Top 5 College Organizing Products

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, College, Favorite Products

Despite what the stores are advertising, I am not quite ready for Back to School shopping yet. I need a few more weeks before the thought of lunches, homework and backpack mail re-enter my world.

So today we are talking Dorm Rooms.

Many of you are getting ready to send your kids off to to college for the first time. Thankfully I have a couple of years to prepare (both financially and mentally!), but that doesn’t stop me from researching the best products for dorm living.


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  1. JOTBLOCK WEEKLY PLANNERS I absolutely love this weekly planner. Each day is spacious enough to write down multiple tasks. The built in pen/pencil holder is a great detail (no more searching!) Plan your week ahead with the sheets underneath. Included paper clips and binder clips which adds another layer of organization to this ultimate desk companion. Check out the entire jotblock product line at threebythree.com

  1. VELVET HANGERS Ever wonder how you are going to fit all of your clothes into a tiny dorm room closet? You may not be able to increase the size of your closet, but the right hangers will allow you to fit more clothes in a smaller space. These narrow hangers instantly make your clothes appear more organized, take up less space than a standard plastic hanger, allowing you to fit more clothes than you expected. Available on amazon.com

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  1. Bed Risers Small rooms mean that you need to create space wherever you can. These risers not only give you over 7” of additional storage space, but are equipped with a USB port and 2 outlets. Easily charge your phone or laptop without having to run long extension cords. Available at The Container Store

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  1. SKINNY STRIP Organize photos, cards, notes, keys and more with these super strong mighties® magnets that connect to a sleek metal strip backed with permanent adhesive. Easy to install and remove. Great for walls, desks, bookshelves and refrigerators. Display horizontally or vertically. Check out the entire magnetic board product line at threebythree.com

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  1. DESK ORGANIZATION Give your dorm room a splash of color with desk accessories from Poppin.com. Choose from file sorters & letter trays to pen cups and staplers. Available in a host of great colors. Poppin definitely puts the FUN in functional. You can check out their entire product line at poppin.com

Although I may not be able to ease your financial burden of tuition payments or help you cope with empty nest syndrome, I can share with you one of my SBO tips:

A product is only as good as how well you use it. The key to living simply is establishing a routine and sticking with it.

Happy Organizing!

5 Organizing Essentials for Spring

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

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Although the idea of Spring cleaning may not get you excited, buying new products may do the trick!  Once you’ve done the legwork of de-cluttering, it’s time to reward yourself with some organizing essentials to help keep your space clutter-free.

 

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household essentials 2-tier chrome sliding cabinet | $62.95| amazon.com

 

Pullout Under Cabinet Storage. How many times has the back of your cabinet become a black hole? Anyone who has ever lost something in a cabinet can relate to the frustration of fishing around in a dark space trying to find what’s shoved in the back.  These easy to install pull-out shelves are great!

 

 

 

 


 

IRIS Stacking Basket | $18 (large) | shopirisusa.com

 

Portable Stacking Baskets. Corral anything from batteries to craft supplies with these great bins. Why I love them?  They are inexpensive, easy to carry and stack nicely in any space. Available in a variety of sizes depending on your needs and space.

 


 

 

Sports- Garage Organizer |$244.95| wayfair.com

Sports- Garage Organizer |$244.95| wayfair.com

 

 

Sports/Garage Organizer. Keep sports equipment and balls organized in one convenient, heavy-duty shelving unit. This unit includes three pull-out baskets and three flat shelves. Each basket holds up to 40 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Velvet Hangers | $24.87 (value pack) | amazon.com

 

Velvet Hangers.  Closet space is one of the most common organizing challenges. The right hangers can actually increase the amount of clothing you can fit, making your closet appear larger. Investing in “like” hangers is one of the simplest and most effective methods to create a cohesive look.

 

 


 

Bigso Stockholm Document Box |$12.99| containerstore.com

 

Memory Boxes.  Not sure what to do with cards or pictures that are near and dear to your heart?  Create a memory box for each member of your family to store keepsakes.  I love the Bigso Stockholm Document Box.  Why I love them?  They’re attractive, sturdy, and reasonably priced.

Regardless of whether you live in a spacious home or a cozy apartment, the right organizing products can make the difference between living amongst clutter or calm.

 


 

SBO TIP: Find products that are versatile and that you can add as you go. There’s no need to re-organize everything at once. Don’t skimp. Take time to make sure you are getting the products you want; the right organizing products should last a lifetime.

Happy Organizing!

Organizing with Staples-Goodbye Paper Clutter!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Office Storage, Paper Clutter

For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about how to keep your “command center” free from clutter.

Even if you shred and recycle daily, there is still a certain amount of physical paper that you’ll want to hold onto. Some things are permanent keepers: ranging from tax documents, to your kids’ report cards, and that stuff needs somewhere (other than your kitchen table) to live.

Let’s face it, the days of storing all of your documents inside a traditional filing cabinet are long gone. Life in the 21st century is portable and your files should be too.

Staples Better Binder with Removable Rings is my go-to solution for keeping papers organized.

