Thursday, January 16, 2020

Apartment Therapy Interview 7 Experts

Combining interviews from organizational experts is a great service to everyone.

We have differing organizational styles and needs.

The fact that the ideas presented are neither new nor clever is a plus. The endurance of tried and true methods speaks to their success.

An added observation, you should purge excess or unnecessary items before purchasing additional organizational supplies to contain or display your items.

You are probably already using some of the following systems. Great job!

7 Experts Share Their Favorite Products for Getting Organized, by ADRIENNE BREAUX

Fay Wolf
 of New Order recommends organizational products with this advice, “Any product that truly makes your life easier is a great one.”
Her go-to ideas include
  • Go vertical using under-shelves and stacking shelves
  • Make your own drawer dividers from the supplies that you have on hand
  • Use containers to segregate projects
  • Use wall hooks to maximize wall space storage

Vaishali Sahni of Tiny and Tidy  recommends, “Whenever possible, try to use clear storage containers when storing items in your home.”
·         Mason Jars
·         OXO containers
·         Acrylic organizers
·         Clear plastic containers
·         Rubbermaid containers


Janet Taylor of  favorite organizing products

  • Magazine boxes
  • Baskets

Melanie Gnau of A Small Life 
  • Simple jars

Professional organizer Jen Robin of Life In Jeneral has three favorite items for organizing
  • Drawer organizers
  • Divided lazy susans
  • Velvet Hangers

Claire DeBoer, professional declutterer and home organizer of  says, “My favorite organizing supplies are anything you already have!”
  • Baskets
  • Shoe boxes
  • Glass jars
  • Canvas totes

Kristen Ziegler of Minima 

·         Elfa system from the container store

Did you find a new idea? Go with it!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Leftovers Again?

Are you having leftovers for a meal, multiple times during the same week? Is someone complaining? Perhaps, you need a multiple-use, leftover planning solution.

If you have someone who will eat the leftovers from a meal one time, but not a second time, you should consider freezing the leftovers from your meals.

 A shallow 3-cup container by Glad can contain one of the following combinations.
  • a TV dinner for one
  • 4-servings of a vegetable or dessert
  • one serving of a low-calorie soup
  • the base ingredient for another dish
Raw hamburger (when freezing, divide it with a doubled separator of waxed paper) can make any of the following meals.
  • hamburgers
  • hamburger steaks
  • hamburger steak and gravy
  • beef for soup
  • chili
  • spaghetti sauce
Leftover chili has a variety of uses
  • chili for hamburgers or hot dogs or
  • chili for beans
  • chili with cheese for dips
  • chili beans can be served over rice/potatoes/bread
Stewed chicken breasts are a staple for many different meals. Try putting the basic stewed chicken with broth in the 3-cup containers for quick meals.
  • make chicken salad
  • chicken and rice
  • chicken and noodles
  • chicken and gravy
  • chicken sandwiches
  • lightly floured and fried chicken breasts
Change up your meals by freezing leftovers or portioning your base meats for different menu choices. If you vary the vegetables and spices that you use, you can give meals a lift from tedious regularity. Getting into the habit of fixing meals using base ingredients for different types of meals is awesome.

Who wants the same leftovers twice in one week?

Have you considered freezing the leftovers for later use?

Prepare different meals instead of serving the same leftovers back-to-back. If you think ahead, you can repurpose the leftovers into a brand new dish.

Consider fixing breakfast menu choices for your supper. Here are great mix-and-match menu choices for a novice cook.

·        eggs
·        bacon/ham
·        grits/rice
·        toast/bun/biscuit
·        pancakes/waffles
·        oatmeal with jelly or jelly/peanut butter

Do the above solutions offer sufficient alternatives to address the “what again” reactions to your menu choices?

Let the person who is complaining fix a meal to break the perceived monotony. He or she does not get to purchase take-out, order a meal delivery, or buy junk food for alternative meals. The available ingredients are limited to those within the house.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Small Space Organizational tips

