An Organizers Tips to Simplify in 2020

I’m really looking forward to 2020 and the exciting things that will be happening personally and professionally in the new year. At the beginning of the year, you will hear me talk a lot about our home renovation. We have been renovating our house it seems like since the day we bought it and I’m happy to say this is finally the last renovation!

I cannot wait to share it with you from beginning to end through an organizer’s perspective. I will cover packing for a short term rental, design organization for a kitchen, laundry, pantry, and home office. When the project is complete I will share the art of unpacking and organizing the new spaces. I’m sure there will be bumps in the road but at this point, I know its part of the process.

I’m also excited to unveil my new website which will make it easier for you to shop my favorites, watch videos and learn more about Neatly Designed and what we have to offer so stay tuned!

Every new year I love sharing tips to get my readers motivated and inspired to simplify and organize their homes. Some of these you may have heard me talk about before but they are always worth mentioning again.

DON’T MAKE RESOLUTIONS MAKE COMMITMENTS

I am not a big fan of the word resolutions. They don’t seem to last more than a month and then you feel disappointed you didn’t achieve your goal. I am a big believer in commitment because almost anything can be accomplished if you are committed to the end result, whether in your home or in your life. Commitment can be difficult because it is hard work and sometimes giving up is not an option until you have completed the job. If you are struggling to get organized pick an area and make a commitment to get it done. Once you start enjoying your newly organized space it will motivate you to tackle another area.

SCHEDULE THE TIME TO GET ORGANIZED

Time management is key to starting and finishing any project. Getting organized needs to be scheduled like any other task. It takes time to purge and organize a kitchen or clean out a closet. If you don’t schedule it the project will be not get completed and that leads to disappointment, stress, and cluttered living space.

KEEP A CALENDAR THAT WORKS FOR YOU WHETHER PAPER OR DIGITAL

I hear so many different preferences when it comes to how people keep a calendar. Before digital, paper calendars were the only option and then technology came and made changes most people were not ready to make. They tried it the new digital way but now I have seen a shift back to paper calendars for a multitude of reasons. I personally use both because I like a paper calendar to see everything in a monthly view especially when it is business-related. When organizing clients I discuss the benefits of both but I stress to use what is easiest to get you organized and stay organized on a daily basis.

IF YOU BUY SOMETHING NEW ONE MUST COME OUT

Whether its purses, shoes, golf shirts or towels when you buy something new it’s essential to get rid of an item. If you keep buying but never get rid of anything it is a recipe for clutter. Donate or consign but let it go!

SPEND A FEW MINUTES A DAY DELETING OLD OR UNWANTED EMAILS

Every day I spend at least 5 minutes deleting old emails that are not relevant and unsubscribing to unwanted emails. Junk mail can be very stressful just by looking at how much you have. Some people get so overwhelmed they close old emails and just start with a new one. Staying on top of junk mail and unwanted emails save you time in the long run.

DON’T BUY IN MULTIPLES IF YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM “EVEN IF” IT’S ON SALE

Stay away from the big box stores unless you have the room to store the items even if they were on sale! As an organizer I see people buying multiples of items and they have no place to put them. I find items shoved in cabinets, drawers, and closets where they do not belong. They forget what they own because they can’t find it and buy more. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Buying in multiples costs you money and time if you are short on storage space. Keep a list and buy what you need when you need it.

SORT AND KEEP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER

When beginning any organizing project start by purging, sorting and keeping like items together. Whether in a closet, kitchen, pantry or garage keeping like things together will keep you organized.

HAVE A HOME FOR EVERYTHING

This is another important one when it comes to staying organized. If there is a place for everything, everything will have a home and it just makes daily life easier. When you take something out you will have a place to put it back. It prevents clutter and saves money! These drawer inserts will not only keep you organized but save time when you are searching for something.

HAVE RECEIPTS EMAILED

Paper clutter has definitely improved somewhat now that we live in a digital world. I think having receipts emailed instead of paper is a great option if you keep them organized in files on your computer. I start the year with 2 files one for receipts and one for returns. When I need a receipt I know exactly where to find it which saves time. You can get more specific with receipt folders if you are working on projects or a certain store that you shop. Just say no to paper receipts!

