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Big Changes Coming Soon!

23 Aug

It is that time of year again! The kids are back in school, the pools are closing, the air is cooler! It is time to clean out those closets and garages that have been piling up while you vacationed and enjoyed summertime!  Leigh Lusk Living booming with lots of great clients and BIG BIG changes coming soon! What are you ready to change? Call us to help get you started or carry you the whole way!

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Christmas Planning Kit

30 Nov

It is time! Tomorrow is the first day of December, so time to get organized and get shopping!

Last year, I purchased Christmas Planner sheets from an adorable Etsy shop! This year, I wanted to create my own. I think EVERYONE should have a Christmas planner! What a genius idea! I love having all of my Christmas information in one place. It will get you organized for this year and make planning for next year a snap!

You can print these at home or send to your local print shop! If you are interested in purchasing my Christmas Planner pages, e-mail me a llusk@leighluskliving.com. The cost is $8! I will send you a paypal invoice and you will receive an e-mail with your Christmas Planner!

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My Christmas Planner Includes Over 20 Organization Lists:

Planning Section:

  • December Calendar
  • To Do List
  • Traditions/Bucket List
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Planner
  • Party Planner and Invite List

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Wish Lists Section:

  • Kid’s Wish List
  • Wish List
  • Family Wish List
  • Friend Wish List
  • Shopping Trip Planner
  • Budget Tracker

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Menu Section:

  • Recipes
  • Baking List
  • Christmas Day Menus
  • Christmas Eve Menus
  • Menus/Baking Shopping List

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Decorations Section:

  • Inside Decor Planner
  • Outside Decor Planner
  • Wrapping Supply List
  • Decorations Shopping List

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Christmas Card Section:

  • Address List

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Extras

  • Notes Section
  • Notes for Next Year

Happy Organizing!

 

 

 

 

Five Ways to Get Organized for the Holidays

17 Nov

Well, it is here… can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving? The Christmas carols are already playing and parking lots are full! The holiday season is upon us, so it is time to get organized. Here are five ways to make the holiday season more simple!

Clean Out the Pantry

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Check out www.iheartorganizing.com for some major pantry organization inspiration. Jen takes organization to the next level!

Cleaning out the pantry does not need to take long, give yourself 30 minutes. Remember, these tips are to make things simple. It is all about getting prepared, so that you can limit your holiday stress and enjoy!

The first 15 minutes, PURGE. Start by getting rid of any expired food, making room for all of the holiday goodies!

Then get out your recipes and take inventory of what you have and make a shopping list of the things you need. Shopping at home first and making a list will always save you time and money.

Clean Out the Refrigerator

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Again look at this blog, Jen is amazing! www.iheartorganizing.com

Using the same principle above, PURGE, INVENTORY, MAKE A LIST. Purging will make room for all the extra food and supplies you will be storing during the season! Seriously, nothing is more annoying than a fridge busting at the seems.

Then clean it… yes that is right… give it a good scrub with mild soap and water. It is a chore, but oh my word it is such a wonderful feeling to have a clean fridge. Or is that just me?

Stock Up on Holiday Staples

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Now, after cleaning and taking inventory of your refrigerator and pantry, you should have your shopping list for your holiday dishes. Make sure to inventory your paper products too. You need to shop for your non-perishable supplies about 7-10 days before Thanksgiving. If you wait until the days before Thanksgiving, you will be running from store to store looking for sweet potatoes and whole green beans. I know from experience!  Nothing steals your peace faster, than searching all over town for an ingredient you are missing!

Clean Out the Toys

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I love these bins from www.landofnod.com.

Everyone who has kids, knows the feeling on Christmas morning when all the gifts have been opened. You are sitting in your pajamas, by the fire, drinking your coffee.  You enjoy a few perfect moments, then you realize you have to clean all of this up. You wonder who bought all this stuff and where are you going to put it? Ahh! I am overwhelmed just thinking about it.

This is a perfect time of year to clean house, when it comes to toys. The first step is gathering the toys. I don’t know about you, but toys in my house seem to end up scattered all over the place. Once the toys have been returned to their home, then sort them into categories. Books, pretend, barbies, trucks, puzzles, dress-up, stuffed animals and so on… When you have all the toys together and categorized, you can see just how much you have. If you have 50 trucks or barbies, you can probably get rid of a few. Especially, if you kids do not play with them.

