I just received The Container Store‘s Happy Organized Home Sale catalog. Lotsa great organizing products–and at affordable prices, too.
But, I HAD to share what I think is one of the most creative transformations of an already existing product…
Have you seen those jewelry organizers you hang in your closet? Some of them look like this:
Jewelry organizers like this one are functional and utilitarian. But look what else you could have hanging in your closet to organize your beads and baubles:
I took one look at this and thought, ‘COOL!’ Besides the fact that it holds a boat-load of jewelry, it looks like a dress in your closet! Made by Umbra exclusively for The Container Store, the ‘Little Black Dress Hanging Jewelry Organizer’ is made from cotton canvas and features 39 pockets and 24 hook and loop closures.
So if you need a new way to organize your jewels and have some room in your closet, check out The Little Black Dress. Umbra definitely knows style…
The Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us–Yipeee!
Are you ready?
Do you still have heavy sweaters in your drawers? Is your snow shoveling gear easier to get to than your kids’ floaties? Are your boots blocking your collection of flip-flops?
If you answered ‘Yes.’ then it’s time to do what I call ‘The Winter/Summer Switch.’
Doing the ‘Winter/Summer Switch’ started when I was a kid. With three kids, a small apartment, and very little closet/drawer space we had no choice but to store out-of-season clothing in a place other than our closets. My parents were very creative. They had luggage that they rarely used so our off-season clothing would be stored there. At the end of the Winter and then again at the end of the Summer, my father would take the suitcases down from the top of the closet. We’d try on the clothes and make piles of what to keep for the upcoming season, what to store as hand-me-downs and what to pass on to younger cousins.
That’s just one example. Here are some ideas for jumpstarting your own personal ‘Winter Summer Switch:’
1. Identify the areas of your home that are in need of ‘The Switch.’ These might be the garage, clothing closets, outdoor storage area, linen closets, etc.
2. Make an appointment with yourself to choose ONE area to focus on at a time. Please don’t spend the entire holiday weekend switching your stuff around. Even most Professional Organizers wouldn’t do that…
3. Gather supplies such as garbage bags, labels, markers (or a label maker), and a pen and paper for jotting down any thing you discover you need or want for the upcoming season.
4. Sort through your items, purge what you don’t need and determine the best way to store what you are keeping.
5. Repeat Steps 2-4 as necessary until you are ready for the Summer. You’re one step closer to being ready for the new season…
Seven years ago, The National Association of Professional Organizers declared January as Get Organized Month. NAPO chapters across the nation organize public events to inspire and educate people to better organize their lives.
This year NAPO-NNJ (Northern New Jersey) is hosting a free ‘Ask the Organizer’ panel at Restyle Renew, a clothing and furniture consignment shop in Denville, NJ on January 22, 2011 from 11:30am-2:30pm. NAPO-NNJ members will be on hand to teach how to de-clutter and organize a closet and address all organizing needs presented to them.
Win a 4 hour home closet organization session scheduled in April including a $500 gift certificate to California Closets.
So drop on by, get solutions to your organizing challenges, and make 2011 the year you ‘Get Organized!’
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