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Handbag Overhaul!

Handbag Overhaul!

Whether you call it a purse,  bag, handbag, shoulder bag, or backpack, I promise you there are great ways to make those things more functional! Saving you time and your back! But first a classic purse joke…handbag

“As the bus pulled away, I realized I had left my purse under the seat. Later, I called the company and was relieved that the driver had found my bag.

When I went to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded me. One man handed me my pocketbook, two typewritten pages and a box containing the contents of my purse. Continue reading

Room by Room Organizing the Lazy Way

Room by Room Organizing the Lazy Way

What’s the Lazy way to Organize you ask?lazy way

Trust me, you’re gonna like this. Basically it’s tips from the experts (us – you got that we’re the experts right?) on how to make organizing effortless.

EFFORTLESS

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Organize the Little Things with an Over the Door Organizer!

Organize the Little Things with an Over the Door Organizer!

Oh the little things…little things

Batteries, pencils, twist ties, rubber bands, legos, toiletries, tea candles, you know, the little things. Stuff you really do need but they’re just begging to be organized. You already know I’m not going to tell you to throw them in a drawer and forget out it.

Nope. Not this girl.

I’m going to give you great tips for ways to make those little things look beautiful and be right at your finger tips when you need them!

Let’s start in the hear of the home!

The kitchen.

little things An over the door organizer doesn’t have to hang over a door. What?! Right!

Use hardware or my personal favorite 3m hooks, to hang on a wall.

Inside a pantry, just outside the kitchen door in the garage, you name it. Put those handy wipe, cleaners, fresh rags or sponges there. Baking soda, vinegar, cleaners, brushes, and other cleaning tools. In fact this would work just as well in the Laundry room as the Kitchen.

Consider putting water bottles, ziploc boxes, foil, seasoning packets, snacks, the ideas are limited only to what you have to stuff it with! Ah…. all those little things – tidy. Be still my heart.

 

The Bathroom.

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Confession time – this is my actual stuff, in my actual bathroom. I rent so no looking at the tile. Can you see how handy this is in a small space? Puts everything where I can see it easily and bonus because I can easily see it, I can easily put it back! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

These over the door organizers are work horses! You could put bathing suits, unders, diapers, pull ups, wash clothes, shampoo, conditioners, brushes, hair do pretty thingys.

 

The Bedroom.

Scarves, socks, belts, tshirts….. the pins on Pinterest telling you what to put in one of these for your closet is endless. Don’t forget toys… dog toys. What? your dogs don’t use your closet?

The Office. little things

This might be my favorite. No junk drawers here! Just beautifully sorted office supplies. They make me happy. Just looking over at them makes me smile. Rubber bands, binder clips, power cords, batteries, post it notes, markers, sharpies, scissors….. don’t they look beautiful?

Kids Room.

Don’t skip this is you don’t have kids. You probably have a fur baby – which is really a kid, come on. Toys, stuffies, legos, small books, small shoes, small clothes, and so many tiny things. Get more than one.

Also this is a great idea for kids rooms: Toy Library

Seasonal.

Ornaments! or cold weather gear. Perfect for gloves and hats, scarves, wool socks….. this thing can go in your car too!

So, isn’t your head just swimming with good ideas? Go forth, get an over the door organizer! Be organized!

You’re welcome.

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

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Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!

The Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!!!

While I think it’s magical to toss junk to the curb, there are plenty of items that are quite necessary in today’s world we must keep.

Twist ties, cable ties, zip ties, paperclips,husbands, that penny that you picked up that special time with so and so.

You get the idea.

JUNK

You of course have it under control. You’re a brilliant human being who understands everything has a place and you know where it is. Your problem is that you live with other human beings who expect you to find that place for every single little item to walk the face of the earth.

Sadly we can’t just hug these items, thank them, and toss them in the trash. So we do the next best thing we put them in the drawer of delayed decisions. Also known as…. (sad trumpet sound – wa wa wa)…. the junk drawer. The drawer with batteries and that last stick of gum.

