Clutter-Free Christmas Gifts

Clutter-Free Christmas Gifts

Christmas time can be a nightmare for families who are trying to cut down on clutter. Along with tons of decorations, Christmas also brings many gifts into your home. Unfortunately, you’ll likely receive many gifts you won’t use or that add to the clutter in your home. If you and your family are trying to reduce the amount of clutter in your house but still need to give gifts this year, check out our suggestions for clutter-free gifts.

Family Vacation

Instead of having to find a gift for each person in your family, how about treating everyone to a vacation at Christmas? We’ve heard of one tradition a family started where the family decided they had too much stuff. Instead of giving gifts, they pack up their bags each year, go to a new place, and only exchange the gift of a book. Each person receives one book and they spend Christmas Eve reading around the tree.

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10 Ways To Save Time Decorating This Holiday Season

10 Ways To Save Time Decorating This Holiday Season

The holidays are busy for everyone. Hosting holiday parties, family coming to stay, and decorating cookies are all on the docket.

With so many events taking place in the home, you want to make sure your house looks great for the holidays. At the same time, you don’t want to spend so much time decorating that it detracts from time with your family and friends.

In this article, we’ve laid out ten tips to help you save time decorating your home so you can spend time on the things that matter.

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Preparing for The Holidays

Preparing for The Holidays

The holiday period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the most important time of year for many American families. It’s the time of year when loved ones travel from all over the country (and sometimes all over the world) to be at home.

It’s also a period when Americans spend large amounts on entertaining, decorations, and gifts. In fact, Americans spend about $3.19 TRILLION at retail stores for Christmas.

Inevitably, many of us end up with too many holiday decorations and gifts than we know what to do with, and it can be difficult to organize those items. In this article, we’ll provide some tips to help you get ready and keep your home organized for the holiday season.

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Getting Halloween Organized

Getting Halloween Organized

Autumn brings a clean, crisp feeling to the air and anticipation for….Halloween! Yes! The kids are getting excited about what they’re going to be for Halloween, how much candy they’ll get while Trick or Treating, and how many frights they’ll get that night.

To match their excitement, you’ll decorate your front yard with ghouls, goblins, and scary Jack O’ Lanterns. You want to show off your holiday spirit for the Trick or Treaters!

But, when you get to your decorations box, you realize it’s a mess. There is more money spent on Halloween than any other non-gift giving holiday. That's a LOT of stuff! This Halloween, take control of organizing your Halloween decorations with these tips.

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Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets

Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets

When you move into a new home you always seem to have the best intentions of keeping your pantry and kitchen cabinets organized. And yet, if you are like most of our clients, you rarely ever stick to that commitment.

Call it a human flaw, but our kitchen cabinets become catch-all collectors for appliances we think we’ll use, ingredients we think we’ll love, and bakeware that we only use once every five years.

When you realize your cabinets have just gotten too crazy and too difficult to see through, it’s time to declutter your kitchen cabinets. When you are ready to take on this task we highly suggest breaking it into several days or else you’ll burn out. For example, tackle half the shelves in your pantry one day and do the other half the next. Decide on which cabinets to go through based on how big they are and how many items they contain.

In this article, we’ll lay out a plan you can follow for each cabinet in your kitchen so you’re left with beautifully organized cabinets you’ll want to maintain forever.

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Seasonal Closet Rotation

Seasonal Closet Rotation

Every spring and fall we shudder at the idea of rotating clothes in and out of our closets. Sometimes it seems like it’s a days-long task and you wonder if it would just be easier to leave all your clothes in the closet all year round. 

However, most of us must rotate seasonal clothes in and out because we don’t have enough closet space. 

We’ve compiled a list of tips and tools to help you get through your bi-annual closet rotation. 

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How to Organize Stacks of Paper

How to Organize Stacks of Paper

Have you ever spent hours looking for that one piece of paper and cursed yourself for having not organized your paperwork better?

No matter if it’s bills, mail, product warranties, or tax forms, chances are you’ll need to put your hands on those items again. Save yourself a future headache by organizing your paperwork today. 

There are many ways to organize your paperwork both physically and electronically. Go with the option you think is most convenient and maintainable for you and your family.

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Boston Back-To-School Donations

Boston Back-To-School Donations

We’re coming near to the end of summer, sad to say. The temperatures are starting to cool a little bit (perhaps a relief to some), and children are getting excited about going back to school.

As you prepare to send your children back to school, you might be thinking about all the new clutter that will be added to your home with new notebooks, craft supplies, and clothes. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to take stock of what your children have, and determine which items they need and what can be donated. 

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Apps to Help You Ditch the Clutter

Apps to Help You Ditch the Clutter

Have you ever been doing a massive organization of your home and put something in the donate pile that makes you think, “but I really spent too much on this to just give it away.” This amount is different for everyone but it’s a common sensation. 

Then you start considering your options for selling that item and the amount of work it takes to do it. Consignment shops are great but you have to schedule a drop off time, have them evaluate your things, and hope someone ends up purchasing the items. There’s not even a guarantee the consignment shop will accept your items. 

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8 Kid-Friendly Summer VACATION Organization Tips

8 Kid-Friendly Summer VACATION Organization Tips

Summer is in full swing. The kids are on summer vacation, the pool is open, and the weather is perfect for tons of outdoor activities. 

If you’re feeling like summer snuck up on you and you weren’t prepared, never fear! There is still time for you to organize your home to make your kids’ summer a blast and keeping you sane in the process. 

