30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 3

Only one more week left of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge. High five for keeping up with the challenges!

If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret everyday is a new day, so here’s a recap of Week 3:

Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 23

Here is also Week 2 and Week 1 of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge

Which challenge did you like the most?  Which day was the most challenging for you?

CONGRATULATIONS to Casey, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Card for Week THREE of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge!

Remember to use #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing in your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) all month long for motivation and inspiration.  Only 7 days left!

Live Happily Clutter Free,

Master

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30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 2

Say What!

I can’t believe we are half way through the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge!  If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret here’s a recap of Week 2:

Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15

Which challenge did you like the most?  Which day was the most challenging for you?

CONGRATULATIONS to Iryna, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Cardfor Week TWO of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge!

Remember to use #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing in your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) all month long for motivation and inspiration.  Only 2 weeks left!

Live Happily Clutter Free,

Master

P.S.
How to organize your computer desktop is up on YouTube… Check it out!

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30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 1

Woo Hoo!

Week One of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge done!  If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret here’s a recap:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Which challenge did you like the most so far?  Which day was the most challenging for you?

CONGRATULATIONS to Raciel, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Card for Week One of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge!

Remember to use #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing in your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) all month long for motivation and inspiration.  Onward to Week 2!

Live Happily Clutter Free in 2015,

Master

P.S.
New Organizing video on YouTube will be up soon!

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30 Day Get Organized Challenge

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Happy New Year!  It’s Get Organized Month and I will be giving an organizing challenge each day to get you jumpstarted on getting organized in 2015. If you haven’t done so, you can still join here.

Each day, I’ll post a new organizing task for you to tackle — from paper organizing to organizing your car trunk. Once you’re done, give yourself a pat on the back and share your achievements on TwitterFacebook  or Instagram with hashtag #30DayGOchallenge and #MasterOrganizing for a chance to win $25-$50 The Container Store Gift Card! Also be sure to follow the #30DayGOchallenge hashtag for motivation and inspiration, too.

Each challenge is based around little changes that can make a big difference. By the end of January, you’ll have learned which challenges were the toughest (and which were the most fun), and that will help you figure out the areas of your physical space and life you want to continue organizing and maintaining throughout 2015.

Are you as excited as I am? Great! Let’s get started. Simply check in or join Master Organizing to get organized in the new year!

Challenge 1:  Make your bed as soon as you wake up.  It’s very simple and will set the tone of your the day. It can help make your space look neater too.  Feel free to share how you make your bed in the comments below!DAY1

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Check Out These 2014 Before and Afters

I can’t believe that 2015 is tomorrow.  What a year it has been! Check out my favorite Before and After Organizing Projects of 2014:

Starting with tons of items being shredded, recycled, donated or trashed…

I was so giddy seeing 60lbs of papers being shredded and compacted into squares, it was awesome!

Loved donating extra home building supplies and furniture to Habitat for Humanity Restore

What couldn’t get donated to Habitat for Humanity went to the local Women’s Shelter

Even smaller organizing transformations happened in 2014, which is better than no change at all…


Got rid of 4 garbage bags full of stuff and made homes for the toiletries in this bathroom…oh yeah!

When de-cluttering the bathroom cabinets we stumbled upon some fish rocks and decided to use the rocks as a colorful make up storage unit!

Reorganized furniture and set up paper management system for this Home Office!

25 garbage bags where removed from this space to create a Shabby Chic Home Office!Loved organizing all of the spaces in 2014 and I have such deep appreciation for all of the organizing encounters I have had this year.

Now get ready for 2015 because January is Get Organized month and starting on Thursday, January 1st, I will be giving away daily easy and fun organizing tips to get your 2015 rocking in organization! If you haven’t already done so, join the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge here.

I’d love to know which organizing tip(s) was your favorite.  Do let me know in the comments below, or on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram . And if there is something that bugs you the most about getting organized, let me know and I will post an organizing tip about it!

Cheers to the New Year,

Master

P.S. I do my best to post inspiring, useful and fun organizing content on YouTube and starting a new channel called Master’s Minimalist Thoughts in 2015, stay tuned =)!

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Clutter Free Holiday Gifts

Don’t know what type of gift to get your loved ones?  How about gifting them experiences rather than physical things that can just add up to the clutter in their home.  Here are my favorite clutter free gifts for this year’s holiday season:

Women: Nail Salon, Massage/Spa or Facial Treatment Gift Certificates

Men: Case or bottle of their favorite alcoholic beverage or Haircut/Barber Gift Certificate

Young Adults: Movie Tickets or Concert Tickets, Help pay towards an experience that the youngster is currently interested in like..Ski/ Snowboarding Lesson, Swim Lesson, Guitar/Piano/Music Lesson, Basketball Camp, Ballet Class etc.

