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Blog: Elaine Explains

The psychology of organizing

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A client recently contacted me about a possible organizing referral. But she said that the friend was reluctant to let anyone help. This was my response, I hope it helps you or someone you know take the chance to get help.  I understand how your friend feels, many of my clients have the same feelings […]

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Why you need an organizer as well as a decorator 

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Your decorator just left your newly redecorated home. You enter your beautiful, calm, serene bedroom, open the closet door and POOF!, gone is your calm serenity. Your decorator is not an organizer. Decorators make the visible parts of your home beautiful, that’s what they do, but organizers make the unseen parts of your home beautiful. […]

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More Best of 2016

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I was actually at this family’s home to help the mom get the family room straightened up. When I arrived on the second day to finish up the older daughter, who is 6, wanted me to work on her room with her. After getting mom’s approval, we spent 2 hours in her bedroom. These are […]

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Rejuvenated Pantry!

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Check out the before and after of this pantry that now functions better for my client. We tossed many expired packages and cans of food. Then we refilled the pantry in a way that makes sense for this family. If your pantry looks like the before pictures and you want it to look like the […]

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Elaine Explains: new year, new (organized) you!

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GO month has begun! What is GO you ask, it’s GET ORGANIZED month! You have 31 days to use to get organized. With the help of an organizing expert, such as myself, you can make more progress and have more fun than working by yourself. Be Organized, Get Organized! BOGO- buy 2 hours of organizing, […]

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Some of these ideas are so easy and ingenious that they are ridiculous! I plan on using many of them. If you craft with yarn, check out the wine rack idea and the small bowls with clothes pins. I’d love to hear which ones you try. Email me at elaine@straighteningspaces.com. http://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/organizing-tips/g2646/home-organizing-hacks/?click=c1_gallery_na_yr_1&mag=hbu

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Elaine Explains: dealing with junk mail

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I always know that it’s Tuesday by the mail we receive. That’s the day we get the majority of our junk mail. It also happens to be recycling day on alternating weeks. I usually grab the mail and head right to the recycling bin, in goes 99% of the mail I just received. Is that […]

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Elaine Explains: organizing burn out

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  Many times when we start organizing we overdo it and end up not accomplishing our goals. In addition to this article I offer some words of wisdom. 1. Set a time limit for organizing. 4 hours is the max I recommend. 2. Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. You don’t need […]

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Elaine Explains: 

Many professionals become professionals because of our own shortcomings. We strive to find ways to overcome our own difficulties and in doing so become good at resolving many types of problems, often with unique, creative solutions. Before I became a home organizer I made some of these mistakes myself. In order to resolve my organizing […]

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Elaine Explains: goodbye summer!

With Labor Day this weekend, and the new school year looming, summer is unofficially over. Pools are closing and lifeguards are putting their whistles away. Before you put the pool/beach toys away, check them. Discard any that are ripped, broken, or unusable for any reason. Since some may be suitable for the sandbox, put them […]

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