Wednesday, May 22, 2019

5 Laundry Secrets No One Told You

By Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky



Picture yourself coming home and all of your laundry is neatly put away.  The shirts, pants, and undergarments are folded nicely,  and looks so good that you don't even want to touch them. 

The initial thought of this sounds terrific.  Most times we wash,  dry, and put off folding to the next day. Well,  there are five things that you can try today to keep your laundry moving to where it supposed to be. 

1. Bring your hangers to the laundry room. When you take the clothes out of the dryer, immediately put the ones that need hanging up, on the hangers. 


2. Purchase a portable laundry room rack (see below) to hang your clothes while you finish working on the laundry.  A portable laundry rack saves on space, and opens out when you need it. This item can be attached to the door or the  wall.
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3. Use small containers like the ones shown by Simple Housewares for undergarments, and socks. This product make laundry tasks doable. For smaller loads, and paired items, place them in the designated containers.  Upon completion, put them in your drawers, then your done. 

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4. Plan out your laundry schedule.  Instead of having large amounts of clothing, towels and miscellaneous items,  break down your laundry by colors, days, and times for washing. (light - Mon, dark - Wed, mixed colors - Wed, whites - Mon, clothes/ colors that run -Sat.)

5. Wash, dry, put away, and repeat. If doing laundry has gotten you mentally stressed,  then only wash one load at a time.  This way you can work on mastering the art of putting away your clothes, and the task becomes less daunting.  So, if your list entails washing all towels,  then work on this task solely until all are washed,  dried,  and put away in it's place.  

These are the five secrets to tackling your laundry in record time.  For more details and tips on home organization,  👉 follow us on this blog and share on your social media pages. 




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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

My Closet (Before & After)

By Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky

Closets are the window into the soul, so I've heard. If you were to look into my closet a few days ago, then you would say you're in serious trouble. This week I tackled my closet and all of the clutter on the floor, as you can see in the picture below. 

 My closet over time became riddled with clothes, shoes and miscellaneous items that were out of place. Even though I am a professional organizer, I still struggle with keeping clutter down in my home.

Finding strategies to overcome built up  mess has kept me on my toes. Beautiful clothes, shoes, and accessories are my weakness.  Challenges arise when there is an excess of everything.  I receive gifts that are difficult to refuse, or throw away. However,  I realized that I can't keep it all. If I hadn't  worn something within a year, and I don't plan to wear it,  then I should donate it to someone who can make better use of it.

So, let's begin on tackling the closet. If your clothes are out of place, things are on the floor, and you have to step over items in order to get to a pair of pants, then keep reading. The first thing I did before I touched anything,  was put on some beautiful music via earbuds, so that I could make it a fun, yet therapeutic experience.

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No one likes the act of organizing, but the end result is so wonderful that you just wish that it can go from chaotic to beautifully organized in just a snap of your fingers.

Next, I picked up all of the clothes off of the floor, and I separated them. I had three piles; laundry, donate, and purge.

The purged items were immediately removed.  I was very grateful for all of the items, and when I looked at the amount of stuff that I actually took out of the closet, I felt blessed and grateful.



I then moved on to the shoes. This was extremely difficult.  I organized all of the shoes that I was going to wear in the upcoming summer season.  All of my winter shoes and boots were placed in a leopard tote container that my mother gave me (don'task).  I realized that I had more shoes than I intended to wear.  Many of the shoes went towards the donation pile as they were in great condition.

Lastly, I picked up miscellaneous items and created a home for each one.  Most times we don't utilize the space that is going upward.  We tend to expand outward, so I utilized the space above the clothes rack. Six unused bins  from another closet filled the space.  In it I put sweaters,  handbags,  and other winter items.


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Upon finishing, I vacuumed out the closet. When the laundry was completed, I hung each item of clothing on velvet hangers to maximize the space.  The entire process took approximately minutes from start to finish.


The closest is now complete.  Getting ready in the morning no longer involve lunges and calisthenics to reach my clothing. Everything is accessible, and the space feels energized and serene.


If you are having challenges, or have recently organized your  closet we would love to read about it.  Comment down below to share your story.

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Suzie👄



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How I used the KonMari Method to Put Away My Clothes?

By Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky



Folding and putting away clothes after the laundry has been done looks easier and less daunting than it actually is. Everything looks neat and pretty once it's folded, but what happens in between?

By the time I take the laundry out of the dryer, place them in the clean laundry basket and head upstairs, I have taken at least five to 10 minutes to transport my clothes from one area of the home to another.  Next, I fold and put away the clothes. Recently, I noticed that I didn't have enough room in the drawer to place all like items together.

A few weeks ago, I searched for answers. I was familiar with the Konmari Method from reading Marie Kondo's s book featured below.

                                                                                                                   

If you have been following me on Instagram, I recently uploaded a picture of clothes (seen above) that I folded and put away using the KonMari Method. In the drawer are 15 t-shirts, 4 pairs of shorts , and four pairs of pajama pants. These are my lounge/ sleep ware that I utilize often. The entire process took approximately 30 minutes to complete. I wanted to learn all the steps, so that I could fold and put away all of my clothes and purge (and thank) the one's that have served me well.

This experience was not only therapeutic, it was like having a spiritual experience. This small area of my home had positive energy and I felt that I could do more. I had a new appreciation for the items that I put away neatly in my drawers. My next project is to clear all the clutter from my closet and then tackle the book and paperwork.

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Although I purge items seasonally, I hadn't taken the time to carefully exam all of the items that made it's way into different areas of my home. I too struggle with keeping clutter to a minimum and will continue to work on perfecting my skill.

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Have you tried the KonMari Method lately? If so, tell us about your experience. I would love to hear about your story. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates on decluttering my entire home.


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If you would like to see more content like this, comment down below and I would be happy to have you declutter with me as I complete the process.

Xoxo,
Suzie

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Should Fixing Clutter Take 40 Steps?

Clutter

According to dictionary.com (2019), "clutter is a collection of things lying about in an untidy mess."

On numerous occasions, we have witnessed external frustration when someone walks into the room and just throws every piece of clothing that they have in their hands on the ground and walk away.

 " I can't do this!" Has been heard countless times before and during sessions when we arrive to assist someone to declutter their home. 

I don't know about you, but I am unable to think clearly when there is too much stuff anywhere in the house. In reading countless articles, and viewing numerous videos online, removing clutter requires strategy. 

If you were going into battle, would you go without a plan? I would hope not. You would need a powerful strategy and system to not only have a successful win, but to keep the enemy at bey. 


Does it take 40 steps to reach your goal? 

It definitely does not take forty steps.  You don't need 40 time consuming, boring, cumbersome steps to clear clutter. It actually takes one step - a decision. However, you do need to ask yourself three essential questions:


1. What caused the clutter?

2. How do I change the system that is in place (or create one) ?

3. Why do I want my environment to change? 

The third question is also one of the hardest to answer because it requires a deeper look into what you truly want. 

Whenever I ask this question, a still silence follows about 95% of the time. It's perfectly alright if you haven't thought about why you don't want clutter in your house or office. More than likely, you just want the mess GONE! 

Have you ever taken the time to think about why it is there in the first place? Once you find the answer, the motivation to decluttering your space will become magnified to the point where you won't want to look back. 

So, are you ready?  You may find out something interesting about yourself that you never knew before. 

Thank you for reading this weeks post. If it has inspired you, comment down below, and share it with your friends. Someone is waiting to hear from you about your experience! 


Xoxo,
Suzie


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