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Creative Ways To Organize Your Home Office

Creative Ways To Organize Your Home Office

By on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments

A home office is an essential room in today’s home.   Whether used as a space for a home business, a creative space for crafts, or to do homework, a home office is a place that is dedicated for productivity.  It is a space were getting work done is a must.   So it is essential that your home office be designed to allow you to get the items you need without having to wade through mounds of paper or clutter.   Thus, allowing you to do the task at hand comfortably.  The trick is to have a home for everything so, when it is time to clean up it can be done quickly.   As a designer, I work with clients to design their office making it easy for them to work clutter free.  So let’s start to get organize.  Following are tips to create a warm organized office.  Creatively Use Your Wall Space: Use your walls to showcase your calendar.   A white board calendar helps you to see your month in advance, thus helping you to plan your days efficiently. Cork your wall.  Use a cork board to pin up notes and to do list.  They are also great to hold keys and other small items.  Floating Shelves not only help you to get items off your desk, but it can also help to display items like plants and pictures.  Use Texture:  Wicker baskets are great for storing small items and magazines; as well as filing papers.  Wicker baskets are not only are they great for storage, but the colors and texture also makes your office space a warm welcoming space. Add Color:  Use colorful file bins.  These tin file bins are great for filing and adding color. Magazine holders in different colors and patterns not only add a pop of color to your office, but they can be used to hold important papers and notebooks.  Felicia Wallace Benton is owner of Designing Your Vision and guest expert on Got Clutter? Get...

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The Organized Home

The Organized Home

By on Jul 15, 2013 | 2 comments

For over 17 years of working with clients to help them organize their homes, offices and lives I am asked the same question, “Is it possible to have an organized home”?  My answer is always YES.  Recently I received a call from a woman I spoke with after my presentation at a conference and she shared with me the struggles she was having trying to get organized.  We scheduled a consultation so I could assess her space and discuss ways that I could assist her.  As I entered her home I was amazed at how orderly and clean the living room, dining area and kitchen were.  I immediately informed her that this is not the home of an extreme hoarder which she kept claiming she was.  We then proceeded to the 2nd floor which is where she needed help.  After several surgeries and ending a career in education she just became overwhelmed with maintaining order.  I told her I could assist her with clearing the clutter, getting organized and developing a system that will be easy to maintain.  She was excited and was ready to tackle the home office, I continued my assessment and we entered the bedroom.  I saw the piles and learned that she was not sleeping in her bed and decided that would be the room we would focus on first since it had been several months since she had a good night’s sleep.  Together we tackled the bedroom by doing the following: 1)      Purged the closet and dresser of items she no longer wore 2)      Donated clothes to local charity 3)      Organized the  clothes that she decided to keep 4)      Remove items that did not belong ( paperwork that belonged in home office) 5)      Mount TV on the wall 6)      Cleared top of dresser of items no longer used 7)      Place new linens on bed and curtains on windows 8)      Established the bedroom as a Clutter-Free Zone.  Only reading, watching TV and sleeping allowed.  No more paperwork in the bedroom.  Next we moved to the home office to tackle the paper piles and we have accomplished the following: 1)      Sorted through the paperwork and other items by creating the following categories: a.       Sewing ( fabrics,...

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An Organized Summer: The Travel, The Family, The Fun

An Organized Summer: The Travel, The Family, The Fun

By on May 14, 2013 | 2 comments

Memorial’s Day is the official start of Summer and I wanted to provide you with simple ways to maintain order no matter how hot it gets.  Below are a few tips so you and your family can have an organized Summer. The Travel: 1)      Organize all the items you need to have access to as a driver (guide books, change for tolls, phone charger). 2)      Have a fully supplied first aid kit and adequate items for car maintenance in the car. 3)      Have a designated place in your home for your passport with a list of all recent immunizations. 4)      Organize luggage and travel bags and donate ones you no longer use. 5)      Keep all travel size items (personal care items) well stocked and organized. The Family: 1)      Schedule time to review family member’s schedules (work, extracurricular activities, meetings) to ensure there are no conflicts and that the family spends quality time together. 2)      Give away old photos you don’t want to family members that would cherish them. 3)      Establish a new and fun way to stay connected (texting, face time, regular scheduled phone calls). The Fun: 1)      Organize all games and toys for outside activities. 2)      Make sure you are well stocked with sunscreen. 3)      Designate a space where wet towels and toys go after a day in the water. For a quick Summer read that will help you conquer clutter get a FREE copy of my eBook 30 Minutes or Less…30 Simple Ways To Organize Your Life. Do you have a Summer organizing tips please share I would love to hear from you.  Until next time have a clutter free...

