Category Archives: Holidays

7 Questions to Ask Before Black Friday

  Black Friday is for some, a tradition, religion, habit and a no brain brainer… why wouldn’t someone want amazing deals and sales? As a professional organizer, I cringe. If I could shut down all the stores for Thanksgiving and … Continue reading

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Putting Christmas Away

So it’s January and you’re cringing as there are remnants of the holidays still lying around your home. I just drove down an alley in Chicago today with a Christmas tree sticking out of the garbage. I know some of … Continue reading

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Resolutions for getting organized

  What can you do at the outset of 2014 to get organized for the entire year? At Home Choose to use one calendar and use it for EVERYTHING. Put reminders, vacations, tasks and anything else in the calendar to … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Address Cleaning Up After Christmas

Picking the house back up after the holidays can feel like a daunting task. We do so much to prepare for holidays but we forget how much there is to clean up when the kids are back at school and … Continue reading

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Recycling Christmas Lights

SWANCC (http://swancc.org/) and local suburbs are teaming up to offer Holiday Light Recycling Programs, free of charge. So if you are cleaning out your tubs of old Christmas lights and would like to recycle them, bring them to one of … Continue reading

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5 Tips To Preparing for the Holidays

Reduce the amount of collections or knick knacks you have displayed. This will make room for fresh flowers, holiday décor, and platters of food to entertain family and friends. The less that’s displayed, the less cluttered your home will look … Continue reading

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An Organized Halloween

Costumes Over the years of organizing, I have definitely come across my share of Halloween costumes. I’ve organized pet costumes, adult costumes and hoards of kids dress up and play costumes. Pretending to be something or someone else brings fun, … Continue reading

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Christmas Aftermath

The massive holiday we plan for in excess of a month or so, has come and gone. We can all breathe deeply and kick our feet up. Or can we? Now the house is a mess. Decorations are still up.  … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for an Organized Christmas

Pick your battles. You can’t organize the whole house before Christmas. Tidy up guest rooms, the living spaces and kitchen countertops. Tackle one space at a time and don’t organize to perfection. Details can be looked at after the holidays. … Continue reading

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How to Organize Gift Wrapping Supplies

  Gift Shelf Let’s start with the gift itself. Many families have gift shelves or a gift area in their closets. I wouldn’t suggest a whole closet or collecting a large volume of gifts, but this concept, within reason, is … Continue reading

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