If I weren’t a professional organizer, I’d definitely be a party planner! I love planning parties! I have just as much fun in the planning stage as I do at the actual party. For most though, parties are overwhleming. The key is planning early – months ahead of the actual event, depending upon what you will need/want at the party. I’ve planned a lot of parties and they go off without a hitch because of the careful planning and attention to detail. Here’s how I tackle most parties (in this order): choose the theme, pick the location, set a date and time, shop and schedule vendors, book any special guests, plan out activities, take photographs (if using with the party), write the guest list, set up the Evite (I prefer digital in case you need to make any updates or send special messages to the group prior to the event and it allows you to keep a current count of guests), order supplies, create/make anything needed for the party, and set-up friends or family as assistants on the day of the party and/or to help run the party. Whoo! My checklist for a birthday party is typically 2-3 pages long. I highlight, bold and color code. It’s crazy making for most, but for me, I thrive on checklists and that’s how I make the magic happen!
Legos and shoes. What do they have common? I hate organizing them! There’s no perfect or easy solution, no matter what! Legos- organize by color, type, or collection? What containers are best – one unit with multiple drawers or individual bins? Where do you store them? What do you do with the completed sets? Destroy them afterwards? Keep them on display forever? On shelving, dressers or desks? Seriously! THEY DRIVE ME CRAZY! Shoes – same thing! Organize them by color or style? Men’s shoes and women’s boots are oversized – what about those? They take up more space! Do you line them up on a shelf, box them or throw them in a bin? ARGH!!! I’ve yet to see a house built with ideal shoe storage and creating it can often be tricky with small, odd shaped or just overstuffed closets. Do you keep shoes inside or outside? Seriously! If only we all had a few pairs of shoes and never started a Lego collection, I’d be more sane!
Photos are often left in storage – either in a box or on the computer. No one gets to enjoy them tucked away. So, now that selfies are all the rage, take them, blow them up, and create a beautifully organized wall of your favorites! They will make you and your guests smile! Thanks Tatertots & Jello!
One of the hottest home trends is chalkboards. For adults and children alike, chalkboards help organize your thoughts and allow you to express your creativity. Where are you going to put yours?
If you are a parent, your child no doubt has a big collection of books. While a good rule of thumb is one in, one out, when it comes to children’s books, this shouldn’t always apply. 1 in 5 adults are illiterate. Reading is one of the most basic skills we can teach our children. Developing a love for reading early in life will carry through into adulthood. So, carve out or create bookspace wherever possible!
Gumball machines can be a fun way to store items at home or at work. Think of all the cool items you could fill them with. Be creative with your storage!
Pegboards are super functional for storing all kinds of stuff – jewelry, belts, hats, makeup, towels, garden tools, books, toys, kitchen tools, dog leashes, keys, etc. The uses are unlimited! But, no one wants plain white pegboard on their home walls. Paint, stencils, frames and some creativity can turn plain pegboard into a beautiful display. Hooks and bins can easily be attached for all your stuff, for any room in the home.
We keep things because it’s hard to let go. Sometimes there’s guilt about tossing or donating an item. Maybe it was an expensive purchase? Or, a gift? Ask yourself – Do I love it? Do I use it? Is it beautiful? Does it serve a purpose? One client’s vision was having a home that resembled a luxury hotel suite. This became my key question as we made our way through the stuff. “Does this belong in a luxury hotel suite?” Find your key questions and ask yourself them with every item you touch in your home. As you begin letting go, it will get easier. You can do it! And, your rewards will be endless!
I failed in one area last year. Blogging. I just didn’t do it. Facebook made spreading my word easier and quicker. Let’s face it – if a goal isn’t simple, it’s hard to meet. However, 2013 is a new year! I am dedicated to blogging at least 1x a month. I think that’s manageable! What are your new manageable goals?