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Storing First Aid Supplies and Excess Toiletries

This blog post was inspired by a question from our dear Facebook friend. Thank you!

"I need container advice on storing first aid supplies and excess toiletries (extra toothpaste , deodorant, shampoos, etc). Right now it's in two large open topped bins! We buy extra stuff because we can't see what we already have! HELP!!!!!"

Any organizing has to start with purging. Painful it might be, but necessary. Look through your bins for anything that is past its expiry date and discard it. Return any expired medication to your pharmacist.

Group medication, first aid supplies and toiletries by their kind. Shampoos together, pain killers together and so on. Seeing everything in groups will give you an idea on what size of containers you need to purchase.

Here is how we organize our family medications and extra toiletries.

Organizing Medications and Extra Toiletries
  • We keep medication that has to be taken on a regular basis or that we need to access very quickly (in the case of emergency) in the kitchen cupboard, high enough from kids' reach.
  • As you can see in the picture, the medication was grouped by its kind and is contained in the Rubbermaid plastic trays. Those trays are sold in Walmart (the kitchen section) for less than $4 each.
Organizing Medications and Extra Toiletries
  • The rest of our medication and extra toiletries is kept in our utility closet.
  • The bins used are Rubbermaid Clear Solution in the 5.83 litre size. You can buy them at Walmart or at Real Canadian Superstore.
  • If we take anything from those bins, we record it on our grocery list; so new supplies can be bought.

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Case Study: LEGO Organizing

Have you decided to organize your kids' LEGO? I won't sugar coat it for you, it does take time. But, once you get the sorting part done, it'll be breeze. I promise.

Case Study: LEGO Organizing - Before

This is the "Before". A train table became a landing pad for unused LEGO pieces and half built projects. In the evening, before the boys (5 and 7 year old) would go to bed, the pieces lying on the floor would be thrown on the table.

There were two Parts Organizer boxes (by Mastercraft) that held the somewhat sorted pieces, but as the LEGO collection grew, those boxes became too small.

Case Study: LEGO Organizing - After

The train table itself was too big for the playroom; so we looked for a solution that would allowed us to keep all the LEGO pieces sorted and didn't take too much of the playroom's space.

Here is the after picture with 3 Trofast units that hold 14 green shallow storage bins and 2 red deep storage bins. All from IKEA. The total cost was $239.97 (plus tax).

 

Case Study: LEGO Organizing - drawer division

All the bins are labelled; so anyone who is looking for blocks or is putting them away knows exactly where they go.

Some of the drawers/bins hold more than one kind of LEGO blocks. This bin was divided by four plastic containers. Notice that the bin has four labels, one for each category.

Case Study: LEGO Organizing - building mats The bins are big enough to hold building mats. The mats get heavy when stored together; so we kept them on the bottom.
Case Study: LEGO Organizing - To be sorted

There are two large red bins, one on each side. One holds oversized LEGO pieces and the one in this photo is labelled "To be sorted". It is used for an easy clean-up.

When it's tidy up time, anything that is not finished goes into this bin. The kids can finish their project later or once the bin is full, all the pieces are sorted and sent to their "homes".

The "To be sorted" bin takes the LEGO blocks of the floor which is appreciated by everyone, especially the adults. And the kids? I've found out that once the LEGO is organized the kids play more often with it and they are much more creative.

 

Storing Your Winter Clothes

Storing Your Winter Clothes | by Tidy CornersWinter is certainly not giving up this year, but the calendar says it IS over; so fingers crossed, the pleasantly warm weather will come soon. And when it does, it’ll be time to pack away the winter clothes.

  1. Put all the mittens, sweaters, hats, snow pants and other winter clothes in the wash (clothes that is not cleaned before storing, is more likely to attract insect).
  2. Inspect the clothes for damages and repair everything that needs to be repaired.
  3. Decide what can be donated and place it into the donation box.
  4. Make a list of the things that will need to be purchased for the next winter season. Place the list to the storage bin together with your clothes.

Don’t delay the steps 3 and 4 until winter arrives again. It is much easier to remember now which pieces of clothes you haven’t worn the whole winter, which of them are too small or too damaged and will need to be replaced.

After you wash and machine-dry your clothes, let them air dry for a day or two before storing them in a bin to avoid any trapped moisture.

