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Get Organized in 2016

No doubt you’ve been evaluating this past year, looking at the goals you met and failed to meet. And with it I’m sure you’re making fresh new resolutions.

While I don’t believe that the turn of a new year is the only time to make resolutions, I do feel it’s a natural time where we have elevated motivation to set goals and make changes. To gain closure and start new journeys.

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Picture of my family captured by Amanda Lynne Photography


Though I do write out a list of goals for my business and personal life, I like to have one word to focus on for the new year. I get this word and incorporate it into all areas of my life. I think its a simple yet powerful way to start fresh.

I want to give you one word for the physical appearance of your home and workplace in 2016. One word which I ask that you take a second to pick up like a pair of glasses and view your surroundings through.


As you strive to purge and reorganize your home, keep this word in the forefront of your mind. Simple means low stress. Simple means less to manage. Simple means more time to do what you love. Simple means more time to BE WITH those you love.

This is why I opened Simple Spaces 4 years ago (and gave my business this name). Its why I made my tagline: Get Organized. Simply Live. I count it sheer joy in helping people as they come out from under confusion, defeat, and feelings of being overwhelmed, and step into a place of simplicity and peace. A place where their home is serving their needs, and not the other way around. A place where people can be free to do what they love.

So before you open the door and start tearing through those closets, I want you to say it out loud to yourself: SIMPLE

Here’s to a great New Year of keeping it simple as you aim big with your dreams!


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Garage Organizing Testimonial

Have you ever considered giving organizing as a gift? Or, have you ever WISHED someone would give you such a gift?

I was recently contacted by someone who wanted to gift her husband with garage organization for Christmas. The best part is this: She wanted to work on the project while he was away on business and surprise him with it. We consulted over email, she gathered the supplies, and once he left for his trip I went over and we got it done!

The video below is a short testimonial of her satisfaction with the process and result, complete with pictures!


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Home Decor That Doubles As Storage

Should you choose fashion or function? Or is there maybe a way to have BOTH in one single piece of furniture?! Coming up with storage solutions for your home will require creativity and thinking outside the box. In this video, I share an example from my own home of how I have chosen furniture for my entryway that not only adds to the beauty of my home, but also provides a functional space for guests as well as storage for my family. I like to call it home decor that doubles as storage.


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Basement Organizing Guidelines and Tips

by guest blogger, Ella Andrews

Getting a basement well organized will take a lot of work, but will be well worth your investment. Once you are finished, you will need to give attention to daily maintenance, as it will take effort to keep the place as organized as you made it. This takes dedication and work you need to be ready for, as the following examples will point out:

Clear It Out   Clearing out the clutter before you move on will be a good first step. Begin by working on sorting your possessions and figuring out what to do with them. Some items will need to be kept at the end of each day and others will need to be either sold or donated as you see fit.

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Check For Moisture   Preparing your appliances for what comes ahead should also be a priority of sorts. Basements will often be moister than other locations so you will need to be able to ensure your appliances are not covered in mold. You can work on solving this in the long run by checking the home and whether or not there are any leaking spots that may be the cause of the moisture. You can also add a dehumidifier to your home to make it more bearable in terms of moisture.

Get Help   Enlisting the help of a professional organizer will give you a good start. This will help you clear out the old, as well as know what new things to bring in. You would do well to avoid jumping to the task by you lonesome or else you will soon be swamped in too much things to do as you move forward.

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Add Shelving   Working with some shelving units will also be a good solution to your needs. Look for shelving with plastic or wire bottoms. Avoid using wooden ones as the potential for moisture in your basement will always be there.

Utilize Totes   Making use of plastic totes will be a good solution for item storage and to identify their contents whenever you need them. Group the items together as you need them, and see about prioritizing any items you use most often so they can be easy to reach after the organizing job.

Protect Your Furniture   Keep any furniture protected underneath, especially if you really want to store it in the basement as time goes by. Make sure there is space between the wall and the furniture itself to keep it from any potential moisture issues. You would also do well to work on placing the furniture on aluminum pallets or bricks so they can be safe from any dirt or moisture on the floor in case of flooding or worse.

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Tend To Your Tools   Keep tools safe in your basement as they will be at risk there. Give them a coating of machine oil to keep them safe from any moisture just in case you have such issues. Hang on to them or keep them on hooks and shelves to keep them safe.

Bio: Ella A. is freelance writer and avid blogger. She is interested in home décor, maintenance, and organizing. She likes to share her experience via helpful tips with readers all over the world. Read more helpful clearance related tips on: