Food Prepping

Do you food prep?

I started doing this years ago and I cannot tell you how much time and money it has saved us!

Not to mention, taking the stress away on those busy school nights. Menus planned and meals prepped help this busy, working mom run her home better!

 

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How do I do it?

I love to food prep on Sunday nights. I get lunches prepped and ready for the week as well as cook all the meat I will be using for dinners. Bulk cooking saves time, energy, and money since you aren’t tempted to run through the drive thru! We always plan on eating out once a week for our date night, so having meals ready during the week is key!

I love using these  Stasher brand reusable storage bags from The Container Store . They save so much space.

 

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For example, here are two leftover boxes that we had this week. Restaurant to go boxes stink up the fridge and don’t seal very well. They also take up a ton of space! So I transferred the leftovers into these stasher bags and wow, space saved and smells gone!

 

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Not to mention, three lunches for this week all ready to go!

 

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These reusable baggies are microwave, stovetop, and dishwasher safe! Here’s what the label says, I know you like to read labels too!

 

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The half gallon bags hold a pot of white chicken chili that I prepped and made ahead. Make a pan of fresh cornbread, and dinner is served in 20 minutes!

 

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Next I clean out my fridge and freezer.

I like to organize my fridge and freezer every week. Cleaning out the fridge weekly keeps it organized, and ensures we use everything we have. No waste. Plus it makes putting groceries away easier too!

 

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I love using these bins  in the fridge and freezer.  They are divided, which I love! The dividers are removable though, if you need the whole bin. Labels make it easy for my family to find what they want, and help everyone put away groceries!

 

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Perfect for snacks in the fridge, or frozen foods in the freezer .

 

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If you have a freezer drawer, try these wire baskets. I love having all the frozen bread items in mine.

 

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One quick grab and I have all the bread in one spot. Freezer organization made easy!

 

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Here’s a tip to help keep your berries fresher, longer.

One last thing I want to show you. Save your berries and make them last longer using this apple cider vinegar soak.  Pour one half cup of vinegar (must be the kind that has “the mother” into a bowl of water. Soak for one hour, rinse, and let air dry completely before putting back in the fridge. No vinegar after taste! Just fresh berries minus the spores that make them go bad.

 

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BUT, if you do have some soft berries, don’t toss them! Make frozen berry cubes. I made mine in this covered ice cube tray  . So yummy in fizzy water, lemonade, iced tea or champagne!

 

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So simple and easy. I have so many ideas for this tray. Freeze left over coffee to put in my iced coffees, cut up herbs and freeze in EVOO, make homemade baby food…so many ideas!

 

Did I help you today?

I hope so. Once you get the hang of food prepping, it will become easy and routine to do. Get your whole family involved. Put on some fun music and make Sunday nights family food prep night. Kids love to help, and everyone will love the benefit of a hot, ready to eat meal during the busy school week!

 

If you’re in the DFW area, I’d love to come help you. If not, I offer virtual organizing services. We FaceTime and I tell you what to do lol! It’s really fun.

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

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Spring Cleaning

Can you believe it’s March?!

March Madness doesn’t mean basketball tourneys to me, it means “LET’S GET THIS HOUSE CLEANED” !! My family loves March….lol!

 

Why do I spring clean?

Dust accumulates, closets are full, winter is over, and it’s time to lose this weight! Clutter weight really does weigh you down! Plus, every single surface needs a deep scrub.

So here’s how “we” clean my home…..and by “we” I mean me and The Container Store lol!!

 

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First I do a deep clean of every room.

Using harsh chemicals in my home is a thing of the past.  The Container Store now carries cleaning products! Did you know that? My favorite part is that they are all non toxic,  which is very important to me and my family.

 

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Having a system in place makes all the difference.

House work is just that, work. And we wouldn’t got to our day jobs without the right tools and systems in place would we? That’s why I love this storage caddy .  I have one for upstairs and one for downstairs. It makes quick clean ups so easy. What I keep in my caddy is TCS’s all natural multi surface cleaner which contains orange essential oils , this 3-pack of dusting cloths, a small broom and dust pan, gloves, and these sponges.

 

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Gloves

 

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Cleaner            Sponges

 

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Having everything with me in my tool box makes the job so much easier.

Can I also say how obsessed I am with this brush set by Full Circle? Not only are they gorgeous they get the job done! Click the links to see each one.

 

Tile and Grout Brush.    All Purpose Scrub Brush.   Micro Manager Detail Brush.

