Tips for a Clean Fridge!

Summer is here! We are eating out, having BBQs and graduation parties. There are leftovers and fresh fruits and veggies crowding fridges everywhere. Here are some tips on how to keep your fridge clean and avoid waisting food! 1.  Keep your leftovers in plastic containers. Don’t leave your extra food in the bag or box you brought it home in, if you can see what is in your fridge it is more likely to catch your eye and be eaten. If you’re really ambitious have a few glass tupperware containers that you can transfer your food to and label with a dry erase marker! 2. Rotate your fridge! Yes food gets shoved to the back and forgotten about, but, before you go shopping you should take a look in your fridge.  Throw away anything that has expired and bring things that are still good to the front.  Double check your list and make sure you don’t buy something you already have! I saw a great way to remind yourself about expiration dates: Have a specific bin for items that are about to be expired. 3. Don’t forget about what food you have by making a meal plan.  This can be hard, so write it right on the fridge! You can use a dry erase marker on most fridges or put up a small dry erase board next to your fridge.  You can write a list of what you have inside or you can put meal ideas up to remind your stomach what its missing! 4. Separate your food categories into bins, this can also be used in the freezer.  Get some clear...

Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is now in full swing and it’s time to finally tackle the clutter that has been building up all year. After the miserable hibernation that was the winter of 2015, we are all grateful to throw open the windows and get some fresh air.  It can be hard now that the weather is nice to spend your free time in a basement or closet, so I am here to offer a few tips on how to get your project done quickly and make it last all year. 1. Make a List! This may seem obvious, but I find that making a really extensive and almost impossible list helps to clear my head.  Write down any and all things that you have been wanting to get done, it helps to see everything on paper. I also suggest you TYPE IT, make it official! For example some things on my list this year are: -Donate at least 5 pairs of shoes (painfully) -Consolidate papers into one storage box! -Empty out storage bins -Get some plants and keep them alive -Clean the pantry (only have one jar of cinnamon opposed to 5) And only a few things are better than putting a big red line through a completed task! 2. Set a date! This can be hard, schedules are busy and a big project can be daunting.  Recruit some help, your husband, your children, a very kind friend, (OR your friendly neighborhood organizer!) and mark the date on your calendar.       3. Completing the task! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has started a huge project with all the energy...

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

With spring cleaning out of the way and yard sale season just around the corner, follow these easy tips for a stress-free and successful yard sale to get rid of that clutter once and for all! Once you have gathered all of the items you want to include, create an inventory sheet of what you’re selling and the prices you’ve assigned. You’ll be surprised how much this will come in handy if the day of the sale price tags don’t stay stuck. See if any of your friends and neighbours want in on the sale! Larger yard sales attract larger crowds and increase your chances of selling your goods. After you choose your date and location make sure to advertise! This is especially important if your house or yard is on a quieter street. Keep in mind that most people will see only see your signs from their cars. Bright and colourful posters with large lettering and helpful arrows will direct shoppers your way. Nothing turns a shopper off a good deal more than dirty, sticky, or dusty items. Give everything you want to sell a good wipe-down before setting it out! If you have a lot of a certain item, say old CDs or a toy car collection, offer bargain hunters the opportunity to buy in bulk and fill a Ziploc bag or shoebox for a set price. This helps speed up your sale and move larger quantities of items. For those of you with kids, let them in on the yard sale too with a chance to make some pocket change! A lemonade stand or refreshments table...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

As we slowly emerge from the bitter cold of winter into the bright green of spring, I know one question is on a lot of our minds. How can we stay organized with the environment in mind? Organizing goes hand in hand with environmental consciousness since both in their very nature focus on reduction. Here are a few handy tips to “green thinking” during spring cleaning season! Paper is more often than not the number one source of clutter! Reduce the amount of paper waste you generate by keeping things electronic. Reuse paper with one printed side as coloring material for kids. Always remember to recycle! Shredded paper, paper bags, and cardboard boxes are all just as recyclable as old magazines and junk mail. Spring cleaning gives you the perfect opportunity to create a donation pile. Old winter clothes and children’s toys can be donated to various organizations such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Green options exist for nearly all aspects of your life! Consider switching from cleaning products full of dangerous chemicals to safer, more eco-friendly options. Local stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s offer tons of green cleaning brands such as Seventh Generation products and their own name...

Maximizing Your Office Space

Let’s face it—whether your office is an executive suite, a cramped cubicle, or you find yourself working from home, we’ve all encountered the overwhelming sense of frustration clutter and disorganization can bring. No matter how much space you may have it sometimes feels like there’s nowhere left to put anything! Try following a few of these easy tips and you might be amazed to realize office organization is within your reach! Consider adding shelving to your work space. While this might seem like a daunting task at first, there are plenty of easy and low-budget options out there. Swing by your local Lowes or Home Depot for ideas on mounted shelving. If power tools aren’t your thing, there are plenty of stand-alone options as well from places as convenient as Target. I think everyone should have a label maker. I have two— one that is attached to my computer and a hand-held one. These come in handy in any office and help you stick by the mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Three-ring binders work great for keeping track of bank statements and investment statements since they usually already come with three holes punched in them. Using binders and filing systems is great for keeping paperwork organized and your desktop de-cluttered. One of my go-to brands for office organization is Sterilite, which you can find at most Staples. They have small, white, basket-like trays that come in four sizes and are perfect for organizing drawer space. You can mix and match to fit in whatever desk drawers you...