July 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Take organizing with a friend to a new level. Do an organizing road-rally. Get a group of 3 or 4 friends and tackle one organizing project at each house. If one mom doesn’t want to organize, she can babysit in return for her organizing project. Have fun with it. You may find that your friends need that old ______(you fill in the blank) you’ve just been dying to get rid of.
July 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
July 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
On my last trip to IKEA, I picked up round, magnetized, clear-lidded containers that I’m using everywhere - for nails in the garage system, for barrettes in the bathroom medicine cabinet and for small scrapbooking supplies in my scrappin’ nook.
July 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
It’s pitch time: the IKEA store is an organizer’s dream. I have yet to encounter an organizing problem that could not be solved with an IKEA system. A word of caution though; plan to spend some time when you go. There’s LOTS to see. They have a great playland for potty-trained kids (when it’s not full - call ahead to check).
June 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
June 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Use discipline dice - list consequences 1-6. Your kids should help you come up with these. Make sure “say sorry and give hugs” is one of them (they always think that one is the worst torture - so it’s very effective). When kids are out of line, they role the dice and take the consequence.
June 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Put your shredder between the mailbox and your counter. One organizing professional keeps hers in the garage so junk mail never even enters her house.
June 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Want to control your paper? Stop it before it even comes to you. Type “stopping unwanted mail” into Google and learn how to prevent paper from landing in your mailbox. Catch it before it lands on your counter in a pile.
May 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
When your child can negotiate hangers, insert a tension rod in the closet. Adjust the height as she grows.
May 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Keep children’s dressers in the laundry room - establish the laundry room is the place where they should always dress and undress. You’ll be amazed at how clean their rooms will stay.
May 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Line top of hard-to-reach areas with wax paper. Instead of scrubbing when they get dirty, just replace with new paper.
May 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Are you using the back of your doors? This is such a great space - don’t waste it. You can hang a clear shoe organizer over your pantry door to organize baggies, tin foil and wax paper. Hang a shoe organizer in your hall closet for hats and gloves. Hang towel racks on the back of kid’s doors to keep their towels off the floor and out of the bathroom. Use hat-racks on the back of doors to hang hats (of course) and ties and shirts!
April 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Use empty paper towel rolls to keep hanger creases out of your dress pants. Cut a slit in the roll and then slide it over your hanger. Then when you put your pants on the hanger, you won’t get that unsightly crease that usually ends up right above your knees.
April 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Empty toilet paper rolls make the best cord organizers. Fold the cords and tuck them into the roll. For longer cords, use empty paper towel rolls. This is a great system for cords behind your TV or computer. If you label each roll, moving (whether you’re rearranging furniture or moving to a new house) will be a breeze.
April 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
One of my customers turned me on to this great tip. Originating from www.housefairy.org, use this tip to keep your kids motivated about cleaning their rooms. Explain that there is a clean room fairy (sister of the tooth fairy) who will come and visit (no one can be sure when) and if their room is clean, she’ll leave a surprise. This is such a great idea and has already worked for me. The fairy may want to purposely visit when the room isn’t clean and leave a note like, “sure hope your room is clean next time so I can leave your surprise!”
April 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Have an abundance of photos? Take them to your local copy center and have them laminated to make placemats. Your kids will love them and so will you!
March 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MDT
Use a friend. Your best friend will be, well... your best friend... for organizing. Sometimes you need an objective party to tell you that the green-sequined skirt you wore to prom is just not worth hanging on to anymore. Invite a friend to help you get organized and then return the favor. A word of caution, do not invite someone to help who is invested in your stuff in any way - they can not be objective (don’t ask your husband - he doesn’t want to help anyway and it’s gonna get ugly - just let him watch football okay?).
March 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Right after Christmas and Springtime are my favorite times to organize. Start small. Pick a spot that will have a small domino effect. Sometimes one kitchen cupboard can turn into a whole kitchen rearrangement and that can be overwhelming. Don’t start those projects unless you have a lot of time to devote.
February 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Give yourself some credit. Stop seeing what isn’t done and pat yourself on the back for all of the things you are getting done.
February 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Instead of using an unwieldy spice rack, use Velcro dots to stick your spices to the underside of a cabinet. The rack will be gone and the spices won’t take up counter or cupboard space!
February 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Keep a basket by the door. Put old magazines, books, or toys in it and when you have visitors, tell them to help themselves as they leave.
February 7, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Help your family help you by not doing everything for them. Make them responsible for their stuff. When your husband says, “Where are my keys?” respond, “I don’t know.” and then fight the urge to get up and find them for him. Every time you find them for him, you teach him not to care where he puts them down. You are not helping anyone if they can’t do anything without you.
January 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
This is my favorite closet organizing tip. You can do this today! Go into your closet and turn all of your hangers so the hooks face you. When you wear something, hang it back up, hook facing the back of the closet. After a set amount of time, get rid of anything that still has its hook facing you. You’ll know what you’ve worn by the direction of the hangers.
January 21, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
Keep a check-out list with videos/dvds/cds or anything people tend to borrow from you often. You’ll never have to do a telephone search to locate “Sleepless In Seattle” again.
January 14, 2010 12:00:00 PM MST
January is the best time to organize. That’s why all the organizing supplies are on sale right now! Teach your kids how to fit their new Christmas goodies into their space. Establish a January de-junking tradition. Anything not worn or played with since last Christmas should definitely go!