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Don’t know if you noticed, but in the last 11 days, we ushered in the second half of 2017. Crazy, right? Time really does fly. Lately, I’ve been pondering my 3rd Quarter goals, signing up for events for Fall, and generally thinking big picture thoughts in the midst of sun and fun with friends and family. The article I planned to write this week was going to challenge you to make some big-picture goals for the rest of 2017, and then this article came up in my FB memory feed, and I had to share it. So let’s start with “Who’s Driving This Car Anyway? YOU. You Are In Charge. and we’ll look at goals next week! (more…)
Tuesday, June 20: Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?
How is your summer going? Everyone finally out of school? We’ve been out for weeks, and I feel like we’re hitting our stride.
I took a good look around my car today. I spent a few minutes tidying it up after dropping off a batch of donations for a client. And I realized that for all the time I spend in my car, I’m so grateful it’s clean and organized and pleasant. Want to improve your day? Take care of your car! Read on for “Organize Your Car This Week (aka, What’s That Smell?)”
If you try one thing this week, try this: Take your care to a car wash, and get it cleaned inside and out! (Yes, a car wash, it’s better for the environment….more…)
Tuesday, June 13: How High Are Your Eyes? (a.k.a. Where to keep the canned tuna?)
This past week, I celebrated my 14th anniversary as a Professional Organizer. Wow. Whoa.
I appreciate each of you every day for your faith and trust in me and my abilities, and I look forward to many more years of imagining better with you and restoring order from chaos, one room or client or project at a time.
Last week also found me settling back into our almost-finished kitchen and helping friends get settled in their new home. These two experiences reminded me of a very helpful rule of thumb to use when determining where to store items in our homes. Read on to learn more in “How High Are Your Eyes? (a.k.a., Where to store the canned tuna … more).
Tuesday, June 6: Summer’s New Normal
Hello everyone! Summer is here, at least in the Klimczak household. Everyone’s out of school, summer work and schedules have begun. But some things remain the same.
Last week, my awesome accountability partner asked me what my “New Normal” is for summer. Her insightful question has helped me to be intentional about how I will spend my summer! Read on to learn more with “Summer’s ‘New Normal'(more…)”.
Tuesday, May 30: Let’s Talk Expiration Dates
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, and appreciate all of those who have served our country.
I have the privilege and pleasure of serving on our local school board as a School Board Member. Tomorrow night I will attend my 5th end-of-the-year event in 2 weeks, our 8th grade graduation. We all should enjoy this happy, hopeful and optimistic time of year!
Our kitchen project is moving along, and I will post before- and after- pictures soon enough. I’ve been thinking a lot about kitchens lately! Read on for my second installment of getting organized in the kitchen, “Let’s Talk Expiration Dates”, as a follow up to last week’s Want to Clear Clutter? Shop Better(more…) !
Tuesday, May 23: Want to Clear Clutter? Shop Better!
At a rainy soccer game on Saturday morning, a friend and I were discussing her pantry. She had been up until the wee hours the night before, checking expiration dates and clearing out old items. We all want to use our ‘stuff’ wisely, save some money, clear some clutter. A great place to start is by using our consumables well and shopping better. Read on for 5 tips in “Want to Clear Clutter? Shop Better”. Next week, we’ll walk through the Pantry Review Process! (more…)
Tuesday, May 16: When Reality Meets the To-Do List: It’s Time to Act!
Planning is invaluable.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” -Winston Churchill.
However, just as there is a time for planning, there is also a time for Action.
“Just Do It”. -Nike.
Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly. But the truth remains. We can plan and plan, but eventually, to make progress, we must act. We can plan for a trip, plan our packing, etc., but we still need to put stuff in a suitcase. We can research the best car with all the right options and where to buy it, but we have to act on that information if we ever want the snazzy new ride. Read “When Reality Meets the To-Do List: It’s Time To Act” to learn more (…) !
Wednesday, May 10, Finally, A Blog Post About Plastic Storage Containers
We’re working on a kitchen remodel at our house. It’s amazing – all the prep work that goes into a big project like this! And we haven’t demolished or installed a thing yet! As we pack up the kitchen, I appreciate our organized space, knowing that our stuff is already de-cluttered and pared down! One common source of kitchen clutter is Food Storage Containers, either plastic or glass. They are necessary and useful, but wow, can they add up and take over a space!! If you struggle with storage container clutter, too, read on for “Finally, A Blog Post About Plastic Food Containers!”…more !
Tuesday, May 2nd, It’s May! Is Your Head Spinning, too?
A lot of things happen in May. Really good and wonderful things.
I believe this is the busiest month of the year.
And my head is spinning.
If you’ve got a lot going on right now, too, read on for survival tips for this very busy month in “It’s May! Is Your Head Spinning, Too?…more)”
Wednesday, April 26: This Week’s Menu Plan is To Not Cook (Aka, How Many Foods Can We Serve on a Bun?)
