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My dear sweet Mom in Love went to be with the Lord last Friday. It feels surreal to type those words. You always think (at least I did) about this day.

You are never ready for that phone call. We just lost my Father in Love six months ago. How can this be her time already?

I have heard countless stories from friends, of the same thing happening in their family. When two become one and are married for as long as they were (63 years) it’s hard to go on without your life partner.

She was such a fun loving, brutally honest, no nonsense, get up and get on with it type of person. She taught me so many things about life. She loved me. I knew it. But she would also tell me the truth, even if it hurt a little. Looking back I appreciate that about her.

My father in law called her the OG Ride or Die. She faithfully supported him behind the scenes as he pursued his football coaching dreams. She raised four children on a teacher/coach salary, which wasn’t much back in the day. She made things work and stretched herself beyond what we women have to do today.

She went back to school in her late forties to pursue her own teaching degree. And I have heard many stories from people of how she helped families and kids from all over the LC Valley. She and my father in law were such an example to so many.

She was so proud of me starting this organizing career of mine in my 50’s. She told me all the time how much she admired that. She cheered me on so many times. 

I will miss her hand written letters and cards. I will miss her prayers. I will miss the long talks we used to have whenever she would come and visit us here in Texas. I will miss playing cards with her. I will miss her laugh. I will miss her honesty.

But I will cherish the memories we made along the way. This picture above is of us (along with my sister in love Wendy) on a girls’ trip to Napa, CA to celebrate my 50th birthday. We all take with us a little bit of her in our hearts forever. We all have a favorite Nanny T memory.

Here’s to you Genie! I will see you again someday. I’m so thankful you are no longer hurting and missing Papa. I love you.

 

Lisa

 

 

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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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

 

 

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

Get Organized HQ

Please join me and my friends for

 

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I’m so excited to share a big event that I’m going to be a part of next month!  I’m going to be a featured speaker at Get Organized HQ, and YOU are all invited!!!

 

Get Organized HQ is a FREE event with 20+ organizing experts to help you streamline your life and home! The best part is you can join us without hiring a babysitter, changing out of your yoga pants, or leaving your house! Mark your calendars now, Get Organized HQ is September 10th – 14th.

 

Click here to get your FREE ticket!!

 

 

These amazing pros from across the country will be joining in to share their knowledge and help you get organized… We will give you tips on how to run your home more efficiently, with less stress and more structure!

 

You are going to LOVE the speakers at this event! I have been a big fan of most of these bloggers and YouTubers for years. I have used their expert advice in all areas of my life, work, and home. I am quite humbled to be among them!

 

I’ll be sure and let you know when my session is running,  I’m so excited to be part of this event with some amazing women I admire!

 

 Click here to get your free ticket while they are still available!

 

Have a great day,

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….

 

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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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning

Spring = New Life

Every spring, the world comes to life. The flowers are blooming, the trees come alive, the grass turns green.  Everything feels fresh and new again.

The sun comes out and the days get longer. We get itchy to work in our yards, clean out the beds and plant new flowers.

We want new life in our homes too.  We want to clean every space, put away winter and bring the house to life again. It’s a natural feeling. 

But for most people this can be overwhelming. Where do I start? I don’t know what to do first. I have too much stuff!

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Where do I start?

The best place to start is by making a list. Start by writing everything down that you want to accomplish. Every room you want to organize. Put everything on that list, big and small. It’s a proven fact that when goals are written down, they are more likely to get accomplished.

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I’ve Made My List Now What?

Now tackle each item one by one. One room, one drawer, one closet, one space. 

The first step is to take everything out of the space.

For example, if you are working in a closet, take everything out.

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Why Do I Have To Take Everything Out?

It’s much easier to work with a blank space. It forces you to touch every item in the space and decide if it stays or goes. When it is empty you won’t be tempted to keep it as it is.

 

Next Step, Sorting:

Now after everything is out. Start sorting. Make piles: keep, relocate, donate, trash.

Keep:

These are items that you use regularly and that you will keep in this space.

