Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Start Small

Is anyone out there overwhelmed when it comes to organizing?!?!?

If so, I have a piece of advice for you: START SMALL!
What does that mean?!

It means that before you tackle a whole room - which is a VERY daunting task - you need to focus your energy on organizing one small part of that room. A perfect example is your kitchen.... instead of opening up every single cabinet and trying to decide what to get rid of, what to move around, etc. you need to just organize ONE cabinet or ONE drawer.

Personally, I love to start with a client's junk drawer, because they always have such a great impact when you're done. See what I mean?

I bought the teal drawer organizers at Walmart, but similar ones can be found at the Dollar Store, Target, or TJ Maxx. For under $10 and 20 minutes, look what we did!! We categorized by item.....condiments/sauce packets, batteries, chargers/cords, etc.  

Once you've organized a small space, it will give you the motivation & confidence to organize even bigger areas. Maybe not all at once (!) but that's okay. Set a timer when you have 30 spare minutes, and tackle another cabinet or drawer. 

Good luck and I'd love to see any of your before & after pictures in the comments below!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My Guest Bathroom Makeover!

It's been awhile since I had a reveal of my own to share!

And since lately, I seem to be organizing quite a few *bathrooms* ..... I thought I'd show off the recent remodel we did on our guest bathroom.

 Keep in mind: our house was built in 1950. So, while I love so many parts of it and its' historic charm.....I have been *done* with this bathroom for awhile and wanting to update it. This upstairs bathroom doubles as a guest bathroom and my son's bathroom. With that being said, the main thing we were needing was storage space! So, out with the old pedestal sink and in with the new vanity! 

We also removed the old towel bar and installed 2 new ones on the back of the door. We replaced the old soap inserts with new ones, and bought a new mirror as well. A 4-tier basket container was added to the left of the vanity to hide an old gas heater. It would have cost a small fortune to have it removed from the tile, so we opted to cover it up instead :)
 To say I'm happy is an understatement!!
We gained lots of counter space, which was MUCH needed!
Plus a few drawers, and room underneath for baskets.
 The woven baskets underneath hold extra toilet paper, Kleenex, and my son's spare set of towels.
 The drawers have these built-in dividers! They are in a U-shape so that they don't interfere with the plumbing. So, the drawers can't hold a lot, but they hold all of my son's daily toiletries. (And the bottom drawer is completely empty in case guests need it!)
 The wall above the toilet was completely bare, so I added just a few little things to spruce the space up. (When in doubt, hang a picture of your kids!)
 Let's take one more look....
And although we did not update the linen closet, I wanted to show that as well....

We removed the door years ago, just because it's a small space that's hard to get in and out of.
I covered two old diaper boxes with wrapping paper, and created a space for all the guest towels. I also covered the shelves with contact paper because they were old & grimy (remember: 70 year old house)!

 And these 3 baskets hold all of the kids' items like medicine, first aid, extra toothpaste, etc. I attached mini chalkboards with the help of Velcro dots. So the kids have no excuse when I tell them to go get a Band-Aid! :)
And that's my guest bathroom makeover. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

My son's room is OUT OF CONTROL!!

If you have ever screamed muttered these words before, you are not alone!!

A recent client needed help with her 8 year old son's room.
Having a 10 year old son myself, I was up for the challenge!! #legoseverywhere #sendhelp

Here are a few "before" pictures of the room:

The thing was, this mom already had a *ton* of great organizing pieces in her home. She just wasn't using them in the most efficient way! 

My favorite thing about this boy's room was the Lego area his dad created. There were four 3 drawer cart units that held all of his legos. And on top, a huge area for him to build. It was great! Her son just needed to utilize it better and not spread legos all over his floor :) Once it gets too overwhelming to clean up - whether you're 8 or 38 - it's easier just to leave it be. So, we cleaned up the trails of legos all over the room, and hopefully it will stay this way. 

This client also had three amazing pieces of furniture not being utilized.....these wooden cubbies and the metal locker. I bought a few navy bins and voila! This turned into a storage for his favorite books, toys, and served as a dresser for a few clothing items (in the navy bins).
The closet also needed a makeover!
We got rid of the hanging organizer and brought in another unused piece of furniture - a bench for his shoes and sporting good items.

