New Year, New Goals

Well can you believe 2020 is here? I cannot! Time is flying by so quickly! That meme going around that says 1980 was 20 years ago made me stop and say, right?? LOL.

Do You Make New Year’s Goals?

I always used to do the same ole same ole until I realized that “getting healthy” should be a year round goal, not just a once a year goal. So if one of your New Year, New Goals is to get organized, I can help you make that a year round goal as well!

Where do I start?

Where do I start is a question I get a lot! My answer is simple. Start somewhere. Start small. Create small victories so you feel accomplished. Small victories add up to bigger victories and pretty soon you’ve done it!

This year I decided to take my own advice and start small. I have several closets in my home that don’t have a “set purpose”. We are empty nesters now and that created several empty bedrooms and closets. I want those closets to be on my New Year, New Goals list.

One closet in particular is the one right outside my office. I am blessed to have two coat closets in this house plan. We use one for coats, and the other one was being used for all our winter gear. When we moved here from Colorado in 2012, we had all the outdoor snow gear, so I designated that closet as the “winter” closet. Fast forward to being back in Texas a while made me realize we hadn’t used that gear in years. So I sold most of it on my neighborhood Facebook market place, and all that was left was this….

 

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Closet Before

 

Two pairs of boots, some old videos, extra light bulbs, and off season decor storage during Christmas!

 

First Step: Make a plan for your space.

This closet is my first project on my New Year, New Goals list. I decided to better utilize this closet for all my Neat Freak McKinney  back stock. I like to keep my favorite organizing products on hand, and my office and car were overflowing. Enter the extra coat closet!

 

Why I chose an Elfa System:

I decided to take advantage of the Elfa Sale  and put in an over the door system! It’s so easy to install! Here are the parts I started with:

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Elfa Over The Door System

 

The first thing you need to do is measure your door. We have 8 foot doors in our home and this length fits my doors perfectly! They come ready made in two sizes but can be cut to fit!

Next, I assembled all the parts on the door. No holes or drilling required. It might have been easier with another set of hands, but I can do these in my sleep by now and don’t need any extra help, other than a ladder.

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Measure Before You Buy

 

I also needed the commercial sized  over the door hook. So be sure you measure the width of your door too!

 

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The Kit Comes With Everything You Need To Install

 

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Make Sure It’s Level

 

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Custom Fit To Every Need

 

It literally took me five minutes to install. It comes with an Allen wrench to tighten and secure the top bracket. It’s so easy!

Next, I added in all the back stock  I had in my office and car. This system is great because you can change the height of each basket to fit your needs.

 

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My Neat Freak McKinney Back Stock

 

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Baskets Hold So Much

 

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All Ready To Help You Get Organized

 

I added this utility board to hang decor from. You can customize it with all different types of hooks! They even have clear boxes  that clip on to hold tape, ribbon, safety pins, anything you want! This system is so versatile and that’s why I love it. All my clients have different needs and I can custom fit for any space!

 

The rest of the space I am using for storage. I incorporated my stacking drawers that hold so much, my light ring, tripod, garment rack, and extra tall light bulbs! Everything I need to Neat Freak is all right there!

 

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Neat Freak McKinney Closet

 

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My Favorite Organizing Tools

 

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So Close To My Office

 

I am so excited about this! Organizing makes me happy! This closet now has one purpose and is steps away from my office!

Right now everything Elfa  is 30% off! 30% off all products and 30% off installation too! I can help you design the closet of your dreams. Whether it be a storage closet or your Master Closet, I can help you. Email me if you’re interested! I can help you locally or virtually!

 

What are your New Year, New Goals going to be?

New Year, New Goals are my specialty! Follow me here on Instagram, or here on FaceBook, or here on Pinterest for more inspiration! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

 

 

{this post has been partially sponsored by The Container Store. All opinions and pictures are mine}

Organize Your Holiday Decor

We’ve all seen the holiday movies where the dad is forever wrestling with tangled tree lights right?…Clark Griswolds everywhere can rejoice… I’m here to help you organize your holiday decor the less stressful way!

