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The Three P’s of Spring Organizing {video}

With Spring officially here it’s easy to want to do a lot of cleaning and organizing in your home after a long winter. You might look around and think of a dozen things that need to be done, but the reality is that you probably have the time and energy for 2-3 projects.

In this segment of Organize Your Life, I will help you get started with The Three P’s of Spring Organizing. Watch and see what they are and decide which project you will start with!

 1. Pick ONE Project:

 The most overwhelming part of starting to get organized is deciding what to do first.  It’s easy to look around at all that needs to be done and go into shut down mode!

  ·        Make a list of 5-10 organizing projects you would like to do OR

 ·        On index cards, write ONE idea per card or ONE thing you need a place for (see cards)

 Pick ONE of these to start and make a plan for this ONE thing only!

 2.  Plan it Out:

  ·        What do you need to make this happen?  What supplies? What kind of time (remember that it always takes longer than you think)?

 ·        Break it down into small chunks of time~30 minutes, 1hour, etc.

 ·        Will you need outside help like a handyman, painter, professional help?

  3.  Purge like Crazy!

 ·       Don’t try to organize clutter.  Purge first and then organize what is left. 

 ·        Get real with yourself…do you have room for this stuff?  Do you love this stuff?  What is the worst thing that could happen if you got rid of this stuff?What do you really use?

 ·        Remember that you can keep anything you want, but what you keep you need a home for it and need to be able to manage it. 


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Seattle’s Best Coffee-Giveaway + Free Sample

I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and ideas are mine.

Everyone knows I love coffee. Heck, it’s even in my bio on Twitter, so that makes it extra official. But over the years I have become a coffee snob and unlike my days in the Navy, where the coffee was thick like mud and 4 days old, I only like the good stuff now.

So imagine getting FREE coffee that is the good stuff? I was giddy with happiness  when Seattle’s Best Coffee sent me a goodie box of coffee goodness a few weeks ago!  It was filled with their House Blend coffee, which makes the perfect morning cup of coffee!

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My favorite part of this? Seattle’s Best Coffee now makes their House Blend in K-cups for my Keurig. I can die now.

Did you know the House Blend was voted America’s Favorite? Even Duncan says so…

And Seattle’s Best Coffee wants to give FIVE readers of this blog a coffee kit that includes a bag of House Blend, a K-cup of House Blend, and a travel mug! Plus, if you go and Like their Facebook Page you can get a free sample of the House Blend too!

Follow the instructions below. The five readers will be picked April 21st and announced. Seattle’s Best Coffee will send you your coffee kit in the mail! Giveaway starts at midnight tonight, so be sure to check back.

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Half Hour Organizing Project #1:Organizing Tax Files

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Most of you have done your taxes already, but there are a few stragglers like me that are still pulling it together! In 2013 I did a series of Half Hour Organizing Projects and the very first one was on taxes!

Since April is almost here and that always means tax time, I thought we would revisit the idea of organizing for taxes! This short video will show you how to get it together now so you can get your taxes done and that next years taxes will be a snap!

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5 Tools to Organize Your Life {video}

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Getting organized isn’t just about things and rooms. It is also about time and to-do lists and schedules and getting things done. In this segment of Organize Your Life, I share 5 Tools to Organize Your Life that includes 4 apps for your smartphone and computer and one old-school way!

1. Clear App- {list making}

Life is messy. Keep it together with Clear, an amazing new app for list-keeping that is unbelievably simple, quick and satisfying to use.

  • Personal to-do list
  • Shopping list
  • Quick notes list for phone numbers and things
  • List of movies to watch, or books to read
  • Guest list for that party
  • Bucket list for those big life goals

2. Momento-{journaling}

Like having a digital diary.

With Momento in your pocket you can write your diary ‘on the go’, capturing moments whenever you find the time. A beautiful interface coupled with powerful tagging, makes it quick and easy to write about your day and browse moments from your past.