You can even let your children select the toys to give away and donate them. It teaches them about not living in excess and the gift of giving.

Plan a Shopping Day

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Plan a shopping day with your husband, mother, friend, whoever you chose! This is one of my favorite dates with my husband all year. We plan a day and night to do our Christmas shopping. In the past, we have done this in December. However, last year December seemed too late. This year we will do it before Thanksgiving!

Start making your list of gifts and stores you want to shop. Also, inventory your Christmas decor and wrapping supplies. Then map it out. You want to be efficient with your time. Plan your lunch and dinner spots too! Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Storage – Before and After

19 Jun

I am so behind on my before and after pictures! This is one of my favorite jobs, because it was the first job I did for one of my favorite clients. I have to say that I love what I do, but I really love the people I meet. Especially, the ones that become my friends and in a way a part of my family.

This client loves to cook and she spends a lot of time in her kitchen! She just needed a fresh set of eyes to determine where and how everything should be stored.

It is just that easy sometimes, a fresh set of eyes can be the best thing for a storage dilemma!

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Aren’t before and after pictures awesome! Are you ready for yours?

School/Art Work Organization

21 May

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Everyday, I am amazed at the amount of schoolwork and artwork my children bring home! The more children you have, the quicker it accumulates! It can be overwhelming! What to keep? Where to keep it? If you don’t have a system for storing it, it can get out of hand quickly!

Here are some quick tips and a storage solution, I think will work for everyone!

Step One – Discard Daily

When my kids get home, the first thing I do (after hugs) is go through their backpacks. I set aside important papers, display their artwork, and discard what does not need to be kept. Discarding your child’s work needs to happen daily, so it does not pile up and clutter your living space. Lets be honest, some school work or artwork comes home and you immediately know you will not keep it. Let it go. However, be sneaky, because hell hath no fury like a kid that finds their work in the trash!

Step Two – Display for a Month

Children love to have their work praised and displayed! I think it is a must to have a few places in your home where you can display your child’s work. Then when your display areas get crowded, it is time to discard or store.

Step Three – Discard

DO NOT keep everything! I know their little scribbles and handprints are adorable, but you do not need 20 or 50 of them. Keep the best, the ones you love, the ones that remind you of your child at this age, and let the rest go.

Step Three – Store It

The items that are not discarded should be labeled with your child’s name and age, then stored. I created art boxes, with the intention that this will be where all of their important papers are stored.

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In the past, I tried smaller boxes and binders. The small boxes filled up too quickly. The binders were overwhelming in another way. I realized that one binder, per child, per year was going to add up quickly. Then, where was I going to store all those binders?

So I found these extra large file storage boxes at The Container Store and I love them! It does seem a little large now, but I have tons of room to grow! As I said, my intention is that this will be where I store all of their important papers, artwork, report cards, programs, pictures, etc… so I need plenty of room!

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The box has a file folder for each year. I plan to add folders for each extra curricular activity, clubs, camps, etc…

Step Four – Review It

There are two times you may want to review and discard again if needed. The first is at end of the school year. Take this opportunity to flip through the contents of the file for the current year and evaluate if everything needs to be kept. This is a great time to see if there are any duplicates and let the extras go!

The second, is every five years. Take a minute to go back through the files for previous years and eliminate again if needed! Remember that you are keeping your favorites!

I am so excited to have a place for all the kids papers and pictures! Contact me if you want one too!

 

A Place for Everything…

31 Dec

After Christmas it may seem like you will never find a place for everything… I feel you!

I feel like I am DROWNING in my kids toys! Thanks Santa!

Christmas is over and the New Year is fast approaching, time to get organized!  I helped this cute little family organize their unbelievable playroom a few months back. The space and storage in this room are to die for! Perfect for two adorable little babies!

 

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Cheers to an New Year and fabulous organization!

Before and After: Christmas Closet

8 Dec

Do you want a Christmas closet? Oh, I do! In my dreams, I totally have a Christmas closet!

This sweet holiday loving client has a huge Christmas closet! Just one problem, it needed a little holiday clean-out! I don’t know anyone (including myself), that enjoys going through holiday decorations at the end of the season. You are either sad to see it go or so very ready for it to be put up! You end up shoving it back into the attic! 🙂 Right?!

