Organizing Simplified Workshop

Learn how to help your household flow smoother by implementing better routines, planning meals, and using a more efficient laundry system.

We will talk about how to implement daily and weekly routines, getting the rest of the family on board, and customizing them to fit your household.

We will plan one entire month of dinners by using a simple template you can change up and reuse each month, making grocery shopping and budgeting so much easier.

We’ll talk about ways to improve our current laundry systems, minimizing the amount of dirty clothes, and getting all family members engaged and responsible for their own items.

$40 per person. Must register here:

6-8pm Tuesday, August 1st
@Matt Ross Community Center – Cottonwood Room on Main Floor

Refreshments provided.


A Craft Room Rediscovered – Part 2

I had been to this craft room before!  And I was ready for another phase of getting it back to functioning for a busy mama! The last session we worked on clearing floor space and getting a lot of items out of the room.  Today it was time to clear a sewing area! Today was the day!
a craft room rediscovered part 2 - messy sewing workspace

This time there was room in the craft room to do the sorting.  My first priority was to get the counters cleared off enough to see what was inside those cabinets.  The set of cabinets on the left were full of fabrics that just needed a little straightening.   The set of cabinets on the right had some items in them but were not optimizing the space available.

a craft room rediscovered part 2 -messy sewing cabinet

Overflow fabrics were moved to a higher shelf so that bobbins, snaps, elastic, zippers, measuring tape, and numerous other smaller items could be easily accessed.  All the thread was put into drawers right by the sewing machine and sorted from largest to smallest spools in separate drawers.  Buttons were added to existing button containers. The cabinets were left with space to spare for anything that may need to be added later.

a craft room rediscovered part 2 - organized sewing cabinet

After the cabinets were opened and evaluated a lot of the items on the floor and chair were cleared out. There was a lot of sorting to do on the counter and redirecting of the other craft items to their various sorted piles elsewhere.  a craft room rediscovered part 2 - messy sewing counterFinding the sewing counter was a definite win and put a smile on the face of both client and organizer!

a craft room rediscovered - organized sewing counter

The hard work was well worth it to see this organized sight!!  It was another fabulous morning of organizing for me and a giant leap toward a craft room being rediscovered for a busy client!  Happy day!

A Craft Room Rediscovered - before and after of an organized sewing counter

Project by Nicole in Kansas City



Straightening Up Office Storage

Like most closets, after a while, without fail… things get shoved in last minute just to be out of the way, and items have a tendency to get jumbled up.

This office storage closet was no exception.
Straightening Up Office Storage - messy office closet

It started off organized in containers and most like-items were with their counter parts but after a while, those containers were out of place from being taken out and put back on the shelf. Things got shoved in where they didn’t necessarily belong.

We removed everything from the shelves and wiped them down.
Then to put it all back…
All the similar paper items were grouped together: envelopes, stationary, stamps, business cards and the smaller bins that held them went up top.
Next were pads of paper that could easily be turned on it’s side in a file-like manor to save space and make for easier removal.
The big bin now held “action” files and folders. Since it was the biggest, heaviest and most frequently used, it was placed on a lower shelf for easier access.
Below that were all of the small desk supplies organized in trays according to type: pens, paper clips/staples, pencils, etc.
Straightening Up Office Storage - organized office closet

With just a quick: “remove, sort, and put back” the office storage area can easily become a more efficient storage space for your office/desk items and will definitely save you time by not having to search around for your stuff!

Straightening Up Office Storage - organized office closet before and after

Organizing an Austin Kitchen

Every space, after a while, get’s unorganized due to misc. items placed in random spots. This kitchen is one of those examples. Busy families seldom get the time to take a 4 hour break to re-organize their kitchen.

Enter: professional organizers.

This client had a pretty good idea where she wanted her kitchen items. She stuck sticky notes on the outside of the cabinets so that we could stick closely to their current main areas for things.
The non-kitchen stuff was moved to the pantry and to dining room storage, while the remainder was straightened up, and re-homed.

Organizing an Austin Kitchen - Cluttered Counters With Mis-matched Cabinet Items

The pantry, after a while, had gotten pretty mixed up. The pantry items were sorted according to what type of food they were and the clutter on the floor was cleared out. All of the shopping bags were stored together.

Organizing an Austin Kitchen  - Organized Pantry Shelves Before and AfterOrganizing an Austin Kitchen - Organized Pantry Floor Before and After

Every cabinet was re-worked according to what type of kitchen item it held. Appliances were stored with appliances, and baking containers were nested together with other baking items.

Organizing an Austin Kitchen - Organized Floor Cabinets Beforea and After

End result: clean, clutter-free counters and every kitchen item in it’s specific home!

Organizing an Austin Kitchen - Clean and Clutter Free Counters