IF YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO HELP 

Do not feel defeated if you need help clearing the clutter. I admire people that reach out and say I can’t live like this anymore. It tells me they are starting to take back control of their life and ready for change. Sometimes people just need a second set of eyes or a second opinion to confirm what they already know. Asking for help is a step in the right direction anytime of the year!

If you are ready for a change in 2020 the easiest way to begin is simplifying your space so that everyday living is less stressful.

Julie Ryan Photography

 

Holiday Storage Favorites From Walmart

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I sometimes get strange looks from people when I tell them I take down my decorations on the 26th. It has become a routine that starts with the inside and within a day or two I tackle the outside and this year was no exception!

When you are putting away holiday decorations start by purging what is broken and items you no longer use. It makes room for the things you love and will use year after year. Having the right containers to store your holiday decorations is the next essential step to staying organized. I often say you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get organized and these favorites from Walmart will get you organized without breaking the bank!

Faux Christmas trees have grown in popularity so I like to give a few different options to store them so they look great when you pull them out each year. Make sure you measure before you buy because they come in multiple sizes.

Storing ornaments is an individual preference. You can store by room, types of items or by color. I choose a color scheme every year so I like to sort by color so it makes it easy to see what I already own. There is no right or wrong as long as they are contained and organized to make it easy the following year.

We have all bought Christmas wrap that was never used and after the holidays are over it gets thrown in a closet. Keep it stored in a gift wrap container so it will be in great shape and ready for next year.

Untangling string lights is something everyone dreads and we usually throw in the towel and they go in the garbage. Keeping lights organized and contained prevents buying new every year which saves money.

I love to hang wreaths inside and out during the holidays and keeping them organized and free of dust is simple with these storage bags.  Inexpensive and easy to use is a great combination!

Once you have everything in containers don’t forget to label so you know what is inside. This label is a favorite because they are self-adhesive and erasable.

It may be a bit of work to purge and organize your holiday decorations on the front end but next year when you are able to find everything and see what you own, you will thank me!

 

My Secret To Healthy Hair

I get so many questions about my hair and the products I use so I thought I would take the opportunity to answer some of them in today’s blog.  I want to start off by saying my hair is extremely thick, coarse and naturally wavy so to say it has been a struggle managing it my entire life would be an understatement. I feel very lucky that I don’t have the normal hair issues that come with getting older. I know a lot of it has to do with genetics because my mother has great hair and she is 81. I wish I could say it is just one thing I do to keep my hair healthy but when you have hair like mine it’s a combination.

Find The Right Stylist The first and most important tip is to find the right stylist for your type of hair. My stylist understands my texture and type of hair which is so important. I love so many short hairstyles but because my hair is thick I found that short hair is not an option for me. Whether your hair is thick or thin a good stylist will understand what hairstyles and products work best for you.

Deep Condition I color and highlight my hair so deep conditioning it once a week is key to soft shiny hair. I prefer to leave the conditioner in overnight and style the next day. It keeps my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Wash Less Frequently I only wash my hair only once a week and I can hear the gasps as I write. I know this sounds impossible for some but I have been doing this for almost three years and although it wasn’t easy in the beginning it has definitely made my hair feel and look healthier. Shampooing too often strips your hair of its natural oil and makes it dry. I highly recommend a good dry shampoo when you start to wash less frequently. I have tried so many and this is my absolute favorite because it really works!

Hot Rollers The question I’m asked most is how do I achieve the fullness in my hair. It may be a throwback to the eighties but I use these hot rollers and have for years. I put them in my hair before I apply my makeup and take them out when I’m finished. It’s just enough time to give my hair the body I want and no dry ends.

Hair Care Products There are so many hair care products to choose from and I have tried so many through the years and I have found that my holy grail products are from Oribe and Kerastase. All my favorite products are listed below.

Vitamins Another important part of keeping my hair thick and healthy are vitamins. As you get older your hair loses some of its volume and luster. The supplement I use for hair, skin, and nails is Biosil and I have definitely noticed a difference. This is not a paid endorsement it’s just something I found that works for me.

Everybody’s hair is different and that is why it’s so important to find what works best for you. It has been a lot of trial and error over the years but I have finally found my secret to healthy hair!

Check out my YouTube channel for a detailed video on how I style my hair and tons of organizing videos. I love answering your questions so keep them coming!

 

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