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Back to school organizing tips
25 August 2014

By Kelly Potter


Get your kids and your home ready for the hectic back to school season with these easy organizing tips.

As the summer comes to an end, the fall brings a season filled with packed lunches, rushed mornings and a house in disarray. It’s that time of year again, when the kids head back to school.

Wendy Hollick is a proud recipient of the 2011 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS in Canada Ambassador Award and owner of Neat Spaces where she offers clients PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZING help. Wendy is also a mom of three kids, so she knows a thing or two about the back to school rush!

Keeping the house organized once the kids are back in school can be difficult. According to Wendy, keeping things simple, getting the kids involved and organizing one room at time are helpful approaches to organizing during the back to school months. “Rooms that need the most attention are the bedrooms, bathrooms, HOMEWORK area and the kitchen,” says Wendy. Here are some practical back to school organizing tips for each of these rooms:

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11 Ways to Organize with Magnets!
18 August 2014

May 5th, 2014

By Becky

Everytime I look around my house, I notice that there are more and more ways I’ve been organizing with magnets! Yes, magnets! Think I’m crazy? Well, I’ve found 11 ways and you can try this inexpensive, easy way to organize, too!

1. In the office, I use magnets on my magnetic bulletin board to organize my calendars, to do lists, and other important things.

2. Here is a clever idea - a cereal box, covered in fabric/scrapbook paper and magnetic clips to hold it on the fridge to organize mail {or other things}!   

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11 Ways to Organize Flip Flops
11 August 2014

By Organizing made fun

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It’s summer. Your feet are hot, they want to wear SANDALS AND FLIP FLOPS , right? But your CLOSET may not be handling all the mess of FLIP FLOPS so well…

1.  So, I told you JUST this week how I organize my flip flops. Square basket in my closet. Holds about ten pairs of FLIP FLOPS ! Super duper easy!

2. If you have a door in your CLOSET , you can hang them on the back {or even front} of the door using a pocket organizer.

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Paper Organization
04 August 2014

By Toni

February 14, 2014

Last week, I showed you how to set up a “Tax Organization” area in your home. This week, we are working on paper clutter. Do you have mountains of paper piles on your desk or counter top?  If so, try creating a system for organizing paper clutter, before it gets out of control.  It’s plain. It’s simple, and it’s a “must have” if you want to get your life in order. I challenge you to create a similar system in your home!  Keep reading to learn how I organize the paper that’s coming into my home, on a daily basis.  Its super easy. You can do it too!


Create a area in your home or office, devoted entirely to incoming paper.
 Mail
 Keepsakes
 School Related Paper
 Magazines & Newspapers
 Action & to file


The first thing you need to do is designate a space for your “paper organization”.  It could be in your kitchen, office, or bedroom.  Think about where you normally open your mail and where your paper piles end up.

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Six steps to establishing order in your home after an inevitable dip into chaos
28 July 2014

By Erin Doland

May 16, 2014

This week has been one of those weeks where I never found my rhythm. You’ll notice that Tuesday’s post ran on Wednesday and then there wasn’t a Unitasker Wednesday post. I forgot my son’s weekly swimming lesson, which has been at the same date and time this entire year. All day yesterday, I kept making plans for today as if it were Sunday. There are a handful of other examples, all proving that my head has not been attached to my shoulders this week.
As is the case for most people, as my mental space has become chaotic, so has my physical space. Mt. Laundry has erupted in my laundry room. I’ve been rushed, so things haven’t been put away as I’ve used them. It has also affected my kids, since I’m not giving them time to clean up before we run to the next activity. TMZ could do an expose with intense music and tell-all photographs with the headline “And she calls herself the Unclutterer!”

In the professional organizing industry, we refer to these times as “falling off the wagon.” It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I have to find a way to chase down the wagon and get back on. The following steps are what I do to keep the chaos short lived:

1. Cut yourself a break

Everyone, even professional organizers, find themselves in a cluttered state occasionally. It’s inevitable because life isn’t predictable. Don’t beat yourself up over the chaotic times or feel guilty about them. Rather, simply recognize you’re off course and then reroute yourself at the first possible opportunity.

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