Below are our V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N tips for getting the kids organized this summer.

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Summer Time Freedom

Summer Time Freedom

Summer is a notoriously busy time, what with balancing work with your kids, vacations, keeping your home organize, parties, and BBQs. But, there’s something about the longer days of summer freedom that trick us into thinking we have more time than we really do.

If by this Fourth of July you realize you’ve fallen victim to this illusion of summertime productivity, it’s time to rethink your daily schedule and recapture your freedom this summer. Check out our article to learn more about productivity apps and tricks!

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7 Apps to Keep Your Summer Travel Organized

7 Apps to Keep Your Summer Travel Organized

Summer vacation planning can be very overwhelming but, with the right tools at your disposal, you can stay organized and on top of the chaos. There are many apps and websites that can make your life much easier when it comes to organizing your family summer travel.

Armed with these apps, you’ll have no problem taking care of your summer trip.You might even get to enjoy some of the trip!

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Memorial Day Kickoff - 3 Ways to Get Ready for Summer

Memorial Day Kickoff - 3 Ways to Get Ready for Summer

Memorial Day weekend is upon us! For many, this signals the official start of summer when families eagerly dust off their patio furniture, light up their grills, and dig their summer whites out of the back of the closet.

For others, Memorial Day means working on a whole new to-do list specifically for summer, like cleaning outdoor equipment and figuring out what to do with the kids while they’re on summer break.

To help you kick off summer, we’ve compiled a quick guide on how to kick off your summer to-do list with some awesome tips!

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How to Keep Your Socks from Straying 

How to Keep Your Socks from Straying 

Since the day you were born, it’s been happening. It doesn’t discriminate between gender, age, race, status, or income. It’s an equal opportunity event that can happen at any time. It’s been known to frustrate and puzzle even the brightest, and often remains an unsolved mystery. It may have happened in your household this week, or may be happening right now as you read this article waiting for the next load of laundry to finish.

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6 Tips to Be Your Own Home Administrator

6 Tips to Be Your Own Home Administrator

Whether you head off to work daily, have a work at home job or are the executive of your own home, one of your added tasks is being the administrative professional for the day-to-day management of your family. In honor of Admin Professional’s Day, I wanted to share with you 6 of my favorite tips on being the administrator in your own home.

Let's keep it simple and focus on just two categories: Organizing digital files and staying on top of emails. Just these two areas alone will save you tons of time and energy in the management of your home.

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5 Things to let go of this Evacuation Day

If you've lived in Boston long, you are familiar with Evacuation Day. This unique Bostonian holiday remembers the first major American military victory in the American Revolutionary War. On March 17, 1776, the British troops left or "evacuated" Boston after a battle with the Americans.  

With the history in mind, what type of “evacuation” could you do in your life?  Maybe it could be “evacuating” negative things from your life like people or even foods.  One major thing to eliminate for the season is clutter.  

We all know spring is around the corner and spring cleaning is fast approaching.  Here are 5 tips to “spring cleaning” different things in your life for the year 2017.

  1. Eliminate unhealthy relationships – We all have heard the phrase “New Year New Me”, but is that true?  Have you found yourself trying to better yourself but the people around you try to steer you in a different direction?  You may not notice it right away, but take a moment to think about who is in your life and the role they play with supporting you. Always try to surround yourself with people that encourage and support you.
  2. Eliminating clutter – Whether you need to clean an office space, your closet, or maybe even your whole house, I clean area makes things so much easier.  Have you ever come in a cluttered area and just get overwhelmed?  That feeling is the worst, but there’s only one way to solve it…..clear the clutter!  Purging can be a great stress reliever and just relaxing time to yourself.  Being in an area that is light on things can help you think clearer and get things done faster.  Now you may think that purging a large space can also be overwhelming, but just remember to go one step at a time and take breaks as needed.
  3. Eliminate your fears – This topic is the biggest of them all. Excuses can hinder you from doing things that you want/love to do and a lot of the time, this can be due to fear. Fear is the number one thing that can stop you from doing what you want to do. Will you continue to allow fear to hinder you from your dreams and aspirations?
  4. Eliminate the need to stay the same – Allow change into your life. It takes strength to accept change as it awakens the fear inside. Have you ever felt like you do the same thing over and over again and nothing seems to change?  It is time for a little change in your life and FAST! If you have the same daily routine, try switching things up. For instance, if you wake up and from then you are busy all day every day, find some time for yourself to just relax and look at the difference it makes. Start by allowing yourself to change, by eliminating some, or all, of these negative elements and opening yourself up to true happiness.
  5. Eliminate the worries of the past – This last one may simply be the easiest, “Don’t Sweat the Past”.  As easy as it may seem, things of the past constantly haunt people. This is bad because holding on the things of the past can and more than likely will affect your future.  Never allow your past to consume you and hinder you from your goals and aspirations in life. 

Whether you are evacuating the negative relationships, clutter, or fears; celebrate Evacuation Day this year with something worth getting out of your life.  By applying these tips, you can live a happier life full of motivation, encouragement, and most importantly…. happiness!

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Wallet

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Wallet

Spring clean your wallet? Your purse is your life line, but it also can get full fast. That makes every space in your purse precious and the more you can organize and slim down, the better. Your wallet is one of the easiest places to slim, and it will make your life easier if it gets lost or stolen. Not only that, you will have an easier time looking for the correct card to pay at the register, and not worry about things falling out of your wallet when you pull out cash. Here are five strategies to spring clean your wallet and having it look slim and sexy again.

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