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Organized Freezer Seamless MovesDo you have any idea what’s in the bottom of your chest freezer? Neither did Laura from orgjunkie.com. We thought her ideas were awesome and wanted to share them with you.

She started by taking everything out of the freezer and out of plastic grocery bags, then she sorted everything into categories.  

Her categories were: meat; frozen fruit; deer meat (her husband is a hunter); bread; sides; and treats. Then she took inventory of everything and made a list. 

But the really “cool” :) idea she had was to use reusable grocery bags helps to keep things separated and available to pull out quickly as needed.  She uses one bag for the deer meat and another for frozen fruit to be used in smoothies.  Awesome idea!

Read the full article here. Do you have any freezer tips to share, maybe related to preserving Pacific Northwest salmon or other Seattle specialties? Please leave them in a comment.

Here’s a “hot” idea for storing your hair appliances that may still be too warm to put away in a cabinet or drawer when you are finished with them from Dream Green DIY.

Use a metal file box! Brilliant, right?! They’ve attached it with 3M Command Hooks so as not to drill holes in the vanity. 

One comment on the post suggested the file box could be spray painted a more pleasing color. We agree and would add that if more than one is needed for multiple bathroom users, they could be color-coded.

Thanks to Carrie Waller for this great tip!

What is invisible clutter? It’s the stuff in our home or office that has been sitting where it is now for so long, we literally just don’t see it anymore. Maybe it’s something we use all the time so it’s just easier to leave it out, but if it’s in the way, put it away!

How do you see invisible clutter? Stand at the entrance to the room and notice what your eye is drawn to first. Is there a pile of children’s homework on the dining room table? Are there more discarded shoes, hats and mittens in your foyer than your family could wear in a month? If you need help, ask a relative or family friend to look at your room with a critical eye towards seeing things that are out of place, or take a photo of your room. You may be surprised what you see!

Grouping similar things together makes sense when you need to find them. Find a cupboard or drawer close to where you use the item and put it there. If you simply must leave it out, put it in a basket or other organizing bin. If you’re really NOT using those items, find another home for them; give them away or recycle them. Invisible clutter makes your home look messy and causes stress…so spend a few minutes and tackle one area today!

Of course, if you need some help, give Seamless Moves a call a let our team of “Clutter Busters” help you clear out the clutter.

How about it readers, have you suddenly noticed “lurking invisible clutter” in your space?

Thanks to ClutterBug.me for the inspiration


You’re beginning to think about downsizing and moving into a smaller home or retirement community. But how will you ever clean out your current home, pack up and move? When you’ve decided to start downsizing, here are some tips to help.

1. Begin in the areas you’re not currently using, such as extra bedrooms, the basement, the attic, or the garage. This will be less disruptive to your daily life and these areas are likely to contain items that haven’t been used in a long time, so they won’t be missed when passed on. 

2. Tackle big items first, such as furniture. Use sticky notes to label the furniture, or keep a list of which items go where/to whom. You’ll see results more quickly when you start with the big items first. If you start with the smaller things, the task may seem overwhelming and you may give up before you really get started.

3. Set up boxes to put things in for donations, to sell, to toss, or to give to your children or friends. To save time, label each box so you know which is which. Sort directly into the appropriate box so that you don’t have to re-sort these items later.

4. Focus. Resist the urge to do a little here and a little there. You’ll feel as though you haven’t accomplished a thing. Tackle one room, one closet, or one drawer at a time until it’s done, then move on.

5. Give away items that no longer have value to you or bring you joy.

6. Assign your belongings. Make a list of the treasures you’re ready to part with now. Assign names to each one – perhaps people who have admired a specific item, or people you would like to see have a particular item.

7. Save only what you have space for in your new place.

And if you feel like you’d like a helping hand with your downsizing, contact Seamless Moves for your complimentary consultation.

“But they gave it to me!” is one of the biggest, if not the biggest excuse for hanging onto junk. Gift disposal can make us feel so guilty. Those little useless gifts we so often buy our loved ones when we need a gift but have no idea what to get, leaving them to say “What do I do with this?” Next time you want to give a gift consider this advice: if you really want to show love and appreciation to someone, there are two gifts that always work:

1.Visit them when they are sick or in need. You don’t have to bring them anything; just visit them.

