So, I was decluttering for a new client, when a book title caught my attention: Is There Life After Housework? I thought it was an empty-nester, reinventing-your-life-post-kids type instruction book. It's not. It's so much more.
April is Stress Awareness Month - a perfect time to reflect on your home and whether it's a port in the storm or a storm in itself. If you're fearing it's the latter, don't fret. Recognition is the first step, and you're not alone.
There's a certain energy at the beginning of Spring that makes us want to clean and organize. Clients are calling, and I'm in new homes each week. Now is the time to take advantage of the energy we naturally feel this time of year, and declutter, organize, and clean our homes.
A decluttered and organized home brings many benefits, including the time and money saved cleaning. Here are five reasons why an organized home is easier to clean.
Pro Stock Hockey recently reached out and asked us to share some Hockey Gear Organization tips with our readers. Of course! Garages are challenging enough to organize, but garages with sports equipment of different shapes and sizes are even more challenging! Where do you put the sticks? the pads? the jerseys? Pro Stock Hockey has some great ideas, and I had to share.
There are two giants in the world of digital photo organization: Forever and Mylio. They are both rated superior and are highly recommended by experts, but there are notable and important differences. So, how do you know which is best for your needs? Let's review them both, and I'll tell you my experiences and opinions so far.
I am such a huge fan of these ties that I had to let you know about them. I use them on all my cords and cables, I buy them for friends, I traveled with them around the world, and I keep a supply in my work bag at all times.
How many digital photos do you have?
1,000? 5,000? 10,000? 25,000? 50,000? No idea?
You're not alone. Believe me. Over 1.2 trillion digital pictures were taken in 2017 and there are currently over 4.7 trillion photos tucked away on hard drives. So, now that I've thrown a couple overwhelming numbers at you, what should you do with all these photos?
FACT: Being disorganized is costing you money.
Let me say that again. Being disorganized is costing you money. You may not have personally experienced that single large loss that properly hammered the point home, but I can guarantee you've felt some of the smaller losses. The smaller losses add up over time and make a big impact on your wallet and earning potential.
No judgment here. The struggle to get organized and maintain it is universal. It looks different in every home and in every business, and the root causes of disorganization can be just as varied. We can all benefit from a quick look around our home and our lives to see how we are losing money by being disorganized and what we can do to change it.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and some of the examples can easily fit into more than one category. I just want you to see how getting organized and finding the systems and strategies that work best for you, your family, and your business can help greatly reduce the cost you're currently paying.
Individual tubes of mascara and bottles of foundation don't take up much room, but collectively all the beauty products and cosmetics we’re saving can take a toll – both on available storage space and on our health. At best, cosmetics past their prime just won’t work as well. At worst, they can cause irritation and infection.
Well-formulated cosmetics can remain stable for a couple of years if stored unopened at room temperature. When they're opened and air comes into contact with the product, certain ingredients start to oxidize and degrade.
Every time you touch these products, germs are transferred onto them and, in turn, onto your face and skin. Heat and humidity promote the growth of mold, yeast, bacteria, and fungi, making the bathroom a poor choice for cosmetic storage. (Full disclosure: mine are in the bathroom, but after researching this, I’m planning to make a change.)
So, how do you know how long is too long to keep and use your beauty products? Beyond the obvious signs (mascara drying out, liquids separating), it can be difficult to tell. Plus, U.S. labeling regulations don’t require an expiration date.
By far, sentimental items are the most difficult category of things to declutter, and of those, inherited items are the most challenging. Your great grandmother's china. A grandfather’s war medals. Mom’s linens. Dad’s fishing gear.
First of all, if you’re starting your organization journey by decluttering sentimental items, STOP. Step away from this category and focus on areas less likely to stir intense emotions, like a hall closet or one of the junk drawers in your kitchen. Sentimental items are for later in the process, after you’ve decluttered other spaces and have had time to build up momentum and practice.
The biggest challenge when sorting and decluttering inherited items is facing and dealing with the emotions and memories that they trigger. I recently had a client with a large clown collection she had inherited from her grandmother. She wanted to fill her hutch with vintage bakeware, dishes, and glassware, but so much of it was taken up by clowns that what she wanted to display simply wouldn't fit.
I'm Jen, a professional organizer ready to help you take charge of your space, free up your time, and lead a more organized life! (Read more about me here)