Overwhelmed?  READ ON:

Call us before you make a decision!!!  Everyone knows how overwhelming life can become. Everyone wants a piece of your time. Yet there are only just so many hours in the day to go around.

How will you manage? You’ll manage the best way you can. That is what most of us do. Of course the mail on the desk is stacking up, the kids cloths are still in the washer, and you forget about your office meeting tonight. Does any of this sound familiar?  

You read all those articles in the magazine about having it all. You wonder how those women do it. The best answer is they have help!!! Yes, and lots of it. A pool guy, a lawn guy, a maid, a nanny, a housekeeper and the most important of all new in the industry are us .. “The Organizers.” We work side by side with the home owner to get a system in place to make life run smoothly.

At first glance an organizer may seem a little costly. You may think that you rather pay yourself to do the organizing. The problem with that is that if you had the time, interest or desire things would not need doing in the first place.

Now I don’t mean to be harsh but sometimes it pays to get a professional to do what they do so that you can be free to do what you do. It makes simple sense doesn’t it?

So if you are overwhelmed give us a call and lets us create a new unburden lifestyle for you and your family.

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Hurricane Season

We are at the start of hurricanes season so it only makes good sense to give a few helpful tips to our clients about getting organized for the season.

Here are just  a few suggestions :

1.It is wise to keep your insurance companies phone number programmed in your cell.

2. Make sure you have all the serial numbers for all your appliances like TV, DVD, Cameras, Stereos and other valuables.

3. Have photos of jewelry and proof all purchases.

The insurance company will ask for this information for any incident. Once there is damage it may be hard to recover this information.

When we help our clients with their files we always suggest a “Grab and Go” file. This would contain the above items plus medical information, and other information depending on our client.

We think everyone should have a water and fire proof “Grab and Go” file. For  a list of what should you put in your grab and go just drop us a email and we will send you our suggested list.

Better safe than sorry.

 

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Make Room for the Turkey

With the holidays just about here , we are all trying to get our homes ready for holiday company and parties.

Don’t wait till the last minute to notice your refrigerator does not have enough room for all the food to feed your guest.

Start now organizing your refrigerator. Did you know that there are items that most people THINK need to be refrigerated but they don’t. Below is a short list.

Ketchup, mayonnaise, jam, and even butter

Tomatoes  Get mushy faster when in the cold

Onions soften quicker plus they make other food smell like onions

Potatoes Cold turns starches into sugar.

Only certain foods should be refrigerated like meats and some vegetables depending on when you are going to eat them.

I hope you found these little tips to be of help.

Wishing everyone the happiest of Holidays

 

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Garage Makeover Tips

Garage Make-Over

Do you have a garage?  Do you park your car in there or is it strictly used for storage?  If you do park your car in there – can you actually get out of your car without dinging your doors on all the stuff?  Would you like to regain the use of your garage for its intended purpose?  Then I have some tips for you!

It does not take long for a garage to be overwhelmed with sporting equipment, holiday decorations, lawn mowers, trimmers, boxes of “gently used items” you keep meaning to donate to Good Will…sound familiar?

Organizing requires a certain skill set that one must learn – much like learning to ride a bike (or drive a car for that matter).  And let’s face it, if you had it, your garage would not be the overflowing monstrosity it has become…am I right? (Just kidding – we all get busy in our lives and even though we say we are the ones to suffer –it’s truly the garage that suffers!!

If you are feeling like Superman or Woman and want to start off your Spring Cleaning by tackling your garage, I have some helpful do-it-yourself tips to make the chore less taxing.

In the world of organization, the theory that has evolved over time is:  one step leads to the next.  Bazinga!®  Here are some helpful tips:

  1.  Take it all out!  That’s right.  Empty the whole entire thing.  Remember, it gets worse before it gets better.  Try not to become distracted or discouraged-the end results will be reward enough.  I promise!
  2. Now that the garage is empty, clean it.  Clean the walls, dust mechanicals and built-in’s, sweep or use an indoor/outdoor vac which makes the work go all the faster.  Now would be a great time to paint the walls, add a peg board system on the walls, mount some overhead braces and boards and make an overhead storage area to maximize your “floor” space by moving stuff up.  If your bold (and I know you are or you would not have gotten this far) paint the floor.  There are several items on the market for painting your garage floor.  Like Nike says…Just do it!
  3. The next step is purging.  Create 3 separate areas on your drive way (or yard).  Dump it, Re-Distribute it or Donate it.  If you forgot you had it, it’s over a year old and you’ve never used it, either dump it (b/c  it’s broken or doesn’t have a worth to anyone), or re-distribute it (if you have a garden shed and it’s lawn related, move it there), or donate it (b/c it still has value to someone).  Remember to take all your old paints and varnishes to your local county landfill following their guidelines for disposal.  Take advantage of community disposal days when parking lots become dumping lots to dispose of these items safely.
  4. Next, sort LIKE items.  Sporting equipment in one group, garden stuff (gloves, potting soil, fertilizer) in another, car needs (wax, oil, Windex), DIY group (tools, string, glue, small hand tools).  Don’t worry how many groups you have, remember, you just pulled all that stuff out of there, it’s going to go back in!
  5. Once this is done, you will need to decide (prior to moving back in your garage) how to store it and where.  Remember the peg board idea?  You can hang all your small hand tools, hammers and pliers on the peg system.  You can even create one for gardening item areas (hang your hose up, clippers and so on).  Remember, store all LIKE items on the same spot.  Get some stackable clear bins that take up less floor space, but you can see what’s in them.  Save your back the strain!  If you have the time and want to do so, take a picture of the inside of each bin, print it out on your computer and place a picture of the items inside the front of the clear bin and label it.  Makes it much easier than trying to remember which bin has the extension cords in it!

