As much as I try to discourage clients from using offsite storage to house unused clutter long term, self storage units and movable storage units can be lifesavers when you need to move out of your current home and need to house your belongings somewhere until you can move into your new home.
Below is a really helpful guide from NextDoor Storage for how long certain items can be safely stored, both in storage units and at home.
Everyone reaches milestones where their lives change forever. Babies arrive, schedules become hectic and budgets get tight. Dressing yourself becomes low priority, and there is temptation to wear those sweats and pajama tops forever! Having kids can change your body shape drastically, and aging also has its effects. Getting to know the new you and relearning how to dress stylishly can be easier if you follow a few simple rules. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a high powered business woman, you can (more…)
Today, kitchens are the focal point of many homes and account for a fair percentage of the total square footage in any new home. Planning a kitchen for optimal workflow will enable you to get the most out of your space. What you do most in your kitchen will determine the focus, but there are a (more…)
I have a challenge for you:
We would like to organize this space with all of our bathroom stuff (towels, hair stuff, lotions, shaving, bath toys, etc.). How in the world do we do this?
I had considered just buying some pretty wicker baskets to make it pretty, but still, our stuff would just be thrown into each basket without any order.
You are so lucky to have floor to ceiling built in cabinets in your bathroom. The only real challenge as I see it is that the cabinets are deep and probably act as a black hole with minimal effort.
Here is what you do to keep items form disappearing into the deep recesses:
Separate and organize all items by type of use. Your categories might include toiletries, bathing, makeup, towels, medicine etc.
Segregate each collection into containers.
Towels might be able to fit into large plastic bins that will act as drawers that you can pull in and out of the shelf as needed.
Bottles can swirl joyously on a very large (perhaps 24”) lazy susan
Bath toys can be hung in a hammock within the shower area or relegated again to another plastic bin of appropriate size.
Smaller items can be separated and stored in plastic Sterilite drawers
The items that are rarely used wil be tucked into the back of each shelf in separate bins so you can pull them out as needed after you pull out the items in front.
Consider your frequency of use for each ‘type’ of item
This will determine which items are stored at eye level and which are stored below or in the back of the shelf behind other more important categories.
I am assuming that you have already purged and donated the excess items that you no longer need or use. By the way, for all readers, women’s shelters and shelters of all kinds absolutely LOVE the small travel and sample bottles of shampoos and soaps that we bring back from our hotel stays. Please donate these to your local shelters; they are a valuable commodity to these organizations!
Guys feel the need to follow fashion, too! Not as dramatically as women, perhaps, but there are a few good guidelines to looking modern and sophisticated.
Men don’t agonize over their body shape and color palette as much as women do, and the choices are not quite as overwhelming. Finding something that fits well and looks good can (more…)
If you find that you’re always buying clothes that you never wear, an Image Consultant can actually save you a lot of money. She will evaluate your body shape and coloring and find those clothes that, in the words of the old song, help “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” Once you understand (more…)
Interested in a step-by-step guide to changing your career? Everyone’s career path is different and it may take time to find your way. With major changes happening across America, this might be the perfect time to tailor-make a new career for yourself that follows your true passions. This bad economy is simply muck on a national basis. Microsoft started in the last recession – look at it now. Try these steps if you desire to make a change.
Following these steps can increase the chances that you will make a successful career switch and find a path that more closely aligns with your passions. Begin today!
The glove compartment inside of your vehicle is most likely used for everything besides gloves. Some people may have trouble locating important items such as current insurance information or up to date vehicle registration simply because their glove compartment is a mess. Organizing this small area is simple, as long as you know what to keep there and what to store elsewhere.
Lesson 1: Keep your glove compartment clean.
Start with an empty glove compartment. You may not remember every little thing that you shoved into your glove compartment in a hurry to put something away. Empty it out and (more…)
Some of my readers feel that they don’t have the proper office set-up to become super organized and efficient. They are over their head in papers and muck and want moreinformation to determine the best way to set up their office space. This is what I recommend for all office set-ups in an excerpt from my upcoming book How To Master Your Muck:
Your desk can be a large table (think dining size)
The ultimate desk for most businesses will have an
An ergonomically designed desk chair is worth more
1. Don’t let your workspace become a ‘catch all’ for junk or non-work related items. Keep your desktop clutter free, and make family members do the same.
2. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by television or computer games during working hours. Set a schedule and stick to it.
3. Don’t answer the phone every time it rings. Buy a caller ID device and screen each call; this will allow you to see which are really important. You can chat with friends after your work is done for the day.
4. Don’t eat messy foods at or set uncovered drinks on your desk – this can quickly become a bad habit and puts your computer and files at risk in the event of a spill.
5. Don’t neglect to use a power strip with a surge protector. This keeps your computer and other electronics safe in case of a storm or other electrical failure.
6. Don’t let your computer intimidate you. There are many classes available at little or no cost at public libraries and community colleges. These can usually dispel the mystery and make you feel more comfortable.
7. Don’t let your inbox pile up. This increases the likelihood of something being overlooked and a deadline being missed. A few minutes a day is all it takes to stay on top of things.
8. Don’t forget to get enough exercise. Take a break from your desk several times a day and rest your eyes and back by doing a few quick stretches. Keep a light work-out DVD on your desk drawer and a mat rolled up within easy reach so you can exercise without leaving the ‘office‘.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will soon form good work habits and your home office will be a productive investment.