WFMZ Segment: Must Have Products to Ease Spring Cleaning

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Media, Organized Home

Spring cleaning is like the New Year’s Resolution of organizing. The hardest part for most people is getting started. I had the pleasure of spending the morning with one of my favorite peeps, Eve Russo from WFMZ, where we talked about some tips and products to help ease the overwhelm.

You can watch the clip HERE   

1. Standing Bike Racks:

 

I love have everything off the floor as much as the next person, but I’m also realistic. Ceiling or wall mount bike racks are great storage options for the off-season, but you need an easy grab-and-go option during peak times. This inexpensive expandable bike rack will keep you from tripping as you enter the garage and is simple enough that a child can do it themselves.

Available at amazon.com

 

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2.  Wire Locker Baskets:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these baskets!  I have them in every color and use them both indoors for hats& gloves, as well as in the garage to store cleaning supplies, bottles of spray paint and other odds-and-ends. They are so versatile and inexpensive (I think I bought mine for around $14.99 each). Believe it or not, I found them at my local gardening supply store, but I’ve seen them online as well. As much as I love a lidded bin, there’s something to be said about the convenience of grab-and-go open storage.

 

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3.  Sterilite Storage Tote:

 

Normaly you’ll hear me talk about the value of clear storage bins (which still holds true), but these are my new obsession!  I came across these adorable bins when I was re-doing a playroom for a client of mine. They come in 3 sizes (the smallest is not shown in the pic), but what makes these so great are the plastic snap on labels that come in 4 colors (blue and pink not shown).  They are awesome for all those little toys like shopkins, littlest petshop, barbie clothes, and of course legos! Write directly on the labels with a dry erase marker and easily edit as the contents change.

Available at Target.com

 

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One little organizing tip:  schedule a donation pick up  so you have a commitment to get it done by a certain date, plus the donations will not be left in your garage/house indefinitely!

Leave us a comment to let us know some of your favorite organizing tips and you may be featured in an upcoming blog post.

Happy Organizing!

 

 

What Inspires Me

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Media, Organized Home, Published Works

In my life at home and with SBO I am constantly looking for inspiration. Whether I’m looking at images on Pinterest,  reading articles about health and wellness,  researching parenting ideas or checking out where to vacation, I learn a lot from others.

I find people fascinating . Understanding what inspires someone is a gateway into who they are; making them all the more compelling.

I was asked by Blogger Tudor Davis from TerrysBlinds to shed some light into my creative process.  I shared with him my top product picks and sources of inspiration. If you have a moment, I encourage you to check out his blog which has great inspiration from designers around the world.

Here’s a snapshot of my interview:

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You can read the full article here.

I’d love to hear what inspires you to living a life more organized.

Happy Organizing!

LP

Put an End to Artwork Madness (as seen on CBS)

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Kids Organization, Media, Organizing Apps, Paper Clutter

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Erika VonTiehl from CBS3 where we talked about one of the most dreaded topics for parents of young children: “What do I do with all of their Artwork”?

One of my clients and good friend, Katie Welykoridko, graciously invited me (along with a news crew!) into her home where she and her 3 adorable kids Ainsley (11), Baird (9) and Maddie (5) talked about their routines before and after working with yours truly.