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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11 Ways to Maximize Space in a Tiny Living Room

11 Ways to Maximize Space in a Tiny Living Room

If you only have one living room space in your home, maximizing it will be very important. A small sofa, a TV and table is about all that can fit in this tiny living room. But, if you maximize space in a tiny living room, you will be able to fit so much more.

Here are 11 ways to maximize space in a tiny living room:

  • Use ottomans storage bins to hold blankets – shoe ottomans are fun to hold your most used shoes. There are ottomans that also can be re-purposed as chairs as well.
  • Coffee tables that have storage under and lift up to regular height for eating.
  • Floating shelves on the wall or use as end tables works nicely to minimize the width of the sofa and end table space.
  • Under bed bins work great for sofas that are higher off the ground and that have a skirt to hide the bins.
  • Store wicker bins or low square chairs under an open bottom coffee table for extra storage.
  • Drawers for end tables – add bins underneath your open bottom end tables. Nesting tables work great too.
  • Sofa arm holders – Hang items like magazines, and remote controls in these arm holders.
  • Bookcase lined walls (floor to ceiling) – Having floor to ceiling bookshelves make storage and decorating easier.
  • In alcoves, add shelves to create storage where there was none. Adding a freestanding armoire to use as a closet works well too.
  • Desk caddy for remotes and other things – Desk caddies can hold all the electronic essentials to keep you organized.
  • Tables should have wheels – to help move furniture around easier.

Here are some tips to help you maximize space in a tiny living room space:

  • In a tiny house, each room needs to have at least 2-3 different purposes.
  • Think of your space like a puzzle! I love puzzles and love to fit furniture together to get the space organized.
  • Use mounted lights to the wall near the sofa or have over head lighting.

Here are some books from Amazon about tiny houses:

Make your tiny living room have several functions will make your room be even more functional than a larger living room. By using light colors and keeping the walls and furniture the same color will help keep your home bright and appear larger than it is.  Good luck with your tiny living room organization.  Take your time and it will be exactly the way you want it.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Create a Reward and Credit Card Binder to Help Protect Identity

Create a Reward and Credit card Binder to Help Protect Identity
Keeping your private and personal information in an organized secured and locked space is really important these days with all the identity theft going on. This post is a great easy way to manage those unused reward cards and credit card.  Here are instructions on how to create a reward and credit card binder.

Tools you need:

Business Card Holders: Click and you can purchase from Amazon. 

Use Sticky Tabs: Click and you can purchase from Amazon. 

Small Thin Binder: Click and you can purchase from Amazon.  

Sort your cards into these categories below:

  • Credit cards
  • Misc. Cards – S.S. Cards, Passport services, voters cards…
  • Travel Reward cards
  • Office reward cards
  • Grocery Rewards cards
  • Home reward cards
  • Beauty reward cards
  • Entertainment reward cards
  • Clothing reward cards

Then, write one category on each tab and affix to the sheet that pertains to this category.  See the image below.

Tabs for credit card binder

Now that you have gathered all these cards and placed them in the corresponding category, you can go and use the binder to keep them together and in order. Easy peasy!

TIP: Write with a sharpie marker, on the business card plastic above each card, which card goes in which slot so if you or your partner, pulls a card out, you know what is missing and can replace the card in the correct spot.  See the image below.

Reward and Credit Card Binder sleeve with writing on it

If you want to go a step further, you can make a list of all the cards, the name of the card, the account number, expiration date, phone number to contact, and even the amount of credit you have on the credit card. Then, you can store this in another place for back-up. I suggest updating this sheet once a year with any new cards issued to you. Fill the information as described below.

Here is a checklist for you to fill out and store in another safe place as a backup.

Reward and credit card information

 

Keeping track of these cards will help you keep your private information secure and protected. How do you protect your credit card information? Let’s start a conversation below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organizing Closets October Organizing Challenge

October Monthly Organizing Challenge

Organizing closets is this month’s organizing challenge. Going through closets periodically helps keep our space manageable and functional. Lucky for you, I have lots of posts about organizing closets with tips and checklists. I have broken them down into categories for you. Enjoy and good luck.

Bedroom Closets:

What to Keep in Your Linen Closet

4 Areas of an Organized Closet

What to keep in an Organized Closet

Kid’s closet:

Organized My Kids Closets

Six Steps to Organize Kids Closets

Office Closet:

Organized Office Closet Before and After Photo

Pantry Closet:

Turning My Foyer Closet into a Pantry Closet

Other Closets:

10 Hall Closet Organizing Tips

Laundry Room Closet Organization

Tool Closet Organization

Before and After Linen Closet

Tips: 

  • Take out everything from the closet.
  • Clean off the dust.
  • Then, put back only the things you absolutely use and want to keep.
  • Use bins for small items to keep them contained.
  • Group items by like categories to create a system in your closet.
  • Make signs for the bags of items you don’t want . One bag for each of your favorite Charitable Donation Locations and one bag or two for giving away stuff to family and friends.

