Monday, February 28, 2011

What's Wrong With My Closet?

Organizing Tip: Closet Redesign - Start a "Need, Wish, Want List"
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Wish you had a better layout in your closet? Thinking about a closet makeover or redesign, but don't yet know what you need? Then start now by creating a "Need, Wish, Want List". Post a piece of paper on the door or wall of your closet, and keep a dedicated pen nearby. Every time you're using your closet and it's not working out for you, jot down what's bothering you, and, if possible, what you wish it was like instead. Write down things like:

"I Wish I had more room for my folded clothing"
"I Need a place to keep my suitcase easily accessible because I take frequent trips for business."
"I Want a place to sit down to put on my shoes"
"I Wish I had a better way to store my scarves and belts because they're always landing on the floor"
"I Need hangers that my clothes don't fall off of"
and so on...

Over time, this list will define your goals and tasks to make your closet function better for you. Then, you can either tackle these items one by one as time allows, or plan an entire closet makeover to get the closet of your dreams! Contact:
Linda English - Owner/Professional Organizer
O rganizing W ith EASE, LLC
" Everything Arranged So Easily"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Organize Your Weekend Activities

Organizing Tip: Planning your weekends with Post-Its

Does the weekend seem to just come and go each week for you, and you wonder why you got nothing done? Do you wish you had accomplished more around the house, or done something a bit more special with your family or friends? Here are a some tips to help you have a more fun and productive weekend (even if it means you just relaxed and took a nap!)

Use Post-It's to help plan your weekends:
Get 2 stacks of different colored Post-Its - use one color for HOUSEHOLD, and the other color for ACTIVITIES.
HOUSEHOLD is for things that you've been meaning to get done, like 'Repair faucet, 'Hang New Pictures', 'Change Light Bulbs', or 'Organize Closet'. ACTIVITIES are fun things you'd like to do on the weekend either by yourself, with friends, or with family, like 'Go Ice-Skating', 'Visit new baby', 'Take a nap', or 'Bake Cookies with the kids'
Put all these items on post-its, and put them somewhere in the hub of your home, such as the kitchen or mudroom, on the back of a cabinet or closet door, on the fridge, or right on a wall if you'd like! You can arrange them in priority order any way you'd like. Putting them up randomly will work too.
Now, if you're a real planner, get your calendar out, and see what you've got going on the next few months, and put the sticky-notes right on your calendar on the days you'd like to do them.
If you're more free-spirited, and like to do things when the mood strikes you, then, each weekend take a glance at your post-it collection, and pull off the ones you feel like doing.
The post-it method is an easy way to get all those ideas on paper, and easily see, move around, and plan what you'd like to do when. No more waking up Monday morning saying "I wish I hadn't wasted my weekend!"
Or, if your family likes to keep your options open:,

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Linda English - Owner/Professional Organizer
O rganizing W ith EASE, LLC
" Everything Arranged So Easily"