Remember, organizing is a on-going process.  You may need to make changes as your needs change –or as the seasons change.  Once you’ve got a system down that you are comfortable with and that works over time for you, the system ends up becoming self-maintaining.  Spring Cleaning is a good thing.  Every Spring check out your system.  Is it working to its maximum potential for you?  Do you still have stuff you couldn’t bear to part with from last year that this New year says:  Just throw me out already!

For those of you that like words of wisdom, here’s some from my dear grandmother:  There’s a place for everything and everything in its place!  And….don’t forget to include your car in the big picture!

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Hoilday Chaos

Can you believe it ? The holidays are right around the corner again.

Get a head start on organizing your home before the holiday decorating begins. Remember there will be lots of company and parties . You will want your home to be warm and welcoming for your guest even if they are unexpected.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment, so you can enjoy the holidays and a visit with your friends and family .

We always recommend putting a nice basket together for your guest. We usually include a scented personal soap , extra tooth brushes, lots of wash cloths, Q-tips, shampoo and conditioner, razors, and a personal size mouth wash.

Unexpected guest might forget the over night goodies. You will be a gracious hostess/host and your guest will appreciate your attention to detail.

Talk to you soon.

Happy Holidays

 

 

 

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Hire a Organizer? I don’t think so!!!

I have heard it said, I hate to hire a company to organize me when I know that I can do it myself. This can be a true statement for some people however do you have the time to do it and WILL you do it? Sometimes all it takes is someone to come in sort, de-clutter, arrange and organize from beginning to end to get you on the right track.

We are all so very busy these days there is hardly time just to do what is necessary to get through the day let alone staying organized as we go. I confess it is a balancing act even for someone like me who is obsessed with being organized.

The best tip I can offer for the do-it-yourself organizing is have two bins around at all times.

1 for donations

1 for throw out

As you move through your routine just toss that shirt that has a stain in the bin or the toy that is now broken. Having the bins around will help reduce the build-up of disorganization.

If you have a two story keep a basket at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom of the stairs for what must go up and what must go down. At the end of the day take a basket up and empty it and in the morning bring down the basket and empty it while you wait for the coffee to brew.

Don’t think it will be easy. It takes practice to start a new routine. Organizing is no different than any other task that you are not use to doing each day.  You will get the hang of it.

Start with just these few tips and see how it goes.

Please write us about your experience we would love to hear from you…

 

 

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30 Minute Organizng Workout

Many customers ask us now that you have organized me how will I keep it this way?

My simple answer is that once things are organized and everything has a place it will be easier. With that being said that does not insure things will stay neat and orderly. We are all so overwhelmed with activities and obligations sometimes there just is not enough time to do more than grab and go let alone return to an item to its designated spot in the cabinet.

Over time we have found that what works best for our clients is to once a week do a 30 minute (no more less) organizing workout.

What is an organizing work out? This is an exercise where once a week you go through the house as quick as you can pick up anything that is not in its place. No cleaning, no decision making just put things in the right room and in its place. At the end of 30 minutes you stop.

This should help. If you have any ideas please share.

 

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Clearing the Desktop with R_E_M_O_V_E

One  very common reason people call me is that they can’t see the surface of their desk and have no idea how to fix the situation short of a snowplow.

Just follow my r-e-m-o-v-e  process

1. Reduce distractions. Any pictures or old mailing, coupons and knicknacks are distracting you from productivity. Remove everything

2 .Everyday Use. Only put back the things you use everyday. Don’t worry you will find a place for all the other things sooner or later.

3. Move to the preferred side. Yous use one hand for most daily operations, and your desk shoudl reflect that. All pens, pencils, and pads should be at your fingertips.

4. Organize together. Just as with P_L_A_C_E ,organize like things together on the desktop forms center so you can find and use items easily.

5.View your TIme. Everybody hates to be late, so give yourself a leg up by making time visual on your desk, An organizer and a clock are important desktop elements for keeping time in view.

6.Empty the center. Fianlly, chanting my matra that “The desk is a place to do work”, clear off a space on the center of the station so that you can work on the project at hand, At Last a Surfce Top!!!

 

 

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Tips under $40 to Organize your Garage

Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades — wheeled belongings can  get underfoot and land you on your assets or bang up the car. Protect your paint  job (not to mention your backside) with these wily storage  solutions for your garage.

  • Hoist bicycles to the rafters with a rope-and-pulley system ($22) that makes it  easy to raise the bike and lock safely in place. When you’re ready to ride,  release the lock and lower your bike to the garage floor. You’ll need an hour or  two and basic tools to secure the pair of pulleys to ceiling joists and thread  the ropes. (Similar hoists are available for kayaks or small boats; $25.)
  • Avoid unintentional skateboard “tricks” with a specially designed wall rack that makes it easy for kids to hang up helmets and  skateboards together; about $40.

 

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