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Getting ready and your favourite shirt is in the laundry? 7 tips to make laundry a breeze

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How many times has this scenario happened to you? You are getting ready in the morning only to realize that the shirt, pants, outfit you need is in the laundry.

It is such a depressing way to start the morning isn’t it? You are now spending the entire day in another outfit because the one you wanted to wear is dirty. I don’t know about you but for me, my mood can be directly related to my outfit. If something doesn’t fit right or maybe isn’t the best combination of clothes I spend the entire day feeling uncomfortable and it is a sure way to sour my mood. I am simply not the best me I can be.

1. One of the best ways to stay on top of laundry is to do one load every day. This may mean putting a load into the washer in the morning and drying it and putting it away at night or doing it all at once. If you do this every day you will never have a huge pile of clothes that need to be washed at the end of the week and you will need to spend less time on the weekend, when you are already busy doing other more important things, doing laundry.

2. If you have children that are able to use the washer and dryer you can make laundry a part of their chores. If you have boys, trust me when I say their future wives will thank you!

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3. Sorting laundry before you wash it is extremely helpful. You can purchase a number of different types of laundry baskets with separate compartments that make it easy to keep colors, delicates and other clothing separate. This way you can be sure that the laundry is done right. Especially if kids or other helpers are doing the laundry.

4. If you have the space, install a table that you can fold the laundry on right by your washer and dryer. That way, when it comes out of the dryer you can fold it and then put it away right away so that it’s not all over the house.

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5. There is cool new product I just discovered that can be used to help organize laundry. The Sort A Neat laundry basket. It fits in a standard laundry basket and helps to keep things separated. I see myself using this product for socks and other small items like underwear and bras.  This is especially helpful for those live in an apartment or even college and university students who need to transport their laundry.

6. Plan ahead. If you know you want to wear a certain outfit on a certain day, make sure it’s in the laundry before you need it so you are not stuck washing it at the last minute. I highly recommend a schedule for all your chores, including laundry, to help keep you organized

7. I wouldn’t be a good organizer if I didn’t tell you that one of the best ways to help organize laundry is to organize your closet. The less clothes you have, the less laundry you have to do and the greater chance that you will never run into the scenario I wrote about above.

Happy organizing!

Laura


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Party organizing 101

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Today is my baby girl’s first birthday and to celebrate this momentous occasion I thought a post on organizing a party would be fitting.

If you have ever tried to organize a party you will know that it is a lot of work. You may have heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I think this is excellent advice when it comes to organizing a party.

Here are a few tips that will make the next party you plan a smashing success!

1) Depending on the scope of the party it can take a long time to get all your ducks in a row, start early to ensure you have adequate time to complete everything. Don’t be fooled by seemingly simple tasks like ordering a cake which could take much longer than expected.

2) Figure out what your party’s budget will be. It is very easy to go over budget if you are not clear about the numbers at the start, especially if you are planning a large party that is very intricate.

3) Decide on a venue. Try to take into account where your guests live, the length and time of the party, what your guest’s budgets may be, if applicable and the theme of your party.

4) Get invitations out to your guests as early as possible. Essentially, if there are no guests, there is no party.

5) Once you have confirmed your guest list you can start to work on the smaller details. The next step is to choose a theme for your party. The reason I suggest a theme for any party is because this will make buying/selecting food, loot bags/gift baskets and other items much easier. Even if you are planning a party for adults, having a theme can be helpful and not only that, it can be a lot of fun. Toga party anyone?

6) Ninety percent of the time there is some form of entertainment at a party. Decide what entertainment will be provided and if DJ’s, bands or other entertainment need to be hired be sure they can commit 100% to your date. Since you have already chosen a theme, this will be easier to decide. ALWAYS have a plan B, should A not be available.

7) Now is the time to order or shop for everything you need. If ordering cross border, allow for extra shipping time.

8) Follow up with guests a week or two before the party to ensure everyone is still coming. Once again, if there are no guests, no party.

9) Try and set-up as early as possible for the party. If you are renting a hall and can get in the night before that can relieve a lot of stress the day of the party. The less you have to do on the actual day of the party, the better.

10) Have fun and enjoy yourself! After all the organizing, you might be tempted to keep busy during the party but be sure to stop and smell the flowers even for a little bit, unless you are being hired by someone else. Or perhaps you have even hired me!?! In that case, well, take pride in the fact that you have just organized one heck of a splendid party.

Happy organizing!

Laura

 


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Organizing Tupperware, one of life’s little mysteries

I am going to start this post by saying that I have never found an organizing solution for Tupperware and other containers that doesn’t require work. It is a constant organizing process that starts when you buy it and ends when you throw it away.

In order to get your Tupperware in order, go into your cupboard and find all the Tupperware you don`t use or bowls and lids that don`t match. Some how or another, especially when you have children, lids and bowls part ways and if you don`t have a matching set anymore you are just going to route around for the same lost lid or bowl, again and again and again.

You can then toss the un-matching lids and bowls or repurpose the bowls to serve some other storage function in your house. Be creative and see what you can come up with! I have used the bowls that no longer have matching lids for everything from holding bathroom products, jewellery, socks in my kids dresser, batteries etc.

The only system that has really worked for me in the kitchen is to separate the bowls and the lids. I have one large plastic bin with lids and one with bowls. The advantage of this is that they slide in and out of the cupboard which is nice because I can pull them out and place them on the counter to look for the Tupperware I need.

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Another great idea I have seen, that I can`t take credit for, is placing a tension rod or  other type of space divider into a drawer which holds all the lids in place on one side and the bowls on the other side. This works well for pots and pot lids as well! I wish I could do this in my home but I have a terribly designed L-shaped cupboard that is pretty much useless.

There are some people who stack their Tupperware with the lids on and that works but it takes up a lot more space. Even if you have the space, the Tupperware always needs to be put back in a pair and if you have a crazy house like I do, sometimes the bottom and top don`t quite make it into the dishwasher at the same time.

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Other storage container options instead of Tupperware include different types of glass jars and mason jars. These are great because they are environmentally friendly and they are handy when organizing because displaying them on a shelf can be decorative as well as functional.

Happy organizing!

Laura