 3. Time Planner-{productivity and planning}

TIME Planner is an activity planning app that brings diversity into your everyday life. It helps you organize and fill your day with tasks of different nature, covering the most significant categories such as Health, Home, Work, Rest, Study, and many more.

  • Create tasks with different categories and colors
  • Add actual time frames to each task
  • Ability to evaluate productivity based on actual vs. planned amount of time

4. Evernote-{capturing everything!}

Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. It does has a dozen features to capture almost everything in life, but my VERY favorite is the NEW feature is it’s Post-it Note camera feature

  • Take a picture of the Post-it Note
  • Text is searchable and auto-titled
  • Set different colors to be automatically organized
  • Any Post-it Notes can be used, but 3M came out with a color set just for Evernote.

5.  Plain ‘ole Paper Calendar-{Daily planning and to-do’s}

Yes, even though I have an iPhone, and iPad, and a Mac laptop, I still use a paper calendar to jot down thoughts, ideas, and a daily schedule every week and then again, everyday.

I also take scratch paper and make a daily checklist that I carry around with me! Check out how to do a Brain Dump.




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Wonder Hanger Review {video}


Ever wonder if the As-Seen-on-TV products really work? I tested out the Wonder Hanger and their claim that it “triples closet space.” Take at look at what I thought about it and if it’s worth spending your money on! This Wonder Hanger Review will help you decide!

I think the Wonder Hanger set is great for small spaces, but my two concerns would be:

1) They can only hold lighter weight clothing like shirts, pants (not denim), and definitely children’s clothing. Heavy clothing will cause the hangers to sag and break quickly.

2) Over time, the plastic may dry, crack and break.

Each box comes with 8 hangers, but it would take several boxes to do a full closet. Still, it does save some space along the rod of a closet and can be a benefit if you have a tiny closet. Let me know your thoughts and if you have ever used the Wonder Hanger in your home!

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Tiny Tip Thursday-The Brain Dump

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As many of you know, I have ADD. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was in my 30′s and so I spent most of those years finding ways to not forget information. I just thought I was very forgetful (which I am!), but the good that came of not knowing I had ADD was that I developed ways to manage lots of information and tasks that suited my brain. This is where the brain dump came from and I share it with you today on Tiny Tip Thursday!

Once I knew I had ADD, I kept using these “systems”, if you will, because I knew they worked! This simple brain dump keeps my day not only organized, but helps me to not forget all kinds of important details throughout the day, like registering kids for camps, returning phone calls, and dropping off the dog to the groomer!

I’d love to hear how you keep track of your day and all the important details that go into it! Please share your ideas below so we all can learn from each other!

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How to Organize the Laundry Room {video}

Since March kicked off our Laundry Organizing Challenge, I thought it would be helpful to actually know how to organize the laundry room or space where all the laundry get’s done!

In this segment of Organize Your Life, I take you through 5 steps to creating a functional, pretty, and cost-effective laundry room!

1. Once you have pulled everything out and cleaned, SORT through the stuff that was in there. Decide what NEED your laundry room to have in it and what you WANT to have in it. No matter the size of the laundry room, create zones or areas for different types of stuff you will have to store and organize.

cleaning supplies

utility supplies like batteries, lightbulbs, tools, etc

pet supplies


stain removal


extra household items

ironing supplies

2. Create “kits” or bins for each of these categories.

Using small and large containers, organize supplies and label clearly.

3. Use wall space- 

Hang shallow baskets, storage bins

Buy a small tower of shelving and use containers

Install cabinets or shelving above washer/dryer all the way to the ceiling

Consider a wall-mounted ironing board to save space

4. Install a hanging bar

Tension rod across a small space

Rolling cart station

Brackets with bar

Retractable clothes line

5. Decorate it!

We spend so much of our week doing the task of laundry, so make your space pretty and enjoyable to be in. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do it.

