Check out this recent article in Southern Living that we were featured in:
9 Things You Should Never Store In Your Pantry, According To Professional Organizers
By Melissa Locker
Keeping that food fresh can also make your pantry look photo-worthy. “Decanting [food] into clear containers or glass jars that are airtight can extend shelf life and keep bugs away,” adds Cassie Thompson of Serene Spaces Professional Organizing and Consulting in St. Augustine, Florida. “This not only keeps items fresh but will give you a great visual of what is left and when it is time to replenish. If you don't want to commit to decanting, chip clips—even clothes pins—work well to keep bags closed tight and lengthen shelf life
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Check out the recent Redfin article we were
featured in: The Ultimate Room-
By-Room Decluttering Checklist | Redfin
Creating a decluttering checklist is an excellent way to begin organizing your home and simplifying your life. Along with helping you take stock of your belongings, lists can help you stay on track and prioritize the areas that need
attention. However, following your checklist can be difficult with so many distractions in everyday life. Luckily, we can help.
What do you think of our tip? Do you ever struggle with getting rid of things that you know deep down you don't really want anymore?
Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in: How to Declutter Your Room: 12 Tips for Managing Bedroom Clutter Once and
Your bedroom is a special place; it's the last space you see before you go to bed at night and the first space you see when you wake up. Unfortunately, a cluttered bedroom can be stressful and make it difficult to relax and get a
good night's sleep. But how do you declutter your room and turn it
into a relaxing sanctuary? To help you get started, we've gathered tips and insights from some of the top organizing and decluttering experts in the country. Read on to learn how to create a clutter-free, peaceful bedroom.
Check out this Redfin article we were featured in: Expert Tips for Creating Space in a Small House
Living in a smaller home doesn’t mean you have to give up half of your belongings to make it more livable. The key is to get creative and create space wherever possible. Whether it’s having multipurpose furniture or using over-the-door racks, there are plenty of simple solutions to make the most of your space! Before you get to it, check out these organizing experts’ best tips to create space in a small house.
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.
Let's all find our Serene Spaces!
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 :-)
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