Organizing your Clothes: Closet or Drawers?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 | 2 comments

Organizing your Clothes: Closet or Drawers?

When it comes to organizing your clothes we all need a little help.  Does the item belong in the closets or drawers?  It can be a real struggle for people to fit everything they own into the space that they have so you must spend some time deciding how to organize your clothes.  Throughout my years of organizing, I have always told people they should try to hang everything.  This of course is not always possible and if you are going to fold or stack any item it’s most likely going to be your t-shirts.  I don’t mind this because it is important to work within the space that you have and folding and stacking a pile of casual t-shirts will definitely take up less space, leaving your prime real estate available for those items that must be hung.

The key to keeping your t-shirts organized is to fold them all the same size.  When all the shirts are folded to the same size they will stack neatly in a drawer or on a shelf without toppling over.  Plus, you will be able to see all of them at a glance because the folded edges will all line up.  I found a really helpful tool for folding t-shirts.  It’s called the FlipFold Laundry Folder.  It can be purchased at The Container Store for about $25.00.

Use this great tool to help organize your clothes:

  • Is’s easy to store in the laundry room
  • It takes just as much time using it as it would to take to fold a shirt the regular way
  • It creates consistency in the look of your folded clothes

If you want a few more tips about keeping your clothing organized please check out this short video on how to use the FlipFold and help keep your drawers organized.

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

                  

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Life Saving Tips

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Life Saving Tips

Many of us have heard about the “ICE” program, which consists of saving a contact who is named “ICE” in your contact list on your phone. This contact is an individual that has potentially life saving, medical information about you and in case of an emergency, first responders would know to contact that individual listed as “ICE”.

This is a great plan and everyone should do it, however there are many situations and circumstances where this information would not be readily available to a first responder.  If your phone is password protected emergency responders would not be able to access your contacts.  Also, there may not be time for a first responder to try to locate your phone.  What if your phone is different than ones that the first responders are used to?  Valuable time could be lost looking for a phone or trying to access information off of an unfamiliar device.

That is why former police officer Laura Weller offered these life saving tips for those individuals with medical issues that first responders would need to know in case of an emergency.

“Here are my suggestions to gain the attention of Police, EMT and Firefighters in the event of an emergency.”

1.)  Tape the emergency information to the back of your driver’s license (do not cover valuable information including bar codes)

2.)  Check with your Secretary of State as some states now allow you to add information about your medical history to your driver’s license.  This information would only be available to those permitted to run your driver’s license (dispatchers and law enforcement officials).

3.)  Carry a “File of Life” next to your driver’s license.  www.folife.org

4.)  Attach medical information to your vehicle registration and insurance card.

5.)  If you travel with small children attach emergency contact information, including the child’s full name and date of birth, to their car seat.

From my professional experience as a former police officer, who has respond to hundreds of vehicle crashes, police officers look for your driver’s license and/or State ID first, followed by vehicle information, NOT your phone.  Also keep in mind, the laws in many states have changed and police officers [may] need to obtain a warrant to look in your phone.  If that is the only place to obtain emergency information it may be awhile. “

Laura Waller, the Department of Organization, Inc.

Emergencies happen all of the time.  It’s very easy for us to think “that will never happen to me”, but we cannot predict when a life or death situation may occur, so a few simple steps now could save a life later.

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

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Upcycling

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Upcycling

Have you heard about Upcycling?  It is the process of converting something that has been discarded, or is no longer useful to you, and remaking it into something useful, typically increasing the value of the original item.  There are many benefits to upcycling.  First, it is very cost effective to create something new using old or repurposed materials.  Upcycling also allows for a great deal of creativity to make something truly personal to your style and space.  Plus, there is the enormous environmental advantage of keeping items out of the landfills and saving on the natural resources (wood, water and electricity) required to manufacture a new item.

At Get Organized with Bridges, we focus a great deal of our effort on environmentally friendly practices.  We work hard to upcycle, repurpose, consign or donate all of your unusable items.  Upcycling is becoming one of the most popular ways for people to redecorate their homes and get more organized at the same time.  A quick search of “upcycle” or “DIY” on the Internet or Pinterst and you will find thousands of great ideas for your old items.  When it comes to organizing, upcycling is very helpful because you can customize just about any old item that you have to fit into the space you need organized.

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

 

www.giddyupcycle.com

Drawers from an old dresser repainted with wheels added for easy storage under the bed. (image from giddyupcycle.com)

 

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Tips to combat Clutter

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Tips to combat Clutter

Combating clutter is the back bone of an organizer’s career.  Without other peoples clutter, I don’t have a job.  As a professional organizer I’m hired to clear the clutter in people homes, to put systems in place to keep people organized, and to teach ways to combat clutter with the systems I put in to place.

However, not everyone needs a professional organizer.  Some people just need a few tips and some encouragement to help them start getting organized.

I stumbled upon this article the other day and thought it had some easy tips and a great message, that we cannot clear all the clutter from our lives.

http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2014/07/4-ways-to-tame-the-clutter.html

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

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Organizing Tips For Your Tupperware

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 | 4 comments

Organizing Tips For Your Tupperware

Sometimes the smallest things can cause the most frustration.  For example, is it really the end of the world that you cannot find the lid for the plastic container you are putting your leftover dinner in?  No, but it can sure feel like the end of the world.  Chances are that you are not really upset specifically about the state of your Tupperware.  The frustration is a result of a bigger issue generally meaning your things are not organized properly.

