My Organizing Obsession: Clear plastic bags

my organizing obsession clear plastic bags

 

 

In the past few weeks, garage organizing has been in full swing! Beautiful Spring weather is the best time to organize outside. As we organized, my clients and I have come to love clear plastic bags. If it’s small or big, clear plastic bags make it easy to organize.  There are several options I want to share with you.

 

Clear is always a good option for storage.

  • You can see what’s inside. Most of us are visual and out of sight is out of mind.
  • It’s easy to know what you have and how to use it because of clear storage.
  • It’s easy to group items together that are used together.
  • You can label the outside of the bag too.

 

 

clear plastic bags

 

plastic bag organizing

 

Clear plastic bags are a great alternative for organizing.  These extra large garbage bags can be used for all types of storage.  It’s especially helpful for light weight, but big items.  You can wrap floral arrangements, sleeping bags, holiday decorations and more with these bags. It’s an extra layer of protection for your items. Use these instead of black plastic garbage bags.

 

ziploc giant bags

 

organizing toys in ziplock

Ziploc big bags are a storage option for all sorts of items.  As shown here, it’s great for athletic items, holiday storage, out of season clothes storage, and shoe storage. These bags are heavier than the clear plastic bags and more durable. It’s easy to store items under a bed, in the back of a closet, in a garage or in the attic.

 

Thanks to Ziploc, there a zillion uses for small clear bags. Ziploc has ideas for spring cleaning and organizing, as well as ways to organize all around your home.  You can organize your purse, organize your junk drawer, organize your crafts and organize your office supplies. There’s so much you can do with ziplocs of all sizes that every home should have a large supply!

 

 

My Organizing Obsession: Timers

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It may not surprise you about my obsession with timers.  A timer is a vital tool for time management. It’s a monitoring device as well as an accountability tool.  There are so many uses for a picket timer.  A slim, digital, easy to set timer can help you in a myriad of ways. Timers comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Keep it simple with an easy to use timer that fits in a pocket.

 

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At home

  • Reminder to check the washer or dryer.  You may be in another part of the house and need an auditory reminder to move your clothes to the next step.
  • Reminder to turn off the the sprinkler.  You’re inside and the sprinkler is outside.  A timer helps you water the whole lawn.
  • Reminder to get ready for bed. You may need a reminder so you are in bed on time.
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes of daily distribution of items to put away with your family. Together you pick up the house and everything is back in order.
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes of paper management. Everyone can do 10 minutes of paper sorting.

 

At work

  • Reminder to make a phone call at a certain time. You won’t want to miss an important call to a client.
  • Count down to a meeting. You get busy and distracted and need a reminder of when to stop to in order to be on time for a meeting.
  • Pomodoro method working in 20 – 45 minute increments. You work for a specific amount of time on an important project and take a 5 minute break.  Do this for 3 sessions and see how much you have accomplished.
  • Stay focused for your power hour.
  • Schedule cage for a task.  A timer gives you boundaries to start and finish a task. These boundaries are just like a physical boundary, or cage, to help you stay on task.

 

For your student

  • Reminder to start homework.  Once your student is at home, set a timer to count down until homework time starts.
  • Beat the clock to finish homework.  Does homework drag on?  Help your student focus and work hard with a set time to finish.  A timer can also help your student break big homework assignments into manageable pieces.
  • Reminder to pick up and place the backpack by the landing strip.  Get everything ready for the next day with a timer.  Just 5 minutes and everything is ready to go.

 

I’d love to learn what you use your timer for!  What uses have you found for a timer?

 

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My Organizing Obsession: Notebooks

 

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There’s so many ways to love notebooks to help you organize. Notebooks consolidate information about a single project.  You can keep these on a shelf together, with pages inside neatly ordered.

 

Here are some of my favorites.

 

I love family notebooks.

Family binders help you keep up with information about your family such as family calendar and medical for each person.   Pages can include your schedule, goals, birthdates, activities, and important information like social security numbers.

