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“DR. KOST”... Helping You Gain Productivity In Your Decluttering Process

I think we are all in search of some way or another to get more energy, especially those of us who have children. We want to be productive people so that we even have time and energy to spare. That would be so great wouldn't it? Well, it can happen, in the ...

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“D.R. K.O.S.T.”... What Does This Acronym Mean?

How Can It Help Me Get Decluttered? “D.R.K.O.S.T.” will give you a clear plan and keep you focused while sorting through your clutter. It gives you six clear options or categories to divide your items into. D -Donate R -Relocate K -Keep O -Others Belongings S -Sell T -Trash / Recycling D.R.K.O.S.T. also goes a step further ...

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Sorting is a Key When Decluttering

The sorting process is key to becoming organized. It is essentially the starting point to regain your family and your focus in life. In the process of thinking through what you want to keep in your home,or what you can give up and really live better without it, helps in all ...

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3 Ways Clutter Can Benefit You?

3 Ways Clutter Can Benefit You?

So often, when we think of getting organized we automatically want to run out to the store and buy the latest and cutest containers and colorful labels to put on those containers. However, in order for you to truly become organized and maintain that organization, you have to declutter your ...

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Is Your Home Cluttered?

Is Your Home Cluttered?

We usually take a look at those gorgeous photos found in catalogs or on TV. and wish that our homes looked just like those do. Well, I'm here to tell you that unless you find a genie in a bottle it's just not going to happen. I have all the proof for ...

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3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today:  Step #3… Put it Where it Belongs

3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today: Step #3... Put it Where it Belongs

Have you ever picked something up and wondered to yourself how did this get in here? Actually just tonight right before I sat down to write, I had one of those moments, well actually my husband did and we both got a great laugh out of it. Earlier today my husband gave ...

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3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today: Step #2… Decide

3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today: Step #2... Decide

Now this step will be a little more difficult as most decisions are, but not at all impossible to accomplish, so get that thought out of your head before it plants itself there permanently. This step is what will keep most people from becoming decluttered, but really shouldn't because it's not ...

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3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today: Step #1… Pick It Up

3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today: Step #1... Pick It Up

What are some motivational reasons for wanting to pick things up to begin with? - That item causes you to be frustrated - That item doesn't belong there. - You don't want that item any more. - That item may need to be fixed. - You use that item in another room completely. - That item ...

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3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today

3 Easy Steps to Start Decluttering Your Home Today

In my experience in decluttering my own home the “what” has always been easier than the “how.” In one way or another I always knew “what” needed to be decluttered. Whether it was by the kid's toys overflowing in the hallways, stacks of mail taking up any given counter, or not ...

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Money $aving Tips: Upcycle Your Closet Rod Brackets

Have you ever wondered what to do with those long bulky extension cords or maybe those hula hoops that just kind of roll around getting in the way or bent out of shape making them into a square instead of a circle? I have the perfect solution that I actually came ...

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Coffee Cans – Money $aving Tips

Do you have a “catch all” dresser, counter, or shelf in your home?

You know, the one where you walk in, empty your pockets out right then and there, and it seems to be overflowing with money, receipts, and empty gum wrappers.

Or for those of you that are like me you empty your pockets before going to bed and you have a collection of snot filled tissues, small objects you found in your child’s mouth that day, grocery lists, or to do lists.

These piles then end up all piled in your catch all spot. Which starts to overflow all over the floor. Therefore leaving you with kind of a mess and who ever has the time to sort through and clean up those piles.
This is what I have found to work in my home.
I have taken left over empty coffee cans, put slits in the tops, and put them in our “catch all” spots. We have one for money, receipts, and small objects. When we empty our pockets for the day, it all has a place to go and it doesn’t end up all over the floor.
Plus you don’t have to spend money on buying a container.

It solves your “catch all” situation and saves you money.

“Keep Out” Eliminating Chaos and Clutter

I watched as my one year old tore into what she thought was an amazingly appealing envelope that we received in the mail.

She ripped it all to shreds and was so fascinated with what was inside it, that she also sparked an interest in my seven year old. By the time they were both done, it was completely in shreds all over my bed.

I only wish they had taken up the same amount of interest in the trash can (that by the way was only about a foot away) as they did in the mail.

Watching my children, I thought about how many times we get projects out to work on them and end up leaving them right where we worked on them.

If your like me and have a few small children around the house, leaving your projects out is only setting you up for disaster. Because you know all too well that you are going to have curious children come see how they can help mommy and daddy with their work. Read More…

Kid’s Storage Ideas

I think all too often we hear from our kids that they have nothing to do.

In our minds as parents we think, how could that possibly be when they are standing in a room filled with colorful, noisy, bouncy toys. Right?  Well, I think this every time my kids tell me that they have nothing to play with.

They get so bored playing with the same toys over and over again.

So why not spruce things up a bit. You can have your kids toys organized and enjoyable all at the same time.

A great way to accomplish this is to rotate out their toys.

Rotate them about every two weeks to a month just to give them fresh “new” toys to play with.

Here is a great shelving unit that will make organizing and rotating out their toys easy.

