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Remodeling & Renovation Tips

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in DIY, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments


Keeping your home organized during a remodel/redesign 

When you are remodeling or redesigning your home you will have construction equipment, materials and people everywhere. It can become chaotic quite quickly as you can imagine. You can keep the chaos to a minimum if you organize and plan well, which will also help the process to much smoother and keep you from pulling your hair out!

Create a calm place

You will want a place that you can go when you can no longer tolerate the hammering and drilling going on in your home. If it is summer time, you may choose your patio, porch or deep in your backyard. The key is that this space is comfortable and that you can relax here. If it is cold out, go for an area in your home as far away from the work as possible. For example, if the work is happening in your kitchen which is downstairs in the back of your home and your bedroom is upstairs in the front of your home then this would be ideal. You can shut the door and enjoy some peace and quiet. Make sure that there is no clutter in whichever area that you choose. You are trying to get away from all of this.

Clean as you go

Whether you are doing the work yourself or not, you can still keep things clean as the work progresses. For example, if you are having a kitchen remodeled, there is going to be dust that gets tracked and carried throughout your home. Take a little time each day after work is done to wipe things down by either sweeping or vacuuming, then there won’t be accumulation that builds up resulting in a major clean up project later. This will also help you have a sense of control over what is happening in your home and provide you a little peace of mind.

Moving things temporarily

Now, when a room is being redone and everything needs to be moved out, try not to just grab things and put them wherever you can. You want to be strategic and organized during this process. For example, if your bathroom is being redone, create separate boxes for hygiene products, washcloths and towels, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Keeping these separated will make it so much easier to put things back into place once your bathroom is done. Then, since everything is neatly in a box you can easily stack these in a closet or in a corner so that you do not have boxes laying around everywhere. There may be some cases where the renovation or remodel is so extensive that you need to move your belongings out of the house entirely. That would be a time when using public storage is encouraged because it’s temporary.

Create Temporary Work Spaces

Things like cooking, paying bills and getting work done have to be done regardless of whether or not you are in the middle of a remodel. For example, if you are having your home office redone, you’ll still need a space to do office-related tasks. Create a temporary space if you have some extra kitchen counter space, a little nook that you really do not use in your living room, or a spare bedroom. Make sure the temporary space doesn’t overflow into your common living space, which could cause you to feel cramped and uncomfortable during the remodel. Staying organized will ensure that the rest of your home does not feel like it is being taken over.

home rennovation

When You are Doing the Work

If you are working from home during the  remodel or redesign, create a realistic renovation schedule to stay on track. For example, if you are totally gutting a room, give yourself more than a single day to accomplish the demolition. When you set reasonable goals and meet them you will feel a lot more accomplished and motivated to stay on track. Also prepare for unforeseen issues. It could be something simple like being one gallon of paint short or something bigger such as not being able to fit an appliance into its designated spot. Allowing room in the renovation schedule will help if you do wind up running into an unexpected glitch.

These tips brought to you by the storage and organization experts at Next Door Storage. Connect with them on  Facebook or Google+.

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DIY {Entryway} Storage Everyone Needs

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in 5-minutes-a-day, DIY, Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, What You Need & Where to Put It | 1 comment

I pinned this photo on my “Garage OrganizationPinterest board and it’s been re-pinned more than 800 times. So, since this has the all-time highest re-pinned pin on my boards, I had to research further where this beautiful example came from and why people love it.

But, first, let me tell you why I pinned it!

Garage Area Storage

As an organizer and a busy mom, I know how we {busy parents} routinely wind up with stacks of stuff that are transported to and from the car that, if we’re not careful (and have a place for it), will likely wind up in heaps somewhere in the house. You with me? This stuff generally falls into a few categories:

Returns (Stuff we bought thinking it would be perfect—and it wasn’t—or we’d try out and decided not to keep. This pile might include library books too.)

Lost & Found (our children’s friend’s things that were left behind)

Donations (after we’ve randomly decided that we no longer need a particular toy, piece of clothing, etc.)

{If you have a category not listed here, please list it in the comments. I would love to know!!}

Then there are the overflow items. These are items such as paper towels, extra toilet paper, bottled water, etc. They are the items purchased at big box stores like Costco. You know, the 96 granola bars and 28 cans of diced tomatoes.

So when I saw this picture on Pinterest, I was thrilled that someone had done such a wonderful job of representing what all busy parents need at the busiest entrance/exit to their home!