I love holiday notebooks.

A holiday binder is where you find all the calendars, recipes and information about your family holiday events and activities.  This notebook includes a gift list, Christmas card list and budget for your holiday.

 

 I love bill pay or money notebooks.

Paying bills and keeping up with money can be a chore without a binder to consolidate all your information.  Keep a page for passwords, account numbers and payment dates.  As bills arrive, tuck these into the binder for safe keeping.

 

I love project notebooks.

It’s easy to keep all the information together when you are working in a project, as an officer of a club, or on a remodeling project.  A project notebook has dates and deadlines, names and contact information for team members, and drafts of the project as it progresses.  A club notebook has the membership roster, dates and deadlines for the club, your role as an officer, and club bylaws.  A remodeling notebook has your budget, contact information for vendors, and ideas for your project.

 

I love small business notebooks.

A notebook is the best place to consolidate your information on your small business. If you are starting as a soloentrepreneur, you have research about the business and training for running your business. You might have a chart to track your success.  Small businesses revolving around sales have printables for you to keep.  A small business notebook keeps this all together.

 

organizing with notebooks

 

 

Other ways to use a notebook:

A gratitude journal is a powerful way to record your positive connections each day.

Keep a daily journal to process and reflect on the day.

Keep up with ideas and information in your notebook. You can make a list of places to visit, wines to drink or books to read. It can hold your bucket list.

 

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10 Organizing Gifts for Everyone

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It’s gift giving season. While we often think of giving gifts of experiences, you can also give gifts for organizing.  The gift of organizing is a functional, practical and fun way to share.   Here are my top 10 favorite organizing gifts.

 

Vera travel bag Travel time is the best time to be organized. Give a gift of a Vera Bradley travel accessory to help keep makeup and jewelry organized on the go. It’s also a great gift for people who exercise and get ready at the gym.

 

little black dress jewelry organizer Enjoy all your favorite pieces of jewelry with this Little Black Dress jewelry organizer.  It’s easy to find your earrings, necklaces and bracelets with slots for each piece.

 

lay and go lego organizer Gifting legos this holiday season?  The Lay and Go Lego organizer is for you!  It’s easy to store and play with all your legos this year.

 

bin Too many stuffed animals or blankets in your child’s room? The Sprouts bin is the perfect place to organize and store these.

 

electronics organizer Our families have lots of technology! Make it easy to store and access with this Kbag electronics organizer.  The zipper section is great for cords or flash drives.

 

password directory Struggling with all the passwords we have? Give the gift of a password directory.  It’s easy to store at your computer desk.

 

table topics for dinner Make dinner time special with table topics.  Every one will have a chance to share.

file tote Make it easy to file with this stylish file tote.  Everyone has paper and everyone needs paper storage.

 

men's organizer A spot for watches, phones and more with this men’s valet.  Keep receipts in the drawer and you are all set!

 

label maker Everyone loves a label maker!

 

 

10 organizing gifts

 

BONUS     Top 10 non clutter gifts

  1. Once a month cleaning lady at home
  2. Lawn maintenance or semi annual landscaping clean up
  3. Tickets to an event, such as a baseball game, play, or concert
  4. Season passes to amusement park, zoo or museum
  5. Baby sitting for your adult kids to have a date night
  6. Subscription to streaming online tv shows and movies
  7. Donation to a charity of choice
  8. Gift certificates for clothes, music, sporting goods or other items
  9. Spend the day together just being spontaneous.
  10. Professional organizer or productivity consultant

 

Do you have a favorite non – clutter or organizing gift you love? Share it here!

 

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My Organizing Obsessions: Wall Pockets

wall pockets organizing

 

 

From a young age, I loved adorable small boxes, neatly arranged closets and all sorts of planners.  Of course these obsessions molded choice of my profession!  I’d love to share my current organizing obsessions with you  ~ wall pockets!

