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Every year at this time Clutter Awareness Week reminds us that life can be better. Better without all the things in our way. Better without things holding us back. Better without CLUTTER!
But what are all these unused, not needed, piles costing us. There is the emotional weight of not finding what’s important because of the indecision of letting go. Also, it is important to consider the monetary expense we have in keeping clutter our homes.
By dividing the cost of your home by the square footage, we come up with a cost per foot of space in the home. Should that be $95 per sq foot and the garage is full, hundreds of dollars are wasted in the home.
Procrastination and clutter often go together. This week is the time to get a jump on “Spring Cleaning/Organizing” and start attacking that clutter. Stop paying for keeping the unwanted past and make room for your desired future.
Football season is here (what happened to the summer?)! That means fans from Neyland Stadium to the Rose Bowl are ready for Tailgate Parties. Menus need planning, supplies will be bought, but is your home field organized?
Here are some simple tips for successful Tailgating season:
1. Team effort – get family involved and delegate tasks.
2. Home field advantage – clean out and organized the refrigerator and pantry.
3. The field house (garage) – have space in garage to keep dry goods stored for each weeks game – paper goods, coolers, folding chairs, etc.
4. The pre-game Stadium (your car) – get that trunk cleared out and find containers that can go from garage to trunk for quick set-ups.
With just a little planning the Vols will not be the only ones running through the “T” this tailgating season.
While professional organizers never encourage buying for the sake of buying, I would like to share some exciting news. For our friends in the west Los Angeles area, if you need innovative, stylish, fun containers for your home or office organizing needs The Container Store is coming your way in the historic Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, adjacent to The Grove.
During the opening weekend, August 9 and 10th, this retail giant will donate 10% of the all that locations sales to Step UP – inspiring women to inspire girls. Since the company began in Dallas in 1978 they not only created the storage and organization category for retail, but have nurtured an employee-first culture along with high level of customer service. It is listed in FORTUNE magazine’s top 100 companies to work for. Many of my colleagues would call the store the Neiman Marcus of containers.
Now about the Farmer’s Market location…
-20,000 square feet of shopping with more than 10,000 mulit-functional and innovative products.
-Products organized in 16 signature lifestyle departments
-Employee knowledge, each full-time sales person receives more than 263 hours of training (part-time employees receive 177 hours) in their first year.
Join the Los Angeles design and organizing industry in welcoming this newest location.
Environmentally friendly materials are now available for your Get It Together LA! storage system for closets, garages, and home offices. Recognizing the demand from consumers for “green-build products” we are offering the SkyBlend™ line from Roseburg.
The line is SCS and EPP certified 100% pre-consumer recycled week fiber particleboard that has no Urea Formaldehyde added during the manufacturing process. Third party testing verifies SkyBlend™ formaldehyde emissions (.00-.01 ppm) are no greater than levels occurring in outdoor ambient air conditions according to the manufacturer.
Roseburg is North America’s largest, fully integrated manufacturer of melamine andspecialty panels with lands and facilites in California, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon and South Carolina. Ask for “green” when you build your next closet.
Green Tip: Remember to return your hangers to the dry cleaner for reuse. Ask for your clean clothes to be placed in reuseable bags from your dry cleaner and cut out the plastic.
Tax day is over and it is time to celebrate! The third week of April is National Organize Your Files Week. If you are in the Knoxville/Blount County area Wednesday, April 22, 2009, join the Blount County Chamber of Commerce for a workshop sure to be fun while demystifying the steps to organization.
April 22 – 9:00 – 10:30 am
Blount County Chamber office
Los Angeles organizing expert Chris McKenry will be in Tennessee on his way to the NAPO National Conference in Orlando. During his stop over he will be addressing chamber members in an interactive setting sharing information and answering questions to make you more organized and clutter-free. Besides recognizing the Organize Your Files celebration the seminar will look at ways to be more organized in the garage, kitchen, closets, office and with your time.
Click here for more information and to save your spot.
Before you move into your new home, check out the garage. Design your “car closet” so you can get into the car without the door hitting the the side of the garage. How is this done and still have storage? Slatwalls.
Slatwalls allow vertical storage right against the walls. Organize.com offers many hooks from Schulte that hold tools, sports equipment, and gardening supplies. These fit on 3″ centers.
Cabinets placed to either side of your vertical storage can contain those items you want out of sight. Now get out of the car without worries.