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Shopping Tips for Black Friday and Every Day

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I love shopping, and I pride myself on not getting sucked in by sales and not buying what I don’t need. But, based on the closets that I help organize everyday, most people are easily sidetracked and end up buying too much and not the items they need. So, for those of you who may be shopping on Black Friday or any other day, here are my tips for an efficient shopping experience.

  1. Don’t be sidetracked by items you don’t need.
  2. Check that inventory tags have been removed before leaving a store.
  3. Have gifts wrapped at the store when possible. Also have them shipped whenever possible.
  4. Don’t go into a store without knowing what you want and how much you want to spend.
  5. Ask for help. If it appears that an employee is clueless, disengage immediately
  6. When shopping in a department store, start on the top floor, get everything you need there, and work your way down.

 

Splurge vs. Steal

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I love a bargain as much as the next person…maybe more.  My husband often jokes that “…we’ll go broke saving money”.  In honor of that sentiment, here are some great organizing/home decor products that are real steals.  Click on any of the pictures if you want to visit the product’s website.  Check them out…

Splurge:
Herman Miller Eames Hang It All Coat Rack
$199.00 

 

 

Steal:
Retro Style Gumball Coat Rack
$19.24

 

Splurge:
Mirrored Circles Accent Mirror
$150.00
 

Steal:
Emily Circles Mirror
$29.97

 

Splurge:
Vermillion Bryant Frame
$125.00
 

Steal:
Silver Plated Medal with Red Enamel Picture Frame
$18.99

 

Splurge:
Hector Serrano Seletti’s Desktructure Organization System
$72.50
 

Steal:
Umbra Skyline Desk Organizer
$13.52

 

Splurge:
Desert Modern Woven End Table
$1,380.00
 

Steal:
Samar Ottoman
$99.00

 

Splurge:
Parisienne Chair
$470.00
 

Steal:
Entreat Dining Side Chair in Clear
$180.00

 


Splurge:
Amelie Two-Door Mirrored Chest
$699.00
 

Steal:
Hamilton 2 Drawer Cabinet
$196.99

 

Splurge:
Lacquer Tray
$225.00
 

Steal:
Format Orange Tray
$39.95

 

Splurge:
Cabled Cashmere Throw Pillow
$295.00

 

Steal:
Cable Knit Decorative Pillow
$29.00

 

 

 

Splurge:
Grey and Natural Zig Zag Pop Throw Pillow
$125.00
 

Steal:
ZigZag Decorative Pillow in Grey
$22.99

 


Product Review: Frego Storage Container

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One essential part of organization is finding items that serve multiple purposes. Like a blouse that can be worn with jeans one day and a fancy skirt the next, the frego is a winner.  It’s microwave and dishwasher safe, goes from oven to table to freezer, and it’s extremely durable. It’s a great lunch transport container for kids, a good refrigerator storage container for leftovers, and an easy serving dish for dinner. It’s like having five different products that only take up one space in your kitchen cabinet. I love that the silicon sleeve comes in different colors, so each of your children can have their own color for bringing lunch to school, or I can use it to organize and identify leftovers in the refrigerator.  The frego has a lid that prevents leakage and the seal is airtight, so food won’t spoil. The only drawback is that the quality of the product makes it a bit heavier than other food storage containers.  Then again, this product will last and look super cool for a long, long time.

For more information visit: http://www.fregoliving.com/

My Favorite Products for Organizing Children’s Playrooms & Bedrooms

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Because I spend so much time organizing  children’s playrooms and bedrooms, I’m often asked what my favorite products are for these areas. So, here’s my list….

1. Alexandra Ferguson House Rules Pillows

2.Herman Miller Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack
3. Neiman Marcus Lucite Dachshund Bookends

4. Restoration Hardware Storage Armoir

5. Mabel’s Labels Clothing Label Stickers

6. So Luxe Luggage Tags

7. Ubabub “Book See” Shelf

8. Sandy Vohr Animal Paperweights

9. Sandy Vohr Animal Bookends

10. Skip Hop Stroller Organizer

11. Organize It Baby Closet Dividers

12. Amazon LEGO Storage Brick

13. Pottery Barn Carolina Grow-With-You- Craft Table

14. Minimalist Desk

15.  Land of Nod Wire Ball Bin

16.  Bed Bath & Beyond Fabric Covered Picture Frame

17. Container Store Felt Hangers

18. Pottery Barn Mini Lazy Susan

19. Bigso Box

20. Offi Rockabye Storage rocker

21.  Poppin Starter Desk Set

22.  C Wonder  Monogram Jewelry Box

23.  Three Sprouts Laundry Hamper

24.  Wisteria Kaleidoscope Wastebasket

25.  Iomoi Lucite Tray

26.  See Jane Work Bella Leather Desk Blotter

27. Hector Serrano Seletti’s Desktructure Organization System

28. Picture wall Photo Frames

29.Bisley Drawer

30. Etsy Baby Keepsake Memory box/ Frames

31. Vitra Uten.Silo I

The Organizer’s Secret Weapon – The Label Maker

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You finally did it: you organized the pantry, that dark, ominous corner of your closet, and the “miscellaneous” toy box in the playroom. Now comes the next step…maintenance. Is there a secret weapon when it comes to keeping things under control? You bet, and it comes in the form of the label maker. My favorite is the Brother P-­Touch D200 label maker because there is no end to the multiple uses for this lean little machine in the quest for organization.  Here are just a few.

 

Designate Spaces and Places: When you move into a new home, a label maker is a must have for establishing specific spots for all of your belongings. Be smart: choose locations for items near where you use them.  For example, place drinking glasses near the refrigerator and keys by the door. Label the bins, boxes, or shelves where you place these items, and you’re one step closer to ultimate organization.

