Home Office Organizing

5 Best Home Office Organizing Tips You’ll Love

Everyone has an idealized idea of what the perfect home office looks like: a place where you can work, create, and feel inspired. But with all the files, papers, accessories, and general clutter that usually piles up in these spaces, it’s hard to keep a home office organized, let alone “inspiring.” Whether you have a massive study or a little corner with a desk, there are plenty of solutions that can turn your space into a comfortable and uncluttered office. Here we’ve put together a few tips for arranging and ordering a home office.

Have a clear idea of what your office should look like

Before organizing your home office, it’s essential to decide what should actually be in the room, especially if it is a small space. Home offices can easily become a dumping ground for other things (such as ironing boards, gym equipment, toys), and that shouldn’t happen. Be clear about how you will use the space and only include the essential things for that purpose.

Which also means: purge, purge, purge!

Desk drawers and file cabinets are often full of pens, paperwork, notepads, and markers that no longer work – well, pointless clutter. There are probably papers, books and all sorts of objects in your office that have sat there for years with no purpose. It does take time, but before anything else, you should through everything around the room and decide what you want to keep and what should be discarded.

Office Furniture

Get the right furniture

And if you’re new to the “home office” thing, getting the right furniture is key. If your room has plenty of space, you can divide it into several areas: a relaxation and leisure corner with sofas and a desk/shelf area to work, for instance. Depending on how you’ll use this room, you should also contemplate the type of desk you’ll need. Keep in mind that a writing desk is fairly different from a computer desk or a floating desk. For smaller home offices, we recommend multi-functional furniture.

Invest in office supplies

And don’t forget to buy organizational supplies! That includes anything from cups where you can place your pens, to a cable management box to keep your cords from tangling. You can also invest in file organizers, storage cases, a few packs of interlocking drawer organizers, and any desk accessories that you might find useful. Keeping your things in order and accessible is the golden rule of thumb when it comes to creating your ideal desk setup.

Keep it clean and organized

To keep a home office clutter-free, you should make an effort to maintain the organization you’ve created. Make it a habit to put everything back in its place at the end of each workday. This sets you up for success the next day and helps you change gears from work to home life.

Having a clean and organized home office allows you to focus more on your work and feel more inspired. However, we’re well aware that it can also become an overwhelming task. If you are struggling with a cluttered, distracting workspace, and don’t know where to begin, get in touch with our team of experts! We will be delighted to offer you a free consultation to better understand your needs.

Stacked Linens

Organize Your Linen Closet With These Tips!

Who wouldn’t love to have a linen closet worthy of a home design magazine? Everyone! But let’s be honest, your linen closet is probably overflowing with years – or maybe even with decades worth of accumulated bedding, sheets, tablecloths, and towels.

Say goodbye to your teetering stacks of towels and piles of sheets. We will show you how to get your linen closet magazine-worthy with the following tips.

Take Everything Out

Most of the time, things like sheets and towels get shoved in a closet to be dealt with at a later date. So the best place to start when organizing a linen closet is to remove everything and start purging. The process is quite simple: get rid of the linens that haven’t been used or touched in years, but make sure you keep seasonal linen staples.

Sort Everything By Type

Once you’ve decided what to keep and toss, it’s time to sort the items into categories. There are many ways to do so, but we recommend storing linens by type and room. For example, put all the same size sheets together, and divide them by bedroom. Like matching your socks after a load of laundry, make as many towels and sheet sets as you can.

 Invest In Baskets And Bins

Use baskets, bins, and bags to store your linen and any related items. These recipients are a great choice for organizing your linen and making the closet look clean and clutter-free. Moreover, these recipients come in all sizes and can fit neatly on any shelf. If you want a low-cost option, you can also install adjustable shelf dividers to keep your sheets, towels, and other linens separate.

Organized Linen Closet

Find The Right Method To Fold Your Linen

Choosing how to fold and store linen can be tricky, and it really depends on how much room you have. Our advice? When it comes to towels, generally the best thing is to use the rolling method. As for sheets, the best way to store them is inside the matching pillowcase. For larger, bulkier bedding or thick sheets, you can try a vacuum-sealed, airtight storage bag to shrink them.

