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Considering a Do-It-yourself move in the coming year? Now is the time to prepare!

Moving Day......Simplify the Process!

Moving Day……Simplify the Process!

Last week, I attended an excellent presentation, given by Joe Pence of JK Moving Services at our NAPO Baltimore Chapter meeting. He shared the following tips from the pros for a DIY packing:

  • Start early. Packing takes more time than you expect
  • Sell or give away unused items. If you’re not using it, why pack and move it?
  • Use the right materials; bubble wrap, peanuts, paper pads, packing tape, and markers.
  • Use the proper size box. Be sure that heavier items are packed in smaller boxes.
  • Start packing in the areas of least use, like the basement, storage closet, or guest room.
  • Wrap fragile items in several layers of unprinted paper. Newspaper will stain items. Read the rest of this entry »

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Local Peeps ~ It is not too late to register for my fall classes at Carroll Community College.

Class: Organizing Solutions for Home and Family

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Does your home, your family or your life feel “out of order”? Maybe you feel overwhelmed in the details of life or feel that you lack the time or energy to keep your home in order. Come learn practical skills, tricks and techniques to get your home, family, and life, in order. And, be encouraged and motivated in the latest trends and ideas for the organized life.

When:  Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, 7-9 PM

Where: Carroll Community College, Washington Road Campus, Westminster, MD

How: Register online 

Cost: $30, payable online

 

Class: Organizing for the Holidays

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Does the month of December find you hurried and harried rather than joyful and jubilant? Get help to sail through the month of December in organized bliss as you recapture some of that energy and joy that is so often lost in the details of the days. You will learn time-saving strategies and ways to simplify your holiday plans that you can use year after year. Topics include expectations, gift giving, cleaning and decorating, holiday meal planning and the creation of a wrapping center.

When:  Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 7-9 PM

Where: Carroll Community College, Washington Road Campus, Westminster, MD

How: Register online 

Cost: $30, payable online

Hope to see you there!

Happy (and organized!) Days!

Cheryl

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Each school year and each family is different, but the preparation for the school year and the need to re-organize and re-group, remains constant.

This week, I’ll be sharing my top 5 tips to Get Your School Year in Order!

Tip #5: Display and Save Their Masterpieces

Now that school is in full swing, their completed work and art projects will begin coming home.

NOW is the time to create a plan to both display and save their Masterpieces. Otherwise they will be piled high on the kitchen counter, the kitchen table, and any other horizontal surface in your home!

 Display Their Masterpieces

When the artwork begins to overtake your home, it’s time to consider your options. The solution is twofold. If your students are young and creating art projects that you will display in your home, create a specific space for display. Next, create a simple School Memory Box to save a sampling of their work over the years, or save them digitally. By the end of high-school, you will have a wonderful, handpicked history of your child’s life and development (with very little effort).

First of all you need to decide on a temporary display, what I refer to as a Creation Zone, within your home. This might be in the kitchen, family room, playroom or your child’s bedroom.  When the creation zone is full of art, it’s time to take them down to make room for the next set of masterpieces.

Mom’s (and Dad’s and Grandma and Grandpa!), check out these simple ideas for setting up a Creation Zone in which to display, cherish, and quickly and easily, change up your little one’s masterpieces…….

1. A tip from Tammy F. during an Organizing Workshop:

Gather all of your child’s artwork for the month (or the week, depending on the volume). Tape or tack them up on a wall and take a picture of your child in front of them. Next pick your favorites to save and store, and toss the rest. You are left with a chronicle of ALL their work, along with their current picture which you have saved for the future.

2.  Check out these storage frames from Dynamic Frames.  This is a front-opening art cabinet with a latch. It can store up to 50 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 artwork with the front piece being displayed. It couldn’t be any easier to display and change up your child’s artwork. The frame has a single bevel-cut mat and can be mounted to the wall vertically or horizontally, or it can be used tabletop with the stand that is included.

3. You can simply hang all your child’s creations for the week with clips along one wall in your home. Again, after this space is full, take out your favorites, and store them away, to make room for the next group of creations. Check out the 3 options below. Hang a curtain rod, equipped with  clips to hang their art. The picture below was posted on Make and Takes Blog, in an excellent article written by Heidi Smith of the Budget Wise Home Blog. Any clothes line with clip will work, or you can purchase the Work of Art Clips from The Land of Nod. Finally, try a simple cable system, as pictured below from West Elm.