All in all, this makeover only took a few hours.
Contact me if your son's room is in need of a transformation!!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Playroom Overhaul

If your playroom has become overrun with toys since Christmas ended, you are not alone!!

I recently helped a client give her *very large* playroom closet a makeover.
In just 3 hours, look at what we accomplished!!

We started on the left side of the closet, and cleared everything off the shelves. As you can see, she had quite a bit of games, puzzles, and craft items. We pared them down and then utilized the drawer carts she already had. Now they are the new home for all things crafty that she doesn't want her little ones to see! (Think: Play-Doh, paint, etc.)
 View of the upper shelves on the left side:

 As for the middle of the closet, our main goal was get everything off the floor (so that they could actually walk in their walk-in closet :) We designated the very top shelf for items that her older kids had outgrown, and that she was saving for her baby. We chose to display them, rather than throw in a large Rubbermaid tub, so she wouldn't forget what she had :)

On the right side of the closet, we moved all of the hanging items (dress-up clothes) upstairs to her daughter's room. Then we relocated all of the gift-wrapping supplies to a different closet. That made way for a whole new piece of furniture to come in and store toys! This furniture piece - a cube organizer - was actually already in her playroom. We moved it into the closet to clear space in the playroom for the kids to have more space to move around.
Let's take one more look at this cube organizer. I love all the cubbies!
And we used the top shelf to store oversized toys.

Although a playroom makeover can seem daunting, it's not hard once you have another set of hands (me)! We did all of this in just under 3 hours.

And the best part? The 4 year old's reaction when she came home from school: "Mommy, you found all my toys!" :)

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year's Special !!

Who wants to start out 2018 with a less cluttered & more organized home?! If so, I'm happy to help. Make sure to take advantage of my New Year's Special....for a limited time only! 

To make an appointment, comment below or click here to find me on Facebook! 

*Must be redeemed by February 28th. Limit one special per person.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A *Three* Room Reveal!

It has been waaaaay too long since I showed you guys some amazing Before & After pictures!!
Well, hopefully these next few will make up for it....

A recent client wanted an overhaul on 3 closets in her home: her 2 sons' closets and her master closet. 

Space #1: Big Brother's Room

Her oldest son had a *lot* of clothes that he had outgrown, and that needed to be sorted & stored for his little brother. He also needed a system going forward, so that this wouldn't repeat itself in the future.
The navy bin is now a *keepsake bin* while the others hold misc. items for her son

Once the (too small) clothes were cleared out, there was quite a bit of free space!

A look at the whole space. Quite a difference!

We took the drawer cart from the baby's room, and repurposed it. Now, when he outgrows something, it can go right in these drawers - labeled by size - to hand down to baby brother.

Space #2: Baby Brother's Room

As mentioned before, this little boy had a *lot* of clothes coming his way from his big brother. They are about 3 years apart in age (and size!), so we needed a temporary holding spot for said clothes. Simple solution: place clothes in a bin by size and slap a label on there as an easy reference :)

I used adhesive chalkboard labels because they are the easiest to change as the boys grow!

This is my favorite before & after shot from this whole session!
The navy canvas bins up top now have shoes (divided by size) that are hand-me-downs.
There is also a new keepsake bin, also navy, and the gray bins hold bedding & linens.
The 3 drawer cart now holds current long sleeve shirts and pants.

Space #3: Master Closet

The master closet didn't need a ton of work, just a bit of decluttering and categorizing. For "Her" side, I organized the shoes using shelf helpers. My client cleared out a lot of clothes that weren't worn/didn't fit, and we made sure to find a new home for miscellaneous items that didn't belong.

Lots of miscellaneous items from the floor found a new home! Either the trash can, donation pile, or another room in the house.
 On "His" side, I categorized items on the shelves into sweaters, workout items, jeans, etc. Some went in bins and others went in drawers. I used the shelf helpers for his shoes as well.
 Those woven bins now hold t-shirts and pullovers; hopefully this will help them stay more organized. As with any makeover, the key is *maintenance!* It takes 2 seconds to throw something on the floor, and about 5 seconds to put it where it belongs.
In total, these transformations took about 6 hours total. My client was in & out of the house, running errands and picking kids up from school. Let me know if you'd like to schedule a session today!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Special

I'm offering a Fall Special to two lucky readers!

Comment below with "SOLD" and tell me what space in your home you'd like to be more organized!
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