Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

July 28, 2013 Written by Kathryn Russell Selk for ParentMap Magazine School is looming. The kids are cranky. You know you have to wean the minions from their summer schedule and somehow keep your cool. The last thing on your mind is dealing with your own clutter. But taking a little time now to get your own things more in order may go a long way toward reducing your own anxiety level — and your kids’ stress as well. Those piles of chick lit stacked next to the bed and the towers of paper you plan to deal with “soon” are not just unsightly, they’re downright unhealthy. A 2012 UCLA study finds that levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are higher in the saliva of women whose homes were cluttered versus those whose homes were described as “restorative.” Searching for your keys in the clutter? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a direct link between stress and cognitive problems such as issues with memory. And a...
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Time to downsize? How to begin

Time to downsize? How to begin

By Deanna Duff, Special to The Herald Downsizing comes in many shapes and forms. For some, clutter accumulates in common spots such as the garage or guest bedroom. Sometimes personal transitions require a lifestyle change. "There are lots of reasons to downsize," said Kammie Lisenby, owner of The Organizing Experts, which provides professional help managing personal and professional spaces in Snohomish and King counties. "At some point, we all experience transitions. It's the cycle of life. The healthy thing is to also cycle through some of your belongings." Lisenby encounters many needs: senior citizens needing less space; families moving to smaller, more affordable homes; or health diagnoses that demand better household management. Life's constant busyness -- careers, working parents, frequent travel -- also requires efficient organization. "Your environment should be a reflection that uplifts you and becomes a place you want to be," Lisenby said. For do-it-yourself downsizing, the following tips will help clear the clutter. Downsize or organize? Evaluate whether an area contains too many...
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Craft Room Confidential: 3 Tips to Creating Your Ultimate Creative Space

Craft Room Confidential: 3 Tips to Creating Your Ultimate Creative Space

    1. Create Stations: Seperate out your tools, fabric, yarn, scrapbooking supplies, kids crafts, etc, and give each its own space. If space is limited, keep things seperated by grouping like items onto one shelf and coordinating each type of craft with its own color of boxes or labels. This area should be not only functional, but asthetically pleasing as well. You need to walk in and feel inspired, not stressed out about where to find your bobbins or your stencils.     2. Keep your Workspace Clear: Don't clutter up all of your flat surfaces with ribbons, buttons, or over-flowing baskets. Shelving, drawers, and peg board are great ways to have an empty work table, so you're ready to craft a moments notice. Try hanging a dowel or small curtain rod on 2 hooks, and load it up with all your ribbon; that way it is all visible and won't come unravelled (not to mention it also becomes a beautifully colorful decorative addition)....
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10 Minute Desk Clutter Blast!

10 Minute Desk Clutter Blast!

  So my desk is driving me crazy and it's time for a 10-minute clutter-blast! If you only have a few moments, you can purge a small, high-use area quickly and make a big difference. So here I go...   Firstly I got rid of everything that wasn't mine or that didn't belong there. Then I purged my kids' art supplies (end of school is a great time to throw out those crusty, old crayons and markers that don't work). I grabbed some different containers that were better sized for our extra school supplies which were overflowing. Here you can see I used an old cookie tin I had saved from last Christmas in the drawer, and an old Huggies wipes container worked beautifully for markers (no need for expensive containers - search your cupboards for what you have that might work). I also used Ziploc bags and put similar objects together in the tin so that my kids can find what they...
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