Use plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes. Cardboard absorbs water causing mildew, mold and the unpleasant musty smell in your clothes.

Sort and store your winter clothes by family members, or have one bin for the kids and one for the adults.

Make sure to label ALL the bins.

Enjoy the spring!

 

LEGO Organizing Packages

LEGO Organizing PackagesI was updating our LEGO spreadsheet recently (yes, you've read it right, I record all our LEGO sets into a MS Excel spreadsheet) and found out we had 26,607 pieces. Throughout the years of collecting all this sets, our LEGO organizing solutions have evolved from a single box, through more sophisticated Mastercraft Parts Organizer with adjustable compartments, to a drawer tower system. In order to free up some shelf space we had to "archive" a couple of LEGO sets, which involved searching for every single piece of particular LEGO sets and storing them in a lidded container (all labelled, of course).

You don't have to be as far as 26 thousand LEGO blocks to feel overwhelmed and being fed up with the excruciating pain after stepping on another small piece of very hard plastic (usually followed by a shower of unrepeatable words).

If enough is enough, drop me a line at 905.702.4329, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll help you get your kids' LEGO under control again.

» 2-hour LEGO organizing project for $79*

» 4-hour LEGO organizing project for $149*

*HST Included | Cost of organizing products not included

 

Travelling with Kids - 6 Tips to Make Your Trip Stress Free

Travelling with kids - 6 tips to keep your trip stress free | Tidy CornersA friend of mine was planning a 10-hour road trip with her three kids. Since she knew I travel each year to Europe with my two boys she asked for my trip survival tips. Even though travelling by plane and by car has some differences, there are a couple of things that apply to both.

1. Pillows and Blankets

I always appreciate pillows and blankets while travelling. They keep you cosy and warm. I found that more tired we get, more cold we feel. Small pillow and a fleece blanket for each child will work great.

2. Small Snacks and Water

Plan to have a lot of small snacks (sweet, savoury, fruit and vegetable) to feed your little ones and to keep them occupied. Have everything pre-packed in small containers, separated for each child.

Have a water bottle ready for each child and for yourself. If travelling by car, purchase two four-litre water jugs for refills. Juice will give your kids energy, but can make them more thirsty. Either dilute it with water or limit it to one juice box per child.

3. Games, Music, Audio Books

Games are always a great way to keep your kids busy. Bring some pipe cleaners for a car friendly craft. Visit your local library to borrow a couple of kids' audio books. Listen to music on your radio or just sing your favourite songs.

4. Surprise Wrapped Toys

Your goal is to keep your kids from asking the "Are we there yet?" question. Purchase a couple of small toys or shop your own house for toys that your kids haven't played with for a long time and wrapped them. Kids love unwrapping things and you will value every second they are occupied.

5. Garbage Bag

Bring a garbage bag or a little garbage can with you. You don't want all the wrapping paper and snack leftoverson your car floor. Tidy car will make your mind calmer.

6. Stick to Your Routines

For me personally, sticking to routines is the most crucial thing while travelling with very small children. If they're used to having lunch at a certain time, plan to have a pit stop to feed them. Do you always read them a book after the lunch, then sacrifice a little bit of your travel time and read to them.

If possible, plan your trip well ahead of time to avoid any stressful situations. If you're calm; so will be your kids. Where ever your travel, have fun and stay safe.

 

Bins Everywhere

There is always some kind of season at the stores. We go from Canada Day to Back to School, then from Thanksgiving to Halloween and from Halloween to Christmas. The next coming is Valentine, but what about now? Now, it's the Bin Season. The first pages of store flyers, the shelves at the stores, all filled with bins. Why is that? New Year's resolutions! Most of us will have "Get Organized" on the resolution list and what do we do? We go to the stores and purchase bins of all different sizes and hope that this is the year we finally check 'Get Organized' off our list.

The reality? We find out that the bins we purchased are either too small to fit our stuff into, or too big to fit the storage space. Suddenly, the storage solution that was supposed to help us get organized becomes clutter itself. Don't take me wrong, as a Professional Organizer I am all for bins and baskets to contain our belongings, but their purchase should be the last step of the organizing process.

