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Month: October, 2012

Organizing Doesn’t Have to be Spooky!

Happy Halloween!

Keeping with the theme of the day I decided to touch on an unspoken barrier to organizing. Most people don’t like organizing. I can’t understand it, but it’s true! You would rather do almost anything, OTHER than organize.

I’ve tried to figure this out as I talk with people and observe their actions. I think one of the largest barriers is the perception that it takes SO MUCH TIME! I don’t have the time is the excuse I hear most often.

I would love to take it on as my personal mission to convince you and everyone else that it takes more time being disorganized than organizing will ever take.

I want to challenge you for the next seven days. For the next seven days set aside 15 minutes to organize small spaces. I have compiled seven examples for you to get started.

1. If you do not have a place to put your keys by the door, hang a hook, get a small table or hang a shelf. This will save on average 10 minutes a day… A DAY!

2. Open a drawer in your kitchen and sort the contents in it. Be ruthless, you do not need six spatulas, ever for anything, pick your favorite three and move on.

3. Open the front hall closet and sort the items in there. Are there summer items in the winter or coats and shoes your children have outgrown? Sort, Edit and Organize the space back to functional and beautiful!

4. Clean out the medicine cabinet. Expired medicine, old toothbrushes, old make-up and toothpaste tubes within an inch of their life. Sort it wipe it down and restock as necessary.

5. Clean the silver. It’s time to start thinking about entertaining this winter. Dinner parties and family get together. The serving pieces and candlesticks will make their way out of the cabinets. Save time and your sanity the day of by shining all the silver ahead of time so it glows at your party!

6. Update the monthly calendar. Take 15 minutes to update the family calendar and post it somewhere everyone can see it and update it as things change. Doing this monthly will save time, energy and headaches. Time spent in planning was never wasted.


7. Open the mail. I know this sounds funny, but take 15 minutes to open the mail and deal with it RIGHT NOW. Don’t set it in a pile. If you need to pay a bill get online and pay it – or schedule a payment for due date so you don’t forget. RSVP for parties, recycle junk mail and if you order magazines, take the time during the month to read them and spend a few minutes on yourself.


Don’t forget the reward at the end of 15 minutes. Here are seven rewards I would recommend J


1. A cup of coffee or tea

2. Watch your favorite tv show

3. A bath

4. Go out for a yummy dinner

5. Go for a walk

6. Get a manicure

7. Call a friend and catch up


The reward is important to motivate you to the next session. Challenge yourself – take the next seven days and see the immediate difference in your life. Let me know how it goes. I believe in your success!


Happy Organizing!


Clear Clutter for Charity

There was an article in the Star a few weeks ago about where to clear clutter for charity. One of the biggest challenges of organizing – what to do with the things you no longer want or use.

I thought it was a great list and as we begin to move in for cooler weather and decide we have too much stuff – here is a list of places that will happily take it off of your hands.

Canadian Diabetes Association – 1-800-505-5525 to schedule pickup

Or Click Here to find out more information   

The Diabetes Association will use your donations to fund their and support diabetes research.

What they accept: Appliances, Bedding, Books, Clothes, Electronics, Toys, Sports Equipment

Children’s Book Bank – Drop off at 350 Barkley St.

The Children’s Book Bank provides books to children in low-income neighborhoods.

Furniture Bank – 416-934-1229 to schedule pickup or drop off

The Furniture Bank works with shelters and agencies to provide furniture to abused women, refugee families and at-risk youth.

What they accept: Appliances, Furniture

Habitat for Humanity – 416-755-7353 to schedule pickup or drop off

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing and depends on the donations of gently used and like new building supplies.

What they accept: Appliances, Furniture

Jessie’s, The June Callwood Centre for Young Women – 416-365-1888 for drop-off info

Jessie’s offers services and support to women ages 18 and under who are pregnant or have children.

