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Do you feel like you and your home are energized and organized?
If you feel overwhelmed and already behind with your resolution to get your life in order, here are a few quick steps you can take to help you get ready for the holidays.
Take the time to look at your home through the eyes of a complete stranger (or perhaps your most critical relative!). I find that when I have a service provider, like a handyman or a heating and air tech, come through my house, I see my home from a completely different perspective. I see the pile that is stacked in front of the electrical box (real life scenario that just happened to me). I see the old Halloween decorations that are still not properly put back into their boxes. So, step one is to see your home from a new perspective. What would you hide or change if you knew someone was coming to appraise, repair or critique your home? Go ahead declutter and eliminate the obvious eyesores.
Next grab an empty laundry basket and walk through your house collecting items that are not in the right place and need to be put away. After you fill your first basket, empty it by moving to each area stowing each item away into it’s designated ‘home’. Keep filling your basket and moving items to their proper locations.
Next up – declutter your guest room. Even if no one is coming to stay during the holidays, a clean and spacious spare room will give you a huge surge of energy because you will suddenly have a space to stow gifts, make lists, wrap gifts write cards and generally do whatever you need to do to get your holidays organized!
OK – now it’s time to move into your kitchen. The holidays are the time that you really need to clean and clear out your fridge. Tis the season to cook and eat and the last thing you need is a cluttered fridge. I find that the week before I buy the turkey is the best time to clear out the fridge. For most of us it is a necessity or we can’t fit the bird in anyhow!
Give your pantry a once over. As you move items around you can make mental note of what you need to add to your shopping list. It is always good to have a few quick snacks on hand and spur of the moment appetizer ingredients. This is also the time to make sure you have healthy snacks and quick meals stocked and ready for the nights that you get home wiped out from shopping or working a long day. The best way to eat healthy is to plan in advance. Make sure to stock your pantry with snacks that you can take with you while shopping. I love having small packs of nuts in my purse for the times when my outing extends into lunch or dinner time. It keeps me from stopping at a fast food place on the way home!
Set up a gift wrapping station. It is nice to have a dedicated place to store gifts and gift wrap throughout the year. During the holidays, having a space set up will save you time and energy. Imagine having all of your wrapping paper, ribbon, bags, tape, decent scissors and cards all in one place with a surface to work on. You can stow your gifts until wrapped in this same area in a large opaque plastic storage bin. This will keep your gifts clean and away from peeping tom eyes!
These are things that you can do to make your home feel more like a zen sanctuary and less like a chaotic jungle! If you spend the time this weekend organizing and decluttering, I know that you will be able to enjoy the holidays more fully with less stress and less effort.
Remember what Abe Lincoln said? 1 hour of preparation saves 3 hours of perspiration.
If you are already feeling overwhelmed and know that you can’t get your home and your life organized and decluttered, I am here and ready to help. I work in person in the San Diego area and also consult virtually throughout the US. You can reach out and contact me here.
Cars that used to be luxury items are now turning into on-the-go dens and mini-offices. Whether you play the role of mom chauffeur or work on the road, you need to implement a few tricks to keep your clutter at bay.
Let’s face it, kids in and out, spending time in school lines and working from your car will add wear and tear on the car and also add wear and tear on you – the driver!
Sticky seats, pens without caps, stale coffee mugs and other nasty items can gross out even the most seasoned traveller. So what to do?
Follow these 4 steps to keep your ‘home on wheels’ in good condition
1. Keep your car tidy by always taking something with you when you go from your car to your home. And ask everyone (kids, spouse) to take something, too!
2. Use storage and organizing containers on the back of your car seats and in the trunk.
3. Keep reusable bags in your car so you are ready for eco-friendly shopping at all times.
4. Keep a trash bag in the car so that trash has a place to live other than your floorboard!
Watch this video to learn many other grocery shopping and meal preparation tips for staying organized:
What’s the best way to manage the limited space without having to do renovation work on the house?
Clients frequently ask me this questions and I solve this challenge with a few different organizing tricks.
One of the most common tips I recommend is to convert your single rod into a double rod by adding a drop down hanging rod.
These are available at most department stores, are super cost effective and do not require tools to assemble.
Once you have doubled your hanging space, make sure to look up and see what type of extra space you have above your shelf. You can easily add another free-standing shelf on top of your shelf for more storage area. I have used the inexpensive shoe shelves to add more shelf space above the traditional single shelf.
If you don’t want to install another shelf, use containers that are more tall than wide to use as much space above as possible.
If you have a two sliding door closet with pockets of unused space on either side, purchase a shoe carousel that secures itself floor to ceiling on a rod.
The seemingly useless pocket of space to the right or left of your sliding door can then be used for shoe storage.
If you don’t have space in the corner for this solution, use hanging shoe bags which will drop down off your hanging rod to hold 10 pairs of shoes in a 4-5 inch area. I once used 4 of these to organize 40 pairs of shoes. The hanging rod space required was less than 20 inches!
If these tips don’t quite finish your organizing closet project, leave a comment or question below and I will offer you even more solutions based on what you are up against.
Thanks for reading!