 

Using these colorful canvas totes, it’s a cinch to remove and store.
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Make The Time

Is Memory Lane Good, Bad, Or Both?

 

Have you ever come across an old photo, heard a song, or even come into contact with old friends somehow and all of the sudden it’s like a dam breaks lose. Your thoughts turn your attention fully to the way things looked, smelled, and most of all how you felt at that particular moment in time. You see everything so vividly that it seems like it was just yesterday.

Oh, how memory lane can swoop us up right out of reality and place us right smack dab in the fantasies of our past.Fred_C_Palmer_child_with_toy_Swindon_001

We are not only faced with memories when we are out and about running errands, taking our kids to school, or just running into an old friend at the grocery store but our homes believe it or not are full of our past. Just take a quick look around you. What do you see? Read More…

Repurposing While Decluttering

I don’t know about you but I love and live on repurposing items in my home.

Not only does it save you money but it also helps you in decluttering your home as well.

In my home everything is changing on a daily basis, nothing stays the same for too long. Having growing children we are outgrowing clothes, shoes, beds, rooms… the list just seems to go on and on.

So while keeping a house going and running smoothly without clutter and keeping things organized, I have to keep readjusting everyday to how my family is changing and moving.

I guess I have learned a lot about just going with the flow of things whether the flow is like a raging river or just a calm trickle of water, things are always changing.

The one main thing that I have learned while going with the flow, is my passion of repurposing what I already have to fit our lives for that particular time and need.

I don’t know how many ways you can use a wire shelf but I am pretty sure that I have used the same wire shelf in each room of my home for different reasons and in different ways. After all who says that a basket that you used for a fruit basket in the kitchen can’t be used for baby care items in the baby’s room.

I love that sort of thing.

It’s definitely what works for you in that time of need.

I also really enjoy going to thrift stores not only to see what storage or organizing items that will help me in decluttering my home but I you find great deals and great ideas for organizing items in your home.

Wow! It just does not get any better than that. Saving money, getting ideas, and getting your home decluttered and organized all at the same time. I love it.

However keep in mind that we can not and should not hold on to everything we have just because we think that we can repurpose that item.

Here are a few guidelines to help know when it is time to repurpose or get rid of an item.

Throw it out if…

  • it’s broken
  • you won’t actually do the work of repurposing it
  • it doesn’t actually have a way of to repurpose it
  • it’s just in the way

Repurpose if…

  • you already have in mind a way to reuse it
  • it’s clean and in good shape
  • it helps clear clutter and organize an area in your home
  • it is part of the clutter solution instead of part of the clutter problem

If you are needing a little help or need a few items that might help you reuse or repurpose items in your home take a look at a few of these resources to help you get off the ground and get started.

Upcycle and Repurposing Ideas

Clever repurpose ideas

Here are just a few ideas out of millions possible.

I would like to hear from you, do you have a really cool and creative side to you that helped you in repurposing something in your home?

I would really like to hear those great ideas. Just leave a comment below describing some or all of your ideas.

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Talk to you soon.

5 Ways to Organize and Safe Guard Your Medications

Tis the season for many of our homes to be overflowing.

Overflowing with love, peace, joy, family, friends, gifts, maybe clutter, chaos, stress, and also overflowing with the amount of sicknesses that are being carried in and out of your home.

Don’t be the household that is not prepared to take care of your loved ones when they are feeling a little under the weather.

Here are 5 ways to organize and safe guard your medications…

1) Keep your medications locked up or in a secure place.

2) Make sure that you have removed all out of date medications.

 

3) Make a list of things that you want to have in your supplies.

4) Stock up on tissues and soap.

5) Be aware of the ages of your guests so that you have age appropriate supplies.

 

There’s nothing like finding out that you are not ready and organized for life’s little sniffles and ailments.

Do you have a way that you organize and safe guard your medications and would like to share? I would love to hear about them.

Just leave a comment below.

 

Don’t Forget to Take Time to Reflect: 5 Ways You Can Reflect on Your Organizing Progress

As you take on or tackle the up hill challenge of getting your home and life organized, don’t forget to take time to reflect.
The decluttering and organizing process can be a lot of work and time consuming especially when you are just getting started. And if you are taking on the challenge with little ones by your side at all times, then you really are not leaving yourself with a whole lot of time to reflect.

Here are 5 ways you can reflect on your organizing progress:

1) Take before and after pictures.

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Daily Declutter Tips: Dishes Dishes And More Dishes

There’s nothing like sitting down to a great homemade dinner with your family.

My kids love cooking whether it’s helping me with daily meals or making special things like cookies, cakes, or as my three year old son likes to call it “making something delicious”.

My husband also is a wonderful cook and loves making special dinner or just experimenting with different foods.

So in my home the kitchen is the most used and lived in room. Read More…

Way Cool Kitchen Gadgets For You and Your Kids

 

Does your little one like helping you in the kitchen?

Sometimes we can’t quite just hand over our grown up utensils and expect them to use them.

Here are some great kitchen gadgets for you to take a look at and let your kids get creative in the kitchen.

 

Banana Slicer

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