The Real Cost of Clutter

Did you know that there could be a high price to pay when your home is full of clutter? I am not talking about the cost of hiring a professional organizer to help you declutter and organize your home, although hiring a PO is not usually cheap. Most of us love what we do and would practically do it for free, but we are professionals and have high costs to running our businesses (ex. insurance, marketing, educational courses, website maintenance, supplies etc.). However, what I am really talking about is the emotional, physical and financial cost of having a lot of clutter. I hope this will give you a better understanding of the real cost of having a lot of clutter:

Time – The time it takes for you to find your items, and if you can’t find what you are looking for and you really need it, the time it takes you to buy another one.

Buying items you already have – Ask yourself how much money do you think you have spent buying items that you already had but couldn’t find.

Buying items on sale – Buying items on sale, even though you may not need them or use them, is a classic example of spending when not necessary. Another example is buying more than you need because the larger package is a better deal. Ex. you need only 5 pens and the cost for 5 pens is $3, but there is a pack of 30 pens for $6. Which do you buy? Ideally you should only buy the 5 pens, because if you buy the larger package, you are spending twice as much as you need to, and you will end up with 25 more pens then you need.

Paying for storage – The cost of paying for a storage unit every month, can really add up. Ask yourself, do I really need those items in the storage unit? Do I even remember what is in the storage unit? If you haven’t used them in several months, chances are you do not need them.

Upset Family Members – If there is one person responsible for the majority of the clutter in a home, it can cause family members to become upset and tired of dealing with the clutter. This will put a strain on your relationship with family members.

Health – the cost of having a lot of clutter can really play a negative role on your health. Ex. anxiety, depression, stress and asthma

Embarrassment – It is not just the person who contributes to the clutter that is embarrassed, but family members as well. Often children or spouses, who live in a cluttered home, are too embarrassed to have friends over.

Safety – If there are too many items in a home, it is often unsafe to walk around. Falling over items, or items falling down on you or family members, can be extremely dangerous.

Missed appointments or late fees – If your home is unorganized, then there is a good chance that your files and schedules will be unorganized as well.

Can you relate to any of these points? I used to be guilty of buying things on sale, and not really needing them. I am much better now.

Wishing you all the best,

Kathy xxoo

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Right vs. Left Brain Hemisphere Quiz

I am noticing more and more how uncreative I am. I have friends, family and clients that love to create and do so by painting, crocheting, scrap booking, etc. They will spend hours creating their masterpieces. I have little desire to paint, knit, and crochet or anything that is related to creating a work of art. I am so different from my creative friends. Why can’t I be more like them? But wait, I am creative in my own way. I am creative when organizing! When I organize, I am creating my masterpiece. I can also create a spreadsheet.Ha ha but it is true. I couldn’t live without my spreadsheets because that is where I can quickly go to see my numbers. I know exactly how much money I bring in each month, and how much I need to pay out. My creative friends would probably laugh at me for saying I have a creative spreadsheet.

So why are we so different? Because we have two hemispheres in our brain, a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere, and each side process information differently. Although we use both sides of our brain, artistic individuals tend to use more of their right side, and linear or logical thinking individuals use more of their left side.

When it comes to organizing, it is often easier for left brainers because they tend to be more analytical, detail oriented, and have sequential thinking, whereas right brainers tend to be more random, adventurous, and impulsive. If you are a right brainer and find it hard to get organized and stay organized, not to worry, you will find it much easier as you start to change some of the behaviours that caused you to become unorganized. If you need help in that area, I would recommend calling a professional organizer to help guide you through the process.

So which side of the brain do you use the most?

Take this Right vs. Left Brain Hemisphere Quiz to find out.

Answer the questions “Yes” or “No” and when finished add up the number of “Yes” and “N0” answers.

