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Friday, January 31, 2014

How To Organize Your Entire House


     It's a new year and you're in full on resolution mode. Get organized! Lose weight! Have a better attitude! Eat healthy! The list goes on and on...
      Well, if getting organized is one of your goals, you have come to the right place. I've complied an abundance of ideas to help you get started and inspire you to have the most fabulously organized home ever!
   Before you see some lovely visuals, I wanted to share this great post from Operation Organization by Heidi about habits of highly organized people. Once you have this wonderfully organized environment, you need to keep it that way! Here are some tips from Heidi:

1. Write Everything Down!
FREE your mind.  Rather than trying to rely on your memory to recall when that appointment is/was, the name of the movie or book you'd like to check out next, or recall the phone number or address of that new friend or business contact - WRITE it down. I've learned to always carry a small pocket notebook with me to record various things throughout the day.  Then, when I'm given some random bit of information that I know would be helpful to recall later, or if I'm struck with a personal bright idea I just jot it down quickly and return to my day as planned.

2. Keep Flat Surfaces Clear
 Clutter is magnetic.  As soon as you place one random item on a counter-top, dining table, or work space, it will only attract more.  Establish counter-tops as 'no dumping' grounds unless a particular item is used in that space every day (Like a coffee maker on the kitchen counter).  

3. Find a Place for Everything
 Eliminate the idea of a "junk drawer" where random items are tossed.  Instead, create a defined space (with small containers or dividers) for all the little 'extras'. One of the reasons most of my clients struggle with clutter build-up is simply because there is not a clear place where things belong.  Assign specific 'homes' for every single item.  'Homeless' items will instantly turn into clutter.  It's also helpful to have designated spaces for your things so you can actually find them when you need them rather than wasting time searching or money buying duplicates.  Find a specific place for loose change, keys, remote controls, office supplies, or even sunscreen. Do your children struggle with keeping their rooms clean?  Help them find 'homes' for their toys/belongings as well.

4. Never Leave a Room Empty Handed
Let's face facts: there will always be something that needs to be returned somewhere else.
When heading to a new room in the house, glance around to see if there is something out of place {a coffee cup, piece of mail, toy, or rogue sock}you could gather up with you to relocate on your way.

5. File, Don't Pile!
 Set up a command central or mail sorting system somewhere in your home.  This space will serve to corral all the bills, mail, and other paper related information that comes in daily. Set aside a specific time each week to respond to and file documents where necessary.

6. Purge and Declutter Often
How many ________ does a person really need
Strive to keep what you consider to be truly beautiful and/or useful  in your home.
If you have limited storage it's especially important to not consistently accumulate more than will need to be stowed.  Implement the 'One In, One Out Rule'.  When you purchase something new for yourself or your home, or when a  family member is given gifts on special occasions; make an effort to remove a similar item you already own.  Resolve to declutter the common living areas of your home every evening (perhaps a few times a day if you're living with small children).

7. Make a Plan
 Sometimes you just need to tell yourself what to do in order to stay on track.  Systems and routines save the day!  Keeping a variety of running lists will serve as an external reminder of what needs to be done and when. You'll be granted a peace of mind knowing there is a plan to conquer all that needs to be done and feel the satisfaction of success when you're able to check off items they are completed as well!

I couldn't have said it better myself. Go check out the professional organizer's blog here for some more great ideas! Love her blog!

Moving on, here are some ideas to help get you started organizing your entire house!
GARAGE
I have a lot of gardening stuff that would work well in these hanging bins. Bulbs and little bags of potting soil.

garage organization ideas | Easy Ways to Get Your Garage Organized - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo ... 
 Garage organization 
garage organization ideas | Garage organization tips. | Getting Organized 

Laundry Room/ Mud Room
Double shelf laundry room organization
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needed (will add more counter space too )Laundry Room organization
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Sparrow + Grace: Your "Back-to-School" Checklist 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Katie's Closet

Here's a throwback of a great way to wear a maxi dress during this cold weather.
 
Jacket: American Rag
Dress: TJ Maxx
Purse: Michael Kors