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Worry Free SUMMER TIME Events!

16 06 2014

Written by Just Get Organized

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For a worry free – SUMMER TIME EVENT –  use Our party planning checklist!

So everyone’s over at your house. The yard is packed. The food and salads are numerous, enticing and delicious. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and everyone is having a great time. Except you, of course. (Well someone has to barbecue, serve, pour drinks, clear up, swat flies and in general run the operation).

Now for the good news! With a little planning, everyone can enjoy the BBQ – even you! Just follow the steps outlined in the BBQ party planning checklist below and you’re sure to remain stress-free! Don’t believe us, try it out!

 

4 Stage Party Planning Checklist

Stage 1: About a Week Before

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Make up a guest list, and send out invitations (or just call everybody up)
Plan the menu, and make a shopping list of everything you need to buy. If vegetarians are among your guests, plan for them as well.
If friends and family will be attending, see if you can allocate some of the work (Find volunteers to make salads or prepare deserts, for instance. This will leave you basically free to just attend to the grill)
If you use a gas grill, check to see you have enough propane (having a refill on hand is always good policy). Likewise, if you use charcoal, make sure you have enough coals.
If you need to rent or borrow any equipment, make necessary arrangements.

Ready to move on to stage 2 of your party planning checklist?

Stage 2: 2-3 Days Before the BBQ Party.

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Start preparing everything a few days before the event. Make a list of things you have to get.
Food and beverages (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as required)
Paper plates, napkins and towels, and plastic utensils if you’re planning on using them. It’s usually a good idea to get slightly more than the number of guests you’ve invited.
Any special decorations, tablecloths, meats, seafood or anything else you may need.
If any foods you’re planning can be made ahead of time and frozen, such as snacks and mixes, now’s the time to get started.

Ready to move on to stage 3 of your party planning checklist?

Stage 3: The Day Before

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Get the ice you need for the drinks
Pick up all the perishable and last-minute items you need
Don’t forget condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, relish & pickles, etc. Prepare your salads, and call to remind your designated salad makers. Or just pick up prepared salads at your grocery store.
Decorate party areas and arrange the tables and work area
Thaw any frozen items

I think you’re doing pretty well so far. And now your planning is about to enter it’s final phase:

Stage 4: The Day Of

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In the morning set out the plates, utensils, and BBQ tools. Keep all the tools you’ll need handy so you wont have to desert your post and run inside to get something. Accidents can happen when the grill is unattended.
If you’re grilling any vegetables, now is a good time to prepare them and wrap in foil, if required. Remember that corn and potatoes should be on the grill about an hour before the meat
Set up a drinks table, and let everyone come over and help him/herself. I like to fill a large plastic tub with ice and canned drinks, which is extremely efficient in keeping people out of the house and out of the fridge.
When your friends start arriving, try and delegate serving and clearing up duties. You may also like to get some of the parents to arrange games for the kids – this keeps the kids occupied and out of your cooking area. To make it more interesting, why not have some small prizes handy for the winners?
Set up a large trash container (or two) in your cooking area, with a large plastic sack inside. Encourage your guests to use them to dispose of their paper plates and cups. I also like to keep a couple of rolls of paper towels handy – always useful.

Well, how about that? Isn’t it amazing what a little party planning checklist – and a little delegation – can do?

Now you can take it easy and enjoy yourself as well.

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Thanks for reading Our Blog post today! Enjoy some summer-time fun in the sun with your family and friends!





Make Room For Santa: Pre-Season Toy Declutter

7 12 2013

Written by: Anne Gideon 

The Holiday are ahead! About this time of year, it’s a good idea to contemplate the toy situation in your child’s room or playroom. Clear the decks and cut kid clutter with a pre-holiday toy clear-out!

It’s a fact of modern life. Children’s playthings have exploded in number, size, and complexity, while children’s storage options have remained static. Just try storing a Happy Meal collection in the average toy box! Even the best-organized kid’s rooms can easily drown in today’s toy avalanche.

And nowhere is the clutter more apparent than at Christmas. Time for a sneaky/secret/flat-out toy reduction! OR get your kids involved to help other children and donate what you collect from their rooms.

