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Nesting at Home During the Autumn Season

By on September 28, 2017

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Autumn evokes images of all things cozy. The cooler temperatures mean the layering of sweaters, scarves, light jackets, and boots. Outside, autumn has a distinct smell and the colorful leaves crunch under our feet. Inside, we begin nesting as our autumn decor is on display and we sip a hot beverage and tuck into the comfort foods that celebrate fall.

Nesting at Home

Light some candles –

When the weather is cooler, lighting candles will add light and warmth to a space to make it cozy. Find candles that include your favorite fall scents to make your home smell wonderful.

Create your favorites –

Get creative in the kitchen. No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice everything. I’m talking about creating some of your favorite, comfort foods that you indulge in during the cooler months of fall. Whether it’s homemade macaroni and cheese, or a white bean chicken chili, make your favorites and enjoy.

Indulge in a book or several –

Autumn is always a good time to experience a new book. As much as I love the idea of a physical book in my hands, I find that I’m using my e-reader more frequently now. Bookbub allows you to enter your personal preferences and sends you an email each day with suggestions that are free or discounted to a few dollars. My virtual bookshelf is full, and I continue to add to it.

Try a new hobby –

Have you wanted to learn a new craft? Autumn is a great time to learn a new skill. If you find something that you love to do, it will take you through the cold days of winter. Currently, I’m learning to paint with watercolors.

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Enjoy Autumn with the change of the landscape, the cooler weather, and the tastes of the season. However, you choose to embrace it, enjoy everything that this season of change has to offer.

Until next time,

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Tools to Make Your Organizing Projects Easier

By on September 25, 2017

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When I’m organizing, there are several tools that I rely on to get me from the beginning to the end of a project. These tools are essential for every organizing job, and I use them every time I set out to organize something.

Have you thought about organizing, but you aren’t sure where to start? In a previous post, I talked how to determine what organizing project to do first. Today, I’m going to talk about some of the tools that you can use to help with your organizing projects and ultimately meet your organizational goals.

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Calendar

Whether you like to use a calendar on your phone or you’re a paper calendar user, it’s helpful to schedule the time to organize. Just like other things in your life, if it’s not planned, there’s a good chance that it may not happen. The organization sessions don’t have to be too long. Schedule when you have some time to focus on organizing without interruptions.

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Labels

Labels are an essential part of organizing. Each one of your possessions should have a home that it goes back to when you’re finished with it. Labels help to aid in making that happen. There are many different types and styles. Using a label maker will add a uniform look to them. I especially like using the label maker for my files.

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Storage Items

Even though you should wait until your organizing project is complete before you splurge on the items that you that you need to finish your project, they are still important tools to consider. Boxes or bins can add a finishing touch and help you to maintain the area that you worked so hard to organize. Some of my favorite organizing containers are fabric covered. They add a pop of pattern or color when I open a cupboard or drawer.

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Time

Don’t underestimate time as one of your most valuable tools. It’s a necessary part of accomplishing what you’ve set out to do. When organizing, time is a vitally important tool in getting things done.

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There are essential tools that I rely on to get me from the start to finish of an organizing project. Using these tools will help with your organizing projects and ultimately meet your organizational goals.

Until next time,

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Top 5 Organizing Tips to Start Using Today

By on September 18, 2017

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Keeping your home organized is an ongoing process and takes work. There are several organizing tips that you can start using today to help keep your home organized, on a daily basis, without the added frustration that clutter can create.

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1 | Keep your counters and other surfaces cleaned off.

Visual clutter can be frustrating especially if it’s taking over the flat surfaces of your home such as your counters, table, desk, or dresser top. Keeping your surfaces cleaned off helps to alleviate that visual clutter and is less frustrating and stressful for you.

2 | Create a home for all of your belongings.

Everything you own should have a permanent home where it belongs. Creating a space for each of your possessions helps to eliminate the clutter.

3 | Put things away when you’ve finished with them.