 

Wall pockets are used for paper management in your command center. These can be in your office, kitchen or other places to keep paper clutter away.  You can label these with different categories for your paper, such as To Do, To Pay, or To File.  For your kids, there can be one pocket per kid for incoming school or activity papers.

 

Container Store wall pocket paper management

Container Store Wall Pocket Charleston style

 

Office Depot wall pocket paper management

Office Depot See Jane Work Wall Pocket

 

wayfair wall pocket paper management

Wayfair Wall Pocket

 

Here are a few ways to use wall pockets and see them in action!

 

office with all pockets

 

wall pockets command center

 

 

Match  your wall pockets to the colors of the space.  Be sure you have one pocket per category and be sure to label your pockets.  Happy organizing!

 

 

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15 Favorite Organizing Products

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There are so many organizing products available everywhere. It can be confusing and overwhelming.  It’s about size, proportion, color, clear and so many more choices.  In addition you probably have a lot of organizing products at your home that you can reuse like baskets, bins or even shoe boxes. I put together this list of favorite organizing products to share some basic products that I love and that make a difference for you!

 

shoe organizing

shoe grid

 

This shoe organizing grid works wonders under your short hang items. You can put this at the back door to create a faux mud room.  It’s great for kids shoes in their closets too.

 

closet organizing

slim line hangers

 

Not a luxury anymore, these slim line hangers are a necessity to organize your closet.  Your clothes all hang at the same height.  It makes your closet look like Neiman Marcus!

 

closet organizing

three drawer cart or drawers

Some times a little extra drawer space or a cart can add storage in an area.  Three drawer carts give you space to categorize too.  This cart can be used in the kitchen to store kids’ art supplies. It can be used in your kids’ toy area to store dollies, dolly dresses and dolly accessories.  It can be used in your kid’s closet for undies, jammies and leggings.

 

command hooks

command hooks

Need an extra hook for a backpack or purse? Want to add a hooks on a bathroom door?  Here are command hooks to the organizing rescue!

Sterilite shelving organizing

plastic portable shelving

 

Portable plastic shelving helps you take advantage of vertical space. You can use this in an attic, basement, garage or under the stairs closet.  It can be 3 to 5 shelves tall.  You can use several side by side. It takes organizing to new heights.

 

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IKEA Expedit or Kallax

 

Inexpensive cube storage from IKEA makes it easy to organize. Using this product, you have ample storage that can be used creatively and functionally.  It can be used in an office, kid’s room, toy room, or any space that needs additional storage.  Check out the many different uses here on my pinterest page.

 

kitchen organizing

shelf helper

 

We never have enough kitchen storage.  It’s great to add this shelf helper to store dishes in your cabinets where it’s not adjustable.

 

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plastic shoe box

 

This versatile product can be used over and over in your home. It can store floppy spice packets in the pantry, toys in the play room, school supplies in the office and more.  Be sure to label the top and 2 sides to maintain your organization.

 

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label maker

Our lives are better with a label maker! You can use these throughout your home and office to be sure everyone, including you, knows where things belong.

 

file organizing

file cart

It’s easiest to file when you have your files nearby. Add great file organization with a cart.

 

office organizing

office media storage

We have fewer and fewer cds or disks to store, however offfice media storage makes an attractive. You can use this for music, photos or operations disks.

 

paper organizing

paper command center

A desk top sorter is the best paper command center.  These attractive organizing products make it easy to drop in papers and retrieve when you need them, keeping your desk clear and functional.

 

Office Candy paper organizing tote

paper organizing tote

Taking your work on the road? This paper organizing tote (from Office Candy) makes it easy to stay organized on the go.

 

productivity and organizing

Evernote

 

This elephant makes your life more productive. Evernote is an online tool to keep lists, tag websites, and more.  It’s an app for all your devices.

 

productivity and organizing

Notes

 

Simple to use, this Note on  your smart phone gives you a post it note wherever your phone is!

