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Michelle S.

Jessica rocks the house, err or my house, that is. She was professional, polite, had great ideas and didn’t make me feel bad about myself when asking “do you need all these spoons”?. My apt is baller and I am grateful for her help! Now, I gotta maintain…

Jazz D.

Wow…. this lady is God sent! My family and I recently moved with our 6 month old baby and needless to say we found the transition pretty overwhelming. Both my husband and I are pretty organized and neat people but managing two properties and taking care of a baby along side my husband working 12 hours a day left us with only so much time to chip away with the chaos. We were going batty. Then I found Jessica. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with her services!! From the moment she arrived she was so pleasant and professional and moved with such speed and certainty – I knew that we had found our woman. In a single day she made our master bedroom an oasis of organization. Not only did she bring order with her labels and systems, she did it with the smile and expertise of a true professional. Needless to say, we have already booked our next appointment.

I cannot recommend Jessica more highly. We are pretty particular people and we stood back in amazement at what she accomplished in a day. Furthermore, she emailed me on her own the next day with a list of things that I should buy to make my space more organizational user friendly – complete with the links so all I had to do was click to add it to my cart!! She is the real deal. Grab her while her prices are still reasonable.

Holiday Shopping Tips: Home Organizing Gift Guide

The holiday shopping frenzy is ON! To us that means it’s time to help friends and family get organized with some handy gifts. While the ideas on our list may not seem as breathtaking as the latest smartphone, getting organized can create a sense of well-being, and we think that’s one of the best gifts you can give!

For our Ultimate Gift List, we enlisted help from a few of our favorite professional organizers, who shared products that have made a difference in real-life situations, solving problems for clients.

Jessica Decker of Become Organized, Inc. likes to help clients divide and conquer, shifting things into organizational categories that make them easier to find. She loves unmarked closet-rod dividers for making sense of clothes.  “Just like when you shop at a store and different sizes are noted by dividers, these little circles let you know that you’ve come to a different section of your closet. They give an easy visual to let you know where one section ends and another begins, cutting down on time spent searching for what to wear.”

 Jessica also recommends drawer dividers as a simple yet powerful organizational tool that a lot of people still overlook. “They can be used in a dresser drawer to keep socks separate from underwear, or can be used in the kitchen to separate utensils.”

For more tips, check out the Public Storage blog at: http://blog.publicstorage.com/post/2014/11/28/holiday-shopping-tips-home-organizing-gift-guide

Written by Kastle Waserman for Public Storage.

Put Your Best Face Forward

Summer is gone (sigh) and we’re getting ready to dive into fall. You’re pulling out sweaters and putting away the bathingsuits and it’s also time to take a look through your makeup stash. This includes not only what’s at home but also what you’ve got in your purse, your car, and at work. Bring it all out; we’re going to review it.

Makeup trends change quickly and you want to stay on top of what’s current — is nude lipstick in or out this fall? Chances are that with all the products on the market, each vowing to make your face look younger, lashes longer, and lips fuller, you’ve got a lot of products. You buy one thing, it doesn’t work, and then you try something else. But it’s so hard to get rid of that barely-used jar of cream…it cost so much! Do yourself a favor here. Close your eyes, aim for the trashcan, and let go.

We all know how disgusting expired makeup can get, causing your skin to break out and even giving you infections! Not pretty. Do yourself a favor and toss the old stuff. Basic guidelines suggest replacing liquid makeup (mascara, foundation, eyeliner) every 3-6 months and powders and lipsticks every 1-2 years. Anything that’s broken should be tossed as well.

Speaking of broken makeup, investing in a makeup holder to contain all your pots and tubes and pencils is essential. Letting makeup run free-range in the bottom of a drawer or tossing it all in a large makeup bag beats up your powders and knocks tops off of lipsticks, allowing them to collect dust and dirt. A holder with drawers and separators lets everything have a place and keeps it organized.

When you go out you want to put your best face forward. By refreshing and organizing your makeup, you’re cherishing your skin by not putting on expired makeup and it’s easier to get ready because your makeup is sorted. As a bonus you’ll also be sporting the latest colors and products. Who doesn’t love new products?

Challenge Yourself

  • Get rid of the following: makeup that you’ve had more than a year; makeup that smells; makeup whose ingredients have separated; and anything that doesn’t look good on you (this one should be a no-brainer, in fact, you should have already tossed it!).
  • Separate items by use: group the following together: face, lips, eyes. This way you won’t lose an eye shadow color because it’s grouped with your blushes.
  • Purchase a good makeup holder to keep it organized: acrylic makeup holders with separate spots for lipsticks and pencils and drawers for your powders and blushes are great.

Starting an Organizing System

They say that hindsight is 20/20 and that the past informs the future. But sometimes we get so mired in the past that we can’t see through to our present, and eventual future. What I’m talking about are phrases like “well I’m just not an organized person” or “that’s not the way my mind works” and “I’ve been getting along like this so far”. I challenge you to look at what’s holding you back from starting an organizing system and conquer those barriers.

True, you may not be an organized person right now but being organized is something you can learn.  Use this challenge and get your organizing system started. Here’s how it works if you’re organizing your kitchen.

  • Remove everything.  This is the time to toss expired food, rusted can openers, topless Tupperware, novelty kitchen items, duplicates…basically anything in the kitchen that shouldn’t be there. This also includes removing kids homework and laundry.   

  • Set up your zones.  Evaluate the way your kitchen is set up and change it to reflect the way you use it. Do you have your baking items in a prime spot when you rarely bake?  Use the work triangle to allocate space for your most frequently used items. Wikipedia states, “The main working functions in a home kitchen are carried out between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the “work triangle”. “ Also put infrequently used items up higher, in the back of cabinets, and try storing items like cooking utensils in a crock on the counter.

  • Put back only what you need.  If you’ve assigned a cabinet to hold pots and pans and you have too many pots and pans to fit in the cabinet, purge down until they fit or allocate another cabinet to fit all you’re keeping. Use this experience to evaluate what you have and keep only what you need for your life in the future.  In the past you may have been a baker but with two kids, it’s not happening for you anymore. That’s ok. Pack it up and give it to someone who will use it.

By balancing the past and the future you can be organized in the present by only having what works for your life now; not what used to work in the past and not what may work in the future. These three pillars work for whatever organizing system you’re starting. You can redo your office, overhaul a closet, and tackle kids bedrooms with these tips. Try it! 

View this article and more on: http://yoffielife.com/starting-organizing-system/