March 30, 2015

Simply Done: Pretty in Pink

Another precious little girl, another organized girly bedroom! You'd be hard-pressed to find me unhappy any day of the week. Especially when I'm blessed to work with awesome clients, in fun spaces - like this one! Sure this room may have started out a little unorganized...

March 29, 2015

Six Weeks of Spring Order Challenge: Week 1 - Clear Kitchen Clutter

If you've been reading the blog a while, you know I have a very small kitchen. Small as in "17 feet long x 4 feet wide" of kitchen. Let's go ahead and say it's basically a hallway. And the kids treat it as such...which has become a challenge when I open an appliance door and they unexpectedly come flying through.

Let's take a quick look at my kitchen overall. Here it was before move-in...

March 25, 2015

Simply Done: Little Boy Elfa & Tough Lessons Learned

So...I'm not perfect.

Iiiiiiiii know, that confession came as a surprise to you, huh? Psh! News flash - no one is perfect. And I sometimes surprise myself with just how exaggerated the "not perfect" is in that statement about me. Yes, even us professionals are still learning on the job, running head first into new conundrums week after week. Truthfully, I love it when it happens because I never want to stop learning, always want to be on my toes, pay attention to every last detail and further delve into this profession with loads of hands-on experience - both good and bad!

While you're going to see a great before and after closet makeover're also going to see some of the not-so-great that came along with this job.

March 18, 2015

Simple Solution: Contained Plasticware

When I'm working with clients, we tackle organization in the moment. As we work through a space, I'm paying attention to what needs to be contained as we near the end of a session. This generally means I'm shopping around their home for containers. My goal is to finish the space and have everything contained neatly before leaving. There are definitely times a purchase is necessary or we're brainstorm ideas, but for the most part - it's amazing what you can find by simply walking around your home.

This simple solution is a great example of shopping your home first.

March 16, 2015

So You Want To Blog: Who & What Are You?

Last week I was invited to speak at my local SF NAPO Chapter meeting on the topic of blogging. Number one, I am so not a speaker. Hello, I write a blog and work one-on-one with organization clients. Sitting behind the computer or organizing stuff with my peeps...that is my comfort zone. But I love my chapter so I lost the arm wrestle contest accepted the invite, sucked it up and ended up having a great time...with engaging conversation at the end.

Which brings me to number two, the topic of blogging is big. Huge, in fact. I couldn't possibly cover it all. We decided to break it down and I spoke specifically about attracting a readership / traffic to your blog. But big surprise, I couldn't even cover all of that in the allotted time.

Then I had an idea (at 2am) to write a series here on the blog about blogging. This is a series I'll be sharing with my fellow chapter members as well as all of you. Oh, you're so lucky!

March 11, 2015

VLOG: Inside A Professional Organizer's Wallet

Been a while since I've shared a video on my You Tube channel. One of my business goals for 2015 is getting over there more often. However, I wasn't anticipating the pick up in real-life clients during the start of the New Year. But I promise, whenever I have a quick moment to pop in with a simple organization tip, you can count on me doing that and alerting you about it over here.

Yesterday I met up with a friend and she fell in love with my wallet. This wallet is sooooo not your typical girly wallet. But in all honesty, I'm not that type of girl. I found it at Rite Aid (a local drug store) about 9 months ago. It called my attention because the label said there was a hidden compartment. I'm all about hidden storage so I took a closer look and purchased it.

I've been in love ever since.

As I mention in my video, my personal opinion is spend your money on a good purse...who cares what the wallet looks like?! It's hidden away in your purse anyway, right?

Enjoy a tour of my wallet!...

(I linked up with iheart organizing)

March 9, 2015

Simply Done: A Happy Little Playroom

If you're blessed to have children, chances are high you're also blessed with an abundance of toys. And you're really blessed if you have a playroom where these toys can live. But like any other area of your home, a playroom can easily get out of control when you don't have systems in place or spend time every now and again purging. Actually, scratch that - playroom's are unlike any other area in your home...they're in a category all their own! Let's remember the population living in / using this room. Ha!

March 7, 2015

Simple Solution: Magazine Files

Getting organized is simple.

This statement should come as no surprise to all of you...especially coming from me! The queen of simple organization ideas. Oh yes...thank you and yes please...I'll gladly grab accept that crown.

I've been swamped with fun clients lately, so while I was fired up and happy, my poor home office was feeling pretty worn down. I found I was needing to do a little re-org. Yes, again - ha! Honestly, home offices...these spaces are an ongoing project, my friends. Mine fits in that category. For those reading along for a while, you may remember when I tweaked this little corner. Here it was before...