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Need a gifted interior decorator for your home? Do-it-yourself with this blog for organizers! With great tips on how to organize home, bathroom, closets, office, drawers, and more. Begin organizing messy rooms today! Plenty of videos, articles and other i



Updated: 2017-03-24T19:27:57.694-07:00

 



Are You Organizing Your Tax Documents and Other Paperwork?

2017-03-18T18:24:58.572-07:00

 
Make your important papers accessible.  You never know when you might need them again.
 
Organizers to use:
 
PDF files in online folders or computer
File folders offline
Portable drives
Memory cards and case
CDs
 

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Planning a Short Hotel Stay - Get Organized Now, So You Won't Be Sorry Later

2017-03-17T09:52:44.089-07:00

On organizing a hotel stay, one will need the time and dedication to search for the best deals.  Think about the season you are planning your travel.  Are there discounted hotel stays currently ongoing? Do you have a membership to a site that offers exclusive deals, coupon codes and cash back or points on your purchases? There are websites that do offer cheap hotel rates but take a moment to research the hotels listed before you book your stay.  Also, some of those bargain sites do not refund your money if you should show up and decide that the hotel is not right for you.  Be sure to check reviews.When it comes to planning a short hotel stay, you want to be sure that you have all items that you need and not necessarily what you might use or want just because.  The more belongings you have, the more likely you will forget something.  So start with your essentials (the things you can't go without) and then go down the list:1)  Prescription medicines, Vitamin supplementsCheck your refills.  Pack the vitamins that you know have a positive effect on you rather than every bottle you own.  So if B supplements you get the most benefit, be sure they are packed.  Then C, digestive supplements, etc.2)  Hair productsComb, brush, hair styling creams or gels.  Your favorite shampoo and conditioner if need be.3)  ToiletriesConsider the length of stay (3 to 5 days).  You may only need to pack trial sizes.  Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash.  Women's products (sanitary napkins, douche, pantyliner's, and body hygiene products).  Men's products (shaving supplies, aftershave, body wash, lotion...) Add tweezers, nail clippers, and a first aid kit.  Anything else like packing your own toilet paper or towels and you will have more items than you need and most likely will forget them when it is time to go.  However, if you plan on taking a swim at the hotel, you might want to bring your beach towel along with fun water items.4)  ClothingPay attention to the weather and be sure you pack the kind of items that will make you feel comfortable.  When selecting clothes, pick out the items that you can pair with other things this way you don't need to carry so many.  For instance, a three night stay with possible rain showers and a drop in temperature, bring a light jacket.  Carry items such as:  a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a dress shirt, jeans, casual or dress pants.  Women might bring along similar items including a short skirt, long skirt, or after 5 pm dress.  Don't forget your belt!5)  Underwear and SleepwearT-shirts, panties, bras, briefs, and lounge wear or pjs.  Depending on the occasion, men and women might include sexy apparel.  Women who have certain clothing that require additional undergarments like a stockings, slip or other items to flatter the body include those in your luggage.6)  ShoesIf you plan on doing some sight-seeing or shopping, bring your comfortable shoes.  Going to a nice restaurant or other special location, bring dress shoes.  Plan on working out?  Don't forget your sneakers and your workout clothes!  Don't like walking on the hotel floor, bring your slippers!  For the shower, water proof sandals.Additional items might include: printed directions (don't rely on GPS only), tickets to event and/or print out of reservation.  For downtime, reading materials and reading glasses, laptop, camera, work phone, etc.  Electronic chargers, batteries, and instruction manual.7)  AccessoriesWhat things might you want to add to your wardrobe?  Sometimes there is jewelry, smaller handbags, a special belt, or some other thing that compliments your attire, you won't want to forget it.8)  Cash and Credit CardsThings come up and you don't want to be stuck penniless.  So be sure you have cash to tip, extra credit cards just in case you max out, and anything that you might be able to pawn j[...]



