Organization: Before & After

My most popular posts on instagram and facebook are the before and after pictures. This pantry I organized earlier this month has gotten the most likes ever!

Here is a before pic….

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And here is the after…

 

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These pictures show instant gratification….and that’s what happens when you organize. You see and feel instant results in your space and in your mental state!

 

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When you walk into a cluttered space your brain feels overwhelmed and your eye can’t find peace or calm. That results in the open and shove method….close the door on clutter and “you can’t see it”…..but guess what? You can feel it….

 

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By putting a few simple elements in place like baskets, bins, turntables and labels, the visual clutter goes away, telling your brain “ohhhhh this is wonderful”.

 

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Do you have spaces like this in your home? Are you ready to feel peace and calm in your surroundings?

 

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I can help you! If you live in the DFW area, I’m an email away. If you don’t live in the Dallas area, I offer virtual organizing OR can recommend you to one of my many organizer friends all over the country.

Summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get organized!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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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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Disclaimer: This is a paid sponsorship with The Container Store. All products mentioned above were given to me in exchange for my honest review. You all know by now that I would not recommend any product that I don’t use or love myself! Thank you for your support – Lisa

 

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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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

 

 

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….

 

Nana's pantry is fun!
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