1. I often show up early or on time for my appointments.
2. I create a list of things I need to do for the day.
3. I try to avoid taking risks.
4. When it comes to paper, I am a filer not a piler.
5. When it comes to doing projects, I like to follow tasks step by step until it is completed.
6. When giving directions, I am more likely to give directions verbally, than drawing a map.
7. I feel more comfortable if I stick to a plan.
8. If I need to find something, it isn’t too difficult because most of my items have a home.
9. I am more likely to take a strategic planning course than an art course.
10. I don’t have to do that much tidying up before company arrives.
11. I am not good at multi-tasking and prefer to do one task at a time.
12. If I catch myself daydreaming, I stop myself because I feel it is a waste of time.
13. I often check the time to make sure I am on track with my tasks.
14. I prefer to have the top of my desk/kitchen counters cleared with only a few items on them.
15. If I am uncertain about a decision I have to make, I will write down the pros and cons.

If you have more “Yes” answers, then you are a left brainer. If you have more “No” answers, then you are a right brainer. If the number of “Yes” answers are almost the same as the number of “No” answers, then you use both sides of your brain equally.

So are you a left brainer, a right brainer, or do use both sides equally? I did the test and I had 12 “Yes” answers, so I am a lefty!

All the best,
Kathy




7 Back to School Organizing Tips Your Child Should Know!

September is going to be here before you know it and the kids will be heading back to school. Start this school year off right by being organized. Here are a few back to school organizing tips to help you get organized this school year.

1. Plan ahead of time what your child will be wearing to school – Take a few minutes and put together your children’s clothes for each school day of the week. It will be easy for your child to just grab them and get dressed and hopefully there will be no fighting over what to wear.


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2. Mini Homework station – Keep homework supplies handy and in the same spot as where your child does homework. Have your child get into the habit of doing homework in the same spot each day.


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3. Private Homework station – Speaking of homework stations, having a decorative tri-fold home work station set up for privacy will prevent your child from being distracted. You can make it fun by having your child decorate it the way he/she wants.


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4. over the door pockets for school supplies – If you have a lot of school supplies and have limited space, I love the idea of using an over the door pocket hanger to store them. It keeps the school supplies neat and tidy as well as easily accessible.


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5. An organized file box – Keep your children’s art and school work in a hanging file folder box divided by each school year. Also, attach a copy of your child’s school picture for each year to the art and school work folder.


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6. An organized binder pouch – Keep school supplies handy and organized by using a binder pouch. They slide easily into a binder and keep all your supplies in one place.


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7. Use a planner – I can’t emphasise enough how important planners are and I am always surprised on how many of my clients do not use one. Start introducing your child to a planner so he/she can become more organized and less stressed in school. If their school does not provide one, pick one up at your local office supplies store.


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I hope these tips will help your child become more organized for the school year. Let me know if you will use any of these tips or if you have tips of your own you would like to share. I would love to hear them.

All the best,
Kathy xxoo

Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer, Chair of the Professional Organizers in Canada – Ottawa Chapter, and owner of Second Set of Hands (www.secondsetofhands.ca)


7 Organizing Mistakes I often see!

Organizing is not always easy, so I want to share with you some organizing mistakes that I have come across while working with clients. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes. Instead, I really want you to be successful when organizing your home.

7 Organizing Mistakes I Often See!

1. Action before planning – Action always works better if you plan before you take action. Take a look at the space you want to organize and decide what you really want to use it for. Go through your items and decide what you want to keep. Then plan how you are going to put like items together. Ex. If you are organizing a bedroom closet, plan how you want to organize your clothes, belts, shoes, purses etc.

2. Buying a bunch of storage containers before you organize– This can be a mistake and here’s why! Because you often end up with empty containers after you sort and let go of items you no longer need. If you do need containers, you will have a better idea of how many and what size you need after you do the sorting and decluttering.

3. Unlabelled baskets – using baskets is great and does look pretty, but if you use them, be sure to label them. Using labels will not only remind you where to put your items, but it will also remind you what not to put in them.