Children: Tickets or money to help them go to a Theme Park like Legoland, Savings Bonds, My Gym Class, or Lowe’s Build & Grow

Couple: Hot Air Balloon Ride, Gondola Ride, A Night at Bed and Breakfast,  Williams and Sonoma Cooking Classes

Family:  Grocery Store Gift Card, Restaurant Gift Card, Bake them some goods, Edible Arrangements, Invite them over for dinner for no special occasion, Cleaning service Gift Certificate, or Professional Organizing Service Gift Certificate =)

Unisex: Coffee Gift Card, Zumba/Dance/Marital Art Class, Personal Trainer Session, itunes Gift Card, Gas Card, Pay for a registration for a race like Ironman, Flying Trapeze Lesson, Sky Diving Session, or Car Wash Gift Certificate

And if all else fails create a coupon book specially tailored to them and have coupons for making dinner for the whole week, taking out the trash, watching the kids for a whole weekend.

Or donate to a person or family’s favorite cause like Charity Water

I’m excited to hear what your favorite clutter free gifts are, let me know in the comments below.

Stay Warm Out There,

Master

P.S. Don’t forget to use any overstock of drawings from your child’s school artwork to use as gift wrap or even holiday cards to hold those gift certificates!

P.S.S. I do my best to post inspiring, useful and fun content through FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. See you there!

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How Organizing Can Help Couples (1)Contact

 

During this time of year we get the chance to get together with family and friends who we haven’t seen in a while.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can pick up conversations with people as if I just saw them yesterday, others sometimes not so much.  It all comes down to how we communicate with one another.

So I met with my good friend Anna Osborn, LMFT to discuss how couples can communicate with one another when de-cluttering your home or just even getting ready for the holiday festivities. Click the picture above to listen to our discussion or click here.

Even if you are not in a relationship, but share your space with someone, the strategies that Anna and I discuss can be easily applied to your situation as well.

There are great strategies shared in this discussion and I’d love to know which one you need to focus on most in your life, and why.

Once you have listened, joined the discussion below.  I’m excited to hear your take.

With love and deep thanks,

Master

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Last Week Of National Preparedness Month

Emergency Map

Today is National PrepareAthon Day !  Many of you have taken up the call to prepare yourself against disasters and emergencies all month long.  Huge high fives to you for going on this month long emergency preparedness journey.  All this preparation will keep your mind at easy when an emergency does arise in your hometown.

This week is all about practicing where to go and what to do in an event of an emergency.  Practice! Practice! Practice! these routes with your family members.

Organizing Tip: Create a map like the one shown above and post it by the main exits of your home.  This will help communicate to everyone in your home what the possible exits are in an emergency.

In case you missed any Emergency Preparedness tips during this month check out:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Week 3 of National Preparedness Month

Preparedness Kit

It’s week 3 of National Preparedness Month and we are more than half way through.  Great job for keeping up! This week is all about physically creating your Preparedness Kits.  Check out what I have in my home preparedness kit and where I got them:

Water (One Gallon Jugs)  -Sprouts

Food (Non-perishable) – Sprouts/Costco/Amazon

Energizer Emergency Weather Station -Amazon

Headlamp with LED Lights  -Target

Energizer AA Batteries – Target

First Aid Kit – Target

Pocket Mask - American Red Cross

Emergency Bandage - Amazon

Coghlan’s Four Function Whistle -REI

Dust Mask -Target

Plastic Sheeting – Home Depot

Duct Tape – Home Depot

Moist Towelette, Spoons, Heaters -MRE

Garbage bags -Costco

Wrench – Home Depot

Pliers -Home Depot

Can Opener -Target

Local Maps- www.google.com/maps

Prescription medication

Prescription glasses

Copy of insurance policies, ID, bank account records, Family Emergency Communication Plan in a Ziploc bag

Cash

First Aid Info - Ready.gov

Blanket  -REI

Complete set of clothing (long sleeve, long pants, sturdy tennis shoes)

Chlorine Bleach – Target

Medicine dropper -Amazon

Fire extinguisher -Target

Matches- (MRE) – Amazon

Feminine hygiene products -Target

Plastic utensils and plates, paper towels (MRE) – Amazon

Paper and Pencil -Target

Kid’s Activities

Here’s a Basic Emergency Supply List that you can use while your are out shopping for these supplies.

Organizing Tip: Use a clear plastic bin and backpack to contain all of these items.  Place at least a kit in your home garage, near your home entry way and smaller kit in your car.  Also place an old or extra pair of shoes in your car in case you don’t have a chance to put your shoes on in an emergency.

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Week 2 of National Preparedness Month

It’s week 2 of National Preparedness Month and this week it is all about focusing on how to plan for specific needs before a disaster. In other words what are your specific emergency plans for your children, older family members, pets or business.

Because we moved recently, my family and I discussed the new locations of where to meet in an event of a disaster.  We decided that home would be our first place to go in an emergency and if home was not accessible then the neighborhood park stop sign next to the school would be our meeting place.

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The purpose of this week is to get real specific about your preparedness plans.  Pick a location and an alternate location.

We are starting to gather supplies to update our preparedness kit from last year. We have a toddler so we are including coloring books and activities to help keep our child entertained while in an emergency.

Get a checklist and more information for your specific needs below:

Preparedness for Kids

Preparedness for Elderly

People with Disabilities

Pet Emergency Supplies Checklist

Business Preparedness

Basic Supply List

Other

 

Get Prepared!

Master

 

Did you just hear about National Preparedness Month?  Not to worry…here is:

Week 1

 

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