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Cleaning your house can sometimes feel like a full time job. Once you finally finish the last room it seems like it’s time to start all over again, especially when you have kids. To end this nerve-wracking cycle, it is important to have an organized plan. Having a plan for anything is important and a plan to keeping your home clean can be beneficial.  A cluttered house can give you a cluttered mind.   The most effective plan that works best for me seems to be one that breaks down all of the cleaning jobs over a period of a week. With this system you can assign different jobs to different days and spend less time cleaning your house and more time doing things that you love.  To use this system, you need to break down your cleaning jobs into three categories, daily cleaning, light cleaning and deep cleaning.  Daily cleaning jobs are the jobs that need to be done often when you are cleaning your house. These jobs include tidying up; doing the dishes and wiping down counters and other highly used surfaces. By spending at least fifteen minutes each day on these jobs, you will keep them from building up into a large mess and also enjoy the feeling of a clean house even when the other chores have not yet been done.  Another great tip for families is having a basket or tub with their name on it so when things are left out around the house by family members, it goes into their basket when you're picking up around the house. Simply put it in their bedroom so they can put away their own clutter.    Light cleaning jobs includes dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and laundry. These jobs can be done just once each week and completed on different days of the week. Always schedule the dusting first so that any dirt that is knocked to the floor will be picked up on vacuuming day. Deep cleaning jobs such as cleaning the bathroom, mopping and wiping down the walls and appliances, should be done once a week. Most people like to schedule these jobs for the weekend when they have more time to devote to cleaning the house. By spending an hour or two doing the big jobs on the weekend, you can enjoy a fresh clean week ahead. After your system is in place and you have a list of jobs, use the list to assign chores to all of the members of the family. If each person takes on just one or two jobs then cleaning your entire house can take no time at all.  If you need help with a list, print this list here to get started.
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With Spring just around the corner and Spring Cleaning on everyone’s mind, I thought it would be helpful to put together a quick and easy way to conquer the clutter we have in our lives. These five steps are easy to take and will help get you closer to living a clutter-free life. Before you get started, you should have some boxes on hand when you get ready to start this task and, have the boxes labeled with “Keep”, “Trash”, “Donate” and “Sell”. So let’s get started: First, Ask. Ask yourself what you want out of the room or area you're going to organize.What are the goals of the room? Is the room a craft room? Your bedroom? Closet? Home office? What are you shooting for by getting organized?  You want to dig a little deep into how you want the room to work for you. This will help you get motivated and work towards the final goal. For instance, if you're going to start the process of organizing paperwork in your home office, the question is "why do I want to organize this space?"  The answer could be "I don't ever want to have a late bill again" or "I want to find any document in less than two minutes." Once you've answered the question, then move onto step 2... Second, Sort. What you do in this step is sort "like" items together and make groups. For example, in your closet, group all your shirts in a pile.  Another with all of your pants... Or let's say we're in your home office (or wherever you do keep paperwork.)  Start with your file drawer, or grab that pile of paperwork if that's what you've got for a "filing system."  Put each piece of paper in "like" files or groups. For example, all the insurance paperwork will go together. All of your 401K paperwork goes in another. All medical expenses from the present year in another. Third, Evaluate. Next, go through what you sorted and break down those groups down even more, this time into two groups of "keep" or "trash". I like to assign each category with keep or trash so there's no in between. No room for "I'm going to decide on this later." Decide right then and there if it's going to stay or go.  No in between.  Now the thing is, the trash doesn't necessarily mean it's going to the garbage.  That step comes next... And remember the saying, one man's trash (or junk) is another man's treasure. Fourth, Cash-in. This is where you go through the "trash" and break it down once more, deciding what can be donated, what can be sold, and what's going in the trash.  There are local consignment stores that you can sell your clothing to and make some extra cash or online.  Donating your items is a great way to help others, plus you can get a tax deduction for your donations at the end of the year. The last step is where you get organized... Fifth, Organize! Once all of the "trash" is out of the area, you organize the items you've decided to keep.  Tidy up, put it back in an orderly, organized fashion. When you're organizing your things, it's always a good idea to keep like items together, whether on a shelf, in drawers or in any other type of storage you're using. If you have items you use frequently, then those items should be more accessible and within reach.  This will allow you find the things you need effortlessly. I hope these five steps will help you conquer the clutter and find some order in your home.  Happy Organizing!
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These are 10 essential accessories to consider if you’re planning to invest in a new custom closet organizer.  In no particular order, we've listed them for you here and they can help make your closet organized and functional.  Most closet accessories come in a variety of finishes that include the most popular of chrome, brushed chrome, satin nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.1.  Valet Rod  Every closet should have one of these, walk-in or reach-in.  A valet rod slides out when in use and slips back into place when not in use. Use it to keep your next day’s outfit at hand. When you get home from the cleaners, you have a place to hang your clothes while you put them away. I love using it when packing for vacation.  If you’re sharing a closet, then you would certainly want one for each individual. Found on 2.  Belt Rack This will help keep your belts organized. Being retractable, it slides out when you need to find that belt you’re looking for and slides back into place and out of sight when you’re not. I love this not only for your belts, but also recommend this accessory for other uses like scarves and jewelry. 3.  Tie Rack If you’re one who wears a tie on a daily basis, then you will want this in your closet.  This holds 16 ties and keeps them nicely organized and quick to go. This works the same way as the belt rack so it completely slides out when you need a tie and retracts back into the closet and out of the way when you don’t. Of course, this is another great alternative for scarves and jewelry as well.  Found on 4.  Slide-out Baskets I love baskets in a closet, especially in kid closets. Baskets help keep things nice and tidy.  Kids can easily find what’s in the baskets and where things should go when they start learning how to put their own clothes away and clean up their rooms. Baskets are a great alternative to drawers if you’re working on a budget. You can always upgrade the space from baskets with drawers in the future. Found on 5.  Laundry Basket Having a laundry basket built-in to your new closet can save you room and can be very convenient.  There are several options available, and if you store dirty laundry in your closet, then this should be something to consider.   6.  Wardrobe Lift This can really help maximize the space in your closet.  If your closets have high ceilings then I would recommend using wardrobe lifts so we can use the space in your closet adequately. With a pull down bar, it makes it so easy to access the clothes and you don’t need a step stool to get to them. 7.  Slide-out Pant Rack A perfect way to keep your pants neatly organized and ready to wear.  If you hang your pants over the hanger, then this is an accessory you might want to consider for your new closet.  You can hold 14 pairs of pants with the pant rack and it simply glides out and the pant rods swivel back and forth for easy access.   8.  Swivel-out Mirror If you have a walk-in closet and want a mirror in your closet, this is something you will want to have.  It slides out when you need a mirror and retracts back when you’re finished. This helps utilize the space in your closet in every way possible. Found on 9.  Folding Ironing board If ironing is a task that you do in your closet, then this is a must have.  This can create more space in your closet because you no longer need a place for that large, bulky ironing board taking up valuable space in your closet. When you’re ready to iron, you simply pull out the ironing board and unfold. You can even disguise this in a drawer so it can be out of sight when not in use. Found on 10.  Jewelry Inserts These are designed to fit perfectly into drawers and keep your jewelry organized and in its place.  They have a soft velvet finish to protect your valuables and the top sliding insert works great for smaller pieces and the pieces you access often. When designing a custom closet organizer it’s always important to take inventory of the items in a closet and take note of what’s going back into the space.  Some of these accessories might not be the best fit for your closet and a good designer will always make the best recommendations for you and the space. 

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