4. Organizing more than one room at a time – Has this happened to you? You start organizing your living room and then end up putting something in the kitchen and then you start organizing the kitchen. The problem with this method is that sometimes none of the rooms get completely organized because of hopping from one room to the other. Instead, set items that do not belong in the room you are organizing outside of the room. When you are finished organizing, pick them up and put them away.

5. Too many items – If you have too many items, no matter how hard you try to organize, it will still look cluttered. I often see too many pieces of furniture, too many nick knacks, too much paper, too many books and family photos (trust me I love photos but if you have too many, they are often not sorted and easily to view).

6. Laundry – I see this problem quite a bit. Laundry is piling up because my clients don’t feel they have the time to start a bunch of loads of laundry, or they start a load and then do not have time to finish folding it and putting it away. The answer is quite simple. Only start a load when you have time to finish it. That includes putting it away. Also, focus on doing one load a day, or two loads every second day until you are caught up.

7. Organize but no plan of action after – Ok, so now your home is all organized. Now what? You make a plan on how to keep it organized so it doesn’t go back to being cluttered. Habits need to change – Think twice before buying, don’t make trips to the dollar store or garage sales unless you really need something, let family and friends know that you do not want them to pass on their stuff, set up a schedule or even use post it notes to remind you to do certain tasks. Ex. Clean kitchen counter daily.

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Happy Organizing!
Kathy

Organizing Family Road Trip

Organizing Family Road Trip

Organized Road Trip with Kids-11 Fun Tips!

Where has the month of June gone? I have been very busy organizing my clients homes and offices, and helping them pack and unpack, that I haven’t had time to write a new blog. The following blog is one that I wrote last year. It has lots of fun ideas on how to organize a road trip with kids. Enjoy!

I remember the days of packing up my car and children and going on road trips. My children are grown now but going on day trips, camping trips and driving to Florida were some of my best memories. Many times we travelled with all five of our children in the car with us at a one time. Being organized is key to a having a successful car trip. Here are a few tips that I used and wished I had used when I was travelling with my children.

1. Printable games – Time will go by much faster while travelling if kids are kept busy. I know everything is digital these days but besides having their iPad, and anything else they may have along for the ride, it is good to bring printable games as well. Travel Games 4 Kids has a variety of kids printable games which include Car Bingo

And Scavanger Hunts
scavenger-hunt
There are lots of other printable games such as word search, crosswords etc. that are found on their website along with colouring pages. Before leaving on your trip, print off games and colouring pages and put in a binder for each of your children. Be sure to label each binder with your children’s name on it.

2. Non-printable Games – There are lots of fun games you can play while riding in a car. I remember playing these when I was a kid.
a. Telephone – Whisper something in someone’s ear, and that person has to whisper the same thing in the next person’s ear, and so on, and the last person has to say it out loud. Most of the time, it is not the same as what the first person said!
b. License plate – See if you can find unusual license plates
c. Count the animals
d. I spy

3. Movies – Bring lots of movies and have the children decide which movies they are watching in which order ahead of time so they don’t fight in the car over which movie to watch. Or draw names to decide who gets to pick the movie. If you don’t have a movie player, either rent one, or bring your lap top. My kids brought their laptops and used head phones when they really didn’t want to watch the same things.

4. Books – Stop off at your local library and pick up books for the road.

5. Snacks – Hungry and thirsty kids do not make for good travellers so keep lots of healthy snacks and drinks within arm’s reach. Either you or your oldest child can be in charge of handing out the snacks. Or pack up your snacks in a container like this one that I found on Real Simple. These are healthy and organized. Love it!

snack-container

6. Garbage – Keep a package of wipes and garbage bags nearby. I prefer to keep them in the front with me. Store you garbage bags in a Kleenex box container. Easy to grab and doesn’t take up much room in the car. I took this picture for another blog but you only need one container and you don’t need a fancy cover for it. Just the original Kleenex box will work.

garbage bags in kleenex box

7. I love these green trays – I wish I had these trays when my kids were young. They are cute and functional. Found on Alli Bee Me

green trays
8. Plan Quiet Time – Plan a quiet time where children are to read or do quiet activities such as crossword puzzles.