The shelving also caught my eye, because it’s my all-time favorite. It comes in a variety of sizes. I have a small 3-shelf unit in my hall closet to house a container full of flip flops (we live in the south) my dog’s accessories, and rain boots.

So, to create a space like the one above for yourself, start with my all-time favorite shelving:

All-time favorite shelving

Next, add baskets with labels to indicate Returns, Lost & Found, Donate/Consign. Labeling the baskets gives it a finishing touch and makes it easy for everyone in your household to find what they need, when they need it.


Leave room on the shelves for overflow of household supplies, organizing them in groups. For example, one shelf for perishable items (include bottled water in this category) on an upper shelf and paper towels & TP on another.

The pin is from, a beautiful decorating blog owned by a woman named Chris, a busy parent, just like you and me!

Here’s the link to the original pin. Feel free to like it and repin!

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Simple, Yet Functional Hall Entryway

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in 5-minutes-a-day, Easy Organizing, GOPACK Method, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers | 0 comments

An entry hall need not be fussy or overdone. A place to put your keys, bags, coats, mail and the ability to sit down and put your shoes on (oh, and don’t forget a mirror to check your makeup before answering the door) are the key components to a functional entry hall.

This entry hall has it all—even a place to put an umbrella. The primary entry/exit door used in this home is the “door to the garage.” The shoes/coats/bags, etc. are hidden behind the hall closet door. It’s organized, however.

entry hall

The hall closet looks something like the picture below, but not quite as colorful.

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Photo credit: Better Homes & Garden

Use a clear shoe bag to hold not only shoes, but dog leash and poop bags, possibly bug spray and sunscreen (or seasonal-related items).Command Brand® hooks are awesome for spaces like this for hanging yoga mats and extra bags. Use the tops shelf, if you have one, for baskets that contain seasonal items, such as scarves & winter hats and gloves…or baseball caps. For a more extensive hallway closet makeover, click here.

Back to the entry hall…

I can’t say enough about a key bowl. For all those who spend countless and precious minutes searching for keys, use a bowl, tray or wall rack where you put your keys EVERY time you come into the house. Eventually it will become a habit. Also put a tray to hold the mail, then a promise to spend five minutes a day going through it.

To simplify the entry hall. Think of it as a temporary parking place for items you use regularly. If you’re not using “it” at least every few days, store that items elsewhere that way you keep it fresh and uncluttered.

For more entry hall examples, visit my Pinterest board here…

pinterest entryway pins

What’s the most unusual thing you have “stored” in your front entry hall now?



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Functional Eye Candy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Easy Organizing, GOPACK Method, Organizing Products, Sanity Savers | 0 comments

Creating a useful and appealing-to-the-eye work space is made simple with functional containers. There’s a purpose for each one, not just places to toss papers wherever. :) Here’s how to use each storage piece effectively so you can clear your desk, save your mementos, activate a follow-up system, organize your bills to be paid, and more.

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Magazine holders are great for maintaining subscriptions and keeping them under control. Keep just one year or your favorites and know where they all live.


Everyone needs a place for pens and pencils. It’s nice to be able to grab one when you need it!


Storage boxes work well to keep and contain memories. Designate one box per family member and collect cards, movie ticket stubs, and special mementos in one place.


Add a corkboard and push pins to hang inspirational quotes or reminders.


Use the memo cube to write those inspirational notes and reminders.


Create an “Action” filing system with the basic file box.


Notebooks are useful for maintaining a “bills to be paid” file or a “home file” to manage household projects. Add pocket file folders with indexes and you’re off to a good start.


Over-sized art boxes are the way to go for storing children’s artwork and schoolwork. If you don’t have kids or prefer to use these for something else, store travel memorabilia, maps, crafting supplies or use it as a box to hold your “dream home” notes and pictures.


Don’t forget to refer to the GOPACK Method to organize your stuff. This will help simplify the process of getting your desk space organized. And, of course, if you have any questions or comment, leave a comment below.





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Organize Your Swimsuits

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, Small Space Living, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

Tie racks aren’t just for ties. Here’s a great way to keep your bikinis handy during the summer months.

These racks are mounted on the wall facing the bathroom and next to the back door, so when it comes time to dash off to the beach, grab a suit, hop into the bathroom, slip on your suit, and you’re ready to go!


Purchase the tie rack, mount in a convenient place, grab a suit, change and go!

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