What are some of your best organization tips for someone living in a small space?
  • Furniture should have a dual purpose.
  • A side table should have storage space.
  • You can use file cabinets (two-drawers) as side tables for seating.
  • A storage chest can double as a coffee table.
  • Use two file cabinets as the base for a table. Add a hollow door as a tabletop. However, you need to leave an open seating area space in the middle.
  • Chairs can transform into a sleeping space.
  • Couches can transform into beds.
  • Bunk beds have desk areas or trundle beds for alternative uses.
  • Captain’s beds have drawer storage underneath and shelf storage at the headboard.
  • Use a tall dresser instead of two or more small dressers.
  • Drop leaf tables are versatile. Use them for dining, playing board or card games as entertainment, a craft station, or as a temporary desk for office purposes. Valuable floor space is available for living when the tables are not open for use.
  • Bookcases or tall rolling shelves can house multiple things in different rooms. Fabric cubes can contain or hide items that you do not want to view.
  • A set of chrome shelves can hold an entire wardrobe.
  • Reduce the number of items that you keep so that they will fit your space.
  • Try to establish a core set of clothing so that you can mix and match your outfits. Maintain a second core set of clothing that coordinates with the first set of clothing if you have space. Do not keep orphan clothing items.
  • Do you have collectibles? Display the items that mean the most to you and store the rest. Rotate the items periodically to refresh your space.
  • Nest your kitchen supplies to save space in your cabinets.
  • Maintain a shopping list so that you can minimize extra supplies on hand.
  • Put needed items on the shopping list when you reach your predetermined minimal amount of those items.
  • Use a library, a kindle, or an online service instead of purchasing books or magazines.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I am not ready for the holidays.

The holidays are fast approaching and I am not ready.

I have been keeping up with day-to-day clutter cleaning; however, I have not done the little things that make my house feel like a home.

I need to dust and clean each room. I despise dusting that is why there is such a need to do it before the holidays.

Therefore, I have promised myself that I will hop to it tomorrow morning--especially if it is too cold to go outdoors.

I did not dust today. I can always find a reason to put off a task that I do not like to do.

I did my emails, balanced the checkbook, paid the bills, cooked supper while I washed two loads of clothes, and gave my Blue-front Amazon a shower.

Overall, I had an easy day.

Now it is time to get on the elliptical exercise machine for a bit.

You will notice that I still have not dusted today.

Tomorrow will just have to be the dusting day!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Is decluttering good for mental health?

Decluttering—is it good for mental health?

For people with hoarding tendencies, decluttering may not be good for their mental health initially—they will be stressed. Many hoarders will need professional help in order to declutter. Even those ordered to clean out a home in order to keep their children have failed. Marriages have failed when a hoarder cannot overcome their disability.

For regular ordinary folks such as packrats, collectors, shopping fiends with purpose, maybe decluttering is good for their mental health. Crafters will take you out if you mess with their supplies. Ahem, maybe that last was a little extreme, but you get the drift.

We all have different levels of organization and clutter tolerance. Problems develop when differing personalities share the same space. Many of us have a little hidden area in our lives where clutter hides…that closet, storage building, garage, attic, basement, spare bedroom, and junk drawer.

No one can declutter for you. You will resent them. You have to do it for yourself. You might ask for muscle power; however, unless you request it, you will not really want the verbal input such as, “why are you keeping that,” or “are you really going to get rid of that,” or “if you don’t want this, I’d really like to have it.”

I have organized a church kitchen, lots of cleaning, labeling, getting like with like, and donating some needed items to the church. The process did not involve getting rid of anything: just giving everything a home…and decluttering is complete.

I have helped a few friends organize some areas in their homes, with suggestions of where or how to store or display things….but did not comment about what they chose to keep or discard. In addition, I have been asked back to help again.

Decluttering need not mean disposal of items…if you do not have an overabundance of items in the first place. It can mean creating an oasis of calm, a retreat, an action station geared for your work style, a craft space/room.

Zoning, by placing items needed for a specific activity in close proximity, does help with removing clutter. Knowing the method of organization that works best for you will make the process easier.

Having a vision for a room or workspace and removing items that do not support that vision can be considered “decluttering.” Completing the process to achieve the vision for the area is liberating.

I do not know about you, but when I am successful in achieving a goal, my mental self gives me a high five. In this instance, decluttering is good for mental health.

You decide for yourself. Is the goal worth achieving? Are you willing to put forth the effort? Do you feel better after achieving your goal? Is being positive about yourself good?

Hum, you have the answer. What is your conclusion? Is decluttering good for your mental health?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

New Email For Free E-Book in Word or PDF

Somehow when Google+ closed everything the email of the same name associated with this blog was rendered inaccessible to me. I cannot get in and cannot be acknowledged as the owner. So here, once again is the link to the new email, If you want the Free ebook/word/pdf document contact me. Let me know if it helps you live better with what you already have in your life.

Plush Animal Collections

There are a lot of ways to corral plush toys. This is the one I currently find the most interesting in terms of space and diy.

More description in the sellers marketplace. Marine bungee cord, screws with eyes to hold cord in place. Three squares and 4 vertical supports add height and square footage. Can be made to fit any area. Could fix a frame front for an older bookcase or entertainment center.