By clearing the storage closets in our home, we will not only have more space, but we will also know what is in them. We have busy lives and sometimes we forget what we own and store in our closets. So, periodically clearing them out helps us keep the content in our closets in the forefront of our minds. Good luck, Let me know how it goes.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organize Your Holiday Traditions Tips

Organize Your Holiday Traditions Tips

Starting to plan your holiday traditions? It seems early, but if you do holiday traditions around Thanksgiving, it really isn’t that early.  So, let’s plan shall we. Every year, there are many holiday traditions we take part in and host, from visiting Thanksgiving Day Parade, visiting Santa, hosting lots of holiday parties, etc… Here is an “organize your holiday traditions” tips to help you manage all the events that take place around the holidays.

First, make a list of all your traditions (print out and use one sheet for each tradition) and find the dates you are planning to do these traditions. Then, on each sheet do the following:

  • Add the tradition name and date of event.
  • Add the people you want to invite to this particular tradition.
  • Fill in the date that you want to send out invitations.
  • Add items that need to be done before, during, and after the task list.
  • Email everyone invitations or send them appointments on the date and time of the event.

Tip: By sending a digital invitation through your Microsoft Outlook Calendar, iPhone Calendar, or Android Calendar, or using Evite or Smilebox similar websites, it will allow them to accept the tradition event easily so you will get a response quicker.

Here is a checklist to organize your holiday traditions.  Print this out and use for each holiday tradition you have this holiday season.  Then organize them in a holiday binder for next year’s reference.

holiday traditions checklist

Tip: If you want to wait till it is closer to the holiday, you can print this out, fill out the name of the tradition and date.  Then, place it in an accordion folder for the month that the event is taking place.  Check out what I did with my family’s papers.

To plan holiday traditions and write down the tasks involve will make sure you do not miss any traditions and details that go along with them.  My favorite holiday tradition is to have our family holiday party at our home.  What holiday traditions do you look forward to each year? Please share below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home needs to be done before the winter every year. By not doing this, items will break from the cold weather.  By doing these tasks now, you should have plenty of time to do all the different tasks and be finished before winter.  Let’s get started.  Here is a list of tasks to do to winterize your home:

  • Seed the lawn
  • Clean the Grill
  • Clean the mower
  • Put away pillows and cushions.
  • Put away lawn chairs
  • Cover tables and chairs
  • Clean outdoor tools
  • Take in plants
  • Clean herb and vegetable gardens
  • Cut back branches
  • Cut back bulbs and bushes
  • Throw away the died flowers or put in a compost.
  • Hose down the air conditioner vents on the outside of the house.
  • Schedule to have your heater checked for the winter.
  • Great your driveway sealed (every two years).
  • Clear out the garage of any track that accumulated over the summer months.
  • Clear out the drains around the house.

Here is the checklist for you to use and share, there is even room for you to add customized tasks:

Winterizing Your Home

 

Take your time and move through the list.  Do a handful of tasks each week and you will be able to finish the entire list.  You can do it.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Laundry Room Closet Organization

Laundry Room Closet Organization

Some people have beautiful laundry rooms and some people have laundry closets on the side of a guest room or in a basement that are not as beautiful. I have a laundry closet, but wish I had a laundry room. To make my laundry closet more organized and attractive, here are the tasks I did to make it work more efficiently and look pretty too.

Laundry Room Closet Organization!

I used these wicker bins to hold stuff that are not frequently used but needed in the home.  You may have seen these bins before. I used them in my kitchen before my kitchen remodel project this year. Click and check it out. Repurposing bins is my favorite tip to share with others. The labels were made from Martha Stewart labels made by Avery.  Here is example of similar ones I used at Amazon: Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Brown Kraft Labels Classic, 1-5/8″ x 1-3/4″, 36/Pack  Since the cardstock would not stick to the hard wicker, I used this: Command Outdoor Light Clips, 16-Clip, 4-Pack from Amazon.  I had them from last year.

Don’t they look so pretty now that they have a new purpose?  The benefits of using wicker is that you don’t see the plumbing in the back of them.


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The bin for the extra laundry supplies  were used in my hallway pantry upstairs.  But, since the kitchen was redone, I didn’t need to use it for that purpose anymore.  I decided to use them to hold the large supply bottles so they don’t destroy the shelf.

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Then, I added one large bin for extra cleaning supplies from the wholesale store that I pull from when I need to refill the smaller bottles.

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I also have my clean clothes laundry baskets that I use to sort the folded clothes after they come out of the dryer.  These baskets stay in the laundry closet shelf until we need them.  Here is the post that explains how I use them: Laundry Chore Organized and Finished.

