15 Minute Challenges: The Kitchen Sink

Is your Terrible Awful clutter secret is a constant pile of dishes in your sink spilling over onto your counters.  It’s time to admit your fear of loading the dishwasher properly. Here’s how to do it so the Dishwasher Police won’t find you.

 

DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN SINK

 

  • Prep by gathering cup of tea/coffee or favorite beverage and turning on your favorite music.
  • Set Timer.
  • LOAD your dishwasher properly
    • Pre-rinse off large amounts of food (The newest dishwashers say they do a better job if you don’t scrape or rinse.)
    • Load bottom rack first
      • Cookie sheets/pots/pans around outside, then large plates inside of those & finish with small bowls in middle
    • Load top rack last
      • Cups between prongs
      • Plastic items
      • Don’t stack items
  • CYCLE
    • HEAVY ...
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15 Minute Challenges: Favorite Chair

If your Terrible Awful clutter secret is overtaking your favorite chair, declare war, & take it back. Declutter & make it your favorite place to sit, relax, watch TV or read a book.  You deserve it!

 

EDIT FAVORITE CHAIR CLUTTER
  • Prep by gathering cup of tea/coffee or favorite beverage and turning on your favorite music.
  • Set Timer.
  • Pick up everything(loose)chair, chair-side table(s) and floor around chair.
  • Throw out food wrappers, . . .  (Have trash can at hand)
  • Sort accumulated items grouping like with like i.e. magazines vs hand lotions.
  • Sort again grouping like with like i.e. Vogue vs Town & Country.
  • Edit each group of like items committing to reading/using each item kept.
  • Determine how many magazines or books ...
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15 Minute Challenges: Bedside Landslide

If your Terrible Awful clutter secret is beside your bed, it’s time to make room for relaxation instead of frustration.  Besides cleaning up the area, you’ll also change the flow of energy from stagnant to positive & fresh.  That always produces a better night’s rest.

 

On your mark for organizing

  • Prep by gathering cup of tea/coffee or favorite beverage and turning on your favorite music.
  • Set Timer.
  • GO!

EDIT BEDSIDE LANDSLIDE

  • Remove everything cluttering bedside tables, floor, and bed.
  • Sort accumulated items grouping like with like i.e. magazines vs hand lotions.
  • Sort again grouping like with like i.e. Vogue vs Town & Country.
  • Edit each group of like items committing to reading/using each item kept.
  • Determine how many magazines ...
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What is Your Terrible Awful Clutter Secret?

What is your Terrible Awful?  You know, like in The Help, your Terrible Awful you can’t name or speak of to anyone.  It’s your hidden, little hoarding, clutter mess, secret in some area of your home you hope no one ever sees.  If you’ve become Clutter Blind, let me help refresh your memory. . . .

 

Beside your bed
Next to your favorite chair
In the kitchen sink (& piled beside the sink)
Inside your playroom…. your craft room
Or, are you a Closet Slob?

 

Stop walking past the clutter mess, take off your Clutter ...
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Bright Summer Pieces Remedy Fashion Blues

To be honest, I’m in a bit of a fashion rut & not much is inspiring me to claw my way out.  Not even much of the couture.  What brightened my closet is a find at TJMaxx during a Texas summer thunderstorm.  I ran in for a quick return when sheets of rain started pouring down.  One hour later, the deluge finally stopped, and I had my new favorite summer blouse.  A beautiful, bright blue, simple, cotton top with large, flutter or bell sleeves.  Easy to dress up or dress down…fun, simple, sophisticated & bright.  I would wear it everyday if I could.

 

LeTote gave me ...
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Brilliant New Crafty Organizers

We have discovered some incredible new craft supply storage products, and they are all from the same online company called OrganizeMore, craft storage made easy.  Their family business began in 2007, and their products are made in their shop in Tennessee.  We love finding a homegrown business that makes unique, high quality solutions.  Bonus:  some of their products are designed to work with the IKEA KALLAX line of shelving.  However, they can also be used on a desktop or mounted to a wall.  They have also recently added a “marketplace” of other manufacturer’s organizing products to their website that ...
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The Styled & Organized College Capsule Wardrobe

July is the month that all new college-bound high school grads start thinking about what they need to take with them.  If you are one of those new graduates, and are starting to get organized for the fall…this blog post is meant just for you!  There are several categories of items that you will need to take, but one of the most important is the wardrobe.  We have had fun creating what we think is the perfect college capsule wardrobe.  Of course it can be tweaked here and there for each individual’s needs, as well as for seasonal needs, but this is a good place to start and can double as ...
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Are You Waving a White Flag from Under a Pile of Paper Clutter?

Paper is still one of the most universal types of clutter out there, even in this day and age of “paperless” digital technology. Paper invades our desks, our kitchen counters, our purses and our briefcases. It comes in all forms, including: receipts, photos, junk mail, magazines, tickets, bills, etc…. Some of you out there may have a system to efficiently deal with your paper clutter, and that is wonderful! For the remainder of you that may be ready to wave a white flag from under that pile of paper clutter, we have a process to put you back in control.

 

Dedicate Time to Sorting the Paper in your Home

 

If your pile of ...

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Our Vacation: Roses, Buds and Thorns

There is an exercise that some summer camp counselors use at the end of each camp, called “Rose, Bud, Thorn”.  They ask their campers to give them one highlight (or “Rose”), one thing they could do better (or “Bud”), and one low point (or “Thorn”).  This is a great way of getting kids in the habit of incorporating reflection and gratitude in to their daily lives.  In turn, the counselors gather useful feedback on how they might make the experience better for the next time around.

 

I thought it might be fun to share our “Roses, Buds and Thorns” while reflecting on our recent family vacation.  We picked southern California, and here’s ...
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Summertime: The Perfect Time for Kids to Organize Their Spaces

Yahoo!  School’s out and summer’s here (finally)!  If you have kids, I’m sure you are both excited for what the summer holds and nervous about keeping them engaged and entertained.  We have some thoughts on what they can be doing right now before summer camps and other activities vie for their attention.  Set out the following goals, and of course share with them that there will be a great reward at the end of this project. A summer blockbuster movie night is one possibility.

 

Turn on some of their favorite tunes, then provide snacks for breaks, trash bags for trash/recycling and hand out two or three big boxes for them to put ...
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