Here are some quick and easy organizing tips for your Tupperware and plastic containers:

– Store the lids and containers together in the same cabinet or drawer nearest to where you use them the most.

– Keep the lids contained to a small area such as a small crate or box.  Do not toss them in the cabinet and hope for the best.

– Make sure that you keep all of the same size containers stacked together, lids too.

– Only purchase 3 or 4 sized and shaped containers.  You don’t need every size out rather a few choices will do (too many sized containers is generally the bigger part of the problem).

– Have only 3 or 4 of each size.  If you find that you are running out of containers it might be a good time to go through your refrigerator and discard old items.

Organizing your Tupperware in this manner is extremely helpful because the sizes are stacked together and all of the lids are contained in one area and you are able to find what you need when you need it.  These tips can also save you money in the long run.  When the Tupperware starts to run low that is when you know it’s time for a left over night, saving you money on the cost of an extra dinner or from throwing away the food that has gone bad.

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

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Consignment Can Equal Cash

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Through my years of organizing, I have discovered that one of the hardest things about purging, is giving away items that cost a lot of money.  People would rather leave an expensive item, that they no longer use, hanging in their closet because they feel that they will get the value of that item back if they own it longer.  This, of course, is not true.  The longer you hold onto an expensive item, the less valuable it becomes.  Not only does it clutter your space, but if you choose to consign an item, it will have more value the newer it is.

So you have never considered consignment.  Well it’s really simple.  You take the items that you no longer use, that are still in good condition, to a consignment store.  They will determine the value (if any) of that item and sell it for you.  You get the profit from the item, less a small fee.  If you have expensive, good condition items, you could recover more of the cost of that item the sooner you get it to a consignment store.  Style is one of the leading factors in determining the items value.  The longer you hold onto the item, the less “in style” it will be.  Our friends at My Sister’s Closet do a great job of getting value out of the items that are currently cluttering your space.

Here are a few other tips for consigning an item from My Sister’s Closet.

  1. Follow the “Three C’s” to get the most for you items – Cute, Clean and Current are what they are looking for.
  2. When you consign, plan on leaving your items at My Sister’s Closet so they can choose what they like and donate the rest. You do NOT bring anything home with you!
  3. Items that don’t get purchased are donated to thrift stores or other non-profits to benefit homeless pets and women’s groups.
  4. They offer 55% of the selling price to you in store credit or 45% of the selling price to you in cash.

Consignment is a great way to get value out of the expensive items that are cluttering your space.  You will feel great when you receive money from those items that are of no use to you, and you will have a neater more organized space, so start purging today.

consignment

This is a picture during a season change (from the Fall/Winter season to Spring season). They close the store early one day, they pull all of the old season clothes and bag them up for donations and then re-open the next morning with the new season’s clothes.

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LifeInCase, Just in Case

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 | 2 comments

LifeInCase, Just in Case

According to some Natural Disaster Statistics more then 897,000 people are effected by natural disasters every year.  (According to PreventionWeb.com)  Do you know where all your important papers are in an emergency?  Would you be able to retrieve your important documents if you only had a few minutes to do it?  Me neither, but I recently discovered this new product that I will be using in my own home.  It’s called LifeinCase.

As a professional organizer I can see the benefits of this system for my clients.  Organizing is so much easier for people if they know what they need to do.  The beauty of this system is that it already has a checklist of all the documents you need, you simply have to find them and put it into the case.  More importantly, as a busy, working parent with a diabetic son, I can see the personal advantage to having all of my own family’s papers in a single place, organized so that not only I can find them, but so can my children.  It gives me piece of mind that they will know where all of our important family documents and medical records are kept.

If organizing your important papers is a priority for you, I highly recommend that you consider this organizing tool.  If you go to www.LifeinCase.com and order using the coupon code “GETORGANIZED” you will receive 10% off of your order.  If you are in the military or a veteran you can receive 15% off of your order with coupon code “GETORGANIZEDMILITARY”.  Once you get all your important documents in place you can rest easy knowing that you have everything you need if an emergency arises.

Below is an excerpt from the LifeinCase website that explains the benefits of this new organizing tool.

LifeinCase is an organizational tool that:

  • Takes the guesswork away: Offers convenient checklists of 50 essential documents to store in 5 categories.
  • Takes the stress away! Checklist guidelines and 5 individual folders—a positive way to begin a larger project.
  • Empowers you! Encourages a positive approach in gathering documents and offers independence in managing important papers.
  • Offers a handy place to keep it all: A 500 sheet capacity, grab-and-go tote is right-sized: small enough to store and travel with you, but large enough to hold all your essentials.

After two years of research and development, we created a storage solution that strives to cut through the clutter that years of poor document storage can create.  LifeinCase® organizes documents into an intuitive five-part system: Personal, Medical, Property, Estate, and Financial each featuring a durable file folder and handy checklist of suggested documents to store – taking the guesswork out of what to keep.

Happy Organizing!  Bridges

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