Twenty-five dollars’ worth of shower magic

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Sure, it’s clean. But, this shower is so small, you can barely turn around in there!

Of course a shower caddy is the obvious solution. BUT! the long arm of the shower head is not friendly. A shower caddy would slide all over the place.

This leaves the soap dish as the only storage spot to speak of. And storing a razor on top of soap is risky business.

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We’ve got to get this stuff off of the floor to make room for an actual person.

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So, Are you ready for this genius organizing solution?

Install an extra tension rod (most are well under $10) above the shower head.

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Then hang the shower caddy (around $20) on the rod.

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And there you have it! Once you thin out the (mostly empty) containers of shampoo and keep only one of each item, you are looking at a clutter-free, teeny shower stall with nothing on the floor.

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File under: Bang for your 25 bucks!

Avoid these unpacking pitfalls

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Working on an unpacking job yesterday I was reminded of two very helpful things to remember when you are opening ALL THOSE boxes after a move.

  1. Slice the side seams of the boxes open first. I know it seems natural to cut the center seam first with your blade. But you never know if there’s a beloved  blanket or even a sweater or leather coat that could get cut along with the tape. Even if you had Get Organized Already pack your boxes, things can shift around in there! So cut the sides free and then lift the center seam up and slice it open. Your blade will never be pressing down into the box.
  2. Flatten out the packing paper as you go to make sure nothing gets forgotten in the crumples. Beloved kid art, an essential nut or bolt that has fallen out of its container, an antique earring–these are all things I have found in packing paper upon second (or fourth) inspection.

Moving is stressful enough! Who wants to be worried about damaged linens or lost, little treasures?
Unpack with care and save yourself a lot of time in the end.

 

Organizing with Limits in the Kitchen

Professional Organizer and clutter-buster, Nonnahs Driskill, gives you three easy ways to keep your stuff from taking over your kitchen cabinets.

Take a day off.

too busy?

too busy?

Sometimes it feels like everyone I talk to is competing for World’s Busiest Person!

And I admit, some days I feel like I’ve been thrown into the ring myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a title, especially if it comes with a crown! But, being too busy isn’t really winning.

Being too busy is losing.

We do too much because we feel so important when we’re busy–so needed and efficient.

Unfortunately, there is plenty of research telling me that being busy can be the opposite of being efficient–specifically when it involves multi-tasking.

This past Saturday, an old friend texted me (because she was probably too busy to call) an invitation to bring my kids to Disneyland and play hookey with her and her kids on Monday. I will spare you the inner dialogue that ensued. (Just imagine what you think when presented with a chance to run away for 24 hours.)

Long story short: I said Yes. We shirked all of our responsibilities for the day and had an amazing time.

I caught up with my friend. Our kids got to hang out and eat Dole whips. We laughed a lot.

The most amazing part has been the fallout from this spontaneous day-off. No one is mad at me, even though I backed out of something I agreed to do months ago. My business didn’t implode without me. I have a few extra emails to write. No biggie. My kids’ sports coaches and teachers didn’t call me irresponsible.

I guess everyone else is too busy to react to my day of frivolity!

It is true that in those moments when you hear yourself saying (whining), “I don’t have time to exercise/rest/meditate.” that is exactly when the break will do you the most good.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

-Einstein

Give your thinker a break one day. Let me know what happens!

I heart my professional organizer! a testimonial

A 2-minute video testimonial from Marge about working with a professional organizer from Get Organized Already–the fabulous Michelle!

We help nice people get organized.

Get organized in the new year: How to start

If you are reading this, I’m guessing you would like to be more organized this year.

Here is a pro tip for a jump start on all of your organizing projects:

Find a pile of things anywhere in the house or garage that has already been set aside because you don’t need it–a donation bin, a bag of recycling. Put it in your car right now. DON’T EVEN FINISH READING THIS SENTENCE. Go put that bag/box/pile in the front seat of your car.

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So many people have a pile of things waiting… waiting to be donated to the perfect person; waiting to be sorted into sizes to give away; waiting to be given to the perfect charity.

Forget waiting! It’s the new year. We are done with waiting. We are doing.

Once you take that pile out of your house you will see  immediately how much better the space feels and you’ll be inspired to keep organizing.

Here’s a partial list of great places to take that stuff in the Pasadena area: (If you live far from Pasadena, work a little google magic for yourself using the ideas below)

Goodwill Donation Centers   They also take: e-waste, corroded batteries, broken electronics (be sure to label them as e-waste), computers (will be wiped of all data).

Out of the Closet  They do not take baby or kid items in general.

Try your local thrift store. Do you have a favorite shop in town? Please tell me in the comments.

For items which a local thrift shop will not take, try:

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Get Organized Already will take away as much as we can fit into our cars when we work for you

The SAFE Center  They accept pills, hazardous waste, paint, oil, and batteries.

4600 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039  Saturdays and Sundays 9 – 3

Take your bulk recycling to a grocery store parking lot center for money, or to the

Caltech Recycling CenterCaltech Recycling Center in the parking lot of E Del Mar at S Wilson Pasadena, CA 91107  Monday – Friday, 8-6; Saturday – Sunday, 10-6

Only bring pre-sorted items here. The bins are labeled by recycle #. It’s a great place to bring a ton of cardboard.

All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park  They have a food bank for local people and will accept any reasonable food or cleaning supplies (even if opened).

5619 Monte Vista St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Closed Mondays)

Habitat for Humanity Restore  Donate items from your garage here.

770 N. Fair Oaks Pasadena, CA 91103 626.792.3838

And one bonus tip from my friend Jonathan:

San Gabriel Valley pickup for metal tanks that once had content under pressure, like helium or propane.  888-253-2652

Happy New Year and here’s to becoming organized. I support that.

Nonnahs

Organized Christmas decorating

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Ever since I saw the movie “Elf” I’ve been wanting to make paper chains like this. (Haven’t you?) And every year I don’t get around to it. The holidays are like that–plans of perfection and the desire for dreamy; lots of hopes and visions of a movie-worthy season that turn into me, stuck in traffic for 40 minutes on December 23rd because I ran out of wrapping paper.

D’oh!

good enough is better than therapy

Sometimes it’s better to use some old newspaper for wrapping gifts than to try and make everything so impressive. And speaking of recycling and letting go of perfection, check out my idea for easy, green Christmas decorations. Every couple of days save any white paper from your recycle bin and cut it into strips.

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pro tip: Re-purpose things for decoration.

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recycled paper chain

Use homework papers from school, old grocery lists, packing slips from all of the Amazon orders you keep getting in the mail. Any white paper will work for a paper chain that would make Buddy proud. Less than perfect is so much better than nothing.

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I heard someone on the radio the other day saying they hesitate to decorate their home because it feels like adding a bunch of clutter to an already crowded room.

pro tip: For every holiday decoration you put out store an item of similar size.

You’ve heard the one-in-one-out rule. This can work for the Christmas tree, too. Take something out of the room–maybe a chair. My kids’ lego storage unit is the thing to go in our house. Which tells you how many Legos we have. (too many a lot!)
If you have a lot of family photos in frames, or have some other collection on display year-round, consider putting them away for the month. Removing a collection will open up a lot of space and when you bring them back out, you’ll appreciate the items even more.

Finally, if you live in Hollywood and you’d like some extra elfin magic in your home this month, call me. I’ve got a workshop full of elves who can wrap, decorate, de-clutter, and organize for you. Delicious!

Those are all the tips I’m handing out today because I have got to get to wrappin’.

Happy Holidays!

Nonnahs  323.230.0297