 

Mini Brush and Dustpan Set.   Full Circle Duster.    Mop.    Broom

 

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I love how they have built in loops to hang on the hook in my pantry!

 

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Next I do a deep purge of every closet, every cupboard; nothing is left untouched.

Once the space is purged and empty, I give it a once over with my vacuum and cleaning supplies. I use these cellulose sponge cloths to wipe every surface down.

 

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The last step is to take all my donations to my favorite charity.  The Samaritan Inn

That’s it! That’s how I spring clean my home. I will say that I hire out the washing of my windows inside and out, and leave that to the experts. Me on a tall ladder is not a good thing. lol. #clutz

But, having all the tools I need to get the job done makes all the difference. I don’t have to start and stop because I can’t find what I need.

If you’re on the search for new cleaning supplies or need to update your cleaning tools, check out these great products at The Container Store. They are quality products plus affordable, which is exactly my style!

Need help spring cleaning your home? I love to clean out closets and purge; just ask my clients.

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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My dear sweet Mom in Love went to be with the Lord last Friday. It feels surreal to type those words. You always think (at least I did) about this day.

You are never ready for that phone call. We just lost my Father in Love six months ago. How can this be her time already?

I have heard countless stories from friends, of the same thing happening in their family. When two become one and are married for as long as they were (63 years) it’s hard to go on without your life partner.

She was such a fun loving, brutally honest, no nonsense, get up and get on with it type of person. She taught me so many things about life. She loved me. I knew it. But she would also tell me the truth, even if it hurt a little. Looking back I appreciate that about her.

My father in law called her the OG Ride or Die. She faithfully supported him behind the scenes as he pursued his football coaching dreams. She raised four children on a teacher/coach salary, which wasn’t much back in the day. She made things work and stretched herself beyond what we women have to do today.

She went back to school in her late forties to pursue her own teaching degree. And I have heard many stories from people of how she helped families and kids from all over the LC Valley. She and my father in law were such an example to so many.

She was so proud of me starting this organizing career of mine in my 50’s. She told me all the time how much she admired that. She cheered me on so many times. 

I will miss her hand written letters and cards. I will miss her prayers. I will miss the long talks we used to have whenever she would come and visit us here in Texas. I will miss playing cards with her. I will miss her laugh. I will miss her honesty.

But I will cherish the memories we made along the way. This picture above is of us (along with my sister in love Wendy) on a girls’ trip to Napa, CA to celebrate my 50th birthday. We all take with us a little bit of her in our hearts forever. We all have a favorite Nanny T memory.

Here’s to you Genie! I will see you again someday. I’m so thankful you are no longer hurting and missing Papa. I love you.

 

Lisa

 

 

Finding Hidden Storage

 

One of the first things I look for when preparing to organize a space is hidden storage options. I like thinking out of the box and using what my clients have before purchasing anything new.

For example, while helping a client get settled into their new home, they revealed they didn’t have a dresser because their previous home had so many built ins.

 

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So we turned this beautiful chest (that sits in their master bedroom entryway) into a makeshift dresser.

 

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Using my favorite bins from The Container Store , helped turn this chest into a perfect spot for all her workout clothes. Bins create “drawers”,  while labels and file folding make it easy to put clothes away!

 

Next, we went into her master bath and used these drawers for her undergarments.

 

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Drawer dividers from The Container Store separate each category, and basic labels help her know what goes where. If you have a housekeeper, it helps them too!

 

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If you’re stuck in a rut with organizing your home, moving into a new space, or just want help getting started, hiring a pro organizer can help!

In the DFW area? I can help you! If not, I have a ton of pro organizer friends all over the country that I can recommend to you! #womensupportingwomen is a beautiful thing!

 

Happy Monday friends! Spring break is around the corner!!

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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We Have To Have A Plan

 

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Last Saturday I went to Ikea to do some client shopping for an upcoming project.

I wasn’t in the store two minutes before I became completely overwhelmed. Too many things and too many choices caused some major anxiety. I was glad I had my shopping list to keep focused.

Same goes with your home. When you come home do you see too much clutter? Do you go to your closet and see too many clothes (that you most likely don’t even wear)? Are your kitchen cabinets and drawers stuffed to overflowing? Is your pantry an unorganized mess so much so that you decide to order out instead? Do you just plop on the couch and say “oh forget it”? Sound familiar?

It’s important to have a plan and a system in place to help guide you. Whether it’s a big thing like running a home business or a small thing like grocery shopping, going in unprepared can cause anxiety, overspending, mindless purchases, guilt, and so on…

Let a professional organizer help you! In the Dallas area? I’m your girl! Not from here? I have a ton of pro organizer friends all over the country that I can hook you up with.

