37 Top Professional Organizing Tools

37 Top Professional Organizing Tools | http://smarthappyorganized.com |When I was just starting out as a professional organizer one of the things I was most excited about were all of the organizing tools we get to use. I wanted to make sure I was prepared for many different situations I may face going to client's homes. I started researching other professional organizers websites to see what they had in their tool kits.

When I was just starting out as a professional organizer one of the things I was most excited about were all of the organizing tools we get to use. I wanted to make sure I was prepared for many different situations I may face going to client’s homes. I started researching other professional organizers websites to see what they had in their tool kits. I took my first NAPO (The National Association of Professional Organizers) class and the instructor was my friend, coach, and mentor  Geralin Thomas who gave us an amazing list to start with. But our tool kits are just as individual as we are. We learn what we love to use and that’s what we recommend to our clients.

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How to Save Yourself From Having to Deep Clean the Refrigerator Often

Hello friends! I’m super excited to write this post today as it is about a cool product I had seen and wanted to try for a long time! Plus this post actually prompted me to do a chore I always dread which is deep cleaning the refrigerator. I say deep cleaning because I do keep a well organized fridge and make sure things get tossed when they need to. I just don’t physically scrub and clean it as often as I should.

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Organization: How Much is Enough? (When can you stop?)

Organization: How Much is Enough? (When can you stop?) | http://smarthappyorgnized.com | organized home, organized family, organized small business, being organized enough

So here we are wrapping up the “What’s Enough Series” on the blog today! It’s a big post today so stick with me! Today we are talking about organization and how do you know when you are organized enough as well as information and how do you know when you have learned enough to start implementing.

How do you know when you are finally organized enough? We could be talking about your home, your life, your family, and your small business. What is your model to go by that you can look at and say okay according to this I’m organized enough? Is there such a thing?

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World Market: Your Go to Resource for Outdoor Spaces

Hey friends! Spring has sprung (in most parts of the country anyway!) and at this time of year I turn my attention to my outdoor spaces.  We spend most of our time outside when the weather is cooperative, playing sports, reading and relaxing, soaking up some sun, firing up the grill, you know the usual!

Because our backyard outdoor space is such an important area it should feel like part of the house, and make you want to spend time there.

I’ve got my basic staples back there, sofa, dining table, grill, rocking chairs and a couple of chaise loungers.  I’ve added a few pieces and rearranged a bit since you all saw it last summer and I promise to share all of that with you in an upcoming post but right now I want to talk about my favorite resource for outdoor pillows, rugs and accessories!

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What Motivates You To Stay Organized (or not)?

What Motivates You To Stay Organized (or not)? | www.smarthappyorganized.com

As you go through your normal daily chore list and maybe add one or two extra organizing chores such as organizing the tupperware lids (again) or organizing your bathroom counter (again), do you ever wonder what motivates you to stay organized? Why do you enjoy organizing certain areas but dread others?  Or, why are you not motivated to be organized at all?  Continue reading “What Motivates You To Stay Organized (or not)?”

How to Motivate Your Man to Help Clean and Organize

How to Motivate Your Man to Help Clean and Organize | http://www.smarthappyorganized.com | motivating husband, motivating boyfirend to clean and organize

It’s no secret that many men hear the words, “Honey we need to get the house cleaned up today,” and they miraculously come up with errands to run or a workout they need to finish.  My husband, as good as he is, is famous for this.  Some men may want to be involved in the cleaning or organizing process of their households.  They may even have opinions about storage and decor.  I say great and awesome if you have one of those guys.  But for the rest of you struggling with trying to motivate your man to share in the fun of cleaning and the joy of organizing here are some Do’s and Dont’s to help win your battle.

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Being Organized Doesn’t Mean Being Perfect

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Perfectly Organized

Being a professional organizer sometimes comes with high expectations from others.  I don’t mean the quality of my work – I mean the perception people tend to have that I live in a “perfectly organized world”. It’s funny to watch people come to my home and look around with eyes wide open, looking to see how a professional organizer lives.

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I always feel that I have to explain that I am human too and that I do not live in a completely organized home at all times.  Life gets in my way too!  However, I do know the things it takes to keep a home manageable and comfortable.  And that is all I expect from my clients as well.  I never expect them to be “perfect”, just organized in a way that works best for them and lets them be comfortable in their home so they can enjoy it.

You can create your own definition of what living organized is about. In general, I think you would agree that it should:

  • Allow you to find what you need when you need it & have the ability to store it quickly and easily without frustrating you.
  • Work for everyone who needs to use it.
  • Ease your stress.
  • Free up time for the things & people you love.
  • Keep things simple…

And, finally, what it doesn’t have to be is PERFECT!

This is a guest post by Audrey Cupo, a Professional Organizer who specializes in Residential Organizing in the Philadelphia, PA area.

 For more on perfectionism, check out the other posts in this series for other expert professional organizers:

Done is Better Than Perfect!

Overcoming Perfectionism – on Being a Recovering Perfectionist

How to NOT Be a Perfectionist in Real Life

DIY Organizer Series: Creative Storage- 10 Ways A Kids Space Is Ready For Play

Creative Storage: 10 Ways A Kids Space Ready Is For Play | www.smarthappyorganized.com | organizing kids | playroom

Some of you may not have young children who need playrooms anymore. It’s okay, hang with me here and you may still get some creative storage ideas. Our son is six.  He honestly doesn’t need a playroom.  However, we happen to have the space in our home and having his own space does encourage him to play independently.  It also helps me because I can shut the door instead of cleaning it all up as I would if it were in the living room. Here are 10 ways I use creative storage systems in my son’s spaces.

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How to Clean Out Your Closet to Make Room for Your Spring Wardrobe

How to Clean Out Your Closet to Make Room for Your Spring Wardrobe | www.smarthappyorganized.com

Even though there is over a foot of snow piled up outside my house, and the high today was only 29 degrees, I’ve already started thinking about spring. While I may be currently choosing wool sweaters and flannel shirts to put on, I know that soon it’ll be warm enough to shed some layers and store away the down jackets. Before the season is in full swing, it’s a great time to get your wardrobe and your closet in shape.

Clean Out Your Closet to Make Room for Spring

Each spring most of us usually buy at least a few new pieces, but before you buy a new pair of sandals or a floral dress, go through your current clothes first to make room for new things. Eliminate anything that is taking up valuable real estate in your closet without earning it. Get rid of the clothes that you aren’t wearing, so you don’t store them for another year for nothing. This will also help you take stock of what you have so you don’t buy anything that serves the same purpose as something you already own, but you can also see where the holes are in your wardrobe.

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