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They come in assorted colors with a label on the spine (a must-have for my fellow “Type-A-ers”.)

TIP: Assign a different color binder for each person and/or category. Use tabs or dividers to separate by year (ie: 2014, 2015…). Easy visual retrieval is key for saving time!


What about keeping multiple page documents organized?

Staples One-Touch Stapler requires 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers! Say goodbye to bent staples that won’t pierce through your stack of papers. It also has a push button for easy staple loading.

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The one-touch stapler is so easy to use you actually won’t mind organizing your papers!

TIP: Keep only the first few pages of a document that includes account numbers, balances, etc. Staple those important pages and shred the rest.

Organizing your workspace may never be glamorous, but with a little discipline and the right products it can be simple and stress-free.

Happy Organizing!

*This post is sponsored by Staples. All comments and opinions are my own.

Le Tote=Clutter-Free Shopping!

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

I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative companies that provide solutions to clutter issues.  Closets filled with clothes we no longer wear is one of the biggest offenders. So when the folks at Le Tote reached out to me, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

  • How many times have you bought an new outfit for a specific event, only to have it sit in your closet after one time wearing it? 
  • Or looked in your closet and are bored with wearing the same things over and over, but don’t have the time or money to go on a shopping spree?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal stylist pick out clothes for you, send them to you in a pretty little package, let you wear them as long as you like, and then send them back when your done?

Le Tote is a guilt-free, clutter-free, time saving shopping experience

  1. CREATE A PROFILE: which prompts a questionnaire filled with questions about taste, what brands you like, where you like to shop, etc. You then need to plug in your measurements (don’t worry, they make it pretty painless).
  1. TELL THEM WHAT YOU LIKE: You let them know what types of items you are interested in receiving and which you don’t (For example, when I filled mine out, I said I wanted tops, skirts, necklaces, and bracelets, but wasn’t interested in earrings, dresses or blazers).
  1. SHOP: Now it’s time for their team of personal shoppers and merchandisers to get to work creating your personal style box (they do all the work!).
  1. RECEIVE YOUR BOX: Within a week from registering, you’ll receive an email with images of the items they selected for you. Each box is equipped with 3 articles of clothing and 2 accessories. At this point, you have a chance to swap something out you don’t like it or have it sent as is. (Personally, I like to be surprised when my shipment arrives!)
  1. RETURN AND REPEAT: Once the box arrives you can wear the items as many times as you want! Don’t even worry about cleaning them-it’s all part of the service! Le Tote sends you a pre-paid addressed envelope that you put your worn clothes into to be returned. Once they receive your bag, your team of stylists prepares another box for you! (how great is that?!)

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Q: “What if you really love an item and don’t want to send it back?”

A: No worries! You can keep any item(s) as long as you like. Should you choose to purchase it, Le Tote will bill you at an extremely discounted rate (anywhere from 40%-60% off the retail price).


 This is a picture of a bracelet from one of my shipments. I fell in love with it, so I decided to keep it!

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It costs only $49/month (less than the price of purchasing one new article of clothing!) and you can switch out your totes as frequently as you like- (some people get a new tote every week, other’s every month) it all depends on how often you want to keep the items. So there is no pressure to quickly wear something and send it back.

Le Tote is extending all my SBO peeps an exclusive offer: 50% off your first month! All you need to do is click on the image below and type in the code SB50-simple as that!

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Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

Happy Shopping!

Laurie

Clean and Clutter Free

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

If it looks like a tornado ran through your workspace over the past few weeks you’re not alone. Bank statements, receipts and all the other paperwork necessary to file your taxes can easily take over our lives during the weeks leading to April 15th.

Now that it’s behind you, it’s time to regroup.

Over the past month I’ve written a series of articles on simplifying paper clutter (if you missed them, I’ve posted the links below). Today I’m going to focus on keeping a clean workspace.

It’s amazing how quickly dust can accumulate, even underneath piles of papers! Working in a clean environment is not only good for our psyche, but for our heath.

Staples ™ has a great line of Sustainable Products that I highly recommend. If you want to check them out, it’s called Sustainable Earth by Staples.  

 

Below are my top 3  go-to cleaning products:

 

 

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The All- Purpose Cleaner is great for pretty much any surface, but I like it specifically for desks and counters. It’s phosphate free and ammonia free.

 

 

 

 

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I couple it with the Sustainable Earth Paper Towels, which are virtually lint-free and made without any chlorine or dyes.

 

 

 

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My favorite grab and go cleaning product is the Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes. I especially love them to wipe down computer screens, keyboards, and phones. They are made with plant-based ingredients and are environmental friendly. I keep a pack in my desk drawer so whenever I see something that looks a little dirty, I can easily wipe it down without leaving my desk.

 

 

Keeping your workspace clean is just as important as keeping it clutter free. If you missed the other two articles in my organizing your tax papers series, you can read them here:

 

4 Products To Keep Your Papers Organized

3 Tips To Conquering Paper Clutter

 

Happy Organizing!