Christmas Is Coming!

“Christmas is coming” my husband always says! When our kids were younger, whenever they would say they liked or wanted something he would say “Christmas is coming!” …even if it was February 1st lol. But guess what? Christmas really is coming….and soon!

 

Are you ready for the holidays?

I know every year it comes around faster than we realize. We are just getting our pool toys put away and BAM, we turn around and it’s Christmas.

This year with help from The Container Store I’m all set!

Are you a gift wrap or gift bag person?

I’ve always been a gift bag person, but either way you can find what you need at The Container Store.  They have a beautiful selection of gift bags and tissue paper to choose from, as well as gift tags!  I love going in there and seeing the beautiful displays of holiday wrapping ideas. They make it easy to find all the coordinating designs for your color scheme.

Can we talk about ribbon for a minute? I’m so in love with this pretty velvet Santa ribbon! I also grabbed a couple of rolls of this white satin ribbon that’s trimmed with red pom poms! This year my theme is going to be this craft paper with the ribbons I mentioned above. Here’s a sneak peek!

 

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Brown paper packages tied up with ….riobbon!

 

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These are a few of may favorite things!

 

It’s classic and fun and goes with my natural wood colored theme, with just a fun touch of red! I also love these reusable jute gift bags! You can use them over and over again. Add fun tissue paper and you’re all set!

How do you organize your gift wrap?

This year Christmas came early for me in the form of this AMAZING ELFA gift wrap cart! For real’s, my organizing dream come true! The best part is that you can roll it from room to room. Kids hanging out in the den? No problem, just roll it into your bedroom. Here’s mine all decked out and ready to go!

 

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Elfa Gift Wrap Cart

 

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So versatile!

 

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It holds everything you need! All in one place.

 

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It even has a ribbon arm!

 

Can we talk about this for a minute? Five drawers, a ribbon dispenser, wrapping paper organizer, hard top surface for wrapping gifts….AND it’s on wheels?? And look at the top drawer! It has a clear divided tray to hold tape, gift tags, pens, whatever you want! You guys, I haven’t been this excited for something since my husband bought me the vacuum of my dreams LOL!

 

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Is Christmas coming early for you too?

What’s on your Christmas list? Want to get organized? Ask for one of these, or for a gift card from The Container Store! Want the gift of organization to come to you? I offer holiday gift cards too!! Organization is one gift you won’t want to return!

 

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I love these Santa bag gift card holders!

 

Christmas is coming sweet friends, are you ready?

 

I’m here to help you today,

Lisa

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*This post was sponsored by The Container Store. I am proud to be a Brand Ambassador for them. I love and use all the products I endorse; and I love sharing them with you! Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Before and After: Pantry Edition

 

Whenever I show before and afters of pantries on my Instagram feed they get the most comments and likes. I think it’s because it gives people ideas, hope, and inspiration to know that a crazy space can become an organized space.

Want to see some of my favorite before & after pantries? Let me show you…

 

Before & After: Pantry #1

 

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Before: My client had tried to create order by using small clear bins, however the bins were too small for the amount she was tying to contain, and because they were see through, the bins created visual clutter. The other issue was that she had great Oxo brand containers , but they were spread throughout the pantry. They make a cleaner visual impact when they are all together.  Storing holiday items used once a year also took up space that could be used for everyday items.

 

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After: By using larger baskets and bins, as well as creating zones, I was able to bring order to every shelf. Storing like with like, she now knows exactly how much of every item she has, and it’s easy to find. These large lazy susan’s are my favorite for pantry corners and top shelves. You can twirl the lazy susan and bring what you want to the front with ease, no step stool needed. Lazy susan’s in corners use all the available space so nothing gets lost in the back.

I always try and use large floor baskets to hold items like paper towels, lunch boxes, large amounts of snacks, etc. Adding labels also helps everyone in the house know exactly where everything is, and where it goes when you’re unloading groceries.

The holiday items now live in an unused cupboard up high.

 

Before & After: Pantry #2

 

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Before: No rhyme or reason to where items are put. They have no idea how much they have of anything, or where it is. This makes for double purchases as well as waste when lost and unused items become expired. There was a lot of wasted space in here as well. Let me show you how I solved these problems.

 

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After: I created zones; baking, breakfast, lunch, dinner, baby food, canned goods etc. Keeping like with like they will know exactly how much they have. I also put all the Oxo containers together, again creating visually clean lines. Lazy susan’s hold bottles of vinegars and oils, and bamboo bin clips tell you exactly what is in each basket. In the blue floor baskets I stored lunch boxes and reusable bags. The sides of the pantry are lined with bins too, and the dog food was relocated there. Every inch of the pantry is being used to its potential now.

 

Before & After: Pantry #3

 

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Before: Costco purchases left on the floor in boxes made everything hard to get to plus created a ton of visual clutter. Again, there is no rhyme or reason as to where things go. This creates chaos and frustration when trying to find what you know you have.

