November Missions: Organizing Your Eating Zones

Filed under: Kitchen/Dining Room,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 3:03 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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This month we are organizing our kitchens and dining rooms  So take a look at these missions, pull out your calendar, and start assigning your own weekly goals for this month so that you can have your kitchen ready for some holiday entertaining!

Mission 1:  Sort Your Food

Mission 2: Attack The Cabinets

Mission 3: Clear Those Counters

Mission 4: Declutter Your Dining Areas

Mission 5: Find Your Recipes

Happy Organizing!

Colleen
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September Mission: Organize your Sleeping Zones

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 9:59 am on Thursday, September 1, 2016

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It’s a new week in a new month, which means it’s time to work on a new zone in our homes!

This month we’ll be focusing on our sleeping quarters.

  • (Week 1) straighten up our bedrooms,
  • (Week 2) clear out our closets,
  • (Week 3) dig through our drawers,
  • (Week 4) and organize our jewelry and complete other finishing touches!

Consider purchasing some of these organizing products to enhance your efforts!

August Mission: Organize your living areas!

Filed under: Living Areas,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 7:08 am on Monday, August 1, 2016

It is time to move on to our new mission: decluttering our living areas. These areas could include your living room, family room, play areas, finished basements, great rooms, sun rooms basically any room where you and your family hang out. Try to complete each week’s task in EVERY living space of your home that the task applies to.

Here are your 4 tasks this month:
Mission 1: Straighten up the clutter!

Mission 2. Organize your media areas.

Mission 3. Sort your games/toys.

Mission 4. Go through your books.

Happy Organizing!

Colleen

Storage Area Mission #4: Organizing from the top!

Filed under: Monthly Missions,Storage Areas — Colleen at 9:11 am on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Take a peek in your attic. Do you even know what is up there?

For many people, the attic is where extra clothing gets stored. Whether you store your seasonal clothing in the attic or basement, it’s time to put away your flannels and bring out your shorts.

Be sure to only store what you like, wear, and fit into. Otherwise, you’re wasting valuable space!

Once you’ve exchanged your seasonal clothes, devote some time to taking an inventory of what exactly is in your attic.

Ask yourself:

  • Is there a better place to store this item? Move it to the better location.
  • Am I ever REALLY going to use this item? Trash or donate the item.
  • Could someone else benefit from this item? Give the item away.

If you can’t devote a day to this project, try committing to 15 minutes a day.

Here are some products that may help make the most of your attic:

Attic “closet”

Make your own attic floor

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Storage Area Mission #3: What’s in your closet?

Filed under: Monthly Missions,Storage Areas — Colleen at 10:12 am on Friday, April 17, 2009

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The weather is starting to change. It’s about time to switch your winter and summer stashes.  Spend this week regaining control of your coat closet.

Empty out the closet, mark 3 boxes “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Trash” and get to work!

  1. Identify a storage container for your seasonal items. Only put in items worthy of storing. Take note of any multiples you have of certain items and pass them on to a local charity. Label your container and place it in long term storage (attic, basement, etc)
  2. Take a look at what is remaining. Does everything left really belong in the prime real estate of your coat closet? Or should you find the item a better home in your attic, basement, or another room?
  3. How many umbrellas do you really need? Don’t keep more than 1 per member of the household. (Too harsh? Go ahead and keep a spare for a rainy day)
  4. Assess your use of space. Would your closet benefit from a second clothing rod, hanging shelves, cubbies, or shoe boxes?
  5. Not sure how to make all your gloves, scarves, and hats accessible? Use a clear over-the-door shoe organizer to store these small items and you’ll be able to easy access all your winter accessories in a snap.

Short on time this week? Commit to taking out 5 things from your closet every day this week. You must donate, throw away, or reassign a “home” to each item. By the end of the week, your closet will have slimmed down by 35 items!

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Storage Area Mission # 2: Head to the basement!

Filed under: Monthly Missions,Storage Areas — Colleen at 2:37 am on Friday, April 10, 2009

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Basements are mixed blessings. On one hand, they can provide additional living area and storage. On the other hand, they can be clutter magnets, attracting those “I don’t know where to put it” items, those unfinished projects, and those “I might need it someday” objects.

Because of the assortment of items that can be found in basements, basements can be overwhelming. This week, you are challenged to identify and complete one goal for your basement. Here are some suggestions: (Read on …)

Storage Area Mission #1: The Garage

Filed under: Monthly Missions,Storage Areas — Colleen at 12:07 pm on Sunday, April 5, 2009

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With the weather starting to change, now is a great time to regain control of your garage.

If you park in your garage, this may not be a difficult space to organize in a week. However, if your garage has essentially become a shed, use this week to come up with a better plan for your garage and challenge yourself to see how much you can accomplish. (If you don’t own a garage, take this week to organize the areas of you home where you store items like gardening supplies, tools, outdoor toys, camping gear, or sports equipment. Or assess your storage areas and work on the biggest problem area.)

  • Tasks
    • QUICK PURGE: Set a timer for 15 minutes and do a quick purge. Remove anything from the are that is trash, can be donated, or can be relocated to another area/person.
    • CATEGORIZE: Organize your belongings into categories. Pretend your garage is a department store. Where would the item be found? In the gardening department? In the tool area? With sports equipment? Use a discerning eye. Toss or donate anything you don’t need, don’t expect to use, don’t like, or have duplicates of.
    • ASSESS STORAGE: If you have piles of belongings on the floor and nothing on the walls, invest in vertical storage. Consider sturdy shelves or peg boards. Use bins to hold like items. (See if your dollar store has plastic dishpans or shoe boxes- they work well!)
    • LABEL: Once you assign everything a home, label your bins and shelves. Labeling ensures that all the members of your household can maintain your now organized garage

Completely overwhelmed?

