Well February is upon us and the holidays are over, so now is the time to get organized or reorganize your life in some way. Sometimes it's hard to know where to start.This month's tip is to Learn to Live Your Junk Drawer. We all have one (you know that you do too). That drawer or drawers that you shove everything that you don't know what to do with. Then you can't find any of it. Anybody in your house ever say "Where are the good scissors?"
I recommend designating one drawer in the kitchen for this purpose.
Step 1 - Start by emptying everything out of the drawer. Clean the inside of the drawer while it is empty.
Step 2 - Sort the contents of the drawer into categories.
Step 3 - You can find all kinds of inexpensive organizers in different sizes and shapes. Once you have sorted your items you can easily tell what you will need. If you have more pens and pencils than can fit in the container throw them out.
Step 4 - Once you have cleaned and sorted, fill the containers and arrange the drawer.
Organizing does not have to be finished in one day. Start with a small project like a junk drawer to begin. If you are feeling overwhelmed, call a pro like the Merry Organizer to give you a hand.
School and summer vacation time will soon becoming to an end before we know it. Have you begun to prepare your college student or child to get ready for their return to school? I didn't think so.
Even though no one wants to think about that yet. It will be here sooner than you think. It is still not too late.
Preparing a new or returning college student can be emotional and stressful (even or especially for parents) Proper planning and organizing can help to reduce that for everyone involved. Having had three children of my own graduate from college, I know what it is like because I have been through it. It can be difficult and you often may end up fighting over it. A couple of important points can improve everyone's experience.
1. Know how big their dorm room or apartment is. It is very easy to take too much for the room size and more than they need.
2. With limited space and sometimes funds (college can be expensive) knowing which items to take and leave behind is crucial.
3. Select the right organization items to make maximum use of the available space. Your child might have no interest in this yet but believe me they will be glad you did later.
4. Are you moving them locally or a long distance? This can make a difference on what and how much you can take at once. This can require a different strategy. I was overseas when all three of mine went away to college, two of them attending school outside of the USA.
5. If your child is going to share a room with other students, it can be very helpful to clearly label or mark their belongings. It can prevent a lot of problems later on.
For preschool and elementary students it is even more important for them to begin with a fresh and well organized start to the school year. Whether it is teaching them to organize their back packs, clothes and breakfast items the night before, there are many ways to make the mornings less stressful and chaotic. It is also time for Mom or Dad to help organize their room (or of course you can call the Merry Organizer.
For any of these problems don't be afraid to call the Merry organizer for some help. Even teachers who may need a little assistance getting their rooms organized for the new year. Remember I offer a free in home assessment.
Happy New School Year to Students, Parents and Teachers,
Sharon Caruso The Merry Organizer
Now that spring is upon us are you ready to enjoy the nice weather? Or are you still feeling bogged down because you didn't get organized over the winter months.
Are you one of these people?
1. Still have Christmas decorations stacked in the corner and not properly stored.
Tip: Packing these items away properly and labeling them will make it much easier next year.
2. I will be moving over the spring or summer.
Tip: If you are it is time to start preparing now. Cleaning out and organizing before the actual move makes things a hundred percent easier at your new location.
3. I can't find a thing in my garage.
Tip: The spring is a great time to clean out before the weather is so hot it is just unbearable to even think about it.
4. I would like to have a garage sale but don't know where to start.
Tip: It is best to hold your sale after you have cleaned out and gathered all your excess items into one place.
5. When I come home from work I dread walking into the chaos that awaits me at home.
Tip: Start by working on one drawer, closet or area at a time.
Still feeling overwhelmed don't fret. The Merry Organizer is here to help. I can assist in almost any organizing task.
Help with organizing your pantry, closets, holiday items, home office,
Start the New Year out right by making your resolution to have a clutter and stress free home. After the holidays are over we all have a tendency to feel little bit of a letdown. The winter months are a great time to get started organizing your home. With the cold weather we all spend a lot more time indoors.
Why not put that time to good use getting organized? It is not necessary to accomplish everything at once. That can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t look at the entire house and think I don’t know where to start. Pick one room to start with. Rome wasn’t defeated in a day and neither will your clutter. You don’t need to organize the entire room in one day. Start simple. Even one drawer, closet or kitchen cabinet is a good way to begin.
Using this approach, little by little the whole house will be organized and clutter free. By spring time both you and your house can feel fresh and renewed. Running a household, working and raising a family often leave very little time and energy to accomplish any of this. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. A professional organizer can inexpensively assist you to achieve the well-organized home that will save you time and reduce frustration.
Call the Merry Organizer today for a free consultation in your home to assess your needs and to get started for a better and more organized home and life. 865-233-0785 0ffice or 803-237-8574 mobile.
1. Don’t be afraid to get started. Stop procrastinating and get motivated to begin now.
2. Start out simple. One drawer, one cupboard or closet is good way to start.
3. When starting a project, whether a drawer or closet, empty the entire area and clean and wipe down the space. You will be accomplishing two tasks at once.
4. Don’t be afraid to throw away or donate unused items that are just taking up space. Maybe even have a garage sale to make some money.
5. Clothes and toys go out of style and get outgrown. Now is the time to re-evaluate what to keep and what to replace or eliminate. Stop and ask yourself when was the last time I used or wore this item.
6. Watch out for expiration dates when cleaning and organizing a pantry, refrigerator or medicine closet.
7. Ask yourself, what do I use this space for? Whether it is your bedroom, home office, entry or family room, organizing is done according to how the space is utilized.
8. Remember most of all, a place for everything and everything in its place. Having an organized system keeps your home clutter free.
9. To keep clutter from accumulating, remember the simple rule of one new thing in and one old thing out.
10. Call a professional to start and keep you motivated and on track for all your organizing needs. There is no reason to go it alone.