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I also needed to find a place to hang clothes to dry because we have lots of clothes that need to be dried in the dryer.  I installed a retractable single line from one end of the folding door frame to the other for drying clothes similar to this one from Amazon:  Indoor Outdoor Housekeeping Laundry Clothing Accessories Retractable Single Line .

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Then, since I do not have a sink =( in my basement, I purchased this dish tub that collapses to soak items in when needed.  Here is where you can buy it from Amazon: Prepworks from Progressive International CDT-1 Collapsible Dish Tub  I place it on top of my washer to catch any spills from the laundry detergent dispenser I store on the shelf above. It works nicely.

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By doing all of these updates, it has helped everyone know where everything goes and it kept the clutter to a minimum.  I love it!  It’s like I have a laundry room, well, not really.   What ideas do you use in your laundry room closet?  Please comment below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Benefits of Living in a Smaller Home

Benefits of Living in a Smaller Home

My husband found this show on the FYI channel called” Tiny House Nation“. Well, I have watched it ever since. To say I love the show is an understatement. The show cast create small homes that are mobile that are around 200 square feet of space. Many times the houses are able to be moved as needed. Now, it’s not a trailer home, it is literally a small version of any house! Cool, right? It has a small kitchen, small bedroom, a small bathroom, and a small living space all in one place, probable the size of the average larger shed. The buildings even have a pitched roof that is enough space for sleeping. It’s pretty amazing. I love how efficient the home is. Lots of multipurpose ways of using the spaces. I am obsessed with watching the cast make multipurpose items for these tiny houses. After all, over the years, I have had my fair share of using my creativity to figure out how to multipurpose items in my smaller home.

After watching the show last week, I had the idea to explore the benefits of living in a smaller home (not a tiny house) and create a blog post with my results. Here they are.

Saves You Time:

  • You can do other hobbies more often. If you like to hike, travel, or even just be able to relax more and work less.
  • It takes less time to clean the different rooms since each room is not too big that you can’t clean it in an hour or two.
  • Less mowing the lawn, unless you like to mow the lawn.
  • If you like to mow, it will take you less time to mow if you have a smaller lot.
  • Less gardening, unless you like to garden.
  • You will have time to complete all the tasks you have to do since they are not that many.

Helps You Not Procrastinate:

  • You need to take care of the clutter now. If you keep clutter around, you won’t have any room to move.

Saves You Money:

  • You can save more money for retirement
  • The tasks you need help with around the house are a lot smaller than a larger house.
  • You don’t need as much money to live so you can make less money and enjoy life more.
  • Cheaper to heat and cool your home than a larger home.
  • You can only buy items that are good quality and have a multipurpose, so you shop less.

Great for the Environment:

  • A smaller home means you will have a smaller environmental footprint.
  • You will most likely generated less trash in a smaller home.

That’s lots of benefits, right?  People who live this lifestyle, usually love to be outdoors, love spending time with friends and family and wish not to do a large amount of chores when it comes to taking care of their home. So, living in a smaller home is ideal for them.  My favorite benefit is that it helps save me money.  My rule when I go out is “the items I buy must either a replacement item or a multipurpose item”. By using this rule, I stay on budget easier and I don’t feel guilty when I purchase an item. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Do you have a smaller home? What is your reasons for living in a smaller home? Please leave a comment below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Six Tips to Keep Your Digital Clutter At Bay

Six Tips to Keep Your Digital Clutter At Bay

Do you have digital clutter? You know, those files on your computer, your mp3, your phone, and even your DVR, you keep saving and never looking at because you do not have the time to deal with them. With the way technology and information is readily available, it’s not surprising you lose or forget information you already have. Here are six tips to keep your digital clutter at bay.

Before uploading photos on your computer, be sure to cut any photos that you don’t absolutely love. Blurry and unflattering photos can be removed first.

  1. Delete your child’s school year correspondences emails at the end of each school year to make room for new emails for the next school year.
  2. Make it a habit to clear out your work email in box of unwanted emails by the end of each day.
  3. Delete any apps you do not use on your smart phone or tablet.  AND, remove any apps from iTunes as well  because sometimes it doesn’t remove it from your computer.
  4. If you have an external or cloud storage system for your photos, check your photos.  Sometimes, photos are duplicated because when it was syncing, there was an error.
  5. Set your DVR to only record programs that are new. And, limit your shows to 2 or 3 recordings of the same show.  Be realistic.  Are you going to watch 5 shows all at once? Probably not.
  6. Delete unused software from your computer to free up space for newer software.

Periodically go through all your digital files from all your electronic devices even the kids devices. I like to do this every 3-4 months.  That way, it is not too old that I forget what the files are and they are far enough away that I am probably not using them.

What tips do you use to keep your digital clutter at bay?  Please leave a message.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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