9. Pillow and blanket – Children feel so much better when they get to bring their favorite pillow and blanket. The only problem with this is the lack of space. I always let my kids bring theirs but it always took up so much room. I had to say no to the big comforters lol

10. Plan ahead your stops – Plan your route ahead of time and schedule your gas fill ups and where you are going to stop for breaks, something to eat etc. When you stop for gas, do a quick clean up and empty all the garbage out of your car.

11. Automobile Emergency Kit – Hopefully you will not need to use an emergency kit but it is best to be prepared just in case. This particular one can be found online at Costco – Item #294640 $36.99. I am not sure if it is available in the store as I didn’t see it in the store the last time I was there. You can pick up emergency kits at other retailers as well, or if you own the items already, you can put together your own emergency kit.

Car emergency kit costco

I hope you found these tips to be helpful. Do you have any tips for an organized road trip with kids? If so, I would love to hear your ideas.

Have a wonderful road trip.
Kathy

Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer, moving specialist and owner of Second Set of Hands. Kathy provides virtual coaching as well as hands on organizing and consulting.

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    Woman stressed
    5 Wild Emotions When Dealing with Clutter

While working with clients who have clutter, I have noticed the many different emotions they go through. This week, one of my clients was crying from feeling so overwhelmed. I had a business lunch planned but quickly cancelled my attendance because I knew she needed me to be there for her. After the organizing session, she was hugging me with joy. Another client this week went from feeling embarrassed and lost, to having tears of joy. She was so excited to have her little girl’s room decluttered and organized and couldn’t wait to surprise her daughter. Because emotions run high for those with clutter, I want to share some of the unwanted emotions that I have personally witnessed with my clients. I also want to share some tips on how to avoid those negative emotions.

1. Overwhelm/Anxiety:– What I hear the most is that any time a client walks into a room that is cluttered they are overwhelmed and sometime they suffer from anxiety.

Tip: Often the reason for being overwhelmed or having anxiety is because they do not know where to start. Start small. Don’t look at the whole room, but instead focus on doing one small area. Pick one corner or one shelf and go through the items to determine if any of it can be thrown out, recycled, donated or sold. Once that area is done, move on to the next shelf or another area that is close by.

2. Sadness: Those with a lot of clutter often feel sad, and may suffer from depression. They often feel bad for family members who also have to deal with the clutter, and feel isolated if they can not invite friends and family members over. It is most upsetting when their children can not invite friends over.

Tip: Rather than feeling sad, focus on how you can make a difference. Write down your goals and focus on one goal at a time (ex. Kitchen area, bedroom closet, storage room, basement etc.) When would you like to complete that goal? Take a few minutes and schedule time in a planner to complete your goal.

3. Disappointment: If you have clutter, you may feel disappointed in yourself because you can’t keep up with clearing the clutter and keeping your home clean. You may even feel like a failure.

Tip: It is all about your mindset. You are not a failure and don’t think that you are. Having clutter is very common. You are not alone. To prevent clutter, there are tools and systems that can be put into place so you can change the behaviour of creating piles, not putting things away, and cleaning up. A professional organizer can help you with creating a system that works for you.

4. Frustration: Can you relate to going in to one room and feeling frustrated by the clutter, and then walking out and going into another room and also feeling frustration? I have spoken to clients that said they were frustrated because they get some things organized and then in a few days, it is back to being disorganized again.

Tip: In order to become less frustrated, you have to keep on top of your clutter. For example, once you have your kitchen counters cleared and cleaned, you have to make a point of clearing it every day and wiping it down. Same goes for other areas of your home. Take a few minutes before you go to bed and make sure everything is in its home. Don’t leave things piled on the staircase or in corners.

