Quiet the Holiday Chaos

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Quiet the chaos of holiday decoration clutter this year.  Consider hiring our team to streamline and decorate your home for the holiday season, while minimizing your current decor in storage containers as we go.  Experts say that we’re never more overstimulated by sights, sounds, and smells, than during the month of December.  Your home should be a calm oasis amidst that chaos.  All too often, our homes get so over-done, we feel the desire to un-decorate half way through the month.  We can get trapped into thinking that because we have a treasured collection from Great Aunt Alice, (along with many other collected items from years past) we must display everything we own during the holiday season. Overwhelmed, we often place holiday decor alongside our everyday decor and our homes burst with excess.  This leads to chaotic surfaces and makes our eyes tired, aching for a clean spot to land. Another consideration, is how often we get stuck in our own spaces, because we’ve always put the wreath in the same spot, or moved the furnishings just so, in order to accommodate the tree.

When our team arrives, we’ll have a fresh perspective and help you make the most of what you already have and love.  We might suggest arrangements you’ve not thought of, or new ways to display your treasures.  If you have a family tradition of decorating the tree together, we can do the rest and leave that part for you.  Our team will work with you and your budget, to do as much or as little as you’d like. If you have a special place where you typically place a beloved holiday item, we’ll work alongside you to carry on those decorating traditions. If you struggle with making your holiday home a peaceful oasis, we’ve even got you covered with a variety of package options, along with several add-on services such as gift wrapping and storage solutions.  Consider this a gift that will keep on giving all through the holiday season, allowing you the freedom to make memories unfettered by the burdens of too much clutter in your home. Want to learn more about how you can clear the holiday chaos? Join us for Julie’s class, Simplifying the Holidays, coming up on November 16th. In one evening, Julie will cover decorating, gift giving, entertaining, and making the most of your time with family.

The first ten people to schedule with us will be put into a drawing for a FREE after Christmas clean-up and re-decorating!

Packages include:

*The Stocking Stuffer:
 Halls, entries, front doors, kitchens. Perfect for the smaller spaces in your home that you’d like our team to briefly de-clutter, wipe-clean and decorate with just a touch of holiday festivity. ~$250
*The Jewelry Box: 
This is the one that gets your attention and rightly so. We’ll concentrate our efforts in your main living space, often a family room or living room. When we’ve finished adding our touches of sparkle to this space, it’s going to be the primary space you’ll want to gather in all season long. This package includes general de-cluttering, quick cleaning and then fully decorating the surfaces in your family’s living space.  We’ll pay special attention to things like fireplace mantles, furniture placement, wall hangings, fresh greens, window wreaths, shelves, bookcases, tabletops, etc.  ~$350
*The Santa’s Sleigh:
This is the whole space.  It’s ideal for the client who wants our team to tackle their entire home and create a calming, yet festive environment for them. We’ll work to minimize some of your everyday decor and store it away until after the holiday.  That will make room for your holiday items and help to make them the focus.  We’ll work in most of your spaces to arrange furnishings, clean a little as we add items, and place your carefully unwrapped treasures throughout while you simply enjoy the process.  ~$400

Add-on or stand alone decorating and services could include some or all (additional charges apply):

*Trim the Tree:
We’ll use your decorations and place them lovingly on your tree.
*The Bow on Top:
We can tackle additional rooms in your home such as guest rooms, bedrooms and even bathrooms to add festive touches throughout.
*Ornament storage solutions:
We’ll bring some containers and storage solutions for your items so you’ll be prepared to pack your ornaments away at the end of the season.
*Supplying Fresh greens:
Such as cedar garlands, mistletoe, wreaths, berries, etc.
*Pack up and put away:
Call us back in January and we’ll pack your holiday items away, wipe down dusty surfaces, and place your everyday items back around.
*Chalkboard holiday art/text:
If you have a chalkboard surface we can add a festive holiday message or chalk art as a custom add-on.
*Hot cocoa/beverage station set up:
 Three piece glass jar set filled with cocoa, marshmallows, candy canes or red & white straws.
*Gift Wrapping:
Simply set out your gifts, and include a post-it with the recipient’s name.  Choose from one of our three coordinated gift wrap choices, or provide your own.  We’ll take care of the rest and make sure your items are tagged.

New Fall Classes!

