Two things about me: I like to get out the door without too much fuss and I like to travel light. When T was first born, neither of those things felt very doable. But, what started as a Mary Poppins’s-sized infant diaper bag has streamlined down to a small toddler backpack.
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I have never liked having a lot of “stuff.” Don’t misunderstand me – I like plenty of things – things that are useful and/or bring me joy, and things that have a designated place to live. But things that fall outside of those parameters have always been ripe for the donation bin.
When I started my baby registry, I knew that things were going to have to change.
Over the past 17 months, I’ve had to expand my definitions of usefulness (let’s face it, there are lots of very useful kid products these days), joy (it may not bring me joy, but it brings the biggest smile to my daughter’s face…so, fine, it’s bringing me joy), and designated place to live (these places used to have stricter boundaries…now it’s more of a general corner or an overflowing basket at the end of the couch).
But when it comes to her clothing, I refuse to compromise my definitions. Sure, we only have a designated space of 6 dresser drawers, she has grown into and out of at least 5 sizes of clothing to this point, and there’s a stock of gifts where people “sized up” just waiting for wear. But, I’m happy to report that I have taken control of the clothing, and with a little vigilance, I can keep it that way.
Step 1: Empty the contents of the dresser and as you’re doing so, sort it into clothing categories that make sense for you. Weed out all the items of clothing that no longer fit. With kids, this is obviously an ongoing process – keep an open bin somewhere nearby to quickly toss things that don’t fit as you realize it. When I try to get a shirt on Tess and it won’t go over her head, it goes directly into that bin.
t’s November. You’re juggling end-of-year budget meetings, vacation plans and holiday gift lists. With all the other responsibilities you have to contend with this time of year, the thought of preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be overwhelming. It’s helpful to treat this holiday like any other project and to combat the stress by getting all those to-dos down on paper and asking for help when you need it.
Chances are, if you’re cooking this type of meal, you know about it well in advance, which is fortunate, because the key is planning ahead and sharing the work. Get my list, which will help you get organized for the most wonderful time of the year at Affluent Magazine.
Even though the season falls smack dab in the middle of the calendar year, autumn is a time for new beginnings. The cooler air seems to be ushered in by a parade of school buses and moving trucks. Maybe you’re just starting out in your very first apartment; maybe you’ve outgrown your old space and are on to bigger and better. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure you could use a little help with the moving process. Once you’ve found the place, here’s what you do:
Summertime has me thinking about weekends away. But before you get to your destination of choice, it’s easy to stress about the getting there. It’s not just the packing, it’s the feeling that you’ve forgotten to take care of something around the house. Let’s put your mind at ease:
Does the idea of getting organized leave you feeling overwhelmed? It’s easy to think of each project as a multi-day affair – and really, who has that kind of time? Each day you don’t address the issue, the area continues to collect more and more clutter, and the project feels even more insurmountable in your mind. Here’s a secret – you don’t need days or even hours to take control! Here are 7 things you can do RIGHT NOW to get organized, enjoy peace-of-mind and prevent clutter from piling up in the future.
Preparing for a new baby can be very exciting – but it can also feel overwhelming. Hormones and anxieties aside, it’s hard to wrap your head around the growing to-do list and the seemingly endless amount of stuff you need for your baby-to-be. And how on earth is it all going to fit in your apartment?! Don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling overwhelmed – even Professional Organizers can feel this way 😉
Never fear! Using your nesting instincts and these tips, you’ll be ready (and organized!) for the baby.
Spring is just around the corner! Frigid temperatures and grey skies will soon make way for cheerier blue skies and colorful blooms. In anticipation of the perfect sunshine days ahead, why not take these last few weeks of winter to do a thorough closet clean-out?