Summer Go Bags

summer organizing

There are so many fun activities to do during the summer months. Imagine choosing the days activity and then having what you need ready to go at a moments notice. No packing, no wasting time looking for what you need, and no anxiety trying to get out the door.

Pre-packing what you need for summer outings will get you out the door in no time. Create a basic go bag and then customize as needed.

 

Basic Go Bag (works for the park and non-water activities)

  • Hat/sun visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes and socks
  • Blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Bug repellant
  • Wipes/Wet Ones
  • First aid kit
  • Brush/comb and hair ties
  • Zip Lock bags (great for wet or sandy clothes)
  • Phone charger
  • Water and snacks
  • Coloring books and color pencils/crayons (if you have kids)

Beach and other water activities
Add:

  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels
  • Flip flops or water shoes
  • Shampoo and shower gel (for rinsing off salt water and chlorine)
  • Water and sand toys (if you have kids)

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

 

- Posted on June 10th, 2017 in Blog

How to Repurpose Your Eyeglass Cases

Repurpose your eyeglass cases and turn clutter into something useful.

There are many good reasons to repurpose unused items from around the house. You save money by using something you already have; you avoid purchasing another item to store in your home and possibly cause clutter; and you put your creativity to good use.

As I was driving home from the optometrist with yet another pair of reading glasses, I realized that I have more eyeglass cases than glasses. So, I thought that I would give those extra eyeglass cases new life and repurpose them. The great thing about these cases is that you can put them in your purse, backpack, luggage, or car. Here are a few ideas on what you can do with your old or unused cases.

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Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

 

Call for a free phone consultation

 

(562)833-4577

 

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- Posted on May 26th, 2017 in Blog

Tips for Spring Organizing

spring organizingSpring is here and this is the perfect time to think about spring organizing. I have a few tips to help you get off to a smooth start on your spring organizing projects.

Plan your spring organizing project

You will save time and energy if you do a little planning before you start your spring organizing. Start by creating a to-do list of all areas you want to organize, be detailed and include every space in each room to be worked on. Next, get your supplies ready. You’ll need cleaning supplies; trash bags for holding trash, donations, and items to sell; and a sharpie and labels or a label maker to label bins and other containers if needed. Also, schedule a donation pick up or drop donations off within a day or two.

Organize one space at a time

It can be overwhelming when you start an organizing project, make sure to choose one space and complete that space before you move on to another. You can start with an area that frustrates you the most or start with an area that people see when they first walk into your home.

It’s ok to start small but be consistent

No need to start in the largest room in the house, starting small can still make a large impact. Ease into the organizing process by starting with a closet, pantry, or even a junk drawer. Starting small also means keeping organizing sessions short. It’s ok to organize for 30 minutes versus a 3-hour session. What matters is that you are consistent and do what works for you. Create a weekly schedule for organizing your home and make sure to stick with it.

Overcome de-cluttering obstacles

This is basically all the excuses you may come up with to keep your stuff.
Somehow our clutter stresses us out yet when it’s time to let it go, we realize how attached we are to it. Just remember that if you don’t give up enough of your clutter, you won’t see or feel a difference in your space. Write down your reasons for organizing your home and then post it on the wall in the area where you are working, this will serve as a reminder for why you need to let go of things you no longer love, use, or need.

Incorporate organizing systems into your home

Keeping your home organized is a daily task but incorporating the right systems and following the right rules makes leading an organized life so much easier. Organizing is not a cookie cutter process, what works for one person may not work for another. So if that product you saw on television or that system your friend is using isn’t working for you, don’t feel badly. Find products that are easy to use and meet your organizing needs. Here are a few organizing principles that may work in your home:

  • Be decisive – when you bring things home, decide by the end of that day where those items will be placed.
  • One-in-one out – when one thing comes into your home, one thing should leave. This works great for clothes, clean out your closet after bringing home new clothes. If you buy 5 items, eliminate 5 items from your closet.
  • Clean sweep – spend the last 5 to 10 minutes of each day tidying up. No major cleaning, just put everything in it’s place so that you do not have to deal with it in the morning.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on April 3rd, 2017 in Blog

Using Apps and Sites to Sell Clutter

sell clutter using an app or website

 

We are headed into spring and it is time to purge all those items that have been sitting around since last year. This is when we realize just how much stuff we actually have and we are forced to evaluate what we really love, want, and need in our homes. Everything else can go!

There are many options for purging items. You can have a yard sale, visit a consignment store, donate to a local charity, pass things on to family and friends, or if something is in bad shape, just toss it or recycle it. Technology has now become a useful option with the use of websites and apps to sell clutter and turn unwanted items into cash.

 

There are many websites and apps that will help you unload your clutter, here are just a few to get you started.

Book Off
This is a used bookstore chain located in California, Hawaii, and New York. They buy old books, video games, and DVD’s. You simply take in your books, they evaluate them, and if they want to buy your items they pay you on the spot. You must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. www.bookoffusa.com

BookScouter
This site helps you sell textbooks and used books for the most money by comparing offers from numerous vendors. The idea is that you find who will pay the most for your book.
www.bookscouter.com

Gazelle
Buys electronics, including computers, laptops, iPods, tablets, gaming systems, and cell phones. www.gazelle.com

Letgo
Use the Letgo app to sell your unwanted items. Start by downloading the Letgo app, create an account, and then post items you want to sell. Us.letgo.com

Rebagg
Sell your designer bags. Submit photos via mobile device or computer of your gently used designer handbag and if accepted they will provide you with a quote. You can even order a free prepaid shipping box to anywhere in the U.S.

Thredup
An online consignment store/thrift store. They buy and sell secondhand clothing and accessories. www.thredup.com

This process takes time and patience. If you have both than this could be a profitable option for you. You will need to find a convenient place to store items until they sell so you will also need some storage space. Also, be cautious! If you are meeting a buyer in person, meet in a public place and please take someone with you.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

- Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in Blog

Virtual Organizing: Is it for you?

virtual organizingWhen you think about home organizing, you think about an organizer coming to your home and working with you to de-clutter and organize your stuff. Well, there is a type of organizing that’s changing things up a bit. It’s called Virtual Organizing.

With virtual organizing, you work with an organizer either by telephone or through live video (Skype, Google Hangouts, or Face Time). You meet virtually and focus on one space just as if your organizer were in your home. During your virtual session you would get help with decision-making, organizing solutions, and product suggestions. The main difference is that you are doing the physical work but with someone giving you guidance and expertise.

There are definitely benefits to virtual organizing.

  • It’s distance friendly. You can work with your organizer regardless of where you live
  • It’s budget friendly. The rates are usually lower than on-site organizing sessions.
  • It’s schedule friendly. Sessions are shorter and easier to schedule if you are busy.

However, virtual organizing is not a good fit for everyone. The following may help you decide if it’s a right fit for you.

  • You are a do-it-yourselfer but need guidance and accountability to complete your organizing project.
  • You have a busy schedule and don’t have time for on-site sessions.
  • You want to get organized but have a small budget.
  • You do not have an organizer in your area.
  • You are moving and want to continue to work with your organizer.
  • You are comfortable working via phone, email, or video.

Don’t worry, traditional on-site organizing isn’t going anywhere but this is a great option for some.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on December 30th, 2016 in Blog
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