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WCTV Interview-Home Organizing Basics {video}

In 2013 I appeared on several TV stations talking about home organizing basics. While these interviews are a little bit long, they reach the heart of getting organized and the principles behind how to get organized.

This was part one from a day at WCTV in Chesapeake, VA on the Thinking Out Loud show. I hope you will benefit from it as you begin to implement these home organizing basics! Stay tuned for part two!

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1. Start small!

2. Let go of perfection

3. Organizing is an ongoing process

4. Purge everything first!

5. Make decisions about stuff~toss, donate, and keep

6. THEN go buy containers and organize what you are keeping!

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10 Tips for Organizing the Linen Closet {video}

In this segment of the Hampton Roads Show, I share my top 10 tips for organizing the linen closet PLUS I show you how to fold a fitted sheet! Folding a fitted sheet is no joke and can be so frustrating, but it’s not impossible! Watch as I do my magic on the set today!

1. As with any project, pull everything out and sort into categories; sheets, towels, blankets, products, other supplies.

2. Think of the function you want the closet to have.  Linens and supplies? Linens and medicines?  Linens and other storage?

3. Rules of Thumb: 2 sets of sheets per bed.

4. Containerize-

Think of one container per bedroom or bed or function. Use canvas or other breathable material.

One container=2 sets of sheets, a set of towels, a stack of pillow cases, blankets, etc.

Use shoe pocket organizer on the inside of door.

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5. Label-

Use a label maker for labeling shelves or create tags to tie onto containers. I used Microsoft Word to create cute labels that can be tied or      clipped on.

6. On shelving, group and containerize each category: medicine, toiletries, lotions, cleaning supplies, & first aide.  

7. Avoid overcrowding shelves so that linens can breathe.

8. Avoid keeping a vacuum in the closet due to musty smell

9. Use cedar or sachet bags to keep fresh smell in the closet

10.  Get creative with storage.  If your linen closet is small or you don’t have one, use an armoire, dresser, or have a set of linens in each bedroom closet.



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Organizing Important Documents {Video}


This month I kicked off a Mail and Paper organizing challenge to you, the reader. In light of all the bad weather recently, it’s a good idea to have all important paperwork organized and easily findable. In this segment of Organize Your Life I help you tackle the task of organizing important documents!

The three things I told my readers to do this month are:

  • Open the mail daily

  • Purge piles of paper and mail all month long

  • Create an inbox for papers they are keeping

But, today we are going to assume you know where your important papers are and we are going to organize an emergency file and storage box.

1. Gather all important and irreplaceable documents

Important Documents-

• Passports

• Birth Certificates

• Marriage Certificates

• Divorce Decrees and Custody paperwork

• Social Security cards

• Checkbook

• Homeowners/Rental policies

• Car Insurance Policy

• Medical Insurance papers and copies of cards

• Copy of drivers licenses and military IDs

• Any military discharge information (DD214)

• Cash-you decide how much your family would need for 2-7 days

• Wills

• Power of Attorneys

• A Master list of major accounts and their passwords/pins (banking, money markets, CDs, stocks, etc)

• A CD copy of computer information; back up file

• A CD or flash drive with pictures from computer

• Appraisals of jewelry, antique furniture, or valuables

• Deeds of auto, boat, homes, RV’s

• Irreplaceable memorabilia; letters, jewelry, pictures, etc

2. Gather all passwords into a document or digital file. I use LastPass online and I also have a backup on a spiral notecard that I keep in the safe.

3. Decide on what tool fits you best-binder, file, or firesafe box

4. Clearly label folders or envelopes with the contents; Make sure it’s easy to identify what’s in each in case someone other than you is looking for it.

5.  If you want a digital solution and have a smart phone download the Doc Scanner App and link it to Evernote or Dropbox.  (see graphic).  Also stores every document in iCloud.  Also consider a desktop scanner, like Neat Receipt,  and create a digital folder on your desktop.

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