Top 3 Tips for Back-to-School Re-Organizing

You survived the summer! Whether you are overjoyed to get in a routine again, or holding back the tears after watching little Suzy get on the bus, it’s time for you to do some back-to-school re-organizing in your home. Here are Miss MOXIE’s top 3 tips to get you started! Tip 1 – Sort through the clothes  Back-to-School time seems to be the universal ‘shop for new clothes’ time, therefore, you can find fall clothing sales in nearly every store, even if it is still 100 degrees where you live! Make it a habit to go through last year’s fall and winter clothing and discard all the too-short pants and too-snug T-shirts. If you find things that you haven’t seen on your kids in a year, get rid of those too! It means they are unwanted! This helps keep ‘clothes madness’ at bay! You know: when it looks like the closet exploded? When you have sorted through...

3 Amazing Organizing Trips to Try RIGHT NOW!

3 Amazing Organizing Tips to Try RIGHT NOW! We all wish we could be INSTANTLY more organized, don’t we? *SNAP* your fingers and *POOF* everything in the perfect place! Well here are MY favorite tips to try TODAY to get yourself more organized in a flash! 1- USE HIDDEN SPACE- Bins under the bed for: Out of season clothing, shoes, boots, seasonal bedroom linens or decor. Baskets on shelves: For everything! Baskets are amazing! They come in every size, shape, color and material known to man! Use them to hold anything that’s an odd shape, or doesn’t look ‘orderly’. Here are a few great ideas: Line up baskets above laundry room cabinets for storage of odd household items that you don’t get into often, such as candles, special table linens or small holiday decorations. Use metal industrial-style baskets on a kitchen wall for mail, fruits and vegetables, or napkins and placemats. Two-Tiered wire baskets with glass...

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing “It’s OVERWHELMING”. That’s what you are thinking, right? When you stand in the doorway of the office and see boxes stacked to the ceiling on the right, bins of nameless junk to the left, and pile upon pile of papers, books, and bags everywhere else that MUST be organized, it’s overwhelming. Translate this scenario to any room in the house–it doesn’t matter, and I’m sure the one word for organizing the chaos that does NOT come to mind is, EASY. Take heart friends! Miss Moxie to the Rescue! I’m going to give you a CHEAT SHEET…A SUPER EASY SYSTEM, to turn your chaos into order! Here we go! STEP 1- CLEAR and PURGE  Clear the room, closet, or cupboard completely. If it’s too big to clear entirely, as in the kitchen, or a 3-car garage, take a section at a time…One bank of cupboards, one drawer, or just the toolbench. Get rid...

The Quick Guide to Organizing Your Pantry

Organizing! A concept that strikes fear into many of us! Images of hours and hours of sorting through boxes, bins and bags! Yuck! But the Catch 22 is that an organized home functions at a smoother and easier level than a disorganized one! So, what to do? Start with an easy and quick guide for one specific, heavily used area in your home: The Pantry! PURGE FIRST! What’s in there? Look at the dates on EVERYTHING. Expired items go in the trash. Do you have any ‘Mystery Food’? You know, cans without labels? Bags with unidentifiable contents? Boxes of who-knows-what? Throw those out too. Take out everything thats left, and set it all on the kitchen counter. Wipe down all the shelves with warm water with a squirt of dishsoap. Now: Let the organizing begin! TAKE INVENTORY Take inventory of everything you have.  Are you staring at a conglomeration of condiments that you can’t IMAGINE your reason for...

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps!

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps! January seems to be the month for planning! We take a look at our lives and review what worked last year, what didn’t work, and hopefully, we update plans for the new year. Did you know this is a great plan for assessing how your home is running too? One way to get more of those big, (and little!) life-improving projects actually accomplished is to schedule them out monthly throughout the coming year. Sound overwhelming? If you can schedule in a few hours on a Saturday, I think I can help! 1-First Things First Step One is to make a list of the challenges you experienced last year, and things you’d like to try this year: Visually or functionally unappealing rooms or areas of my home Rooms or areas that always seem to be a mess I can never find….. My partner doesn’t...

The Homeowner’s List of New Year’s Resolutions!

Each January on New Year’s Day the average American writes out THE LIST! You know the one…The 10 (or sometimes many more!) New Year’s Resolutions: the ambitious promises of things you will do to create this year’s best life possible for you and yours. This year, how about skipping the commitment to French lessons, and instead, focus on saving your money and spending your time on a couple of your most important assets: your home and your family! Here are a few tips to get you moving frugally and fabulously into the new year! Tip #1: Tighten the Grocery Budget A great financial goal to set at the beginning of the year is to re-evaluate the food budget! A huge amount of money can be saved through meal planning and organizing. Planning meals on paper helps to designate where your food dollars are best spent. A family of 4 can cut nearly 40% off the food bill...

The Quick Guide to Holiday Storage

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is ‘put away Christmas’ day for most households. Since holiday storage can be troublesome, here are some of Miss Moxie’s FAVORITE Quick Tips to make storing your holiday items a breeze! Storage-A General Tip-This might be the year to make the great ‘Christmas Storage Switch’ to all clear, similar brand, small, medium and large sized plastic bins. Use the large ones for cumbersome and odd-shaped items only! Use medium and small for ornaments, special decorations, holiday linens, etc. It is SO MUCH EASIER when every bin can be labeled and stacked…more on this later. Now for a few specifics: Christmas Lights– Save yourself some stress next Christmas and store these babies properly! If you are in a hurry, at least wind the light strings from your elbow to wrist and toss em’ in XL ZIPLOC bags! My go-to method is to cut large squares of thick cardboard. I just notch one end for the plug end...

What to Hire Out When Moving

Did you know that the highest percentage of household moves take place in the summer months? Yup. Even in Arizona when temperatures can soar up over 110. Families typically move in the summer when a change in schools or districts isn’t a mid-school year issue for children. In fact, I know of multiple families that have just done the move. In July. On a 116 degree day.  Not fun. Moving can rack up the bills pretty fast if you aren’t careful. A cross-country move can cost over $10,000 if you hire a professional moving company. Even a local move tallies up expenses quickly. But, tackling an entire move on your own can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are so many details to take care of when moving. It’s not just relocating your stuff from one house to another. It’s changing all your utilities, changing your address with so many companies, sorting and throwing out stuff not...

Organizing Your Home Office

At Moxie Girl, one of our services that is becoming more and more popular is that of home organizing. I’m sure you know how frustrating it can be to have piles of stuff here and there. No matter how clean and organized you can be, quite often it’s inevitable that we end up with that unintended pile of papers, files, and who know what else! If you work from home, quite often your home office can become disorganized in a matter of a few days. If you don’t get a handle on the clutter and disorganization, chaos reigns supreme! We recently helped a home photographer get his office organized. He had some special requirements in his work space. Even though you may not be a photographer, when you organize your work space, take a few moments to jot down all the different things you need to accomplish in that space. Then, sketch out a rough draft of...

Cleaning Out Mom’s House

One of the most challenging things you may have to face as a daughter (or a son) is that of cleaning out mom’s house. Maybe it’s time for your parents to downsize, maybe your widowed mom is moving to a smaller place or a nursing home, or maybe you have recently said good-bye to a dearly loved parent.  Whatever the situation, cleaning out the home of a parent is not only time-consuming work but it’s a whole lot of emotional upheaval as well. Recently, Moxie Girl was privileged to help a family with this enormous task. We were honored to be able to help them preserve memories, sort through belongings, donate usable items, and clean the home of their mom who moved to a smaller place. Here is how we broke this giant job down into manageable steps: Cleaning Out Mom’s House 1. Mom had already taken along with her the things she would need at...