Let’s talk kids…It's never too early to start having your kids participate in the organizing process. It teaches them so many skills that will pay off in the long run when they are able to attack their own messes independently.
Start by letting them sort their toys into different bins (i.e. cars, play dough items, etc). Yes they will probably start playing during this process, but small steps can lead to big changes. Believe it or not, kids crave organized spaces and structure. If their bedrooms and playrooms are disorganized and chaotic they are less likely to spend a decent amount of time playing in there, which is a waste of these toys and activities you have invested in! A cluttered playroom makes it harder for the child to focus on one activity, which leads them to be done "playing" fairly quick.
Another great habit to start is helping them choose toys to pass along to other kids who may enjoy the toy more. It teaches her the spirit of giving as well as the ability to let go and not hold onto toys just because they once loved them.
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One of the most important parts of any organization project (whether you are organizing on your own or with help) is finding places to donate and/or recycle the items you no longer want and/or need. This list includes places to donate (with links) as well as recycling info and how to dispose of the really hard to dispose of items. To see the resource list click this link here: St. Augustine/St. Johns County Resources.
I am always looking for new places that accept donations or offer recycling. Let me know if you would like your business/organization to be added to the list.
Due to a wonderful opportunity for our family it is with a heavy heart to announce our move from Savannah to St. Augustine, FL. I will be forever grateful for the dear friends and clients who helped Serene Spaces grow in the past 3 years. Thank you for your support as Serene Spaces begins to service the St. Augustine, Florida metro area. We look forward to this new chapter in our lives and seeing the doors that God continues to open for us.
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Everyone is bound to have some wire hangers around their home at some point, the question is....
What do I do with them if I don't want them???
1. You can check with your local recycling center but many do not accept wire hangers. You can remove the cardboard and/or paper from the hangers and recycle that at least.
2. Many thrift stores will gladly take them off of your hands such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Be sure to call your local branch before you head there with all your hangers because not all locations accept them and we don't want them to end up in the landfill :-)
Some local thrift stores in Savannah, GA that accept wire hangers are Blessingdales, Thrift, Gift, and Furniture, and The Old Savannah City Mission.
If there is a thrift or consignment store that you frequent, don't be afraid to ask them if they would like your wire hangers (provided they sell clothes).
3. Check with the dry cleaners in your area, lets face it many of them probably came from the dry cleaners anyways. Many dry cleaners will welcome them so just drop them off with your dry cleaning the next time you go.
Any other ideas that I may have missed....please feel free to leave a comment below
In light of a new school year coming up...
This project is what turned my dreams of being a Professional Organizer in Savannah, GA a reality.
This was a total of 2 rooms used for storage by this preschool in Savannah, GA. Everything was completely rearranged so that all like items were stored in the same room.
The smaller of the 2 rooms became the "teacher supply and work room" and the other much larger room was designated for "classroom supplies."
Shelving units and bins were purchased for this project some items such as the filing cabinets were re purposed.
In the larger room isles were created from the shelving units to create space and a flow for all the items stored. Everything used with and for the children in the classroom were stored in this room.
Items included: classroom manipulatives, puzzles, items for classroom stations, school library, craft supplies (from paint to coffee filters), educational toys, dress-up clothes, outdoor toys, indoor recess toys, and even a computer station where teachers could check out computers to be used during centers.
Everything was sorted and placed in a bin (mostly clear bins but some opaque bins were re purposed) with a label of what was inside and where it belonged in the room (example: bristle blocks unit 2 shelf 4). All of the shelving units were labeled as well as each shelf. All of the books in the classroom library were separated into categories and labeled according to their category.
The smaller room housed all the teacher materials such as: bulletin board items, staples, tape, trash bags, and construction paper. This room also contained a workstation where there were laminating machines, a cricut, and an Ellison Press to be used by teachers outside of classroom time.
Again everything was placed in bins or in a drawer/cabinet with a label so everyone knew where to find what they were looking for.
The school was also provided with an inventory spreadsheet that listed everything in each of the rooms by unit and shelf location.
Everything had a home and was labeled with it's location for ease in finding it and putting it away. Labeling everything was key and it helped teachers and teachers aids out immensely so they could quickly find what they needed when they needed it :-)
Hey everyone and welcome to my blog. I wanted to share with you a special I am offering to all of you who are local to me. Who is local you ask, well....I am a Professional Organizer serving the Greater Savannah, GA area. I serve areas including but not limited to: Savannah, Tybee Island, Pooler, Bloomingdale, Richmond Hill, Statesboro, Claxton, Pembroke, Palmetto Bluff, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Effingham County.
Are you drowning in piles of paperwork and don’t know where to begin? Are your closets busting at the seams but you can’t seem to find anything to wear? Are your cars parked in the driveway because you don't have room in the garage?
Clutter can be paralyzing. The first step is to release any fear, shame, or embarrassment and know that you are not alone! Life is full of transitions and it is important to consistently evaluate your systems in order to adapt to changes and maintain organization. I can help you sort through your things and teach you specific techniques to keep the piles away.
To put it plain and simple, I LOVE to help people. I feel fortunate to be able to say that I have loved all of my previous jobs because even though I faced difficult situations at times I was able to help make a difference in peoples lives. My past work experience has revolved around helping others, I have worked in mental health case management, social work, foster care, and medical office management.
I have always found myself organizing at each of my previous jobs whether it was a co-workers desk, files, storage closets, or closets it didn't matter I loved doing it. After many years of helping others get organized I realized that God had given me the gift of helping others reclaim their spaces and their lives by getting organized, so Serene Spaces Professional Organizing was born :-)
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If you’re ready to regain control of your home, your office, your business,
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