 

planner and organizing

Planner Pad

Planner pad is a designed to consolidate your lists and your planner. This planner helps you keep your life organized with slots for your lists, slots for your daily list and slots for your appointments.  It’s unusual features make it a favorite for those with ADHD.

 

That’s a wrap up of my favorites! Here’s more!

What are your favorite organizing products?

 

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Your Most Organized Year Ever

Your Most Organized Year Ever

Each year as we start the new year, we think of ways to make a change and improve our lives.  Did you know that organizing is one of the top three goals each year?  Throughout the month of January, I will be offering 31 tips to help you have Your Most Organized Year Ever.  Implement just one of these tips, tools, techniques or tweaks this year. 

 

 

It can be surprising how much alarms, timers and other reminders can help us during our day. We have so much to think about, these tools help us execute our intentions.

 

Alarms can help us

  • remember to leave for an appointment on time
  • switch tasks and remember to complete a task on time
  • remind us to turn off the sprinkler, move the wash to the dryer or take the brownies out of the oven

 

Timers can help us

  • get started and work for just 15 minutes on a project
  • help us know how much time it takes to complete a project
  • break a project into smaller chunks

 

Other reminders we all love and use

  • extra large post-it notes with a task written on it, posted at an exit or on your planner
  • with one task per note attached to a wall, reminding us of all the work to be done
  • used as a week at a glance calendar with dates and actions

 

Make this Your Most Organized Year Ever with alarms, timers and other reminders.

Organized and Stylish: Cute Counts with this versatile Kate Spade Zipper Pouch

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Kate Spade Zipper Pouch

Staying organized on the go is easy with this versatile zipper pouch.  We are all busy with lots of travel, work away from the office, and other commitments.  The Kate Spade zipper pouch is functional and fun for a variety of purposes.

  • Keep organized on the go by filling your pouch with pens, pencils, scissors and tape for an anywhere office.
  • Travel with sample size toiletries in your overnight bag with this pouch.
  • Your zipper pouch can keep your cords and technology together between work sites.
  • The pouch is perfect for makeup in your purse.  Simply consolidate all your lipsticks, eye makeup and base to carry to and from work or play.

And what could be cuter!  I love the eyeglass theme because of its sophistication!  You are well prepared for any event with this.

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Fall organizing: Gift wrap organizing

 

fall organizing gift wrap organizing

Fall organizing prepares you for the fun ahead including holidays.  Lots of gifts, for family, friends, and charity, will be wrapped in the next few months. There is seldom a home that is not overflowing with materials to beautify a box or bag.  Be gift wrap read by organizing and sprucing up your stuff.  Organize your gift wrap and be ready for the holiday season.

  • Start by culling out what has seen better days.  It’s easy to think you will need an abundance of bags, tissue and ribbon. However, be sure these are in excellent condition to use for another gift.  Decide how many bags of different types are needed. If you have too many baby shower bags or happy birthday bags,  decide on a number to keep. Your bags and wrap can be recycled or donated.
  • Decide what other supplies you need.  Fall is often when school fundraisers for gift wrap take place. Knowing what you need will help you support local charities and not over purchase.
  • Your gift wrap station should be easy to access.  There are lots of possibilities.  Hanging gift wrap bags are popular to store bags in guest closets.  Dresser drawers in your guest room are an option. Short, three drawer sterilite plastic chests can work too.  Having subdivided areas for tissue, ribbon, bags and rolls makes it easy to find and use your supplies. Under bed gift wrap organizers are available for any room. You can also divide holiday and every day supplies, storing holiday with your holiday decorations.

 

hanging gift wrap organizer

 

 

 

under bed gift wrap organizer

  • Place the items in your new storage area. Label the categories so you know what is stored in each space.
  • Take a little extra time each time you wrap a gift to replace items where they belong.
  • Maybe this year you want to forgo gifts and go clutter free too!

What’s your gift wrap trick for eliminating and storing?

 

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