Did you hear? September is the new January! With the kids going back to school, and the summer heat finally relenting to cooler temps, September is usually accompanied by a burst of organizing energy. Capitalize on that energy and pick one of these four fall organizing projects to tackle this season! It’s official! Fall has arrived. O.K., not officially. But in my book, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of my absolutely favorite time of year (queue the falling leaves, mums, and pumpkins!). Every year during this first week of the new season, I choose… Read More
For those of you who are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a Container Store, you may be familiar with Elfa storage systems. For the rest of you, allow me to introduce you to this fabulous resource for home organizing! This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Elfa is The Container Store’s brand of customizable modular shelving and drawer systems. It can be used in… Read More
Wondering what to do with all that stuff that didn’t sell at your garage sale? I’m sharing some great online resources for garage sale donations that you’ll definitely want to check out! Image Credit: © Depositphotos.com / @alexeys Where I live, we’re in the middle of a whirlwind of garage and yard sales. It’s that time of year where we all feel the urge to purge. I’m no exception! Garage sales are a terrific way to clear the clutter and make a few bucks while you’re at it. It never fails to amaze me that we have a decent amount of cast-off… Read More
This free printable Spring Exterior Maintenance Checklist will help you plan out and keep track of all the tasks you need to do to prepare your home’s exterior for the warm weather! The birds are chirping! The flowers are (finally) blooming! At Chez Gallagher, that means it’s also time to dust off our spring exterior maintenance checklist and begin the process of checking off tasks, one by one. And when it comes to transitioning from the winter to spring season here in Northeast Ohio, that list of tasks can be quite daunting. It means breaking out the power… Read More
If you’ve been around here for awhile, by now you know about my love affair with binders. Yes, it’s true. I LOVE to organize with binders. In fact, I’d put my love of binders right up there with my love of clipboards, label makers and Elfa Storage Systems. This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Click here to read my full disclosure policy. So why do I HEART binders so much? Ease of… Read More
The 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale has ended. The good news is that the Ultimate Bundles Group continues to offer different bundles throughout the year (and occasional flash sales on previously offered bundles). If you don’t want to miss out on future bundles, click here to get on the notification list, and I’ll make sure you’re the first to hear when future bundle sales go live! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas? Nope. Back-to-school week? Nah. We’ve got a few more months until that celebration. I’m talking about the arrival of this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! This post… Read More
Feeling the Urge to Purge? Let’s capitalize on that urge with a new Challenge beginning tomorrow! Consider this your engraved invitation to join the 40 Bags in 40 Days Declutter Challenge. WHAT IS THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE? It’s a declutter challenge where you commit to removing 40 bags worth of household clutter within a 40-day timeframe from your home. The Challenge started as a lenten challenge so it typically begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter. If you did the math, and you’re thinking, “That’s more than 40 days,” you’d be correct! Apparently, we get a day… Read More
As always, my first piece of advice for tackling your decluttering project is to start for the low-hanging fruit. Well, it doesn’t get any more “low-hanging” than junk mail. In fact, my advice is to not even let junk mail come into your house in the first place. Set up a system for managing mail that includes a method for weeding out the junk mail and tossing it as the first step.