An Easter Wish for You

Here is an Easter Wish for You.  This is for everyone, not just Christians.

May you be with family and friends on this joyous day.

Happy Easter may you be with family and friends on this joyous day.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Tidy Up Fast Method

The Tidy Up Fast Method

With a busy mom schedule, over the years, I have perfected the “Tidy Up Fast” Method. When my family see me do this, they often mention that it looks like I am a tornado taking out all the clutter from a room.  It’s quite a scene.  This method will give you a home that is not only organized by also clear of the clutter. No confusion trying to find items in overflowing drawers with the misplaced items when you tidied up last.  Here are the setup your home so the Tidy Up Fast Method runs more smoothly and quickly.

First, the process starts out with organizing the room so everything has a home. The toys have a bin large enough to store all the toys, the mail has a bin to hold bills and other mail, and a charging station which can hold all the electronics, etc… Then, you will need to add a “temporary holding items” bin on the steps or near the exit of the room for found items. Having one bin for each person in your house works best.  Make sure every small item has a home.

temporary-items-bin-on-steps

After you get the room setup, you then move around the room and clear the items (plates, cups, kids toys, mail, bills, electronics) that were not put away. Look under tables, on top of entertainment centers, inside cabinets, and behind sofa and chair.  If it has a home and it is not in its home, grab it and put it away.  No thinking “where does this item go?” You already know because you took the time, at the beginning, to make a place for this item.

Which room and when should you do this Tidy Up Fast Method?  Here are three times in your day you can do this.

  1. Do the Tidy Up Fast Method in the Living Room and Bedroom before leaving for work in the morning.
  2. Do the Tidy Up Fast Method in the Kitchen before going to work and after dinner.
  3. Do the Tidy Up Fast Method in the kids areas, before your kids come home from school or right after if they have papers to give to you. 

This Method should take less than 15 minutes each weekday. If you do this method during the week, it will saved you time on the weekend to do other tasks.

Doing this simple method every day will keep your room organized and you will never have a disorganized space again. No need to do major organizing transformations anymore. The reason for doing this method is mainly to clear the clutter BEFORE the piles form into huge unruly time sucking mounds of clutter. Please share and let me know if you tried this method and how it went for you.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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3 Organizing Tricks From A Professional Organizer

3 Organizing Tricks from a Professional Organizer

Spring cleaning is a time to “clear out and clean up”. Cleaning the dirt off lawn furniture, clearing out winter clothing, it is a great time to reevaluate the items throughout your home and streamline your tasks. A Professional Organizer can help you with this enlightening process. If you are unable to hire a Professional Organizer, here are 3 organizing tricks of the trade to make your home look like more organized.

Organizing graphic tees in shallow drawers: Hold the graphic tee facing you, fold the arms toward the back of the graphic tees then fold the shirt in half at the waist midpoint of the shirt. The image on the t-shirt should be showing. Fold the shirt in half one more time at the midpoint of the already folded shirt. Then, stand the shirt on its narrow side in the drawer with the graphic tee image facing up. Fold all the other t-shirts the same way. As a result, you will fit 40% more shirts in your drawers and you can see every one of them. You also save time by seeing the image on the front of all the t-shirts and pulling out the one you want without disorganizing the other shirts.

Hold the graphic tee facing you, fold the arms toward the back of the graphic tees then fold the shirt in half at the waist midpoint of the shirt. The image on the t-shirt should be showing. Fold the shirt in half one more time at the midpoint of the already folded shirt. Then, stand the shirt on its narrow side in the drawer with the graphic tee image facing up. Fold all the other t-shirts the same way. As a result, you will fit 40% more shirts in your drawers and you can see everyone of them.

I made a video recently about if you save space when you fold your shirts as opposed to unfolded shirts.  Check it out!  Folded vs Unfolded Shirts in the Organized Drawer Experiment

 

For small items that need to be stored in the bathroom: Use decorative baskets that are grouped by categories like bathing supplies, cleaning supplies, extra toothpaste/toothbrushes, etc…. Store these bins in the linen closet or near the tub or sink for easy access.

Add smaller items to a bin to keep contained in the bathroom.

 

Not enough kitchen drawers for loose kitchen tools: Store similar items, like baking and serving utensils in bins that are the depth of the upper cabinets. Place near the other supplies used for the same purpose. Click here to buy InterDesign Kitchen Bin, 10-Inch by 6-Inch by 3-Inch, Clear at Amazon.

Clear-bins-for-cabinets-to-hold-small-items

 

If the spring cleaning process is still too overwhelming, contact a Professional Organizer. Paying an expert to help you for a few hours will save you time and money. This month’s Current Home Organizing Promotion is 2 hours of Pantry Organizing!  Please check it out and schedule your session today!