Plan your work, and work your plan. Success is just an email away!

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Are You Ready for Spring?

Spring Cleaning is around the corner, are you ready?

I always have one main project that I like to accomplish during Spring Break. This year I’m tackling and organizing our garage! I cannot wait to show you the before and afters….we’ve started already, and it’s turning out so well, we are almost there!!

 

My biggest request each spring: Pantry Organization

Pantry, kitchen, and fridge organization are probably my top requests each spring. Here are my favorite items to use!

Can Stackers and Risers!

Can stackers not only save space, they use up all the vertical space on your shelves. These and can risers are my favorite to use for canned goods. Find these can risers at The Container Store.

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Lazy Susans

Poor lazy susans get a bad rap…they are the hardest working organizers ever. I have them all over my home!

 

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Some of my favorite ones come from The Container Store. These divided turntables are the best!

 

Refrigerators Need Spring Cleaning too!

I use these divided lazy susans in my fridge too! Keep your cold snacks handy with just a twirl!

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Bins and Labels

Bins and labels are a must  when organizing a pantry or fridge. They help you and your family know exactly where things are, and when you need more!

 

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These Linus bins from The Container Store are perfect because you can measure and custom fit them to your space! Add a cute label and some Fridge Coasters…and your fridge is all set!

 

What is your spring break project? Do you need help getting your spring cleaning and organizing done? Be sure and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for all my daily tips and tricks!

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

 

A Note From Lisa

Hi all, it’s been a while!

I’ve been so busy helping my clients that I’ve neglected my blog. I’m hoping to change that this spring! I am still teaching two days a week and will retire from my teaching years in May. I love organizing and helping my clients, so I will be a full time Neat Freak as of June 1!

I also have some fun and exciting news to share with you soon…. as well as some fun Spring Cleaning tips and products to share.

Thanks for being here on my blog, and if you want to see my daily doings go find and follow me on Instagram.

Until next time,

Lisa

Get Organized HQ

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I’m so excited to share a big event that I’m going to be a part of next month!  I’m going to be a featured speaker at Get Organized HQ, and YOU are all invited!!!

 

Get Organized HQ is a FREE event with 20+ organizing experts to help you streamline your life and home! The best part is you can join us without hiring a babysitter, changing out of your yoga pants, or leaving your house! Mark your calendars now, Get Organized HQ is September 10th – 14th.

 

Click here to get your FREE ticket!!

 

 

These amazing pros from across the country will be joining in to share their knowledge and help you get organized… We will give you tips on how to run your home more efficiently, with less stress and more structure!

 

You are going to LOVE the speakers at this event! I have been a big fan of most of these bloggers and YouTubers for years. I have used their expert advice in all areas of my life, work, and home. I am quite humbled to be among them!

 

I’ll be sure and let you know when my session is running,  I’m so excited to be part of this event with some amazing women I admire!

 

 Click here to get your free ticket while they are still available!

 

Have a great day,

Lisa

Pantry Makeover

What does a professional organizer do when she has two days off in a row?

She organizes her own pantry lol! It’s very rare that I have two days off in a row at home, so I decided to take advantage and redo my pantry.  It’s been on my to do list for a while now.

How I organize a pantry:

Step 1: I empty it all out. This way I physically touch everything, and know exactly what is in there.

Step 2: I make a keep, toss and a donate pile. You would be surprised at what you find in your space, even if you are a Neat Freak lol!

Step 3. Make a plan for putting it back in. I knew I wanted to make over my “builder grade” pantry. I was ready to update it and make it fun!

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Neat Freak McKinney Pantry Makeover

 

I recently ordered some new products from Organize My Drawer and was excited to add them to my pantry. You all know by now that I love to think out of the box, so why not create custom “drawer organizers” for my pantry? The people at  OMD are so easy to work with. Their website is very user friendly! Trust me, if I can do it so can you. #technicalychallenged

 

Here’s what I ordered:

Did you know they sell  shelf liners ?  I measured my shelves then plugged the measurements into the program.  I chose the Zodiac Silver  to match my color theme. They have a lot of colors and textures to pick from. I chose this vinyl design because it wipes up so easily! I lined all of my pantry shelves. It’s peel and stick and so easy to install, it literally took me less than five minutes to do all eight shelves!

