Category Archives: Senior Organizing

Bath Organization

Organize with Decor in Mind

Using your favorite containers, organize essentials on the counter top.  Keep extra supplies conveniently located near where they are used.  In my bath, love seeing things neatly placed behind glass doors.  That is not for everyone.  If you don’t like seeing shampoo, toothpaste, etc then place more decorative items in visible locations.  And the same can be done for your guests.

One thing is for sure, if can you what you need you will not be without shaving lotion one morning-).   This is how your organize like a professional!

Tips for Moving into Your New Home

Make moving into your new home an organized process.  Here are a few simple tips.

    1. Start immediately and edit what you no longer need.  Keep container in garage to fill with donations and take to charity as it fills.
    2. Create a notebook with the tasks needed.
      1. Interviewing movers
      2. Work needed to be accomplished in new home before move
      3. Include calendar of activities related to the move
      4. Contact list
        1. Utilities to be turned off and turned on
        2. service providers
        3. cleaning service
    3. Assess storage in new home, good time to think about closets, pantry, laundry and other working areas of the home.

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  1. Pack boxes (not with trash bags) and label to the destination in new home.
  2. Have new home thoroughly cleaned before moving day.
  3. Unpack one room at a time.  Finish what is started and organize by keeping like items together.
  4. If you still have anxiety about your move, call a professional organizer,  We can help!

Kitchen Clearing Clutter Game

Play High, Low, or Let It GO!

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If it is difficult to edit the clutter from your kitchen, try a fun exercise I created when helping a client organize her kitchen. The new custom home was finished and the move-in had just begun.  After the long anticipation my client found it difficult deciding what to edit and where to place the keepers.

So in the kitchen, I mounted the step ladder with items in hand. After creating the zones for kitchen work – food storage, food preparation, cooking, and cleanup – I simply asked “High, low, or let it go?”  Things needed for daily use were placed in the lower part of the tall upper cabinets.  If they were seldom used, but needed for entertaining they went high.  Quickly, she realized that if items did not fit into either of the first two categories, there were easier to pass on to others and clear the clutter.

After ten minutes, she said this made the process into a more enjoyable game.  If you have had a time editing your excess, try “High, Low, or Let It GO!”

Clear Your Clutter, Help A Cause – KARM

You have started the process of having an organized home.  Good and tough decisions have been made and you are ready to let go of the past, but what can you do with that unwanted stuff?

DSCN0331Donate unwanted, unused items that are in good condition to your favorite charity.  In Knoxville, a great place to consider is KARM – KnoxvilleArea Rescue Ministries.  Over 18 thrift stores in east Tennessee will turn your clutter in to treasures for the homeless in our area. They offering pick up services, even for businesses.

Don’t let your clutter stay piled up in the garage, get it out of the house.  And remember, this is a process.  In a few months do a quick check around the house and see what is in your way.

Keep it organized!

Elements for an Organized Closet

Sure there are basic things every closet should have…uniform hangers are the first to come to mind.  But there are other elements that will keep clutter under control.

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Belt Hooks – placed on end panel or side of closet
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Tie Rack – on an open wall space (ties sorted by color)

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Waste Basket and Laundry Hamper – will keep dirty laundry together and give place for waste from pockets at end of the day
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Velvet Lined Jewelry Drawers – necklaces can get tangled in a box and other jewelry is quick to find when organized
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Valet Rods – allows the next days wardrobe to be prepared early

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Many times these elements can be added to an existing closet.  If not, the principles discussed can still be included when organizing your space.  Getting organized is not about “things” as it is the way we think.

Keep your clutter under control and your closet can be your favorite boutique.

note:  this closet was organized by Knoxville organizing firm Well-Kept Spaces and designed by east Tennessee’s Closets by McKenry.

Cocktail Parties –
Organized, Free of Clutter, Fun for Host

Big Entertaining in Small Spaces

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Even a small galley kitchen doesn’t have to restrict the size and ease of entertaining.  By thinking ahead and being organized your party will be fun and easy. Plan your menu to include simple items that are prepared in advance or purchased ready to serve.

Table scaping  doesn’t need to be extravagant to give style and flair to your party.  Small bud vases with roses from the neighborhood grocery with contrasting color flowers in the center will draw attention to the hors d’oeuvres prepared for the evening.

 

 

cocktail party food 1Remove chairs from the side of the dining table that faces the guests. this makes it easier to get to the food. Organized refills before company arrives in the refrigerator and pantry so it is quick and simple to replenish serving plates as they empty.

Once guests arrive, place the second round of food to be warmed in the oven.  And be sure to trash or hide any containers so your guests will think you have been cooking all day.  It’s our secret!

 

 

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Set up drinks at the end of the kitchen nearest the dining area.  Make your guest feel at home and ask them to help themselves to their favorite dring.  This allows them to feel welcomed and allows you to enjoy your event.  Bag ice from your ice maker several days ahead and leave in freezer.  All needed throughout the evening is grabbing Ziplock, prepared ice for the bar.

Now see how easy a gathering of friends can be.  Make your quest list, plan a simple menu and set a date.  Let us know how it goes.

For more ideas for organizing your next party check out this month Get Organized Tips.

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Call today and start saving time in your home or office. Remember the first 5 clients to schedule appointments will receive a complimentary Get It Together LA canvas tote!

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Is mail piling up in your home? Is the pantry stuffed? Are you constantly late paying bills because of the clutter on your desk? Let us create easy simple systems you can maintain and you too could see extra time for the fun things in life.

Contact me at 323-571-2134.

Are You Ready for the Purge?
Clear Clutter with a Professional Organizer

While the movie may be scary, real life purging doesn’t have to be. Letting “go” is the first and most important step in getting and staying organized. In the movie it happens once a year. An annual edit around the home and office is a great idea.
Ask yourself hard questions, and don’t be afraid to let go. You have permission to let things go that are no longer used. Donating your clutter will allow those “black hole” items to go to others who could use them.
So July 18th, celebrate The Purge and free your space for the future.
If you are not sure how to Purge, we have organizers ready to help.
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Two Master Closets Given New Custom Design and Purpose by Professional Organizer

A recent professional organizing project found a client with one small and one larger walk-in closet. Both, off the master bedroom, were over following and no room for shoes and purses. The smaller closet was narrow and hanging clothes made it impossible to walk into and reach what was needed.

Solution

Custom Designed Shoe and Purse Closet

We dedicated the smaller closet for just shoes, purses, and accessories. Drawers for jewelry were added on one wall. Without the depth of hanging clothes, this smaller closet has room to walk into and see everything inside. Backing was even added to end of the closet where the belts are hanging, giving a finished touch.

Wardrobe and Hats

The larger closet was custom designed with adjustable rods and shelves so storage is versatile as needs change. More space was given for hanging clothes with double hang. Now the client has more hanging space than before and room for all other items in her closet. When designing and organizing your spaces, create departments for your possessions. Now you can shop every morning and find your favorite things.

Bath Organizing – Small Cabinet Results in Big Storage

Custom Cabinet
Replaces Lack of Counter Space
If you have little or no counter space in your bath, a cabinet just 6″ deep can mean lots of storage for your cosmetic needs. Similar cabinets are available in home stores, but here we matched the existing vanity and designed narrow to give the feel of a larger room. The lower open shelf holds decorative containers with soaps, cotton balls, and q-tips.