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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April’s Organizing Challenge: Organizing Kids Areas

2014 April Monthly Organizing Challenge

Kids grow so fast through different phases and their spaces get cluttered with unused clothes, toys, and anything else that they may own. This month’s organizing challenge is organizing kids areas. Here are areas your kids may have piles of stuff. I included links from other kid organizing posts I created over the years. I recommend working with your child slowing through the different areas. It helps them with the process of letting go.  One to Two hours per sessions for each area for 10-12 year olds is plenty of time.  The younger the child, the less time they can do.  Try splitting up the time throughout the day.

Tip: Making up a “clean-up and get rid of stuff” game can help.  Here is a few examples:  Have your child look for 3 red items that they want to get rid of, now have them pick up items that are blue to get rid of.  Or have them pick out 5 stuffed animals they do not want and ask them who they want to give them to, explain that other kids may not have these toys and would really love to have them.

Kids Clothing closets: Reminder: Take all the clothes out of the closet, have your child try on the ones you are not sure if they fit.

Kids (Baby) Rooms: Reminder: Pull out clothes from storage and swap out clothes the smaller clothes with the larger clothes.

Playroom (Toy areas): Reminder: Clear out any toys stored in the closets as well.

School Supplies area: Reminder: Every child should place their book bag in the space place when they come home.

Craft Room area: Reminder: Keep small like items together in bins with lids. 

Here are other general kid links to help you:

I hope this helps you while organizing kids areas. You are a wonderful parent for doing this with your child.   Let me know how it goes.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Tool Closet Organization

We have a pretty well-organized tool closet. It holds all of our tools, a desk for assembly, floor standing shelves to hold our paint cans and heavier supplies, however the one thing we are lacking is the floor space to move around. The door is only 24 inches wide and if there are hooks on the wall near the door, we have to walk sideways into the tool closet, like a crab, really, like a crab to make sure we do not scratch ourselves on the wall. Annoying! This is how we improved our tool closet organization.

Toolroom hanging shelves-for extra storage

So, we decided to mount shelving on the wall in the closet. They were shelving we had from a pantry we had years before.  It’s a little hard to see, but we attached wire shelves to the mounted wire shelves to add more storage space.  We made sure the tracks were on studs as well.

shelving with labeled bins and bags

We labeled the cable pull out bins and tools bags. For the dark bags, we used a silver permanent marker so we could see the label.

shelving with labeled bins

We put the least used tools and their corresponding bags farther up the wall.

And, we put the tool bags that we use most often at eye level. Our drill and screw bits and other supplies are in the bag, however we do not store the screws in the bag.  Those screws and nails were stored on the desk in the below image.

Entire Tool Room Organized

Now, we can actually fit a chair in the tool closet! Wonderful, right!

By making this change, we are able to move around in the room now and we have a surface to work too. Brilliant! AND, we didn’t have to walk like a crab any more.  =)  How do you organize your tool space?  Please leave a message below.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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10 tips to Get Your Home Organized and Ready for Sale

10 Tips to Get Your Home Organized and Ready for sale

Recently, I was helping a dear friend get her house ready for sale by looking at her home through a strangers eyes.  It helps to see your house through someone else’ eyes.  Here are 10 tips to get your home organized and ready to sell.

  1. Small Details Matter:  Update light fixtures with more up-to-date ones.  By doing this, it appears that the house has been taken care of.  Have a friend or family member check out your house. If you know someone in the real estate industry, have them come over and check out the house as well.
  2. Clean EVERYWHERE: Clean walls,  railings, around toilets, and light switch plates.  Paint bright colored walls to more neutral colors. People want to imagine their furniture in the space not yours and neutral colors help do this.
  3. Organize ALL Closets:  Add decorate bins to your closets to hide piles of clothes.  Add affordable organized drawer system if you store loose small items in your closet.  Here is an example of one from Amazon:  Sterilite 29308001 3-Drawer Wide Cart with See-Through Drawers and Black Casters, White
  4. Organize The Basement:  Add cheap vertical storage shelving if items are on the floor.  It will make the room look bigger.  You can leave it there when you move or take it with you.
  5. Organize The Garage: Add vertical shelving if items are on the floor.  Here is an example from Amazon: Whitmor 6060-322 Supreme 4-Tier Shelving Unit, Chrome
  6. Organize the bedroom:  Take out extra pieces of furniture that makes the rooms look too cluttered.  Clear off surfaces of any personal items. Remove a desk from a bedroom and make it a bedroom again.
  7. Organize The Kitchen and Kitchen Cabinets: Get rid of any freestanding items for storage.  It makes it look like there isn’t enough storage in the room and the room is smaller than it is.
  8. Clear out the Shed: Remove any unused items that may clutter up the space. Take out some furniture to make the room look bigger.  Store furniture off-site if you want to keep it.
  9. Clean the front and back yard: Clear leaves in the mulch beds and add pots of flowers to make the front inviting.  Repair any bold spots on the lawn.
  10. Repair any item that is broken:  Make a punch list of items you want to repair prior to putting the house in order.  This will make the process less stressful.

