Playroom Update

I’ve wanted to update my grandkids’ playroom for over a year now lol! I have ideas swirling in my head but literally no time to implement them. Kind of like #thecobblerskidshavenoshoes lol!

My organizing business has taken off, and I’m not mad about it. In fact I just finished up my last year of teaching to pursue this passion turned business full time.

But with the help of The Container Store I was able to tackle one section of the playroom this week.

 

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I am blessed to have four of our five granddaughters here in McKinney, and they love playing dolls and being mommies. Makes my heart happy!

So when 3 Sprouts came out with these sheep bins I jumped at the chance to use them for all the doll accessories!

 

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They have several animal designs to pick from and they are all so cute! And speaking of cute, how adorable is this happy hippo box ?

 

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This will be perfect in the playroom to hold all the dress up clothes! You can find the adorable box here. There are also several animal designs to pick from!

 

And last but not least, and maybe my favorite, is this canvas deer bin! 

 

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I put one in the room where my grandkids sleep to use as a hamper! The inside is coated so we can use it for wet pool towels too! Have you seen this line at The Container Store? I’m in love with it! As a teacher and organizer I can tell you that kids play better longer when they have a controlled (organized and clean) environment in which to play!

I can also tell you that my grandkids were soooo excited when they saw the updated playroom! And Neat Freak Nana is happy that everything has a home to live!

 

Need help organizing your home? I’m an email away!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Bathroom Organization

 

I get asked a lot about how to keep a bathroom organized.

 

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My answer is simple: less is more. Three towels per person, and a basket or bin for everything. When everything has a home, you know where it is, and you will use it! This basket  above holds all my washcloths. Simple and pretty!

 

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Keeping less not only ensures a clutter-less space, it also ensures that you are actually using everything you own. #proorganizersmotto #husbandscupboard Golf Accessory Storage Bin

 

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I like to keep all my cleaning supplies in one place too. This bin is perfect! When I go to clean my bathroom, I have everything I need, where and when I need it. My favorite scrub brush makes cleaning the shower and bathtub a breeze.

 

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I updated our shower storage recently. These built in corner units are nice but the wet bar of soap never stayed put. I love this soap caddy  It has a screw on tightener that actually works! And shaving in the shower just got easier for my hubs with this shower mirror.

 

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My side needed an upgrade as well. Since coloring my hair, I have a lot more shampoo products to keep. I like to switch up my products, and with this gel lock bin I can keep several bottles in my shower.

 

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The side knobs are perfect for hanging a luffa, mirror, or washcloth!

 

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I think your bathroom should be a pretty space that you enjoy. It’s the first place I go in the morning, and the last place I am at night before bed. Make it a space you love.

One of my favorite self care rituals to do is take a long soak in my tub with lavender oil, a glass of red, and a good book. This bath tub caddy is perfect! It’s pretty AND practical, a win win in my book.

 

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Do you or any of your kiddos have long hair? Then, this starfish hair catcher is a must. No more “snaking” long gross hairs out of your shower or bathtub drain! It comes in a pretty teal color too!

 

 

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The suction cups keep it in place. Perfect for bathing babies, as it covers the hard metal drain pull.

 

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And last but not least, my guest room bath received an upgrade with this three tiered caddy. The top bin is for grown ups, second bin is baby wash, and third bin is for baby toys! I give a lot of baths to our grand babies here.

 

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It’s sleek and clean and holds a lot! You can hang it from the shower curtain bar or the shower head. Either way it’s a great storage solution!

 

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If you have small children, use this corner caddy for their soap and toys. It’s easy for them to reach, but keeps the corners of your tub clean and free of soap residue. Makes cleaning your tub so much easier.

 

Thanks for reading and letting me share my favorite bathroom organizers with you! What room needs updating or tweaking in your home to make it work better for you?

 

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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Organize My Drawers

I love it when someone asks me to organize anything!

I was born the oldest of seven kids and with the gift of organization; and nothing makes me happier than to help other people.

It will be one year in June that I launched Neat Freak McKinney . And on this amazing journey, I have met so many interesting people and companies on Instagram.

One of these amazing companies is called Organize My Drawer. When they reached out to me to see if I wanted to collaborate, I was ecstatic! 

 

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How cool is this acrylic insert? It fits perfectly into my drawer! 

Their website is so easy to use. Trust me, if I can do it anyone can! I sent them the measurements of my drawers and picked 3 different styles from their templates. But you can customize them any way you like!

 

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The first thing I thought of was “wow” these would be great to organize all of my husband’s drawers.

We have lots of drawers in our master bath that we use as dresser drawers.  My husband travels a lot and I love making his life easier by organizing everything he needs for his business trips.

He has hundreds of ties and it was time to purge and donate some of them. He gets in a rut and wears the first ones he sees, which happens to be the same few over and over.

With this insert I can organize them by color, season, style, etc. All he has to do is grab the one he wants, which is already rolled up, and pack them in his dress shoes. Rolling helps with wrinkling and saves space in your suitcase.

 

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The same goes with his socks. This divider holds 16 pairs of folded socks. Tommy John brand are my husband’s favorite.

And how’s this for organized undies? (sorry to our children if you’re reading, I’m showing dad’s skivvies) lol!

Before:

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After, a folded and sorted drawer!

 

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These are great for all of his accessories too.

 

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I love the clear look of acrylic. It makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, and creates less visual clutter.

