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Aug 2020

11 Of The Best Kitchen And Pantry Organization Products

By |August 11th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

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.

Jul 2020

How To Make Going Paperless Easy

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

In my 16 years as a professional organizer, the most common complaint I hear is about paper clutter. Most people have a hard time keeping up with the credit card statements, bills, receipts, and various other papers they receive on a daily basis. Paper has a weird way of multiplying overnight, kind of like Gremlins. When you feel overwhelmed it’s hard to catch up. The great news is that going paperless is a fantastic solution to managing paper clutter. It’s not that hard to do once you know how to go about it. With some planning and scanning, you can reclaim storage space and have everything you need right at your fingertips.

Benefits of going paperless

You’ve heard some of the most obvious reasons for going paperless for years. It’s better for the environment and also saves money by not having to print and mail statements or other documents. The benefits don’t […]

Jun 2020

11 Must Have Apps for your Phone or Tablet

By |June 8th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

I have a confession to make. I’m kind of obsessed with knowing what apps people have downloaded on their mobile devices. Whenever I happen to see someone’s home screen, I tend to glance a bit longer than I should trying to figure out if they have some new app I’m not yet aware of. There are over 2.56 million apps in the Google Play store and over 2.2 million in the Apple App Store all vying for our attention, yet it’s impossible to know about all of them. I’ve researched and tried out tons of apps over the years to help myself and my clients improve productivity, communicate more efficiently, and solve nagging problems. We’re all familiar with popular apps like Google Maps, Facebook, and Instagram but there are tons of lesser-known apps that you should know about. I’ve compiled a list of 11 must-have apps below with the hopes […]

May 2020

How to Get Motivated During Stressful Times

By |May 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

You may have read a short article recently that has gone viral comparing the current COVID-19 pandemic to a storm. In the article it states, ” We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.” I thought that comparison was profound and one that rings true. Although we are “in this together” it is hard to truly understand what our friends, neighbors, co-workers, or acquaintances are going through during this unprecedented time. One thing I believe to be true is that we all are feeling an increased level of stress, and in turn, we are likely feeling less motivated to accomplish our goals.

Motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. In some cases, stress can actually motivate you to get something done. For example, if you are feeling stressed due to an important presentation at work you will likely […]

Mar 2020

Mini Organizing Tasks To Make The Most Out Of Your Forced Time At Home

By |March 31st, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

OK, so I know I don’t need to tell you how much the world has changed over the last few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your day to day life has likely changed dramatically as has mine. My day job has changed from being a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant to being an unpaid, inexperienced elementary school teacher who is also training to become a LEGO Master Builder. My kid’s school is closed and I’ve had to stop working on site with my clients. My husband is also home so now we are all here 24/7. Our county along with many others in my area is under a stay at home order. These changes have likely brought about a bit of anxiety and stress in your life as it has for me and my family.

Organizing calms me and it makes me feel like I have control of my world […]

Mar 2020

4 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Electronics

By |March 4th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

You likely have a few electronics laying around the house, and you’re not alone. When new phones come out or when an updated gaming console is available, we tend to want the latest and greatest. Many clients that I work with have kept old devices after purchasing an upgraded one. Some people aren’t sure what to do with the old device. Others will hang on to it because they have important information they need to download and save before getting rid of it. It’s common for the old model to be put aside or shoved in a drawer. Pretty soon you have more electronics than you need or even use.

If you have electronics scattered throughout your house that are gathering dust, I have some tips to help you declutter your electronics once and for all.

Step 1: Gather all your electronics.

The first step to sorting through all […]

Feb 2020

7 Steps to Organizing Your Papers Like a Pro

By |February 5th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

One of the most common organizing struggles I hear from people is how to handle the overwhelming amount of paper in their homes or offices. Some clients are interested in going paperless (which I love and will write about in a future blog post), but oftentimes the first step for most people is just making sense of the papers that are currently cluttering their homes. Usually, once I start working with a client on organizing papers, I either find file drawers overstuffed with old outdated papers or I find that no filing system has ever been established. If you fall into one of these categories or somewhere in between, I can provide some guidance on how to get things organized once and for all.

Step 1: Determine Where Your Papers Should be Stored

The first step of the organizing paper process is to determine where the best place to store all of […]

Jan 2020

6 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals this Year

By |January 8th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled lives. For many of us, the New Year brings with it expectations and hopes for the improvement of ourselves and our lives. Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, you’ve likely set goals at some point in your life. One thing I help many of my clients with is setting achievable goals and making those goals become a reality. Here are 6 tips to help you achieve your goals this year.

Determine What You Really Want

The very first step in achieving your goals is to set one that you actually want to accomplish. I know this sounds obvious, but I’ve consulted many people who have set goals and once we start discussing further, they realize they don’t really care if they their goal is achieved or not. Make sure your goal aligns with your […]

Dec 2019

Voxer: The App Everyone Should Have

By |December 4th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

So, I’m sure you are all curious as to what app I think everyone should have. You may be wondering if you already have this app, or if you’ve even heard of it. First of all, I am not an affiliate with this particular app and am not getting a referral fee or commission for this post. I just truly love this app and it has helped change my life for the better ever since I’ve been using it. So without further ado, the app I totally think every person should have is called Voxer.

Voxer is a free app available on iOS and Android devices that allows you to leave up to a 15-minute voice message (as well as pictures and videos) to a person or group of people at any time, and those people can listen and respond when it’s convenient for them.

You may be thinking, “But Dawn, why […]

Nov 2019

How a Professional Organizer Does Meal Planning

By |November 5th, 2019|Blog|2 Comments

OK, so I’m being honest here… my least favorite chore has always been planning and preparing dinner for my family each night.  We are a family of four; my husband, two boys aged 5 and 9, and myself. I don’t particularly love cooking, mainly because I feel rushed to get something edible on the table after I get home from picking up the kids and work. My goal is simple; to provide a decent meal that my whole family will enjoy before we head upstairs to do our nightly bedtime routine. Since I began my organizing business, I have used myself and my family as guinea pigs to try new systems to make our lives run smoother that I can eventually share with clients. I love the challenge of taking a problem or repetitive task and simplifying it into something that can run on auto-pilot.  Meal planning was a system […]
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