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Trofast vertical Halloween Need more space? Try this first before you buy anything new

In the quest to find ever more space in our homes, we often neglect to think VERTICAL. Beyond installing more shelves and bookcases, look around and see if some of your furniture may be able to be tipped on its side to give it a fresh new look.

This is what I did here with our Ikea TROFAST unit. I removed the pull-out bins and stacked two units on top of each other. This way, it can display my son’s collection of foam Halloween houses he has been building. When it’s not Halloween, this is where I display my oversize bowls and cake plates that are too big to fit in my kitchen cupboards.

In case you’re wondering, this is the way the Ikea TROFAST unit usually looks:

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Rather than buying new furniture, see if you can find more space in your house by using your existing furniture in a different way. You will get more space AND save money!

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Unique DIY take on a kids’ desk

by respaced on October 13, 2014

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Would this kind of desk work for your kids? Perhaps it would even work for YOU as a bill-paying, schedule-checking, paper-management area in your home. I like how it forces all of your stuff to live inside that crate, preventing the “Stuff Creep” we all have to deal with, especially when it comes to mail and paper. Maybe it would even work to corral your kids’ Legos! What do you think? Would this kind of desk/workspace work in your home?

Image courtest of Apartment Therapy @ Pinterest.

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Exciting news! I’m in a magazine!

by respaced on September 30, 2014

So this really neat thing happened to me:

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I was contacted by Real Simple magazine to submit a tip for their article “76 Greatest Organizing Tips of All Time.” The magazine is the October issue, which means it is on newsstands now. This is so thrilling for me! For professional organizers, Real Simple magazine is the closest thing we have to an “organizing publication,” so this is a big honor.

My husband and I celebrated with at least 2 bottles of champagne: One when the fact-checker contacted me (because that was how we knew I would definitely be in the issue) and the other bottle for when the magazine actually came out. icon smile Exciting news! Im in a magazine!

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The flat surface clutter cure

September 12, 2014

Sick of everyone in your family using the kitchen counter (or any flat surface) as a dumping ground? Try putting a handy-dandy little sign there to break this habit: Need it bigger so it can’t be ignored? Try this: I know it seems so silly, but when I use this with clients’ families, it WORKS […]

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How to track your kids’ homework, manage their schedules and get To Do’s done

September 2, 2014

If you are a parent to a school-age child or children, Back to School Week is a huge week for you. It’s exciting, scary, expensive, stressful and thrilling all at once. And it completely tests your organization skills. If you are a parent who struggles with organization, starting a new school year can be really […]

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10-minute organizing tips for your home

July 29, 2014

Most of us are pretty pressed for time most days. At least, that’s the most common reason people give me for their disorganization — they have no time to sort through their things! It’s understandable. It’s hard to carve out four hours or more to do a major organizational overhaul of a room. So what’s […]

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Organizing bedtime kisses and hugs

July 7, 2014

My mama friend from Moreland MOPS is letting me post this picture of the schedule one of her kids made that outlines the order in which Daddy hugs and kisses each child good-night. This way, each of the four children gets a chance to be the first one to get Daddy’s kisses/hugs at night. Nobody […]

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The 8-year-old-organizer has a better way of keeping things off the stairs

June 24, 2014

Remember this post, where I came up with a solution for storing things that need to go upstairs in wall folders instead of in piles on the stairs? Well, Nathan, my 8-year-old future organizer, decided to take matters into his own hands. He came up with this device: See, throughout the day he puts the […]

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End the piles on the stairs with this easy idea

June 12, 2014

I’ll bet you have experienced this dilemma: You have things that need to be put away upstairs in your house, but you don’t want to take the time to walk upstairs. So instead you stack those things on the stairs, promising yourself you will put them away at the end of the day. But sooomehoooow…. […]

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Create a Summer Activities Folder for your kids

June 2, 2014

If you are the parent of school-age children, you don’t need me to tell you that summer vacation is almost here! Yikes! So I’ve been making lots of these Summer Activities Folders for my organizing clients: It’s the perfect way to store all those brochures about summer camps and swim lessons. It’s also great if […]

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