For very young children, it’s relatively simple. Corral and store several “big” items like Fisher-Price play sets, and cull the rest. Come a winter’s rainy day, you’ll be able to pull out the stored toys, their magic refreshed by a stay in the attic. Replace them with other toys. You’ll cut clutter in the kids’ rooms, and give yourself a welcome “new toy!” break from time to time.

Older children require more care and thought. Depending on your household’s customs, you can ask for toys for a charity toy drive (being sure they’re safe, complete and in good condition) or point out that Santa can’t leave new toys if there’s no room to put them away.

Get the children involved in the solution, and you’re ahead of the game.

Whatever you do, think ahead. You’ll need to clear the decks in the children’s play areas before Santa arrives! 

Toys add and add and the clutter can be ridiculous. Cleaning up and donating every single year helps you with your all-year-organizing.  

 

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!

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An Idea A Week To Get Your Year Organized!

13 09 2013

Written by: Just Get Organized 

52 Organizing tips! 1 Tip a Week for a year!

“Organize” is a familiar word on many of today’s popular decorating shows. Every family has its struggles with clutter — whether it’s stacks of papers or a cluttered and cramped bathroom. Here are 52 ideas you can use right now or space out over the course of a year. Even if you follow just one of these tips a week, in a year from now, you’ll finally be organized!

If you have stacks of papers, frazzled mornings or lost car keys, use the following ideas to help you organize your family and home!

Evenings/Mornings: 

1. Make lunches, set out clothes and put everything you need for the next day in a designated area the night before. Have kids pack homework and books in their backpacks to be ready for the next day.

2. Place your purse, briefcase, cell phone and keys in a designated area every day so you always know where they are.

3. Decide on a breakfast menu the night before. If the family is to have cereal, set out the cereal boxes, bowls and spoons.

4. Make a “to do” list for the next day and prioritize the tasks. (Be sure to refer to it regularly!)

5. Fill the gas tank the day before so you won’t have to worry about getting gas if you are running late the next morning.

Bathrooms:

6. To organize countertop clutter, purchase a plastic tub with a handle on top. Place all of your accessories (such as hair spray and lotion) in the tub and place under the counter. Take the tub out when you are ready to use it, and put it back under the counter when you are finished with it.

7. To organize your bathtub/shower, place your soaps, body wash, shampoos and conditioners in shower caddies. Many different kinds of organizers are available at both discount and department stores — including those that hang from the shower head pipe and others that have several shelves attached to a long pole you put in the corner of the tub.

8. To help keep your shower doors clean, buy a water squeegee (like you use on your windows) and keep it in the shower. When you are done taking a shower, just wipe down the doors with the squeegee for a clean and dry shower door. Many of the squeegees come with a hole in the handle, which is convenient for hanging it up in the shower with a suction cup. 

9. Install a simple magnetic strip in your medicine cabinet and hang tweezers, nail clippers and scissors from it.

10. Store reading material in a decorative magazine rack. As you add new magazines, recycle or give away the older ones to keep the magazine rack from overflowing.

11. Throw away old or unusued items in your bathroom: Makeup, lotions, old razors, sunscreen and perfume. Return old medications (including prescriptions) to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

12. If you are out of space in your bathroom cabinets for towels, roll them up and display them in a decorative basket next to the shower or bathtub.

13. Install hooks on a wall or the back of your bathroom door for towels and robes.

14. Use drawer organizers for makeup, jewelry, ponytail holders and other loose items. (Plastic silverware trays, found in the kitchen aisle, are inexpensive and fit the bill.)

15. Place a shelving unit or etagere above the toilet for storing extra towels, washcloths and other accessories.

16. Put a clock in each bathroom so there are no excuses for being late.

Closet:

17. Place baskets in your closet for laundry and dry cleaning.

18. Sort through, bag and donate anything you don’t wear anymore to a local charity. This includes clothes that are no longer in fashion, no longer fit, or you haven’t worn in a year. Also, get rid of those worn-out and/or uncomfortable shoes you no longer wear.

19. Separate your clothes by season. If you have a tall closet with several rows of hanging rods, place the current season’s clothes on the lowest level, and move out-of-season clothes up to the tallest rods.

