Posts Tagged ‘organize’

Kitchen from the past

July 8, 2009


kitchen stove

kitchen stove


It’s rad to see appliances from the 50s that are still in great shape.  I had to take a photo of this oven to illustrate that craftsmanship and care make a difference.  I love the glass doors and the side-by-side ovens.  I bet this cost a pretty penny back in the day!


Collecting dolphin figurines

July 6, 2009

An Ex-Collector Comes Clean

I once loved collecting anything that had to do with dolphins. My house was full of figurines, posters, spoons, pens or T-shirts that were all adorned with dolphins. My friends and family always knew what to get me for my birthday, and my love for dolphins played out every time I reached for something to wear or glanced at my wall!

Hitting the Wall
But then a weird thing happened: I realized that my love for dolphins wasn’t tied to a bunch of stuff that I didn’t really use.  I’d graduated to a level where I could appreciate the little critters without accumulating clutter (I am a professional organizer, after all).

Dolphin Intervention
But while I was over my addiction to dolphins, my family and friends weren’t.  The dolphin gifts kept pouring in and my shelves kept filling up. I realized that I’d have to inform my loved ones that I’d ended my collection phase – and that I’d “left the pod” behind me.  The problem was that I felt bad telling my friends not to give me gifts.

Taking Charge of the Process
In the end I didn’t have to worry. I approached my family and friends and told them that I really wasn’t interested in collecting “themed” items anymore.  I informed them that I really just wanted to spend time with them, instead of receiving gifts.  The news went over well and now I have more quality time with the people that I love – and I have less clutter.  A win-win situation!

The Moral
It’s OK to stop collecting things even if your identity is wrapped up in your memorabilia.  Your family and friends aren’t going to think you’re a weirdo because you’ve outgrown a collection – they’ll probably like spending more time with you in lieu of gifts – or shopping for a different, unique gift for you.  Most of all, you’ll be thankful for more breathing space.

Hide it for 6 months

June 18, 2009

If the thought of getting rid of something that you hardly use is just too overwhelming, try this.
Get a large box and store anything you hardly use in the this box. Then, put this box in the garage or attic. Mark your calendar exactly 6 months away. Mark it with “6 month box”.

When 6 months go by, and if you haven’t touched that box in the past 6 months, DON’T open it -Just bring it to a charity.

Closets – How to..

June 1, 2009

Front entrance closets can be quite a challenge. Thinking vertical is a good start.

1. Empty out of the contents. 2. Sort & purge. 3. Contain items (buy what you need) 4. Re-organize contents back into the closet. 5. Keep items off the floor. 6. Make sure you have plenty of light.

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SimpliFLY your Luggage

May 21, 2009

SimpliFLY your holiday packing. Traveling can be simpler and go smoother if you create an effective system and follow it consistently.

1. When packing your suitcase -roll your clothes. It helps stop wrinkling. Also, roll up your socks and underwear and store in your shoes. It saves room and keeps your shoes in form.

2. Pack your jewelry in bubble wrap. Lie the bubble wrap flat place jewelry on top and roll it up! This will keep them untangled and in one piece.

3. Pre-pack your toiletry bag well in advance – for a quick exit. Always keep it refilled and try not to take things out during non-travel days.

4. Use Ziplock bags to store belts, medications, bathing suits, hair ties or any small items.

5. Pack a set of clothes in your carry on. Your luggage might not meet you at your destination.

6. Make copies of important papers. Keep one copy for yourself electronically and give a copy to a friend.