Category Archives: Organizing Tips

How to Tame Your Toppling T-Shirts

Do you struggle to keep your t-shirt piles organized? Are you frustrated that they constantly topple over every time you try to pull a t-shirt out?

You’re not alone!

Toppling t-shirts

My husband loves his t-shirts but they were becoming an organizing nightmare for me.  Not to mention that the way they were organized limited his wardrobe.  So I started doing some research to find a better way to tame his toppling t-shirts!

3 Ways to Tame Your Toppling T-Shirts

Check out my short video on the 3 different ways you can organize and tame your toppling t-shirts once and for all!

Resources mentioned in the video:

Miracle Fold – http://amzn.to/2mU32d9
Shelf Dividers – http://amzn.to/2nbtfzV
EzStax – http://amzn.to/2nbpTgs
ThreadStax – Threadstax.com

Would any of these methods work for you? Leave me a comment and let me know!

The One Tool You Need to Control Your Email

The one tool you need

 

If you’re like me, you probably get a lot of emails. Many of the emails we receive are necessary and important, but if we’re completely honest, the majority of them aren’t.

For awhile I was managing all those unwanted emails by simply deleting them when they popped up into my inbox.  But lately, my inbox has been on overload.  Most days it feels like this when I check my email:

email_overload

So last week I decided to do something about it. Rather than just hitting the delete button, I took a more proactive approach towards reducing my email inflow.

I hit Unsubscribe.

What a rush it was to do that!  In a span of just a few days I was able to unsubscribe from over 20 email lists. I was tired of wasting time wading through emails I was never going to read, or taking the time to delete them.  I’d had enough. So away they went!

Maybe you need to do the same?

The power of unsubscribing

If your inbox is on overload and you’re frustrated by too much email, then I encourage you to start hitting the Unsubscribe button on some of the emails you are receiving: unsubscribe pic
  • Stores or websites you’ve purchased from in the past (either in person or online)
  • Spam mail you have no clue how they obtained your email address
  • Newsletters you’re no longer interested in
  • Offers/Information from people you’ve purchased from in the past (free downloads, products, classes, webinars, etc) which you don’t need anymore
Although many of these people, services, or products may have served you at one time, they may not any longer.  It’s okay to break up with them!
By law, every email you receive from a service provider has the option for you to opt-out or unsubscribe.  Of course, they keep it at the very bottom of the email in extremely tiny print so you hardly know it’s there, but it is:
unsubscribe button 2
It takes less than a minute to unsubscribe, but when you use this powerful tool you can take back control over your inbox once and for all!  What are you waiting for?
Whether we like it or not, email is a part of our lives that we have to deal with.  Just like any other space (either digital or physical), we need to be diligent in managing it and organizing it on a regular basis.  Rather than being frustrated and overwhelmed by our inbox, we need to take advantage of the Unsubscribe button.  It’s the most powerful tool we have to control our email.
Are you ready to take back control of your inbox and hit the Unsubscribe button?
How many emails can you unsubscribe from this week?
Reply back and let me know 🙂

Going Up – 5 Vertical Storage Organizers

Going Up

I’m often asked what my best organizing tip is.  While there are many, my hands-down, number one tip is this: Take advantage of vertical space.

People don’t usually expect that answer, but I’ve discovered it’s the most overlooked space when it comes to organizing. Whether it’s the back of a door or an empty wall, vertical space is prime real estate for organizing and storing a wide variety of items.

There are a myriad of options to organize your vertical spaces, but I’ve found five vertical storage organizers that I think offer a wide range of storage functions, are easy to install and budget friendly.

5 Vertical Storage Organizers

  1. Over-the-door Shoe Organizer – I’ve mentioned this one in posts before, but it’s truly my favorite organizing tool. It’s versatile, inexpensive, and takes little time to hang.
Over The Door Organizer - Amazon
Over The Door Organizer – Amazon

Purchase at: Walmart, Target, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond

Price: Depends on the brand and material (plastic, fabric) but ranges in price from $6 to $15

Time to install: 2 mins

Possible uses: Kids’ room (stuffed animals, dolls/action figures, accessories), Bathrooms (toiletries,              accessories), Kitchens (food, water bottles), Laundry room (cleaning supplies), Entryways (gloves/scarves/hats, sunscreen/insect repellant/flip flops), Closets (scarves, shoes, accessories)

  1. Elfa Door & Wall Rack Organizer – A close cousin to the shoe organizer, but much more versatile because of the multiple basket options.
Elfa Door & Rack Organizer
Elfa Door & Rack Organizer

Purchase at: The Container Store

Price: The most expensive of all the vertical storage organizers, at a cost of $70+ during the semi-annual Elfa sale (October & January); total cost depends on the style and number of baskets you choose.