 

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Shelf Liners from Organize My Drawer

 

Peel and Stick Shelf Liner from Organize My Drawer
Peel and Stick Shelf Liner from Organize My Drawer

 

Next, I thought about the containers I wanted. We are creatures of habit here with what we eat, so it was easy to measure the things we eat most: Triscuits, RXBAR, Lara bars, baby puffs, movie candy, you name it, I measured it.

I then plugged the measurements into their program and look what I designed! A master snack organizer!! So cool right??

 

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Organize My Drawer Custom Snack Organizer

 

Custom Fit to any size you want
Custom Fit to any size you want

 

A place for everything and everything in it's place
A place for everything and everything in it’s place

 

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Next I wanted a container that I could call my party supply box. We entertain all the time and I wanted something that I could store all of my paper goods in…and that I could quickly grab and take outside to the pool, or set on the buffet table.

Again, I measured the dimensions of my shelf, the paper plates, cups, napkins and bowls, plugged them in to the program, and this is what I got! Party supply box, check!

 

Entertaining is easy when you're organized and prepared
Entertaining is easy when you’re organized and prepared

 

Pantry to table in minutes
Pantry to table in minutes

 

Four perfect dividers in one
Four perfect dividers in one

 

Perfect for outside too
Perfect for outside too

 

The other OMD items I ordered were two risers for the small cans in the back of the pantry. We love ourselves some tacos, chili and spaghetti regularly so I measured the cans I always have the most of, and created these risers. They can also double as a condiment holder (turned upside down) if ever I decide to switch things up. #ontheregular 😉

 

Can risers for the pantry
Can risers for the pantry

 

Small can risers for the pantry
Small can risers for the pantry

 

So easy to find what we have in the back
So easy to find what we have in the back

 

So cool right?? The things you can custom design and order from OMD are endless!!

What’s on your summer to do list? Have you ever looked into Organize My Drawer products? I dream of ways to use them in every room of my house. What would you use them for? I’d love to know.

Jewelry, kitchen tools, bar carts, makeup drawers, legos, the list goes on and on and on….

 

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Nana’s pantry is fun!

 

I can’t wait to show you all the before and after pictures of the paint, wallpaper and products that I used for my pantry makeover!! Go look on my InstaGram and FaceBook feeds to see all the pictures and videos of behind the scenes! Let me know what you think!

Would you like help organizing your home?

I would love to help you, and create custom organizers like these for your own space!

I’m just an email away, Neat Freak McKinney

Ready to help today,

Lisa

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Closet

 

Closets Need Spring Cleaning Too

Winter is over in most parts of the country. It’s time to clean out our closets and get ready for spring and summer.

But where do I begin?

Step 1. Start By Upgrading Your Hangers

 

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This time of year The Container Store has everything closet related on sale. Now is the time to stock up and save.

By switching all your hangers to match, it creates visual and mental lightness and satisfaction.

 

Step 2.  Touch Everything In Your Closet

 

Take everything out of your closet! Yes, everything! By taking everything out of your closet and putting your hands on it, you will know if you desire to keep it or toss it. This helps you sort into “like with like” piles too.

 

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Step 3. Use Bins And Labels To Store Off Season Accessories.

Use labeled bins to swap winter and summer accessories. The tags have two sides, so for example, one side can be used for winter scarves, the other side for swimwear.

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Step 4. Keep Only What You Love And Still Wear

 

It’s time to put it all back in now. You’ve sorted, purged and kept only what you still love and wear.

Having a hard time deciding? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it still fit?
  • Do I still love it?
  • Would I buy it today?
  • Am I keeping this because “someone gave it to me?”

After you’ve answered those questions honestly, you will be left with only what you want and need to keep. The rest can be donated.

 

 

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Step 5. Create Zones And Put Back In

Now that you have only what you will be keeping, create zones. Dress shirts, dresses, sweaters, blouses, etc.

Put it all back in the newly created zones. This helps you know exactly what you have, where to find it, and where to put it back when it comes home from the dry cleaning or laundry.

 

Step 6. Donate Purged Items To Charity

There are many people in need. Why hang on to stuff you don’t use when someone else can use it? Many charities will pick up directly from your front porch. Goodwill Stores will take everything too. Find one in your area.

 

Let’s Review:

  • Purge your closet of everything, yes everything.
  • Sort like with like.
  • Keep only what you love and wear.
  • Get all matching hangers.
  • Create zones.
  • Use bins and labels to store off season accessories.
  • Donate purged items to charity.

 

And If You Need Help, I’m Here For You!

 

Ready to help today,

Lisa