5. Embarrassed: Often the first thing I hear from clients when I walk into their home is how embarrassed they are.

Tip: Don’t be embarrassed. Instead focus on making changes. Also, if you decide to hire a professional organizer, not to worry, we have seen it all and it doesn’t faze us one bit. We are there to help you get your home clutter free and organized so that you can feel peace while being in your own home.

If you have clutter and experience any of these emotions, I would love for you to leave a comment and share your story. Remember you are not alone, and if you feel that you are not able to clear the clutter on your own, there is help out there for you. Just ask for the help and you will feel so much better once you are organized.

Until next time,
Kathy

Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer who helps her clients go from feeling overwhelm to finding peace. If you would like more information, please visit her website at www.secondsetofhands.ca and her facebook page www.facebook.com/secondsetofhandsconciergeottawa

Organized shelf with books and decor

Spring Clearing
I love spring because it means summer is coming. It may be still cold out but we will be getting warmer weather soon, so now is a great time to do your spring clearing and getting your home organized. If you do it now, you will be able to relax and enjoy the summer months. Sounds pretty good, right?

Here are 10 tips that I hope you will find helpful. Trust me, if you accomplish all these tasks, or most of them, you will feel great. I always say that being organized is like a breath of fresh air and it is so true!

1. Declutter – take 10 minutes a day to declutter. Try to find at least one or two items a day to donate. At the end of the month, drop off your donations.

2. Clothes – Pack up and donate or consign the winter clothes you no longer wear. Rotate your winter and spring/summer clothes. When going through your summer clothes, if you notice anything you didn’t wear last summer, let it go.

3. Say goodbye to expired items – Go through you medicine cabinet and anything expired, toss it out. Expired prescriptions usually can be dropped off at your local drug store. Also, say goodbye to expired food and make-up.

4. Clear the Car – Take time out of your busy schedule to clean out your car. Remove all garbage, clean the inside and outside of your car, make sure to keep garbage bags in your car so garbage does not end up on the floor, and use a trunk organizer to keep your emergency and everyday items that you need.

5. Clean out your wallet and purse – Take a few minutes and clean out your wallet, leaving just the essentials that you need ex. Debit or credit cards. The following day, take a few minutes and clean out your purse.

6. Delete – Take a few minutes and delete photos you no longer want off your phone, laptop or IPad. Do the same for emails. Delete any emails you no longer need.

7. Freezer food – Go through your freezer and toss out any expired food.

8. Deep clean – I know this can be very overwhelming, so pick one room a week and tackle it. You will feel so much better when it is cleared, clean and organized.

9. Make a to-do list and share – Write down your organizing goals. Schedule these tasks into your calendar and tell a friend what you plan on doing and when. This will help you be accountable for your actions.

10. Ask for help – If you are just too overwhelmed and find you are not able to complete your tasks, ask a friend or family member to help you. If that is not possible, consider hiring a professional organizer to help you complete your goals. You will be surprised at how much can be accomplished when having help.

So what task are you going to tackle first? Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Organizing,
Kathy

Kathy McEwan is a professional Organizer and moving specialist. She helps her clients declutter and get organized. For more information please visit www.secondsetofhands.ca

Bedroom Closet Organizing, The Right Way!

Do you walk into your closet and feel overwhelmed? Do you have a hard time finding your items? Do you wear the same clothes over and over again even though your closet is full of clothes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to consider a closet makeover. Trust me, when your closet is all organized, you are going to feel like a new person. Imagine walking into your closet and saying “I love my closet. Look how organized it is”. Also, imagine being able to grab what you want to wear in seconds.

Having an organized closet is possible. Here’s how:

1. Start small – If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of clutter, focus on one small area first, and when it is complete, move on to another area. Ex. A corner, a top shelf, or the floor. Once you have that one small area decluttered, you will see results and want to keep going.