10 Top Container Store Items

2017-03-11T22:29:09.295-08:00

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30 Simple Ways To Organize and Declutter Your Kitchen

2017-03-11T22:28:50.295-08:00

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Organizing Items on a Flat Surface

2017-03-02T11:10:11.312-08:00

Sometimes we just don't have the bins, bags, boxes, and shelving to store all of our stuff.  So when this happens, we just might have a spare table to display items.  Use your flat surface wisely taking up as much space as you can and whatever small items you can store in a jar, can, dish or some other small container do it.  This way you are leaving room for other things to be placed on the table. Sort items based on likeness.  Place items in spaces near you if you plan to use more often.  If you were selling wares at a yard sale, you would have items easily assessable to customers and your more popular items would be within reach.    Check out http://thingstodobored.blogspot.com for a bit of creative inspiration.Use this for collectibles or display at a fair or other special events.    Novel Box Large Glass Top Black Leatherette Metal Clasp Jewelry Display Case 14.75X8.25X2.1"   Also, you can stack items using a cabinet shelf and place them underneath freeing up more space. Organized Living Large Double Cabinet Shelf - White   Jewelry, beads, small office supplies, cosmetics and more can be stored in something like this. Maymom Small Plastic Box with Hinged Lid    Take advantage of the space underneath the table.  Use items you already have to store remaining stuff.  A luggage bag, a plastic bin, a backpack, purses, even a large decorative blanket, cloth, sheet or fabric can be used to hideaway things until you have money to invest in furniture and more organizers.  Search for how to table skirt to add a bit of décor to your ambience!  Happy organizing! Nicholl McGuire is the author of What Else Can I Do on the Internet?  [...]



The Risks of Buying Homes by the Water

2017-03-01T19:04:18.781-08:00

There are many benefits of buying and owning property by a river, lake, or the sea. However, there are also many risks to consider. Before you go ahead and get yourself an awesome new waterfront property, you should take the time to evaluate the risk vs. reward and figure out if the purchase is a genuinely wise decision for you. Oceanfronthhi.com recommends that you check out the common risks listed below and determine if this is the right fit.Your Taxes Might be Higher When you buy a home or property located near a body of water, you’re investing in a place with gorgeous views. It is a place for you to escape to from busy life in the city. Who doesn’t want to be able to wake up on a summer morning and go for a swim right outside their door? The problem here is that most tax analysts and assessment specialists keep raising the value of waterfront homes. After a few years of ownership, there is a chance that your next evaluation will be so high you just sell your home to get rid of the drain on your resources.This rise in the assessment can be even higher if the general neighborhood is also becoming more popular, or if you have built more structures on the property like a boathouse or pool. With possible increases in assessment values of about 50% a year, you stand to lose a lot of money in the long run unless you fight the assessment. While many people say that this is just one of the costs of living in a gorgeous home like this, it is something to think long and hard about. The Danger of Water Damage Most waterfront properties are located near lakes and rivers. Depending on the terrain and the climate, there is a another threat presenting itself to you. There is a high chance that you will face severe flooding at least once during your ownership period. Since flood damage isn't a clause in most home insurance policies today, you may have to pay out of your own pocket to repair the damages caused by the flooding. If you live in an area with a history of floods, it is best to get this damage covered by your insurance when you buy the home, just in case.Some people buy waterfront properties in areas where there have never been floods in the past. This doesn’t mean that water damage won’t be a problem. Water from the nearby lake can seep through the ground and to your foundations over time. In the course of a few years, there could be significant damage caused to the foundations and structures of your home. Before you buy a property, make sure you have a damage expert analyze the foundations to determine their integrity.While it is true that homes by the water are exquisite properties with a lot of potential for a family home, they aren't without their own set of risks. Be sure that you are okay with all of these and more before purchasing your home. [...]