 

Let’s Organize Your Holiday Decor

Before I decorate anything, I take inventory of the decorations I already have. The first thing I do is get down all my decor totes from the garage. I keep my tree, ornaments, garland, wreaths, and lights on a shelf unit that is easy to get to. I get everything out and decide if I still love it and want to use it again. If I don’t, I donate or sell it! #useitorloseit is my motto.

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I love keeping all the larger unbreakable Christmas accessories in this one big tote on wheels. It makes bringing it into the house so easy.  It can easily be rolled under a bed too. It holds so much that I am able to keep all of my tree picks, garlands, berry wreaths, and smaller faux trees in one spot. When not in use, it stacks neatly on the top shelf in my garage-so easy!

 

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Lights

Do you have a pre-lit tree or do you string your own? Even though I have a pre-lit tree I still string my own wreaths, garlands and outdoor tree trunks. I keep all the lights tangle free and ready to go with these light wrap storage boxes. It’s also easy to find a string of lights if I need them at any other time of the year. Keeping like with like makes it easy on everyone.

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The lights wrap around these organizers keeping them untangled. The notches hold the plug ends in place and then they all stack nicely in these storage boxes.  The attached lids on the totes are perfect for stacking one on top of the other.

 

Ornaments

I have a collection of  mercury glass ornaments that I keep safely nestled into these weather tight totes  using  ornament tray inserts. One bag of natural excelsior per insert keeps them safely secured year round.

 

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Wreaths

I used to store my wreaths in plastic trash sacks in the garage until I found these wreath storage boxes.  I have three of them, and rotate my front door wreaths in and out as the holidays come around. They stand up right and fit perfectly on the garage shelf. They can also be hung up on the wall. I love that they keep my wreaths completely dust free and safe from critters.

 

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Ribbons & Nativity

There are a few things I like to keep in the house vs. the garage. I love using these open canvas bins to store my ribbon collection and my breakable nativity scene. They are similar to my favorite farmhouse bins that I use everywhere. I keep these on the top shelf of my linen closet. The built in label pocket makes it easy to see exactly what’s in each bin.

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Having all our holiday decorations organized in one location helps keep my stress level down. I know exactly where everything is stored, and all the labeled bins help me find exactly what I need. I have a spot for everything. It makes setting up and putting away so easy! Also, by purging unwanted and unused decor pieces each year, I end up using everything I have and love. Organize your holiday decor the less stressful way!

 

How do you organize your holiday decor?

Need help? I’m an email away. Want to follow all my organizing tips and tricks? Follow me here on Instagram, or here on Facebook. I also have a Pinterest  and Like To Know It page. I’d love to hear from you! Happy decorating!

 

From my home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Lisa

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{This post is sponsored by The Container Store, but all thoughts and ideas are mine.}

 

 

 

The Farmhouse Bin

I pretty much organize every day all day, and I get stuck on current favorites!, my “Steady Eddy” go to’s. Well these are my faves right now!  The Farmhouse Bin  from the Container Store.

 

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They work with every aesthetic;  modern, farmhouse, or eclectic… whatever your style may be, they work.

I use them all over my home, as well as in my clients’.

 

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I just switched out my summer and winter clothes in my closet, and used these bins for all my hats. In the summer I’m a total hat girl, gotta keep that sun off my face! #tryingtogrowoldgracefully !

 

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I spring cleaned my coat closet and organized all the winter hats,  scarves, and gloves using these covered farmhouse bins .

 

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Add a label so everyone knows where to find things, and call it done!

 

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All cleaned, sorted, and ready to go for next year! Do you swap seasonal clothes? Try using one box for two things. I use this farmhouse under bed box  to store sweaters in the summer, and beach bags in the winter. One box for two jobs! #spacesaver too!

 

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Store beach bags in the winter……

 

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and sweaters in the summer….win-win!

 

I recently organized a master closet for my client and sorted her denim into two of these bins.

 

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light denim…..and….

 

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dark/white denim….just needs a label and she’s all sorted!

 

What are your current faves for organizing? I’d love to know!

 

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And if you need help, I’m a message away.

 

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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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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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