The standard closet consisting of one rod and one shelf doesn’t work. There should be several components to the ideal master closet - short hang, long hang, shoe storage, shelving and drawers.Read More
We know this is a busy time of year and accountants will tell you they pull their hair out when they get a box full of crumpled receipts and missing forms. You don’t want to be the one who must file an adjustment because you find a new form the day after you hit send on your electronic return. Here are the key things to remember in the next two weeks and perhaps to do better for next year.Read More
I chose the Elfa system because it is the best garage system I have seen. It is strong, flexible and cost effective. It looks amazing and meets the key requirements for maximizing space. 1. Use the full height of your garage walls. 2. Use adjustable shelving so you don’t waste space. 3. Create a workstation so you can easily grab tools that you use frequently in the home or garage. 4. Use a track system so you can use the side walls without blocking car access. 5. Create an entry space for jackets, backpacks, shoes and umbrellas.Read More
As January comes to a close, we might be patting ourselves on the back for achieving a full month of our New Year’s resolutions or we might be lamenting as they fall by the wayside. While “getting organized” is often a resolution in itself, organization is actually the means to many ends when it comes to making annual improvements in your life. Getting organized will help you achieve your other goals for the year. Here are the most popular resolutions and how organization can help.Read More
During the holidays, you may find yourself in the kitchen more than usual creating everything from pumpkin pie to brussels sprouts. The state of your pantry may determine how stressful these preparations become. To avoid missing and doubling ingredients as well as wasted time searching for key items, take these simple steps to prep your pantry for the holidays.Read More
Whether you have a designated play room or not, you will likely find there are several places throughout the home where toys, crafts and games will live. These guidelines will keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the kids’ stuff while input from Shannon Booth Lipan, early childhood education expert and owner of The Wonder Studio, in St. Petersburg, FL, will allow you to maximze play for child development.Read More
Whether you used a professional organizer or got some DIY help, the transition from an organized space to an organized lifestyle requires maintenance. Follow these 5 tips for maintaining your blissful space.Read More
The youngest artists in our families are the most prolific. Their creative genius brings pride but it also creates a storage problem. How do we determine what to keep and once we have, how do we store all of that amazing work?Read More
“Hurry up, we’re going to be late…..again.” If this is a phrase you find yourself repeating every morning, use these helpful tips to prepare for back to school and learn a better morning routine.Read More
Summer is in full swing. We are taking vacations and our cameras and phones are capturing all the fun. This means the photo mess is going to grow! Most of us have a mix of digital and print photos, often in a variety of places within the home. As we have become more digital, the specific need to store print photos has diminished and so too has our photo storage solutions. Therefore, many of my clients have photos thrown all over the house and phone storage that is full.
Wouldn’t you love it if you had one location for all of your photos? At the end of the year, you could pull the highlights and create a printed photobook to capture the memories for you and your family. (Photobooks make amazing gifts!)
Here are the steps you can take to get your photos under control so you can enjoy the memories now and in the future.Read More
Old homes have stunning character, tradition, history and quality construction rarely found these days. These are among many reasons we choose to live in an older home. Storage space is not one of them! Our gorgeous old houses often provide minimal closet space, inhospitable attics and a garage that is a tight squeeze for our oversized cars. Even those lucky enough to live in a remodeled or spacious home may struggle with keeping organized if they haven’t implemented systems to maximize the space they have.Read More
Last year, was my son’s first year of pre-school and thus, my first experience with summer camp. I felt overwhelmed by the process even though, at 4 years old, he only had a few options. This summer, he turns 5 so the camp opportunities multiplied as did my stress about getting it right.
I decided I needed a process in place that would keep the whole family organized for the summer. I started with a spreadsheet (as many of us organized geeks like to do). On the top I listed each week of the summer and input our planned vacation and other critical dates to consider.Read More
A Mai Tai on the beach? A book on a porch swing? Are these wonderful holiday treats a thing of the past when you travel with your children? Well, those particular luxuries may be on hold for a few years, but a true holiday can be accomplished with your family, if you plan ahead.Read More
Organization will give you more time to work out and get out with the people you love while reducing your daily frustrations. A professional organizer will ensure you achieve your resolution by tackling “getting organized” in a specific, achievable, measurable way.Read More
The master closet is a source of significant distress for many. Few of us have the luxury of space, many of us own more clothes, shoes and bags than we wear. Almost everyone keeps more in their master closet than just those things they wear.
This year, master your closet space with a few simple steps.Read More
I recently attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, a conference highlighting successful entrepreneurs and businesses that make a difference. One of the most compelling speakers was Jennifer Hyman, the CEO and Co-founder (with Jennifer Fleiss) of Rent the Runway, a new concept in retail fashion.Read More
Finding storage in a home office is often a difficult task. We don't always have a separate room in which to work and we tend not to prioritize the area for investment in the right furniture and supplies.Read More
Every parent can agree, kids collect limitless stuff. There are toys, puzzles, art supplies, dolls, cars of every size, Play Doh, trains and games. Everything seems to have a million pieces and for every “real” teacup, oven and lawn mower in your home, you probably have a small plastic version for the kids. They collect junk, I mean “treasures”, and want to keep every piece of paper onto which they have ever scribbled a line as a masterpiece of art. Yet with so much stuff, kids still complain “I’m bored, can I watch a show?” Even the most organized parent can be left wondering how to contain the mess while providing a consistent array of stimulating activities to grow their minds and entertain their souls.Read More
Whether you enjoy the relaxed schedule of summer or crave the school year routine, the transition can be a tough one for families. Follow these tips to prepare and you will ace this big test.Read More