The weather is changing and kids are back in school. Fall is just a good time to reset. Holidays are coming soon with all the craziness that follows. Now is the time to prepare our home for the fall season.

Earlier this year, we started using smart home automation to make life just a little bit easier. We’re using Hive smart products to program lights to turn on with the touch of my phone, confirm I turned off the iron as I’m pulling out of the driveway, and know our home is safe when we’re away with a motion detector. You can read all about it here. I even got a call from the Seattle Times to hear about my experience. I also got lots of comments and emails from all of you wanting to know even more. Apparently, I’m not the only late bloomer to smart home automation.

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So, I wanted to check back in with you all and give a couple more ways that we’re using smart home automation to make life just a little easier. And with a now 6-month-old running (well crawling) all over the place, it’s become more and more important to find ways to make life easier.

Each year in October I’m pretty intentional about setting aside time to prepare for the winter. Living in Seattle, we don’t get the snow, but boy oh boy do we get rain! Regardless of your location, there seems to be several things that we can all do to prepare for the change of seasons. As I was compiling this list, I realized there were several new ways that we put our Hive system to use.

Here’s my list of go to’s that I always make sure to accomplish before the snow (or rain) starts!

OUTSIDE

1 Holiday Decorations

Whether its pumpkins or Christmas lights, we love to decorate for the holidays. Actually, scratch that. In theory I love to decorate. But the season gets busy and by the time I’m ready to pull out the decorations, the holiday has almost passed. An easy way to ensure that our home is dressed for the holidays is to switch our porch lights with Color-changing Hive Active Lights. I schedule our outside lights in the color of the season. There’s over 16 million color options. (Yep, 16 million. You read that right!)

2 Gutters 

Whether you outsource this or do it yourself, cleaning out the gutters should be on the top of your list. If you do this regularly enough, it’s a pretty easy task. Start by cleaning the gutter area around the downspout. Then remove any large pieces stuck near the downspout with a trowel (think: leaves, twigs, etc.). To clean out the finer materials, flush the gutter with a hose starting at the opposite end. If the water doesn’t drain, you may need a gutter cleaning tool to get out debris inside the gutter.

3 Snow

Depending on your location, snow may be a big concern. If you’ve got a snow blower and/or shovels, bring those out of storage. When we lived in the Midwest, we would purchase ice melt early in the season before the first snow. If you’d rather pay the professionals, make sure to reserve the service early in the year.

4 Windows

I always wash the outside of our windows each fall and spring. Yes, easier said than done if you have more than one floor. Once a year we do hire a professional service to clean the outsides of all the windows. For the months that we don’t, I’ll remove the window screen and wash in the bathtub. Then I’ll do my best to wash the outside of the window where I can safely reach.

If I wait until it gets cold outside, I know I won’t want to do it. Timing it right, I usually am able to get this done BEFORE the Seattle rainy season starts! Plus they’ll be clean and sparkling for the holidays! My Hive Window Sensors make it easy to check that I’ve closed all the windows when I’m done.

INSIDE

5 Humidifier

Pull out that humidifier and give it a good cleaning! You may know that dry winter air is bad for your skin, but it’s also bad for fine wood (floors, tables, etc.) making them more susceptible to cracking. Since I don’t want our humidifier running 24/7, I use the Hive Active Plug to schedule several blocks of time throughout the day to have ours running. This comes in handy especially as the weather may shift & change throughout the winter months.

6 Heating System

It’s a good idea to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional regularly. You don’t want to discover a problem the first time the weather gets cold and have to pay for an emergency repair. If you’re like me and aren’t crazy about paying for an annual inspection (even though it would save me money in the event that there’s a problem) an alternative is to turn on your heat on for several days before the cold season kicks in to ensure everything is working correctly. It’s not the equivalent of a professional inspection, but at least you’ll know it’s working prior to the first cold night!

7 Thermostat

While the days and nights are getting colder, I hate heating our home when no one is there. That’s why we recently set up our Hive Active Thermostat. I’m able to turn up the heat as I’m heading home or turn down the heat as I’m leaving the house. It’s an easy way save money on the heat bill during these expensive winter months!

 

8 Air Filters

Depending on your air filters, you may need to change these more often than once a year. But at minimum it should be on your Fall To Do List. Clogged filters can impact the effectiveness of your heating system causing it to work harder than necessary to keep your home warm. Worst case it can create some pretty expensive equipment damage.