 

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Do you need a holiday purge? After Christmas is the perfect time! Let me help you put away the holiday and save you some stress next year! Happy Holidays!

Cars Need Love Too…

15 Apr

Spring Cleaning Challenge, halfway through the month and I have only completed two things on my list. Time to get busy! Next up my car! Cars need organization love too!

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1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer

First things first, clean out the junk! I never seem to be able to get everything out of the car, at the end of the day. This means things start to pile up. The usual culprits are coats, cups, toys, bags, you name it. Time to empty it out and put everything away.   IMG_4162

Next, I emptied all of the junk from the cup holder area and gave the entire car a good vacuum! Nice… look at all those crumbs!   IMG_4163 Once the car was clean, I wanted to add some organization. My car (Yukon XL) has a large space in front of the cup holders. It is great, but it ends up being a dumping ground for junk! It needed some organizational structure! IMG_4161

I wanted to divide the space, so I chose these clear containers from The Container Store. They are all different sizes, so you can customize your space. They are super inexpensive, ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 each. StackableDrawerOrg100437G_x This is how they look in my car. I love it already!

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The next step is my favorite… loading my things back into the space. Now, I have a space for coins, ear buds, pens, sunglasses, gum, phone wallet and a notepad. It looks amazing and makes me happy every time I get in the car!

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Next, I needed something for the back of the car, between my kids seats. I wanted something to hold paper towels, movies and toys, diapers and wipes, first aid kit, etc… I chose this bin from The Container Store.   RugbyStripeBin_l It fits perfectly in between the seats and helps keep the back of the car organized!

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I spend a lot of time in my car, so why not make it lovely?!

Spring Cleaning Challenge

2 Apr

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Spring is here! Finally! It is my favorite time of the year, the days are longer and warmer! I am always ready to pack away the coats and boots and pull out the shorts and sandals!

Spring cleaning has always been one of my favorite activities, it is so therapeutic to me! It is like a fresh start to a new year. A time to shake off winter and prepare for summer!

I have to say the more I organize for clients the less organized my own home seems, busy… busy. I typically organize based on frustration. You know that feeling you get when you cannot find what you are looking for or when a drawer will not shut. For instance, the current state of my tupperware drawer. So I made a list of ten things that have been bothering or frustrating me and I am going to tackle them in April!

Here is a peak at my list…

1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer

 

First project… the playroom!

I think this explains why I don’t spend much time cleaning or organizing the playroom…

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This is totally my house, now that my littlest one is on the move! My son’s favorite thing to do is get things out. I put everything up and he has the best time getting it all back out! Stinker…

I removed the rug, all the large toys, and furniture. Then gave the floor and baseboards a good scrub. Then I did a basic sort and purge of the toys. My little one is about to turn one, so time to make room for new toys.

It will only be a matter of days before it is a mess again, but in the meantime it looks so nice… Ahh!

 

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Hate Doing Laundry?

26 Feb

Hate doing laundry, oh doesn’t everyone? I really don’t mind the washing, the drying or the folding. However, I really dislike putting it away! But wouldn’t it make it more fun if you loved your laundry room? I organized this laundry room for a sweet little family and it is super cute!

Ready for some laundry room love?

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First off, this client’s home is gorgeous! The the laundry room is too cute! Don’t you love the blue and white? So fresh and clean! Love it! This room has tons of storage and just needed a little TLC!

Here is the Before and After…

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Ok… So my before pictures did not turn out great! Somehow… my finger keeps ending up in my pictures! I did get some pictures of the drawers, so let’s start there!

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First step, clear the drawers and insert drawer liner. I used adorable wrapping paper I found at TJMax. It also turned out to be a perfect match! I love it when a plan comes together!

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After the drawers were organized, I went to work on the cabinets. I used great little bins from the Dollar Store and Martha Stewart labels! I cleared the counter tops to create a great work area or folding space. Then we took some art that was hanging on the wall and set it against the back splash for some interest!

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Lastly, I re-purposed a basket the client already had to make use of the top of the dryer. This is a great tip, it keeps all of your laundry items together and keeps the top of the dryer from becoming a catch all.

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Now, doesn’t that just want to make you say ahhh! Such a relaxing, lovely laundry room!