Here is a free checklist for you to use to make your to dos less stressful.  Use one section for each room.  Print as many as you want out to help you organize your home.   Space out your complete by date to not stress yourself too much.  It takes some planning, but all the tasks can get done.

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale Checklist

By doing these tips, your home will show well as a a result, will hopefully sell quickly.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Benefits of Getting Organized

Benefits of Getting Organized

Many people think that spending time organizing takes too long, is too stressful, and will most likely not improve their quality of life. I am here to tell those people, there is some work involved in organizing but the benefits outweigh not making a system at all.  Here are three important benefits of getting organized.

BENEFIT #1: When everything has a place, you will be able to find items in your home when you need it and in turn, it will take you less time and stress to find them.

Americans waste one year of life looking for lost objects.

BENEFIT #2: Spending more time with family and less time getting small tasks completed is a perk when you are organized. By having a place for everything, it will help not only you, but your family as well. Scheduling your time on a daily basis will allow you to fit in special time with family and still be able to do what needs to be done.

If given an extra 2 hours each day, US respondents would spend that time at home with family.

BENEFIT #3: It makes your time more effective by managing more tasks at one time. We always want have time to read that favorite book, or do exercise more. A few minutes of planning your daily schedule will remove wasted time while you are out and about instead of always running and putting out fires as they come up.  These small downtime moments will also rejuvenate you and allow you to plan and read that favorite book or do exercise.

Tip: If you are doing two things at once, it is more effective when one task uses your mind
and the other task does not, like waiting for child’s dance class to finish and responding to emails.

I hope this shows you some important benefits of getting organized in your life and home.  Managing your schedule better and keeping your house organized will save you time and will make you feel less stressed.  All it takes is a little planning. Then, your ordinary life will become an extraordinary life.

 

 

 

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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20 Pantry Organizing Tips

If you follow me on social media, you will know that I offer weekday tips about everything home organizing!  Since I reached my 1000 Time Saving Tip in February, I decided to start and give tips by are of the home.  For the month of March, I did Pantry Organizing Tips.  here are the 20 pantry organizing tips.  If you wish to follow me, please click on the social media buttons at the top right. Enjoy!

Tip 1: Use see-through containers in your pantry.

Use see-through containers in your pantry.

Tip 2: Place individual sized packaged snacks in bins.

Place individual sized packaged snacks in bins.

Tip 3: Place ingredients for dinner tonight in a clear basket in your pantry labeled “Dinner Tonight”.

Place ingredients for dinner tonight in a clear basket in your pantry labeled Dinner Tonight.

Tip 4: Use different sized stepped shelves for cans and assign different stepped shelves for different categories.  Some categories you can use are: veggies, legumes, and fruit. 

Use stepped shelves for cans and assign different stepped shelves for different categories

Tip 5: Use Labels like Salty Snacks and Sweet Snacks on your snack bins.

Use Labels like Salty Snacks and Sweet Snacks on your snack bins.

Tip 6: Use mason jars for your legumes.

Use mason jars for your legumes.

Tip 7: Keep all heavy items closer to the floor.

Keep all heavy items closer to the floor.

Tip 8: Use big bins for snack bins that come in value size bags.

Use big bins for snack bins that come in value size bags.

Tip 9: Use  a Tea Box to sort your Tea bags and  store in your pantry  if you only use  them for company.

Use  a Tea Box to sort your Tea bags and store in your pantry if you only use  them for company.

Tip 10: Hang a Grocery List Pad and pen in your walk-in pantry so you can write on it and  tear off the paper when you are ready to go shopping.

Hang a Grocery List Pad and pen in your walk-in pantry

Tip 11: Use shallow bins for spices and herbs.  Lay them down and stack the bins in your pantry. Label the front of the bin if they are spices or herbs.

Use shallow bins for spices and herbs.

Tip 12: Have a section of your pantry for extra cleaning supplies. 

Have a section of your pantry for extra cleaning supplies.

Tip 13: Hang wire shelving on any unused wall for extra storage.

Hang wire shelving on any unused wall for extra storage.

Tip 14: Hang bottles of spray with the handle off a wall wire shelving. 

