Posts tagged Lurlene Anderson

Need more cupboard space?

A great solution for lack of storage is a pantry. In the past, a pantry was generally a separate room in the kitchen that was used to store food items-a storage area complete with shelving and a door. It is possible to purchase your own pantry and personalize it to suit your needs. There is a wide variety to choose from. Not to mention the array of colours and sizes; it is easy to find one that will fit perfectly into your space.

I am a firm believer in creative thinking and using items for different purposes. I just purchased a pantry for my kitchen and as I was putting it together, I began to think of the various uses for the one I purchased. It is a wood tone that would also be a great choice for a home office.
The benefit of a pantry is that it keeps items “out of sight” and therefore helps remove visual clutter from the room. Another great benefit is that the shelves are adjustable so you can control the height to store items by size.
Here are some ideas for “pantry” storage:

Kitchen

• Entertaining items such as serving trays, serviettes, paper plates & cutlery.
• Paper towels
• Recycle bin
• Bottles & cans
You can also store like items together in baskets. If you keep them together, you will see at a glance that you have enough and avoid duplicates and triplicate.

Home Office

• Paper
• Files
• Office Supplies
• Tax returns
• Manuals , notebooks & books
• Warranties
• Spare computer hardware, printer or parts

Laundry Room

• Detergent, fabric softener, bleach & spot remover
• Cleaning rags

Other uses

• Gift wrapping tools
• Sewing items
• Craft storage
• Christmas decorations
• Game storage
• Spare bedding & pillows
A final tip-Always store heavier items on the bottom shelf.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Writer, Speaker
http://www.organizeyourworld.ca
http://www.LurleneAnderson.com

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Spring Painting

I paint on a regular basis, during the Spring or Fall season. With all the rain recently I decided to paint so I can enjoy the Sunshine when it comes. I KNOW it is coming!
I enjoy painting, it relaxes me and gardening does the same. It is best to know what you are doing before you paint-you want a professional look. Here are some tips to help you organize your painting session.

Do’s:

Before you decide on a colour, bring the chip sample home to test in your home with your regular lighting.

Start with dry clean walls, free of dirt, dust and mould. (If you have a few spots of mould, clean it completely with bleach and allow it to dry completely).

Purchase good quality paint and brushes. You will need a good brush designed for corners. I buy a straight line roller design for the area between the ceiling and the wall. I find them easier to use.

If you need to prime the walls, prime them, this is a step you definitely cannot skip.

Keep damp rags ready to use for minor spills or mistakes. You can wipe it clean if you use a damp rag right away.

Don’t:

Paint electrical and light switch plates

Forget to cover the floors and furniture before painting.

Try to save money and buy cheap paint. It will be more difficult to use and you will not be happy with the final result.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Writer, Speaker
http://www.LurleneAnderson.Com

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Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s springtime, or is it? With the temperatures fluctuating day to day, it’s hard to believe it is actually Spring. This is the time of year to roll up your sleeves and “Spring Clean”, or as I prefer to say “Spring Clear”. Everyone could use a few time saving tips to speed up the process, preferring to “get it done” during the rainy season to be able to enjoy the sunny weather.

Create your own to-do list with the following tips. If you choose to hire someone, be prepared with the list of things to do.

1. Main Closet
 Be prepared with bins to separate recycling, re purpose and donated items
 Move winter outerwear to an alternate closet, if available. If not, move winter items to the back.
 Donate items that are too small
 Do not keep damaged or mismatched items
 If necessary, install a shoe shelf. You will more than double the space for shoes

2. Refrigerator

 Wipe down shelves and walls with a solution of water & vinegar. For stains, try water & baking soda. Be sure to clean between the door
 Check expiry dates on all containers. Remove all expired and old food

3. Flooring

 Steam clean the carpets
 Clean baseboards

4. Walls

 Wipe down walls, start with a sponge and rinse with a cloth

5. Windows

 Clean the inside (hey, it’s rainy season) with water, vinegar, and squeegee. Dry with a cloth
 Wash curtains or clean blinds

When you’re done, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Speaker, Writer
http://www.OrganizeYourWorld.Ca
http://www.LurleneAnderson.com

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What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Is today the day that you are making a list of your resolutions for the New Year?

Are you thinking about a change? Has anyone asked you about your resolution today?

Every year, getting organized or spending more time with family and loved ones are one of the top ten.

Getting organized is actually a “habit” that you can develop with conscious effort and commitment. It takes 28 days to develop a habit, so why not commit to one change in your daily routine to create a new you for the month of January!

Start slow, here’s a list of small, baby steps to get you started:

• Make your bed each morning. (Even if you pull up the covers to your pillow, your bed will look better than an unmade bed)

• Put your keys in one location every time you walk in your door

• Clear your kitchen table each night

• Put your dishes directly in the dishwasher instead of the sink or wash your dishes right after dinner

• Designate one location for all your mail and put it in the same spot each day

• Recycle junk mail as soon as you receive it-put it in the recycling bin right away

As you become more organized in your daily routine, you will find you have created more time to spend with family and loved ones. “Being organized can save you time”. According to the Fast Company magazine, Executives waste 6 weeks per year searching for misplaced documents!

This is my New Year’s gift to everyone-work on one resolution and you actually succeed in making two of your resolution wishes come true!

Lurlene Anderson

Professional Organizer
http://www.OrganizeYourWorld.Ca

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What is a Professional Organizer?

When I am asked what I do I often hear “I need you to come to my house” or I am asked what is a Professional Organizer? What do you do?

It is not an easy question to answer. I offer many services. I help busy people who are overwhelmed or just don’t know where to start with their clutter and I help create a retreat in YOUR home or office.

Here’s a list of my services:

o Home or office organization and setting up personalized systems to help maintain clutter. I organize based on my client’s needs, not my own.
o Personal assistant. I help busy entrepreneurs keep their office organized and appointments scheduled.
o Public Speaking to help deal with clutter or time management challenges.
o Published writer to provide tips to clear your clutter.
o Prepare homes for sale by painting, de-cluttering, staging and packing.

I love what I do and I am finding it difficult to choose my special niche. I’ll keep working on that!

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer
http://www.OrganizeYourWorld.Ca

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Is There a Hoarder in Your Life

Thanks to the A&E series “Hoarders”, there is a growing awareness regarding “Hoarding”. I for one am happy to see this situation addressed. A family experiences many challenges if there is a hoarder in their life. I truly feel the more it is talked about, the greater the understanding and less judgement. Many of us have a hoarder in our lives and we don’t know how to help.

Hoarding, excessive clutter or chronic disorganization has varying degrees or levels.

Excessive clutter can be temporary. It could be caused by a recent move, death of a loved one, divorce, birth or a toxic environment in your home or work.

A problem with excessive clutter could also be neurological, such as ADD or MS, emotional issues or addiction-there are several causes.

For more severe cases, it is highly recommended to receive therapy before you attempt to de-clutter.

What I do know is outside clutter is an indication or reflection of something going on inside you.

If you have a family member, loved one or friend with excessive clutter you should never nag, criticize, ridicule, judge or clear clutter without consent.

People with clutter issues are everywhere, on your street, co-worker, or boss. They come from all walks of life.

If you have a severe problem with clutter, it is best to seek professional therapy during the de-clutter process. And when you are ready to deal with your clutter, choose a Professional Organizer that you feel comfortable with who respects your boundaries and can trust with your purge and has experience and education that meets your needs.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Public Speaker and Writer
http://www.OrganizeYourWorld.Ca
http://www.LurleneAnderson.com

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Great Organizing Giveaway Event

January 25 is the first day of the Great Organizing Giveaway!

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