Erin Elizabeth Wells, Living Peace Professional Organizer, shares her recommendations on the needed supplies for an organized packing process for your move.
While organizing solo in a client’s spare room a couple weeks ago I ran across a trash bag full of empty toilet paper rolls. Upon my client’s arrival home later that day she would look through a pile of suggested trash so I quickly added this bag to the pile. About an hour later I came across a gathering of electronics and cords and had to laugh when I saw her creative and simple method for keeping small extension cords under control…
She had bundled a long cord up and slipped it inside a toilet paper roll. What a great idea! This solution costs no money and it is so easy. I absolutely loved her creativity. I went back to the bag of toilet paper rolls and pulled a couple out for her…
In preparation for my presentation “The ABC’s of Raising Organized Kids,” I’ve come across a little gem of a book.
Growing-Up Organized: A Mom-to-Mom Guide by Lea Schneider is an easy-to-read book brimming over with practical suggestions for organizing both your home and your time. It covers:
- Children’s bedrooms
- Time management
The author, a Professional Organizer, knows what she’s talking about. What I really admire about her is that she understands how to really teach children, including very young children, basic organizing skills. As a preschool teacher, I appreciate her emphasis on training young children in age-appropriate ways.
I have been working with a client in a small home with four family members. She often comments on how small the house is and “how it would be easier to be organized if she had more space.” I had to break the news to her that I highly doubted that her home would be more organized if it were larger. She and her family would simply find more things to keep in the home.
I feel it is almost to her advantage to have a smaller home. The size limitation forces the need to keep the clutter to a minimum. This message seemed to make sense to her, and I give the message with full confidence. I have seen larger homes that are filled to the brim because the homeowner can get away with accumulating for a longer period of time. Due to the small size of my client’s home, she felt the need to get organized sooner than if her home was larger.
Part 2 of An Organized Move Series. In this video, Erin Elizabeth Wells, Certified Professional Organizer and Living Peace Founder, discusses the steps involved in creating a timeline for your move process and how to develop a functional space plan for your new home.
Many of us, myself included, have a limited number of narrow yet deep kitchen cabinets in combination with no pantry! I understand first hand how hard it can be to keep track of food buried in small cupboards. It becomes difficult to use food before it expires and keep track of the cabinet contents. So I came up with a quick solution that works great for my needs and I want to share it.
I posted a small (8×11) dry erase board on my fridge. I created two columns, one for the cabinets and one for my freezer, yet another area that food can get buried in. In one column I listed all the food items I had stashed in the deepest recesses of my cabinets such as mustard, jellies, bulk coffee purchases etc. I only wrote down the items I cannot see if I open the cabinet door.
I can’t tell you how many parents I know whose computers have crashed and have lost hundreds of photos of their children’s early years. When it happens, it kinda makes you sick to your stomach.
So I have a personal policy that my special photos must be stored somewhere besides my personal computer.
I usually burn the photos to a CD or DVD, but I don’t see this as a fail-safe plan because they would be destroyed if the house burnt down. (I know, I’m a little paranoid.)
To resolve this I have an account with Shutterfly and upload my special photos there. (Snapfish is another option.) There is no cost and no limit to how many photos I can store there. If, heaven forbid, the computer crashes or the house burns down, they are safe. I could download them or have an archive CD created and shipped to me.
In the organizing industry, we have a phrase coined by Kathy Waddill, “decide to decide.” What does this mean?
In her book The Organizing Sourcebook, Waddill talks about “decide to decide” as the need to follow through with projects and tasks in our lives. I see this most with my clients in the follow through of taking items designated for donation to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, donation bin, what have you. This results in some of the items originally designated for donation creeping back into the home because the client has a chance to convince herself getting rid of the item may not be a good idea. This behavior can be detrimental to the organizing process.