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March 12, 2019

This share has been in my mind for a while now and I took the time this morning to put it together for you.

I've moved so many times in my adult life I feel like I've mastered the art of setting up an efficient kitchen.

Studying this set of three stock photos of a beautiful kitchen I established zones for clean up, dinnerware, food storage, baking, etc. 

Take a look.

A - Dinnerware
B - Pots and Pans
C - Baking Ingredients
D - Food Storage
E - Bakeware
F - Seasonals
G - Pot Holders
H - Serving Dishes
I - Cutlery
J - Spices
K - Company's Company Dishes
L - Sm...

January 3, 2019

In my professional opinion, I'd say this list of 10 things from Psychology Today's September 07, 2018 article is pretty darn accurate.  What's missing from this list is PAPERWORK! And if there are children in the family, artwork and craft projects can be killer to part with.

And, as a sentimental being, and avid memory keeper, I have to disagree with number 8. Souvenirs from trips that were meaningful may be worth keeping. I feel like these belong in the same category as photos, cards, letters.  Rather than discard these, I like to keep them in a spe...

August 5, 2018

Effective long-term organization is as much about preparation and routine as it is about grouping items into pretty baskets. 

What you may find makes the most difference is preparing for future steps. Taking that extra 10 minutes to facilitate next steps often saves aggravation, costs you less to clean and maintain, etc. 

The biggest example of next steps in organization is returning items to their assigned home. That one’s BIG. Like the biggest!

The next biggest example is preparing for the coming week. What paperwork is due where, what will you serve for...

June 21, 2018

Our hectic schedules coupled with our excess of stuff has many families overwhelmed with tidying up. From just about every client we've worked with we hear, "I just don't know where to start."  It's okay to say so.  Unless you are naturally organized you have every right to not understand how to process an excess of stuff.  Just as your hair stylist knows better how to cut and style your hair, a professional organizer knows better how to regain control of a space gone wrong.

It's time to fill you in on the process so you can begin to regain control o...

April 23, 2018

Packing can be a daunting task.  Doing it systematically, as written here, can ease the overwhelm.

Lists help unload our minds of what we feel we need to remember.  Writing it down gets it out of our heads and onto paper where we can cross off tasks or items as we complete them.

So, as a starting point, make a thorough list of all items you will need.  


Gather all of your items to be packed as well as all of your travel/toiletries bags.

 
Next up, group together all the like items.

For clothing, fold each roughly the same width then tightly roll each ite...

March 29, 2018

Families are increasingly more stretched for time, as a result of an increase in dual-income earning families, an increase in our children’s commitments, and, we own far more belongings than ever before.  So much so that a $22 BILLION a year industry has been built around personal storage.  

Virtually all product trends and sales in the U.S. home organization products market are driven by the fact that North Americans have a lot of, and many consider too much stuff. Consumers say they need more products to help corral their things. Two thirds of Amer...

March 6, 2018

Just thinking about cleaning out our excess clutter gives most of us anxiety.  Not only is it the quantity of stuff to consider managing but also the quality of stuff too.  What I mean by that is the hazardous waste, the oversized and out-dated appliances, tires, heaps of sensitive documents, etc.  

 
Having been through this process countless times, I've put together a resource list for the Fredericton region outlining organizations that facilitate rehoming and disposing of common household items.  

This list is in no way a complete representa...

February 14, 2018

It is not a secret that baby boomers are reducing their household inventory as they advance in age and adjust their housing accordingly.  As a result, they are faced with the challenge of reducing the quantity of belongings they possess to that which will fit in their new, much smaller home.  As such, it can be a challenge to decide what they wish to take with them and what they can do without.  This New York Times article expresses this sentiment felt across the world.

Professional organizers witness this dilemma regularly when working w...

January 25, 2018

My heart!  A recent job involved helping a client downsize their 5 bedroom family home to a two bedroom apartment in a retirement residence.  The family has a beautiful collection of china and flatware.  It was a true honour to be granted the opportunity to help find new homes for these treasures.  


While taking inventory of the collection, I kept thinking about the love and stories shared at the table set with these gorgeous pieces.  Many of these items I'm told were inherited by their parents and grand parents which would date them...

January 16, 2018

Life is so busy.  There are so many aspects of life to be managed on a day to day basis.  Having a home that is free of excess that you do not use allows for better function and less stress.

Assigning homes to those items worthy of occupying your space ensures your surroundings maintain order.  When items are housed in a location that creates ease of use, it is a beautiful thing.

Here is an example...this is my kitchen cabinet that hold our everyday dishes.  I've located it above the dishwasher for easy clean up and beside the dining table for easy tab...

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Mindy Foster Hanson
Organizer

Love Your Space Organizing

Helping families make light work of decluttering, packing, unpacking, organizing, cataloguing.


 

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