Donate The Things You Don’t Want

Rather than finding a spot for the hideous towel set your aunt gifted you ten years ago, donate it instead. And this also applies to towels and any sort of linen you don’t use anymore. Give it a good airing and wash if it needs a bit of a refresh, and find it a new home.

Having an organized linen closet is wonderful for many reasons – for starters, it helps relieve stress because everyone knows where to find what they need, and makes your home feel more organized, clean, and harmonious.

But if you reckon you need some extra help dealing with your clutter, you can always hire a professional service to assist you. At Clutter Be Gone, we offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean and comfortable environment. Get in touch with us and learn more about our services!

Organize Your Deep Freezer

5 Quick Tips to Help You Organize Your Deep Freezer

Summer is finally here, with plenty of colorful berries, tomatoes, summer squashes, peas, peppers, and rhubarbs to liven up our meals. But if you know you’ll probably struggle to eat all of summer’s bounty, there’s an easy way to keep it for months to come: freeze it.

But before you engage in this labor, you need to make sure your freezer is properly clean and organized.

Organizing a deep freezer is not always easy, but if you neglect this task, you’ll soon begin to have to dig down in the abyss for your frozen berries, which can get very frustrating.

In this article, we’ve collected a series of fundamental tips to help you make the most of your freezer and keep it properly organized for the whole family. Take note:

Everything out!

When was the last time you took everything out of your freezer? Probably a long time ago, right? So this is the moment to do so. Take out all the items and open up every container to do a thorough inspection. If anything is freezer-burnt, spoiled, or just plain old, throw it away or compost it. Then, you should also clean it (we recommend using a mixture of warm water with baking soda or vinegar) and dry the interior with a clean dish cloth.

Organize your food into categories

Now that everything is out on the counter, here’s the first golden rule: always group your frozen food in categories. This way, it will make it easier for you to keep track of what you have and easily access the ingredients/meal you need on each occasion. You can, for example, use categories such as ground meats, frozen vegetables and fruit, prepped freezer meals, or homemade soups.

Frozen Fruit and Vegetables

Separate the items with containers

If you don’t use any type of storage container when organizing your deep freezer, you’ll quickly have a jumbled mess. To makes things more manageable, use a series of easy-to-move bags and containers to separate the food. Needless to say, you should avoid plastic containers as plastic is prone to cracking under freezing temperatures.

Label everything

So that everyone can easily access what they need, you should also label the containers and bags with tags. You can use freezer-safe sticky labels or a simple Sharpie marker, which works well on all kinds of packaging, including glass.

Keep track of your stash

And lastly, always keep track of your stash. You can do it with a whiteboard attached to the wall by the freezer, with an app on your phone, or simply by printing an inventory list template. Make sure that you take off the list anything you consume and that you add in it all the frozen food you buy and the items you freeze at home.

Whether you’re stocking up on seasonal fruits and vegetables, cooking in big batches, or making your own convenience foods to eat at busier times, one thing’s for sure: keeping your freezer clean and organized is key. If you need help with it don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help!

Organizing For Summer Vacation

Organize Your Summer Vacation With These 5 Tips

Ah, the long-awaited summer vacation!

Whether you’re planning a major trip to another country, heading to the beach, or going on a family road trip, an organized approach to travel results in less stress and less wasted time. After all, you wouldn’t want to go and realize in the middle of the trip that you forgot to bring essentials! For a relaxed and fun-filled trip, you need to plan and organize your tasks in advance. In this article, we will share a few unmissable tips that will make the preparations run smoothly.

Research Your Destination

If you’re traveling to a place you’ve never been before, this is a mandatory step. Ask your friends and family for suggestions. Purchase a travel book and visit local websites to check out locations and snag great deals on travel, places to stay, dining, activities, and more. A few hours of planning are worth the effort if everything runs smoothly!

