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Making Room for 2017

Every year we make resolutions to make more time for family, business, and ourselves.  Each year we promise we will get more organized in the new year.  This is why January is National Get Organized Month.

Happily, I am ahead of the game.  For the first time, I took all Christmas decorations down within days of Christmas.  Yesterday, I created my 2017 file folders.  That never takes too long, but in the past I have always procrastinated until well after first of the year.

It is amazing how much better I feel; prepared for a successful 2017!  It really is true, getting rid of excess makes room for future.  Not just in physical space, but in your mind as well.  The tree is down, and makes my home seem bigger.  Files for 2016 are boxed and ready for storage and new files ready for action.  

Next week is busy with clients, but I am ready for busy year and look forward to more time for myself. If you are ready for a change in 2017, don’t wait.  Start meeting your goals today.

 

The Need to Organize for SNOW

Snow 4Snow is beautiful, but this week the east coast was reminded how treacherous the weather can be. Knoxville was lucky and missed the blizzard this time.  If you are not prepared, spend some time NOW and get organized for the next weather wave.

 

Organize the Car:

Have small bag stocked with blanket, extra shoes, flashlight, and snacks.

 

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Organize the Pantry:

This is one area that should always be organized.  Clear out-of-date foods, and buy only what you like and have room for.  Don’t let “bulk” buying clutter your space.

 

Create an Emergency Supply Area:

Have dedicated space for emergency supplies.  Light bulbs, batteries, flash lights, radio, and phone chargers.  Even have games ready should kids be without cable tv.

 

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Organize Toiletries & Linens:

Have blankets and towels clean and organized.  Stock toiletries and first aid supplies.  You never know when the neighbors heat may go out and you have company.

 

If your storage is limited and you need ideas for create organizing solutions, contact Closets by McKenry for custom closet design.  Be ready, and the next blizzard the only thing on the floor will be family gathering around the fire.

 

 

Tailgating Starts in a Organized Home

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.

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3.  The field house (garage) – have space in garage to keep dry goods stored for each weeks game – paper goods, coolers, folding chairs, etc.

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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.

Keeping Outside Organzied

In Knoxville, the beauty of East Tennessee makes our homes so much larger in the summer as we love to spend time outside.  For all the activities that we have, the garage gets even busier this time of year.

An organized garage will give you more time for the fun.  Think of your garage as the store you love to shop and create zones.

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Tools and Automotive

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Slat Wall for Vertical Storage

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Outdoor Crafts and Projects

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Even Space for the Cars

Whether your garage was designed by Closets by McKenry or someone else, it won’t organized itself.  Clear out the things no longer needed and spend a few minutes putting things away when finished.

The result?  An organized garage and more time outside having fun.

Food, Glorious Food from a Professional Organizer

IMG_0956 - CopyCelebrity chefs, busy moms, and hungry single executives all have one thing in common when they cook…the need for an organized pantry.  Like any storage area make it an inviting space. Create your own personal market that is organized into food groups.

High shelves can hold decorative trays and other items not often used, creating a focal point. Heavy small appliances and cookware stored lower allows the handy, visible center of pantry for most needed items.

Wicker baskets container food groups and give the open air market feel.  Baking goods kept in clear, labeled containers allow easy inventories to be taken and keep supplies from running out.

thanks 5An important element of an organized pantry, is not to over buy.  When stocking for large events, keep overflow items in the garage.

Mark your calendar to review out of date foods every 6 months.  This will help to maintain your organized pantry.

 

 

 

Do You Think Clutter Sucks?
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Have you been thinking about getting organized and you’re in Los Angeles? We are here for you. The average person sends up to an hour a day looking for things. So save up to six weeks a year by getting organized and get your Get It Together LA tote.

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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.

Organizer’s Dream comes to Farmer’s Market
The Container Store
Opens New Location August 9th

ContainerStoreNewWhile 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.

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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Finding New Uses for Storage

An antique pie safe, a family heirloom, once cooled great-grandma's pies.

An antique pie safe, a family heirloom, once cooled great-grandma’s pies.

Now serves as china storage in Tennessee condo.

Now serves as china storage in Tennessee condo.

Urban small spaces and even suburban larger homes, often need to find unique storage solutions. At this vacation condo, we kept family history and give it new life. With no room for more cabinets or china display, we used this unique pie safe that was used by client’s great grandmother as early at 1890 to cool delicious deserts. Seems only natural that a piece of furniture that once kept foods the family devoured, now holds the most treasured china that is used for special occasions.

Think outside the box for your storage needs.

A Family’s Hardest Task

GOING THROUGH YOUR PARENTS LIFE

When it comes time to downsize for a move to retirement living or clearing out your parents home for sale – it is hard going through a life of memories. Even a professional organizer realizes the same emotions clients have when it is their parents home that is on the market. Allow me to share how I reviewed my family home, purchased in 1968, and enjoyed for 42 years.

Cabinets full of memories and boxes of pictures and papers; I was the only one left to clear out my parent’s estate. In a comfortable room, I labeled several container with names of family members: Dad’s family, Mom’s family, Brother, Business, Chris, and Aunt.

Family pictures and archives sorted by each member of family.

Family pictures and archives sorted by each member of family.

The sort was quick, and the most important categories have not been mentioned…Give to Others and Recycle. the duplicate pictures and those i just did not care about were passed on. Others would be dealt with later when Mom is gone. By now when she want to see something like pictures of her family, they can be found easily. And later, this “sort” will me editing even more easier when the time comes.

As I was working that night, I discovered 40 or so typed love letters from my Dad to Mom from the end of the war in 1945. What a find and what a surprise. Dad left us the past year, so I placed these in sheet protectors and placed in an attractive binder called “Love Letters from the War”.

If it is precious, make it a keepsake!

If it is precious, make it a keepsake!


During the week, I made quick decisions working on my own. This process is difficult, but working with professionals like myself can comfort and guide you as you empty the family home. It gave me a special appreciation for when my clients are going through. But letting go allows us to move forward and appreciate where we came from as new memories are created in life.