To Fold or To Hang Clothing Tips

To Fold or To Hang Clothing Tips

Did you ever wonder if you should hang or fold a piece of clothing?  Well, I get this question all the time when I work with clients.  Here are to fold or to hang clothing tips to make your closet more organized and your clothes last longer.

  • For Knit Sweaters or Thick Button Down Sweaters: Always fold if you do not where often.  Store on a shelf – stack no more than 5 on top of each other.
  • For Thin Knits or Thin Button Down Knits: Hang if worn often on padded. Here is a visual example from Amazon.  Feel free to buy there too.

  • For Work Dress Pants: Hang always in your closet. Lower section of the closet works best.  If you have the space, you can use the pants hangers or fold the pants on a hanger.
  • For Jackets/Blazers/Vests: Hang. If you don’t wear them often, get some covers to protect it from dust. Here is an example:

  • For Cotton T-shirts / Shirts: Hang or fold depending on your preference.  I like to fold workout shirts and hang nicer cotton shirts so they are less wrinkled.
  • For Capri, Jeans, and Yoga pants: You can hang or fold on shelf or in drawers.  If you have room in your closet, be sure to group the type of pants in sections.  This will help you find them quickly.
  • For Button Down Blouses: Always hang these items.  Group them in your closet in one section.  Preferably near your dress pants and blazers.
  • For Shorts: Fold and place on shelves or in drawers.  Hanging these items are more difficult unless you want to use the pants hangers.
  • For Nightgowns and PJ’s pants sets: Fold and place on shelves or in drawers.  There is no need to hang these items unless they are super special to you.
  • For Dresses: Always hang on a higher rod to not allow the dresses to drag on the floor.  Group the dresses by season or by type of material.
  • For Camis  and undergarment shirts: Fold the camis that are more casual. Hang the nicer camis on hangers with anti-slips or velvet covered to stop them from slipping off the hangers. Here is an example:

Here are some tips to make your closet look better and your clothes to last longer:

  • Pick hangers that match throughout the closet for visual consistency.
  • If you do not use your sweaters that often, you can get a box like this one from Amazon to help keep them protected and clean.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you make your closet functional.  Please share with your friends and family.  What type of storage items do you use in your closet to protect your clothes?  Please leave a message below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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How to Make Sewing Mason Jar Kits

How to Make Sewing Mason Jar Kits

I love the sewing mason jar kits idea. They work great for gifts to keep your friends and family organized. They are great for college students, single men and women, and people who travel often. Anyone who needs to mend their clothes quickly. Here is what I did with making mason jar sewing kits:

Supplies Used: Note: I added links from Amazon for your convenience.  

Steps:

First, I created the pin cushion on the top of the mason jar lid. I added a handful of filler and covered it with fabric and added more as needed to make it really full.  I picked this picnic pattern since I was using Ball Vintage Style mason jars. I used a small zip ties and placed it around the bunch of fabric on the bottom.

bottom view of fabric cushion over the mason jar

I then cut the fabric back to very little. The other part of the lid (shown below) holds the fabric and cushion in place.  Then, I went and added Washi Tape around the end that matched.

Washi Tape Mason Jar lid

I went to the dollar store and bought 7 sewing kits. I got extra so I could add more to each sewing kit.

dollar store sewing kits organized by type

I then added labels.  I added the Washi Tape in rows to match the patterns up and cut off the excess.  I left about 2 centimeters of tape so I was able to fold it back.  They I added think blue string.  Note, I only had yellow tabs but if you do this, you can buy white tabs for a better look. Also, I also suggest to add a round sticker in the back to help keep the edges down.  Also, these round tags were from a discontinued Avery / Martha Stewart pack I bought at Staples a while ago.

Washi tape over the label tabs

 

Cut around the Washi tape to remove extra tape

 

 

Here is the final product! I ended up making 4 full sewing kits and added them into the jars.

after-sewing-mason-jar-kits

 

What do you think? Please leave a message / comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

Sabrina Quairoli

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5 Tips If You Can’t Finish An Organizing Project

5 Tips If You Can't Finish An Organizing Project

 

If you are like most people, you don’t necessarily have the time to finish any organizing project right at one carved-out time. Many times, we get distracted or the time we allotted is not enough. We all usually don’t have the time or energy to do it all at once. I know for a fact, any project over four hours makes me really tired and I can’t focus any further.