When you have finished with an item, put it away. Leaving things lying around leads to stress and frustration as they start to pile up. Taking the time, when you’re done with an item, to put it away means that you won’t have to worry about dealing with it later.

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4 | Make the time to clean up the clutter each day.

Taking 10-15 minutes at the end of each day to clean up the clutter around your home will help you to stay on top of it. Make it a part of your daily routine. Taking the time each day helps with having to deal with the clutter all at once.

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5 | Use labels whenever possible.

Giving everything a permanent home is much easier to maintain if you use labels to mark where items go. You can use labels on shelving, drawers, or on each of your file folders to give them a uniform look.

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You can help to keep your home organized by implementing the tips listed above. Utilizing the tips on a daily basis will help to alleviate the added frustration that clutter can create.

Until next time,

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Determine What Organizing Project To Do First

By on September 14, 2017

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Staying organized takes work and regular maintenance. Right now, I have a large pile of tote bags that needs attention. Organizing them will be my next project. The area, where I store them, is overflowing and it’s causing me frustration and stress, so I need to take care of them. I will need to purge the bags that I’m not using on a regular basis and reorganize the storage area for them.

Getting organized can be challenging, especially, when trying to decide what organizing project to do first. As much as you would like to tackle everything at once, it’s best to start small. This way, it’s not overwhelming for you. Not only will this help you to consider what your plan is for each space, but also help you to maintain the area once your hard work is complete.

Start with the area that frustrates you the most.

If the drop zone in your kitchen is what is most frustrating for you, start organizing with that space.  If your closet floor has piles of clothes, start with the closet floor. We’re not talking about doing an entire kitchen overhaul, or a complete reorganization of your closet. You’re just looking at the one area that causes you the most stress and beginning with that first.

After you finish the first organizing project, move on to the area that’s the second most frustrating space for you. Again, you are not doing a complete overhaul. That will come later and in small steps. You are simply organizing the area to make it more workable and less stressful for you.

Come up with a system that works for you.

You will need to come up with a long-term plan to help maintain the organizational system that you have set up. Simply organizing something quickly to make it look pretty and not having a maintenance plan can cause the same stress and frustration to resurface when things get messy again.

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Completing your organizing project

Create an action plan for the area.

Decide what purpose you want the area to serve. The items that have a home in that particular area should only be the items that you use in that area.

 

Empty the area or surface.

To get things organized, you need to clean out the area or clean off the surface completely. It’s much easier to start with a clean slate and sort through the items rather than to move things around while trying to organize them.

 

Purge items that you no longer use.

If you are no longer using an item or it doesn’t serve a purpose, you need to get rid of it. Whether you give it away or sell it, give it a new life in a new home. Getting organized becomes more difficult if you are just moving extra things around from one place to another. Simplify what you have, and organizing will become easier.

 

Sort the remaining items by putting like items together.

When organizing, it’s helpful to put similar items together. Grouping like items helps to keep things organized over time because you know exactly where specific items belong.

 

Give everything a home.

Everything in your space should have a home where it belongs. If it doesn’t, you need to decide where you should keep it or whether you need it at all.

 

Purchase storage items, if needed.

Purchasing storage items should be one of the last things that you do when organizing a space. You don’t want to buy something only to find out that you will not be able to use it. You want boxes and bins that will fit your space and your needs.

 

Label boxes and bins.

Labeling boxes and containers will not only help you to know what in each one, but will also let everyone know where things go each time you use them.

 

Leave extra space for new additions.

When organizing, it’s a good idea to leave a place for any new additions to the area. Leaving extra space will alleviate frustration later on when you’re trying to add something to a space that doesn’t have room.

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Organizing Plan Printable

To get you started on your first organizing task, I am sharing an organizing plan printable. Click on the image of the Organizing Plan to join and get access to your free bundle printable.

 

In determining what organizing project to do first, it’s best to start small, so it’s not overwhelming for you. Choose the space that causes you the most stress and frustration and take care of it. Taking that first step will give you the peace of mind in the long run.

Until next time,

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