What are the steps of the organizing process? "Group ... Home ... Contain"

Tidy Corners: Bins Everywhere

1. Group

After de-cluttering you are left with the things you are going to keep. Group those like with like, by season, or by activity (e.g. Thank You or other cards together with a pen and postage).

2. Home
Once grouped, decide where you want to keep it. Ask yourself following questions: "How often do I use it?" and "Where do I use it?". Remember to place heavy items on the bottom shelves, and frequently used items at the front and between the waist and chest height.

3. Contain
Now it's the time to purchase your containers. Measure all three dimensions of the space that will home the corralled things. Before purchasing the storage solutions consider aesthetic needs, material and transparency requirements, and whether or not you need a lid.

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Happy Organizing!

 

Tis' the Season to be Jolly ... and Organized

#Tidy Corners : Organized ChristmasThe busiest time of the year is almost upon us and we are hardly thinking about getting organized. Soon we will be rushing from one store to another, than on our way to get the tree, ornaments, holiday floral arrangements. The organizing thoughts will probably come back on December 31st when we start making our New Year’s resolutions. But, Christmas is a giving season and just a little bit of organizing will help not only us, but those in need as well.

When the time comes to bring the decorations out, put some holiday music on, grab an empty box, bag or a bin, and label it “Donation”. For each of the items, ask yourself following questions: Does this still suit our space in terms of size, style or colour? Does this carry a huge sentimental value to me or to someone in my family? If your answers are "No", place the item into the "Donation" box. Once your "Donation" box is full donate it to your favourite charity, give it to a friend or Freecycle it.

At the end of the process you simplified your life and brought joy to someone. Putting the decorations away at the end of the Christmas season will be a breeze since you are going to store only the things you truly love. Choose your storing solutions depending on how many things you are keeping. If you need more than one bin think of how you will group items together. For example: "Indoor Decorations", "Outdoor Decorations", "Everything for Christmas tree", and "Wrapping supply and Christmas Cards".

*Photo source - Microsoft.

 

Does Grouping Like Items Together Mean You Have To Store Them Together?

One of the tips you will hear from a Professional Organizer is to group like items together. It is one of the main principles of organizing, but it doesn't mean, that you have to store all of those things at one place? I would like to show you that keeping food containers in three different spots in my kitchen actually makes me more productive.

Tidy Corners: Does Grouping Like Items Together Mean You Have To Store Them Together? School Lunch Containers: They are labelled (both container and the lid) and we keep them separate from all other containers; so they are not used for anything else but the school lunches.
Tidy Corners: Does Grouping Like Items Together Mean You Have To Store Them Together? Plastic Containers: We keep those under the sink, close to the main working area. My husband uses these containers to carry his lunch to work or we pack a snack in them when we go to the park.
Tidy Corners: Does Grouping Like Items Together Mean You Have To Store Them Together? Glass Containers: They are stored with our other glassware in a cupboard just under the main working area. We use them to store leftovers in the fridge.

As you can see, storing our food containers together would make me much less efficient, as each time I would have to go through all of them to find the ones I need . Before you start organizing your own space or organizing your client's space, if you are a Professional Organizer, make sure you ask enough questions to understand your/your client's routines.

 

Utility Closet Transformation

My husband is very handy and does all the renovation projects in our house. I might not be as handy, but I wanted to contribute to our home improvements as well; so I decided to transform our utility closet. I thought since it has door that can be closed I'm in no danger. Well ... I made some mistakes along the way, but I learned a lot and now I would like to share the results with you.

Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation
  • So, this is how the closet looked like before. Our hallway is very narrow which made it a little bit harder to take the pictures. Sorry for that.
  • There are three corner shelves and one shelf on the top. We keep our recycle bin in there as well. I already had two labeled containers. One for medication and one for drugstore supply.
  • And the dog? His name is Din. We keep his treats in there; so once I opened the closet he wouldn't move.
Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation
  • I completely emptied the closet and removed all screws and nails. The hanging rod is gone too. It was rusty and I knew I wouldn't need it.
  • I asked my husband to add extra shelf on the top. The ceiling in the closet is high and I wanted to utilize the space.
Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation
  • Then the painting came. For me, that was the hardest part. Two coats of primer, two coats of the base paint (Behr - Sandstone cove) and two coats for each stripe (Behr - Warm Embrace). All those were leftover paints from our other projects.
  • We still have to add the baseboards, but even without them it already looks much better.
  • I painted the shelves as well and added a little push light inside of the closet, just above the door.
Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation
  • All done ... Hooray!
  • All shelves were lined with clear self-adhesive vinyl.
  • I purchased and labeled more bins for candles, craft paint, used zip-lock bags and kitchen supply.
  • You can't see the new shelf in this picture, but I took a photo of it, which you will find below.