33 Organizing small things ideas - jewelry, hair decor, nail polish...

2017-02-18T21:58:54.616-08:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3KDMf6Fs4OM" width="480">More info related to our small thing organization ideas video:1. Keep bobby pins in a magnetic paper clip holder.http://www.trusper.com/tips/Paperclip...2. Corral your hair ties using a carabiner.http://hippie-hugger.blogspot.com/201...Limited access3. Pair your earrings up in an ice cube tray.http://nickandcaeli.blogspot.com/2013...Limited access:4. Pack jewelry in a daily pill organizer.http://www.howtohaveitall.net/inexpen...5. Cover a corkboard in linen.http://www.hellobeautyblog.com/2010/0...6. Group nail polish by color in a shoe organizer.http://imgur.com/a/2aYhp7. Secure your makeup brushes in a toothbrush holder.http://saecca.wordpress.com/2012/02/0...8. Paint PVC pipe to separate your underwear.http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/un...9. Loop shower curtain rings on an over-the-door towel rackhttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/24213891...10. Give everyone their own jar for their toothpaste and toothbrush.http://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2013/...11. Stack spaghetti boxes in a magazine holder.http://www.pinterest.com/pin/26669760...12. Scrapbook paper organizer.http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/...13. Keep your Keurig cup drawer in check with egg cartons.http://thejoyfulorganizer.com/2014/03...14. Organizing baking supplieshttp://smallorganizedhome.blogspot.co...15. Build a big jar shelf to decorate with your beans, snacks and pasta.http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/diy...16. Customize drawer organizers for all of your kitchen utensils.http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsne...17. Sort plastic lids by size in a dish drying rack.http://naturalhomemadeliving.blogspot...18. Line a vintage tea tin with scrapbook paper, and make small dividers labeled with types of tea.http://www.hi-and-hello.com/tutorial/...19. Hang a tiered fruit basket with an s-hook. http://8footsix.com/2011/07/bathroom-...20. Fill a bean bag cover with stuffed animals.http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2012/...21. Separate colored pencils, markers or crayons by color... http://scrappinusmc.blogspot.com/2011...22. Pull out that serving plate stand you never use and turn it ... http://scrappinusmc.blogspot.com/2011...23. Label toy drawers with photos of the toys so you can organize it easilyhttp://www.familyeverafterblog.com/20...24. Transform an ordinary LACK table into a lego table. http://kojo-designs.com/2012/12/the-u...25. Stash game pieces in plastic bags behind the game board.http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/ga...26. Save your scrap yarn on clothespins.http://cozymemories.squarespace.com/27. Group your yarn by color on an unused wall-mounted wine rack.http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2014/0...28. Sort small office supplies into muffin cups.http://tatteredstyle.blogspot.com/201...29. Screw peanut butter jars to the bottom of your garage shelves to http://www.chezlarsson.com/myblog/200...30. String up a rainbow of ribbon spools with some http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/06/how-t...31. Dedicate a drawer to spices.http://itsthelife.typepad.com/my_webl...32. File circular needles away in a binder full of 4-pocket organizers.http://tausigma-kes.tumblr.com/day/20...33. Re-pot your glitter into salt and pepper shakers.http://organizethings.blogspot.com/20... [...]



How to Organize like a Professional Organizer

2017-02-08T08:29:03.073-08:00

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Money Wisdom Series - Orchestrating a Plan for Your Finances

2017-02-06T05:45:28.812-08:00

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13 Amazing Kitchen Organization Ideas! (Cheap and Easy)

2017-02-01T08:10:48.734-08:00

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Quick-Fixes to Help with Organizing

2017-01-23T14:01:59.419-08:00

Tired of a messy underwear drawer?  Try this.SimpleHouseware Closet Underwear Organizer Drawer Divider 4 Set, GrayToo much stuff in every room?  Consider decluttering.Organize mail or documents using a wall organizer.Take a peek under your cabinet and use these organizers to sort items.Add space savers to your refrigerator.Shelves packed beyond capacity?  Make room for spices and miscellaneous items.  Hang on door or over door. [...]



Organizing Tips and Resources Around the Web - list includes life, business, apps and photos

2017-01-01T20:57:40.897-08:00

Life40 Best Personal Organization Tools To Boost Your Productivity10 Incredibly Smart Ideas To Get Your Life Organized In ...How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized ...Gigaom | 5 Organizational Tools I Can't Work WithoutBusinessBusiness Organization Tools | Chron.comOrganizational Tools | Howtostudy.org - When you hit the ...PhotosHow to Organize Photos - Better Homes and GardensHow Can I Organize Generations of Family Photos?How to Organize and Print Years Worth of PhotosHow to Organize Your Digital Photos: 10 Steps (with Pictures)Apps7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps - Mashable5 Apps to Organize Your Life | HowStuffWorks7 Online To Do Software & Organization Tools - thebalance.comOther10 Free Organizational Tools for Students and Teachers ...Organization Tools and Products for Caregivers | AgingCare.comBest magazines for organizingBest Magazines for Home Organization | Personal Organizing [...]



