Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Changes in Attitude...

Do you HAVE TO use an area in your home for the purpose it was designed?  If you don't ever have formal dinners in your dining room, could you morph that room into something you could use every day - an office, playroom, craft room, or homework nook?  Does it have to remain a formal dining room because the realtor, your floor plan, or a relative told you that is what the room was designed to be?

Eight years ago when I moved into my current home, I had a little baby and I was starting a new business.  I needed to be in the main part of the house and didn’t need much space, so our 1980’s wet bar was my office and my little guy’s art area.  Soon his art materials and our home schooling adventures took over my office space in the wet bar.  And my organizing business was growing to the point of me needing more than a work surface and a single cabinet.  The wet bar became an art/school area.  My office moved to (and has taken over- Hallelujah!) the spare bedroom. 


(Photo of our art/school supplies circa 2009- organized, containerized, and labeled)

Fast forward a few years and we are no longer home schooling.  The homework area has expanded to a small table in the corner of the dining room, the couch, or the computer desk – depending on kiddo’s mood and type of homework.  In turn, the wetbar, which stores art supplies and games, has really become a catch all for all sorts of – well – detritus. 

What’s an organizing Mama to do?


Find out next time!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Let it go! Let it go!

My hubby, infant son, and I moved into our current home 8 years ago.  Before that the longest hubby and I had resided in any one spot was a maximum of 2 years.  Moving often gave us the freedom to part with unused items rather than storing them.  Who wants to pay to pack, move, and store junk time and time again?
I’ve noticed, however, that in the past 8 stationary years – with a growing kiddo – that the willingness to store unwanted items has become a little too comfortable.  So what’s the solution?

First things first:
Get rid of the broken stuff.  You really aren’t going to fix it.  Part with the trash.  Anything that is truly not of salvageable worth needs to go to its proper dumpster home. 

Then what?
Sell. Sell. Sell. 
I take any good condition kid clothes and toys to semiannual consignment sales.  Doing the inventory and tagging myself is a little work, but the paycheck I get within a week is really really really worth my time.  Did I mention how worth my time it is?

I have also gone the more conventional route using area consignment shops.  I feel it is a lot of work to keep up with tracking the inventory over time and I don’t have control over the pricing of my items.  However, I do get some money back for my clothes while expending a minimal amount of physical effort. 

For big items, like furniture, large appliances, swing sets, and other heavy/hard to move things – Craigslist is my go to source.  Selling online has been profitable and I don’t have to move the items myself.  I have always asked for cash and have used precautions to stay safe. 

If you have lots of stuff and the time to do it, a yard sale may be your best bet.  Yard sales are easiest when you have a buddy.  Whether it is a friend, neighbor, or spouse -- it’s just nice to have someone to chat with during the lulls, and to give you a potty/snack/cool-off break when needed.  Advertise on line and in your local paper.  Put up signage the day before your sale.  Be ready early in the day.  Make sure your big ticket items are really obvious to draw in those looking from the street.  Keep things off the ground.  Hang clothes from a drying rack (or a makeshift rack of a pipe).  If you don’t want people IN your garage, close the door.  Have plenty of change and keep the money on your person. 


At the end of the sale, don’t let unwanted items trickle back into your home.  There is a service in the Jacksonville, St. Johns area that pays per pound for textiles (clothes, sheets, linens, shoes).  *If you want to know more about how to help people in need and get paid for your unwanted items, let me know!  I'd love to put you in touch with http://www.jaxcashforclothes.com/!Check your local listings to see what charities (Vietnam Vets) will pick up unwanted items.  Set a date and say good-bye to the old.  Load up your car with the remainder of the unsold stuff and make a trip to your favorite drop off spot.  A few of my favorites in my area are The Betty Griffin House (Fruit Cove/JCP), Goodwill, and The Salvation Army.

So are you ready to do it with me?  Part with your unwanted unused items this month and let me know how it goes.  I'll post back with some pictures about what I have dug out of our (already organized) 8 years of build up.  

If you'd like to learn other ways to LET IT GO, get organized, manage your time, or set up systems in your home and office for better efficiency and harmony shoot me an email at juliebavi@gmail.com, stalk me on twitter @juliebavi, and show me some Facebook love https://www.facebook.com/OrganizeWithJulie.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Doctor Who? Organizing in a Moment's Time.

Do you have time to get organized?  If you have 15 minutes, then YES you do! 

I constantly hear the reason for people being disorganized is that there isn’t any time to get it all done.  Here’s a little secret friends – it doesn’t have to get done all at one time. 