Set A Realistic Budget

Keeping your finances organized is also essential, and that’s why we recommend that you set a vacation budget and do your best to stick to it. This includes any money you will spend while you are on your trip and traveling to and from your trip. Finally, we also recommend you get informed on the refund policies of your airline, hotel, booking site, travel agent, and so on.

Prepare Your Itinerary

The next thing you’ll need to organize is the trip itineraries, which include transportation, lodging, and activities. To do so, you should start by defining the sites you want to visit and the must-do activities you want to try, and then book the transportation and accommodation accordingly. Many fantastic apps can help you with this step, such as Wanderlog or TripHobo.

Organize All Documents

Depending on where you are traveling and how you are traveling, you will need different documents and paperwork. From plane tickets to passports, you will need to prepare these beforehand. Don’t forget to check your passport (if it is about to expire, you need to renew it as soon as possible) and health insurance cards, as well as to purchase any tickets and passes you might need.

Packing For Summer Vacation

Start Packing – and be practical about it!

Whether you are going on a three-day getaway or a month-long vacation, the more things you pack, the more the chances of problems popping up. Keep it simple by making a checklist with the indispensable items for your trip, from bathing suits to medicine. Pick clothes that are easy to wash and combine, and avoid taking things you don’t usually use. And remember: the best way to pack is to roll up your clothes. This technique will avoid wrinkling, free up more space, and keep the bag organized.

Lastly, don’t forget that the best time to focus on summer organization is before everything gets too busy. Start planning your vacations at the very start of the summer – or even before that – and set realistic goals. Summer vacation can be pretty stressful, especially with kids, but with these tips, we’re sure everything will be much more relaxed and enjoyable!

Downsizing Tips When Moving

Downsizing Tips When Moving

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to our homes. Downsizing can be the right move at any stage of life, especially if you’re pursuing a simpler and more minimalistic lifestyle. But is it something easy to accomplish? Not exactly. Decluttering and downsizing can feel like a daunting task, mainly when it comes to sentimental items accumulated over the years. It also requires a lot of energy, which is why we recommend you start preparing with these downsizing tips we’ve collected for you:

Plan Ahead

Moving can be an extremely stress-filled transitional period in one’s life. To make things as manageable as possible, you should start the downsizing process promptly to give yourself time to organize everything calmly and thoughtfully. Our recommendation? Start at least three months before you plan to move. If you don’t give yourself enough time, you will likely take too many things with you and not get the result you were hoping for.

Plan Ahead Downsizing

Take Inventory Of All Your Belongings

After years of living in a home, it’s hard to have a mental note of everything you own. That’s why you should start the process by taking an inventory of your belongings – clothes, kitchenware, furniture, etc. – and include the measurements of the larger items. Once you’ve cataloged everything of significance, you can start deciding what will be a good fit for your new place.

One Space At A Time

The thought of decluttering your whole home might be daunting, so remember to take it one step at a time. Instead of rolling up your sleeves to go through your entire home at once, break it down room-by-room.

Sell, Donate or Toss

When the time comes to start making decisions on what will stay and what will go, set clear decluttering ground rules. Only keep the things you really need and that make sense in your new lifestyle. As for the rest, you can do three things: sell, donate, or toss. Some items are so worn or broken that you have no choice but to throw them away. Others can make you a few extra dollars, or be a great match to someone in need.

Digitalize Your Documents

Most people don’t realize it, but paper clutter can really add up, especially when you live in the same house for a long time. To declutter as much as possible, go through old bills, receipts, and other documents, and recycle anything you don’t need. As for the rest, whenever it’s suited, just scan the files and save them on your computer. Remember that home movies, music, and photo albums can also be converted into digital files.

Make a Pan For Your Future Purchases

While your focus is on getting rid of stuff, don’t forget to plan for anything new entering your home. Start making a list of things you want to buy and examine each item carefully. Will it make sense in your new, downsized lifestyle? When you invest so much time and effort into getting rid of things, you should offer the same effort to things coming into your home.

