Does Your Home Support Your Current Life?

I have a friend who has severe chronic pain, which makes bending very difficult. We were looking at her storage to see how it could be adapted to her current abilities. We found the most-used items currently living on her countertop, which she felt guilty about. I suggested that she add a tray, to make the everyday supplies look purposeful. This is an example of adapting her storage to her current abilities and health status. Here are some other ideas for adapting your surroundings to your current needs, whether or not you have health problems. Continue reading Does Your Home Support Your Current Life?

My Favorite Organizing Rule

My favorite organizing rule is “don’t put it down, put it away.” The idea is to set up your home or office so that you easily know where something goes. That way, you can find it when you want it, and put it away when you’re finished with it. It’s really a mindset, to get to the point where this becomes automatic.

My husband still needs to practice this.

SAM_1518_editedThis morning, I watched him take something out of the medicine cabinet, finish using it, and leave it on the counter. I said nothing, waiting to find out how long it took him to put it back. Fortunately for me, he did so a few minutes later. For me, I would rather put it away the first time.

My bathroom drawer (see photo) is now organized just the way I want it. I can open the drawer, stand beside it, and work directly from the drawer. Continue reading My Favorite Organizing Rule

10 Small Organizing Projects

If you have been reading the Maur Organized newsletter for a while, then you probably know that one of my favorite rules is to break your organizing down into small projects. Today, I would like to present you with ten small project ideas. Choose one or two to get started, and you may find yourself motivated to do more.

Junk Drawer

1. Car: If you have anything that belongs in the house, do that first. Then, discard all garbage. Vacuum the interior. Buy a small trash container.

2. Kitchen junk drawer: Empty the entire drawer. Sort by: keep, toss, and goes-elsewhere. Put back only the keep items. If you don’t have a drawer divider, take a good look at the sizes of the keep items and see if a divider would help. Be sure to put away your “goes elsewhere” items, or they will become clutter too. Continue reading 10 Small Organizing Projects

Holiday Supply Donation Resources

If you are inspired by the New Year, or perhaps determined to reduce some clutter in your home, then I have a resource that I would like to share with you. It is called The Stuff Stop, a free resource website designed to direct you to places where you can donate usable discards. You can search by either location or type of item and find a description of the organization, what they accept and where they are located. Check out next time you want to donate your excess stuff!

In the spirit of reducing unwanted holiday items, I have chosen three organizations which The Stuff Stop lists in the Bay Area to donate holiday decorations, party supplies, paper and craft supplies.


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