What they accept: Baby gear, Toys

New Circles – 416-422-2591 for drop-off info

Provides new and gently used clothing to low-income families and new immigrants. What they accept: Clothing

Click Here for more info

Oasis Clothing Bank – 416-751-0553 to schedule pickup or drop off

Proceeds provide support to addiction recovery programs.

What they accept: Appliances, Bedding, Books, Clothing, Furniture, Electronics, Toys, Sports Equipment

Pegasus – 416-913-2544 for drop off info

The proceeds from Pegasus support programs for adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

What they accept: Kitchenware, Books, Clothing

Woodgreen red door family shelter – 416-915-5671 to schedule pick-up (for a fee)

The items from this Organization benefit clients moving out of shelters or families or abused women.

What they accept: Clothing, Furniture, Kitchenware

These have all been added to my website at: Where to Donate Stuff

Happy Organizing!


Outside of the Plastic Box Organizing

As a semi follow-up to last week I decided to share a tip from a woman I met in Solutions this weekend during my complimentary closet-consultation event!

After discussing the troubles of changing your closet for the season she shared her solution with me. In otherwise “dead space” in her bedroom bedroom she has a wardrobe that she purchased from Ikea. It’s not very wide and has double hanging bars inside.

On the floor she places all of her shoes and even bags with things like sunscreen, sunglasses and beach bags. Then hanging all of her clothing she has easy access to her entire wardrobe without it taking over the closet. When she travels she has all of her clothing at her finger-tips and can easily unpack when she gets home.

If you are lucky enough to have storage in your basement or a spare bedroom, also consider these areas for your out of season armoire. If you don’t have the space for an armoire then consider packing your clothing in suitcases. If you plan to take a trip over the winter to a warm weather location, pack up now. When you get home wash and store back in the suitcase until spring.

Thank you again for such a great idea and sharing your organizing success stories. Do you have your own organizing success story? Share it, I’d love to hear!

Happy Organizing!


Transition the Closet

It’s that time AGAIN. I feel like I just did this, but here we are switching the closet for cooler weather. It’s also a season of parties and travel so be smart and be organized and you are sure to enjoy everything that is coming up!

Taking the time to swap your clothing for the seasonal change will open up space and save you from digging through summer dresses to reach a sweater.

Tips and Tricks!

Give yourself time – set aside an hour or two to complete this project.

Tools on hand – have bags for donation, a bag for alterations and dry cleaning, a suitcase for item to go to consignment – they won’t go until the spring/summer season so keep them packed safe so they will be in top condition for consignment, garbage bag, storage bins to pack away warmer weather clothes.

Start with the sort – give everything a very careful once over. Make sure there are no holes or signs of wear. Did you wear it all season? Don’t hang onto things you don’t wear.

Edit out the items – divvy up the items where they belong, storage, consignment, donate, garbage.

Tip – Keep bounce sheets in your storage bins to keep everything smelling nice and it keeps the months away.

When you pack items back in the closet turn the hanger the wrong way – as you wear them turn them back and it will show you what you have worn and what you haven’t.

Tip – if you travel to warm destinations in the winter pack your suitcase as you pack your closet. This way the items you want are close at hand AND you don’t have to pack when the vacation comes up!

If you have items that are sentimental – take a picture of them and you can always have a memory – you can then pack it away if you’re not ready to part with it or donate it.

If you are inspired create a few outfits: a go to dinner outfit, a go to date night outfit and a few work looks. Take pictures and hang them close to the closet for reference. When you feel like you have nothing go to these.

Tip – Winter clothing take up more space than summer clothing so consider this when adding items to your wardrobe. Winter also tends to have more accessories and layering pieces – baskets and plastic bins can be great additions to keep things separated and organized.

If you want to explore the possibility of updating your closet so it meets your needs, let’s chat. I am transforming closets every day and would love to help with yours!

Click Here to look at my site for a list of places to donate and consign items you no longer wear or want.

Happy Organizing!