Posts Tagged ‘tips’

POC Conference 2017 and more!

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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In early November, I was in Toronto to attend the annual Professional Organizers in Canada conference. It was filled with learning, networking, catching up with organizing colleagues I hadn’t seen in a year or two, meeting new professional organizers and enjoying great food!

POC Conference 2017



How Long is YOUR Morning Routine?

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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“Manage your time as if your life depended on it…because it does.” Dr. Robert S. Eliot

 

If you’ve been thinking about improving your morning routine, check out Julian Hayes’ 4 Simple Morning Habits That Will Improve Your Day (and Each Takes Only 5 Minutes).

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”



Organizing Your Pantry

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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It’s mid-November already–time for hats, scarves, warm woolly mittens and boots–as snowflakes start to appear!

Preparing food and baking are on many people’s to-do lists over the next six weeks. The pantry is one of the most well-used areas of your kitchen, so it’s important to keep it organized.

 

ORGANIZING YOUR PANTRY

Dictionary.com defines a pantry as “a room or closet in which food, groceries, and other provisions, or silverware, dishes, etc., are kept” or “a room between the kitchen and dining room in which food is arranged for serving, glassware and dishes are stored, etc.” Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in pantry. Many of us likely have designated several cupboards to store pantry items.

Since many food items have best before dates, it’s helpful to follow the First In, First Out principle. Use the oldest items first. When unpacking groceries, place new items behind the older items. This seems like it should be common sense, but I’m surprised how many clients don’t do this. When cleaning out and organizing a kitchen, a great deal of food often gets thrown out. Food waste is at an all-time high.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Group like items together–tea/coffee, baking supplies, spices, etc.
  • Use containers to hold small items.
  • Cereal, rice, pasta, flour, sugar and bulk items can be stored in see-through containers (available at dollar stores).
  • Can dispensers, stepped shelf organizers and Lazy Susans can be used.
  • Keep frequently used items on shelves that allow easy access.
  • Use open containers for children’s snacks.
  • Label containers so everyone can find items easily.
  • Put a date on items and/or containers.
  • Can you store appliances in your pantry to keep your countertop clear?
  • Matching baskets or containers will make your pantry look tidier.
  • Purge your pantry on a regular basis–just before green bin or garbage day.

Remember – Buying items in large quantities is only practical if you have the space to store them. 

If you reorganize your entire pantry, you may need to make a few adjustments. There is no one right solution!

Get started and turn over another leaf!

Until next month,

Cathy Mendler


Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Before the flurries start to fly, check out our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.

 



How to Become Exceptionally Successful

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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A University of California, Berkeley, study “found that on average, office workers go only 11 minutes between interruptions, while it can take up to 25 minutes to get into a state of productivity called flow.” Check out Elle Kaplan’s You Need to Give Up These Toxic Habits If You Want to Be Exceptionally Successful.

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”

 



Entryways

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy MendlerIt’s finally starting to feel like fall. Our weather the past few weeks has been more like the summer we were hoping to have. Make some time to get out and see the fall colours.

With Canadian Thanksgiving already behind us, it’s almost time for ghosts and goblins to start knocking on our doors for Hallowe’en treats.

One day last week, Ayr (a 30-minute drive from here) had SNOW! It turns out that it was fake snow, as crews are filming a new TV show.

Back to reality! Last  month we talk about Mud Rooms. As promised, this month’s topic is Entryways.

ENTRYWAYS

The main entrance to your home can be very different if you have a mud room. If you don’t have the luxury of both, your entrance needs to perform both duties.

Most people want their main entrance to look like a page from a decorating magazine. Really think about this for a moment. Decide whether that’s realistic for your home.

Planning storage for your entryway requires making a list of everything that you would like to store there.

Do you have a closet to store outerwear and footwear?

Do you need to:

  • add hooks to hang backpacks?
  • hang a family calendar or checklist in your entry?
  • have room for shelves?
  • have a rack for shoes and/or a boot tray?
  • have room for a chest of drawers?
  • hang a mirror or artwork?
  • have a table for mail and keys?
  • have a bench or stool to sit on–where people can put on shoes and boots?
  • have the budget for built-in cabinets?

Don’t forget to make use of vertical space for added storage. Baskets can conceal loose items and help keep your space tidy.

Take the time to plan your space. Remember, it has to be functional!

If your question hasn’t been answered here (or in the Mud Room article), please send me an email. I’ll do my best to help you solve your entryway and mud room challenges.

In case you missed last month’s topic, here’s the link to Mud Rooms.

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf!

Until next month,

Cathy Mendler



Lemon Zucchini Bread and other September Recipes

Posted on: October 5th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Who doesn’t like quick and easy recipes? I can’t wait to try a few of these.

BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Sheet-Pan Dish

50 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Back-to-School Mornings

Lemon Zucchini Bread

LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD – Cathy Trochelman

Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook Time – 50 minutes
TOTAL TIME – 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 c. finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/4 c. cooking oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. finely shredded lemon peel

Glaze

  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest

*Glaze can be doubled if desired.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium mixing dish combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing dish combine sugar, zucchini, cooking oil, egg, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Stir to combine.
  3. Add dry ingredients to zucchini mixture; stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into greased bread pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  7. Once cool, combine ingredients for glaze and drizzle over bread.
It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

 



Check out THESE Checklists!

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

 

Get Checking...Check out these useful ideas!

10 Inspiring Tips for Staying Organized with Kids Going Back to School

Safety comes first! How to use backpacks safely

If you have teenagers in school, check out Christine Elgersma’s Hack the School Year. These ideas are also useful for adults too!



What habits can you improve?

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Start fresh now that it’s September! What habits can you improve? 

Belle B. Cooper of RescueTime shares her Tips for organizing your calendar.

Check out Tom Popomaronis’ 4 Toxic Habits That Are Poisoning Your Productivity (And How to Break Them).

 

Ask yourself, “How can I be more productive?”

 



A Quote from Marian Wright Edelman

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments