Simple Ways to Take Control of Your Laundry and Linens

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re kicking off the Simplify Challenge’s final week by helping you organize two areas that often go hand-in-hand – Your laundry room and linen closet. Although doing laundry might not be the most romantic of tasks, it is nonetheless a necessary one we often do for those we love. This utilitarian chore is much easier if your space is organized and de-cluttered. You’ll maximize your efficiency and…

Bathroom Storage Ideas

If your bathroom is small, storage space can be a huge challenge. Finding creative ways to store items you need can not only maximize your space and minimize your clutter, but also add some personality. Here are a few quick DIY ideas: • Use a wine rack as a towel holder • Wrap a rustic brown rope or twine around old coffee tins to store hand soap and lotion bottles…

Simple Ways to Organize Your Bathroom

Whether you have several luxuriously large bathrooms, or just a single, small one, these spaces are often less than the tranquil places they should be. Too often, our bathrooms instead hold cluttered jumbles of makeup and medicines well past their expiration dates, an excess of hair products, and stacks of towels crammed into limited storage space. That’s why for week five of our Simplify Challenge, we’re going to help you…

A Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing your Bedroom

Clothes all over the floor, magazines sliding out of their tidy stacks and into slippery piles, unused gifts from the holidays still in boxes littering the perimeter of the room … Does this sound like your bedroom right now? Maybe this week (or month, or year) has just been way too crazy to give much attention to the clutter that’s slowly building around you. But your bedroom should be a…

Organize Your Closet

Organize Your Closet It’s easy to shut the door to your closet and ignore the cluttered stacks of clothes, shoes, and accessories you probably haven’t worn in ten years. But having a functional, organized closet will not only make your morning routine more pleasant, it’ll also help you feel less stressed the rest of the day as well. After all, who wants to begin their day with clutter? PURGE –…

Organize Your Dresser

We all know that things have a tendency to hide in dressers. If it fits in the drawers and it’s out of sight, all is well – right? Not really. Storage space in your bedroom is valuable, and we want to help you make the best possible use of it. PURGE – Grab several large trash bags for items you want to donate, sell, or discard, and go through each…

We Receive So Much More When We Give

During our Simplify Challenge Workshops we talked about how to replace behaviors that bring us a quick high, but lead to accumulation (shopping, collection, dumpster diving, etc) with behaviors that bring real, lasting joy (giving of time and resources). I was asked by a friend to host some orphans from Ethiopia and India who were on tour to help raise awareness for the needs of orphans in other countries. I…

How to Organize Your Kids’ Toys

Get your kids involved in this project! Toys can easily take over the house, especially after the holidays when there’s a fresh inventory. That’s why it’s especially important to create good habits for keeping them organized now. PURGE – Encourage children to give toys they no longer play with to children in need that may not have toys. Once they make the decision to get rid of a toy, put…

How to Organize Your DVDs

Do you have a collection of DVDs that’s collecting dust? Let’s organize it so your time relaxing and watching movies is a stress-free experience again! PURGE – Grab your boxes again! Then sort through your DVDs one by one to decide if you’re realistically going to watch them again. Also take some time to re-evaluate your tape collection. Do you even have a working VCR anymore? If not, it may…