 

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After: I took everything out of the big Costco packages and put the contents into bins my client already had (similar ones here). This makes it easy to grab and go. When the bin gets low you know it’s time to buy more. I also used my favorite affordable white bins and labels (click here to order) to clearly distinguish where everything is. What’s for dinner? Let’s go look in the dinner bin and see what we have!  Kids want to pack a lunch? The lunch bin has everything they need, just bring the bin to the counter, pack their lunch, and off to school they go. So easy.  Want a snack? Grab the eat first bin and find all the opened snacks. Once again, I used large lazy susan’s in all the corners to hold jars and bottles, and cereal containers stored all together make it visually pleasing.

 

You too can have an organized pantry!

Do you see a formula here? Zones, bins, labels, and floor baskets are my go to when I am organizing any pantry. You can do it too by following these easy steps:

Take everything out: sort everything into like piles and check expiration dates.

Create zones: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, eat first, baking, canned goods, etc.

Plan the layout of your pantry for what works best for your family. It’s not one size fits all. See my pantry here (click “My Pantry” under my saved stories).

Find containers that fit your space. Bins, lazy susan’s, Oxo storage containers, can stackers, baskets, and  floor baskets.

Now label and put it all back in. Enjoy!

 

Live in the DFW area? I can help you! I”m an email away. Don’t live in the Dallas area, that’s ok! I offer virtual organizing sessions via FaceTime. It’s really fun. We facetime for 45 minutes and talk about your space. I then send you a detailed to do list complete with links for products.

You can see other posts about pantries here.

As always, I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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I Love Pantries

Why do I love pantries so much?

 

 

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Pantry Organization

 

 

I love organizing pantries so much because I’ve always felt that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s my happy place, and I want to make it yours too! We spend so much time in our kitchens through out the day that we need to make it a priority! You should love being in your space. I can help you make it pretty as well as functional.

 

 

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Clear, Air Tight Containers

 

 

I look back fondly, to the years when my kids were little, of cooking and creating good meals for my family. I’ve always loved cooking for large groups, after all I am the oldest of seven, I can do it with my eyes shut.  Like my Grandma, feeding people is my love language.  So naturally for me, creating a functional yet pretty space in any pantry is a must.

 

 

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Create Zones

 

How I organize a pantry.

 

If you follow me on instagram you know the drill by now. Take it all out. By taking everything out of the space, you will touch and see it all, forcing you to decide if you want it, need it, and/or use it.

 

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Before….you must take it all out!

 

Next step is sorting. Sort like with like. Check expiration dates during this process. I put all the baking together, all the lunch items together, all the snacks together and so on. If I had a quarter for every time I heard “how did I end up with five of these?” I’d be rich.

 

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Oxo Brand Pop Top Containers

 

Now create Zones.  Here is how I zone my pantries: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, eat first (snacks), baking, paper goods, cleaning supplies (if applicable).  I use the top shelf for large items that aren’t used very often.

 

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Keep it simple.

 

 

Next, choose your favorite organizing supplies. Mine are  Oxo brand containers,  baskets,  bins,  lazy susans , can stackers, and labels.

 

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Use lazy Susan’s in the corners.

 

 

Lastly, use floor baskets help hide clutter. I use big floor baskets for paper and plastic sacks, lunch boxes, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and Costco snacks.

 

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Hide the clutter with large floor baskets.

 

 

 

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Target Basket

 

 

 

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Belly baskets hold a ton!

 

Now, it’s time to enjoy!

That’s it! That’s my pantry formula!

 

I’d love to help you organize your pantry too! Did you know I do virtual organizing? It’s so fun and easy. We FaceTime for forty five minutes and then I send you a detailed to do list and links to all the products. It’s that easy. Or if you live in the DFW area, I’ll drive straight to your house. I also travel! Send me a plane ticket and I’m there! We will have fun, I promise.

 

Is redoing your pantry on your to do list?

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Finding Balance

Balance.

It’s a state of being a lot of us are looking for.

By definition “Balance” means ‘an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady’. Naturally the ebb and flow of life causes the scales to tip slightly here and there but what if you can’t get it back to even?

I work with a lot of people who feel their life is completely off balance. Whether it be a major life event such as death, divorce, or an unexpected health issue, or working parents that are completely overwhelmed with life and need help to get their homes in order to function properly. The scales have tipped along the way and they need help.

 

So how do we find it?

My advice to my clients is to stop. Stop buying useless things to fill a void, stop saying yes, stop feeling the need to do it all. Unless you have a housekeeper, a cook, a personal assistant, a bookkeeper, a home organizer on call, and an endless checking account you cannot, absolutely cannot do it all. Something is going to suffer. Your sanity, your health, your relationships, your home, your bank account, trust me, something is going to suffer.

 

Where do I start?

Take a breather. Find one day to turn the world (and your phone) off. Assess your life. What do you want out of your life? What do you want out of your relationships? What are your dreams? Look around your home, does it bring you joy? Does it bring your family joy?

Next, call a family meeting. Check in with each other. Are you filling your schedules to avoid something? To keep up with your friends? Do you feel pressure to look like you’re doing it all? Is every child maxed out with school, homework, sports, and lessons of every kind? Do you have any down time at all?

After you have done all this and had honest conversations with yourself, your spouse, and your family, what can you do to find some balance?