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Tips From The Mother of Miss Totally Organized

Tips From The Mother of Miss Totally Organized

By on Apr 30, 2013 | 2 comments

In honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to share tips I learned from my Mother that help me maintain order in my home and life. I hope this will inspire you as a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Godmother and Mentor to do the same.  Mom Taylor’s Life Organizing Tidbits  Paper Management System: 1)      Organize coupons in coupon organizer check the expiration date each time you shop. 2)      After magazines and papers are read put them in the recycling bin. 3)      Use small file box to keep paid bills, bank statements, household information, etc. 4)      Identify photos immediately and schedule time to organize in photo albums/boxes. 5)      Discard duplicate information from banks, insurance companies, pharmacies. Time Saving Tips: 1)      Make a shopping list and list items by aisle to save time. 2)      Use your calendar as a reminder to change the baking soda in the refrigerator. 3)      Schedule time weekly according to your work schedule to do laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning. 4)      Plan meals for the week and cook according to your schedule.  I do my cooking for the week on Saturday or Sunday when I have more time. 5)      Clean the kitchen after you have finished a meal.  Faster to clean up after one meal than three. Maintain order in the home: 1)      Label and date everything that is stored in the freezer in aluminum foil. 2)      Group like items together in the cabinets (bake goods, breakfast foods). 3)      Use a variety of containers to organize miscellaneous items (plastic margarine container to store trash bag ties). 4)      Put clean clothes away. 5)      Always hang your coat up and put away your shoes. For additional organizing tidbits order one of my publications to conquer the clutter in your home, office and life. Drop me a line and let me know what tip you used or share a tip you received from your Mother that has impacted you and how you manage your home and...

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Janet’s Spring Organizing Tips

Janet’s Spring Organizing Tips

By on Apr 16, 2013 | 2 comments

When we think of home improvement some of the things that come to our mind is the cost, the contractors and the length of the project.  I have 15 simple solutions that will help you organize your home without the cost of contractors and can be done in a couple of hours.       Clothes Closet Use a variety of organizers to store belts, scarves and other accessories Use shelves to store sweaters and tee shirts Store shoes on racks or in shoe boxes Linen Closet Fold bed linens sets as a unit Stack linens by room Roll your towels to save space Hall Closet Use containers to store small items ( flash lights, batteries, chargers) Use shoe racks to organize shoes that are kept near entrance Place hats, gloves and scarves in bins or baskets Kitchen Cabinet Storage Mount hooks underneath inside shelf to hang cups Attach an organizer on the inside of a cabinet door to store sponges, rubber gloves, etc. Use a lazy Susan in an awkward corner to maximize space Under the bed Use storage boxes on wheels to utilize space underneath the bed to store linens or seasonal clothes. Medicine Cabinet Designate a shelf for items such as hair care, first aid items, skin and body care. Periodically check the expiration date on all items in medicine cabinet For additional tips sign-up to receive a FREE copy of my new eBook 30 Minutes or Less Simpe Ways To Organize Your Life.  In this eBook I provide you with 30 solutions you can implement immediately to tackle clutter in your home, office and life. Get your copy today!                 Name...

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Janet’s Spring Into Organization Product Picks

Janet’s Spring Into Organization Product Picks

By on Mar 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Spring has officially arrived and to help you on journey I am providing you with my picks of products under $75 to help you tackle piles, conquer clutter and maximize your space so your home is in order and you are living an organized life. 1)      Keep those handbags accessible in your closet with the Milano Handbag Storage Bin from the Container Store $19.99 http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/shelfOrganizers?productId=10031160&N=71921 2)   No more endless searches for items you already own with the Modular Drawer Organizers from William Sonoma $29.95 to $36.95 http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mahogany-modular-drawer-organizer 3)      Keep tools in order for your DIY projects with the Garage Crawford® 8ft Garage and Tool Organizer  Ace Hardware Store  $10.99 http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1340605&cp=2568443.2568451.2626211.2627915.3244834 4)      End facing piles of mail when you open the door with the décor Bladis Container from IKEA $12.99- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50219355 5)      Make this the year all your important documents are organized with the See Jane Work Basic File Box- $22 http://www.seejanework.com/productcart/pc/See-Jane-Work-Basic-File-Box-ALL-NEW-211p4865.htm 6)      Make accessing items under the kitchen sink easier with the Kitchen-Expanding Under The Shelf  Harriet Carter $24.98 http://www.harrietcarter.com/organizers_kitchen/expanding-under-sink-shelf 7)      Maximize the space in our bathroom with this Bathroom  Slide out organizers Lillian Vernon $14.99-$17.99 http://www.lillianvernon.com/Product/Slide-outOrganizers 8)      Get the junk out your trunk with this cargo organizer Auto Sport $74.00 http://www.autosportcatalog.com/organization-and-storage-solutions/cargo-organizer.cfm 9)      Need help with your organizing project? Get the JMT Virtual Organizing Session- Connect with me in a virtual strategy session via phone or video chat. I will view the space you want to organize and provide you with solutions to help you get things in order. http://janetmtaylor.com/wordpress/virtual-organizing-session I would love your feedback so let know if any of my above product picks or one you found helped you get organized....

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