Cleaning your home is necessary, but it’s not everyone’s favorite chore. To happily get into a cleaning mode in the spring, and all year, sometimes you need to become a big pretender. Here are 5 ways to trick yourself into having a cleaner and more organized home. Put Your House Up For Sale Pretend a real estate agent is coming over to assess your home to go on the market. Walk around your entire house with a notebook and jot down things that need to be fixed before the house
For the past several years, I've been been attending various national & international conferences on behalf of my professional organizing business. Sometimes I speak, sometimes I don't, but I always have fun, which is a nice bonus I didn't see coming. As a former teacher, I thought these organizing conferences would be an opportunity for live education outside of my local area in Austin. Taking a class online can be great, but meeting up with people in person is even better.
*Guest post courtesy of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING in Austin It’s no secret that living in a single place for long periods of time can produce mundane and drab feelings within a person. Suddenly, a home you once loved to wake up in becomes a sign of seeming stagnation in your life, and it can certainly affect your overall happiness and spirit from day to day. Unfortunately, most do not have the capital to relocate when they so desire, and then you may even feel that you’re trapped wi
Would you like less stuff and more joy in your life? Want to rid yourself of 200 "I won't even notice these are gone" items from your home? I don't mean by the end of this year. You could do this by the end of January if you put your mind to it. Imagine one of your new years resolutions to clear clutter completed in less than 30 days! Every month in 2016 I posted a checklist of easily purgable items to remove from your home. I also posted a monthly video that showed examples
Seasonal changes bring out the best in me. Everything I've put away for a year comes back out again and somehow it seems fresh and new. That sweater I was so tired of last winter seems cozy now and I can't wait to break out my boots, too. I'm ready to put away the summer home decor and unearth the pumpkin stuff. Heck, pumpkin is everywhere already, whether you like it or not! In your personal and professional life, it's a great time to make some seasonal changes as well.
Everybody procrastinates, even Professional Organizers. This summer for me has been a long overdue vacation mixed with the completion of a lot of long over due tasks. Tasks that yes, I have procrastinated on. When you are juggling kids, bills, laundry, meals, school, and work, things that you have been meaning to do but aren't top priority tend to get shifted to the bottom of your To Do list over and over again. And then, in comes that person in your life. You know, the o
My 6 year old has been asking some deep questions lately about the universe, why the world was created, and what happens when you die. I have been very upfront with him about not knowing all the answers and we have had some pretty interesting conversations in the car pool lane of all places -- why does he ask me these things one minute before I drop him off for school? It's got me thinking lately about what really matters in the end. When it comes to organizing your home th
Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder exactly what it was that you did all day? Your spouse comes home from work, asks how your day was, and you really have to stop and think about it... what DID you do? Where did the time go? Were you productive? How many tasks did you check off on your To Do list? Was it a good day, whatever that means? If you have a 9-5 job, you may not have accomplished much some days, but you know where you were at least. You got paid
For the longest time my husband had this super loud ringtone for his text messages that was the actor, Shia Labeouf, screaming, "Just Do It!" If you haven't seen the video, do yourself a favor and Google it now. The ringtone was funny at first, then kind of scary at 2am when it woke us up, but then it grew on me. The kids even started growling "just do it!" with a smile when it was time to get in their pajamas at night. When we recently remodeled our closet and he hooked
This month's organizing video was all about organizing your hobbies and collections so you can really use them again and display them with pride. On especially stressful days, taking a 5 minute pause to clear your head of work and admire your collections can be a great break. However if walking through your home instead reminds you that you have so much to do and you don't even know where to start, I have an idea for you. I challenge you today to find something in your home
I'll be the first to admit that 100% follow through on a project is tough. Sometimes things are out of your control, sometimes you get tired, and sometimes you almost finish but then jump to something else instead. Since it's January, of course people are still talking about new year's resolutions, what you've accomplished, and who has already fallen off the wagon. I imagine the gyms are even now starting to thin out as we speak. So how do you become one of the finishers?
Do you ever think, "What's the point of cleaning, organizing, or pretending like I've got it all together?" Everything you do ends up undone and it seems like such a vicious cycle of repeat, repeat, repeat, so why bother? But then you hear just one little thing, maybe on Facebook or at work or when getting coffee that gets your spark ignited again. You start to think it through, trying to remember that time last year when you kept up your schedule and life seemed hectic, b