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Cleaning out my own clutter February 17, 2010

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It has been a while since my last blog post and I’ve been thinking why is that so…is it motivation? Or writers block or even to many thoughts running through my head I can’t even place them into organized thoughts. I think it is mostly too many thoughts running through my head and I have been in the process or organizing my own home and life! This is what I have been working on and it’s so freeing that I can hardly contain myself from screaming it on my overly taxed modest ranch home. I just got divorced and one of the temporary agreements was to “nest” That means when he is here with the kids I am not and vice versa. At first I thought it was doable, now not so much. To keep myself from going absolutely insane I have been doing some cleaning out of items. Objects and furniture I thought I could never part with, I now can. The need for independence and more personal space, a must. Here are a couple ways I have found in organizing my clients and myself a few very useful resources to get rid of it all!

  1. EBay – I have a friend who is selling so many things for me on eBay. I have sold some clothing on eBay myself, but she knows the ins and outs. There are many eBay stores that you can bring things to, but they charge a percentage. Try swapping with a friend who knows her stuff and you will both end up happy.
  2. Good Will – Salvation Army, You know them, they help those who need help and pick up at your home. Wow!
  3. Friends – When you’re on a roll, a good friend to encourage is a must. Some things I have been talked out of or at least put on hold to sell. (I might regret it later) Other items, I’ve got the cheerleading squad “Hell yea! Donate! Throw it away! EBay! Love my friends.
  4. My own brain – I’m not some raging lunatic, but I am ready for change. I have to remember to be very sensitive to my kids needs. I haven’t even touched any of their things and probably won’t
  5. Craig list – What can I say about Craig’s? What a great thing. Remember to have whatever you’re selling in a garage or spot outside of your home. Since it does attract so many “unknowns” keep cautious and only accept cash and money orders.
  6. Consignment shops – I have seen so many consignment shops pop up in my area. Especially since the economy tanked last year. Consignment shops are great; just know what percentage they are going to take off the top. Your items have to be in good condition and clean. Not a bad deal when you really don’t want to deal with any of it.

Not bad huh? You see I’m not crazy, just ready to move on. When it comes down to it, I really just care about the health and happiness of my kids. The belongings can be replaced and new memories made. I’m not sad, I’m elated and that is the feeling I get from all my clients. That freeing feeling when we push out the extra stuff that weights us down. What weights you down? If you could get rid of 3 things in your home and not feel guilty, what would it be? Think about it. Until next time may your path be clear of clutter and your shoulders feel light. Cheers


Bad news comes in 3s December 1, 2009

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They say bad news always comes in 3s. It seems to me when something big hits, in the back of my mind I wait for the other 2 to roll in soon. Recently I took my sick dog Daphne to the vet. The poor old girl had not been herself and I had fears of some foreign object (Lego) lodged in her lower intestines.   As I drove away from the vet leaving her there for tests and I’m sure a hefty bill, I thought about our other dog Crosby, Daphne’s BFF that I had to have put down a couple years ago. Crosby was out first baby and he reluctantly put up with our growing family of another puppy and 3 kids. My kids adored their pets who sat and stared at me when ever they were being used as a pillow, had a blanket fort made around them, dressed up, walked around the yard on a leash and bathed in the kiddy pool. A time came about 3 years ago and Crosby was no longer the spry dog but a panic stricken mess that suffered from dementia and had grand mal seizures a couple times a day. The decision was made to end his suffering and our family fell apart. To my pleasant surprise my kids immediately went into our collection of  photo boxes and made a picture album all about Crosby and our family. It helped them slowly heal and understand in the end he was not the same happy dog they knew and loved. They understood that it was time.


The same was true today when I arrived home without Daphne and news that she was very sick and we’ll try what we can. My kid’s went to the photo boxes and pulled out everything that had to do with Daphne. My youngest made a card. My oldest daughter wrote a song and my son pinned some pictures on his bulletin board. Tears were involved too, but they all went to bed feeling a little better by sharing their feelings in a way they connected with. I did say bad comes in 3s didn’t I? I think if  that really true, my kids have created wonderful ways to help themselves cope. A lesson learned by a Mom of animals and kids alike.