 

And just for fun, here are some other ideas of ways to use Organize My Drawer inserts.

In a baby’s room:

 

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In a shared children’s dresser:

Before a jumbled mess of little his and little her undies…

 

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After, with plenty of room to spare, and bonus, this is a great way to get your kids to roll and put away their own clothes! Make it easy for them to help you!

 

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How about in your home office?

 

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Can you tell how much I love this product? I can think of a ton of ways to organize every area of my home with these custom acrylic organizers!

Go visit their website at Organize My Drawer.  Practically perfect, custom designed organizers for all your own unique things! Built to your exact specifications with their easy to use online design tool. Start your design from scratch or use one of their templates like I did. It’s that easy.

Don’t forget to follow them and me on Instagram and Facebook to see all the other amazing ways you can use their product… don’t forget to tell them I sent you!

And, as always, if you need help organizing anything in your home, I’m your girl. I’m just an email away.

 

Ready to help today,

Lisa

 

What’s Your Excuse?

What’s your excuse for not getting organized? 

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Before you can change anything and make lasting efforts in decluttering your home, you have to address the negative self talk that hinders a lot of people.

“I just can’t do it”,  “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have the money to buy things to organize”, “the kids will just mess it up again”, “I can’t get my husband/wife on board to help me”, “I never have time” …sound familiar?

These are lies.

Don’t believe them.

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Get out a piece of paper and write down a list of everything you want to accomplish at home. Put that list in a place that will be seen by everyone, everyday. Tape it to your fridge if you have to. Put EVERYTHING you want to accomplish around the house on that list. Big and small.

Now start.

Just do it. One room, one shelf, one drawer, one closet at a time.

Baby steps.

Dump everything out of that drawer, shelf, closet, cupboard and make piles of like items. Throw away or donate what you don’t want or need. Decluttering your home also declutters the mind.

When you are done with that one thing, big or small, go to that list and cross it off.

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Now, lets address the “I don’t have the money to spend on organizing tools” lie.

I am betting, and I’m in a lot of homes, that there are so many things sitting around unused, that you can organize with.

Glass jars, Ball jars, baskets, small boxes, any type of bin, even baggies can all be used to contain items.

I’ve had this glass jar from Target forever, (it was about $5), and there are a million uses for it. Markers, crayons, tape, coffee pods, cooking utensils, pantry storage, food storage, etc.

 

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I’ve had this pretty vase just sitting in my cupboard…store q-tips or toothbrushes in it, use it as a pen holder on your desk.

 

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These bins for art supplies and toys are from The Dollar Store. The labels are made from a Sharpie Oil Pen that was inexpensive and lasts forever. 

 

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These drawer dividers from  Target under $2! Again so many uses. Junk drawer, office drawer, bathroom drawer, pantry, etc.

 

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Still feel like “I don’t have the money to organize” is a good reason?

Ask yourself honest questions, when was the last time you went to Starbucks? Have you gone out to eat? Did you buy those cute booties that were on sale? Have you gone to the movies? Got your nails done?

If any of the answers are yes, then add it up, you’ve spent money on things you don’t need, while neglecting your real needs and desires to get your home under control.

It’s a proven fact, that whatever you focus on becomes a priority.

Focus on the things that you want to accomplish, not all the reasons that you think are keeping you from it.

Be positive about it. Instead of saying, “I am too tired to work on the house”, say “I have enough energy to do what it is that I need/want to do”.

Instead of saying, “I never have the time”, say “today, I’m going to put down my phone, put the iPad down, turn off the TV, and do something constructive with my mental and physical energy.”

Get your family involved. Call a family meeting. Tell them how important it is to you. Make it fun. Turn on some music, hand everyone a trash bag, a laundry basket, some cleaning materials and go to town. Kids love to help, make it fun and they will follow your lead.

Don’t believe the lies in your head. Turn those lies into positives and just do it. I promise, it’s really that simple.

And if you need help, I’m here, 

Lisa

 

 

 

What Is It Worth?

I’ve had some family members say to me, “who would actually pay for someone to organize their house?”.

I think it was an honest question.

 

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My question back to them was, if you have something that isn’t working, and you can’t do it yourself, isn’t it better to fix it rather than have it sit there broken and unusable?

 

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If I had a light fixture go out, and I could not get it to work, I would hire an electrician to come fix it. I would rather have that light in working order, than hanging there broken. It would be worth it to me to hire that job out.

 

The same goes for your home. If you are overwhelmed with too much stuff and you can’t seem to make it work, wouldn’t it be better for your whole family to hire help? A professional organizer has the tools and knowledge to help you reclaim your home.

 

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Most of the time all it takes is for me to come in and help a family reset their home. 99.9% of my clients have told me that they are able to maintain their home, now that they have the tools in place to keep it organized.

 

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These photos show real life… undoctored, unedited, unstaged real life. This family needed help. They felt it worth the money to hire me to come and help them. I worked with them for a week to get their home reset and back in order.

Much purging, donating, sorting and throwing away happened in that week. Also a lot of soul searching took place within the people who live there. What is all this stuff for? Does it serve a purpose? Does it bring joy? Does it sit there and keep them paralyzed in the mess? 

A gentle nudging from someone who can help was all it took for this family to lighten up their home. It sparked joy back into every room. The things they were holding on to had become a burden. It was worth it to them to get it fixed.

What’s a happy, organized home worth to you?

 

 

I’m ready to help spark joy into your home today,

Lisa