Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet

6G6F0R60R3.jpgYour morning routine can slow you down if your closet is in disarray. You want to be able to grab what you need quickly and go.

Start by taking everything out of the closet. Rather than grabbing things one by one, it is easier to take everything out and look at it. Then you’ll know if you have enough space for everything that you want in there.
Create a system for your clothes so you can see everything at a glance. It can be so frustrating when you’re looking for something in particular and it’s not where you thought it was. Combat that by keeping everything as visible as possible.
Read more about Closet Tricks from my previous blog posting, and about Closets Full of Clothes.

Knowing the Difference Between Trash and Donation

Many times when I’m a helping client organize, we come across things that they don’t want anymore. The next question we ask is whether it should be thrown away or to donate it. Here are some tips on answering that question:

  Donate            Trash

Not broken
Ripped to shreds
Someone else can use it
Not broken, but no one can use it
Incomplete set of toys
Moldy or ruined by moisture
Naked Barbie
Missing parts or pieces

Old Stuff Day

Apparently last week was National Old Stuff Day!? There are many obscure things that have a day dedicated to them. Yet everyone has old stuff. There are two different things to do with your old stuff. It can be out and displayed, or tucked away and forgotten.

Think of the old stuff you have around: do you appreciate it, or is it just taking up space? Before you bring new stuff in, think of old stuff that you can get rid of. This includes movies, books and magazines. It’s more than clothes that count here.

3 Tips in Preparing for the Time Change

It always seems that “springing forward” is more difficult than “falling behind.” Losing an hour can have more negative effects if you’re not prepared for it. Here are some tips to keep in mind for the time change:
1. Put a notice in your calendar the day before.
2. Go to bed an hour earlier.
3. Remember the clocks that won’t automatically change, like your watch or car.
Follow these tips and you’ll be a step ahead!

5 Tips for Time Management

There never seems to be enough time in the day. Well, there is - it’s just of matter of managing the time you’re given to be as effective as possible. Whether it’s work related or a family meeting, here are some tips to managing your time:

1.    Paper vs Electronic. Choose between the two. If you remember things better by writing it down, then use paper. Both of them are great for looking at what needs to be done overall and checking it off the list, too.

2.    One Calendar. There shouldn’t be multiple calendars for different functions. If you’re using Google Calendar for work and a spiral planner for personal life, they need to be consolidated. You’ll be able to schedule more quickly by only having one place to confirm an opening.

3.    Others should have access. Your spouse or kids should also have access to your calendar, when appropriate. This will teach them to share, time manage, and coordinate as well. Plus, in case of emergencies, they will be able to contact your upcoming appointments.

4.    Don’t overbook yourself. It’s easy to forget to put something in your calendar but make it a habit to schedule even simple things as soon as plans are made. Sometimes it’s difficult when people don’t confirm until the last minute, so you should identify the event somehow to show you might be open.

5.    Set timers. You’ll be mentally prepared and more in control of your schedule by setting timers. Whether it’s on your phone or the kitchen stove, setting a timer will push you to being prepared. The last 15 minutes before you have to leave always fly by, so set those audio notifications to high.

Create an Oasis

The winter seems to be lingering. Everyone you know seems to be going to faraway places with fresh air and sunshine. Maybe you yourself were lucky enough to take a trip over this winter, but now you’re longing for it again.
Everyone has been cooped up in the house so it’s time to bring some of that sunshine inside. Create an oasis in your home for relaxation. Bedrooms should be void of any projects; if you want to be able to relax in your room then there shouldn’t be too much stimulation in it. If there is another room you want to make relaxing, then take out technology. TVs are too tempting for catching up on the latest episodes, and it’s easy to get lost on the web with your phone or computer. Make a “phone free” zone to rest your eyes, mind, and body.

Spending Valentine’s Day with Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for that special someone. It’s about love in general. So spend it with the people you care about, doing the things you love. There are some great spots in Chicago, both romantic and family friendly. Check out some of the places below:

  • 41053A7BDE.jpgChocolate at The Pen Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7pm, The Lobby has a chocolate buffet. It has a beautiful view of a rooftop ice rink with a live string quartet playing softly in the background. Their chocolate assortments have included candy, fondue, cake, and pastries. They even have a separate station that changes each weekend: crepes, hot chocolate, ice cream sundaes, and more. Check them out here.

  • Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour Valentine’s Day doesn’t have a history of being a sappy holiday. Check out the history behind Valentine’s in Chicago on a bus tour. They’ll tell you the true story behind Chicago that will make your skin crawl. Check them out here.

  • Eno Wine and Chocolate Is there any other kind of pairing that is more perfect? This is a great setting for both a girls night out or a night out with that special someone. Check them out here.

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