Welcome Fall!

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

To welcome fall I have put together a list of a few really quick things that you can do today to make home and life a little sweeter!

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  1. Brighten your front door! (Add a ‘hello’ sign, I purchased mine at JoAnns for $2 on clearance).
  2. Reevaluate how you use your furniture. Can a dresser be repurposed and used in your entry to store items that you need everyday?
  3. Remove 10 things that you no longer need from your home and donate them to your favorite charity.
  4. Bin or hang your clean clothing instead of folding everything. I don’t fold anything that doesn’t matter…sleepwear, tanks, underwear, leggings etc.
  5. Clean your trash can by pouring 1 cup of bleach into the bottom and letting it sit for an hour. Then just swish and rinse.
  6. Rearrange your living room and add additional lighting (this is especially important as we head into the darker months).
  7. Choose an inspiration piece and do some simple redesign based on that piece. ( I love to shop for clients based on their inspiration… a small piece of art, a pillow or a favorite fabric).
  8. Paint something for a fresh new look. (I recently spray painted an ugly tray so that I can continue to use it.)
  9. Use hooks everywhere! In your bathroom, in your closets, in your entry. Hooks are much easier to use then hangers!
  10. Invite friends/family over for a simple meal and a special time of face to face connection.

If you are searching for ways to create a life with less stuff and more meaning than join me for The Simply Organized Home Class or Simplifying the Holidays Class.

If your home or office needs some freshening up the OAL team is talented and full of crazy redesign skills which can save you from costly remodeling mistakes! Contact us today!

Summarizing Summer

“If who we are and who we love doesn’t come before what we have and what we buy, then there can be no balance or peace in our lives”.    –Peter Walsh

You may have noticed I haven’t sent anything out in quite some time.  Summer was full of fun life events for my family.  In June my youngest son was married to his college sweetheart and in early August my middle son and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our hearts and lives.  Business continued throughout the summer, with just a few interruptions.

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As summer winds down and many of you gear up for a new school year, the pace of life increases.   Creating some end of summer order will keep chaos from reigning as we head into fall.  My boys are all grown now but my favorite tips for simplifying home/life continue to serve me well.

  • Eliminate extra clothing.  Believe it or not most of us only wear 20% of what we own.  Keep the favorites and consign or donate the rest.  A simple capsule wardrobe (found in the book “Lessons From Madam Chic” by Jennifer L. Scott) is so refreshing and easy to manage. 
  • Clean the pantry!  Summer’s end is the perfect time to clear out old crackers, snacks, stale nuts and anything else that has been sitting on the shelf far too long.  Donate the good stuff (your excess and extra’s)  to your local food bank.  It feels so good to eliminate when you are helping others!
  • Cull the paperwork!  A new school year means a whole lot of incoming paperwork.  Get ahead now by clearing out files, drawers, desktops and any other place where piles accumulate.  Recycle or shred.
  • Declutter the common spaces.  People often ask me “Where do I begin, my home is such a mess”?  My answer is always the same…begin with decluttering.  Clutter really can’t be organized, but simpler spaces with less stuff can be.  If it isn’t something you love or need then part with it!

Remember, spending just a short amount of time each day on these simple tasks will bring hours of peace as you head into a new school year.  If it all feels like too much then please contact us.  The OAL team is fast, efficient  and fun and most jobs can be completed in about 3 hours.  

If getting organized seems daunting then maybe a class is just what you need.  Join me as I share almost 30 years of my expertise for simplifying, organizing and decorating on a budget.  
Fall classes are are now open!

New Year, Fresh Start

Happy New Year!

Congratulations to the winner of our annual One Room Organizing Giveaway contest:  Deanna Bannerman!!

A new year means a fresh start, and getting organized is the perfect foundation for that new beginning.  The big question is always how and where do I begin?  Create a purpose and a plan for 2016.

I like the idea of setting goals, especially those that are easy to accomplish!  A great idea for organizing in the new year includes choosing 3 projects per month.  A very small project, such as organizing your purse, a medium sized project such as organizing your paperwork (or maybe this is a large project for you?)  And lastly, choose one large project such as organizing your photos (my personal project, and I promise to share some ideas once I complete this!).  This way, you’re making progress each month without getting overwhelmed because tasks are broken down.  

The OAL team continues to help others create more organized and beautiful spaces with every job we tackle.  Our work is always evolving and re-designing spaces has become a huge part of what we do lately.  If you have stuff, especially too much stuff, we can help you edit, eliminate and redecorate using what you already own and love. We create spaces that look fabulous and function well.

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If you would like to learn more about how to make your home the best that it can be, then join me on January 30th for The Simply Organized Home.  Class is 9:00 AM-3:00PM and includes breakfast, lunch and materials.  Organizedatlast.biz/classes to register .

If paperwork is making your crazy then consider joining my Organizing Paperwork Permanently class (only 3 spots left).  This class is on Feb. 9, 7:00-9:00PM and includes dessert.  

Starting this February, join us on Facebook or Instagram as we post quick and simple ideas and tips.

One Room Organizing Giveaway!

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It’s the holiday season and time for our annual One Room Organizing Giveaway! We will spend one day with you transforming your space, finding practical solutions, and clearing the clutter. What better way to kickoff the new year?

To Enter: Please answer the following question in the comment section of this particular blog post. Keep it short!

Question: What room in your home is in need of a makeover and how would this make a difference for you?

The Rules: One entry per person please. The winner will be chosen and notified by email on Dec. 23rd!  Area restrictions apply (Whatcom County only).  Organizing product sold separately.

12 Days of Simpler Christmas

Happy December!  Ready or not,  Christmas is coming…fast!

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I haven’t posted a blog in quite some time, but I do have a couple of good excuses.  My first grandchild, a boy, was born on Oct. 14th.  Everyone tells you how great being a grandparent is but until you experience it, you really can’t imagine how wonderful it really is.  His name is Brady Paul and he is truly a dream baby!  I’m crazy about him and I’m thoroughly enjoying watching my son and his wife parent him with amazing confidence and so much love.  I’m so blessed!

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My second excuse is that our home has been undergoing a remodel for the past 7 weeks.  We now have a totally transformed basement (well almost) and a designated teaching/entertaining space which were my two goals for the space.  I love to connect with people and I love teaching classes – now I can easily do both in my new space!

Yesterday my team and I began a new series on FB and Instagram called 12 days of Simpler Christmas.  As we begin this new series our hope is that you will consider what you value most during this busy season and learn new ways to focus your energy into those areas.  Most people go through the holiday season without a clear sense of what makes them happy and fulfilled.  It is truly the time of year when we have to make conscious choices since Christmas offers so many possibilities.  We hope you will follow along.  You will see some photos of my new space and I trust that you will be excited to join me for a class in late January or early February (see organizedatlast.biz/classes)  YEAY!!

We wish you a simpler and more peaceful Christmas this year!  If you need a little help with organizing, decorating or just a couple extra cheerleaders, the OAL team is full of energy , ideas and joy to inspire you to not only dream your dreams but to actually live them out!!