To declutter and downsize is an emotional, time-consuming process that’s a little different for everyone. If you realize that you need help decluttering and organizing your new home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean, clutter-free environment.

Gift Giving at Parties

A Short Guide to Declutter Unwanted Gifts

One of the biggest challenges of living a clutter-free lifestyle is giving and receiving gifts, and now that season of birthdays, weddings, and parties is about to start, the struggle becomes real. Most of the time, we receive gifts that don’t quite satisfy our needs or expectations, but, out of respect for the gift-giver, we accept them anyway.

But how can we effectively deal with unwanted gifts that don’t serve us any purpose? In this article, we will share some practical tips to declutter unwanted gifts.

Be upfront about not wanting gifts

If you’re planning a party or any other event, your guests will likely want to spoil you with a little gift. If you don’t want this to occur, you must be honest about it and add a little note to the invitations specifically saying “No Gifts Please.” While some etiquette experts advise against it, we don’t see a problem with mentioning it politely. To make it more cordial, you can add a message like: “Your presence is your present.”

Give people alternatives

Even if you specify that you don’t want gifts, there will always be people keen to skip the rule. In these cases, you must give alternatives that don’t take up space in your house. You can, for example, suggest that your guests donate to a charity in your honor.

Return the gift

If all of this fails, there are other options you can consider. If you have the gift receipt, why not bring the item back to the store and either exchange it for something you like or get cashback instead? Ultimately, it’s your choice what you do with a gift. By returning it, you have the chance to get something you really need and avoid cluttering your house with purposeless items.

Making a Donation Online

Make a donation

If we are honest, most of us already have everything we need. So why keep collecting and offering random items to people who likely don’t need them? An honorable and thoughtful way of letting go of unwanted gifts would be donating them to local charities, thrift stores, schools, and shelters.

Sell or Re-gift your unwanted gifts

In addition to donating, you can also sell the items or give them to someone else as a present. You probably have a birthday or party just around the corner, so take the opportunity to make someone happy. Besides, doing so saves time and money and simultaneously avoids additional trash!

Nowadays, most people yearn for more sustainable and minimalist lifestyles. However, weddings, birthday parties, and special celebrations like Christmas usually fill up our houses with gifts that have no value or utility. If that’s your case, don’t feel pushed to keep gifts you don’t love or don’t use solely out of guilt. That will land you in a house full of clutter and disorganization. Deal with unwanted gifts by saying thank you and letting them go. And if you need help during the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a free consultation.

Hoarding Behaviour and the Professional Organizer

Hoarding Behaviour and the Professional Organizer

Hoarding behavior is a growing issue with severe consequences, interfering with the individual’s emotional, physical, social, financial, and legal well-being. According to recent data, between 1.5 – 6% of the Canadian population has a hoarding problem. As many experts point out, this disorder is usually underdiagnosed and undertreated, making it imperative to raise awareness about how it affects individuals in their life and relationships. Taking the first step toward treatment can be daunting, and it’s not always easy to find a qualified professional to help. An experienced organizer with a wide range of organizational skills can play a key role in the treatment process.

What is hoarding behaviour?

A person with hoarding disorder compulsively saves items, generating dangerous clutter. It exhibits symptoms such as:

  • Lasting problems with throwing out or giving away possessions;
  • An intense need to keep these items and being upset by the thought of discarding them;
  • Having items that fill, block, and clutter active living spaces to the point that they no longer can be used;
  • Feeling distressed but helpless about the amount of stuff in their home;
  • Avoiding hosting people and withdrawing from friends and family.

Considering this, hoarders face unique challenges and obstacles when it comes to organizing and decluttering their homes. The standard decluttering tips of one-in-one-out or getting rid of anything you haven’t used in a year won’t work with a hoarder. In this scenario, it is imperative to get professional help.

Can professional organizers really work with hoarders?

