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Organizing Clothes & Drawers the Tidy Snap Way!

Tidy Snap

As a mom of two girls and a Professional Organizer, I know first-hand the frustrations of getting your kids to fold their laundry and put it away in an orderly manner.

So when I came across Tidy Snap, a quick and easy way to get kids to “fold” and organize their clothes and drawers, I knew I had to check it out.  If there’s a product out there that can encourage kids to help their parents out, I want to know about it!

Organizing Clothes & Drawers the Tidy Snap Way

I decided the best way to evaluate this product was to purchase one myself.  So I ordered the basic Tidy Snap Kit ($39.95 + shipping) and anxiously waited for it to arrive.

Within 3 days I had the kit in my hands:

Tidy Snap Kit
Tidy Snap Kit

Included in the kit is a Tidy Board (folding mechanism), a Tidy Rod (rolling device), and 25 Tidy Bands in 3 different colors (purple, blue and green).  After assembling the Tidy Board, I was ready to start rolling!

Tidy Snap Kit
Tidy Snap Kit includes Tidy Board, Tidy Rod, Tidy Bands

It’s a rather simple product to use, and the process is easy enough that even a 4 or 5-year-old child could do it:

  1. Flip – Place a Tidy Band face down on the marked area of the Tidy Board and place the clothing face down over the entire Tidy Board. Then flip each side onto the center.
  2. Roll –  Place the Tidy Rod at the bottom of the clothing and roll toward the top.
  3. Snap – As you roll over the gap the Tidy Band will automatically snap around the roll. Remove the Tidy Rod and toss the rolled clothes into the drawer. **

** Instructions according to Tidy Snap website

Just to make sure Tidy Snap was kid- friendly, I decided to test it out with help from my niece and nephew:

With a stamp of approval from an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old, I knew it was worth sharing.

Tidy Snap – it’s not just for kids

The great thing about this product is that it is not just for kids! According to the packaging and website, you can also use this system with adult clothing.

I was a little hesitant about this statement at first, so I decided to try it out on my husband’s t-shirts since he has a rather large collection that I have trouble keeping organized (you can learn more about that here). After putting the Tidy Snap to the test, I discovered that it does indeed work with adult clothes.

In fact, you can use it with a variety of clothes, not just t-shirts…

  • shorts
  • skirts
  • leggings
  • pajamas
  • tank tops
  • jeans
  • thin sweaters
  • and just about anything that has a maximum roll diameter of 3 inches!

While I have my favorite organizing products for kids that I absolutely love, I think I’m going to have to revise the list and add Tidy Snap to it. If you’re looking for a simple tool to make the laundry process fun for your kids and have a resource that helps keep clothes drawers organized, then Tidy Snap is exactly what you need!

Would you consider using Tidy Snap with your kids and their clothes?

If you use Tidy Snap already, what do you like and not like about it?

Leave me a comment and let me know – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Meet Liana…

Liana GeorgeI’m a Professional Organizer, writer, and speaker. My mission is to inspire others to transform their chaos and clutter into an organized lifestyle.  I know not everyone may be as passionate about organizing as I am, but I do believe everyone can be organized!

 

15 Apps to Help You Get Organized

15 apps to help you get organized

We live in a digital world.  At every turn, we can watch, search, work and play on our phones, tablets, and computers. One of the best things to come from this digital evolution was the invention of apps, a type of software that allows you to perform specific tasks.

According to Statista, there are over 5 million apps available for you to download to your desktop or mobile device.  With so many app options available, certainly, there are some that could help you get organized, right?

The answer is Yes!

After spending a lot of time perusing through the 2 main App Stores, Google Play and the Apple App Store, I found 15 apps that you can download and use to help you get (and stay!) organized.

15 Apps to Help You Get Organized

While there is no one app solely dedicated to all things organized, there are a variety of apps that can help you in the different phases of the organizing journey.  I’ve broken these apps down into different categories, as some may or may not apply to you or interest you.

General

Organizing Magic (Apple App Store), $2.99 – Organizing Magic is an app that helps you get control of the clutter, chaos, and disorganization in your home in 40 days.  Created by organizer, Sandra Felton.

Decluttering

Decluttering direction with the KonMari app

KonMari (Apple App Store), free – based on the best-seller from Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this app helps you start the tidying journey for free.  With specific areas to declutter and a deadline to meet, this app will focus your decluttering efforts.  It also has a community forum where you can share your before/after photos and get suggestions.

OfferUp, LetGo, Varage Sale, Close5 (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), free – if you have items you no longer want, need or use that could be sold so you can profit from your decluttering efforts, check out one of these apps.  To use, simply find a community or area, take a photo of your item, write a description and determine a price. Then wait for the buyers to come to you.

Home Inventory

Sortly (Apple App Store), free – according to the website, Sortly is the “Ultimate Organizer App”.  This app helps you organize your stuff so you can find it quickly and easily.  Whether you’re moving, creating a home inventory, or just need to remember where you put something, Sortly can help!

Airtable (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), free – similar to Sortly, Airtable allows you to organize people, tasks, and things with tables, creating your own database of information.