For today’s organizing moment, let’s look at the medicine cabinet.  If you have small children, this may be something you can do nearby while they splash in the tub.  Use commercial breaks between shows in the evening.  Sort through while you’re waiting for the shower water to warm up or the mirror to defog.

Why is it important to organize the medicine cabinet?
Ingesting some expired meds can be toxic.
If medication is organized you can clearly see what is out of stock.
Medication mix ups are common and can have serious repercussions. 

Remove any expired or outgrown medications.  (Locally, our sheriff’s department will take old medications off your hands.) 
Keep track of your first aid supplies too!
There are a couple of different ways to think about organizing what’s left—
1. Situate medications by the person (or pet) who takes them so that each family member can find their own. 
2. Separate medications by type: cold/allergy, pain relief, tummy troubles. 
Containerize using small baskets, drawer dividers, or whatever your space will accommodate and…
Label. Label. Label!

And done! 


I’d love to hear from you.  How old was the oldest medicine you found? What was it? A client and I once found decades old Mercurochrome in her “bug out” stash.  We both got a good chuckle out of that.

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Organizing and the Polar Vortex

I can tell you that this Florida girl has been very cold this January due to the Polar Vortex our country is experiencing.  Yes, I realize, it’s Florida… and winter… and there’s no snow to shovel or ice on the roads - but let me tell you, friends, it’s COLD. Polar cold!  So what is the perfect cold weather activity?  Well, I can only curl up on the couch with coffee and Netflix for so long before I get a little antsy.  But I never get tired of organizing!  Turn up the heat, put on your hoodie and tackle your own organizing projects for National Get Organized Month!

This little guy is ready to get organized. Are you?



What’s on your to-do list?  Organizing files/paperwork? Preparing for tax time? Tackling closets and sorting out seasonal clothes? Getting ready for consignment sales?  Creating efficiency in your kitchen? All of the above?  
Yep. I can help you with that.  I’ll even bring my own hoodie. 


See you at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show Feb 28 and March 1!

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (and your season simplified!) and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014! 

It's National Get Organized Month.  
A time for resolutions and new beginnings.  
What are your organizing plans for this year?

       2014

Are you ready to GO?

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (and your season simplified!) and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Quick List: Wrapping

 

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In case you’re in the mood for more than brown paper packages tied up with strings:

Wrapping Paper

Gift Bags

Tissue

Tape

Ribbon/Bows

Scissors

Pen/Marker

Labels/Gift Tags

Flat surface

Gifts!!!

(We’re getting ready to wrap!  Gather your materials and stay tuned!!)

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Simplify the Gift Wrapping

Veni. Vidi. Visa.

We came.
We saw.
We did a little shopping.

How do you get all the gifts wrapped and keep it simple? Set up a gift wrap central if you have the space(and for some of these ideas, they will work in just about any space). Whether it is your dining table, spare bedroom, rolling cart, closet, under bed box, folding camp table, open floor space, Big Orange 5 Gal bucket- get all of your wrap, bags, tissue, ribbons and bows into one space. This will make it easier to wrap gifts quickly, say --- during nap time or Sesame Street? My personal choice is thick under the bed type bins that house my gift wrap and ribbons. I am able to balance them across adjacent dining chairs as I carefully wrap all the gifts upon my dining table.  I keep extra supplies (like scissors and scotch tape) in the gift wrap bin year round.  The best tip I can offer you is to make your gift wrap central PORTABLE. 

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After gifts are wrapped you will need a place to stash them. Those needing hand delivery (like teacher gifts) can go into a box/bin in the car – if you have chocolates in there and it is going to be some time before they are delivered, you may need to find a cool dry storage place out of the way in the air conditioning – linen closet or laundry room… or maybe just in the corner BEHIND the tree. Just keep those “gifts on the go” separate from all of the other under the tree gifts… just don’t forget where you have hidden them. If you are likely to forget where you stashed them, make a note in your phone/agenda/planner.

What’s a good way to keep nosy present peekers from spying on their gifts?  Don’t tag them. 

#1 Choose one wrap for each person.  For example, all of Little Tommy’s gifts are in Silver themed paper and all of Little Sara’s gifts are in Red themed paper.  I have used this method for separating “gifts to go” and “gifts that stay” also.  No gift left behind!!!
#2 Choose one tag type or each person and leave the tag blank.  For example, all of little Tommy’s gift tags are Snowmen and all of Little Sara’s gift tags are Santa.
Make a note of what wrap or tag theme you are using for each person in a special private spot (like your planner) if you have a tendency to have memory lapses (like I do!).  It’s not as much fun to peek at someone else’s gifts as it is to spy your own.

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home better organized (or you want some help Simplifying YOUR Season), and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail juliebavi@gmail.com  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.