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It’s an exciting day for us at The Gray Boxwood. The website that we have been working on for a long time is finally up and running. We have enjoyed being a part of the WordPress.com community, but believe that we will have more opportunities to provide you, our viewers, with better content with our own self-hosted website!

Check it out here: http://thegrayboxwood.com

For our WordPress.com followers: Make sure to visit our new site and “follow” us. We are part of WordPress.org, so you should still be able to follow us by clicking the follow button at the top of your screen.

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Get ready for some exciting content! We have lots planned for the coming months and hope that you will come along with us for the ride!

- The Gray Boxwood team

Mind Over Matter

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Or, matter over mind… Either way you put it, we want to give you one more gentle push to finish your organizing projects. Sometimes, it is just starting an organizing project that seems to be the hardest obstacle. But once you cross the starting line, things seem to start rolling. Before too long, the winter snow and ice will melt, making it time to start your spring work outside! These winter months are the perfect time to tackle the spaces you tend to hide (and forget about).

Organized boxesIn De-Clutter Your Life, we showed you different ways to organize your small items with handy containers.  With an amazing P-Touch labeler in hand, you can can easily label your storage containers and know exactly where to find items at a later date. But small trinkets aren’t the only problem. The larger items that lurk in closets seem to get the best of all of us. The start of a project always seems like a big job, but once you have your containers filled and your closets tidied, you will forget all the work it took.

If you are anything like us, you tend to keep many extra items on hand. What is the point of having all this “stuff” if you don’t know where to find it? We hope these tips will help you make using everything you have easier and much more fun.

Start by knowing the area you plan to organize. This includes determining the type and number of containers you will need to fit the space. If your goal is to see inside your containers, purchase clear storage items. This aids greatly to the successful navigation of your storage areas. On the other hand, if you think your containers could become unsightly, opt for colored containers to block any onlooker! Craft supplies, extra décor items, blank note cards, gifts purchased in advance, bathroom supplies, and home essentials are all more accessible and enjoyable when they are organized.

Gift Closet

Recently, we spent an entire weekend organizing three different closets for a client. The first closet is devoted to everything related to gifts. Wrapping paper and ribbons on spools were already well-organized on antique paper holders. These holders are perfect for keeping gift-wrap and ribbons on dowels. The rest of the closet needed help: extra gifts and other wrapping essentials were all piled together. As you can see, separating the items and labeling the containers has made locating items quick and easy. Also, going through the pile of materials unearthed several items that were disposed. They were no longer needed and were simply adding to the clutter of the closer. Don’t be afraid to get rid of items you won’t use in the future!

Bathroom Overflow

Next up: a large bathroom closet, which essentially functions as an “overflow” closet for this household. So many different items were housed here with no good reason. With containers and labels now in place, extra cleaning supplies, soaps, and other miscellaneous items are easily located.

Crafting Closet

Lastly, a craft closet received our attention. Transparent containers make it a breeze to locate and procure only the craft supplies needed. This saves both time and energy, allowing crafters to spend more time, well…crafting. If you have extra pictures laying around waiting for the day they will be used in a Christmas card, scrapbook, or even as a wall hanging, try safely storing them in a tub. This ensures that these treasured mementos will not be mangled, torn, or damaged by water.

Organization not only de-clutters your house but also aids to your peace of mind. Aim to overcome the feeling that all of your items are continually lost. Labels and containers make it quick and simple to find everything you have! Additionally, when organizing, you are able to go through your extras, take stock, and get rid of items you won’t use in the future, while keeping those you will. Hopefully these tips will jumpstart your mid-January blues and prompt you to organize and simplify your life!

De-Clutter Your Life

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STUFF! We live in a country where we all seem to hoard “stuff”: extra décor items, papers we just can’t throw away, mail we can’t toss out. The list goes on and on. If you are a crafter and enjoy the creative side of life like us, there is an additional world of “stuff” to keep around. If you are someone who loves to change décor and always has projects in progress, there are certain items that always need to be kept on hand. The key is organization! With a well-organized home, you won’t have to look for hours to find that one sheet of paper or those extra bookends that would look perfect. There are so many great products to help you organize and de-clutter.

Begin Slow

To start, don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. Pick one area (such as a closet) to start with and slowly move on from there. Start by measuring your shelves or area. This way, when you look at your choices for tubs and containers, you will know right away the items that will fit. Nothing is more frustrating than buying organizational items only to find out they do not fit correctly. You also want to ensure that you purchase enough items to finish the project. If you live near a The Container Store, check out their huge selections of organizational options and ideas. Target also has great variety. Decide what you want to place in your containers: what shape is best? Tall, flat, long, or wide? Make sure you know what you need.

Perfect Organization

Mess of jewelryRecently, we assisted a client who enjoyed making jewelry out of a conglomeration of different vintage pieces. Prior to our assistance, their practice was to toss everything in one large container. This caused them to spend a large amount of time sifting through the mess to find pieces. Thankfully, we found a selection of amazing containers called Snapware. They snap together, allowing the pieces to be split up into different groups.

When you find the right container, you will be amazed at the ease it can bring to your hobbies. Before, the mess of finding pieces could have deterred this client from starting a project. With a few organizational tips and tricks, the ease of the project makes it all the more enjoyable.

Label-Maker Love Affair

As obsessed as we are with finding the right containers for an organization project, a new love affair has recently started with our new P-Touch label maker. In the past, labels seemed annoying and time-consuming to make. The price of great label makers has recently declined, making them wonderful additions to any household. Check out this Brother P-Touch Labeler on Amazon.com. These labels create easy readability and improved accessibility to find what is needed.

Not only does organization make your life simpler, but it may make you feel better as well! Go through your “stuff” and sift through years of junk to help get your life in order. You may be shocked at the sense of renewal organizing gives you.

This is just the start of organizing tips. Stay tuned for more organizational tips to help you clean out and start fresh!

Happy Organizing!

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