Keeps (Apple App Store), $0.99 – keeps is an item tracker and organizer that allows you to visually organize and catalog your items by location and categories.  With keeps you’ll never lose anything again!

Productivity and Time Management

Evernote (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), free – think of Evernote as your digital brain.  You can dump everything (and I do mean everything!) you want or need to remember – pictures, documents, articles, recipes, email, and so much more!  Works across all platforms (phone, tablet, desktop) and offline as well.

Cozi (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), free – the ultimate in family organization, Cozi is an award-winning app that helps you coordinate your busy family life in one easy location. Manage family schedules, meals and recipes, shopping and to-do lists all in one spot.  Perfect for the entire family!

Remember the Milk, Todoist (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), free – keep track of your appointments and to-do lists all in one place with these apps.  The perfect digital solutions for busy people with lots to do and tons to remember.

Kids’ Paperwork/Artwork

Keepy, Artkive (Google Play App, Apple App Store), free – preserve your child’s art and memories without the chaos and clutter! Use these free apps to store, organize and share your child’s precious and artistic endeavors with the tap of a few buttons.

While there are many, many more apps that you could find and use to get organized, these 15 apps are a great start to help you overcome the chaos that may be overwhelming you.  Why not give one or two of them a try? Who knows…maybe one of these digital solutions could be the answer to your organizing struggles.

Which of these organizing apps would you consider trying?

How could they make a difference in your life and home?

Do you have any other apps you think should be added to this list?

Leave a comment and let me know!

An Organized Life, Interrupted

An Organized Life, Interrupted

 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret I’ve been keeping. This was the state of my garage a few weeks ago –

Organized Life Interrupted
My messy garage!

Pretty bad, I know.

But before you write me off, call me a hypocrite (I am a Professional Organizer after all!), or delete me from your list of organizing references, you need to know something:

This picture is not a representation of who I am or my organizing principles.  Rather, this picture is an example of a life interrupted, and the havoc that often goes along with it.

Let me explain.

An unexpected return

My daughter recently graduated from college and obtained an unpaid, full-time internship where we live.  While it was necessary for her to move back home for this 7-month program, it also meant that all the stuff she accumulated while living on her own had to come with her.  Since our home was already full, the only place to store all her belongings was the garage.

Some parents might have demanded that their child get rid of everything rather than storing it for her.  Or they might have insisted that she pay for a storage unit if she wanted to keep everything. However, we didn’t feel that either of those were options for our situation.  Our daughter had worked hard to get what she had so we didn’t think it was fair to make her get rid of it.  And with no income, she didn’t have the means to pay for a storage unit.

So we decided to let her use our garage to store her stuff.

Why?

Because we knew this wasn’t a long-term deal.  Our daughter hopes to be employed and on her own again soon.  This is just a short-term circumstance that has brought an interruption to our organized life.

It can happen to anyone

In truth, these situations pop up all the time for people.  A prolonged illness, an unexpected death, or an extremely busy season of life can all wreak havoc and turn our organized worlds upside down.

But it doesn’t mean that it’s going to stay that way forever.  As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.”  We simply need to see it for what it is – an interruption.

When situations like this happen it’s important to remember a few things:

  1. This is temporary.  It may not seem like it at the time, but more than likely it will be over before you know it and order will be restored shortly.
  2. It’s going to be okay. No one’s life is perfect ALL the time.  There may be days when you have it all together and other days you don’t.  Just know in the end it will be okay.
  3. It’s not a reflection of you.  To be honest I was completely embarrassed by the state of our garage.  Anytime anyone opened the garage, and left it open, I would start yelling “Don’t you know what people will say if they find out an organizer’s garage looks like this?”  But I finally had to realize that I couldn’t take it personally or worry about what other people thought.  I knew the truth about myself and my spaces, and so do you.  Your life may be messy for the moment but it doesn’t mean that’s who you are all the time.
  4. Find ways to make the mess work for you.  At first all my daughter’s stuff was scattered and thrown about in our garage, which made it worse than it actually was.  With some dedicated time and effort we found a way to make it work for all of us.  It’s not perfect but it functions and works better for everyone now:
After some cleaning up!

An organized life, interrupted.

It happens.  We may not like it, and the mess may bother us for awhile, but it’s not the end of the world.  I wouldn’t say that if I weren’t experiencing it myself.

It’s taken me some time, but I can see light at the end of the chaotic tunnel known as my garage.  There’s no more shame or yelling, and on occasion I’ll even leave the garage door up.  It wasn’t easy for me to get to this point, but I did.  And the good news is you can too.

You just need to take your eyes off the mess and see it for what it is – Life, Interrupted.

Have you had a situation that wreaked havoc and interrupted your (organized) life? How did you deal with it?

How does knowing that you’re not alone help you?

Leave a comment and let me know!

 

40 Bags in 40 Days – Week 6

40 Bags in 40 Days

We are on the downhill slope for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge! There has been some great information shared over the past 5 weeks and I hope you are not too overwhelmed and feeling like you’re drinking from a fire hose 🙂

Be sure to check out the posts for this week and see how they can help you on your journey to collect 40 Bags of clutter in 40 Days.

WELCOME TO WEEK #6 OF THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.
The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

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The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:
Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
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