20. Categorize your clothes by purpose: Work, casual, cold- or hot-weather wear and formal.

21. Gather all of your unused wire hangers (remember Joan Crawford!) and take them to the dry cleaners to recycle.

22. Hang scarves on a hanger or scarf rack, and belts and ties on hangers or racks.

23. Use a shoe rack to keep shoes organized. Recycle old shoe boxes that clutter the floor. (You don’t need to keep every pair of shoes in your closet all year long, either!)

24. Install hooks on the closet wall to hang up hats, handbags and tote bags.

25. Store clothes that you want to save in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag. These bags compress the clothing, making it much easier to fit under the bed or in a closet. Save only the clothes that you think will be worn!

Kitchen:

26. Organize your cabinets into several categories such as plates, glasses, plastic containers, kid’s plates and sippy cups. Place the plates on one shelf, the glasses on another , and so on. This way, when you empty the dishwasher, you or other family members will always know where everything goes.

27. Group your foods together in the pantry — keeping like items together — for easy access and inventory assessment.

28. Put all those mix packets (gravy, Jell-O, sauces) in a basket on a shelf.

29. Buy a pretty spice rack that works best for your kitchen cabinets. Place frequently used spices on the front of the rack and all others toward the back — and alphabetize each set.

30. Dedicate one cabinet or drawer to all of those plastic and Tupperware containers. Purchase stackable containers to maximize your space.

31. Save your countertop space for items you use daily. Display only the cookbooks that you really use, and, if possible, store your mixer/food processor, utensil holder, canister set, knife block, etc. in your pantry instead of on the counter.

32. If you have a collection of clipped recipes that are filling drawers and taking up countertop space, purchase a three-ring binder in a color that matches your decor, plastic sheet protectors (to protect your recipes), paper and a set of dividers with tabs. Glue each recipe onto a piece of paper (use the front and back of each piece of paper) and then place into a sheet protector. Categorize recipes (breakfast, dessert etc.), label the tabs, and place the recipes in the binder. An additional tip: If you buy a binder that has pockets, store clipped recipes that you want to try in the pockets before adding them to your collection.

33. Reuse those mounds of plastic grocery bags at the market. You might save a nickel or so each at some stores, plus you’ll cut down on waste. Better yet, try out some hip and handy reusable bags like these from Envirosax.

34. Get in the habit of cleaning out your refrigerator every time you bring home groceries. Dispose of old or inedible food and anything your family’s just not going to eat.

Kid’s room:

35. Is laundry a hassle? Put a basketball hoop over your child’s laundry basket to encourage slam-dunking of dirty clothes.

36. Place a two-compartment hamper in your kids’ room so she can sort light clothes from dark when undressing.

37. String a clothesline across your child’s room to clothespin up her favorite artwork.

38. Hang a mesh hammock or fish net from the ceiling to store stuffed animals, dolls or action figures.

39. Add a bookshelf and help your child organize all those books.

40. Buy the kids their own alarm clocks (ideally with battery backup) and teach them how to get up on time.

Miscellaneous:

41. Make sure everything in your house has a place. Teach all family members to mind their own messes. For example, if you take it out, put it back; if you open it, close it; if you throw it down, pick it up; if you make a mess, clean it up; and so on.

42. Put wastebaskets in every room and place several unused trash bags in the bottom of each one. This will eliminate countless trips to retrieve new trash bags and give all family members a place to throw away their trash.

43. Place a decorative basket on the coffee table in which to keep remote controls.

44. Use a plastic caddy (instead of shelf space) to store cleaning supplies, and simply tote it from room to room.

45. Keep baskets or tubs in every room for fast toy pickup. For kids’ outdoor toys, purchase a weatherproof, bench-style storage box. Gather all outdoor balls and store in the garage in a large, mesh drawstring bag.

46. Each night before bedtime, have all family members pick up clutter for 10 to 15 minutes. Make a game out of it and see who can pick up the most things in the shortest amount of time.

47. Create a family message center on the refrigerator or other prominent place and use it for shopping lists, reminders, calendars and phone messages.

48. Make a master grocery list on your computer from a spreadsheet or Word document. Categorize the groceries into sections such as frozen, dairy and so on. In each category, list the items you buy most frequently. Organize the grocery list according to the way your favorite grocery store’s aisles are set up.