Here are five(5) if you can’t finish an organizing project:

  1. Write the ‘To Do’ tasks on a paper and post it in front of the area so you know what needs to be done next.
  2. Use post-its and write the tasks that need to be done on each item and place them on the item.
  3. Pull out your calendar and write the next date and time you will be able to do the next organizing project.
  4. Call a friend and ask for help.  Schedule a time with them to come over and help you with your project.
  5. Group items into to do task piles.  Make a sign that says “To Donate”, “To Give Away”, “To Recycle”, or “To Trash”.

By taking the steps to figure out what’s next if you can’t finish an organizing project, it helps keep their mind focused on the next task at hand. Since I am only there a few hours at a time, my clients can take it upon themselves and do the next steps before our next meeting for homework.  This way, they will be one step closer to getting the room organized.   What do you do to remind yourself what the next steps are that needs completing? I would love to hear your comments below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organizing Sewing Supplies

Organizing Sewing Supplies

I like sewing.  I don’t do large projects nor do I make clothes.  But, I do know how to sew a straight line.  I have been known to sew accent pillows and curtains, upholster seat cushions, and have repair pants and sewed buttons from time to time.  So, I used my supplies at least a few times a year.

Over the years, my sewing bins have gotten cluttered.  Here is a before picture of my organizing sewing supplies.  Check it out.  What a mess!

before-sewing-bins

As you can see, it is quite messy.  Though I was able to find everything at one time so it worked for a while.   The main problem was if it fell over it would make such a mess.  So, I looked around my misc. organizing supply bins and found these organizing supplies I had and were not using.

Then, I decided to sort it into a fixed sorter bin with a lid to keep it from falling out.  Here is the final picture below.  I used the scissors and other cutters in its own container to keep protected.

after-sewing-bins

Here are the individual images of the fixed sorter bins with lids:

After Sewing Bin divided into sections by category

As you can see, I divided up all the small things into categories and then put them in their own section.

After thread bin to see the threads at a glance

 

I went and stored out the threads and put them into their own section.  It looks like I have every color I would need.  I even threw away a few that were duplicates.  I love the look and can get what I want easily.

While I was searching Amazon, I found this great one that even has a place for other things like scraps of fabric.  Check the image below and buy on Amazon.com.

I am so happy that I had a chance to do this.  It only took about 30 minutes to sort.  That wasn’t bad for a small organizing project.  What type of supplies do you have for your crafts that you didn’t organized yet?  Please leave a comment below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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November’s Organizing Challenge – Home and Holiday Organizing

November Monthly Organizing Challenge

In just a few short weeks is the start of the holiday season.  So, this is a great time to get your home and holiday plans in order. This month’s monthly challenge is to get your home and holiday organizing in order so you can enjoy this holiday season.  Here are some links to help you make your home and holidays less stressful and more enjoyable.

FOR RELAXING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND MORE:

Organizing Your Holiday Traditions Tips: This post talks about how to manage your holiday traditions.  This includes a FREE checklist to use to organize your traditions.

Holiday Time Saving Tips: This post talks about 4 holiday time-saving tips.

Seven Tips to Make Your Holidays More Relaxing: This post talks about 7 tips to make your holidays more relaxing.

How to Make the Holidays Less Stressful: This post talks about 6 tips to keep your holidays organized.

5 Christmas Organizing Tips from a Professional Organizer: This post talks about 5 tips to do before decorating your house.

FOR GIFTS IDEAS:

Three Great Kit Ideas to Give at the Holiday Season:  This post talks about 3 great gifts for anyone for the holidays.

Wrapping Paper Organizing – Revisited: This post talks you what I did with my holiday wrapping papers and bags.

Wrapping Presents Tips for the Holidays: This post talks about the way I organize my presents and the process I use to get my presents ready for the holidays.

ORGANIZING YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:

Five Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving: This post talks how to get your home ready for the holidays.

I hope these links help you get your home and holidays organized so you can really enjoy them this year.  I would love to hear what your favorite traditions are this time of year.  Please share in the comment section below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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26 Days of Favorite Stuff – What Do You Love in Your Home

26 Days of Favorite Stuff - What Do You Love in Your Home

In thinking about November today one word comes to mind – gratitude, being grateful for the things we have and the family and friends around us. Since gratitude challenges are very common and you can find them anywhere, I decided to add a twist to this challenge.

You are probably asking, “Why should I do this?” Well, the answer is, because you need to know what you truly, above all else, love in your home. By determining what you love, you can then find what you don’t care too much about. It is not all about needing the item. It is quite emotional. People buy things for several reasons, here are a list of reasons:

Because they need it, of course that is obvious.
Because it represents a goal they have achieved.
Because it represents a past experience.
Because it represents a future wish.
Because it represents an ideal situation.
Because it represents an emotionally challenged situation that you had overcome.

