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Dream Drawer Organizers

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One of my favorite home organizing products is Dream Drawer Organizers. They are spring loaded drawer dividers that expand 12″-18″. You can place them anywhere inside the drawer and they stand upright and secure. They are perfect for socks, underwear and lingerie. There is a new variety that are shallow and can be used in…

Tackle the Tough Stuff

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On Saturday we sprung the clocks forward in observance of Daylight Savings Time. My question to you this week is: What are you going to do with that extra hour? It’s going to be light later and the weather is going to be getting warmer (hopefully). It’s time to take the monkey off your back…

Maximizing Storage Space

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I have always found an important key to being organized and efficient starts with how well you utilize storage areas. Maximizing the space in your closets can have a huge effect on how much you can store, how well you can find what you need, and how quickly you can get things picked up and…

Organize for Tax Time

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Every year around this time we receive desperate calls from clients asking us to come and help them sort through papers and get tax documents in order. There are a few simple steps you can take to make it a little easier. First, have a single spot where you deal with paper, mail and receipts….

Less Really is More

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I’ve spent my career helping people learn to pare down what they have and find a simpler and less stressed life by weeding out and purging the excess. Last week my husband had the privilege of traveling on a mission trip to Juarez Mexico to help build a home for some very needy people. He…

Mudroom Mayhem

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My mudroom has been heavily used and abused during this arctic Chicago winter. With 3 children and all of the garb they bring in and out, along with backpacks and boots, not to mention all of their friend’s stuff that comes and goes, it really turns into quite the mess! I’m grateful to have built…

Confessions of an Organizer

Having run an organizing business for almost 20 years, I would like to consider myself among the organized, but I have a confession to make, this new Efficiency Campaign has unveiled my hidden chaos! While creating a worksheet to use with our clients on home efficiency, I have gratefully been the guinea pig. The other…

5 Steps to Efficiency

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With the economy in a downward spiral, and at the urging of our new President, it’s time for all of us to take responsibility and work towards being more efficient. At Chaos to Order we have spelled out 5 steps that can lead us to a more efficient and organized life. 1. Spend Wisely –…