Tag Archives: Residential organizing

What To Do With Miscellaneous Stuff When Decluttering Your Home

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I’m decluttering a client’s home,  often we find old or unused medications. You’ve been told not to flush down them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. What exactly do you do with them? I was at the Vehicle Registration office and was happy to see a Medicine Disposal Kiosk.

We use to be able to get rid of the old TVs at the local charitable thrift stores, but not anymore. Some of us have recycling services at our homes or in a central location in our neighborhoods, however, you are limited as to the items you can recycle. So what do you do with other stuff like old electronics, mattresses, hard drives from computers, etc..  After an Internet search, I found this Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Public Works Department “Nashville Area Recycling Service Providers” pdf:

http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/docs/recycle/Recycling_Service_Providers.pdf

 Nashville area residents, check it out! Most likely, other cities will offer a similar publication.  Just go to your  ‘ .gov ‘ website and conduct a search for recycling service providers.

Hopefully, this will be a resource you’ll be able to utilize often, and you’ll probably never have to wonder what to do with some of that stuff that’s in your closet, garage or junk room anymore.

If you got other resources or tips on how to get rid of miscellaneous stuff, please drop me a comment.

Thank You New Year Resolutions!

Boy, I have been busy! I think because of New Year’s Resolutions, I have new clients and they have less clutter and the ability to focus on more important things in their lives.

February was exhilarating for me.  I was so busy, I lost a couple of pounds. I went to San Francisco for a mini-vacation – very rejuvenating.  Look what I found sitting on the dock of the bay at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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I organized my first child’s room.  The little boy had so many toys and I didn’t know what many of them were. He had to tell me whether it was an action toy, a part of a game, or whatever to help me organize the toys into categories.  He probably thought, “This lady is really dumb.”  Do you know there are Legos called Lego Ninjago?

One of my passions is delivering Meals on Wheels for the Nashville Fifty Forward Program [ http://www.fiftyforward.org ] .  I deliver on Fridays and that’s when I get hugs and lots of Thank You’s which makes me feel extra special.  Last Friday, I stopped by the Director’s office to say hello. Being an organizer, I usually look around to see how a person organizes their space.

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I was so impressed with her repurposing empty spice containers from the pantry, I had to take a photo.  How clever!

 

 

A New Sweater for Christmas? – A Reason to Organize Your Closet!

I got a new sweater for Christmas and I’m not thinking about re-gifting it because I absolutely love it! However, I have several sweaters already. I’m a firm believer that when I bring one item into my home, I remove one item. The space I have designated in my closet only holds so many sweaters, so I have to make a decision as to which older sweater I’ll donate to someone.  The choice is easy because I have a sweater that is almost the same pattern as my new sweater.

Sweaters for web

The new year gives us a reason to organize, right?! Why not start with your closet? I’ve found a great Clothing Organizing Checklist from Real Simple Magazine to share with you.

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/clothes-closet-organizing-checklist-00000000002177/index.html

Reap the rewards of keeping an organized closet by …

Gaining time in the morning when you’re getting dressed,

Making your clothes, shoes and accessories last longer when they are properly stored, and

Saving money because you don’t buy duplicate items when you know what’s in your closet.

I’m starting the new year off to a good start by wearing my new sweater, donating my old sweater and keeping my closet less cluttered from too many sweaters. If you haven’t decided what to do with the gift cards you received, why don’t you use them to help you create the closet of your dreams, or at least one that is better organized!  Let me know if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to have an organized closet and how you plan to do it.

Happy New Year and Happy Closet Organizing!

“Yes, Virginia, there is an Organizing Santa Claus.”

Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas, you probably question, what do you get the person who has everything – I mean everything because they never get rid of anything! Why not become an Organizing Santa Claus and give the gift of organizing and you will probably hear the recipient sing “The Twelve Days of Organizing.” Never heard of that song? Here are the lyrics, song to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Enjoy!

On the 1st day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Organized files on my PC

On the 2nd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 3rd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 4th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 5th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 6th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 7th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 8th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 9th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 10th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 11th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 12th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Twelve storage drawers,  Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC.

Written by Delores Holland, November 2012

 

Organizing Our Medical Information

October is National Organize Your Medical Information Month. The Internet will probably have lots of information and resources during the month. Although I couldn’t find any information from the American Medical Association on how to organize your medical records, I’m sure physicians will agree that since our medical information is an important aspect of our lives, we should take the time to get it organized and put in a place where everyone in our household will have access when necessary.

According to a blog article written by Audry Thomas for Smead, here is a list of medical information we should keep track of:

  1. Current medications – include the name of the drug(s) as well as the dosage. Also include the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
  2. Immunizations – Children, as well as young adults entering college, need to have up-to-date information on their shots. It’s recommend that adults get Tetanus shots every ten years so this is the perfect place to make note of this information.
  3. Allergies – include information on all drug and/or seasonal allergies.
  4. Health history – include information on past procedures/surgeries, illnesses, injuries or family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
  5.  Test/lab results.

http://www.smead.com/hot-topics/medical-records-management-1374.asp

Here are other resources I ran across on how to manage our medical information:

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/managing_records/

Organizing a Child’s Medical Information:

http://www.partnersinpediatrics.info/doctor-download/99-organize-what-my-medical-info.html

You can purchase a Medical Organizer kit or make your own using a three-ring binder or an expandable file folder. You can, of course, conduct your own search on the Internet to find more resources.

Do yourself and your family a favor and take the time before the holidays to organize medical information for you and/or your family.

 

Marrying Organizing Styles

As the saying goes, “opposites attract.” It’s the wedding season and many couples combine households with little thought of how many things they each have to bring into one space.  They have the wedding gifts to deal with also.

One person’s organizing style may be that throwing their dirty clothes across a chair is the ideal solution than dropping them on the floor. The other person, of course, uses a practical hamper that sorts clothing by color.  One person thinks an exposed shelving unit in the kitchen to show off all the pretty dishes is fantastic while the other person wants them behind closed doors so that they don’t have to be neat all the time. 

If you are ‘opposites’ and haven’t had a conversation on your organizing style, contact me for a consultation. If you’ve had a conversation on how to purge your households and ‘organizing’ is a dirty word, contact me for a consultation. I’ll help you get through the beginning of your marriage peaceably.

Your lifestyles renewed for joining together!