2. Letting go – So how do you make the decision of what to keep and what not to? Go through your purses, belts, scarfs, tops, blouses, pants, skirts, ties etc., and if you haven’t wore them or used them in over a year, then it is best to let them go. If the items are not ripped, stained or broken, then donate them to your favorite charity. Make sure to put the items to be donated right into your car, or at your front door and drop them off within a day or two. Sooner they are gone the better. Same goes if you want to sell your items on consignment. Take the items to a consignment store within a day or two.

3. Time to organize – You have removed all items that you no longer want or need, and you are left with only the items you want to keep. Now the fun begins. It is time to organize:

a. Hangers – Use the same type of hangers throughout your closet. I love the look of wooden hangers, but they do take up a lot of room. They are perfect for someone who does not have a lot of clothes, or has a big closet. Otherwise, slim black felt hangers are ideal. The exception to the rule are hangers designed for certain categories. Ex. Pant or skirt hangers.

b. Hang by category and then colour – When hanging skirts, pants, blouses etc., start by category and then by colour. Ex. Hang all your short sleeved blouses together and then put all the same coloured short sleeved blouses together.

c. Shoes – There are many different shoe storage solutions, depending on how many shoes you have. If you would like to see a variety of ways to store your shoes, check out my blog on “Storing Shoes, 7 Clever Ways”

d. Purses – Purses are like shoes. We often have too many of them. Go through your purses (and shoes for that matter) and see if any of them are torn, worn out, or you haven’t used in a year. Keep only the ones that you really like and are likely to use. Organize the purses by colour and then by size. Having them in this order will make it much easier for you to find the purse you are looking for. Over the door or hanging purse racks are options for storing purses, but keep weight in mind. Hanging a bunch of purses can get very heavy and bend the closet rod, break the purse rack or if the purse rack has velco closings, it may just fall down from the weight. Organizing purses on shelves is best.

e. Ties/Belts – There are quite a few tie/belt organizers that can be purchased at Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon.ca etc. and do not cost a lot of money. You can get ones that hang on a hanger, slide out with hooks to hang ties or belts, or another solution, over the door organizers for men which have a section for hanging ties. Here is an example of an over the rod hanging tie/belt organizer which can be found at amazon.ca

Over the door tie and belt rackAmazon

f. Jewelry – The trick with jewelery is to make sure they are neat and are easily accessible. Keep necklaces from being tangled by hanging them either in a jewelery armoire (my favourite choice), over the door jewelery organizer, a hanging jewelry organizer or a jewelry tree. Rings and ear rings can be stored in jewelry trays or also in an armoire. I will be writing a more detailed blog on jewelry organizin soon so check back again.

Jewelry TreeBed Bath and Beyond

g. Odds and Ends – If you have odds and ends in your closet, you are not alone. Organize them in categories and store them in clear plastic containers with labels or baskets with hanging labels.

Here is an example of an organized closet that I love. All wooden hangers, purses lined up on shelf, identical storage baskets with labels and clothes hung in categories. Would you like to have a closet like this one? Do you have any closet organizing tips you would like to share? If so, I would love to hear your tips.

Houzz

Happy organizing,
Kathy McEwan

Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer and moving specialist who helps her clients clear the clutter and get organized. If you would like information regarding decluttering, organizing or moving, please contact Kathy via her website at www.secondsetofhands.ca and click on About Us

Mixed emotions, getting the mind organized

Time is flying by. The first month of 2016 has already passed and I am reflecting on what has transpired during the month of January. I sit here with mixed emotions. I am mourning the loss of a musical genius, David Bowie, who was my all-time favourite rock star. Although Bowie’s death has me feeling sad, I don’t want to dwell on only the negative things that happened last month so I am focusing on the positive aspects as well. Some of the positive ones are that I worked with many clients helping them organize their homes, and helped other clients pack and unpack. I am so blessed and absolutely love knowing that I am helping my clients reach their goals. I also forced myself out of my comfort zone (big time) and did 3 presentations and appeared on a local television show. What a whirlwind of emotions for me this month.

