weekly organizing Tips

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Month: June, 2013

Transform a Closet into a Home Office

I’m sharing quick tips and tricks today to turn unused space into a functional home office.

Eliminate Clutter for a Good Cause with Monthly Donations

One of the biggest challenges about organizing is what to do with the stuff you want to donate. I have a simple solution you can use to motivate monthly decluttering. Set-up a monthly pickup with one of the charities below. Or see if your favorite charity offers free donation pickup.

If you know you have a truck coming to pick-up donations then you are more likely to go through your clothing at the start of a season, your children’s toys, the books that are filling the shelves or the tools in the garage that your replaced for your husband this father’s day.

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Here are a few options for donation pick-up:

Canadian Diabetes Association – 1-800-505-5525

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Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy – 1-888-238-6327

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Oasis Clothing Bank – 416-751-0553

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For Furniture:

Furniture Bank – 416-934-1229 **they charge a small fee, but provide a tax receipt

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For Tools & Building Supplies

Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 416-755-8023

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Get your pick-ups set for the rest of the year. You will notice a decline in the amount of stuff hanging around and the clutter that comes with it.

Happy Organizing!

**Image provided by freedigitalphotos.net

Organizing Travel Keepsakes

It’s the last week of school for the kiddies here in Toronto and that often sparks the beginning of family vacation time. Family vacations are usually chock full of memories… good, bad and funny. We want to preserve those memories and one way to do that is to creatively organize and store the keepsakes that come home with us. For more tips on organizing your trip click here for a blog I did a few weeks ago.

Have you come home from a trip with a bag of maps, brochures from museums, cultural spots or restaurant menus. It all made so much sense in the heat of the trip and you want to remember these memories forever!

Ok, flash forward three weeks, your home and now you have a bag of randomness from the trip and no idea what to do with it. However, you still love it and want to keep it.

If you take the items out of the bag and arrange it in a way that you can see it, love it and remember the good times you had on the trip than it’s not clutter. If you keep it in a bag in a box or filing cabinet never to see the light of the day it’s clutter.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Take a simple wooden box and paint it with the name of your vacation location. Limit the number of keepsakes to the size of the box and display them artfully on a shelf. They are easy to take off and look through or share with family and friends.

Keepsake Box

I love this idea from Martha Stewart, oh Martha you’re always full of the best ideas! Take a silver ring and a hole puncher and create a simple keepsake you can hang up or keep on a shelf.

Organizing Travel keepsake

Another very simple way to organize keepsakes is in a photo box. Take all the tidbits of this and that and keep them in labeled photo boxes.

Also, consider a journal while you are away. You can log funny stories, memorable restaurants and little moments you don’t want to forget. You can add pictures, ticket stubs or metro cards to the journal as well.

On a side note, here is a great idea for all the foreign coins you have stored from your travels!

 Foreign Coins

Have a great time out there in the world and hold the memories dear and a few organized keepsakes!

Happy Organizing!

Photos credits: pinterest.com and marthastewart.com

Quick and Easy Closet Organizing Tips

Do you need to organize your closet? Have you been thinking about updating your existing closet system? Check out these quick tips and tricks from Sage.

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Getting Crafty – Repurposing Old Items

Today we’re getting crafty and using our imagination. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter than you have seen me share a post from Terracycle.

Terracycle is an organization in Toronto that collects and recycles items that are not usually considered for recycling. Items like Ziploc bags, vinyl records, wood pallets and countless other items find a new life.

So in honor of their ingenuity and creativity I am going to share a few ways to could repurpose items in your house. Items you’re hanging onto just in case – here are some just in case examples.

Did a window shutter fall off the house and you’ve been saving it “just in case”. These are great idea – very simple too!

Mail Shutter holderShutter Magazine Rack

Have a doily collection that you stuff in a drawer and have no intention of ever using? This is a fabulous way to modernize them and bring them back to your dining room table!

Doilie table runner

Ok, some of my all-time favorite transformations are to wooden shipping pallets. Check out these brilliant ideas below:

Pallet 1

Pallet 3

Pallet 4

Pallet 2

Light blub vase anyone??

Lightbulb Vase

Old Skateboards! Love this for a boy’s room.

Skateboard Shelf

Old Socks as a vase cover… seriously!

Sock Vase Holder

Pool Noodles to hold up boots.

Pool Noodle Boot Holder

Use  T-shirts or shopping bags and frame them for funky inexpensive art – again, great for a kid’s room, closet or game room.

Framed T-shirts Framed Bags

Ok and for a grand finale, I can’t really even believe it, but a house made completely from the waste materials of a 747 airplane!

747 House

Inspired? I hope so. Transform a “just incase” today! Share your own ideas in the comment section below.

Happy Organizing!

 

Photo credit: Terracycle and Pinterest.com

Organized Travel is Happy Travel

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You have probably given your summer travel plans some thought. Booked tickets or even mapped out a road trip, check out this post for more tips on road trips.

Staying organized during a trip is essential. The travel days don’t have to be slammed, crazy, intense, yelling at your travel companions, losing important documents or missing your flight. Granted, there are some things that are out of your control, but I can give you a few tips and tricks to simplify and organize your travel.

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First, keep all information pertaining to the trip in one place. I like to keep everything in one place online or in an app. I don’t go anywhere without my phone and at the touch of a button I can pull up electronic boarding passes, hotel and rental car confirmations, restaurant reservations as well as directions and sometimes even the menu. My favorite app for this exact purpose is Tripit. Send it the confirmation emails and it will create an itinerary for your trip – seriously! Click here to find out more information.

If you do not like to keep things electronically consider a clear plastic folder that attaches closed. You want to make sure the documents inside are safe and secure. The clear plastic will help it stick out in your suitcase and withstand the trip without getting ripped and tattered.

Ok – so you have the details and information of the trip stored in one place. Now, let’s talk about the suitcase. Be versatile in your outfit choices. Bring a pair of shoes for multiple outfits, have a mostly neutral base of black and white t’s and jeans with a few accent pieces to change up the look day to day. If you are traveling for a week or less you should be in a carry-on. It saves you money from baggage fees and you don’t risk losing it.

Set your suitcase out one week before the trip and add items to it as you think of them. Otherwise, you will forget it.

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A few packing tips:

Packing your suitcase is so much easier when you have just done laundry – give yourself enough time to fit this in.

Always roll items. They take up less space and keep them relatively wrinkle free

Keep all toiletry items in a plastic bag. Sounds obvious, but don’t get lazy and skip this step you will regret it.

Don’t pack something you haven’t ever worn before. Also, if you don’t enjoy wearing something at home you won’t enjoy wearing it on vacation either.

Stuff socks in your shoes. Save space and it will keep their shape

If you must check your bag never check: your toothbrush, deodorant, medications, your keys, your pajamas and an extra pair of underwear

Along the way, take 5 minutes everyday to journal about a special moment, a tour guide that made you laugh, a favorite meal. This will be a special piece to look back on. Write yourself an email everyday and keep it online in a folder to look back on from time to time. I promise this will be a better keepsake than the mess of maps, brochures and cocktail napkins you’ll stash in a bag when you get home.

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I hope you have a fabulous summer full of organized stress free travel!

Happy Organizing!

 

photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net and my old passport