WRAPPING up your Holidays with Ease!

Wrapping presents! Oh the BOXES, the BAGS, the PAPER, the TAGS! I’m COVERED with TAPE from my HEAD to my TOE! The GIFTS I must wrap? Well they FILL me with WOE! and it SHOULD NOT BE SO! Are you just a smidge overwhelmed at Holiday time with wrapping all those presents in an easy and yet creative way? STOP! DON’T get your TINSEL in a TANGLE! Here are a few GIFTWRAP HACKS to try that can calm you right down! THE WRAPPING STATION A wrapping station is a wonderful thing! This designated space will keep you organized and sane in your most frantic wrapping moments! How? You get to leave all your stuff out! No ‘putting it all away’ after a marathon wrapping session! With a station, you can store purchased gifts under the table, then wrap as the mood strikes! Believe it or not, most of us can scrape together things we have from...

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 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...

The Perfect Flooring? How to Clean Laminate Floors

Is laminate flooring the perfect flooring for you? Well, maybe not, but the HOW to clean laminate floors is pretty darn easy. If you don’t have time to keep up with spills on hard wood floors, the stains in your carpet are driving you crazy, or stone and tile are too hard or cold, perhaps this how to clean laminate floors will make you change your mind on this flooring. Laminate flooring’s indestructibility Laminate flooring is like the superman of wood flooring. Since laminate floors are made of melamine, a heavy duty type of plastic, it’s virtually indestructible and cleaning laminate floors is a breeze. Laminate flooring is also more attractive as it gets you 90% the look of wood floor with much less cost. Laminate floorings only real kryptonite is standing water (not good for real wood flooring either). Laminate flooring is installed in a way that has seams between the boards. Because the material is already...

How to Organize a Closet for Kids

Recently, I had the opportunity to help a client with a few organizing projects around her house. The first place that she needed guidance with was how to organize a closet, more specifically her kid’s closets. Her little ones are 5 and 2, so there were lots of clothes that had been outgrown, as well as lots of clothes to grow into. This is something we see quite often in kid closets, especially when the families have a great group of friends who all pass hand-me-downs around. It saves tons of money on clothes and shoes, but it can become a storage nightmare if it isn’t set up in an organized way. That’s what was happening with these closets. With just a few modifications, and a little bit of time, we were able to create some better systems for storage and much tidier closets! Here’s what we did in her son, Logan’s super-hero themed closet:  How...

Toss the Backpack Junk

School is to an end and you are there asking yourself what to do with all the junk in your kids backpacks. How could they even fit all of the school year’s paintings in that miniature adult sized backpack? Why are there so many broken crayons in there?   Toss the Backpack Junk Don’t “deal with the backpack later”, deal with it now. Deal with it now so when the new school year arrives you will have one less “to-do” on your list. Try these 3 easy steps to sort out the backpack clutter. Step #1. Toss it, if it is obviously junk. You really don’t need to keep your kindergartners tissue paper as a souvernir. Trust, they will not thank you for saving it when they are older. Toss the broken mechanical pencil and those dried out markers.   Step #2. Make “donate” and “keep” piles. If your kid grew out his Jonas Bros pencil...

Keep An Organized Laundry House To Avoid Headache

It is a task we do every day, weekly, biweekly, and for those daring enough…monthly. But the longer we wait, the more our laundry piles up and the more an organized laundry space let alone an entire home seems like a dream. After awhile you end up spending more time preparing to load the washing machine then the time it takes for the first load to complete. It’s like a scavenger hunt, excavating through piles of mess in the kids rooms, bathrooms, and closets. Dirty clothes everywhere, but you will not stop until you find the last dirty mismatch sock.  And even then you are not done. You still have to do the dangerous mission of transferring non-dripping wet fabrics to the dryer, all this while preparing lunch for the fam bam. We are such control freaks that we want to do everything ourselves but sometimes feel overwhelmed. Letting the kids and hubby help keep the organized...

Paying others to take your stress

How much is your stress costing you? Have you given this any thought lately? Stress caused by clutter and disorganization costs more than just wasted time, it can also cost a lot of money.  So how do you know when it is more beneficial to bring in a professional to help around your house? The three determining factors I like to use are: Is my time more valuable than it costs to hire someone (unless, of course, I get joy from the activity). I don’t know how to do it. I don’t like to do it. Let’s take the stressful cluttered and disorganized clothes closet as an example. If you have a closet that has not been organized or purged of unused items in a while, then you are wasting time and money in that closet. By hiring a professional to organize the closet, not only will the project get completed more quickly, you may actually make up the cost of paying the organizer with what you save. How...

Is it Just Clutter?

I’m going to let you in on a secret. I have an area right inside the garage door that is always cluttered. Every other area of our house is labeled and OCD organized, but is where I unload my car and purse after long days of networking and working in homes. It is my catch-all. As much as my catch-all bugs me, I know I can find lots of important things (my sunglasses, car keys, the business card of the carpet cleaner I met last week, and probably even a new issue of my favorite magazine) in that little area.  Many times we are brought into a house that has clutter. It is normal for even the most neat and tidy person to have one or two areas that become the “catch-all” for clutter. These areas are usually near the door they enter the house or in a space they spend a lot of time. Most...