Spring into Action – Attack the Winter Clothes

Spring is here.  As winter slowly leaves so should your winter clothes.  As you wear, for the last time this season,  a warm sweater, scarf, pants etc.

  1.  decide if you like it,
  2. does it fit,
  3. do you get compliments when you wear it.

If the answer is yes then wash it and store it away for next year.  Continue with process until all your warm clothing as been cleaned and put away making space and easy access for your spring wardrobe.  Any clothing that doesn’t fit, you don’t like, is too complicated or expensive to launder can be donated.

Winter clothing

    Spring into action and pack away warm clothing after each load of laundry

Spring clothes

Make your spring wardrobe accessible, remove your winter clothes



World Kidney Day

The pastor at The First Mennonite Church in Vineland, Dr. Carol Penner, decided to donate her kidney.  Her decision started a chain of 4 donors and 4 recipients.  She has written about her decision in her blog at  http://thefirstmennonitechurch.wordpress.com/?s=kidney

Tips for Storage Rooms

There are a number of questions to ask yourself before you purchase shelving for your storage room.

enclosed storage unit

stow your items behind doors

basement storage unit

open shelving unit                                                                                                                                                                


Do you like things displayed on open shelves or stowed behind closed doors?  This will help you determine if you want a cupboard or shelving.

Next measure the space.  You need to get storage that uses all the area and not buy storage that leaves some of the area unusable because one storage unit is too large and another storage unit can fit into the remaining space.

Next ask yourself, will you open a lid to put things into a container, will you reclose the top of a box?  If the answer is no then cut the flaps off the box or purchase containers without lids.  You want to make it as easy as possible to get the items into the correct box.

cardboard boxes

will you reclose the flaps
open crate

crate are great if you won’t put a lid on a container

Lastly ask yourself, if your bins are stacked will you unstack them to put something in the bottom container?  Will you restack the containers on the storage unit?  If your answer is no then buy large containers that fill the vertical space between the shelves so you can maximize your storage.  It is usually good to have two or three containers on each shelf.  One big got your storage units and bins.

  1. Store items you use frequently at eye level.
  2. Store heavy items on the bottom shelf
  3. Store items close to where you use them
  4. Store infrequently used items up high or in less accessible areas.

Trying to store hockey bags?  Try placing two shelving units that are 4 or 5 shelves high, with 24” or 36” deep shelves, one in front of the other and securely attach them together.   This will hold one bag per shelf with room to leave it open to air out and place some items on the shelf beside the bag to dry.

With the right shelves and bins it is easy to sort your items into categories, place them in a labeled container and locate them in your storage room.  Remember to keep only what you need and love.

Disease Management


There is a lovely lady, Lynda Peterson, who struggled with a serious disease and through her challenges has published a book to help other people organize their journey through the medical process.  I met her at the Professional Organizers Conference in Vancouver in 2012.  Her planner is called.  The Healing Journal:  Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer

ELynda Peterson, cancer survivor and creator of The Healing Journal:  Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer

Disease Management – It’s more than just showing up for appointments and popping pills. It’s about a mind-set, about doing everything in one’s power to be successful in their healing journey.  It’s about ownership and attitude.

Read a complete interview about her and her planner at http://organizedassistant.com/2013/02/28/disease-management/