Tag Archives: clutter

How to Gain Simplicity in Life

21 Apr

Flower Drive

Most people have trouble getting organized because there is always a fear that they will need those items cluttering their home. To battle this fear, people need to gain commitment to live simply. More stuff does not equate better living; it is only more stuff. It is more stuff to keep up with, more stuff to move, more stuff to trip on. Freedom from anxiety to simplicity is found in three steps.

Fixing Bathroom Clutter

18 Aug

Greetings from Shorter Designs! When you open your bathroom cabinets, do things fall out? When you open a bathroom drawer, do makeup, Q-Tips, and toothpaste roll around together? Are there unsightly bottles on your bathroom countertop? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, read on.

Gaining Control of Your Mail

10 Apr

Greetings from Shorter Designs! I hope you are each enjoying the nice Spring weather we have been having. My daughter is old enough now to really like playgrounds, so we have been having fun playing outside.

One thing we all have in common, no matter how organized we are, is what to do with our mail. We all get lots of it, and if we don’t stay on top of it, it will cover our countertop space, baskets, and wall organizers before we know it. Here are some ideas to help you process mail efficiently.

Minimize Holiday Clutter

18 Dec

Greetings from Shorter Designs! Like so many things in life, it is easy to overdo the holidays. You buy turkey platters, Thanksgiving serving dishes, Christmas plates and over-the-top decorations. These things are fun and festive, but too much is difficult to manage with the cleaning, packing, and storing. Here are a few things to consider before you buy a lot of things you don’t really need.

  1. Decorate with only what is important and meaningful.
  2. Once all your decorations and ornaments are out, use the ones you enjoy and donate the rest.
  3. If it’s broken, trash it.

Make Space in Your Car

22 Jul

Greetings from Shorter Designs! If you are like most people, you will be taking a vacation at some point this summer and toting your kids all around town while they are not in school. This means you will be spending lots of extra time in your car. Here are some ideas to get your car organized and ready to go!

Organization for Your Baby

25 Jun

Greetings from Shorter Designs! This month my daughter, Rachel, turns one year old. I can’t believe it! It truly seems like it was just a few weeks ago I looked into her eyes for the first time. Thinking back on this past year has caused me to want to write a newsletter on organizing for a baby. Sorry to those of you who don’t have or plan on having a baby. (Maybe you could forward this to a friend who does!)

Tackling Papers

8 May

Greetings from Shorter Designs! How many of you have at least one area in your home where papers are out of control? I would venture to say each one of my clients has that one hot spot, whether it is daily mail or papers to be filed that never seems to quite go away. You may clean it off once in a while, but mysteriously it always reappears. I even have that in my house, and it’s mostly due to incoming mail. We have a good system that works; but even so, we almost always have some paper on our kitchen table. (I hope that makes you feel better!)

Free Organizational Help

10 Jan

Greetings from Shorter Designs! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. This year was fun for us as it was our first Christmas as parents. Rachel is now 6 months old, and so much fun!

As you may recall from last year, January is “Get Organized” month. We all know resolutions abound to get organized during this time of year. Sometimes you can keep that resolution yourself, and sometime you need a little help.

Get a Handle on Your Finances

5 May

Pregnant  woman with money. Family budget.
image courtesy of s_falkow

Greetings from Shorter Designs! I strive in my newsletters to hit a wide range of topics, and this month I want to write about an issue that has come up a lot with my clients recently. It is in the area of finances. “What does that have to do with organizing?” you may be wondering. Plenty!

7 Steps to Cut the Clutter

17 Mar

Greetings from Shorter Designs! March is a wonderful time to finish up projects in the house before the weather gets nice and you want to spend more time outside. With this in mind, let’s cut the clutter in our homes and do a little Spring Cleaning! Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Items you don’t use get in the way of items you really would like to enjoy and use. Get rid of things that you do not use regularly so that you can easily see and reach what you do use frequently.

Unshackle the Romance at Home

13 Feb

Greetings from Shorter Designs! Since most of you who subscribe to this newsletter are young mothers, this month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are going to focus on your romantic relationship and how organization can help strengthen it. I have heard people say before that organization does not sound “romantic,” but let’s look at how being organized can ignite that flame! Imagine with me if you will…

Learn from Athletes

13 Sep

Greetings from Shorter Designs! Over the last two weeks I have watched countless hours of the Olympics. What a joy to watch so many athletes from around the world compete! I continued to be amazed at their strength, flexibility, endurance, and determination. It seemed like during every sport I asked myself, “How do these people do it?”

I enjoyed listening to the athletes’ interviews after each event, and most of them mentioned how extensively they trained. The majority of these Olympians spent years training for one event! That is how they do it. They are great athletes because they practice.

Organizational Advice for Your Move

17 May

Greetings from Shorter Designs! My husband and I just moved, which is nothing new for us. We have moved nine times in our seven years of marriage, so we have it down to a science. Relocating is a great way for us to keep the clutter to a minimum and only hold on to the bare essentials.

The reasons surrounding our moves are always good, but at the same time, moving is never easy. Each time we changed cities, we had to find new friends, a new church, adjust to a new job, and learn our way around a new place. Moving is stressful, but we’re always surprised how quickly a new town and new house can become “home.”