 

YARD

9 Lawn Mower

Now for the record, I don’t know a whole lot about lawn mowers. We’ve got a tiny tiny tiny plot of grass with our townhouse and in the three years that we’ve lived here, Joe has always done the mowing. But …. here’s what I’ve learned: before temperatures drop too low, make sure you’ve drained any gasoline or oil from your lawn mower. Then move the mower in to storage to keep it in tip top shape.

10 Hoses

Roll up all the hoses (removing any water inside) to store for the winter. If you have outdoor faucets, considering insulating the pipes to prevent freezing. If you have a lawn sprinkler system, you may want to drain the water to also prevent freezing. Frozen water in pipes and hoses can be pretty destructive and costly.

While there’s so many home maintenance tasks to tackle, these are the ones we’re focusing on this fall. By accomplishing these in the next month, I’m hoping we’ll be able to enjoy the snowy (or rainy) season with minimal home maintenance tasks!

As I mentioned above, I’ve jumped on the home automation bandwagon and am not looking back. There’s no better sense of relief than not having being able to turn off your hair straightener from your car AFTER you’ve left your house ….. so I’ve heard.

If you’ve ever been interested in Smart Home Automation,  Hive home has you covered:

  • Easy, self-install approach (so easy, even I could do it!)
  • Low monthly subscription rates
  • Service features such as access to the Hive mobile app, on-demand customer service and ongoing warranty
  • Makes your daily life easier and a whole lot less stressful (never worry about whether you left your hair straightener on again!)
  • Unique features can double as a security system for your home!

 

The  Hive home has all the essentials to make your home a Smart Home:

  • Hive Hub – Hive Hub plugs into a broadband router to see and control the Hive ecosystem of products from a smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Active Thermostat – A clever way to control heating and cooling, at home or from your smartphone
  • Active Light – Switch lights on and off, set schedules, and dim lights from a smartphone with Hive Active Light bulbs
  • Active Plug – Turn electrical appliances like an iron, radio or lamp on and off, from anywhere at anytime
  • Window or Door Sensors – Clever wireless sensors send alerts to a smartphone if windows or doors are opened or closed
  • Motion Sensor – Clever wireless sensor sends an alert to your smartphone if there’s movement in your home

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Gone are the days where new parents to be wander aimlessly around a baby store cluelessly adding items to their registry. With all the technology and information on the web, it’s just not how people register anymore. Even if you go in to a store to register, you’ve probably done lots of online research, asked friends and made lists of what you want before even stepping inside a store.

Over the years, I was surprised to see more and more friends registering on Amazon as opposed to the big box stores. As an Amazon lover myself, it seemed like a no-brainer for our registry, even without all these extra perks.

Why You Should Have an Amazon Baby Registry

1 The Reviews

Registering for baby products should require an advanced degree. You’re venturing in to completely unknown territory. It’s confusing and there’s a zillion options. No one has the database of customer reviews like Amazon does. And those reviews come in extra handy when researching the 20+ different types of swaddles on the market …. All of which to promise to keep your baby sound to sleep 😊.

2 Popularity

Similar to the reviews, Amazon will show you which product is within any sub-category is most popular. Think highchairs, bottles, burp clothes, etc.  Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that the most popular product is right for you, but it is another way to help you make informed decisions on what to register for. Being more minimalist, I thought most baby items seemed unnecessary (seriously, who needs a nose freeda? Apparently I do because I now own two). The popularity feature helped me understand what new parents liked and bought.

3 Free Welcome Box

Once you set up your Amazon baby registry, you’ll receive a free welcome box with some cool stuff inside. I’m often warry of freebies, as sometimes it can just be a bunch of junk. I was pleasantly surprised when my Welcome Box came in the mail – high quality muslin blanket, baby toy, small baby lotion, small pack of wipes, pacifier and teether. All legit items that I actually used.

4 Universal Registry

One of the coolest features that I believe only Amazon has is the ability to add items from OTHER stores in to your Amazon baby registry. Brilliant. I was pretty picky on which diaper bag I wanted and found one I liked on Land of Nod. I was hoping to get it as a gift as opposed to purchasing myself, but I didn’t want to open up a registry at Land of Nod for just one item. Instead I added the Land of Nod  diaper bag to my Amazon registry. While Amazon has a pretty ridiculous inventory of baby products, this feature is really nice for those more specialty type products that are only found at specific stores.

