Professional Organizer and clutter-buster, Nonnahs Driskill, gives you three easy ways to keep your stuff from taking over your kitchen cabinets.
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.
Did you ever consider losing clutter to be analogous to losing weight? It is! And though everyone is unique, in Get Organized Already’s professional organizing adventures three different situations show up over and over.
Which of the following weight loss scenarios best describes you? Check out my pro tips to help you get organized no matter what the size of your clutter is.
Tummy tuck anyone?
Sometimes when we walk in the door with our cute aprons and our magic organizing basket, people want to have a complete overhaul. Their house, or just a room, is too packed to be usable anymore. If this sounds familiar, you are probably too overwhelmed to know where to start.
Pro tip: Start with a trash bag, a lined donation bin, and a box for any papers you find. Start in one corner of the room and set a timer. Touch everything only once, put each item in the appropriate container, and work until the timer goes off. That’s less daunting than tackling the whole room, right? In situations like this, our professional team will spend a few hours getting your room, or home, back to a manageable state. The momentum will keep you moving forward on your own or with people who love you.
Staying in shape
My personal organizing style is livable and comfortable. I know where everything is, but the beds may not be made. (Shocking, I know! But this is real life we are living—not a movie.) As long as the people in my home know where stuff lives, we can all navigate around each other and not spend our time searching for our things (and yelling, “HAVE YOU SEEN IT?” across the house). This scenario is for those who need a maintenance plan to keep their home organized.
Pro tip: Let all users of items know where things belong using labels. (It doesn’t have to be fancy. A sticky note or painter’s tape works just fine inside cabinets, drawers, and pantries.)
People generally flip out about this comfortable style of organizing because they have fallen victim to thinking that organized means rigid and perfect. Newsflash: perfection is not possible! A comfortable style of organizing suits most people because it is realistic and less expensive (as in no fancy labels or matching containers to buy). And works a lot better than what about 56 percent of you have going on right now: the dreaded we-don’t-have-a-system approach.
Ready for the college reunion
At the far end of the organizing continuum lie the Martha Stewart and Howard Hughes personalities of the world. Get Organized Already can help you, too! I have two lovely ladies on my organizing team with extensive backgrounds in interior design. They are amazing at creating the types of rooms you see in magazines. Whenever someone calls and I can tell they want to take their home to the next level (think Better Homes and Gardens or Apartment Therapy), I send out my Label Ladies.
I love to be in these places: fresh flowers and herbs in the entryway, a calendar printed in chalkboard paint and framed in a custom frame. Open the drawers and angels sing. The labels whisper beautiful phrases like, “fresh nutmeg” and “organic basmati rice.”
I’m not kidding. It is very peaceful and if I could, I’d have a Get Organized Already organizer over here every day to keep my shizzle looking like that in a heartbeat!
Pro tip: Getting organized isn’t a one time event. It has to happen regularly.
Everyone has their comfort level. Whatever your state of comfort or chaos, there’s a way to stay organized. And my team can help you accomplish your vision of the just-right organized home for less than you spend on two trips to Whole Foods. True story.
Advanced organizing project for people with very little closets.
Also good for people who want to see inside a professional organizer’s closet.
Also good for Paul Simon fans and people who just want to hang out with me a little bit on a Tuesday.
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon
Professional Organizer and baby kisser, Nonnahs Driskill, gives a few organizing tips for keeping all of those little onesies organized. Her littlest friend, Elliott, makes his first organizing video appearance.
Organizing underwear today I had this conversation1.
Me: “So, how many bras do you think a woman needs?”
Beautiful, Curvy Client: “A normal woman, or me?”
Me: “Good point… You.”
Beautiful, Curvy Client: “This one is my favorite, but the straps slide off. I wear this one a lot but not if the blouse is tight because of back fat. This one! Oh! I have to have this one because my husband gave it to me.”
Me: “Does it fit?”
BCC: “I think so.”
Me: “Have you been fitted for your correct size by a PRO-fessional?”
BCC: “No. When I go into Victoria’s Secret no one seems anxious to do that for me.”
Me: “Try the Nordstrom in the Glendale Galleria. The manager of Intimate Apparel is Sandra Maravilla, I send everyone to her. I’ll be taking my daughter to her when the time comes. Anyway, Sandra will change your life.”
BCC: “Change my life? Sure she will.” <rolls eyes>
Me: “Believe me. No adjusting for the rest of your waking hours. And you can dance a little, maybe even skip, and things aren’t going anywhere!
“Sandra is really good at her job. She is the least judge-y woman you’ll ever find in a Nordstrom. I told her I wanted to buy bras that were on sale since I needed to re-stock at my new, improved size. She went out and found me every bra in my new size that was on sale in jewel tones. You wanna see?2”
So, pro-organizer tip #1: Get your girls sized and you will walk a little taller from now on.
Organizing tip #2: If you own bras that don’t fit, THROW THEM OUT. (Yes, I’m yelling.)
1How glamorous am I, BTW?
2I didn’t show my bra to my client. Calm down.
Check out Sophia Jenner’s post on correct bra size if you are a DIY kinda gal.
The blog party weekend corresponds with the season premiere of Mad Men on AMC. Coincidence?! I THINK NOT. And I can’t wait for either one.
This is my introductory post: (like we are meeting on the veranda, or maybe beside the bar)
Hello Other Mother, I’m Nonnahs and I love a party. (My dress is from a clothing swap and it is fabulous. My shoes are definitely flats. I’m drinking a gin drink and not eating much because I’m talking. I talk a lot at parties.)
What is your blog teaching the world?
What have you learned at this party about other bloggers?
Where did you get those earrings? Gorgeous.
I have two kids who are now old enough to do chores and make their own fun. This makes me very happy because now I can enjoy them as people and do things with them more than for them.
Once my youngest went off to Kindergarten I went back to work. I realized how much I like to work and to organize things, help people. I love running a business, too. Now my daughter follows my lead and organizes her friends’ rooms on playdates. Hilarious.
Being a mom is hard work and I’m thankful for you, other mom-bloggers, to talk to about the whole thing. Most of my posts are about organizing,. here’s a video post on organizing for kids. Sometimes I squeeze in something about motherhood, like this post about Daughters and Taylor Swift which I love.
How about you. What do you do to avoid the Mommy-Crazies? What are your children like?
Tell me what you know. Let’s get this party started!