Master Organizing + The Container Store

The Container Store launched the ATHome Services here in Los Angeles and I was one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to visit The Container Store Headquarters in Coppell, Texas!

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The Container Store Headquarters took me off guard a little bit.  First off, the headquarters, which The Container Store refers to as the “Home Office” is pretty modest both inside and out compared to their stores. It had a more modern artistic feel, where The Container Store products were displayed like pieces of art.

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Secondly, there’s an affinity for Gumby..yes folks Gumby..he’s like The Container Store’s mascot. When I ask what the deal was with all the Gumby accents throughout the building, The Container Store’s response was that they were “flexible” like the green little guy. In other words The Container Store believes that in general people are “always in the right” and The Container Store will adapt and be flexible in any situation that comes upon them. I absolutely loved it!

Gumby sightings on the quilt displayed in the hallway, on garbage container and even on the historical timeline!

Gumby sightings on the quilt displayed in the hallway, on garbage container and even on the historical timeline!

I also  loved how The Container Store named the conference rooms!

"Fun and Functional"

“Fun and Functional”

I also got to see the distribution center, which is a huge wherehouse connected to the “Home Office”

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At the local Container Store we got to meet the staff and meet some of the original ATHome Organizers of Texas. The tone of the store was just  amazing, super friendly and helpful!

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The Container Store ATHOME Organizers of Los Angeles Left to right: Cheryl Perkins, Linda Koopersmith, Tari Richardson, Me (Master Cruz), Megan Acuna, and Amber Benton

The Container Store is just an awesome company and I just have deep appreciation and gratitude for my experience in Texas!  Live Happily Clutter-Free!

Bird's eye view of The Container Store HQ

Bird’s eye view of The Container Store HQ

 

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge – Spring 2014

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Hello There!

I am SO excited that you are joining me in the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge!

Starting tomorrow, March 2oth, the objective is to reduce the clutter in our physical spaces. Could be home, work, car, whatever. Try and look at your space with fresh eyes and figure out what can simply be let go of.

Here are the guidelines for this 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge:

1. Every day, you have to get rid of something. You can sell it. You can give it away. You can recycle it. You can trash it (if all else fails!).

2. It doesn’t have to be big, expensive, or grand. It can be small. Perhaps the hardest things to get rid of are the small things that we’ve had for a long time that seem meaningful but may just be tying us down.

3. If you get something during this time, big or small (beyond simply food or personal care items), you must get rid of something. One in, one out. PLUS you have to get rid of your “one a day” item…so if you buy or get a new shirt or a DVD or a bike, you gotta ditch TWO things that day.

4.  The real accountability and group support happens when you share what you are letting go of. So once you’re done deciding what to let go of for the day, give yourself a pat on the back and share what you are letting go of on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Make sure to follow the #MO30DayChallenge hashtag for motivation, inspiration and accountability.

If you don’t now where to start, don’t worry, each morning, I’ll post an area of space to tackle based on what I am letting go of myself.  During this 30 day journey I will be giving organizing tips from paper organizing to organizing your car trunk based on the items I am letting go of.

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Enjoy the journey of living HAPPILY clutter free,

Master “Simplify to Amplify” Cruz

P.S.

Thank you Jennifer Kramer for inspiring and exposing me to this challenge =)!

 

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What is the most frustrating space in your home or workplace to organize or keep organized?

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For getting laundry done make a date with your washing machine and dryer and let the others in your household know the day as well.  Get another container and separate dark colors from light colors in the beginning when you toss your clothing to get washed. Agree to the level that you will allow your laundry basket to reach before it gets too full and overwhelming to look at.  Do batches of laundry in small doses.  For example do light colors on Tuesdays and dark colors on Thursdays.  Doing laundry in small batches makes it easier to tackle versus a huge overflowing laundry basket.  Be flexible, if doing laundry in small batches doesn’t work set aside a full day to do laundry.  Choose the method that will get you motivated to get it done.

What organizing tip are you going to use today?  Take action on it to a road to an organized life.  Tell us about it in the comments below.

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 30!

Day 30 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..donated a chair

Wow I can’t believe that the challenge officially ends today…I feel like I can keep getting rid of something each day.  Thanks to everyone that went on this 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge journey with me. Until next time..cheers to a clutter free home!

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 29

Day 29 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..recycled some bakewareware

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 28

Day 28 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..got rid of random items my son likes to play with.

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 27

Day 27 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..recycled old guitar magazine

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 26

Day 26 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge.. donated old earphones, laneyards/badge holders, and telephone cleaner

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 25

Day 25 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..donated docking station.

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30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 24

Day 24 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..donated guitar bookbag.

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