Do you see the pattern, emotions are behind a lot of what we purchase in our homes. The challenge is figuring out why you bought certain items and really look at the reason and figure out does it really need to be in front of me.

What are your favorite stuff in your home? The goal is to pick 1 item in each room each day that you truly love and ask yourself this question: Why do I care so much about this item? Ponder that thought for a day and post your findings at the end of the day.

When you write your post, be sure to take a picture of the item and write why it is important to you. Then, share on your Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag: #favoritestuff

Day 1. My master bedroom
Day 2. My master bedroom Closet
Day 3. My guest bedroom
Day 4. My guest bedroom closet
Day 5. My spare bedroom
Day 6. My spare bedroom closet
Day 7. My bathroom
Day 8. My kid’s room
Day 9. My kid’s playroom
Day 10. My kid’s closet
Day 11. My family room
Day 12. My living room
Day 13. My dining room
Day 14. My serving platters
Day 15. My kitchen
Day 16. My kitchen entertaining items
Day 17. My foyer/hallway
Day 18. My basement closet
Day 19. My garage
Day 20. My attic
Day 21. My shed
Day 22. My powder room
Day 23. My bedroom night stand
Day 24. My Home Office
Day 25. My Long Term storage area
Day 26. The front of my home

Below is an image you can share. I included all the above areas on it, as well as, a place for you to write what object you love and why.

November Love Calendar

As you work your way through these areas, try to figure out what draws you to these items. Really think about it. By determining what comes up when you look at something, you can show many things and may help you change your patterns when buying stuff.

Please share this and leave a comment below about how it is going.

Sabrina Quairoli

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5 Ways to Organize Cables

5 Ways to Organize Cables

Looking in your computer cables area, do you see an unruly number of cables for your television, stereo, MP3 players, computers, laptops, and cellphones? It’s crazy isn’t it? There are so many cables that come with all those electronic devices. Don’t you want to organize this mess of cables? Well, today I will be talking about 5 ways to organize cables.

Here are 5 ways to organize your cables in your home or office.

First Organizing Cable Option: Use clear bins and label what the cables are for on the outside of the clear bin.

Second Organizing Cable Option: Use Zipper bags and have all the cables held for a particular device in it.

Third Organizing Cable Option: Wrap cables around labeled cardboard strips.

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Source: http://blog.brokensquare.com/post/15185539706/diy-organize-cables

Fourth Organizing Cable Option: Use a decorative box and make it a new charging station with an electrical strip inside to hide all the cables.


Fifth Organizing Cable Option: Hang cables by command strips hooks. Add lots of these Command Strips on a wall and wrap the cables in circles use Velcro Strips to hold them in place and hang on these hooks.

Tips:

  • Gather all the cables in one place from throughout the house and then sort the cables by usage type.
  • Determine if you are going to use all the cables again BEFORE organizing them.
  • Make sure you label the bins.

Cables can be stored everywhere but it doesn’t have to be.  Placing them together and organized will help you find them easily. Sorting them stacked on a closet shelf or on the back of a door work nicely.

How do you organize your cables?  Please leave a message below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Mason Jar Organizing

Mason Jar Organizing

We have one large bathroom in our home. In the bathroom, my daughter and I share a vanity area. Though my son and husband need some stuff we store in our vanity too, like cotton balls and Q-tips.  Recently, I added all her makeup to my, now our vanity in the bathroom which made it a little tight in the vanity drawer.  So, after rearranging the vanity drawer, I realized I needed to find a place to store the cotton balls and Q-tips that weren’t able to fit in the drawer any longer.  So, here’s what we did with our mason jar organizing to help remedy this issue.

I. first. went and picked up 3 Mason jars from the nearby craft store. I plan on using them for by hanging them from the wall so my husband and son do not need to go into the vanity drawer.   I also wanted to make it decorative so it looks like a piece of art on the wall.

So, here is what I bought.

  • 2 colored mason jars wide month
  • Cooper thick gauge wire 16 gauge
  • Wood backing
  • 6 Wire hook – picture frame hooks.
  • Chalk
  • Black stain
  • Stain clothes
  • Newspaper to put down to protect the surfaces
  • Plastic gloves
  • 3 Hooks for the back of the wood frames.
  • 3 drywall screw and anchors for the wall. 

