Author Archives: Allison Flinn-Professional Organizer

Before & After: Linen Closet

Before & After: Linen Closet

With no real system in place a linen closet often becomes a catchall to an overabundance of toiletries, towels and sheets.

 

5 half used cans of hairspray…holey towels…Aways running out of toilet paper…That is what our client was dealing with. Years of purchasing items without decluttering, led to several duplicate items and items she no longer needed or used taking up space.

 

We first decluttered, removing anything that was expired and no longer used. In order to keep products organized and ensure that the client knew what she had on hand at all times and to prevent overbuying we grouped like items together in bins. Open plastic bins kept items visible, but contained. The finishing touch was labels so it’s clear what goes where. Small drawer units are now home to smaller items that would easily get lost in large bins.

 

 

Before & After: Jewelry Drawer

Before & After: Jewelry Drawer

No one has time for tangled necklaces and missing earrings. If you have an extra dresser drawer or two, they are a great option for keeping jewelry organized.


This client had felt-lined drawers but with no real system in place she struggled with keeping her jewelry organized.


We first decluttered, removing anything that she did not wear. Once we saw what was she decided to keep, we put jewelry trays in place so that everything stays tidy and visible. These trays are the perfect solution because they keep necklaces from tangling by separating them. If you have deep drawers you could also stack the trays and slide them side to side. An added bonus is that the flocked interior of the trays prevent jewelry from tarnishing.

 

 

getting organized for the holidays

getting organized for the holidays

Picture all those beautiful, shiny wrapped gift boxes, just waiting to be opened. It’s an inviting image—except, for many, the flip side is the many boxes hidden from sight that are overflowing with decorations and other holiday “stuff.” (Do broken ornaments and endless gift-wrap odds and ends ring a bell?) Luckily, with a few quick fixes, it’s easy to simplify and streamline what can already be an overwhelming time of year. Merrily we organize together.

Allison’s Tips for Achieving Holiday Sanity:

It’s all about smart storage. Choose storage items that specifically correlate to your various holiday decorations (for instance, an ornament chest or holiday light spool). No more cramming and jamming into boxes = proper preservation for your treasured items.

Shop soon. Don’t wait until after the holidays for deals on holiday storage, because chances are you’ll miss out on these in-demand items. Invest now to protect your holiday treasures—and all the sentiments that go with them.

Group items and label bins by room. No need to “room”-inate on what goes where: labeling bins by room allows you to simply carry that bin into the room, unpack, and decorate without sorting through tons of boxes to find what you need.

Ease into the packing process. It’s no secret that the holidays can be an exhausting time, so once they’re over, give yourself some much-needed space to take your time and do it right. By not fast-forwarding through proper packing, you’ll have more energy for an efficient, patient approach—ensuring that your holiday items stay in great condition.

Allison’s Must-Have Tools

Chevron Holiday 3-Drawer Ornament Chest—Much like a great jewelry chest, this handy-dandy organizer will keep your ornaments neat, tidy, and all in one piece.

Snaplock Wreath Storage Box—Dust and wear-and-tear be gone! This sturdy wreath storage box will keep your wreath good as new.

Decorative Tree Storage BagHow many times have you tried cramming your artificial tree in the original box? This useful storage bag makes it a cinch to easily pack your tree.

organized office

Does your office stress you out? Check out these 4 tips for a more organized and stress-free office:

  1. Clear everything off your desk. As you need items, put them back. You’ll be amazed at all of the stuff that you don’t actually use frequently.
  2. If you need to remember something write it down and all in one place. Avoid using Post-it notes as they can quite easily take over your entire workstation.
  3. Keep all supplies in one place. If you don’t know how much you have of something, chances are you will buy more than you need.
  4. For frequently used files use vertical file sorters. Using trays and inboxes allow piles to easily form.

start the morning off right

Are you struggling every morning to get everyone out the door? Here are two systems you can put in place today to save time tomorrow.

1) Create a space for each child by the door to hold the stuff they will need for school each day such as their backpack, homework and lunch. Everything should be placed in this area the night before, so in the morning they can just grab and go. Great organizing items for this area include wall hooks, cubbies and bulletin boards.

2) Do anything that can be done the night before such as picking out clothes, completing homework and packing backpacks and lunches. This will minimize the amount of stuff you have to do in the morning when time is limited.

back to school

Get organized this school year with these 3 tips:

1) Organize your “drop zone”. This is where everyone drops their stuff when they walk in the door. Hang hooks for backpacks and coats and set up shoe cubbies.

2) Don’t let school papers pile up. Create a portfolio for those items you want to hold onto as keepsakes. 

3) Set up an efficient work station. With a dedicated workspace it is easier for children to focus and stay on task. 

 

clutter free closet

Your closet should only be home to clothing that fits you and that you feel good in. Here are 5 tips for getting your closet in tip top shape. 

1) If you have not worn an item in a year, it’s shouldn’t be in your closet, with the exception of special occasion wear. Consider donating or consigning clothing you no longer wear. 

2) A complete closet overhaul can be quite a daunting task to take on all at once. If you find yourself easily distracted or short on time try on 5 items a day. Put the items you no longer want in a bag or basket to giveaway. This is also the time to remove items that need dry cleaning or mending. 

3) Implement the one-in-one-out rule. For every one item you buy, one has to go.

4) Put like items together so you can see what you have and to avoid buying duplicate items or many items in the same color.

5) Not sure how often you do or do not wear something? Turn all your hangers backwards, as you wear and item turn the hanger around. 

quick cleanup

Do you find yourself constantly picking up things around the house? Scrambling to hide things in closets before guests come over? Make cleaning up a snap with these three easy tips:

1) Use bins and baskets as a way to corral items that have been left around the house and need to be put away.

2) Before you go to bed clear off flat surfaces that have collected clutter throughout the day such as the counter, kitchen and coffee tables and desktop. Put everything where it belongs, so you can start fresh tomorrow.

3) Do things that take 3 minutes or less now. It will definitely save you time later.