Relocate:

Do not keep anything that is not going to live permanently in this space. For example a drill probably shouldn’t live in your food pantry.

Donate:

You can either sell these items at a yard sale or donate them to charity. Chances are, if you haven’t touched the item in a full calendar year, you probably don’t need it and can get rid of it. TIP: If you choose to sell at a yard sale, make it happen quickly or it won’t get done. There are donation drop offs everywhere and places like Goodwill where you can get a tax write off for donating your goods. If you don’t think you will follow through on a yard sale, then you need to donate it.

Trash:

Anything that is broken, missing a piece, or not in working order is trash. Throw it away. It’s taking up space and cluttering your mind as well.

 

 

Ok, Sorted! Now What?

The next step is to put like items together, on a shelf, or in a container that best fits the space.

Why Like Items?

Keeping like items together saves time and helps everyone. Everyone knows where to find what they are looking for.

For example: Where’s all the stuff to make our school lunch? It’s all in a bin together in the refrigerator.

 

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Where are the kid’s snacks? They’re in a bin together in the pantry.

 

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Where are all the gift wrapping supplies? In the closet drawers upstairs.

 

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When everything alike lives together it’s easier to find, saves time, energy, and money since you are not buying something you already have, but can’t find.

Organization equals less stress on everyone.

What’s Next? Labels!

Finally, label everything. Labeling not only looks pretty, it is practical way for everyone in your home to know where things are, and where they go back when they’re done using them.

TIP: Labels in the pantry let everyone know where decanted food items are and when it’s time to buy more.

 

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Labeling’s done! What’s next?

 

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to put everything back. It’s been sorted and labeled and is ready to find a home!

 

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Why Wait?

If you’re in the mood to spring clean, just follow these easy steps: make a list, clear out space, sort, label, put back.

You’ll start seeing and feeling the results in your home before you know it!

Happy Spring Everyone!

 

The Cobbler’s Kids

You know that fairy tale about the Cobbler’s kids not having any shoes because he is so busy helping others?

Well sometimes that applies to home organizers too lol!

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Sometimes we get so busy helping others, our own homes get in disarray.

So imagine my excitement when unexpectedly, I found myself home alone with a whole Saturday to myself.

I was scheduled to organize a garage that day, but the client needed to reschedule, leaving me with a whole day to myself and endless options.

Being the weirdo that I am, lol, I used the day to clean and reorganize my whole house.

 

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I started with my refrigerator. Not too bad right? I’m pretty good with keeping up with it.

But look at the after:

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I found Fridge Coaster on Instagram last fall and fell in love with their product! I ordered some for my daughter for Christmas.

Aren’t they so pretty? So nice!

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I love all the styles and colors they come in too! It’s like decoration for my fridge only better because they absorb spills!

How great is that? Have a spill?  Pull up the coaster and replace it, and move on with your day. No more pulling out drawers and shelves to wash in the sink!

I love sharing new fun things with you!

Next I moved to my closet, and speaking of shoes….

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I made my Lucky Brand Booties look like new again.

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I’m all about less is more, so I like to keep the things I invest in, in good shape vs buying new. These boots are worth the investment when taken care of! They are as comfortable as slippers. This shoe polish  was only four dollars at Target!

 

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I also had fun pulling everything out of my bathroom drawers and freshening them up.

I was texting my sisters and sister in law all day and visiting with them about what I was doing. I was trying so hard to come up with a way to hide those darn cords from my hair dryer and curling irons. I even thought about putting a plug in one of the drawers.

My sister in law was like, why not just store them in your drawer like everyone else? lol! What a novel idea lol!!! I was thinking too hard when duh!!

Even professional organizers need fresh eyes on their own things….sometimes when it comes to our own homes we can’t see anything different than what’s already there.

So that was the Saturday of my dreams LOL. How do you spend unexpected time alone?

I’d love to hear! And if you are needing help with any Spring Cleaning, I’d love to help you do that too.

Ready when you are,

Lisa