My clients also had a whirlwind of emotions. Those with clutter problems found it tough to let go of some of their items. They felt overwhelmed and some even had anxiety, but they did it and I am so proud of them. The clients that were getting ready for their move, or did move and needed me to be there for the movers and help them unpack, also felt overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be done. One client told me he was having a hard time sleeping at night because of all that needed to be done. I suggested that he start writing down what he wants done, and I gave him a list of tasks that he could do prior to his move. Having everything written down helped this client focus and get his mind organized. I asked him if he was still having problems sleeping and he said “no, I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel”. I was thrilled to hear that.

If you find yourself with mixed emotions, and would like to get your mind organized, try these steps:

1. Write down everything that is stressing you and all tasks that need be done
2. Number them in order of importance or in sequence of events
3. Schedule dates of when you would like to have them completed
4. Cross them off as you complete them
5. Reward yourself! You completed your tasks so don’t forget to do something special for yourself.

By following those simple steps, it will help your mind get organized and help you feel less stressed. It works for me and my clients so it should work for you too!

How was your first month of 2016? Did you accomplish your goals?

Cheers to an amazing February and all the best for 2016!

Until next time,
Kathy

Storing shoes

Shoe Organizer

Storing shoes is not always an easy task, especially if you are like most women and own a lot of shoes. If you don’t have a good solution for storing your shoes, then check out some of my favourite shoe storage ideas listed here. These solutions are extremely functional and easy to use.


  1. This shoe storage cabinet is ideal for hiding shoes so they don’t look messy. It holds approximately 36 pairs and is a great piece of furniture. I like how you can add smaller items such as keys in the top drawer. The only negative that I can think of is that it would be better to keep clean shows in it. Best to clean any muddy or dirty shoes before storing them. You can find shoe storage cabinets similar to this one at Amazon and Ikea.
  2. Shoe Organizing, Storing shoes
    Goods Home Design

  3. The hanging over the door shoe organizer is perfect for storing shoes. This particular one is hanging on a room divider. You can use this product to store many different items besides shoes. I keep my cleaning supplies in a hanging door organizer. Just about anything goes with this shoe storage product. I love them!
  4. Over the door shoe organizer, Storing shoes
    Architecture Art Designs

  5. The file/magazine boxes are a fun way to store summer sandals or flat shoes. How cute is that?
  6. Shoe Organizer, Storing shoes
    HGTV

  7. I think this one is my favourite. I love the idea of having a vanity and a hanging picture between the wall of shoes. It may take space away from storing additional shoes but it looks amazing. These shelves were purchased at Ikea and were easy to install.
  8. Shoe Organizer, Storing shoes
    My Peep Toes

  9. Here is a great way to use old vintage ladders to store your high heeled shoes.

  10. Arianna Belle

  11. Storing shoes in boxes is a great way to keep them dust free. Clear boxes like the ones below makes it easy to see which shoes are inside each box.
  12. Shoe Organizer, Storing shoes
    La Dolce Vita Blog

  13. If you don’t like the look of the clear boxes, another alternative is to use non-clear boxes and put pictures of the shoes on the outside of the box. To keep it looking tidy, use the same style box for each pair of shoes.
  14. Shoe Boxes with pictures
    Craft River

As you can see, there are many fun and different ways to organize shoes. The key is to keep them off the floor and have them neat and organized so it saves you time. No more looking through a pile of shoes, and even worst, finding a shoe you want to wear but not being able to find the match. Finding only one shoe can be frustrating!

Which shoe storage solution is your favorite, or do you have an alternative solution for storing your shoes? Leave a comment below and share your ideas. I would love to hear from you.

Until next time,
Kathy

Kathy McEwan is a professional organizer who specializes in clients with clutter. You can view her other organizing blogs at www.secondsetofhands.ca/blog