5 Inventory

While #4 is pretty awesome, you likely won’t need to use it too often. Amazon has an absurd inventory. And not just for baby stuff. I registered for a several items for Declan’s nursery that weren’t technically baby products: Decorative pillows to fit his black & white room theme, Laundry baskets used for toy storage, bookshelves that didn’t scream ‘baby room’.

Click HERE to see all the details of Amazon’s Baby Registry!

6 The Gift Givers

Now I know not everyone has an Amazon membership or more specifically a Prime membership. But the odds are MOST of the folks giving you a gift will. I know many of my husband’s friends have never purchased from BuyBuyBaby.com, but every one of them has bought something from Amazon. Plus buying on Amazon is much easier than heading off to a brick & mortar store.

7 On the Go

It’s super easy to add items to your Amazon baby registry straight from your phone. This may sound somewhat frivolous. Yet, I add to my registry via phone pretty often. For example, visiting a friend who offers suggestions of products she’s currently using for her little one: added to my Amazon registry in seconds. Baby stores are slowly improving their apps for baby registries, but nothing compares to the Amazon app. Also, with Amazon, you don’t have to download a separate baby registry app (unlike Target).

8 Thank You List

I’m not sure why all baby registries don’t have this option. Within your Amazon baby registry, you’ll be able to see exactly WHO purchased an item, their home address and WHEN they purchased the item. This is a great way to keep track of gifts and thank you cards, but also makes ensuring you received all your gifts really handy. In the event that you realize you didn’t receive a purchased gift yet, you can simply look to see WHO purchased it and reach out to them directly.

9 Returns

So no matter how hard you try to create the perfect registry, there’s going to be stuff you end up just not wanting. Amazon has a free 90 day return policy for baby registry items. Just as much as I don’t want to have to drive far to PURCHASE baby items, I sure don’t want to drive far to RETURN them either. I’d much rather swing over to the closest post office.

10 Completion Discount

Now most baby registries have completion discounts, but Amazon’s is with noting. You’ll receive 10% off most of the items off your register or 15% off if you’re a member of Amazon Family (which is a really great service, especially for diapers!). Keep this in mind for those bigger ticket items: strollers, baby furniture, etc.

Convinced?

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If you’ve got little kids you’ll want to have a 72 hour emergency kit stored in a safe place in your home! 

On Tuesday I posted a tutorial on how I’m preparing for an earthquake. It was one of those projects that was on my list of things to do way too long. You can see the post here. I listed the essentials that I thought anyone would need in their earthquake kit.

Apparently I’m not the only one that has this on my to do list, as the response to the post was overwhelming. Lots of comments, questions and compliments. One of the biggest questions I received is ‘what are you packing for your baby?’

Good question.

In my original post, I listed the supplies that I believe everyone needs regardless of who’s in their family (think: flashlight, bottled water, batteries). But it definitely gets all of us thinking? What about our children, pets and/or elderly loved ones we’re caring for?

In addition to my main earthquake kit (which would really be appropriate for any natural disaster), I also created a kit specifically to the items that we need for Declan, our 5 month old son.

Why and how to create an 72 hour emergency kit for your baby. Whether earthquakes, fire, hurricanes or any other natural disaster, you'll want to be ready!

Changing Diapers 

Wipes // I grabbed a couple smaller packs.

Diapers // I opted to pack a size larger than Declan currently wears. In the unfortunate event that we need to use this emergency kit, I’d rather have a diaper too large (or just started to fit), than too small. I packed 20 diapers, as that’s about how many he goes through in 3 days.

Diaper Rash Cream // Keeping clean may not be as easy, given the situation, but diaper rash creams can provide temporary relief for prevenTing infection.

Trash Bag // For throwing away dirty diapers.

Safety

Bandana or Hankie // This may be used for spit up, but can also come in handy as a dust mask if needed.

First Aid Kit // I opted to purchase a full kit and adding a couple of additions including baby pain medicine, sunscreen, and small containers of hand sanitizer, shampoo and lotion.