Toy Storage Ideas | Basement Storage Before and After

2017-01-01T20:42:17.317-08:00

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Getting Organized in the New Year: Rethinking Resolutions

2017-01-01T20:41:53.313-08:00

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Last Minute Christmas Plan! | Clutter Video Tip

2017-01-01T20:41:36.507-08:00

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Strategies Year Round - stores, sales, deals, ...

2016-12-13T21:24:54.390-08:00

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Holiday Gift Wrapping Station for Christmas

2016-12-01T01:40:02.196-08:00

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MINIMALISM: WHAT I STOPPED BUYING!

2016-11-29T00:25:14.717-08:00

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Last Minute Planning Now for Upcoming Events

2016-11-18T12:11:05.977-08:00

Chances are you have already been invited to go somewhere or you are hoping to do many things to avoid some of those boring family get-togethers, hey not mad at you!  Now is this time to get some last minute stuff on your calendar.  Take a moment to check local community events and start planning some outings with family members or friends.  If you hope to leave the state, there are a number of airlines with special deals as low as $59 via Southwest.  Also, if you plan to work around the holiday season, be sure to check for local restaurant deals on those holiday meals--why bother cooking?  Here's wishing you a great holiday season!  Feel free to check around this blog on ways to organize your residence, office, events, and more.  There is a lot on here to see!  Be inspired!Nicholl [...]



After Move: 10 Tips on Unpacking

2016-10-21T12:46:31.905-07:00

Recently moved or planning to move?  Consider making the move easier by planning in advance.  Know where your boxes and furniture are going in the new place.  What are some features of your new environment that will help with organization?  Take note of what you need to keep during this move versus what is no longer necessary.  Most of all, enlist help.  Don't try to do everything on your own.  Some people are able to adjust rather quickly to their new environments after a move, because they act fast on unpacking and have some idea on where to put things.  They are also willing to replace or do away with those annoying things that just don't serve a purpose any longer.When you unpack, think about the following:1.  Be sure all boxes are in designated rooms or pick one large room to store boxes.  This makes it easier to spot your important things without having to look everywhere to find them.2.  Open boxes based on immediate need, rather than what you like/miss.  Later, unpack boxes that aren't so important.  For instance, if you plan to cook, you would open kitchen boxes first.  By night, you will want to prepare for bed, so be sure linens, toiletries, towels and clothing are handy.3.  Organize items based on convenience.  Take notice of the area.  Ask yourself, "What is it that I will use most often, less often, and what might I not need for a long time or if at all?"  Start sorting, shelving, and purging.4.  Set up garbage bags for items you no longer need (check those expiration dates on your perishables).  Set aside some boxes for donated goods and label "DONATION."5.  Return items to your roommates that accidently or purposely got placed in your boxes.  This eliminates future disputes.6.  Once your needed items are unpacked, consider helping others out with unpacking and organizing their spaces.7.  Don't give or throw away anything without permission.8.  Be sure you clean off all shelves, cabinets, countertops, and other places before unpacking goods.  You never know what those spaces were used for.  Think about having a few air fresheners around.9.  If necessary, before you unpack, use insect products to rid the place of any potential problems in the future.  Better safe than sorry later.10.  Arrange furniture for comfort and not necessarily for style.  Sometimes people waste good wall space placing furniture where a useful item would be better suited.Unpacking doesn't have to be overwhelming, but it can be challenging when people don't label things, mix up items with other roommates, don't properly pack, and have so many lose items thrown in boxes.  Save time by checking boxes for what is important while getting others to help with sorting. Best wishes!NOTE: You can list in advance items you might need to help with organization.  This way you can simply transfer items for instance, from box to bin.  So if you know you are opening a cosmetic box, be sure you have a designated spot to take all items and place them neatly in bathroom cabinet or stored away in compartments inside a closet.  Things to look out for in department or hardware stores to help with storage:  plastic bins, decorative boxes, baskets, closet organizers and hangers, room dividers, wall shelves, dressers, and other similar items.  These work great for all sorts of things including clothing collectibles and paper.  Th[...]