SSS To Organizing Your Jewelry August 8, 2009

WrapAround Mango Baubles, bangles and earrings, oh my! Do you have a drawer full of precious jewels, costume trends, or a little of both?  Here is an even bigger question. Do you know where everything is? Are all your jewels tucked away in boxes and drawers? Do you forget what you have? How do we organize our jewelry so we can bedazzle ourselves in seconds?

Have no fear, I have a couple solutions for you that can be done in probably less than an hour. Unless of course you are the Princess on Monaco, which you more than likely are not, but if the Princess of Monaco is reading this, cool! Okay, okay I’ll stop dreaming, for this project, first things first – you will need a glass of wine. Due to the process of this task, you will probably be doing a lot of jogging down memory lane. Wine is good for that.

Before I give you a list of what you need, take a look at your space allowance. I will give you ideas for different space requirements.

When you have a designated drawer for jewelry in your room, closet or bathroom:

  1. A stacking jewelry tray that fits in drawers will be a great addition.
  2. Small organizing containers that clip together and come in all different sizes so you can piece them together according to your needs would also be useful.

The following are options for jewelry storage in any situation. Before you purchase anything be sure to look at your space and chose wisely.

1. Many jewelry boxes are available out there that have different layers, so you   can separate the good, the great and the ugly. (I.e. the Christmas pin your Great  Aunt crocheted for you).  These work very well for rings, bracelets and necklaces.

2. For the jewelry that tarnishes or is only worn on special occasions, keeping  them in a cloth bag will help silver and gold not to tarnish as quickly. Attaching a tag to the drawstring allows you to quickly identify the piece and not have to  open all the bags before finding the right one.

3. Look in your local multi purpose store, such as Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer  for makeup organizing boxes. They have several tiers that are great for separating  jewelry.

4. Earrings are sometimes difficult to organize. How many times after a long day  or evening do you take them off and throw on your dresser? That is fine, I do the  same thing. The difference is you need to have something to throw them into. I  have a fired clay dish that my daughter made for me in school. Anything can   work; do you have a favorite teacup, or saucer? Anything around your home can  work.

5. Purchasing an “earring tree” for the top of your dresser is an option. I have to  tell you these are not my favorite. They keep your earrings organized and in one  place, but it’s also visual clutter. Save your dresser top for a beautiful perfume  bottle, decorative box and a picture of your dog.

Where do the earrings get stored when they are not in use?  I have not found the ideal item specifically made for earring storage that I like, but I have several ideas for you that will work for all your earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches, rings and anything else shiny.

  1. Ice cube trays- Think about it, they each have 12 sections and stack nicely. Of course most are not very pleasant to look at, so how about finding a drawer or cabinet in you bathroom or bedroom to store them in?
  2. A bulletin board – Cover it with a cool fabric and use stickpins to hang earrings, necklaces and bracelets. It can become part of your décor and still looks nice.
  3. A shadow box- another decorative choice. Shadow boxes can be purchased at any craft store.  Place a cork backing in it and use like the bulletin board. Shadowboxes have a door to keep out dust and admiring little fingers.
  4. Decorative box – Purchase a decorative painted or fabric box at a craft store and use drawer-organizing containers to keep items separated. The boxes are lovely to look at and look great stacked on each other.
  5. Bracelets, necklaces even hoop earrings and rings can be stored on a dowel rod that is hung on a support such as little hooks or some unique knobs. Think about where that would fit in your space.
  6. How about pegboard. It’s not just for you garage. Picture this, pegboard painted, but to size and framed. Fasten it to your closet door or wall space and use hooks made specifically pegboard to hang your treasure. Cheap, easy and your friends will think you’re crafty.

Do you see that the actual choice of the proper tools is the biggest task?  After that sorting will be easy!

