February: Stay-at-Home Projects

“...This year, deep cleaning carries a deeper meaning for many consumers. The troubled economy has prompted a need for empowerment, and they’re finding that the acts of cleaning, organizing and decluttering the home can provide that much needed sense of control. In a survey of our IconoCommunities SM panel, 25% of respondents acknowledge that they’ve been more active and interested in cleaning their homes since the start of the recession.” –

It’s almost Spring... Well not quite! It’s still frigid but the sun’s out. Not time for Spring cleaning, however the Winter is a great time to declutter because we spend more time at home. Spring Cleaning will be a whole lot easier too. Here are a few ideas:

Bookshelf clutter

• Load music onto the IPod and sell the CDs. Clear your shelves and make some cash too. Or, place the CDs into a CD binder and recycle the cases.

• Books: Keep the best, clear out the rest. Discard novels that aren’t keepers and outgrown interests. Donate them or sell online, which requires delivery to the post office one by one, as they sell.

• Records fetch money from dealers too. If you aren’t listening to them, they’re collecting dust. Do you even own a working turntable? Check online for prices on collectable items like The Beatles, in pristine condition. Watch DVDs and let them go.

Desk disarray

• Recycle plastic trays from berries and tomatoes or use an old cutlery divider tray to divide the desk drawer. Small supplies will be easy to find.

• Use any additional drawers to keep printer paper, pads and envelopes neat and clean. Stackable translucent drawers are an inexpensive, functional solution that provides a minimalist look.

• Write all your web addresses in an address book or a web address book. Store it in a secure place near the computer.

• Empty your wallet weekly and store receipts in an accordion file or a handsome box. If you need to return an item or check a statement, there they are – simple!

• Gather all pens in a pretty metal cup, ceramic mug or a jar on your desk. Recycle a tin can for an industrial chic look once the label is removed. Use several and store stray scissors, markers and pencils also.

Messy medicine cabinet

• Check for expired medications. Toss the pills into the yuckiest garbage. Use a black marker to obscure personal information on the prescription bottle before discarding.

• Toss old makeup and hard nail polish. Mascara, creams and cosmetics go bad quickly. Juice glasses fit into the cabinet to store makeup brushes, emery boards, eye pencils, tweezers, and other small items.

• Find a pretty cup for toothbrush and toothpaste. Nicer than laying it on the sink and more sanitary. Add a pretty dish for the soap bar.

Small projects, easily done, saving money and time. Sort like-with-like and a create a home for everything. I’m here if you need help, as always.

Hear Anna Speak on Time Management

Hear Anna Speak on Time Management

NAPO-NY Organize with Style Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 10am - 1 pm
The NY Helmsley Hotel

By Feb 15 $75. After Feb 15 $90.

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