Hold your nose, because it’s about to get trashyRead More
One of the purposes of this blog is to offer lessons learned so that you don't have to make the same mistakes I did, and to offer some insider tips!
Just like in any industry, there are products out there that gleam with possibility and then...fall short. One can waste a lot of money on these flashy scammers. Check out what works and what doesn't:
I've used the container store photo cases before and I wish I hadn't. Yes, they're acid free but they really aren't totally airtight. The bottom line is that the best way to preserve photos and home videos are to digitize them and save them to the cloud. But...that can be a major pain in the ass, lets be real. Legacy box is the perfect way to remedy that issue. This is not an advertisement. I am not sponsored by them. It's just a rad service. You send in videos and photos in and you get a thumbdrive or cd's back.
Hanging racks for belts or ties seem great in theory, but the reality is that the accessories always get caught on one another- so you pull one off and three others come tumbling down. I prefer to employ the often-ignored closet door space, by hanging a clear shoe organizers,rolling up individual accessories, and storing them in the pockets . You can see all of your scarves and belts and pick them out individually. You can also use shelf dividers to stack the scarves vertically by rolling them.
So, this one might be confusing. Because I like drawer organizers for silverware and everyday cooking tools- but NOT for specialty cooking tools like garlic presses, microplanes, peelers, or anything else that might have an odd shape. For that, my all time favorite is the drawer decor (p.s. container store does sell these but they in my experience they are not well stocked and you only get one color choice- I always get them for my clients on Amazon) because they allow you to totally customize the drawer. You can cut the mat to whatever shape you want, and it's easy to clean. Plus, as a bonus, the divitz make it so that everyone has to put the tool back to it's little spot- no more just throwing it back in the drawer! You could even trace the shape of the tool if you wanted to make it extra-foolproof. Overall I think you should keep often used cooking tools in a chic holder next to your stove, and the rest can go in drawers.
Do you have an organizing product that you want to put on blast? Or one that you want to praise? Comment below!
I am SO excited to introduce my new consultation service, The Four Hour Fix!
The idea originated when a client mentioned that she just wanted someone to come and help her purge her bedroom/closet and then suggest how to organize the remainder of her stuff.
"It's like how someone need a personal trainer to help them exercise and motivate them, or a nutritionist. I need an organizing coach."
Thusly, the four hour fix was born!
I have found that within four hours you can get a significant amount done if you concentrate on one area or category. That day I coached her, and her husband, through the process of letting go. It's not necessarily easy.
As I have mentioned before, the attachment we feel to objects often outweighs our own personal well being. The obligation we feel to each thing is imaginary but powerful. It makes your environment totally claustrophobic. Your home shouldn't feel that way.
By the end of the four hours we had filled countless boxes with clothes, shoes and accessories. I would estimate that they purged about 70% of their things. After that, I was able to consult on a new organizing system and products that would help them achieve their organizing goals, and sustain them. Personally, I find nothing more thrilling that getting rid of stuff, and to see my clients excited by it as well is just the cherry on top!
Each Client who books a four hour fix gets a personalized list of guidelines that are specific to them. People purge differently: Some hoard based on memories, some are going through a major life change, etc.
So, in short: this service is not the Full Fix Treatment. But it IS an affordable version that really is productive and enlightening.