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7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

7 home organization tips to conquer the clutter war

Did you start this year off by watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? We did too. You may want to immediately start wanting to find out what sparks your joy, but moving too quickly and taking on too much too fast will turn into organization overload.  Here are some of our best tips to set you up for home organization success:

Start in one place

You may want to grab the trash bags and embrace the minimalist life, but it is important to start in one place. Instead of creating a huge mess by tackling every room at once, pick one place in one room to start. Once that spot has become an organization masterpiece, move on to the next.

Visibility, Accessibility, Flexibility

The most important concepts to remember when organizing are items should be visible, accessible, and flexible. Choose organization containers that are clear and easily labeled to make it easy to identify the contents. You create accessibility by prioritizing the need of the contents. Put the less used items higher on the shelf than every-day items. When you decide on your storage systems, pick containers that can adapt and grow as your needs change. Make sure all of your containers are flexible and able to solve a variety of home organization problems.

Maximize wasted space

Cabinets are an organizers dream come true, but most homes don’t come fully equipped with enough of these little storage miracles.  Luckily there is a solution to the lack of cabinet space, and that is to make use of wasted space. Take time to think about places that can be transformed into organizational havens. Some places you should use include under beds, over and behind doors, closet floors, and more.

Go container crazy

Containers not only help keep your items in one place, they can also dress up a shelf while keeping your items hidden. Make use of baskets, boxes, trays, and more when you’re organizing. We recommend taking a trip to The Container Store to get all the containers you need and more. Variety is key.

Say yes to color

Color coding your life is more than just creating a perfect rainbow in your closet. It doesn’t matter what room you are trying to organize; you can enhance it with color. A great way to make use of color is clearing up paper clutter with a color-coded filing system. You can also use color to help your kids keep their toys in place. If you have multiple children, give each child a colored bin for storage of their toys. You can also use multiple colored bins to organize by type of toy. Never say no to color.

The 2-year rule

Becoming a clothing and shoe hoarder is easy. When it comes to clearing out your closet, we suggest the 2-year rule. If you haven’t worn the clothing or shoes in the last two years, it is probably time to donate it. Once those clothes are out of the way, go through your remaining items and separate them into three piles: keep, discard, and donate.   

Give back

Over the past eight years, LifeSquire personal assistants have been organizing homes and offices throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.  We have helped people minimalize and enhance their homes through organizational bliss. In doing so, we have donated thousands of items to different local nonprofits. This year, LifeSquire has partnered with local nonprofit, Focus On Home.  LifeSquire wants to bless this nonprofit with donations from our organization projects. If you’d like to help us bless families in need, contact us about your home good donations after you’ve minimalized.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Be Merry and Bright with these 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

7 tips for a stress-free Christmas

We all wish Santa could do more than just deliver gifts. How nice would it be for him to bring all the people on his nice list a Hooville Christmas?

Unfortunately, you’re the one that is creating the Christmas magic. From planning the party to cooking the meals, your days will be filled with work and holiday cheer. But as the minutes tick away, and the days pass by, your stress levels will go up as the Christmas countdown goes on. So how do you turn your holiday stress into merriness? Follow these seven stress-free Christmas tips:

Christmas movies and chill

Pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and grab your most comfy blanket, it’s time for Christmas movies and relaxation. Christmas movies often take the doom and gloom out of life by embracing the Christmas spirit. Take time for yourself or make it a family event, but turn on the Netflix and get into the holiday spirit.

Embrace the time-savers

Your Christmas feast can be quite the feat. Skip making everything from scratch and embrace going to some local businesses and order some of your Christmas foods. You can save a lot of time by getting the classic pumpkin pie from a local bakery or by ordering a cooked turkey instead of baking your own. Stick to making those special dishes only you can make and let some other experts handle the rest.

Calm the playful puppy

A tired pooch is a calm pooch. Instead of having your dog barking and excited to see your guests tire them out. Take your dog outside for some intense playtime and treat them with a toy that dispenses treats (like a Kong) before your guests arrive.

Put the fa-la-la in your playlist

Turning on your favorite playlist and relaxing or having an impromptu dance fest is a great mood boost. And while you probably still want to listen to the hottest new Spotify tunes, don’t forget to add the fa-la-la. Check out some Christmas playlists this month to put you into the Christmas spirit. You can also check out the LifeSquire December Playlist for a mix of modern and jolly tunes.

