurt, Wednesday is oatmeal and toast, Thursday is cereal and Friday is eggs on English muffins. It’s not rocket science to duplicate that every week, or change the menu every couple of months to include your favorites, but do it consistently so the planning and work part is easy.
- Delegate what is shared responsibilities. If there are two people or six living in a house hold then you’re a team. If your office holds thirty employees, you divide responsibilities, and conquer and objective. It is important for everyone to know what their part is in this team, and when the deadlines are. As a parent or a employer, it becomes our responsibility to explain the goal, each responsibility, and deadlines and also to lead by example. Having everyone participate in doing small chores around the house not only helps with the work load but teaches responsibility and ownership of individual and family.
- Maintain what is good, learn from the bad. There are things that we do within our schedules that work and sometimes just work through a season. If that works for your office or home then maintain that schedule. But if you’ve outgrown it and need to adjust, realize that it doesn’t work for you any longer. If your office once needed team meetings every morning for a time with a young staff, for example, but now you are wasting more productivity time of actual sales and customer service, then perhaps it’s time to amend your schedule. Use your body clock to your advantage. We all operate most efficiently at certain times of the day; some of us are morning people and some are not, so schedule the tedious task for when you’re at your best, when your mind is sharpest, and you will get more accomplished when you have the most energy.
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Eleven Tips for June
So you found your new place. You are so excited about all the possibilities that the new house hold and all the memories you plan to make there, until the reality sets in. You have a LOT of stuff and it will take a LOT of energy to move it all! Here are a few tips that I tell clients when we are helping them move.
- Pack what you can live without first. Many rooms like a craft room or attics can be packed and ready to move way before the kitchen or bathrooms can.
- Don’t pack or move what you don’t use anyhow. If you haven’t used it, worn it, or thought about it in years, you probably won’t in the new location. Donate it now and be rid of one more thing to actually move.
- Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. Personal items, checkbooks key, etc.
- Pack a last and first box. Last to be packed and first to be opened at new location. I like a clear tub for these items. You will want this box to contain a box cutter, paper towels & toilet paper, trash bags, phone chargers, a few tools, and last bottle of spray cleaner. A fresh bath towel and shower curtain will be nice to have in here as well. After a long day of moving your home, I promise you don’t want to forgo a hot shower on your first night home.
- Ziplock bags taped to the back of the headboard will keep your bed parts, screws, and bolts with the bed itself, so you can put the bed back together again.
- Label the boxes! We are huge fans of labels anyhow, but if each box has a room label on it , and what is in each box it will help everyone from the movers, the organizer or the spouse to know which boxes go where, and what might be most important to open first. Label the sides of the boxes not the tops. Movers can shuffle a stack of boxes into the kitchen without having to move each box to see where it belongs.
- Cover bottles that contain liquids with saran wrap and put lids back on. One less mess is always a good thing especially on moving day
- Shrink wrap silverware drawers or jewelry cabinets
- Take a picture of how your electronics were connected, and repeat that at the new place.
- Use your bins, suitcases, and baskets to move items in. No wasted space should be in this move.
- Call Consider It Done. Moving is a process even if it is a few blocks away, or across the State of Texas. Organized and efficient is the best way to make a move. We can make that happen and Consider It Done!!
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Seven tips for May
It’s warming up outside again so therefore it’s time to box up our sweaters and scarves and make room for our summer clothing. This May we are giving you 6 wardrobe organizing tips to help you with this transformation.
- If you have kids or multiple closets that need undertaking, set aside an hour or so in your schedule to conquer one closet at a time. Tackling them all in one day will make it feel like more of a daunting chore instead of the refreshment that it really is so we recommend spacing them out.
- Let’s get you prepared. Before you start your summer closet makeover, make sure to have a few plastic storage boxes (with lids) on hand. Each box needs to be labeled with the appropriate description of what it contains. (I.E. Sweaters, Scarves, Ski Gear…) and label one of the boxes DONATE. Note: Your Donate container can be something as simple as a trash bag.
- As you go through each winter item I want you to ask yourself if you actually wore it this season. If the answer is No, then you are most likely not going to wear it next season either and that particular item needs to be placed in the Donate container.
- While you are taking things out of your closet, sorting as you go will find you much peace when it’s all over. Place alike items- like sweaters- together in the same container so you will only have one box labeled sweaters. Doing so will prevent a scavenger hunt next winter.
- Your closet probably looks a lot brighter already! The pinks, yellows, and oranges are really popping now…. In order for them to be truly cherished they need to be color coded. As a professional organizer, this makes me very happy.
- Your closet should be an organized sanctuary and you should be able to walk into it and know exactly what you are looking for and where to find it. This goal is only reachable through color coordination. Sort your shirts light to dark, and also by sleeve length. Keep that Donate box handy just in case you come across something you find yourself not loving anymore.
- When bringing out your skirts and shorts, try to keep them all on the bottom rack. It’s more realistic and has a better appearance overall. Different bottoms can be placed separate. Ex. Shorts can be sorted light to dark and next to shorts can be skirts, jeans, etc..
Remember to have fun with your closet! Add some meaningful décor or display your jewelry in a fun way to spice it up. Now when you go to get ready you have not only a functional, but an enjoyable space and something to be proud of.
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This is the time of year we typically want to clean out the things, the clothes, and the broken toys, all the things we no longer use wear or want. I’m offering you seven tips for you to have a successful month to clean out and set up a yard sale.
- This first weekend, roll up your sleeves, and go through your closets, garage, toys, and kitchen. You are looking for items that you no longer use. Be honest, you know what really fits, what you really wear, and what the kids really do play with. Box up the items that you’re not using.
- As you are getting ready for your yard sale, group like things together. Sort boxes by price; one box can hold 50 cent items, for example.
- Set up your yard sale like a store. The big ticket items at the front, to draw attention to your sale.
- Make a bargain bin. These things can be marked ½ off or sell for 3 for one. Everyone loves a good bargain
- Name brand products are still in demand, even in your yard sale. Your signs should advertise your slightly used Michael Kors handbag or Under Armour athletic wear.
- Color counts! Yellow signs with bold print will get attention of your customers. No more than eight words on each sign are all that is needed. Add a red plastic table covers to a few tables. Red stimulates, and can boost sales.
- When pricing items, keep in mind that "a third of what it costs new" is only a guideline. Try to look at your stuff objectively. Do you really think people will be knocking down your door to get at your old t-shirts with stains on them? That's why they make good rags. If you have a bunch of items that are missing pieces or broken, put it in your FREE box with a note "broken - good for parts" or something similar.
Make a little effort now and you’ll have more money in your pockets and your home or office will have fewer things that are unused and unwanted!