Print copies and keep one handy for the current week. When you see you are low on a product or when you’re preparing your grocery list for the week, simply highlight the items you need. Keep the document current by adding new items and/or deleting items you no longer buy. Create a space on the page for miscellaneous items where your family members can write down what they need that are not on your regular list.

49. Shopping the Web beats hitting the brick-and-mortar stores, even for groceries. You’ll avoid lines, traffic and lugging stuff home, and you can shop anytime you like.

50. Create an inbox on your desk for papers (bills, permission slips etc.) that need your attention. Clear it out daily.

51. Use one power strip (many can be mounted on a wall) as home base for all of your rechargeable goodies: Cell phone, Blackberry/iPhone, camera, iPod, handheld video games, etc. You’ll never have to hunt for an outlet or ask someone to call your phone to see where you left it.

52. Have a lot of visually indistinct items, such as chargers for electronic items? Label them! You won’t waste time looking for the right cord to charge the video camera, and when the scissors are left out on the table, you’ll know who they belong to.

The goal of organizing isn’t to make your home pristine, but rather to make your life more calm and functional. Work with the above ideas and you will end up with less clutter, a neater home, improved productivity and — most important of all — more quality time for yourself and your family.





Get Ready for School! Tips to keep you organized!

23 08 2013

Written by Just Get Organized

Schoolwork is always made so much easier when you purchase the proper school supplies. Organization is the key to knowing where everything is, and locating important papers. Proper school supplies will also get you higher grades, because you will always know just where to find things.

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1. Make a list of things you need, such as:

  • (Colored) Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pens
  • Rulers in different lengths
  • Erasers
  • ‘White Out’,
  • Highlighters
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Geometry Set
  • Mini Calculator
  • Textbook

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2. Get a studying spot at home.

In stead of spreading all your school supplies all around your house, keep it in that one place. Keep a couple of pencils, pens and rubbers in different jars, don’t just let them flow all over your desk. If your desk has drawers, you shouldn’t just throw random objects into them; mark them. For example, one of them you could use for textbooks, another for old homework, the next for other supplies, and so on.

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3. Buy one big folder, or buy many smaller folders for each subject you take.

Keep your papers in there. Don’t be lazy, organize them whenever they get a little untidy. When you get to class, all you’ve got to do is to pull your folder up, and there you have everything you need. You should keep your old notes in a box, you might need them later.

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4. Make sure you have a notebook for each subject.

Don’t mix your notes up, it will make it harder for you to find what you’re looking for. Make sure you write nicely, so you can understand what you’ve written later.

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5. Having a pencil case is a good idea

That way you can keep all of your pencils, pens, etc. in the pencil case. You’ll know where they are, and you won’t have to look for that one pencil. The case can get quite messy, so you should throw away broken pencils and everything you don’t need.

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6. Clean up your locker and/or your backpack.

This will make everything easier if you’re late for class. Using a shelf in your locker will help hold more books and binders too. If you organize your books so that each subject has one spot, just grab the pile. In your backpack, keep all your books and folders in the biggest “room”.

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7. If you’re using your laptop to take notes, clean it up once in a while.

Make one folder called “School”, and in that, make other folders named with the subject you’ll be using it for. Place all of your documents in their right place.

 

We hope this helps you and your children get ready for their first day of school this year! Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten, high school or the first day of college, these are some great tips!

Thanks for reading! 🙂





From Our Book Shelf…

1 08 2013

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Have you ever wanted to just sit in a comfy chair on a Sunday morning and just read something that tells you exactly what to do with your life to make it more enjoyable?

Our advice for reading this fantastic book, is to read it as early in the day as possible. That way you can implement the techniques you’ve learned and have a full day of organizing fun! Trust us, you will need all day!

You can find this book online HERE:

http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1440302634 

You can find it as an eBook as well, for UNDER $10!!!!

Remove the Mess, Add Meaning

Simplicity isn’t about what you give up. It’s about what you gain. When you remove the things that don’t matter to you, you are free to focus on only the things that are meaningful to you. Imagine your home, your time, your finances, and your belongings all filling you with positive energy and helping you achieve your dreams.

It can happen, and Organized Simplicity can show you how.