3. Create a magnetic wall to simply display their artwork. It’s easy, quick, and fairly inexpensive. Magnetic paint is readily available at home centers. You can paint the area any color that you wish and trim it up with strips of molding, which can be nailed directly into the wall.

Save Their Masterpieces

Next, as you take down one group of artwork, simply pull out your favorites, your child’s favorites, or those pieces that truly show off your child’s personality and creativity and decide on how you wish to save them. You can either save them digitally or save the hard copy.

If you want to save them digitally, check out the ArtKive app. It is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Create It ~ Your child comes home with art or school work that they’ve created
  2. You ArtKive It! ~ Using your smart phone, use ArtKive to take, tag, and store an image of their work in just seconds
  3. Enjoy It! ~ Turn your child’s work into a book or other great keepsakes

If you want to save the hard copy of their masterpieces, create a dedicated space to store them.

~Quickly and easily, create a School Memory Box for each of your children. This can be as simple as setting up a file box or a cardboard banker’s box divided into 12 sections for each child.

A Quick and Easy Homemade Solution

~Or, you can purchase   The Art File from The Container Store. It is made of heavy fiberboard and has metal label holders on two sides. Also, check out your local art store for art files.

~Check out this expandable file by Alex Toys, made specifically for a  child’s artwork.

~You can always get creative with your child, and design your own School and Art Archive.  The options are unlimited!

 Regardless of which option you choose to save the hard copies of their treasures, keep a small box, which is easily accessible, and toss in all your child’s potential treasures……… all their sweet cards, artwork, pictures, awards and brilliant writings. At the end of each season, or as the box fills up, sort through and save the best and most meaningful. Finally, file them away in their School Memory Box or Art File, in the appropriate year.  By the end of high school you’ll have a wonderful, handpicked history of your child’s life and development (with very little effort).

3 D Projects

Rather than trying to save every art project your child creates, consider creating a “Memory Book.” Take a picture of the 3 D Project, have your child compose some text to accompany it, slip them in individual pages, and title the book something like “Morgan’s Magnificent Creations.” Or, simply take a picture of the project and slip it into your School and Art Archive. Simple and done! Eliminating all the clutter, but saving all the memories!

Happy (and Organized)School Days!

Cheryl

Be sure to check out all top 5 tips for Preparing for a New and Organized School Year! Tip #1: “Get Ready to Write and File”, Tip #2: “Establish a Launching Pad”, Tip #3: “Plan, Shop and Prepare for Healthy Lunches”, and Tip #4: “Create a Study Area”

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Oh yes, our children, organized!

Children. The very word can conjure up images of chaos and disorganization. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love children. I have 4 of them (who are all on their way to adulthood), and they have blessed my life beyond words. But, I also love order in my life. Can the two, children and order, dwell in the same home and life. You betcha!

You have an opportunity to learn how in Thursday’s upcoming workshop!

Your Children, Organized!

Is your home overwhelmed with the overflow of  your child’s belongings? Come learn how to clear the clutter, reign in and organize the present and cherish the past. Learn how to set up a childhood memory box, create a school and art archive for each child, and learn creative ways to displaying and storing art work. We will also cover tips on reigning in and organizing clothing and toys.

When: Thursday, February 9th, 7-8 PM

Where: Carroll County Public Library, Westminster Branch,  50 East Main Street, Westminster, MD In the Large Meeting Room

Hope to see you there!

Happy (and organized!) Days!

Cheryl



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What?  Workshop – “Get in Order for the Holidays!”

When? November 17th, 2011, 7:00-8:00 PM

Where? Carroll County Public Library, Westminster Branch in the Large Meeting Room, 50 East Main Street, Westminster, MD

Why? To “Get In Order for the Holidays!

Does the month of December find you hurried and harried rather than joyful and jubilant? This 2 hour workshop will help you cruise through the month of December in organized fashion as you recapture some of that energy and joy that is so often lost in the details of the days. We’ll discuss time saving strategies and ways to simplify your holiday plans that you can use year after year. We will talk about Expectations, Gift Giving, Cleaning and Decorating, Holiday Meal Planning and the Creation of a Wrapping Center.

Hope to see you there!

Cheryl

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