Time to install: 10 mins or less with their easy over-the-door hardware and adjustable basket installation

Possible uses: Kitchen (food, spices), Gift wrapping, Media (CD/DVDs), Laundry room (cleaning & laundry supplies), Entryways (outwear accessories), Kids’ rooms (books, toys)

*ClosetMaid does make a similar product that is cheaper in price and easy to install, but the basket options are not as versatile (available at Walmart, Target, and Home Supply Stores).

  1. Peg Board – Julia Child made peg boards popular in her kitchen long ago, but these have evolved into one of the more creative and useful storage organizers in the last few years.
Peg Board & Hooks
Peg Board & Hooks

Purchase at: Home Supply Stores

Price: Depends on the size, but can range from $3-$10; hooks for board, $5-$10 based on the number you need

Time to install: 30 mins or less, depending on handyman skills

Possible uses: Closets (jewelry, hats, purses), Garage (tools, lawn & sports equipment), Kitchen (pots, pans, utensils), Entryways (back packs, purses, hats, coats)

  1. Hanging Clothes Organizer – A closet staple for many, but this organizer can be used for so much more!
Hanging Closet Organizer - Amazon
Hanging Closet Organizer – Amazon

Purchase at: Walmart, Target, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond

Cost: $15-$25, depending on size, brand, etc

Installation: 2 mins or less

Possible uses: Clothes closets (sweaters, jeans, purses), Linen closets (towels, sheets, blankets), Kids’ rooms (clothes, board games), Craft rooms (craft materials & supplies), Entryways (outwear accessories, sports equipment, bulky items)

  1. Wall File Organizer – Although this can’t be used in as many spaces around the house, it is a great tool to corral papers and get them up off flat surfaces!
Wall File Organizer - Container Store
Wall File Organizer – Container Store

Purchase at: Office Supply Stores, Container Store, Walmart, Target

Cost: $10-$50, depending on number of slots, material (fabric, mesh, metal) etc.

Installation: 15 mins, depending on handyman skills

Possible uses: Office (files, paperwork, magazines), Command Centers/Kitchen/Entryway (mail, paperwork, files, etc)

So there you have it – 5 great vertical storage organizers to help you maximize your vertical space. They offer a multitude of options for your organizing needs and won’t break the bank or take you tons of time to install. What more could you ask for?

What do you think?

Have you considered any of these vertical storage organizers before?

Are there others that you’ve found that I might have missed?

Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy

5 questions to ask

Did you know:

  • 12% of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe accounts for 60% of private consumption spending in the world.” (World Watch Institute)
  • Some reports indicate we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago. (The Story of Stuff)
  • Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods (Wall Street Journal)

Those are some interesting – and somewhat shocking – statistics aren’t they? It led me to wonder if we ever stop and think about what we’re buying.

Although there will always be times when we absolutely have to buy stuff in order to survive (food, clothes, etc), how many times do we purchase items just for the sake of it? How would our lives and spaces look differently if we really questioned ourselves and our motives before completing a sale?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy

Before you bring anything into your home, and possibly add more clutter to your already chaotic life, put your wallet away and ask yourself these 5 questions:

  • Why am I buying this? –  As you hold the item in your hand, ask yourself “why” as a means of understanding your real purpose for buying.  Is it a valid reason (need) or an impulse purchase (want)? Knowing your true “why” will help you determine if you really need to finish the sale or not.
  • Do I love it? – If you “like” an item, rather than “love” it, odds are you won’t use it as much, and will often times choose something else over it.  When that happens, clutter quickly takes over our spaces with things we don’t care for all that much. Only commit to the purchase if you love, love, love it!
  • Do I have an assigned home or space for it? – When you don’t know where to store an item it moves around the house, from surface to surface, always drifting but never finding a space to call home.  If you don’t know where to store your item, or if you don’t even have space for it at all, may indicate that you don’t need to purchase it or else you may be at risk for adding more clutter to your life.
  • Do I already own something similar or have duplicates of it? – Many times we don’t realize, until we get home, that we already own 3 of the item we just purchased.  Before you hand over your hard earned cash think about how many of the same item your may already own and then ask yourself, how much is enough?
  • How will purchasing this item make my life better or bring me lasting joy? –  If your purchase will add true value and happiness when you use it or look at it, then run to the cash register! But, if after thinking about it, you find that it will only drain you of your joy and possibly cause frustration, you might want to hold off buying it.

Yes, it may take a little bit of the fun and excitement out of your shopping experience by stopping and asking yourself these 5 questions before you buy, but in the end you might find that your life and your home may be better off for it.

I’d love to know:

How can asking these 5 questions make a difference in the way you think and shop?  

How could they change your life and spaces?

 

*Statistics from the Becoming Minimalist blog, “21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own”