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New Year’s resolutions…

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Have you achieved your New Year’s resolutions yet?
Do you often make a list of things that you are going to change, start doing or stop doing every January?
What happens – usually by the time February comes, that resolution list is nowhere to be found, right?
Well, that used to be me. I was the “queen” of making lists.
I thought that because it was a new year I was going to be able to change overnight and miraculously accomplish all of my goals. I learned over time that it’s just not that easy to change or start doing something new.
In order to accomplish your goals, you must be clear on the why, why do you want to achieve this goal and what your end result will look like. If you are clear on both of these things then you are ready to start making change in your life. It takes the will, a strong commitment and the inner desire to change. That is the key – to have the inner desire to change habits and behaviors in order to achieve your goals.
So, let’s start this month with a goal of clearing all the clutter in our environment so that we can live a more abundant and authentic life.
You’re probably thinking right now, well how do I do that? I can help you through this process, no problem!
5 Steps to rid your home of physical clutter:
  • Start with one room at a time
  • Get a small to medium size box and start filling it with items that you no longer want, need or make you happy
  • Set a timer for 30 minutes and only work for that amount of time
  • Book a donation pick-up ahead of time, that way you feel obligated to work on getting donations in order
  • Work on the same room for one week
If you begin to feel stuck on a particular item ask yourself these questions:
– Do I really need this?
– When was the last time I used this?
– Does this make me feel happy?
If you haven’t used the item for more than one year and answered “No” to the other two questions, then it’s time to release it.
Don’t know which room to start with? Start with the one that makes you feel the most uncomfortable and stressed.
I hope you have enjoyed my tips. Please email me with any questions and until next time…
Happy Organizing ☺
” Everything in your home should reflect your vision for the life you want ”
B-Organized B-Inspired!
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Stress-Free Holiday Season

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Let’s have a Stress-Free Holiday Season
With so many invitations, places to go to, and friends and family to visit this time of year can be very stressful.
I have some tips so that you can do it all and enjoy yourself through out the process.
The first thing that you have to do is PLAN.
Take out a notepad and write it all out. What kind of holiday do you want you and your family to experience this year.
Once you have that figured out then follow these simple steps.
Start Early:
– Start your decorating now; this weekend is the time for your outdoor and indoor decorating.
– This week pick your holiday picture and card. Create them yourself or place that order now. You want to send them out no later than next week.
– Get to the post office and get stamps, remember the nice ones always sell out fast. Get your mailing list in order and print out your labels.
– Plan your meals ahead of time. Stock up on everything that you need and pick one day and cook meals ahead of time or better yet hire someone that will come to your home and cook your meals for the whole week.
– Baking- if you are a baker buy and gather all of your supplies in a basket and make this a family event. Put on some holiday music maybe have an adult beverage ☺ and bake away with friends and family.
– Make sure your holiday gift list is completed. Carry it with you that way you can get things from your list at anytime.
Most importantly give yourself a deadline and only do things that you like.
I hope you have enjoyed my tips. Please email me with any questions and until next time…
Happy Organizing ☺
” Everything in your home should reflect your vision for the life you want “

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Something has to Change !

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Something has to Change and Change starts with Me !!!!!
Feeling overwhelmed like there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything on your “ To Do “ list or to do the things that you just want to do?
Well that was me about 3 weeks ago!
I was back from a two week vacation had tons of laundry to do, a stack of mail to go thru, clients to see and follow-up with, get my daughter adjusted back to school, get up to speed with all of her activities….. it was never ending.
I woke up one day and said enough.
Something has to change and change starts with me !!!!
I called my trusted and much loved cleaning lady and did a thorough spring-cleaning / releasing of my home.
While she was cleaning I was releasing items that had served its purpose, no longer served me and was just taking up space for new and better things that needed to come into my life and home.
After we were done it felt great. No wait it was EXHILARATING, it felt like a new home and I felt like a new person. I even purged my closet and got rid of two bags of clothes that no longer represented me.
I now had more space, clarity, and simplicity, room to think and enjoy my home.
Simplicity is the way to go. It should be everyone’s goal.
By simplifying our life’s we reduce stress, tension, and that feeling of not having enough time to do what we really want to do.
So my question for you is: What is just ONE thing that you can do everyday to simplify your life?
It only takes one action a day, one new behavior each day to create a new healthy habit.
So what are you waiting for start now !

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5 Things We Learned About Organizing a Shared Closet

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5 Things We Learned About Organizing a Shared Closet

As an organizational expert, Bonnie Barrios creates serenity out of chaos for her clients, organizing almost every room in their homes from kitchens to playrooms. But one of her favorite projects is a closet makeover. “Working with small spaces can be a bit challenging but there are always creative ways to make everything fit and look good,” explains Barrios. Here, she shares her top 5 tips for creating and organizing a shared closet that you’ll both love.

1. Clear It Out
“Before I start any closet project with a client, the first thing we do is a major purge,” explains Barrios. She advises that cleaning out everything you don’t want and don’t use, will give you not only a clean slate but also a fresh perspective so you can properly plan the new space. Most clients are comfortable with the “one-year” rule: if they haven’t used it in more than one year, it’s time to toss it.

2. Divide the Space
This is a challenge that is unique to every couple. “The majority of the time I have one neat freak and one messy person who are a couple,” says Barrios. “I once had a client who worked in the fashion industry and he had an amazing collection of cashmere sweaters, so he actually needed more space than his wife.” Once you decide who needs how much space, it’s easier to organize that space. Measuring the closet is the next essential step in order to determine the correct sizes for everything from rods, to shelves and baskets.

3. Define the Space
“When you are working with minimal space, it’s more challenging, but there are always ways to make it better,” Barrios points out. “If you have an apartment with high ceilings, always take advantage of the vertical space,” she explains, “Double bars going completely across the closet would be ideal; he can use the top rod and she can use the bottom one.” Or if you have a deeper closet, extend the depth of the shelves in order to layer your items, with labeled boxes for out-of-season clothes behind the pieces you are wearing now, in front.

4. Design the Space
“Shelf dividers are a must, notes Barrios, “they hold folded clothes together neatly, and keep items from falling over when you pull something out.” Barrios also suggests buying a double-duty item like an over-the-door organizer. “I am obsessed with this product,” she raves, “the pockets are different sizes and can hold so many different items like scarves, socks, pocket books, hats or jewelry.”

5. Be Creative
Although it can be overwhelming, reorganizing your closet shouldn’t be a boring chore. And there are lots of DIY projects that can bring your personal style and taste to your space. One of Barrios’s favorites: make your own tie and belt (or purse and scarf) rack. “This is an amazing space saver and so easy to make. All you need are some command hooks and a rod of your choice, and voilà, you have a tie and belt hook,” like this DIY “Gentleman’s Valet”.

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