The drawer you have to jiggle to get closed. 

Yeah, let’s do something about it.

I promise you’ll feel super human or at very least productive. I’d make us all t-shirts, “I cleaned my junk drawer and it changed my life” but I’m not sure it will catch on.

No matter, you’ve got this.

Overwhelmed NO MORE!

To start, watch the video linked below.

Gather up your choice of supplies. Either the over the door organizer, the cereal boxes or ice cube trays. Then toss your junk on the counter and go!

The over the door organizer can easily be hidden in a pantry or attached garage if your junk drawer is located in the kitchen. Hang it with nails or 3m hooks instead of the provided over the door hangers to get it to lay flat right where you want it.

Use the ice cube trays in the drawer or just as a handy dandy tray for a project. You’ll look like a genius doing it. Smile and feel magical, accepting compliments. You’ve got this!

Look back on what you’ve accomplished and realize that not once did you need to thank your batteries for the service they provide.

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

Easy Tricks to Clean a Refrigerator Fast!

Easy Tricks to Clean your Refrigerator Fast!

How to clean refrigerator spills quickly Part 1

Cleaning a Refrigerator is easy with these tips and tricks

My frig can be a nightmare of red stains, stuck on cardboard bits, and weird mysteries that I figure are the kids. I’m a good mom for letting them grow science right?

Okay, maybe that’s a stretch but honestly cleaning the frig is at the bottom of our lists most days.

Cleaning a refrigerator with its set-in spills and hard to reach spaces can be a real challenge.

Check out our latest video series on tricks to make cleaning fast and easy.

I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

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Dining Room Organization

Organize by taking one step at a time.

When was the last time you saw the counter under that jumble of paperwork?

We’re sure at one time we could fit a car in the garage, but how do we get back to those days? Where do we even start to get organized?

The hardest part is starting – or deciding where to start.

So, break it down!

Here are six steps and tricks to make the most of de-cluttering and organizing your home:

1.Break it down. Do it the same way you would eat an entire cheesecake – one bite at a time!

Break the job down into smaller, more manageable (and less daunting) parts. Depending on your organizing personality this may mean different things. It could mean tackling one room, one of its areas (just this bookcase or just this shelf) or setting a time limit (work for one hour per day.)

Breaking the larger job down reduces the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It also gives you the satisfaction of completion at each milestone.

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2.Get an accountability buddy.

Find a friend or group who will support you and hold you accountable to your goals. Other options include online groups. Or find a local meetup group for support and organizing tips (like “Central Florida Messies” through Meetup.com.)

If you want/need extra help and support, consider a professional organizer.

3.Categorize.

Separate items into categories.

Use cardboard boxes, laundry baskets or specific areas of a larger room to put like items together.

Use broad categories, no need to get too specific with your categories.

You can always break those down into smaller groups if you need to when you get to them.

One major group should be “Items that belong in other rooms”. Grouping prevents distraction and excessive walking throughout the house.

4.Trash, Donate, Keep or Sell.

As you categorize and as you put items away, decide what to do with each item. Does the item bring you joy? Do you have several of them? How often do you use it? Broken or damaged? Be picky about what you allow to stay. Your storage areas are prime property.

5.Analyze your space.

Look at your items broken down into categories, notice you can see how much of each type of item you have. This will help you determine how large of a container or shelf you will need to store the item.get organized6.Put it away.

Now when deciding where to put your things, use the ABC approach.

A- items, things you use all the time, B-items are used occasionally and C items are rarely used (once or twice per year.) Easy right? You’ve got this.

Easy to reach and easy to access is where A-items store.

B-items can be a little harder to reach, and C-items can go in attics, storage sheds or very high cabinets.

Use baskets and bins to keep smaller items together or to keep the shelves looking neat.

Now is the time to reward yourself. Take a picture of your accomplishment, call your buddy or group and get yourself some cheesecake – you did it. Enjoy it!

Tell me, in the comments, where will you start getting organized?

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.