Archive for November, 2010

Step Into Our Magazine Rack

Why is it so hard to get rid of magazines?!

They’re expensive; printed art (in some cases); resources we promise ourselves we’ll refer to at a later date (and sometimes do!); recipe books; design books; haircut and style references; future reading material we promise ourselves we’ll get to (and most times don’t!); exercise manuals; collectors editions (see last week’s post); and much, much, more.

Learn to edit by reading magazines online (most magazines have their own website and ezines are fantastic substitutes), avoiding subscription and last minute purchase traps, and by trusting you will always have online-access to the article/material you’re seeking (for rare magazines and collector items, store and file appropriately using our storage ideas below).

Magazine containers make perfect storage solutions.  Add labels and tags for easier access.

Things you can do with old magazines:

–  swap with friends & family

–  donate to local organizations with waiting areas (offices and shelters)

–  use as wrapping paper!

–  give to kids for collage making

Check out for more tips:

http://blisstree.com/live/10-things-to-do-with-old-magazines/

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November 25, 2010 at 10:05 am 2 comments

Step Into Our Collection

Surprisingly we’re not anti-collections.

We are, however, anti-collections collectively collecting dust.

 

There may be an anciently inherent need to collect (hunter-gather survival instincts anyone?) but modern day concerns are storage, dust, disposal, and the often experienced feeling of guilt when letting pieces (or an entire collection) go.

Beth collected troll dolls and stickers until she was thirteen. When she eventually outgrew her creepy doll and sticker book fascination, she couldn’t let them go.

Why? She had spent so many years, so much energy, and so much time hunting and gathering.  Throwing them away forced her to ask some tough questions. Was collecting a waste of time? An act void of meaning? A superficial indulgence available only to the economically privileged? An environmental disaster waiting to happen?  

What the?

As an adult (and professional organizer) she answers yes. And no.

Intelligent and conscious collecting has merit.  It can become a fulfilling hobby leading to new experiences. 

How does one find and maintain healthy collection bliss? By finding proper homes for treasures; displaying items wherever possible (otherwise what’s the point of having a collection?); frequently editing and dusting; and by overcoming the fear of saying goodbye (in an environmentally sound and conscious way, of course).    

Our New Age Note:

Collectables are often passed down and given as gifts (gift buying is easy when the receiver has a collection!). Be careful not to keep collections out of guilt, a false sense of emotional attachment, or fear you’ll never own enough.  “Just In Case Mentality” and “Scarce Mentality” are disempowering places to be.  

Collaborative Consumption is where it’s at.

 

Bye (not buy) for now.

November 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm 1 comment

Step Into Our Vehicle

Since we spend so much time traveling from one place to another (in and out of our cars and trucks multiple times a day), it’s common for vehicles to become dumping grounds for things like garbage, sports equipment, toys, change, music etc…

It’s not how we roll, though!

Many vehicles have “hidden” and exposed storage and these spaces should be kept organized! It’s important to have stress/clutter free areas while driving – internal distractions can lead to less focus (and visibility!).

Yikes!

Let us chauffeur you through the editing process:

1. Remove all items from the vehicle, including everything stored in the glove compartment, under seats, and in any other nifty visible or “invisible” storage areas.

2. Make 3 piles – trash, things that should (and will now) live outside of the vehicle, and items that need to be stored appropriately. Take note of what you find! By actively looking through each item (that has somehow ended up living the car) you may be able to avoid doing the same thing in the future.

3. Further categorize the piles of things that will live in the car (i.e. emergency kit – we’ll talk more about this later – insurance info, sunglasses, etc…)

4. Put items back in their newly allotted place.

5. Road trip!

Neat things:

Love them

Vizor Organizer!

Over the seat storage!

Trunk Storage

Every vehicle should have an emergency kit and first aid kit, just in case.
 
 
 

Here are some handy items to keep accessible in your glove compartment, or under seat storage.

Check out this link for more tips – http://www.oprah.com/home/Tips-for-Organizing-Your-Messy-Car

You don’t need a license to organize – but we’ve got one!!!

November 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm 1 comment

Step Into our Holistic Closet

We’re living in an age where “natural”/”alternative” therapies and products have merged with more western, traditional interpretations of health. They’ve also merged with our need to consume. As a result we’ve met many customers who seek assistance editing their supplements.

It seems everyone has a sales pitch around how to detox, have a more restful sleep, ward off illness, lose weight quickly, or have younger looking skin. These potions and lotions, in exchange for our hard earned money, are supposed to make our lives, and our bodies, “better”.

The problem is this: after being bombarded with a million “solutions”, we’re often left with many unused products (creating another health concern – clutter!).

It’s time to tackle excess vitamins, cleanses, teas, protein drinks, bars, skin care products, weight-loss supplements, natural anti-depressants/sleeping aids and even exercise equipment.

Editing your supplement containers, closets, and drawers is a lot like editing your spice rack and medicine cabinet.

Tips

Holistic products, either topical or ingestible, have a shelf life. Check the dates.

Compartmentalize and keep supplements used on a daily basis easily accessible. Keep daily vitamins (multi vitamins, B-complexes, Fish Oil ect…) in one compartment and store less frequently used products (sleeping herbs, anti-viral supplements, immune boosters etc…) in another.

Edit and assess frequently to avoid re-purchasing

Just like infomercials, product reps and advertisements try to sell (!) and their claims aren’t always accurate or right for everyone. Do your research! Consult trusted health care practitioners, your doctor, naturopathic doctors, homeopathic doctors, TCM professionals, and your gut. You know your body better than anyone else on the planet.

De-cluttering leads to a new you too!

Remember:

Quick fixes are temporary, especially regarding extreme weight loss.  Long term commitments to health and wellbeing are always more effective.

Health food stores and products are expensive (edit your wallet!) – leafy green vegetables, sleep, water, and exercise (go for a walk!) are inexpensive (and free!) ways to restore and maintain health.

Don’t ignore the nutritional and healing benefits of everyday food. Obtaining this knowledge can (and we believe will) reduce supplement need.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Vitamin.
Vitamin who?
Vitamin for a party!

November 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment


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