Yes. Professional organizers can help individuals who exhibit hoarding behavior in many ways, from decluttering to organizing the individual’s possessions. It is common for people with hoarding disorder to seek the services of a professional organizer if they view their problem as being primarily one of disorganization. However, in more extreme cases, the spouses and family members are the ones that seek these services. Either way, it’s essential to make sure that the organizer is familiar with this disorder, capable (both physically and emotionally) to deal with it, and that the person hiring the decluttering service has a legal right to do so. We must keep in mind that professional organizers can not dispose of someone’s property without their permission.

Hoarding Behaviour

What are the main benefits of working with a professional organizer?

A professional organizer who deals with hoarding behaviors knows how to approach this type of project with empathy and patience. The specialist is there not only to help organize and create organizational routines and solutions but also to be supportive and provide an objective perspective. A certified professional knows how to provide a confidential and ethical service, helping individuals regain control of their homes and lives, one item at a time.

Getting professional help

Being a family member of a person with hoarding disorder can be exceptionally challenging and stressful. If you know of any individuals in your network who may benefit from the opportunity of getting help from a professional team, Hoarders Canada can be of great help. Fill out the application here and give your loved one a chance to regain control over their life.

Decluttering For Spring Cleaning

Home Decluttering Tips for Spring Cleaning

As the lethargy of winter fades away, a ritual that induces an urge to clean comes to the forefront of our minds: it’s time to freshen up our homes! Spring cleaning carries a delightful fresh-start feeling. It encourages a healthier lifestyle and helps us feel mastery over our immediate worlds. But how can we efficiently get our homes in tip-top shape in time for summer? We have a few unmissable decluttering tips for Spring cleaning that will surely help:

Set your goals

Spring cleaning looks different for everyone. For some, it means decluttering and organizing, while for others it means finding the time to do major home renovations. So before you start, make sure you know your priorities and what you wish to accomplish. Doing so will make your spring cleaning routine easier, faster, and much more relaxing.

Step by step!

Even if you’re feeling a sudden rush of energy, trying to organize the whole house in one go is impossible. A true spring clean doesn’t happen overnight, so you should take a moment to prepare. Start by mapping out a plan of attack and get your ideas on paper. Make a checklist of all your chores and set completion dates for each phase of your cleanup.

One room at the time

The best way to make cleaning and decluttering easier is to do it in stages. Focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room at a time. If your family is also getting involved in the cleaning, give each member a room to declutter or work as a team to declutter each space. This way, the process will be much faster – and fun too!

Get the right tools and cleaning products

Spring cleaning products and a few new organizers or clutter management tools, such as bins, crates, and shelving systems, might be just what you need to put some order in your house. But remember: these things can also create unnecessary clutter, so make sure that you only buy what you truly need.

Decluttering Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tackle the seasonal chores

Don’t just focus on your cabinets and shelves. Now that you’re preparing for the warm weather, there are many important chores that you can’t leave aside. Cleaning the patio, moving lightweight clothes to the front of closets, and wiping down the ceiling fans are some of the tasks you should add to your list.

Know when to ask for help 

If you have a big house or an incredibly busy schedule, doing a spring cleaning all by yourself might not be feasible. And even if your family is involved, it can still be hard to get everything properly organized. In this case, you can hire a professional organizer or even a house cleaning service to assist you.

And remember: even though spring is in the name, you can do a thorough clean any time of the year. If you need help decluttering and organizing your spaces, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean, clutter-free environment.

Hiring a Professional Organizer

What to Look For When Hiring a Professional Organizer

Do you feel like your home is getting messy and that your disorganized habits are seemingly unbreakable? A professional organizer might be just what you need to start organizing the physical (and even digital) spaces in your life.

Professional Organizers can help you make sense of your muddle. They can help you by introducing new storage methods or improving existing ones. But prior to contacting a pro, it’s essential to get a sense of what you think needs to be done and where just like identifying which type of professional best suits your needs.