Inside you’ll find:

  • A simple, ten-day plan that shows you step-by-step how to organize every room in your home
  • Ideas for creating a family purpose statement to help you identify what to keep and what to remove from your life
  • Templates for a home management notebook to help you effectively and efficiently take care of daily, weekly and monthly tasks
  • Recipes for non-toxic household cleaners and natural toiletry items including toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo

Start living a more organized, intentional life today.

We all need some organization in our lives, whether you think you do or not. Organized Simplicity can help you in many ways than one. Immerse yourself in this fabulous book! It’s one of those books that you can go back to for certain things many times, not just a one time read!

HIGHLY recommended! 🙂

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!





10 Best Organizing Items to Buy at the Dollar Store!

14 07 2013

Written by: Just Get Organized 

 

Dollar stores are one of the best places to buy organizing supplies. You can organize your kitchen, your bathroom, your closets, your garage – even your vehicle can get organized with supplies available at most dollar stores.

Most of the organizing products found in dollar stores are actually of decent quality, which makes these stores the first places you should check when you want to get organized.

Not all organizing supplies are created equal, though. Here are 10 of the best organizing products available at dollar stores:

1. Baskets & Bins

Dollar-Store-BinsBaskets & bins are some of the best organizing tools that you can use to get organized, and dollar stores sell them for a few dollars or less. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, colours and designs, so you are sure to find some that fit your style. Don’t think that dollar stores only carry plastic, either. They also have fabric, wicker, and metal bins and baskets.

 

 

 

 

2. Drawer Organizers

Drawer-OrganizingThere’s not much worse than opening up a drawer and seeing it crammed full with stuff, making it almost impossible to find what you’re looking for. At dollar stores, you can find drawer organizers that will help get all kinds of drawers organized. Organize your cutlery, your small kitchen tools, clothing, toiletries, craft supplies, food and more!

 

 

 

 

3. Desk Supplies

Organize-Desk-SuppliesYou can find a ton of desk organizing supplies at dollar stores that you will help you to organize your paper piles, pens & pencils, stationary, rubber bands, paperclips, thumbtacks, sticky notes and all of the other desk supplies you have taking over your work space.

 

 

 

 

4. Jars

Dollar-Store-JarsJars are a fantastic organizing tool, and dollar stores have many of them. Small jars, medium jars, large jars – they have them all. Use them to organize spices, food, craft & scrapbooking supplies, ribbon, small items (nails, screws), markers or crayons. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

5. Bukets

Dollar-Store-BucketsDollar store buckets can be used to organize so many things, such as cleaning supplies, toys, toiletries and food. You can also use smaller buckets for organizing craft supplies, small bathroom items (cotton balls, q-tips), and for various small food items in your kitchen (granola bars, k-cups).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hooks

Dollar-Store-HooksWhen it comes to getting organized, one of the best things you can do is get everything off of the floor and off of your surfaces. This is where hooks come in handy, and thankfully, dollar stores have a wide variety of them available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Ice Cube Trays

Organize-Ice-Cube-TrayAlthough they are perfect for making ice cubes, these ice cube trays are handing for more than just forming freezing water into cubes. Use them to organize all of your very small items, such as jewelry, small office supplies (thumbtacks, paperclips), beads, makeup and of course, all of those small items in your junk drawer.

 

 

 

8. Shoe Organizers

Shoe-OrganizerShoe organizers can be used for so much more than just organizing shoes! Stick one in your car to corral kids items and in your pantry for small packages. You can also use them to organize cords, toiletries, craft supplies and so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Binders & File Folders

BindersGet your papers organized with binders and file folders, available at almost every dollar store. Most dollar stores even have page dividers for binders, which makes it even easier to organize the papers that you put in your binder. File folders are great for coupons, receipts and other small papers.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Mesh Bags

Mesh-BagsThese little bags are extremely inexpensive (usually $1 for a package of 2 or 3 bags) and can be used to organize so many things. I use them in my purse, the diaper bag, and in my laundry room (I put detergent samples in them). They can be used for other organizing tasks, too, such as food, toys (especially bath toys), clothing, makeup and much more!

 

 

 

 

Organizing stores are expensive, and although they do have some pretty nice stuff, you don’t need to pay their high prices to get organized. A quick trip to your local dollar store will leave you with a ton of good quality organizing supplies!

What is your favourite organizing product to buy at dollar stores?

Thanks for reading!