Hang bottles of spray with the handle off a wall wire shelving.

Tip 15: Have a section just for your extra plastic wrap rolls for leftovers. 

Have a section just for your extra plastic wrap rolls for leftovers.

Tip 16: Put soups all together on a stepped shelf for easy access.

Put soups all together on a stepped shelf for easy access.

Tip 17: Stack same type of cans on top of the other and in front to create a row of the same item. 

Stack same type of cans on top of the other and in front to create a row of the same item.

Tip 18: Have a large pantry, store your pets dog food and treats in the pantry. 

Have a large pantry, store your pets dog food and treats in the pantry.

Tip 19: If you eat oatmeal often, have a basket of all the items you may want to add to your oatmeal, like nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, chia seed, and flaxseed. 

If you eat oatmeal often,

Tip 20: Use small wire containers that attach to the wire shelf so small items will not fall through the wire shelves.

Use small wire containers that attach to the wire shelf so small items will not fall through the wire shelves.

 

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Questions to Ask Yourself While Purging Your Clothes

Many people have no idea where to start when purging clothes in their closets. I like to start with simple questions that help the client think and not make an excuse or have negative response to the process.  Here are a list of questions to ask yourself while purging your clothes to help you decide what to keep and what to donate or toss.  They are very easy and will help you really look at the clothing you are keeping.

  • Is it worn around the edges? Is it discolored? Are there holes in it that cannot be repaired?  Is the thread around the edges separating or breaking?
    If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, get rid of it. Remember: Donate items that are gently used. If it is noticeably worn, trash it.

Tip: 100% cotton undershirts can be cut and re-purposed as cleaning rags.

  • Did I NOT wear it last season?
    If you answered YES, take the item and place it in a box and put the box in your attic or basement.  Label the box “NOT USED CLOTHING” (add the date you boxed the clothing up).  If you do not go into the box to find it in 6 months, you can donate the entire box.

Tip: Use a tightly sealed plastic box that is offer the floor to protect from any damage from water or critters. 

  • Is it too big? Is it too small? Does it not fit in the shoulders? Is it too short in the leg?  Is it too wide at the waist?  Is it too tight at the waist?  Is it too tight on the back?  Is it too loose on the back?  Is there too much fabric under the arms?  Is it too tight on the arms? Is the length too short? Is the length too long?
    If you answer YES to at least one of these questions, donate it.

Tip: Go to a consignment shop to sell formal dresses that were only worn once. 

Below is an image to share with all the questions you will need to purge your clothes.

Getting Rid of Clothes Questions to Ask

After you have gone through the questions while purging your clothes, you will have a better understanding of what you like and don’t like about clothing.  Make a note of what you did not like about the clothing you are getting rid of.  Take the list with you when you go shopping so it reminds you what NOT to buy.  What tricks do you have to get rid of clothing?  Please leave a message below and share.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Ways to Decorate Your Organized Space

Ways to Decorate Your Organized Space

Everyone loves an organized space in the closet or in your kitchen, even in the bathroom. Why not decorate the organized space to reward yourself for spending all that time planning and implementing your organized space? Here are some quick and inexpensive ways to decorate your organized space.

 

Use a fabric piece and attach to the focal point on the wall in your closet to bring a splash of color and pattern. To find the focal point, open the door to the closet and find the largest feature in the closet. Use the fabric and drape it behind it.

Use fabric in your closet behind your shelves to spice up your closet.

 

Use Designer Pattern Removable Adhesive Paper to protect and decorate inside of your cabinets and vanities. Check out discount stores for various types of removable adhesive paper at a discount. Here is a link of one from Amazon: Laura Ashley Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner Style LA-99801  To read more about how I did this, check out this link: What to Keep: How to Make a Powder Room Sink Cabinet Beautifully Organized on the Cheap!

Under the sink photo

Use decorative adhesive paper to spice up and protect the bathroom sink.

Use adhesive drawer liners to spice up your drawers

 

Cover electronic items that are unsightly. I drilled a large enough hold for the electrical strip plug through the cardboard. Here is more information about how I did this project.

Make a hole and cover the charger into the box.

Make a hole and cover the charger into the box.

 

Hide your kitchen paper files with a decorative accordion folder bag. Here is one from Amazon: Punch Studio Royal Peacock Expandable Accordion File. If you want to read more about how I use this to organize my kid’s paperwork at home, click here.

bag with accordion folder

By decorating your organized areas, it gives the space a more completed look which is more pleasing to the eye. And, when it is more pleasing to the eye, you are more likely to keep it organized. It’s a win-win. How do you decorate your organized space? Please leave a message below.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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