... and here are some detail pictures

Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation

Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation

The floor is protected with clear non-adhesive vinyl. I keep my cleaning supplies in a caddy which makes the cleaning chores much easier. I posted the waste management calendar on the wall, just above the recycle bin. Now we always know what should be put out on a particular garbage day and when the large items collection date is.

Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation

Tidy Corners: Utility Closet Transformation

This is the new shelf on the very top of the closet. It's a great place to store our paper towels, candles and kitchen supply. We store a flash light on one of the corner shelves. The coffee can is used to corral old batteries. Once the can is full we take the batteries to the recycling centre.
 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tidy Corners: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesI know, cookies have nothing to do with organizing, but I HAVE to share this recipe with you, especially since the pumpkin season is almost here. Everyone that ate those cookies wanted the recipe and, they will tell you, they're worth making. I can't take the credit for the recipe though, it's from Joy the Baker site that my friend told me about and where you will find tons of other goodies to make.

 

So go ahead, make a batch and before they cool down do a little bit of organizing; so the cookies can be your reward. Enjoy!

2 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

2 eggs

1 cup sugar (I use only 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup canola oil or vegetable oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

Icing sugar (optional)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside. In a large bowl mix eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and lightened in colour (1 - 2 minutes). Add oil, pumpkin, vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Mix in flour mixture with a fork. Blend well. Mix in chocolate chips. Place 1/4 cup balls of dough on baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart (I use a measuring cup for this). Bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are firm to the touch or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

You can add walnuts or pecans to the dough with the chocolate chips at the same stage. You can add 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce + 1/4 cup of oil (instead of the 1/2 cup of oil) to give the cookies a fruity flavour.

 

Organizing School Work

As your life changes your organizing solutions might need to be revisited; so they keep serving you well. With one school-age child, a designated shelf and a pile of school papers worked great for us. A couple weeks ago my younger one started Junior Kindergarten and our School Shelf was in need of update to accommodate his school papers and books.

DE-CLUTTER - I went through all the papers and decided which ones will be archived, discarded, or kept on the shelf.

THE SOLUTION - I was inspired by my older son's last year classroom where each child had all their school papers, agendas and books in a labeled magazine holder.

MEASURE - I measured the height of the shelf. If you were ever buying magazine holders you know that they come in many different sizes and some of them would have been too high to fit our School Shelf.

FIND/PURCHASE and LABEL - Now it was time to find the magazine holders. I purchased two blue ones at Walmart. They are sturdy, have the perfect height and a label slot on the short side. Exactly what we needed. I used card stock paper and a permanent marker to create the labels.

Here you can see the before and after picture of our School Shelf. Visit my Facebook page and share your own school organizing strategies. Happy Organizing!

Tidy Corners: School Work Organizing

 

Cool Idea For Your Freezer

Today’s blog is dedicated to freezer organizing. I would like to show you how to organize your freezer in five easy steps, but before we start, let me share with you a ‘cool’ idea for labelling your frozen goods.

Nowadays, most freezer bags have an easy to write on area that gives you space you describe the content and record the date. But, does jotting down today’s date make sense? How helpful will it be in a couple of months? I suggest changing the strategy and print an EXPIRY DATE instead of today’s date. At a glance, you will know by which date the food item or meal has to be used.

How do you determine the expiry date? Use the table at the end of this post to find out for how long can certain food item be kept in the freezer. Then just add the number of months to today’s date and record it onto the label.

You will find the expiry date strategy especially helpful for your weekly or monthly meal planning. And now it's time to move on onto the five easy steps for organizing your freezer.

1. Empty your freezer and wipe the inside clean.

2. Inspect all the frozen food and discard anything that is too old and/or unrecognizable.

3. Group the food you are keeping into categories. For example:

- Bread, Cakes, Pies, Cookies - Meat
- Fish - Dairy Products
- Fruit - Vegetable
- Homemade/Special diet Meals - Juice Concentrate

4. Label each bag or container. The label should include brief description of the item and an expiry date. (Follow the table below to determine the expiry date.)