2. Give them pictures or photos of themselves, their friends, family, home or pets.

Here are a few more ideas that might help both shopping worries and the war against Clutter:

  • Anything edible- a gift that warms the tummy warms the heart as well. Try to steer clear of consumables that come in decorative tins, baskets or containers.
  • Flowers (not artificial) that do not come in a vase or pot the recipient will feel obliged to keep.
  • An offer of a certain number of hours or days of help (with any chore or errand they’d like help with) such as baby-sitting, pet sitting or plant sitting.
  • Tickets to an event or entertainment, movie tickets, etc.
  • Membership in an auto emergency assistance program such as AAA, car equipment, or car polishing by yourself or the pros.

Anyclutter-less gift ideas or suggestions from our readers?

 

You’ve probably seen desks that look as if they’d gone through the spin cycle of a washing machine, or as if a dump truck had backed up and dropped its load. There are papers–big pieces, little pieces, new pieces and old pieces. There’s a reason for cluttered desktops and piles of files: Out of sight is out of mind. We’re afraid to put anything away because we know we’ll never find it again, or we’ll forget about it.

Here’s a reminder of what we’ve heard before and a tip from Jeffrey J. Mayer in his book, “If you haven’t got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?”

  • To start, take a look at every piece of paper in every pile. Why are you keeping it? If you can’t come up with a good answer, toss it.
  • If there’s any work that needs to be done or action that needs to be taken, keep it. Start a pile of papers to keep.
  • Go through all the papers in the keeper pile and make a Master List, an inventory of all your unfinished work and ongoing projects. Ask yourself a simple question: Is there any work that needs to be done? Do I need to make a phone call? A letter? Is there anything that remains undone? If so, write it on your Master List and either toss the paper or file it.

While there’s nothing new about making lists, the Master List is different.

  • It should be written on lined paper. Never use small pieces of paper.
  • Write on every line on the page, and do not number the items on the list. This is an inventory of all your unfinished work.
  • When you finish a project, don’t just put a check by it; draw a line through it. you’ll get a great deal of satisfaction from doing that.
  • Date your lists. That way you can see how long some unfinished items have been there.
  • Keep your Master List on top of your desk during the day, where you can see it. Don’t put it inside a file folder.

Making a Master List of your ongoing  jobs is only the first step. You will put the papers you want to keep in separate file folders. Remember, though, never put a piece of unfinished work inside a file folder without first noting it on your Master List. If it isn’t on the list, it will be forgotten.

Of course, if you need some help organizing your office, Seamless Moves is here to help.

Setting up a gift wrapping station can save you a lot of time and energy this holiday. If you do not have a counter with fancy spindles and ribbons, you can set up your station in a guest bedroom. Start with rounding up all the supplies: paper, ribbons, tape, scissors, bows and gift bags.

Gift wrap can become a huge mess, especially when it is not stored in an organized fashion. Rolls of paper can end up a wrinkled mess, bows are inadvertently smashed and ribbons turn into a snarled unusable cluster that can never be disentangled. After you have wrapped all the gifts, this would be a good time to organize a gift wrap station that will last you all year. One idea is to use a long under-bed box like the one pictured here from The Container Store. 

The first step, before you begin is to, purge, purge, and purge some more to get rid of anything that is in bad shape, or things you will never reuse. You can use  plastic shoe boxes to store bows, ribbon and tissue paper. To keep gift bags in good condition, carefully fold them at the seams, and  store them inside of a larger bag. They are easy to thumb through while searching for just the right one. No more hunting for squished ribbon/bows at the bottom of a storage bin!

Better Home and Gardens Photo

Another great way to store wrapping supplies is an over-the-door Elfa rack. This rack works well, with the added bonus of something that does not get drilled into walls/doors, it can go with you if you move. This organizer would also be great for a pantry or bathroom or laundry room or garage.

Here is a link to all of the over-door Elfa components
If you would like some help getting organized after the holidays, Seamless Moves is ready to help!