Enjoy Uniform Visuals: Select uniform containers to avoid visual clutter, and go a step further by using identical labels which are much neater than handwritten ones. Apply the same principle to your office files. The visual of typed labels on identical containers and folders will be an instant inspiration to maintain the organization you have achieved!

Downsize Toys: Post­-holidays, purge the bulky packaging on toys and games, and corral puzzles, legos, and blocks into labeled containers that take up less space, and are easier on the eye. Once you’ve downsized the toys, don’t forget to label the playroom shelves, so everyone knows which is home to the puzzles and where the games belong.

Identify Yourself: Before embarking on a trip, or sending the kids off to school with new gear, put a label on it! Label everything from lunchboxes to suitcases, phones, tennis rackets and hockey sticks! This won’t stop your family from losing things, but will help others to find what they’ve lost!

Create Kitchen Calm: Before storing that Tupperware in the freezer, add a label specifying the contents and the date to eliminate food gone bad and mystery meals.  Use canisters that are labeled for dry goods like flour and sugar and marvel at how much better your pantry looks.  Label your pantry shelves and their contents so everyone in the family knows where to find their favorite foods.

Corral Cords and Chargers: Label chargers and cords according to what they are or who in the household uses them.  This helps eliminate fights about whose charger it is and lessens the confusion about which charger goes with which camera.

Remember Notes to Self: You may forget the size of the shoes stored in the closet, which box houses Halloween decorations and which houses the Christmas lights, or the flavor of those coffee pods. An extra detail on the label will give you a little more information and keep chaos at bay.

Label Everything! It’s the only way to maintain an orderly home, and that is a “Label of Love”!

For more inspirational uses of the label maker, check out “25 Days of P-touch Labeling” at www.brother-usa.com/ptouch25!

Happy labeling!

*”I am excited to be an official part of the Brother P-touch 25th anniversary celebration. While I am being compensated, this is a product I have loved, used and recommended for many years.”

Favorite Valentine’s Day Products

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While it’s always nice to receive flowers and chocolate, here are some Valentine’s gifts you can buy yourself that will look great while helping you organize!

I love the red square lacquer tray from West Elm. Not only can it be used to serve cocktails and appetizers, but it can be used to corral remote controls, organize beauty products, or even hold a stack of reading material. http://www.westelm.com/products/square-lacquer-trays-c346/?pkey=chome-office-organization

The red Bisley® 5-Drawer Cabinet is ideal for organizing small items like pens, pencils, paper clips or small craft supplies. Each drawer has a label holder handle for marking the contents. Place it on a desktop or work surface for organization that’s chic and functional.
http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/drawers?productId=10000332

This red lacquered box is multi-purpose and super cute. It also comes in larger and smaller sizes, and even round boxes. Use this as a desk accessory, in a bedroom, living room or den to add storage that’s sleek and shiny.
http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10031035&N=&Ntt=red+lacquer+boxes

Prop this red enamel bracket frame from Jonathan Adler in a spot where clutter typically gathers. This fun frame will prevent you from putting your piles where they don’t belong!
http://www.jonathanadler.com/Enamel-Brackets-Frames/?cat=773&initial=8131

This red magnetic magazine pocket can be mounted on the wall or propped on a desk. And, because it’s magnetic, it’s a great bulletin board too!
http://www.landofnod.com/kids-storage-$10-$25/kids-storage-and-shelving/magnificent-magnetic-magazine-pocket/f8307

Must Have Home Cleaning Products

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Even with all of the organizing systems I have in place, I often feel like keeping my house neat is a never-ending job.  That’s because it actually is a never-ending job.   Every time the laundry is done and put away, more laundry appears.  Every time the dishwasher is emptied and the dishes are put away, there are more dishes to load.   That’s just the way it is when you’re running an active household.  Yet, here are a few simple shortcuts and must-have products that I love…

 

  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser is a huge time saver when you don’t have time to iron. It can be used on clothing, or even wrinkled sheets and bedding.  You just spray on the wrinkled area, tug, and smooth.  Not only does Downy Wrinkle Releaser smooth wrinkles, but it leaves clothes and bedding smelling great.

 

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is the perfect fix for marks that appear on hard wood, tile floors, or walls. The Magic Eraser is safe to use on most surfaces, and also removes built up grease on stoves and soap scum in sinks.  It also works wonders on leather sneakers.  When my children come home with dirt on the toe of their Converse sneakers, a quick rub with the Magic Erase, and they look brand new!  The Mr. Clean Magic eraser will leave your home a brighter, fresher space in no time at all.

 

  • The Tide Stain Stick is a great on-the-go, carry-in-your purse type of item.  Accidents happen, and when they do, just rub the Tide Stick on the problem area and the stain diminishes.  While not all stains disappear completely, the Tide Stick does keep the stains from becoming permanent.

 

  • The Swift Sweeper is the most efficient way to pick up dust, pet hair and dirt.  It requires minimal maintenance—just grab from the closet and sweep!   Because the Swift Sweeper has a swivel head, you can reach in small corners and underneath tables, couches, or beds.  You can purchase scented or unscented dry or wet cloth wipes for your sweeper, and just toss the used wipes in the trash.

 

  • The Black & Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vacuum is a must have for any busy household.  Who wants to drag out a heavy vacuum cleaner for every little spill or pile of dust bunnies?  Just grab your dustbuster and watch the mess disappear!

 

 

What products do you swear by?  Share your housekeeping tips and favorite cleaning products with me.  I’d love to hear from you!