50 Example Ideas To Decorate Walls With Pictures

2016-10-21T12:17:34.741-07:00

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How I Arrange My Chest Type Freezer

2016-10-21T12:16:58.314-07:00

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Organize the Thoughts in Your Head

2016-09-05T11:09:36.275-07:00

As much as we don't want to admit it, but we forget things.  We tell ourselves we are going to remember something, but we don't.  The thoughts in our minds at times are endless and we lose our train of thought with the slightest distraction when we least expect it.So those thoughts, the ones that show up and then fade away like the wind, pen them down.  Note them in a journal.  Call the notebook, "Thoughts" and list them.  They don't have to be organized initially.  You can always do that later especially if you start to notice some interesting patterns.When the thoughts come to clean, cook, create, call, build, dream, quit something or whatever else.  Be sure you are writing in detail why it needs your attention.  The more you unleash what your inner spirit brings up, the less likely you won't go insane from keeping so much within.1.  List your thoughts. (When you notice a pattern, begin to sort and label your thoughts.  For instance, if many thoughts are related to cooking, you would label the kinds of things you would like to cook and when as well as what might be needed to launch your ideas.)2.  Provide details as to why they must be tended to.3.  Add what tools/resources you might need to get certain things done.4.  Note the names of people who are impacted.5.  List what dates and times you intend to handle what comes up.6.  Praise yourself when you have started working on your list.Nicholl McGuire [...]



How To Organize A Small Laundry Room

2016-08-06T11:15:59.930-07:00

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On Organizing the Back to School Shopping Trip, Supplies

2016-08-06T12:00:49.614-07:00

So here we are again planning for another back to school shopping trip.  The weekends will be busy especially as it gets closer to mid-August when many students will arrive with backpacks and lunch boxes on that first day back.  Below is a list of many items that will be needed as well as some tips to make your shopping trip a bit easier.1.  Find out how much money you are willing to spend this year on back to school items by listing your important expenses and then redirecting money that would have spent on less important things into a back to school savings fund.  You can also determine the budget amount by taking a look at what the children presently need (go in closets, drawers, under beds, etc.)  Then researching online the cost of certain things.  For instance, if new pencils is on your list, ask what style might they want as well as the school requirement which is typically Dixon or Ticonderoga pencil brands.  Check for them and then note the cost.  Do the same with other things.2.  When shopping for clothes, plan in advance what they will need to add to their wardrobe rather than overwhelming yourself with buying a lot of new items all at once.  You can extend the back to school shopping season by taking care to pay attention to what items are currently on sale.  For instance, many summer items will be heavily discounted and they can be paired with other things they might already have like: sweaters, sweatshirts, jeans, and skirts.  Check out my book Black Friday Cyber Monday Strategies to Use Year Round3.  Don't forget to ask relatives and friends to pitch in when they can.  Rather than, buy gifts that have little to do with what your child needs, encourage them to give things that are beneficial to school.  From a gift card to a favorite clothing store to a brand new pair of shoes, suggest things that not only benefit your child, but your wallet too!Here are some popular back to school items for any grade:1.  Folder size backpack (There are schools that recommend not buying the backpacks with wheels).2.  Pocket folders (various types with brads, plastic, etc.)3.  Binders4. Glue sticks and/or bottled glue5.  Student scissors6.  Personal pencil sharpeners7.  Glue sticks8.  Crayons9.  Highlighters10.  Washable markers11. Flash drives12. Erasers13. Colored pencils14.  Spiral notebooks15.  Dry erase markers16.  Rulers17.  Home or laptop computer with Internet access18. Pencils19.  Pencil top erasers20.  Composition bookOther supplies that parents and others typically donate:1.  Xerox paper2. Hand sanitizer3.  Kleenex4.  Clorox wipes5. Zip lock bagsNow organizing all these supplies can be simple if you do the following:1.  Designate a drawer, shelf or cabinet to your items.2.  Sort by category.3.  Label shelves, bins, or containers.4.  Separate the items that will be going to school and those that will be staying home.  Place items going to school in backpack.5.  Be sure small items have an easy to find home.6.  Avoid the clutter, if you already have some items that no longer work, broken, or hasn't been used in years, rid yourself of them.  Make room for the new!7.  Lastly, self-talk yourself out of buying more than you need.  Do you rea[...]