I know many of you have taken the class, The Simply Organized Home, over the years. It has been a keystone of what I teach and you’re able to see for yourself that living a simpler, less cluttered life is possible. This class is always being revised and this year it’s better than ever! I encourage you to please spread the word and consider taking this class again with friends or family members!

We’ve also got two other classes that are perfect to get you prepped for the upcoming holiday season – Entertain with Ease and Simplifying the Holidays.

Don’t wait – we’ve still got spots left. Register Today!

Favorite Back to School Ideas

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“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity they think of you.”
~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hard to believe another school year is already underway.  My kids are grown and gone now but since I’m married to a school administrator, the school calendar still matters to me!

Here are a few of my favorite back to school ideas I found most helpful while raising my sons.

  1. Use a single, great calendar system for keeping track of all of your family activities.  Your phone might do the trick or you may still prefer a paper planner.  Either way, choose a system that works for you and learn to use it well!
  2. Clean up and clear out kids rooms including clothing, books, toys and electronics early on in the school year (do this with your kids if possible). We all function better in simple, less cluttered spaces.
  3. Plan simple, healthy meals based on your families schedule.  Learn more about how I do this in my new fall class Entertain with Ease.
  4. Do what you can ahead of time.  Pack lunches the night before, place all necessary items in backpacks and gather sports gear. Mornings will be oh so much nicer!
  5. Give kids responsibility early.  Responsible kids are made, not born!  Remember in a few short years your son or daughter will be someone’s roommate or spouse…will they make a good one??

Want more ideas? Our fall classes will help you get ready for the busy school year ahead and the holidays! Click HERE to learn more about the classes and to sign up!

Would you love some help getting organized now that the kids are back in school?  This week is totally booked but contact Organized at Last for openings next week!

Why Hiring a Professional Organizer Is a Good Idea

It seems to me that a lot of people struggle with organizing, yet many more never realize that help is available. We hire a mechanic to fix our car, a contractor to repair our home,  so it makes perfect sense to hire an organizer to help make sense of our stuff.

Our job is to make your life function more smoothly by eliminating the unnecessary and making room for what really matters. We guide you in the process of creating a simple, functional and beautiful space that works for how you and your family live.

January is a National Get Organized month. Why not commit to making this year one in which you make a difference by creating order amongst the chaos. Make changes in your life that allow you to focus on things that are important to you. By getting organized you create more time to work on things like exercise, eating well and building stronger relationships. Because, in the end, these are things that matter most.

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Here’s an example of what we can do for you. In just a couple of hours we can help you transform your space.

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Make 2015 your year to refresh, restyle, and re-organize. Join us this January for our re-vamped Simply Organized Home Class. Registration is limited to ten people so sign up soon!

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – Christina Scalise

E-Organization: Photos

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Instead of writing a full blog post this week, we decided to give you a sneak peek of an upcoming class that has everything to do with electronic organization!

Photo Organization Class

Dates Coming Soon!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the amount of photos you have stashed in boxes and stuffed in drawers? How about  digital images stored on a hard drive, in files on your computer and even stuck on your devices? We can help! We will guide you step by step and provide you with many options on how to best preserve your memories. We will also discuss how to manage your ever growing digital image collection and turn them into priceless photo books organized by the year, event, holidays or person. The ideas are endless and so is the opportunity for wonderful gifts. We are offering a spring class for those who want to take advantage of organizing and creating throughout the year to make meaningful slideshows, photo books and many other beautiful gifts personalized with your own family/friend life experiences and events in time for Christmas!

For this class, we are so excited to be teaming up with local photographer – Diana Critchlow! Diana is a dear friend and owns a business called Memories in Motion.

“In 1999, I saw my first picture slide show put to music and was so inspired by it I set out to figure out how to do this with my own photos. This passion along with my desire to organize my families “memory clutter” became a mission of mine. It wasn’t long before I was asked to create a slideshow for my first client and Memories In Motion was born. As you can imagine, my business, through our ever changing technology has evolved and I want to share what I have learned with you. I never get tired of seeing others “memory clutter” become a personal gift of memories to cherish. I often think about how many households have boxes of old photos and slides as well as film reels and negatives that haven’t seen the light of day for years, sometimes even decades. I believe those dusty neglected boxes hold many treasured memories that can be enjoyed by many with just a little direction, commitment and desire. That’s where this class comes in!”

Spread the word – more information will be posted to our Classes page soon!