Feeding

Formula / Baby Food // Whether your little one is on solids or milk, make sure to have 3 days worth. I recommend pre-made food pouches instead of glass food containers, as those may break. Don’t forget the spoons too!

Bottled Water // If you’re formula feeding, make sure you have enough for 3 days worth of bottles.

Comfort

Pacifiers/Teething Rings // Just think of how uncomfortable your baby gets at home on a regular day. Make sure you’ve got a couple key items to keep them comfortable during this time.

Toy // I purchased an extra of Declan’s favorite toy.

Blankets // I grabbed a couple lightweight blankets for layering as opposed to thicker ones, but keep in mind the climate of your area.

Extra Clothing // I packed a couple pairs of footed pajamas, onesies and pants that were all one size bigger than Declan is currently wearing. Seattle has pretty temperate weather, but winters can get cold, so I also packed a pair of mittens and a hat. I stored the clothes in a ziplock bag which can be used to keep the dirty clothes.

Transportation

Baby Carrier // You’ll want something easy to transport your little one in. A carrier is my first choice as it allows for hands free to carry the rest of the supplies.

 

 It's important to have a 72 hour emergency kit in case a natural disaster occurs!

A Couple Emergency Kit Tips

You’ll notice that I didn’t list any type of crib or sleeper. These are large and I feel that the items listed above are more important. If needed, our son could sleep with us wherever we’re at.

I opted to pack clothing and diapers at least once size bigger than Declan is currently in. Although I plan to update my emergency kits regularly, I’d rather have these items too BIG than too small.

Make sure to check the expiration date on any food / formula that you pack. Ideally pack food with an expiration date as far in the future you can find.

I store Declan’s emergency kit along with my main earthquake kit for easy access.

 

Anything else you’d include?

 

 

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When I look at my to-do list, I’ve got an assortment of projects to accomplish. Some small, like water the plants, and others large, such as paint the bathroom. One project that’s been lingering for too long is to create an earthquake kit with all the essentials that we would need in the event an earthquake hit. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been hearing a lot about earthquakes over the years. Whether in the news or talk with friends, I know we’re in an area that is susceptible to an earthquake someday.

I’ll be honest: SOMEDAY seems far away.

But the reality is preparing for a ‘someday’ is the most important item on my to-do list.

The first step was to create a list of what we may need in the event that an earthquake hits. The standard rule of thumb for natural disaster preparation is to acquire supplies to last at least 72 hours. Three days may not seem like a long period of time, but when a natural disaster hits, it’s significant. My words of wisdom are: don’t’ skip on your food/water supplies and make sure you have the right batteries to hold you over! We stocked our kit with RAYOVAC® HIGH ENERGY™ &  FUSION™ batteries, both known for their long-lasting power and stores for up to 10 years!! (5 years for 9v)

Here's how to put together your own earthquake kit!

Earthquake Kit Essentials

1 Water // Yes, this one is pretty obvious and it’s also the most important thing to have in your kit. A safe amount is one gallon of water per person per day for at least 72 hours for drinking and sanitation purposes.

2 Non-Perishable Canned Food // Stock up on nonperishable canned food to hold you (and your family) over for at least 72 hours. You’ll want to make sure the food is up to date and not yet expired. This may mean that you need to periodically check your earthquake kit cans for expiration dates. Make sure to also include a can opener and silverware.  I opted for a variety of foods, chunky soups, ravioli, and beans. Although not necessarily my favorite items, I knew these would keep us full.

3 Battery Powered Radio (with Batteries) // It’s hard to imagine life without instant access to the internet, television or phone. But chances are, if a natural disaster hits, your access will be limited. That’s why a battery powered radio is so important. You don’t know how long you’ll be away from electricity or the ability to charge your phones, so make sure you have a large supply of long lasting batteries, like RAYOVAC® FUSION™, which is recommended for high drain devices, like headphones, gaming accessories, remote control cars, drones/helicopters. (Guaranteed to provide long lasting power in high use devices*)

4 Lighting (with Batteries) // Flashlight was an obvious add to the list, but a battery-operated lantern is another great add. Plan to keep these running for up to 72 hours, so stock up on size appropriate batteries. I’m a fan of the RAYOVAC® HIGH ENERGY™ batteries. These long-lasting batteries are perfect for high use devices like flashlights and lanterns.