5. Find home for each group. For example dedicate one basket or shelf to frozen raw meat and another one to dairy products.

Happy Organizing!


Freezer Food Storage Guide will help you determine Expiry Date of your to-be-frozen items

*Table content source: Kenmore freezer appliance; Food storage guide for 0°F / -18°C

Your freezer works the best when fully packed. Too much empty space causes higher energy consumption and therefore higher energy bill. Fill bags with ice cubes and place them on empty shelves or in unused baskets. You can as well use plastic bottles filled with water. Water expands when frozen; so leave about 1/4 of the bottle empty.

 

How to Organize LEGO Instruction Booklets

We are family of LEGO lovers ... all of us. So are you? Then you understand the challenges of its organizing. I have prepared for you a step-by-step guide on how to organize your child's LEGO set instruction booklets in case you don't store them together with the LEGO set.

You will need:
- LEGO instructions booklets
- Scotch tape / Stapler
- Clear plastic binder envelope
- Binder
- Labels
- Marker

Tidy Corners: LEGO Instruction Booklets Organizing
  • Gather all the LEGO instruction booklets from around the house.
  • Use scotch tape or stapler to fix any instruction booklets that are damaged.
Tidy Corners: LEGO Instruction Booklets Organizing
  • Group the LEGO instruction booklets by theme.
Tidy Corners: LEGO Instruction Booklets Organizing
  • Insert each set instruction booklets into the clear plastic binder envelope. Smaller instruction booklets of different sets can be kept together.
  • Repeat for each theme.
Tidy Corners: LEGO Instruction Booklets Organizing
  • Depending on how many sets you have, either store all the binder envelopes in one binder or have several binders, one for each theme.
  • If stored in one binder, you can use binder dividers to separate the themes.
  • Label the binder with the word "LEGO" or "LEGO - 'Theme'" in case you are storing the LEGO instruction booklets in several binders.

Feeling adventurous? Label each binder envelope with the 4-digit set identification number that can be found on each instruction booklet.

 

How to organize LEGO? Ask your child

#Tidy Corners : How to organize LEGO? Ask your child

You've been there ... LEGO pieces all over the place. You tidy them up and by the end of the day the floor is covered again. You keep asking yourself, how on Earth do I get my kids to keep the LEGO organized. Well, don't ask yourself, ask them. As with any organizing project, to set the system right you have to know how the person using the system thinks and works.

So, ask your children how they play with their LEGO. Do they like to build the set, then take it apart and build it again, or are they rather coming up with their own creations?

SET BUILDERS
Gather all the LEGO pieces of the particular LEGO set and choose appropriate type of storage, which can be an open stacking container, container with a lid or just a zip lock bag. Store all LEGO set pieces together with the set instructions. Label the container or the bag with LEGO set number (three to five digit number which you can find on the cover of the instruction booklet).

LITTLE ARCHITECTS
Gather all the LEGO pieces your child has and sort them by colour, by size and/or by type (standard building blocks, wheels, mini-figures, wings, windows, etc.). Stackable bins, tackle boxes or other containers with compartments make the most suitable storing solution. In this case, organize and store the instruction booklets separately.

Do you have your own LEGO organizing strategy?

Chloe Wilson (Get Set Organize) lists 26 ideas for LEGO storage containers.

 

Meal Planning

Meal planning with Canadian Living is so easy. Plan your meals for a week, a month or the whole year. Add your own items, pick from your Canadian Living recipe book or search Canadian Living website for their recipes. Print your week’s planner and your shopping list and you’re all set. Bon Appetit!

 

Organizing Children's Artwork

#Tidy Corners : Organizing Children's ArtworkAre tons of kids' artwork projects laying around the house and you feel guilty to throw out even one precious piece? Take a picture to store the memories, not the paper. Organize the photos in your computer by child's name and a date. And ... don't forget to backup the files.

Use the pictures to create a photo book for your little artist's birthday or for their grandparents. They will love it! Happy Organizing!

Featured article: I’ve just saved myself a lot of space and guilt!!

