Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of taking useless and unwanted products and repurposing them. The process of upcycling can be found in art, music and design. In the organizing world, we love upcycling because it allows clients to save on buying all new organizing supplies and products. It teaches us to use what we have and use it differently and it’s also great for the environment!
One of the things we love about organizing is the creativity that can go into organizing solutions. Sometimes the best solutions come from thinking outside the box. And most of the time they come from Buzzfeed articles! Here are some of our favorite life hacks for organizing.
Although our main focus is organization, design is a large part of what we do. When we help clients with space planning projects, we use a variety of tips, tricks, and techniques we have learned over the years. Today, we’d like to share some of them with you. Some of them can be found on our Pinterest board, while others come from design blogs like mecc interiors. The possibilities are endless when designing your space, so have fun with it!
If you have a pet then you already know how important it is to make sure you have everything they need on hand. Whether you’re at home, going for a walk, or taking a long trip, knowing where your furry friends’ supplies are located can save you time, money and a lot of frustration. Keeping track of their food, medicine, toys and grooming supplies can sometimes lead to a messy closet, cabinet or drawer, but we’ve got some great tips for keeping your pets’ things organized.
1. Use kid-friendly labels It’s important to have an organization system in place for your kids that encourages them to create and play. The space should be designed based on their age and their ability to clean up after themselves.
What’s with all that junk inside your trunk? Sometimes our cars get neglected when we’re cleaning up and getting organized. Maybe it’s because they’re parked on the street or in the garage, “out of sight, out of mind”. Or perhaps they’re being avoided intentionally because it seems too overwhelming to tackle. With Summer around the corner, it’s time to get our cars cleaned out and organized so we can put them to good use!
As professional organizers we hear this a lot from our clients and people who know what we do for a living. The word “hoarder” can get thrown around too often and too lightly. It’s usually not the correct label for most people struggling with disorganization. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d like to share some insight into disorganization disorders with you. I bet you’re wondering which label is right for you?
Does your To Do list fit on a post-it note or take up an entire notebook or maybe even a few notebooks? We tend to put too much on our lists and end up frustrated with ourselves when we can’t check them all off at the end of the day. Truthfully, we’re setting ourselves up for failure from the start. Our To Do lists can be extremely helpful to keep us on track, however, the problem often lies in what and how much we’re actually putting on the list. Unreasonable expectations of how long it actually takes to complete a task can lead to a feeling of failure when we don’t make enough time to get everything done. And that’s just not fair because you’re awesome!
DID YOU KNOW? Each U.S. household receives about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year. This adds up to more than 100 BILLION pieces of mail per year for the US, about 44% of which goes into landfills without even being opened! The damage to the environment, carbon footprint, wasted energy, etc. are considerable. And let’s not forget about the frustration and wasted time – you’ll spend about 8 months of your life dealing with unsolicited mail (PaperKarma).
April is National Stress Awareness Month but don’t stress…we’ve got you covered! We see how clutter, disorganization and chaos in our clients’ homes and offices has lead to unwanted stress and a little gray hair too!