Here’s what you should keep in mind while looking into hiring a professional organizer:

Analyze your needs and budget

Do you need someone to help you make structural changes to your home, a professional to help you organize your paperwork, or simply a feng shui consultant? To get proper assistance, you first need to specify your goals. It’s also essential that you analyze which areas of your home need the most organizational attention, your budget, and your timeframe. Each family has its own dynamics and needs, and defining them will help you prepare for the initial conversations.

Ask for references   

Before you start reaching out to potential candidates, ask for the names and contact information of previous customers who had projects similar to yours. Nonetheless, keep in mind that many organizers’ clients desire confidentiality and that the reference list can be somewhat limited. In this case, you can also check for google reviews or other reviews posted online.

Google Reviews

Interview several specialists          

Once you have identified candidates that fit your requirements, inquire each professional about their experience with your particular type of clutter issues. Many organizers offer free phone consultations with potential clients, but it’s better to arrange a free drop-by to get an initial evaluation and cost estimate.

Compare rates and fees      

Some organizers charge by the hour, others by the project. The rates typically depend on the experience, location, training, and professional organizer’s reputation. It’s important that you understand the prices offered to you and that you’re aware of any potential additional fees. Keep in mind that some professional organizers charge additional fees for tasks such as planning or shopping/returns.

Make sure you can keep up!          

Organizing your home doesn’t have to be a painful process, but it needs to be a continuous one. Effective professional organizers will get your house decluttered and organized and also teach you how to keep it that way. That is why it is essential to find a professional whose solutions fit your lifestyle, especially in the long run.

Getting your home organized can feel like a time-consuming and tedious task, but with the right professional by your side, you can effortlessly achieve harmony and order in your home. If you need someone to help you declutter and organize your spaces so that you can enjoy a clean, clutter-free environment, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Organized Kitchen Drawer

Top Organizing Tips From the Professionals

When it’s time to declutter, it can be hard to know where to start and what to keep. Fortunately, professional organizers have developed strategies that can make the task less daunting. Read the following sections to learn organizing tips from the professionals.

 

Start Now and Start Small

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re thinking about organizing your entire home. When the task seems like more than you can handle, you’re more likely to put it off until later. A good strategy is to start small and start right away.

 

Instead of tackling the whole kitchen, for example, try this organizing tip – tackle one drawer at a time. Take everything out of that drawer and donate or give away items that you have not used in the last year. You’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment and your kitchen will be organized and easier to use before you know it.

 

Declutter First

When you’re feeling inspired and ready to declutter, it’s tempting to shop for cute boxes, stylish baskets and a trendy label maker. However, professional organizers strongly recommend decluttering before you do anything else. Otherwise, you may just end up storing your clutter in cute containers. The best strategy is to finish sorting and purging first, so that you’ll know how much “stuff” you have and how many containers you really need.

 

Organize Paperwork

There are many tools available for reducing those stacks and boxes of paperwork. For example, you can scan receipts and other important documents and store them digitally on your computer or the cloud. Is unwanted mail piling up every day? A great way to cut down is to unsubscribe from print catalogs and opt for online versions.

 

You may want to keep some paper items, such as bank statements or tax records. Keep records from the past six years for these items and shred the rest.

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Get Creative With Containers

When you’ve finished decluttering, it’s time to get creative. There are many affordable storage options that will help you stay organized. One professional tip is to repurpose boxes and bins that you already have. You won’t have to spend money on new containers or bring home more items. It’s also an environmentally friendly alternative to buying more containers.

 

If you prefer to buy new storage containers, look for baskets. Available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors, they can be a stylish, creative storage option.

 

Deal With Digital Clutter

While you’re at it, remember to declutter your digital life, too! Is your inbox full of emails that you’ll never read or reference? Now is the time to click that “unsubscribe” link and delete all those unwanted emails. Create folders and file only the emails that you plan to reference.

 

Could your bookmarks use some organizing and decluttering? Delete bookmarks to pages you haven’t visited in the past year, and organize the remaining bookmarks into folders.

 

Get Support

Does your decluttering project still seem like more than you can handle? The experts at ClutterBGone are here to support you with professional organizing experience. If you’d like a free consultation, get in touch today!