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.}

 

 

 

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

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

Is This Real Life?

Remember that funny you tube video of the little boy that had just come from the dentist?

“Is this real life?”, he asked.

Well that’s what people say when they look at Pinterest. And guess what?

This is NOT real life.

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In real life, there are clothes on the floor, coffee cups on the night stand, papers and candy wrappers on the counter, toys from kids all around…..etc.

 

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Most bathtubs have magazines sitting by it, soap and shampoo in sight, toys left in the tub from the kids, make up and hair products on the counter…..you get the picture.

 

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In most kitchens, there are scuffs on the cabinets, crumbs on the floor, dishes to do, and dinner ingredients sitting out that need to become a meal by 6pm.

 

A couple of weeks ago a reader sent me an email asking for ideas for her master closet. I most always turn to Pinterest to get ideas. And I always find inspiration there.

 

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But it got me thinking…..we don’t live this way! I’ve never walked into a Pinterest home where people actually live there….ever.  

 

Now….if I lived totally alone, then yes, my house could look like this. I am an over the top neat freak and want it picture perfect as much as possible. Clutter in my home equals clutter in my brain. I can “feel” when my house isn’t in order. I know, it’s weird, but that’s how God made me. But that’s not a realistic goal now is it?

 

I live with people that aren’t like me. And life gets messy! And I wouldn’t trade my people for anything! Not even a Pinterest worthy home.

 

Now this picture? This is real life. This is what a busy family with kids, jobs, school and crazy schedules looks like. This is what I help with. It’s not a professionally shot photo, cropped and lit and edited to perfection. This is real life. Real people.

Before:

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I take your clutter and organize it in a way that helps your family run smoother. I tell all my clients, “I love people not their stuff”. I’m here to help you, not judge. I want to leave my clients with tools to keep their home organized in a way that helps them. 

 

After:

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This is real life. This is what I love to do. This is what people that contact me need. “Help me simplify my life so that I can function on a daily basis and not be overwhelmed.” You got it!

Now this, this is real life.  I’m just an email away. 

 

Ready when you are,

Lisa