 

Kid's Closet Organizing

Transform your child's closet into a beautiful space that will encourage them to stay organized. Get inspired by this short video from Rubbermaid. Happy Organizing!

 

Recipe Swap

Four o'clock strikes and you have no idea what to cook for dinner. Then you see a recipe you like only to find out you don't have all the ingredients. It is definitely stressful situation and there is a way how to avoid it ... RECIPE SWAP ... Meal Planning with a friend.

Over a cup of tea

It's always nice to get together with a friend for a cup of tea or coffee. Why not to take a few minutes and write down a meal plan for the whole week.

Computer or Pen-and-Paper

If it is not possible for you to meet with your friend, write the weekly meal plan by yourself and pass it on to her/him. Your friend will do the same and right away you have a meal plan for 2 weeks.

Tips Benefits
Keeping your meal plan digital will allow you to attach Internet recipe links for the particular meal. Your grocery shopping gets simplified with a meal plan since you know what ingredients you need to buy and you will save money not eating out or on the run.
File your weekly meal plans and rotate them after two or three months. Having them on file will save you if you didn't have a chance to write a new one. Planning your meals ahead will allow you to choose the healthy recipes for your family.
Always include one or two really quick and easy recipes per week. You will appreciate them on the soccer practice night or other busy evenings. ... and the best benefit of all ... you are staying in touch with your friends.
Plan your grocery shopping for the weekday mornings or nights when the stores are not that busy. You will save the much needed time.
 

Disorganization ... Is It Worth Your Time?

Statistics say we spend over two hours every week searching for misplaced items. Disorganization robs even more of our precious time. Just think how much of your time you spend deciding where things should be stored; so you can find them later.

Not being organized costs you the "Searching" time and the "Where-do-I-put-it-?" time. If everything had its own "home" then  finding things and putting them away would be a matter of seconds.

What would you do with the time you saved? ... Hmmm ?!?

 

Maintaining Your Home Organized - The Easy Way

Tidy Corners: Maintaining Your Home Organized - The Easy Way

Purging is essential for keeping your home organized. Purge ... does even the word scare you? What you are probably afraid of is making tough decisions about what stays and what goes. Let's make it a little bit easier for you. The only things you will need are:

* bucket or garbage can lined with a garbage bag (use the bucket or the garbage can; so you don't have to lift and hold the garbage bag each time you are placing something in it)
* recycle bin
* bag/bin/box/tote for things that will be donated, given away or consigned

Walk through every room of your home. That includes bathrooms, closets and a pantry. Your goal is to weed out any obvious garbage (some of which will belong to the recycle bin) and things that, without any hard decision making, can be donated, given away or consigned.

Don't forget to look into drawers, utility and linen closets, and under bathroom and kitchen sinks. Make it part of your house cleaning routine, or schedule the walk-through at least once in every three months.

This No-Brainer Purge will feel liberating and maybe, just maybe, you will make some tough decisions along the way. Happy Organizing!

 

Pantry Organizing

Do you keep telling yourself: "OK, this is it, this is the weekend I'll finally organize the pantry!", but you never get around doing it? Here is a little motivational video for you (by Rubbermaid) to get you started.

In the video they talk about getting everything out of your pantry, then checking the expiration dates and getting rid of anything that is past its date. My suggestion is to have your compost bin ready and as you are taking things out  check for the expiration dates right away; so you don't have to handle the same item twice. Have fun and Happy Organizing!

 

One Easy Step towards Being and Staying Organized

A ready reference organizing guide by Donna SmallinDonna Smallin in her book Organizing Plain & Simple says: "Leave your 'campground' cleaner than you found it.", and she explains that you should never leave a room without improving its appearance. This is such a simple habit you can take on. Start today!

Before leaving your bedroom close the closet door, going through the family room, pick up the old newspaper and throw it into a recycle bin. In the kitchen, place your coffee mug into a dishwasher and straighten a chair. Those little things will take you only a few seconds, but they will add up and soon your home will be neater and you will be motivated to do even more.

Donna Smallin's book review: Organizing Plain & Simple

 

Getting Organized - Where Do I Start?

I am sure you asked yourself this question before. The answer I often hear is "You start where it hurts the most." My tip though would be - START SMALL! Don't try to organize the whole garage or the basement, start with just one small drawer. It won't take you long to organize it and seeing the results will motivate you to go on and tackle the bigger projects.

