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!

 

 

The Value of Time

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized

It’s been a while since I have sat down to write a blog post from the heart. Recently I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the message that I send out to others about myself and my brand.  I’m going to let you all in on a little secret….

There are lots of things that make me happy, and lots of things that annoy me, but the one thing that I value above all else is TIME.

TIME.  It’s the one thing that money can’t buy.

TIME. It’s the one thing that you can never get back.

TIME. It’s the one thing that most of us take for granted.

I do a lot of work with the St. Baldrick”s Foundation which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research.  In doing so, I have the honor and privilege of meeting some really amazing people; some are kids battling cancer, some are parents who have lost a child to cancer, and occasionally I get to spend time with people who have conquered the odds and beat cancer.  The one thing that each one of them has in common is the concept of how precious TIME really is.

Most people lose sight of the importance TIME plays in our interactions with others:

If you make someone wait for you, you are sending a message that your time is more valuable than theirs.

If you miss a deadline , it causes more work for others, infringing on their time.

If your house if filled with clutter and you waste time looking for things, you could be using that time more wisely.

My message is simple: VALUE TIME, yours and others.

If you are surrounded by people who take advantage of your time, hold them accountable.  Call them out on it. Demand better. If you just accept that you are always late, you are lowering the bar instead of rising to the challenge of doing better. We may not have control over how much TIME we have, but we do have control over what we do with the TIME we’ve got.

xoxo-

 L

Resolve to Get Organized

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized

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How many of you ever made a New Year’s Resolution?  I know I have.  They have ranged anywhere from vowing to work out, to taking up a hobby and a bunch of things in between.  If breaking up with clutter is on your resolution list for 2017, you are not alone.
  
Getting Organized is right up there next to losing weight and saving money as one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. So much so, that January has been deemed: National Get Organized Month!

As with any resolution, most people start strong, but by mid-February are slipping back into their old habits. Why do so many resolutions fail? De-motivation and frustration.
 
If you are committed to getting organized, you’ve come to the right place. Below are 5 tips to keep you on the “Organizing Bandwagon”.
  • Prioritize.  If I asked you what area of your home you want to declutter, you may want to respond “all of it”! But Rome wasn’t built in a day and your clutter didn’t accumulate overnight, so slow your roll sister. As much as I applaud your attempt to dive right in, the best advice I can give you is to prioritize the areas that are the biggest pain point for you and go from there.
  • Incorporate into your routine. I have news for you, getting organized isn’t a “one and done” thing.  It’s an investment in time and discipline. Whether it’s putting your keys in the same spot each day, working with your kids to put their toys away, or trying to train your husband to put his clothes in the hamper, it all boils down to one word-discipline. Establishing a routine that you stick to is a game changer.
  • Change the way you think.  Clutter is the end result of X (lack of time, too much stuff, poor systems).  How many times have you organized your closet only to find it a hot mess 3 months later? Anyone can get organized, the catch is learning how to stay organized.  The key to success is changing the behavior that allowed clutter to accumulate in the first place.
  • Keep it Simple.  The one thing I can tell you from years of experience is simple always wins. The more complicated the system the less likely you are to stick with it. Think about other areas of your life: recipes, doing your hair, taking off make-up…the more steps it has, the more work it becomes to maintain. Life is already filled with enough things on our to-do list, which is exactly why simplifying the way we find food in our pantry, tools in the garage, or clothes in our closet is invaluable.
  • Set Realistic Expectations.  If you were going to run a marathon you wouldn’t just wake up one day and run 26 miles. You would have a plan, a strategy and small benchmarks along the way helping you get closer to reaching your goal.  Organizing your space or time is no different. Whether you have 20 minutes or 2-hours, do what you can-the key is consistency. 

If you are committed to making 2017 the year you said goodbye to clutter, I’m here to help. Subscribe to our NEW weekly podcast, This Organized Life where you’ll get a first-hand glimpse into my world of kids, clients and organizing strategies that work for people who have little time, a lot of stuff, but don’t have a clue of what to do with it. If there are topics you want us to talk about, please leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

xoxo-

Laurie