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...

How to Create a Fantastic Patio

How to Create a Fantastic Patio It’s Patio Time! The love of a balmy, breezy spring day is universal. A fabulous, welcoming patio can be created with a little thought, a little elbow grease and any budget! You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a beautiful outdoor space. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Planning What are your go-to activities? Are you the Martha Stewart of entertaining? Are you a homebody who would rather read alone on a windowseat? Are you the Monopoly Queen, always challenging your kids to a game? Maybe you are the barbecue guru and adore eating outdoors. Whatever your daily adventures entail, this is what you want to translate to your patio space. If you’re all about friends, you’ll need to consider seating for many, yet open space for guests to mix and mingle. If you are a ‘foodie’, then the Bar-B-Que area might be THEE most important part of the patio to you....

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...

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen You know the daily kitchen cleaning drill: Load the dishwasher; Wash the big stuff by hand; Throw away anything from the fridge that’s growing green and fuzzy; Wipe down the countertops….basic enough.  Today we are delving into the nasty side of kitchen upkeep-the ‘once a year’ stuff: aka Spring Cleaning! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and make a plan on what you will actually want to do to make your kitchen NEW HOME CLEAN again! The LIST: Here we go! I can help you with what to do, and even how to do it. The DOING is up to you! If you are “big task squeamish”, or work 70 hours a week, MOXIE Girl can help! Feel free to give us a call! The Refrigerator Take everything out, Throw away old food, outdated condiments, old box of baking soda you were using to freshen. Take...

Spring Cleaning 101- Organizing your Cleaning Supplies

This week Miss Moxie will kick off a series of Spring Cleaning Blogs throughout the month of February. We hope you’ll join us for tips on cleaning and organizing your home for the new year! When I was a girl, I remember my mother tearing apart our house from top to bottom for Spring Cleaning! Everything was scrubbed, spritzed, shuffled, sprayed and shaken! Some sources say this yearly ritual began with the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. In the more recent past, Spring Cleaning announced the end of the long, wet winter in the cold northern regions of the world. The Spring winds meant the perfect time to fling open all the doors and windows and blow the fireplace soot from the house. It was a time to haul the rugs, bedding and draperies outside and beat them over the clothesline to loosen the dust...

Windowsill Herb Gardens for Every Home

Herbs. A veritable wealth of health benefits in a few little tiny leaves! Herbs have anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-bacterial properties, and in addition to their healing potential, they make most recipes pop with flavor. As with all plant foods, the fresher, the better for you! And here’s the good news; anyone can have the freshest herbs every single day right from your windowsill! An amateur gardener may sweat bullets at the thought of taking care of tomato vines, or nurturing the broccolli crop, but even city kids can grow herbs! Here’s how to get started! Step one: Purchase the Following Small clay pots (best choice) with drainage holes and a waterproof saucer. They should be 4-6 inches. For a more ‘urban’ look, Use 33 oz tomato sauce cans with the labels peeled off and a few holes poked in the bottom. Place your row of cans on a long skinny metal tray. Herbs in pressed paper...

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 Illusion of Clean

The Illusion of Clean Do you clean your house every day? I’m guessing most of us don’t. The many things on our list vying for attention: work, school, activities, personal time- to name a few- usually trump housework. Even if Hazel the housekeeper doesn’t knock at the door at 9AM daily, your house doesn’t have to be a nasty mess. You can FAKE your way to a clean house, and no one will ever know that you didn’t have time to clean this week! Here are 4 things, which, if done on a regular basis, will give your house a clean appearance. Added perk? These things will also make the real cleaning day a breeze! Tip # 1 – Everyone Makes Their Bed! Whether you are thorough and careful, or just pull up the covers and toss and place the pillows, the bedrooms will feel tidy. Tidy beds give incentive to put away shoes, toss stray...

Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...