November 15th is National Clean out your Refrigerator Day. Really. In celebration of this joyous occasion, we’ve collected some fridge organizing tips for you.
For kids, the transition from easy, breezy summertime to the first day of school can be tough. No matter what age or grade level, dealing with brand new teachers, classrooms and expectations can cause many kids – and by extension, their families – anxiety and stress.
These feelings of fear or anxiety can sometimes lead to procrastination or denial, which in turn simply ramps up our feelings of stress and disorganization. The following back-to-school tips will help you be organized for the upcoming school year way ahead of time and will reduce stress for everyone.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Candace Kramer, a local portland Realtor and a member of the ADU community. In 2013, she built her Accessory Dwelling Unit and became involved in championing the construction and design of these clever urban living spaces. We wanted to hear about her methods for staying organized [Read more…]
If you’re anything like me, sometimes your closet gets you down. It’s not my closet’s fault, of course. After a while, my wardrobe just seems a little…blah. Favorite items that once served me seem boring or out of date. Even as a professional organizer, my instinctive solution is to go shopping. A quick fix, easy Band-Aid answer to my “I have nothing to wear” woes. HOWEVER, as an organizer, I also know that this first instinct is also not going to completely fix my problem. Not in a way that will bring me permanent happiness, anyway.
Hello Organizing Friends! Today’s product review relates to a tasty and necessary aspect of the kitchen: the spice rack. As organizing professionals, we always tell our clients, the first rule of choosing the right product is in doing the work of organizing before making any purchases. That way, you will purchase the right product for [Read more…]
Tip #1 Anticipate Change Now that you’ve de-cluttered and organized your space, you’re probably feeling pretty darn good about the world. But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to anticipate incoming and outgoing items. In order for your hard work to sustain, you must be realistic about the level of dynamic change that will take place [Read more…]
A recent client, an Argentinean artist, told me that “the more disorganized her space, the more fun she is having”. She went on to explain that, as an artist, she craves chaos and wonderment – needs it in order to create. “But then…” she went on, “there is a big mess.” This got me thinking. [Read more…]
Thanks to sites like Houzz, Pinterest and HGTV, we are regularly and sometimes painfully aware of just how luxurious and organized some rooms of the house can become.
And the master closet is no exception.
Sadly, lusting over images of backlit shoe storage and built in washer/dryers, though entertaining, will not increase the size of your own closet. Instead, focus on the space that you are working with – and make it work for you. Here are some great tips from the professionals at Organizers Northwest for organizing your closet and transitioning into the Fall and Winter seasons.
The Tickler file, sometimes known as 43 folders, is a unique organizational filing system for handling time-sensitive paper requiring an action. Essentially, it allows you to send a reminder to yourself in the future (thereby “tickling” your memory) while simultaneously organizing paper clutter.
This client’s goal was to create an organization system for storing her fabric “stash”. As an avid quilter, she needed visual access to all of her inventory including fabric, scraps and supplies.
We came up with multiple ideas for how to organize her fabric, but in the end, it was the client who had the cleverest and most functional plan for the space.
I recently had the good fortune of visiting the studio of Laurent Greenwalt, local Portland artist and owner of Loop Jewelry. She was kind enough to answer my questions about how she stays organized as a small business owner. Read out our conversation…
It’s time for a new school year, a fresh start and the chance to get your child organized ahead of the game. And of course, the key to passing on good habits to your kids is to model them yourself! Be your own professional organizer by setting up some guidelines for your child that will set a good example and start the year off on the right foot.
In this blog series on paper organizing, we have addressed the issue of paper clutter in the home and how to coral and contain it. But what to do about paper that really shouldn’t enter your home in the first place? Read more about how to stop this annoying mail ~
Once you have your Household Hub established, you will want to set up an easy way to deal with those piles of paper that are sitting out because they require some form of action. Hence, the Quick Sort! Unlike items that go into the Hub and are referred to over and over, items that go into the Quick Sort will be dealt with and then tossed or shredded.
As organizers, we tend to notice similarities and trends in the organizational challenges of our clients. Some are unique to certain people, some to the layout of the home. And other clutter causers are the same in every single household. Perhaps the most notorious of these is….THE PAPER TRAIL (cue imminent shark attack music).