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Jun 2021

Feeling Stuck With Your Closet Organization Plan? Follow These Tips!

By |June 1st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

If you’ve been struggling with your closet organization plan, this blog series will be just what you need! Maybe you’ve looked on Pinterest for inspiration. Or you’ve been to The Container Store for products but aren’t sure what will fit best in your closet. Everyone’s closet is a different size and shape and everyone has different needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for closets, so thinking through some things prior to starting will help you get just the closet that you need.

Before you worry about starting to purge and organize your clothes, let’s take a look at your closet layout first. Planning the layout will help you make the most of your space.

Assess Your Space

The first step in your planning should be to decide if you are going to use your existing closet or remove it and start from scratch. Think through the factors that will affect your plans. Do […]

May 2021

My Complete List of the Best Places to Donate Your Unwanted Stuff

By |May 4th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

We’ve all had the best intentions to find the perfect place to donate your unused and unwanted items. And then it never fails that a box of stuff sits in your basement or garage for months. Or you drive around with boxes in the back of your car for weeks on end. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Just like I mentioned last month in my recycling blog, it’s easy to donate the clothes your kids have outgrown to the nearest Goodwill. What about the more uncommon items that you no longer need but that still have useful life in them? Furniture, toys, musical instruments, and more… there is always a program to donate these types of things to. You just have to know where to go!

As promised, here is part two of this blog series. This is my full list of the best places to donate the items […]

Apr 2021

How To Recycle Practically Anything Just In Time For Earth Day

By |April 6th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Since Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, you might be thinking about what items you have that can be recycled or repurposed. Landfills are filling up fast and cause damage to our air and soil, so it’s important to be responsible with how you get rid of items you no longer need or use. However, it’s hard to know the right way to handle your recyclables. I come across people all the time who are holding on to things because they don’t know how to properly dispose of them.

Here you will find part one of a two-part blog post that will provide you with the necessary resources so you can get these unwanted items to the right place. Over the years, I have created a list that I use to recycle anything that my clients might be holding on to.  This list is alphabetized to make it […]

Mar 2021

10 Life Hacks That Will Help You Feel More Organized

By |March 3rd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

When you have a million things to do and remember between home, work, family, and everything else, it’s easy to feel like life is a mess. Especially when your home doubles as your office and your kid’s school. The great thing is that there are so many life hacks that will help you feel more organized and in control. Life can be crazy so any little thing that can help you stay on top of things is helpful! Here are a few of my favorite life hacks that will help you remember, save a little time, and get things done.

Create a Launchpad

Chances are that you’ve left something at home before that you needed for work, running errands, or taking your kids to school. You can make getting out of the house easier by gathering what you need for the following day in one place. Choose a spot in your home […]

Feb 2021

How To Create More Storage Space In Your Home

By |February 2nd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

One thing I hear frequently from clients is that they need more storage space in their home. I see so many common areas in homes that are almost always underutilized when it comes to storage and functionality. There are a ton of ways to create more storage space even when you think you don’t have any! I have some great tips to help you add more storage and organize these underutilized areas of your home.

To create more storage in your kitchen:

  • If the side of your refrigerator is exposed you likely can create a lot of storage out of this underutilized spot.  Add magnetic organizers to hold papers and mail that tends to accumulate on kitchen counters, as well as pens, coupons, and other items that you access often.
  • When you are short on kitchen cabinet space, use a […]
Jan 2021

How To Be More Effective With a To-Do List

By |January 6th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

The start of a new year likely has you thinking about all the things you want to do in the coming weeks and months. Many of us set goals or resolutions for the year and sometimes have a hard time reaching them. A key component that you may be missing is an effective to-do list. You might think that you’ll remember the tasks you thought of on January 1st, but by the time February rolls around, you’ll have a hard time recalling them. This is simply because our brains are not meant to store unlimited information. They are meant to process information which is why having a to-do list is key. Setting up an effective to-do list will allow your brain to think more creatively and do deep work. I’ll explain some of my favorite ways to help set up a system that will keep you productive and ensure […]

Dec 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Unique and Clutter Free

By |December 1st, 2020|Blog|6 Comments

Year after year, you accumulate tons of new stuff over the holidays that you don’t have room for. Maybe some of it you don’t even want! It collects fast and can overwhelm you and your home. In our house, we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas and we also have two December birthdays (mine and my youngest son’s). So as you can imagine, we often end up with a heap of stuff that we don’t need.

If your goal is a holiday that’s more about experiences and creating memories with family than adding more clutter, then my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide will be perfect for you. It’s a combination of unique and clutter free items that won’t take up a ton of space in your home.

Unique Group Experiences

Planning a group experience can be such a blast, and my favorite type of gift to receive is one that allows me and my […]

Nov 2020

How To Use Evernote To Save Gift Ideas

By |November 3rd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

You all know how much I love Evernote. It’s so versatile and can be used in so many ways! Since the holiday season is coming up fast, I wanted to share with you how I use Evernote to save gift ideas to make shopping easier at this time of year — and all throughout the year.

If you’re not already familiar with Evernote, it’s a note-taking and digital filing cabinet app. Their basic plan is free and has a ton of great features. If you’re looking for a way to save your gift ideas and shopping list, now is the time to check it out! There is an app for iOS and Android, a desktop app, and a web version so you can access Evernote anywhere.

Keep in mind that there are many different ways that you can organize your information in Evernote. Here’s the system I use to help keep […]

Oct 2020

6 Things I Learned After Losing My Dad

By |October 7th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

This is going to be a very different blog post than the ones I usually write. I’m going to get personal and I hope that’s okay with you. I’m going to share what I’ve learned and how my perspective has changed since my father’s recent and unexpected death.

So let me fill you in if you haven’t already heard. My father, Gary Garcia, had a massive stroke on Monday, August 10th. After being airlifted to a hospital in Baltimore, MD, he was in the ICU for a week. He was unconscious and minimally responsive the entire time with a breathing and feeding tube in. On Sunday, August 16th, just after the breathing and feeding tubes were removed, my father passed away while my sister and I held his hands. My father was only 72 years old and in relatively good health before the stroke. As I’m sure you can imagine, my […]

Aug 2020

11 Of The Best Kitchen And Pantry Organization Products

By |August 11th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

After organizing countless homes for 16 years, I have tried out so many different organizing products for the kitchen and pantry. The kitchen is often the most used room in a home, and because of that, it’s so important to keep it organized. This curated list of kitchen and pantry organization products is the best of the best and I’m excited to share it with you.

Before purchasing any kitchen organizing products be sure to measure your space carefully. Check the depth, width, and height of shelves, drawers, and cabinets to ensure that your organizing solution best fits your area. The last thing you need during a home organization project is to realize your recently purchased products from The Container Store don’t fit your space!

OK, so here we go, get ready for my top 11 favorite organizing products. Do you think I missed something? Let me know in the comments below.

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