15 Helpful Tips

  1. Reduce the amount of clothing you own. Most clients have a phenomenal amount of clothing. If you live in a 5000 sq. ft home or 1500 sq. ft home, that is your home. You need to live within your boundaries. If it is squished within your closet or you have taken over other closets in your home, consider reducing the volume.  The 80/20 rule applies here. 20% of your clothing is worn 80% of the time.  Many items you own probably aren’t worn. Is it worth the angst of a cluttered closet/dresser to keep so much clothing? Years ago, they had less clothing and a more difficult time washing clothes.  Today, you can get a spot on your shirt at breakfast, wash it and then have it available to wear at lunch. Clear your closets.
  2. Encourage Your Children to get organized and reduce their clutter.
  3. Nest your food storage items by square, round and rectangle. Get a small basket/bin to store all medium lids and a smaller bin for smaller lids.
  4. Alphabetize your spices so you can find them easier.
  5. Purge your plastic grocery bags. How many do you need to keep since you can replenish rather quickly with your next shopping trip. Shove the plastic grocery bags in an empty rectangle tissue box. It will hold about 15. Return the rest to the grocery store next trip.
  6. Clear out your kitchen utensil drawer and identify seldom used items. Use drawer dividers to keep like items together. Utilize drawer organizers in your bathroom drawers as well.
  7. If you don’t have one of those skinny cupboards, use a lid divider to store cutting boards and cookie sheets. Set the rack on rubber shelf liner to secure the bottom so it doesn’t slide around.
  8. Have an electrician install an outlet in the back of a lower bathroom cabinet. You can plug in the hair dryer and leave it in the drawer for ease of storage. Keeps cording off the counter.
  9. If you don’t have small drawers in your desk, consider installing a narrow shelf (about 8” deep) about 6“above your desk. It will hold small items, i.e.: paper clips, stapler, pencil/pen cup off your desk leaving you more workspace.
  10. Look for a document box to hold your printer paper. This is a box about the size of a ream of paper. Open the new ream and remove the outer wrapper. It keeps the paper from getting bent and you can store other items on top until you need to replenish your printer.
  11. There are many better made battery-operated lights. Install one in many of your closets that don’t have a light fixture. It makes a huge difference in the functionality of your closet. Install it so it casts light to the back of the closet which prevents blinding you when you turn it on.
  12. If you change out of your “work clothes” into comfy clothes when you come home, hang a bank of hooks over the back of your bedroom door. This holds your comfy clothes and items that might be worn again. It also keeps them off the “treadmill clothes rack”.
  13. Office supply stores have a great selection of storage bins and organizers that you might not have considered.
  14. If you aren’t using an app to store your passwords, consider using an address book find them more easily.
  15. Reduce the influx of junk mail by registering at the following: opoutprescreen.com; www.dmachoice.org; www.catalogchoice.org

 

BONUS: 15 Life Hacks

  1. To get rid of onion odors on your hands, sprinkle with salt and wash with soap and water.
  2. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  3. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, that means it is fresh. If it rises to the surface, throw it away.
  4. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
  5. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and you won’t get any stains.
  6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
  7. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent drips.
  8. Hang excess shower products from the shower rod with a mesh shoe organizer trimmed down.
  9. Hang long spatulas or tools on the inside door of a lower cabinet with a command hook. To prevent them from swinging, hang a small command hook horizontally on either side of the item and secure with a small bungee cord. Tie knots in the cord to shorten the length.
  10. Several sites will tell you how to eliminate odors in your trash can. Emptying the inside trash can will do wonders with odor elimination. Be sure to rinse it out periodically for things that have spilled inside.
  11. Yes, you do need to organize your fridge. It prevents odors and makes it easier to eliminate old food.
  12. Time yourself and figure out how long it takes to accomplish various things. You will likely find it takes less time than you think. This will make it easier to commit to doing them in the future.
  13. Use a mesh lingerie bag to wash small socks. Have the children match up the clean socks.
  14. Wrap a pillow case over the blades of a ceiling fan. It prevents the dust from dropping on everything below.
  15. Yes, your kids can and should help around the house. Assign age appropriate tasks as a learning opportunity. It prevents them from having to hire a Professional Organizer as an adult.