Sick

October 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Health & Safety

I’m Sick But I Have Too Much To Do!

But being sick is no fun. If you are like me you just want to crawl back under the covers and stay there all day. I don’t usually want to do anything!! But in todays busy world sometimes that is not an option.
Even if you aren’t well enough to go to work there are still some thing you can do around your house that take little physical effort that will help you stay caught up in other areas of your life.
Balancing a check book would be a good one. Yuk…who likes to do that?
You know that big pile of papers that you have in your office that need to be filed? This is a great time do to that. Just take in your cup of tea and your blanket and file away.
Go through your “to do” list and update that. There may be some things on there that you can take care of since you are home. Make Doctor and Dentist appointments that are overdue. Call the cell phone company and complain about that bill that they messed up.
Look for the little sit down things that need to be done, and make yourself do at least one or two of those. You won’t feel like your day has totally been wasted.
When you feel just plain yucky….there are still some things you can do that at least make you feel a little better about your day at home.

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Hoarding

October 13, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Hoarding or Chronically Disorganized

Hoarding – Are You A Hoarder?

Hoarding is more than just a messy house. It is a real psychological problem. There are usually a few things that help define hoarding.

hoarding

Have you seen the shows and wondered if it is a problem you have, or know of someone that is a hoarder?

1) Buying or picking up free items and refusal to part with them or even move them. Many times they are of useless or have limited value and usually aren’t being used for what they are intended.
2)The person’s home is so cluttered that you can use the spaces as they are intended.
3) significant limitations in functioning and distress over their situation they are in because of the hoarding.

I recently saw a show on TV called “How Clean is Your House”. They had a contest looking for the messiest house. Most of the pictures if not all of the pictures they showed for contestants were that of hoarders. Not one time during the show (unless I missed it) did they mention hoarding. The “winners” of the contest were a mother and her two daughters that had a terrible hoarding problem. The entire house was packed full of junk. The mother was the worse and they showed many times her refusal to part with something and her stress over the situation. I am hoping that they also got them all some counseling along with their new house make over so that they will not fall back into their same patterns,but they never mentioned anything like that. It was very disturbing to me that they never mentioned hoarding on the show at all or talked about these people needing some real treatment.

Treatment

Treatment is key to making a change for these people. Counseling should be for sure and many times medication is also used in therapy. That along with help from a professional organizer can make dramatic changes in a hoarders life.
Hoarders want to change (most of the time)and many times try on their own and fail and then they fall into deeper depressions and give up even more and their situations can become life threatening.
When we work with clients who are hoarders we need to assess to what level their hoarding is. Is there a place to sit in their house? Are there pathways in the rooms to get to things? Are doorways blocked? Are there pets in the house and if there is, is there animal urine and feces? (Many times animals can’t get to a door to be let out)

Hoarding is a very big problem and should not be looked at as just a “messy house”.
If you think you are a hoarder you can go to this web site and look at the “clutter hoarding scale” and evaluate yourself. www.nsgcd.org (National Study Group for Chronic Disorganization)
Just as there is help for other problems, there is help for hoarders and they should be no means ever feel like their situation is hopeless.

Disclosure: I am not an expert on hoarding, nor do I claim to be. Please follow up with the NSGCD if you feel you have a problem or know someone who does.

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Organizing Your Cabinets

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Kitchen

Organizing My Coffee – Medicine Cabinet

Before

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I know it is strange to have your coffee and your medicines in the same cabinet….but with a small kitchen you sometimes have to do some things that you may not do in other kitchens. This is kind of the “Morning Start” cabinet. My husband gets his vitamins everyday before he leave for work. I also have the ibuprofen and cold medicines handy. The coffee maker sits right below this cabinet and so the coffee supplies and the mugs along with the travel mugs are in the right place here.

After

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Tupperware

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Kitchen

Organizing My Tupperware

 

plastics

My plastics cupboard was also driving me crazy!!!! Lids everywhere, little plastic containers with no homes.
I went through and threw away any lid that didn’t have a bowl that fit it. I got a couple of baskets that I already had and used those to house the lids and little disposable plastic containers. It looks much better

Check out my YouTube video to see how I did it.

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Organize Cabinet

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Kitchen

Organizing my Baking Cabinet

Before

cabinet

These are the “Before” and “After” pictures of my baking cabinet. I didn’t purchase anything to do my kitchen today. I just sorted through what I had and got rid of things that I didn’t use. Then I cleaned everything. (It needed it). I put everything back in with some order.

After

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Organize Pantry

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Food, How To Organize, Kitchen

Organizing My Pantry

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My pantry after I organized it. I forgot to take a “Before” picture until I was almost finished!! But believe me…this looks much better.
It shows the floor too.
I had a few extra wire shelves in my basement that I brought up to use to create some more usable space. What I had problems with is that wire doesn’t sit well on wire. The one shelf that I was able to sit the extra shelf on worked well….it kind of extended a little bit over the edge on the right, so that it stayed put. But I hung the other shelf that has the cans on it.
You want to utilize as much of your space as possible. That includes the floor, the door and the top shelf.
On the top shelf I put the items that we don’t use too often.

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Organizing The Home

October 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Blog

Organizing My House

bedroom

Yesterday and today I have had time off from one of my clients that I didn’t expect. So I decided that I needed to organize the home…. this home! My house is not perfect but I wish it was. I have needed to get back into the kids rooms and switch out the summer for winter clothes. Sort through and see what can be donated or put into a bin that will still fit them next year. With the triplets it is kind of nice that Z is about 3″ taller than A and weighs about 12 pounds more, so that usually Z can hand down to his triplet brother. Then of course with the older two at home who are 14 and 15, they are wearing the same size, and their clothes that are too small have to wait a couple of years for Z and A to fit into them. E  being the only girl doesn’t have family that passes her down clothes, but we have had a dear friend who has given E some wonderful clothes from her daughter.
I spent about 5 hours yesterday working on their two bedrooms. I worked on their closets and drawers and over all reorganizing and getting rid of extra stuff that accumulates over time.
Here is a picture of E’s room. Two years ago I painted all of her bedroom furniture the pink, purple and green. I found that shelf at a garage sale for $2.00 and painted it. The bed canopy thingy (what do you call those?) was from a garage sale and cost $5.00. I love it!
Today I am going to tackle the kitchen. I have a pretty small kitchen and pantry. For seven people in the house I have a hard time fitting everything. Things have become a mess again in my cupboards and it has been driving me crazy!! I have a husband and kids who do an ok job putting things where they should go, but I would love it if they always put things away like I wanted them to.
I will get some before and after pictures of the kitchen. They will actually be pretty embarrassing for me….because things are pretty bad right now. I also do not have the time to go to the store and find any organizing products like I would like to do, so I am going to have to figure some things out.
Here goes!!!

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