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Happy Tuesday, all! Raise your hand if you want to get organized, but you just don’t know where to start?!? If this is your dilemma, I am here to tell you you’re not alone. Often when things get disorganized, it leads to feeling overwhelmed and you simply don’t know where to begin. Ask yourself the following questions:
I.What room do you or your family spend the most time in? You want the room that you spend the most time in to make you feel relaxed and comfortable, not overwhelmed and stressed by the cabinet that you know is containing the avalanche that would happen if you were to open it.
II.What room do you feel most frustrated/overwhelmed when you walk into it? While organizing every other room is good too, it would be like cutting off one head of the beast. Tackling this room, the one that makes you feel most frustrated, is like killing the beast.
III.What gives you the most joy? Family? A certain hobby? Cooking? What room does this translate to in your home? This goes along with question number one. Let yourself enjoy what brings you happiness with a clean organized space. If you love to cook but you can never find anything in your kitchen it gets to be a stressful situation quickly.
Once you’ve identified the room, use the 5 s’s Blog to start the organizing process. If you’re having trouble knowing what to keep and what to get rid of, take a look at this previous blog post.
So, what’s stopping you now? Stop avoiding it – Take Charge. Opt for Organization. Be brave!! And if you don’t want to, call me 😉 Have a wonderful day!!
Happy #GFF!! As you read this I will relaxing at a winery in Vermont on my honeymoon! However, I love you all so much, I still wanted to share one of my favorite wedding gifts we received. It’s so simple, yet it’s come in handy soooo much. This 10 - piece nesting bowl set from Bed Bath & Beyond is perfect if you are short on space and if you are a minimalist. For most, these 10 bowls would replace all that you have now and because they are nesting they take up little space. Only $30! There is also a 4 bowl nesting set from Pyrex that come with lids that are nice too. You can find those at Target for $20 (click here).
I’m going to go get my wine on! Ha! Have a wonderful Friday & weekend, beautiful people!!
Today we are talking about the dreaded area of the kitchen that no matter how hard we try always seems to resort back to chaos – the Food Storage/Tupperware drawer. That’s right, those little plastic food savers are the weak spot to kitchen organization. SO, how do we tackle it?
Start with taking everything out of the drawer or cabinet and match all the tops to bottoms. Throw away the following: Any lone tops or bottoms, stained or cracked containers, or any that you never use because they always seem to leak in your lunch box. Right away – Throw. Them. Out.
It’s official! I am legally and professionally Emily Hamel!! (Always a Garganera girl, too though!!) Changing your name can be such a stressful process. Who knew there was so much to remember to change?!? I always knew I’d take my husband’s last name (joyfully), but, jeez!! Men, you are lucky you get to keep your names! I was dreading the logistics of it all, until a friend told me about HitchSwitch. This website is a gold mine, engaged ladies! What you do is sign up for an account, input your basic information and the areas you’re looking to change your name (Passport, License, Car Registration, etc). Hitchswitch then generates filled out documents for each area and includes instructions on how to complete the process (where to send it to, if there is a fee associated with it, etc). There are three packages offered. I chose the option to download all the paperwork, print it off at home and complete the process myself. You could also have it mailed to you, or have them do it entirely for you!! Thank you HitchSwitch for making this otherwise stressful process, a breeze. Visit www.hitchswitch.com to learn more!!
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Happy Tuesday, peeps! In this day and age, we’re all looking for a quick fix for our problems. While the journey to get organized can be long and take patience, there are a few ‘quick fixes’ that you can implement now to have that instant gratification of being organized. Here are 3 steps that are sure to start your day off on an organized note.
There you have it! 3 simple steps for starting your day off feeling organized. Give it a try and let it transform the rest of your day! Happy organizing 😊
Happy #GoodFindFriday!! I am traveling to Illinois today for my niece's 1st birthday party. So excited to share today's #GFF with you before I leave though because these labels have been with me for a few years. I've changed their use and which baskets they go on and I just love how easy they are to use. The paper inserts are SO easy to change out! The ones shown are handwritten but it is so simple to print and cut to size too! These bin labels were used in the Linens Organization blog a few weeks ago. I love the simple clean look of these bin labels. They are still in stock, even years later, and are from The Container Store. Available in Silver, Gold and Black!
Baskets and bins are always a good thing to label so you aren't having to take each one off the shelf to see what's inside. It's easy, quick and will save you time in the long run. Happy Organizing all!
Hello friends! Man, I can’t believe this is the last week of September. I love summer, but I have to say I am SO excited for Fall!!
This month has brought so much joy. I am absolutely loving married life and getting acclimated to living in Wisconsin. We finally have pictures on the walls! It’s starting to feel like home already <3 We love entertaining so it was exciting having some of our best friends from college visit us and explore Sheboygan. The Labor Day holiday was spent on a girl’s weekend getaway to New York City with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It was fun spending time with them and getting a taste of real city life, despite the rain! Last week I drove to Iowa to visit my best friend and her husband and finally got to meet their newborn, beautiful baby girl, Adalynn. On top of that we drove to Illinois to celebrate my nephew’s 5th birthday. Check out that awesome cake -- my brother-in-law is so talented! I even got to enjoy the apple orchard with Nick and my mom (told you I'm excited for fall!). I’m so happy I could be present for all of these events. There was so much love and happiness felt this month; and gratitude. I am so grateful for my job that I can do what I love and still be able to see my family and friends. I can’t express how much I appreciate all of your support and encouragement!!
As much joy as this month has brought, it’s also been tough. I have never been shy or afraid to meet new people, but this month it’s been a little tough for me to get out of my shell. BUT, instead of dwelling and being sad about being in a new place and not knowing anyone (I did that for the first few weeks, not going to lie…) I went out and did something about it. I joined a gym and reached out to friends of friends and started to just put myself out there. It’s scary and I feel vulnerable (even just writing this), but isolating ourselves doesn’t give us a chance at all. We need to put ourselves in positions where we can grow and do something about it!! I've met some really awesome people in the process and I can't wait to see how these friendships grow.
A while ago I put myself in a position where I knew I’d be able to meet people and grow in addition to the gym. I joined the team at The Container Store in Wauwatosa. It was a dream come true. I love the products at The Container Store, the principles the business was built upon, and the people I worked with. I have never worked somewhere that people were that excited to come to work and do their jobs (and do them well I might add). That’s why it was a tough decision to put in my two weeks’ notice at the beginning of the month. I learned so much and I appreciate all the training and support they gave me, but in the end, I needed to do what was best for me and my family and Optimal Organization. TCS – you’ll always have a special place in my heart!
I have to give a shout out to Kelly and Andra who started With Grace and Gold. I first heard their story from the She Did It Her Way podcast earlier this year. They started their business three years ago and it’s been fun to see how they’ve grown. They hosted a webinar this month that I was super excited to be a part of! 6 Systems to 6 Figures was an hour webinar where they shared how implementing systems into their business has led to success. I am a huge believer in systems and efficiency as an Industrial Engineer and I loved what they had to say. So much that I signed up for their Profiting from Productivity course. Can’t wait to learn!!
So much learning happening in the next month with the WG&G course AND the She Did it Her Way summit in Chicago!!
Do you want to learn more?
Here are a few ways you can learn as we wrap up September!
Happy Tuesday, all! Back in June I touched on the term “Get Organized” and what that entailed of. In case you missed it, you can find it here. For a quick recap, my method consists of three parts – the trifecta – to “Getting Organized”.
Today I want to expand more on the idea of being mentally organized. Lacking mental organization is the culprit to us not achieving the physical organization of our possessions. There are two main obstacles that keep us from being mentally organized; emotions and shame.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!