  • Decrease the clutter over-stimulation by covering up your disorganized areas with sheets or dropcloths. Work on one area at a time.
  • Enlist the help of a friend or a professional organizer. Two can get the job done faster and more efficiently!

Check out these great organizing products for garages or click here for other organizing products:

Bedroom Mission #4: The finishing touches!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 9:06 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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We’re concluding this month by completing the finishing touches in our bedrooms. When it comes to organizing bedrooms, this is the “fun stuff”. Here are some suggestions:

1. Make your bed. Clear off the surfaces of your furniture and place the contents on your bed. Dust your furniture. Now decorate these surfaces with only the items you really like, trying minimize your knick-knacks. Donate what is left over or try to use them in another room.

2. Dedicate a small drawer or basket for dumping the contents of your pockets each day. (This is an especially great idea for men). When the drawer or basket starts to fill, it’s time to go through it!

3. Go through your jewelry. Keep only what you like. Make any necessary repairs. Consider storing your jewelry in a shallow drawer. Use jewelry organizers like this or make your own using ice cube trays and drawer dividers from the dollar store. If you’re short on drawer space, then hang it up! I love hanging my jewelry in a hanging organizer like this one.

4. Consider rearranging your furniture or adding some decorative touches such as updating photo frames, getting some accent pillows, or using some scented relaxation candles to help you enjoy your new space!

5. Finally, if you have any other special projects that you’ve been meaning to get to in any of your bedrooms, go ahead and get them started!

Don’t forget to try to complete the finishing touches on as many of your bedrooms that your time allows!

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Bedroom Mission #3: Dig through your drawers!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 10:50 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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475062_laundry.jpgDoes your bedroom furniture look pretty—only if the drawers are closed? Or maybe when you open your drawers they look okay, but you still just can’t seem to find what you are looking for? This week we’re going to stop using our drawers to “hide” our belongings and start using them to “find” them.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Start by making your bed so you have a clear surface.
  2. Starting with your clothing drawers, empty one drawer at a time and sort the items into piles (i.e. pants, shirts, work-out clothes, pajamas, underwear, etc). As yourself: “Do I like this?” , “Do I wear this?” , “Do I need this?” . If the answer is “No”, it is time to say “goodbye” to the item.
  3. After sorting through your clothing, ask yourself if the item has a better home than inside your dresser. Perhaps the item is seasonal and could be stored in long term storage, or the item would be better off hung up in your closet.
  4. Now assess your drawer space. Place the items you use most frequently into the drawers that are the most accessible. Use awkward spaces to store less used items, such as purses.
  5. Consider using drawer organizers to eliminate “digging”. Try this sock organizer or make your own by using the bottle divider insert from beer/liquor boxes. Use what you have! Grab a shoe box to hold all your pantyhose, freeing up the remainder of your drawer for other items.
  6. Think outside the box. Just because you’ve kept your underwear in the same drawer for 15 years doesn’t mean that it has to stay in the same drawer. Store it in the drawer that make sense according to the size and location of the drawer. You can always temporarily label your drawers until you remember where everything goes!
  7. After you finish with your clothing, move on to any junk drawers, bookcases and other storage areas in your room. Sort & purge.
  8. Repeat this process in as many bedrooms in your home as your time allows.

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Bedroom Mission #2: A Happy Closet!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 8:11 am on Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Are you making the most of your closet space? This week, we’ll wrestle with what you’ve been hiding in your bedroom closets and maximize this prime real estate space.

Closets have limited space. Yet we frequently tend to use closets to store our denial, regret, or guilt.

1. Denial. Yes, there was a time that you looked awesome in those pants. But that was before you had your 2 children and during a time when they were in style. Let them go! Yes, you can hope that you’ll be that size again, but why make yourself stare at your old sizes every time you open the closet. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and isn’t likely to be fashionable the next time you can squeeze into them. It’s okay to keep some smaller classics, but box them up and put them into long term storage for now.

2. Guilt. Okay, so somebody gave you that blouse as a gift. You didn’t like it when you opened it up, and you sure don’t like it hanging in your closet. What were they thinking? When they purchased the shirt with all that “bling”, did they think you dressed like that or did they think that you should? It’s time to get rid of those things that just aren’t “you” to make room for your flattering favorites.

3. Regret. The outfit wasn’t on sale when you bought it, but you just had to have it. After wearing it once, you realize it’s not as flattering as in the store, and you have pictures to confirm it. You don’t want to wear it again, but you know you haven’t gotten your money’s worth. Admit the mistake now, part with the purchase, and commit to being a more conscientious shopper in the future.

After disposing your denial, guilt, and regret, start organizing what remains. Here are some tips:

  • Put like items together.
  • If you’re short on space, pack up your seasonal clothing for long term storage and start breaking out some of your fall collection.
  • Get rid of stained and damaged clothing or make the necessary repairs.
  • Use your highest shelves to house infrequently used items.
  • Consider adding a second clothing rod to double your hanging storage.
  • Be creative! Over the door shoe clear organizers are great for your child’s closet. Use them to store socks, stockings, hair accessories, scarves, and of course, shoes.
  • Make sure everything you’re storing really “belongs” in a bedroom closet. Maybe you could find the item a better home in another room!

See how many of your bedroom closets you can organize this week!

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