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Month: April, 2012

Spring into Organizing

There are so many exciting things happening with me and Beautifully Organized this time of year. If you didn’t receive the invite in the mail then let me be the first to tell you about an exciting FREE event coming up this Wednesday, April 25 at Alma Natural Spa, 2105 Yonge Street. I will be there from 7 – 9pm for a presentation on “Organizing your Life”. I will share tips and tricks to help streamline and organize your life. There will also be hands on activities and everyone that attends, that has not worked with me before, will receive a complimentary in-home consultation. If you haven’t been to Alma yet, it’s a great excuse to come and enjoy a great evening out!

I also want to include my spring organizing checklist for my blog readers. It’s that time of year again. Time to clean and organize the winter blues away. I’ve compiled a checklist to help guide you and get you started. It is a downloadable file so you can print it off and follow right along. As always, if you need an extra pair of hands I’d love to help see your project through.

Have a fabulous week and happy organizing!

Check Spring Cleaning Off Your List

Get Out of the Door Faster


The morning. Not my best time. I am getting better though and I find my best mornings are the mornings I feel prepared and ready for the day. However, I am still not a fan of getting up early so I’m learning to simplify my morning routine. Here are a few tricks I use to get out of the door faster in the morning. 

Wash my hair the night before – I save so much time washing my hair at night and spritzing a bit of water in the morning to style if needed

Simplify my makeup – I swipe on a loose powder, blush, mascara and I’m out the door. Squeeze on lipgloss and I’m ready to take on the day. Or I might skip it all together

Pack a healthy breakfast/lunch or snack – this keeps me from the temptations. I like whole wheat toast with peanut butter, a protein yogurt, cereal with milk (Solutions has the BEST togo cereal containers) or a turkey sandwich

A handheld steamer – It can work wonders in a few minutes and have you always looking your best

Pick out your outfit the night before – save time and energy and always look your best

Set an alarm for 10 minutes before you have to go – collect yourself and head to the door

Create a “departure zone” – leave everything in this area that you need when you leave: purse/briefcase, keys, phone, sunglasses, subway tokens, change for parking, letters to mail, money to deposit etc. etc.

The morning doesn’t always have to be a struggle.

Happy Organizing!





Serenity in the Bedroom

There should be one purpose for the bedroom – sleep! I have seen and worked in many bedrooms that carry multiple purposes: the office, the laundry hub, TV watching or reading nook. Given the space you live in, it might not be realistic to move these spaces to a different area of the home, but you can corral the clutter and bring the serenity back to your bedroom.

If you do have multiple functions in your bedroom do you find that:

The laundry piles are so large on the bed you have to push it off every night?

The office area is overflowing to the point that you have papers on your night table, dresser and bed?

The TV is always on or you are collecting a small library in the bedroom?

Given the number of distractions we have in our bedroom there’s no wonder we have a hard time sleeping.

As with any organizing project, start with the sort. Be brutal with the edit, this is your space and if there are items in your room that don’t contribute to more sleep, get rid of them. Or find the proper home for them.

Here are a few Tips:

Use clear bins to sort like items – You can stack them and label them easily for at a glance identification and access

Use the “wasted” wall space – hooks are one of my favorite organizing tools. They work for everything and generally go on the wall, which tends to be wasted space

Label – especially if you have someone else help in the home – housekeeper, spouse, children – this will ensure everything makes it back to the right spot. Use pictures for children to help keep their space in order

Place a bin or basket by the door – if you happen to bring items into the bedroom that don’t belong, place them in the basket and redistribute them at the end of the day

Set aside 15 – 20 minutes – well before bedtime to organize and tidy before you come in to go to bed. It will keep you calm at night and help you feel refreshed in the morning.

The bedroom is your sanctuary so treat it as such. There is nothing more important than sleep and with a cluttered bedroom it makes it nearly impossible.

The pictures are a bit drastic today, but it does show that any space can be brought back to life with a good plan and solid execution.

Happy Organizing!