Helpful tips.

Rest. Make one day out of the week a rest day. Decide what true rest looks like for you and do it.  Your body, your brain, and your soul needs rest. Resting lessons anxiety, reduces stress. Relaxation clears your mind, helps with your thought process, and helps you make better decisions. It renews you from the inside out.

Sit in silence. When was the last time you did this? It may be uncomfortable for a few minutes, but try it. Just sit and be quiet. It’s so refreshing. My favorite time to be quiet is in my car. I drive a lot around the Dallas Metroplex and I love doing it in silence. It’s wonderful.

Go for walks. This helps me so much. When the world is crashing in on me and my life feels out of control, I put on my shoes and walk. I walk and I think. I don’t listen to music or podcasts. I just walk until I feel better. I look around me,  I’m quiet. I listen to my heart. It’s truly my favorite thing to do.

Say no. Like I mentioned above, saying no is a huge step to finding balance. You don’t have to give a reason why either, just say “no, I can’t do that right now”. Period.

Stop useless spending. Buying “stuff” without a reason is useless spending. “Just because it’s on sale” is not a reason to buy it. That useless stuff turns into clutter. Clutter you don’t need in your home. Don’t make impulse purchases. Don’t shop your feelings away. Have a reason for why you are buying something. Try it, it takes practice but pretty soon you will have trained yourself to say “no, I truly don’t need that”.

Ask for help. It’s ok to ask for help. A trusted friend, a parent, a sibling, your spouse, a professional. Talk about it and say it out loud. I need help. It’s the first step in claiming back your life. I always tell my clients the hardest part is actually calling me, once they’ve asked for help, the rest is all downhill.  You don’t have to do it alone.

Dear friends, I want to tell you I speak from experience. I’ve been there and made all the mistakes. I’ve walked that path. I’ve suffered imbalance and I’m here to tell you it can get better…..if you want it to.

Are you ready to find your peace? Claim your life back? Fight for balance? It’s worth it. You’re worth it. Your family is worth it. Start today.

I’m here to help,

Lisa

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Baskets

I. Love. Baskets.

…..said in my best Oprah voice!

 

 

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I use them in every room, and for so many different things. Take this basket above from Home Goods. I used three of them in a pantry last week and you all went crazy for them! I love to get things up off the floor, and these worked perfectly to house all the to go cups, plates, and napkins! They also work great to hold paper and plastic bags, pre packaged snack items, trash bags and cleaning rags, and the list goes on and on.

 

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I linked similar ones on my LiketoKnow.it account. If you don’t have that app, it’s so easy to use. Trust me, if I can use it, so can you lol! Just download it in your App Store, look for me, Neat Freak McKinney, or any of your other favorite accounts, hit follow, and viola, you can see and shop all my/our favorites right there.

 

Ok, where was I? Baskets.

 

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Baskets are a great way to add texture to your space. Neutrals are so in at the moment,  and using baskets will add beautiful pattern and depth to your room.

 

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I have and use them all over my home. I use this one in my office as a recycle bin. I found it years ago for under ten dollars at TJ Maxx.

Similarly, I use these from Pottery Barn to hold office supplies by my desk.

 

 

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The lids make it easy to stack, to hide, or to keep little hands out! I store my calculator, {yes, I’m #oldschool}, my current month’s work receipts, and envelopes on one side, and all my decorative banners on the other.

 

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In this  basket  I keep all my Neat Freak note cards. These bamboo bin clips are my favorite way to label right now. My assistant makes all the vinyl labels you see in all my posts. Message me to order!

 

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This woven tray from Pottery Barn (similar one linked) has been a favorite of mine for years. It has served as a backdrop behind a potted plant (for texture and to hide cords), as a breakfast in bed tray, as a party basket to hold plates, napkins and silverware, and as a magazine tray on my coffee table. It’s literally been everywhere, and I love it.

 

Baskets are an easy way to add warmth, texture, depth and storage to every room in your home. You can find them in any price point too. That’s why I love them and use them so much.

 

Want a refresh of your home or space? Did you know I do home staging and “redecoranging”? I’d love to help you! I’m an email away.

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Get Organized HQ is back!

 

Ever wish you could sit down and have coffee with someone (or a room full of someones) who is totally non-judgey and knows exactly which manageable steps you should take next to get your life and home running smoothly? 

Are you tired of all of the “expert advice” that doesn’t actually work for busy women who have a lot to manage and who also DO need to sleep occasionally?

Well I’m teaming up with over 40 other real-life, real-talk women and we are all so excited to share our stories and the lessons we’ve learned along the way about organizing and streamlining your home.

It’s called Get Organized HQ, and it’s a completely free, 100% online event. These been there done that women are will be talking about everything from organizing pantries, garages, and toys, meal planning, work/life balance, setting practical goals, decluttering, budgeting, and so much more!

And the awesome thing is – it is free to attend!

No need to leave your house, hire a babysitter, or even change out of your yoga pants. It’s all happening right here online September 9th – 13th. And it’s going to be nothing short of amazing!

Ready to join in? Click HERE.to get your free ticket!

 

 

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