When going through your treasures sort by:

  1. Earrings by size – unless you have a second or third hole in your ear, get rid of the earrings that don’t have a partner.
  2. Occasion – less frequently worn jewels can be stored in a less front and center place.
  3. Frequently worn jewelry such as a watch or ring could be stored in the dish for your quick jewelry take off moments.

As you sort through your jewelry, did you find the necklace your ex-boyfriend gave you? How about your

Grandmother’s ring? I hope you found some treasures that bring back some good memories. I don’t know about

7060you, but I’m sipping my wine and I’m grooving to some Love and Rockets and I guess I’ve got to throw in some Van Halen somewhere. Oh crap there goes Barbara again…”Memories, light the corners of my mind”. Okay back to reality, you are on a roll and keep going. Good luck with the sparkly things in your life. Until next time, Cheers


Let go and jump June 30, 2009

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Do you ever get sick of doing projects? I do, or did about 2 years ago. While I was sitting in my home thinking about the “projects” that needed to be done in my home and in my life I used up all my energy sitting and thinking. When it came time for me to actually do something about it, I was too tired. Sounds like a vicious circle doesn’t it?

 The beginning of the summer sparked the official “Julie get off your ass” season and I am happy to tell you progress is being made. My son will be entering middle school next year and we decided it was time to redo his room. The toy box with the song Row, Row, Row, your boat on it had to go. His collection of bunnies was well out grown, and the legos are collecting dust.

All his belonging had been moved to my dining room so we could paint. My son and I decided that only his favorite things would go back into his room. We sat in the middle of the mess and went through each item, toss, donate, and store. I gave him three trash bags and proceeded to pick up one thing at a time and he was amazing! For a kid who is so sensitive and emotionally attached to objects, he was ready to clear out!  His quick decisions and our project of painting sparked the flame we needed to tackle other jobs in the house. We could not have accomplished the decluttering project unless he was ready to let go of some of those belongings.

 Unless we are ready to “let go” we just are not ready yet. Its hard to wait sometimes when you’re standing at the edge and your mind is screaming “Okay Now!….Now!” but your legs just won’t let you jump. Jumping will only happen when we are ready to let go. Just like my son with his room. Just like me with other life decisions I need to make. Its time, get rid of the stuff and jump.


Organizing my insides and facing the elephant. June 22, 2009

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Have you ever felt that you have so much to take care of and do, that none of it gets done? The thoughts swirl around in your head and even if they are written down, still don’t make sense?


Have you ever been asked,” So what did you do all day?” You know it was busy, but what was accomplished? Recently, I have been tweeting that I need to work on writing my blog and enewsletter. It has hung over me like a like a big question mark taunting and saying to me “What are you gonna do about it Julie?” My biggest frustration was that I had no motivation to even start. It is time for me to sit down and look, really look within for what was stopping me. I, in other words need to organize myself from the inside before I can deal and succeed in the other areas of my life.


What needs to be organized? What is up with that big question mark hanging over my head? I realized that there is a big issue that I am avoiding and it is preventing me from moving on. I have gone as far as I can go and now I need to address the elephant in the room.


Do you share that same antsy feeling like there are so many things to do and accomplish, but one piece of the puzzle is missing. Like there is one thing that needs to be taken care of before any further leaps and bounds can be made. Maybe you need to finish those last couple classes you have left over; Take control of your finances and learn a better way of dealing with your money; maybe it’s mending a friendship or leaving one. Whatever the elephant is for you, running at it full steam is the only way to stand up to it and eventually it will disappear.


That is why I am taking a brief break today in my typical hands on organizing blogs to discuss our insides and making sure they can keep up with the outside demands. I’d love for you to follow me on this journey to address my elephant. I promise not to make is all “Soul searching” but, I’ll pop one in here and there. 


On a side note, I just did a video on primping your purse. I’m not used to being on video, so you guys will be my judges. Please be gentle. I haven’t posted it yet, but will very soon. Keep a look out!