Sweat it out

Brave the cold and head outdoors for a little exercise. Not only is exercise outside more enjoyable, but you’ll get the added benefit of some Vitamin D. Even a five-minute trip outdoors can boost your mood and help lower your anxiety levels. Don’t put it off, just get out there and enjoy a nice walk.

Wrapping party

Make gift wrapping fun! Turn on some of your favorite Christmas movies, pour a glass of your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy some sweet Christmas treats. Have all the bow, labels, and tape ready to conquer the gift pile. Instead of seeing wrapping as another holiday chore, take the time to enjoy yourself by making it fun.

If gift wrapping isn’t your thing, your LifeSquire is available to wrap all of your holiday gifts.

Call Santa’s helpers

Adulting is hard and often extremely busy. When you add the holiday season on top of normal activities, the amount of free time you have can dramatically decrease. You’re not alone through the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have your family members help cook holiday dinners, have your kids help wrap gifts for other family members, have your LifeSquire personal assistant run your errands, help you plan your parties, and other miscellaneous holiday-related tasks. Asking for help may be difficult, but you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you reach out.

Even though the holidays can be stressful, try to take the time to enjoy yourself, see the lights, and embrace the Christmas magic.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

A LifeSquire Christmas

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'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!

The houses were clean.  They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed. 
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away. 
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.

They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,

With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came, 
And organized everything, so order could reign.

"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all! 

They handle it all, those tasks under roof, 
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
 
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.

They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson

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Your weekend means freedom, here’s how to make the best of it

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Are you stuck in a pattern of feeling like your weekends go by too quickly, and you never get the recharge you crave? Often we clock out, go home, and get back to work.  And if you ask us, that just isn’t right.

There are 60 hours from the time the weekend starts at 6 p.m. Friday until your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. on Monday. Sounds like a lot of hours, right? It is! Even with sleep, there is still a lot of time to make the most of. Not sure how to go about that?

Here are five ways to make the most of your time away from the office:

Don’t do chores

Grocery shopping, lawn mowing, laundry, and cleaning the list never ends. For most people, weekends have been all about scrubbing the toilets instead of enjoying their freedom. While it’s easy to put your chores off until the weekend, we’re here to say that it’s not a good idea. Your time off should be for you; it’s a time to recharge.  This means taking a bit of time every night after work to do the things you spend your weekend doing.  It won’t be fun, but it will free up your days for fun and relaxing.

If you have a hard time fitting it all in during the week, and many do, we have a pro-tip for you. It might be time to hire a personal assistant. A personal assistant will run your errands, prep your meals, fold your clothes, and more. If you are interested in personal assistant service, contact LifeSquire.

Your Monday starts Friday

If you’re like us, you start counting your Friday down at about 8:30 a.m. Friday is the day we all look forward to; it’s the day before freedom. As the minutes get closer to the start of the weekend, your anticipation will increase, so why think about Monday?

Monday is the start of the week, and usually, it begins with meetings and other important things. So while you’re watching the minutes tick by on Friday afternoon, take time to focus on Monday. How many Sunday’s do you spend prepping for your Monday meeting? Those are minutes you can’t get back. Not wasting time on Friday, will help you get even more weekend freedom.

Turn off the tech

Gasp! We said it! Take time every weekend to unplug and get away from the screen, and no sleep time doesn’t count as unplugging. Getting away from social media and other technology can help boost your mood. How many times have you surfed Facebook on Sunday evening and felt bad you didn’t spend your weekend doing all of the fun things your friends did? Instead of wasting time comparing your weekend to others, spend that time competing. You won’t regret it.

Plan something fun

We all need lazy weekends, but not every weekend should be lazy. If you make plans, you are less likely to spend the entire weekend with Netflix.  Whether you plan a hiking trip or time with your friends, make the most of it. Do something you enjoy with people you enjoy. Take photos for memories and live it up. Your weekend is meant for you, so don’t waste it doing things you don’t enjoy.

You can also avoid the Sunday blues by planning something fun during the week. If your routine is to work and only work, the week will always be a drag. Planning a dinner out with friends or something else you enjoy can make your week go by faster. Always be looking forward to something.

Schedule some downtime

Weekends aren’t just about going nonstop from one fun activity to another. If you are always on the go, you will eventually burn yourself out. Make sure your weekend has time for you to relax. Sundays are a great day for relaxing. If you find yourself too busy, actually schedule your relaxation. Your personal assistant can put this in your calendar for you.

 

These are just a few tips on how to make the most of your weekend. Download our tip sheet for more weekend fun and relaxation tips.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

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Weekend Tips

Get the most out of your weekend with 10 tips on how to make the most of it.