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Tuesday, March 24 2015

Spring is finally here.  The cold temps seem to want to hang around, however.  The time is now to start Spring cleaning your wardrobe and start putting your Winter wardrobe away.  The warmer temps are just around the corner, I promise.  

Do you have bulky items hanging in your closet that are taking up the space you could use for lighter weight clothing? 

Do you have items that you bought and intended to wear this past Winter season but never did?

Are your drawers stuffed with articles of clothing that are now too warn out to be used again next year?  

Do you have pieces in your wardrobe that no longer fit?  

Now is the time to clear them out.  

Here are some steps you can take to Spring clean your wardrobe:  

1.  Start in your closet.  Eliminate the articles of clothing that should be thrown away because they are now worn out. 

2.  Eliminate articles of clothing in your closet that you did not wear this past Winter season that can be donated.  Bag them up and make an appointment with yourself to either have them picked up or dropped off at a Thrift Store or non-profit organization that takes clothing.  

3.  Pull out and store bulky items from your closet elsewhere which you think will take up too much space in your closet.  Clothes need to breathe so make sure they have enough room in your closet to do so.  You can use an under-the-bed plastic container, a cedar chest, a garment bag or plastic 18 gallon container for storage in your attic or basement.

4.  Take out the items that no longer fit you.  If your weight tends to go up and down, store that size in a container.  Keep only the clothes in your closet that fit you now.  You can always retrieve them later if need be.  Do not keep more than one size larger and one size smaller.  You are not a department store!  

5.  Go through your drawers in your dresser and do the same thing.

6.  Pull out clothing that you might have stored away during the Winter months for use in warmer weather.   

These steps will get you ready for Spring so that when those warmer temps hit, you will be ready with a wardrobe that suits your needs.

If you are overwhelmed and need help, don't hesitate to contact me.  I am here to help.  

Happy Spring!


Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 09:31 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, March 17 2015

Tupperware was developed in 1945 by Earl Silas Tupper in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He developed plastic containers used in households to contain food and keep it airtight.  Since 1945, those colorful containers are a staple is most homes.  Over the years, there are more sizes and colors to pick from, but the concept remains the same. 

Now, along with Tupperware, there is Rubbermaid, Glad and other similar type containers for us to choose from.  Great, right?  That is true, however, it comes with a problem.  

As a a society that tends to keep purchasing like-items over and over again, we are setting ourselves up for the "Attack Of The Tupperware"!  

A friend of mine informed me yesterday that when she went to open her cabinet, she was attacked by her Tupperware!  She simply opened a cabinet and it jumped off the shelf.  Was it trying to escape?  

I cannot even count the amount of times I have organized a kitchen and Tupperware (or other similar containers) are ready to jump ship every time you open the cabinet.  I find a jumble of containers in all shapes and sizes and most without corresponding lids.  Some have stains from tomato sauce, some are warped from being washed in the dishwasher and most are missing matching lids.

Honestly, it is rather quick and easy to resolve this problem.  Do yourself a favor.  Empty the cabinet or shelf where you Tupperware lives and take a few minutes to sort through your collection.

1.  Group similar sizes together.

2.  Eliminate the containers in poor condition.

3.  Limit the amount you want to save. (They tend to multiply in the cabinet, don't they?) 

4.  Make sure you have a matching lid for each container.  

5.  Eliminate the containers that do not have matching lids or the ones you have too many of in a particular size or shape.

When storing your containers, I recommend that you keep the lid with the container so you don't have to waste time later trying to match them up.  This will also enable you to limit the amount that you want to keep.  

Nowadays, you can purchase sets that stack and snap together to conserve space.  You might just want to start over with a set like this if your collection is so mismatched and you don't have enough to meet your needs.   

Store all of your containers in one location for easy access.

These simple tips will help avoid the dreaded "Attack Of The Tupperware" in your home!  Good luck! 

If you should find that you are just too overwhelmed with any area of your home when it comes to getting it organized, don't hesitate to contact me.   I am here to help!  

Have a great week!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 10:20 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, March 10 2015

Being a professional organizer and having a home office such as I do, I know how important it is to keep it clutter free and organized.  

Paper clutter as well as computer clutter are both problematic for most people.    It is vital to feel good about your home office environment in order to be productive.

Here are some tips you can use to get and keep your home office functional and enjoyable to work in:

1.  Clear your surfaces.  Paper tends to pile up on any flat surface such as a desk if it does not have a home.  It can be overwhelming to get it organized and under control.  So, the first step is the clear the surfaces of all paperwork and office supplies. Start with a clean slate.  

2.  Provide yourself with sufficient storage space in your filing cabinet.  You need to have enough room to store active files and reference/archival files. If you do not have enough space for a good filing system, your paperwork might end up piled on a desk or even on the floor.   

3.  Keep it separate.  Do not co-mingle your personal paperwork with business-related paperwork.  They should each have their own zone.  If it is not possible to have separate filing cabinets, then designate certain drawers in the cabinet for personal and for business.  

4.  Create sufficient room to work.  If your PC is taking up a lot of space, consider using a lap top computer instead.  Designate a portion of your desk for computer work and another portion for spreading out paperwork.  Be sure to designate space for your printer, scanner, etc.  A good option is to purchase a multi-functional printer/scanner/copier to save space.  Make sure your equipment is placed where you can easily reach it from where you are sitting.  

5.  Out with the old and in with the new.  On a regular basis, you should go through your files to clean out old, unused paperwork to make room for new materials either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.  This is vital to staying organized as your paperwork will always have a good home.  This applies to your computer as well.  Eliminate old email, folders or programs you no longer need or use.

6.  Create an environment you enjoy spending time in.  It is important to have the furniture, lighting and items that reflect your personality in your home office space so that you enjoy being in the space.  This will help you to be more productive.  Create a space that is functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  Be sure to incorporate items that will not only be functional, such as a desk with drawers as opposed to just a desk surface and select a comfortable office chair to sit in.  Add artwork or photographs to the walls that you enjoy looking at.   Incorporate bookcases or shelving for added vertical storage.  

The less you have out on your desk and work space, the better.  You will be able to think much clearer and be much more productive when there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Of course, you know, that is how you create A Better Space!  

By using the tips mentioned above, you will be well on your way.  If you are just too overwhelmed and need assistance to get it under control, I invite you to contact me.  I can help.  

In the meantime, Happy National Organize Your Home Office Day!    

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 01:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
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