5 First-Aid Kit // Along with a standard first-aid supplies, I added dust masks, gloves and over-the-counter pain medication. 

6 Batteries // RAYOVAC is my go-to choice for all battery power needs. Not only are they guaranteed to provide long-lasting power in high use devices like flashlights, computer mouse and of course toys, RAYOVAC® batteries last up to 10 years in storage (5 years for 9v). Oh, AND they cost much less than their competitors. Fun fact: RAYOVAC® batteries {except 9V} are produced right here in America (in Fennimore, WI) and have been powering America since 1906.

7 Fire Extinguisher // We keep a fire extinguisher in the bathroom on each floor of our townhouse (3 floors). I moved the one from our main floor bath to our earthquake kit. Make sure to check the expiration date of your extinguisher. (Yep, these do expire.)

8 Tools // This is a tricky one as it’s impossible to predict exactly what you would need, if anything. But some safe bets include: rope, work gloves, matches, & work gloves. You’ll also want to include a wrench and pliers to turn off utilities.

9 Bedding // Since blankets and comforters can take up a lot of space, I chose to store our sleeping bags in our earthquake kit. Ours roll up nicely and can be used in temperatures of -30 degrees. (Yes, this city girl learned how to camp recently!)

10 Clothing // We packed one change of clothing per person. Since the climate in Seattle is pretty temperate, I opted for long one long sleeve shirt & pants, underwear and socks. I also added a pair of old tennis shoes that I was about to throw out and a rain jacket (we are in Seattle after all). The temperature in your area may fluctuate more between seasons so you may choose to include a couple more pieces. 

11 Hygienic Supplies // Now I’m not talking about makeup and toiletries, more like the bare essentials. Think: several rolls of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels and a couple garbage bags. 

12 Whistle // The whistle may be used as a call for help. The recommendation is to provide one whistle for each member of the family as you’re taking cover. Make sure you’re able to place it around your neck for easy access. 

13 Emergency cash // Depending on the severity of the earthquake, it may take some time for local grocery stores and retailers to operate back at full capacity. This could potentially mean that credit card machines are not operating. Having cash on hand may make any immediate purchases easier. 

14 Personal Documents // FEMA created an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit with lots of information of everything you should include. At minimum, it’s important to have access to key medical documents (insurance cards), identification (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.) and financial documents (insurance policies, banking documents).

Now that you’ve got the list of essentials, search your home for items you may already have. I was able to find everything we were missing in one trip to Walmart. You can find RAYOVAC® batteries in the Battery Quad located at the front of Walmart stores near checkout. They can also be found at the checkout aisle. Since we all love a good deal, here’s a couple coupons found in SmartSource and Ibotta. You’re welcome 🙂 .

While these are our essentials that I’m preparing, I realize there will be additional items to include that are unique to our family: supplies for our dog (Reagan) and our son (Declan), medications that we may be using at the time, etc. Make sure to customize your kit to accommodate your (and your family’s) needs.

Keep your earthquake kit in a safe location and make sure all family members are aware of where it's located!

Storing Your Earthquake Kit 

Keep your earthquake kit in one or two easy to carry containers, such as a camping backpack, storage box or waterproof bag. Make sure it’s easily accessible in a cool, dry place such as your basement, garage or closet. It’s also a good idea to have multiple kits, since you never know where you’ll be when an earthquake strikes.  We made one for our home and one for our car. Admittedly I wasn’t excited about storing additional items in my trunk, but in the event of an earthquake, roads could be damaged for days making it impossible to get home.

Earthquake Emergency Plan

Write down all the important phone numbers: family, friends, and neighbors, plus our work and school information. Include the number of your electric company so you can get updates.

Decide on a meeting place in your neighborhood in the event that your home isn’t safe to stay at.

Make sure everyone in the family knows where the earthquake kits are stored.

Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid a fire hazard.

Have a place to stay out-of-town if you need to leave your home (with a friend or relative).

Practice your plan!

I’m so glad we’ve got this project complete, but wishing I would have tackled it even sooner. Once we compiled our list of essentials, we simply found the items around the house and shopped for the remaining.

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These are the 10 things professional organizers really wish their clients knew!

The secrets of professional organizers!