Watch this two-minute Weekend Organizing Projects video by Rubbermaid with tips on how to de-clutter and organize your entryway, the junk drawer and the bathroom vanity. Happy Organizing!

 

Make Room for Santa

Tidy Corners: Make Room for SantaChristmas is almost here. Just a couple days left to finish the shopping and wrapping and baking, and cooking. Sorry, I didn’t mean to stress you out! Instead, I would like you to stop for a moment and join your kids in their room, or wherever they play.  The anticipation of Santa bringing the presents is high now and that will make it easier for your children to part with some of their toys.

Help each child to pick out three to five toys they would be willing to donate. Together you can bring them to your favourite charity, your daycare provider, doctor’s office, hospital, drop-in center, etc. Be sure to call them first to find out if they are accepting such donations at this time. If there is still some hesitation on your child’s part, talk about the toy first. When they got it, from whom, how much fun they had playing with it, and then take a picture of the toy with your digital camera for your child to remember. Have fun and Happy Organizing!

 

Free Paint and Stain in Halton Region

Looking for just a little bit of paint or stain to do a few touch-ups around your home, visit the Paint & Stain Reuse Depot located beside the Household Hazardous Waste Depot in Milton Ont.

Halton Residents can pick up or drop off usable paint and stain there. So, why to buy the whole can of paint if you need just couple of ounces.

Residents of other regions please contact your Waste Management office to inquire about such a service being provided by your municipality.

Source: Halton Hills Region - WasteLess News 05/2011

 

Donate / Recycle / Consign

During the organizing process you sorted out the "stuff" and decided what you are going to keep, donate or throw out. The items you were going to keep have found their new homes and now it is time to take care of what will be leaving your house. If you reside in Halton Hills Region, this page will help you find locations where to donate or recycle. For those living outside of Halton Hills Region, please use a web search to find recycling or donation centers close to your home.

Where to RecycleWhere to Donate

If some of your things are still in a good condition you may decide to consign them. Check out the links on the right hand side of this page to find out more and to search for a consignment store in your area.

Where to Recycle

Burlington

The Reuse Centre 3335 North Service Road 905-319-0477
reusecentre.on.ca

Georgetown

Wastewise 36 Armstrong Ave 905-873-8122
www.wastewise.ca

Milton

Halton Waste Management Site 5400 Regional Road 25 905-825-6000
www.halton.ca/waste

Where to Donate

Burlington

Goodwill, The Amity Group 4051 New Street 905-333-8989
www.goodwillonline.ca
Habitat for Humanity Halton 10-1800 Appleby Line 905-637-4446
www.habitathalton.ca
Salvation Army Thrift Store 3245 Fairview Street 905-633-8762
www.tstores.ca
The Reuse Centre 3335 North Service Road 905-319-0477
reusecentre.on.ca

Georgetown

Salvation Army Thrift Store 82 Mill Street 905-877-8522
www.tstores.ca
Wastewise 36 Armstrong Ave 905-873-8122
www.wastewise.ca

Milton

Goodwill, The Amity Group 550 Ontario Street 905-875-3533
www.goodwillonline.ca
Salvation Army Thrift Store
420 Main Street
905-864-0948
www.tstores.ca
Reuse Depot
Halton Waste Management Site
5400 Regional Road 25
905-825-6000
www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=12668

Oakville

Goodwill, The Amity Group 407A Speers Road 905-338-6240
www.goodwillonline.ca
IODE Opportunity Shop 432 Kerr Street 905-842-6338
www.iode.ca
Salvation Army Thrift Store 356 Kerr Street 905-845-2351
www.tstores.ca
 

Last Minute Organizing

Tidy Corners: Kitchen OrganizingSo, you have decided to organize your kitchen. You are planning to entertain your friends and you know that organized kitchen will save you so much of your time and effort. Yes it is true, but only if you organize it ahead of time. By organizing, you are going to create a new system in your kitchen either by yourself or with a help of a Professional Organizer, and it will take some time to adapt to the changes. We renovated our kitchen two years ago and there are still times I go to the fridge to reheat my dinner. Give yourself at least three weeks to grow into your new space.