Yesterday, my friend posted on FB that Spring Sports season brings 8 weeks of eating poorly. Regrettably I agree! My sons have outgrown little league, but we spent many spring months struggling to eat anything for dinner, let alone something healthy! So, J.O., this re-post is for you! Check out “This Week’s Menu Plan Is To Not Cook (a.k.a. How Many Foods Can We Serve On A Bun?)…more…”
Tuesday, April 18: Put Stuff Away Before You Take Anything Else Out!
Have you even jumped into action before really thinking things through? I bet we all have. This past Sunday, as we drove home from one event, we were planning for the next event. And while I admired my family member’s enthusiasm about the next event, I knew we needed to clean up from the last one before starting the next! Want to know how? Read on for “Put Away Stuff Before You Take Anything Else Out “… (more)…
Spring is here, and I am feeling it this week! A rush of energy, a desire to be outside or at least let some of the outside in, an urge to lighten up and get moving! Very often, I get the call / text / email from a client, and they say “I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start”. And I think we’ve probably all felt that way from time to time. This week, start with these “6 Organizing Steps to Take For Spring”!
Got Clutter? SPRING CLEANING FOR A CAUSE...(more)…
Tuesday, April 4: Your Stuff Needs an AWAY
It’s Election Day! Did You Vote?! This past week, I was working with a client and her clutter, and she realized that much of her challenge was just with putting things AWAY. She had some clutter to purge, of course, but a lot of her frustration with the clutter in her home was solved by just putting things AWAY where they belonged. Our Stuff needs an AWAY. Read on for “Your Stuff Needs An AWAY” to find out why and how (more…)
Wednesday, March 29: Life’s Stormy Weather: Cleaning Up and Getting Ready
We all have stormy weather in our lives. The ups and downs, the gray skies and choppy water. Then the storm passes, and we have to clean up and get on with our life (and get ready for the next storm!). I say this with all hope and positivity, friends, I promise. We can and will endure the stormy weather, and then we’ll clean up and move on! Read on to find out more, “Life’s Stormy Weather: Cleaning Up and Getting Ready”.
From a reader: Have children’s books to pass on? Consider donating them to the Little Free Libraries at the Alzein Pediatric Associates’ offices: 2850 W 95th Street, Suite 400 in Evergreen Park; and 6700 W. 95th Street, Suite 250 in Oak Lawn… (more)
Tuesday, March 21: National Clean Your Closet Week: What’s In Your Suitcase?
Just in time for the first day of Spring, the third week in March is National Clean Your Closet Week! I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I always get the urge to refresh my closet and my clothes. I know it’s still chilly outside, but as soon as Spring arrives, I crave color and novelty in my clothing choices! Decision making is tough, though – I know. But asking yourself a few questions can make the process go smoothly! Read on for suggestions in “National Clean Out Your Closet Week: What’s In Your Suitcase?…(more)”
Tuesday, January 31: Out With The Old, In With The New… In The Kitchen!
How is it going? I spoke to a woman yesterday, and she said she had restarted her New Year’s Resolutions 3 times already. She thought that was a bad thing, I said it was GREAT!! She stumbled, but recommitted each time and started again!
Getting organized is one of the most popular Resolutions, right behind Getting Healthy / Losing Weight / Getting Fit. So, how about this week we combine the two? There is scientific evidence that tells us that a disorganized kitchen leads us to make unhealthy choices. And that an Organized Kitchen helps us make Healthy Choices! So spend a little time in the kitchen this week, but first, Read ” Out With the Old, In With The New… In The Kitchen!”
I’ve taught many organizing classes recently, since so many people are enthused this time of year about getting organized! And in every Clear the Clutter class that I offer, we talk about Duplicates.
Very often we have items that we need, use and love, but sometimes we also have too many of these items. So the item itself is useful and great, but having a lot of the same item feels like clutter. We need to ask the questions “How much is enough?” and “How many is too many?” Read on for details and more questions to ask in “Life is Too Short for Crummy Pens (The Question of Duplicates)… more….”
And for more inspiration from years past, check out:
- Tips for Getting Our Christmas Shopping Done
- Organize Your Kitchen for The Holidays: Do This, Not That
- Stay Productive When All The World Is a Distraction
This week, we’re talking about Gift Cards. Chances are, you have either given or received some gift cards, and they are likely scattered around your home or wallet, waiting to fulfill their destiny (by purchasing a sweater or some dinner or some streaming media!). Read on for “564 Words About Gift Cards”(more…)”
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this week? I’m thankful for my amazing husband and awesome sons. I’m thankful for our parents, my brothers and brother in-law and wonderful sisters-in-laws, and of course, my nieces and nephews. I’m thankful for my friends who are like family, for our wonderful community, for our Faith and God. For our home and all the good that God provides. And I’m thankful for all of you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Today, I put out the last of our Fall Decorations that we’ll actually keep. And parted with a few that haven’t seen daylight in a few years. It was this activity that inspired today’s article! (and the donating of a 1.5 foot tall Easter Bunny at a client’s home yesterday – yes, you know who you are!) So, read on to find out the questions to ask yourself when it comes to parting with questionable seasonal decor in “What If… Your Halloween Decor is Scary, But Not In A Good Way?” (more…)
If you try just one thing this week, try this: grab a garbage bag, open a drawer and get rid of the obvious rubbish! Even this simple step will clear clutter and open up space!