The work of professional organizers may look like lots of pretty ‘after pictures’ after some ridiculous before photos. But to get to those pretty after photos, we see a lot of stuff. I mean a lot.  I get it. I’ll admit there’s spaces in my house I don’t want anyone to see. But there are some tried and true tips that really make a huge difference in keeping your home clean and organized. Here’s the biggest things that most professional organizers cringe when they see.

Secrets Professional Organizers Wish You Knew

1 Not respecting capacity limits

Yes, there should be a home for everything, but that home shouldn’t be cramped. My rule of thumb is that no container or basket is my house is more than 75% full. Not only does it make it easier to find what’s inside, it allows for a margin of error (aka – when you need to fill it just a little more). Hey, we’re not perfect 100% of the time 🙂 .

2 Keeping unwanted items

You know what items I’m talking about … the ‘what if someday my toaster breaks and I need a new one’ scenario. Just saying. There’s a common rule with clothing, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, get rid of it. My rule for non clothing items: if you don’t use it in the last year, it needs to go (I’m accounting for seasonal items). And that’s pretty lenient. Oh and this includes gifts from relatives that you never use, the paintings that you’ll eventually get around to hanging on the wall, etc. If it’s been over a year, it’s out.

3 Holding on to something because it cost money

 Now one rebuttal I often hear when purging is “but it was SO expensive”.  I get it. I hate wasting money. Hate. An expensive dress that I only wore to one wedding 4 years ago. Extra suitcase sitting in storage that hasn’t been used in a decade. But let’s think of it a different way: how expensive it is to waste that storage/closet space with something you’re not using. That becomes a pretty expensive storage space.

Professional organizers spill all their secrets

4 Not putting things away

Ahhhhh. It’s like nails on a chalk board to me. Once you use something, put it in it’s home. Or at VERY minimum, have a junk drawer to get those items off the counter and tables. The better option is to simply put items away after you use them, but I’m giving you a little slack with the junk drawer. Your welcome.

5 Full refrigerator

I’m not talking about the inside. I’m talking about all those magnets, photos, art projects and mail that’s hanging all over the outside of the fridge. Get rid of it. No matter how clutter free the rest of the kitchen is, when the fridge is full of papers, the entire kitchen is a mess.

6 The messy entryway

First impressions are a real thing. And a messy entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house. Whether it’s baskets, hooks, cabinets, you name it. Find a way to get that clutter away. Remember, not everything needs to be stored at the entryway. Keep the essentials – coat, shoes, hat, key, sunglasses, bag. Move the rest to a more appropriate spot.

7 Entryway paper clutter

Speaking of the entry way, this seems to be the popular spot for paper clutter. Now I’m all for placing mail and paper documents near the entry way, but, there’s got to be a system. So next time when you grab the mail and need a place to stash it, it won’t have to go on the kitchen counter. It will go in the entry, via an organized process.

top pet peeves that professional organizers really want you to know!

8 First shopping then organizing

If I won the lottery, my first stop would be splurging at the Container Store. I’m a sucker for the latest organizing gadget as much as the next person. But and there’s a big BUT …. more organizing products don’t make a room more organized. Organizing makes a room more organized. Before rushing out to the store (or Amazon) to solve your clutter crisis, really evaluate your STUFF. So often, it’s more a matter of purging, grouping like items and finding a new place to store them that solves the problem. THEN if you do end up needing more baskets or bins, you’ll have a better grasp of what to purchase.

9 Not utilizing labels

So obviously I like labels. My master closet has almost a dozen of them. Joking aside, labels not only help you keep your system working, it’s hugely beneficial to others in your family that may not be as excited about organization as you are. Surprise surprise, Joe doesn’t share my enthusiasm for labeled baskets in our master closet. But he does know where things go.

10 Not finishing the laundry

We all have good intentions when we start the laundry, whether you’re the type who does laundry daily or has a weekly routine. But starting laundry and finishing laundry are very different things. Nothing screams ‘I’m disheveled and I can’t get my house organized’ like unfinished laundry.  Yep, it’s one of those unfortunate things that you don’t get credit for accomplishing (no one says wow your house looks so great and is free of half finished laundry), but everyone notices when it’s not finished. Finish your laundry. You’ll feel better.
These are the top 10 pet peevse that all professional organizers wish their clients knew! They're easy quick fixes that make a huge difference!

 

 

 

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