great garage overhaul!

Great Garage Overhauli belong to a wonderful organization, NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers). we have a chapter here in Arizona and i’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of the group since i started my business in Houston. every year, NAPO National designates January as Get Organized Month (GO Month) to get people motivated to start off their new year in a BIG way by inspiring them with organizing ideas, demonstrations, partnerships or projects. each chapter has a project that allows us to work with the community in some way. this year NAPO AZ decided to do the Great Garage Overhaul and will be selecting a lucky homeowner in the Phoenix area to work with.

we are accepting applications through the end of this month (1/31/13). click on the logo to the left and it will take you to our webpage that has the downloadable application and there are also more details about event itself. we will be making a decision mid February and the work will start 2/22/13 and we will work through til sunday.

enter today! not only will your home be organized by a team of professionals, shelving and rack systems will also be professionally installed. and your garage will also get a fresh coat of paint!

so please…check out our webpage, enter to win and spread the word!

happy 2013–make the most of what life brings you!

happy 2013!happy 2013!

i haven’t written in quite some time…i have been busy as i know you all have been. this past year was good, the holidays were great and 2013 is going to be FANTASTIC! i just know it is. plan on seeing a whole lot more from me in the coming year. i am going to be sharing more tips, tricks, cool products, organizing ideas, inspiration, etc. and i want to hear from you, too. how was 2012 for you? what are you experiencing? what does 2013 look like for you? do you have questions for me? is there something you want to see on here? do you have projects you haven’t started? or projects you have started and haven’t finished? do you have big successes that you want to share? i want to hear it all…

i have seen the following post a few times on facebook. i came across it again this morning, read it and wanted to share it…what better place to share it than right here?!? there are 42 lessons…and i am 42 (for the next couple of months anyway) so i am taking it as a sign that i need to pay closer attention to what she wrote. please read this through to the end. so many life lessons by someone who has experienced 90 years of living. which life lessons apply to you?

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, Columnist for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short–enjoy it.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
  16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  25. Always choose life.
  26. Forgive but don’t forget.
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  31. Believe in miracles.
  32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  33. Growing old beats the alternative–dying young.
  34. Your children get only one childhood.
  35.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
  39. The best is yet to come…
  40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  41. Yield.
  42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

how to clean a refrigerator

how to clean a refrigerator

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big or small, your fridge can become overwhelmed with uneaten leftovers, expired foods and sticky jelly jars. here’s how to clean your fridge in 30 minutes or less…inside and out!

1. unplug. clean off the vent on the front/bottom of your fridge using your vacuum or a brush.

2. empty. throw away any expired or uneaten food (recycle any glass, cardboard or plastic). make sure to add to your grocery list the items that you’ve tossed. put the rest of the contents to the side. put any sticky jars or bottles next to the sink.

3. wash. take the drawers out and put in warm, soapy water. soak the drawers if needed. scrub them down with a sponge, rinse and then air-dry. wash and dry any jars or bottles that need cleaning.

4. wipe. clean the interior of the fridge with the soapy water from the sink (or fill a small bucket with suds). follow this up with a multi-purpose cleaner and paper towels. make sure to wipe down the shelves on the door, too. use a small brush (even an old toothbrush) to get into the hard to reach spaces like the seal around the door.

5. power up. plug the fridge back in, put the drawers back and put the food back into place. make sure all jars and bottles are clean before putting them back on the shelf.

6. polish. wipe down the front (and sides) of the fridge.

some additional things to consider:

  • “zone” your fridge when you are putting things back in the fridge. syrups and jellys should be together. pickles and olives should be together. condiments should be together. keep sandwich meats and cheeses together so lunch time is easier.
  • use lazy susans to make items accessible in your fridgeare some areas of your fridge hard to get to? consider lazy susans in the hard to reach corners. that way you have access to whatever you need without having to move other bottles or jars out of your way.
  • consider using small plastic bins or baskets to group things like snack time foods for the kids, lunch making supplies, etc. these are all time savers and you know exactly what you have on hand.
  • put a small tablet on the side of your fridge so you can write down what you have used up (or are close to using up) to make grocery shopping easier.

{quick tip} kids’ artwork storage

back to school artwork kids organizing are you already inundated with the amount of projects your kids are bringing home from school? use mailing tubes to store their rolled-up artwork. mark it with your budding artist’s name and age or grade for ease in identification.

{quick tip} computer cord wrangling

power strip cord detanglerwho doesn’t have trouble keeping their computer cords untangled? this system incorporates a power strip and a way to avoid those cord tangles. go an extra step and label the cords that are coming out of the top of the box so you know what cord belongs with which electronic. an easy way to do this is with a piece of label tape from a label machine. just print it out and fold it in half around the cord. or use a plastic bread clip…it’s the perfect size!