Mason-Jars-Supplies-Purchased

First, I setup the wires and wrapped it around the jar’s mouth. I tried different thickens of wire and it seems copper wire 16 gauge works the best. I started with a thick silver gauge but it is not good enough. Then, I went to the copper thicker gauge and that worked.

Here is where I added the hooks first.

hooks-added-to-the-wood

I measured 3 inches from each side and 2.5 inches down from the top.

Then, I went and stained the wood black. I didn’t put a gloss on it because I wanted to have a matted look.  I decided that I wanted to label the jars. Though I didn’t want to write on the jars themselves. So, I decided to write on the wood with chalk.

loop-the-copper-wire-around-the-hook

After I stained it and let it dry, I added the copper wire to the hooks.

Wire-wrapped-around-the-mason-jarThen, I wrapped it tight around the mason jar.

And I added these hooks in the back to hang on the wall. I also, used a router to drill out the hole for the screw in the back of the wood piece so it would lay flat on the wall.  It worked great.

keyhole-hangers-to-use-for-the-back-of-the-wood-frame

And, here is the finished product hanging in our bathroom.  What do you think?

final-picture-of-the-3rd-of-the-mason-jar

 

 

final-picture-of-two-of-the-mason-jars

What ideas do you have for mason jars?  Please leave a message below.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organizing Purging Party – Step by Step Instructions

Organizing Purging Party - Step by Step Instuctions

OK, I know what you are thinking, “A Purging Party? Will that really help me get my place in order? I am so embarrassed with my home that I don’t want to share the mess with someone else.”

First, everyone has some form of mess in their home. It could be in their closet, garage, shed, or living room. Everyone has their collection they keep and no one should judge you for your space and how you keep it. If your friends and family truly care for you, they will help without judgement. So, put away the embarrassing thoughts.  See the step by step instructions for the organizing purging party.

  1. Determine the disaster area in your home you want to purge and organize.  These areas could be: Garage, Home Office, Kitchen, Large Walk-in Bedroom Closet, Playroom.
  2. Decide what needs organizing. Here are some examples:
    1. Clear out your home office of old papers from the filing cabinet.
    2. Clear out and organize your garage into workstations.
    3. Clear out the kids’ playroom and give the toys to a non-profit organization.
    4. Whatever area you want to purge and organize, make sure you are specific in the details.
  3. Enlist everyone in your household to help with overseeing the purging process. Draw on their strengths. If your husband is great at doing the bills and knows what to keep and get rid of, have him oversee the old paper purging. Since your kids know what they love and play with in their playroom, have them oversee what goes and stays.
  4. Decide what you want to give them to eat and drink. After all, it is a party. People are there to socialize and help out. So, you should offer them something for their help.
  5. Decide on a date, time, and estimated duration. Depending on how many people you decide to invite, it may take 4-6 hours for the process to complete if the room needs a complete overhaul.
  6. Determine how you will do the purge process. Will you first check the paper or item, then hand it off to the next person for actions like shredding, recycling, etc…? Will you tell people to purge an area without you seeing it? Decide this before people come over so not to waste time. Do you want to have a game to see who can finish purging first?

This organizing purging party will not only get your place in order, it will get it in order faster than if you do it yourself – way faster.

I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on the idea of a ‘Organizing Purging Party’. Did it work for you? Did you clear your space quickly? What would you suggest to do for the party  that is not on the step-by-step instructions?  Please leave a message below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Different Container Types

Different Container Types

There are so many containers to purchase these days. From dollar store finds to expensive containers, different container types can help for different purposes.   Here is a list of different container types and examples of items you can put in them.

Bins to Hide Stuff:

Bamboo/Wicker: Individual wrapped snack items, magazines, newspapers, toys
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Wood: heavier containers of supplies
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Fabric/canvas: Clothing, sheets, towels, blankets, tape, greeting cards
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Cardboard: papers, paper supplies, office supplies, photos
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Metal: Heavy items, Coffee beans
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Porcelain: Baking supplies, fresh food
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Plastic (colored or tinted): toys, recycling, trash, ribbons
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Bins to See Stuff:

Wire (tight woven wire): Large and small Paper Clips
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Wire (loose woven wire): Potatoes, Onions, Pencils, Pens, Markers, craft fabric, greeting cards
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Acrylic/Plastic/Glass: Craft project supplies, Flour, Sugar, cereal, Lunch meats, office supplies, spices/herbs, liquid
Here is an image of what this type of bin looks like from Amazon.

Whichever bin you decided to use, make a pile of the items you want to store in the bin and measure the width, height, and depth of the items you want to store in it.

Sabrina Quairoli

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