- Taking National Preparedness Month to Work
- National Preparedness Month – Get Your Kit!
- NPM: Quick! Where Are Your Keys? Your Cell Phone?
“We need to leave earlier for school” said my son this week. And he’s right. His school day starts a few minutes earlier this year, and we need to adjust our mornings accordingly. He and I can work together to make the earlier departure happen, but where do you find an extra 5 minutes in your morning? To be early instead of on-time, or on-time instead of late? Read on for suggestions to solve that very challenge in Find 5 Minutes In Your Morning “.
If you try one thing this week, try this: look around your kitchen or desk. Got recipes? Look at each a little more critically this week, and discard any recipes that just won’t work for you!
Mark Your Calendars Now, and plan to join me at these two great upcoming events: (read more…)
Tuesday, August 16: Back To School: Clothes and Clothes Shopping
This is the week for my sons – all three go back to school, to three different schools on three different days. Every new school year is full of possibilities, and I’m excited for all of them, but especially the college freshman!
You don’t have to be heading back to school or sending students back to reap benefits from this time of year. Consider this time of year an opportunity to re-boot, re-fresh, and re-commit to your goals and aspirations!
This week’s article is a re-post from this time last year. I started to write a new one, and then realized I had already said all that I wanted to say. Check out Back to School: Clothes and Clothes Shopping for the plan and process to get through the closets this week! (Read more….)
Tuesday, August 9: Tech and Back To School: Update Your Home, Habits and Devices
Technology is a big part of Back-To-School these days. My college student just ordered his new laptop; we ordered the high-schooler’s e-books for his Chrome book; and the middle-schooler will have a chrome book to use in every class. So, getting a handle on our home, habits and tech devices will certainly help us stay organized! Read on for suggestions and how to’s in Tech and Back To School: Update Your Home, Habits and Devices….
Tuesday, August 2: Sticky Habits
I will present “An Organized Family” at the Center for Self Actualization on Wednesday, August 10th, 6:30 – 8 pm, $10 at the door. “An Organized Family! Help your kids establish skills now that will help them at home, in school and the rest of their lives. We’ll talk routines, time management, age appropriate chores, learning and organizing styles, menu planning and more.” Click here to register!
I took a little side trip from my Summer Projects Article writing schedule today, because Habits have been a hot topic with my clients lately. And I understand why.
This was my FB post last night “Now here is a puzzle. 9:45 pm, and I’m writing a blog article about how to make habits stick, and use technology to keep you motivated and track progress. And … My Fitbit notifies me that I still need 1800 steps to reach my daily goal. So, do l keep writing? Ok, I’m walking.” And for the record, I met my 10,000 daily step goal. But I didn’t finish the article until today. And that’s the nature of Good Habits. Deciding over and over again to do the harder but better thing instead of the easy thing. And sometimes we have to decide between two important things! For more motivation to keep the Good Habits, read “Sticky Habits” !…
Tuesday, July 26: “Paper Management for Evolving Humans”
We’re tackling Papers this week, as Summer Project #4. I spent time cleaning over the weekend reviewing school papers and re-configuring a storage space for the papers we keep. More importantly, though, I shared our paper system with my sons, so they can begin to create their own strategies. Read on for ideas and strategies in “Paper Management for Evolving Humans”. (read more…) .
Tuesday, July 19: “Except for the People You Meet and The Books You Read.”
Sorry for today’s delay – three words. Widespread internet outage. But it’s back, and here I am!
If you try just one thing this week, try this: let go of unwanted expectations, and purge the books you “should” read (according to someone else) but don’t want to! (Read more…)
Tuesday, July 12: Did Someone Say Laundry? Summer Project #2
How is your summer going? I’ve been working hard, but also making sure to have lots of fun here and there!
I met the nicest group of folks at last night’s Clear The Clutter class at Moraine Valley Community College. Want to catch a class? I have just one more scheduled before Fall, click here to check out my schedule. My next class is Monday, July 25 at 7 pm, Clear the Clutter, Westmont Park District.
On the heels of last week’s closet organizing project is this week’s Laundry room / process challenge! Read on for Did Someone Say Laundry? Summer Project #2 (read more…)