Balancing Minimalism & Organization

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Our daily lives are cluttered not only with possessions but with commitments and distractions. This overload can really be a burden, not only in our physical space but in our mental space as well. Over 20% of Americans currently rent self storage units, with an additional 15% planning to do so in the future. This costs an average of $100 per month per household. Why do we hold on to so many things that we aren’t even using? Through minimalism and organization,  we can work toward simplifying our lives by creating order and harmony.

Minimalist Mindset

Most people equate minimalism to living with less of all the things – possessions, commitments and distractions. While this is true to a point, it’s important not to take this concept to extremes. We can all benefit from living a simpler life, but it still has to work for you and reflect the needs of your daily life.

The best approach to a minimalist mindset is to shift your focus to what truly matters by eliminating the excess stuff. It’s about intentional living. We have to minimize in order to maximize all the areas of our lives. This allows us to make room, both physically and mentally, for what brings us joy and lights up our lives. This mindset requires asking tough questions about what you value and letting go of anything that doesn’t align with those values.

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Essence of Organization

Organization is the art of creating systems and structures to efficiently manage our physical possessions along with our commitments and responsibilities. While minimalism focuses on reducing the number of possessions, organization focuses on arranging our items that we have and need in a manner that works for our family and  homes. You need to enjoy existing in your home and doing the things you love. This includes having what you need for the activities or hobbies that bring you joy. The goal is to have your home be soothing but not overwhelming.

Organization is a planned arrangement of your possessions (or commitments) that work to achieve your personal goals for your space or time. Everything should have a purpose and place that minimizes the time and effort you spend to find and use what you need. Organization creates a life of intention and clarity.

Finding Your Balance

Minimalism and organization aren’t opposing concepts. In fact, they can go hand in hand. The key is to find what works for you. Start by identifying what truly matters to you. Think about your long term goals and aspirations. This will help guide your decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Use your minimalist mindset to declutter your physical space and simplify your commitments. Then use the power of organization to ensure that what you do keep is well-maintained and easy to manage. Finding this balance is an ever changing process. Such is life, right? There will be adjustments along the way. What works for someone else may not work for you, and that’s perfectly fine. This process is personal and really just needs to fill the needs of you and your family.

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If you need a hand decluttering and organizing your home, we’re here to help! 
Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas?
Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

Prepping for a Stress Free Vacation

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It’s summer vacation season! Do you find yourself scrambling to get everything and everyone together right before it’s time to leave? Not only does this cause stress and chaos, but you might even leave priority items behind or forget to do something important that needs to be done prior to leaving. We are sharing tips to help you prep for an organized vacation like a pro. The only thing you will leave behind is the stress!

Step One ~ Planning

Step one to an organized vacation is planning. A good checklist can make all the difference in a smooth preparation process. Take time to think about what needs to be done before you depart for your downtime. Write all of these things down with a plan of execution. 

Your checklist may include:

  1. Scheduling pet care arrangements
  2. Arranging for mail and delivery holds or pickup
  3. Notifying your bank so transactions aren’t declined
  4. Researching your destination and the weather
  5. Organizing travel documents

Step Two ~ Packing

To travel, we must pack. It can be a daunting task. Again, a good checklist can ensure you include all of your needed items. Pack light, pack intentional, and pack for the weather. Use these tips to organize your bags and maximize your space.

  • Plan your outfits, no over packing
  • Use packing cubes to stay organized
  • Roll your clothes to save space
  • Decant toiletries to travel sized containers
  • Leave space for shopping and souvenirs
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Pro-tip:

If traveling by air, connect an AirTag or location device to your baggage to know its location and reduce the risk of time-consuming lost baggage!

Step Three ~ Day-Before Preparations

Set aside time the day before you are scheduled to leave to handle the last minute preparations. This will help you stay ahead of any last minute changes. There is a calm & clarity that comes from double checking. Despite our best efforts, we may have forgotten something. This is a great time to look back over those checklists.

  • Confirm all reservations
  • Pack an overnight/carry on bag with essentials
  • Clean the dishes and take out the trash 
  • Check the weather for any last minute changes
  • Rest up for your time away

Pro-tip: Keep important documents such as passports, flight tickets, and hotel reservations close by to ensure easy accessibility when traveling.

Creating a plan for your vacation prep can make all the difference in having a smooth, efficient experience. Knowing everything is taken care of at home while you are away will give you peace of mind to fully immerse yourself in the exciting and relaxing vacation experience. P.S. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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If you need a hand decluttering and organizing your home, we’re here to help! 
Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas?
Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

Pro-Organizing Guide to Patio Design

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Do you have a patio or outdoor space that is in need of some organizing love? Designing your outdoor patio space will take a blend of both practicality and creativity. When considering the space for entertaining friends and family, you will need to consider both functionality and ambiance. Outdoor entertaining is a popular activity choice. Our pro-organizing tips will get you ready to entertain in style!

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Start by assessing your space. Take a good look at your outdoor space, taking into consideration the size and layout. Also account for any existing landscapes or hardscapes. Think about what activities will be mostly taking place on your patio. When crafting your design plan, create zoned areas for dining, cooking and relaxing. This will help you plan effectively for organization and design.

Tips for Organized Patio Design

  • Furniture
    • Choose furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes, such as a dining table with built-in storage or a bench that can be used for seating and storage.
    • Choose seating that can be easily rearranged to accommodate different activities or group sizes like benches and ottomans. This flexibility will come in handy for different activities and group sizes,
    • Consider the weather when selecting your outdoor furniture. Choose pieces made from durable, weather-resistant materials such as teak, aluminum, or resin wicker.
  • Lighting
    • Lighting is essential for creating an inviting ambiance and extending outdoor entertaining into the evening.
    • For overhead lighting, string lights or pendant fixtures work well.
    • You can also add lighting for activities like cooking or reading.
    • Add lighting along pathways and walk areas to help illuminate darker areas when natural lighting subsides.
  • Accessorize & Decorate
    • Choose decorative items that reflect your personal style like throw pillows, outdoor rugs, tabletop decor and lanterns patio.
    • Use citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes and bugs at bay.
    • Add outdoor plants and greenery using container planting.
    • Provide shade options using umbrellas, shades or retractable awnings.

Using these professional organizing patio design ideas will ensure you and your guests are comfy and entertained all evening long. Whether you are enjoying a game of corn hole or gathering for an outdoor movie night, your well organized and designed patio will be a welcoming space to spend your time.

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Not sure you want to tackle the job of organizing your patio or any space in your home? Check out our Home Organizing Services. We would love to to help you organize and design your home! Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas? Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

Tips for a Smooth Move

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Who gets excited to pack up their home for a move? Yeah, we didn’t think so. We can all agree moving is not the most fun thing to do. It’s a big job that requires a lot of time and work. There are ways to reduce the stress of planning and executing your move. We are sharing our tips to help make your move as smooth as possible!

Prep for Your Move

Before you start gathering the moving boxes and packing up, it will be very helpful for you to develop a plan. This will not only help with the packing process, but will prove invaluable when you and all your things reach your new destination and the unpacking begins.

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  • Create a moving folder to house all the documents related to your move in one, easy to access place. Remember, it’s about to get a little wild in your house.
  • Create a moving checklist with a timeline with all the important dates and tasks related to your move. This will help you stay on task and not forget anything important, like changing your address or activating your utilities.

5 Tips to Declutter for Your Move

As you have likely figured out decluttering is a HUGE first step in all things pro-organizing. When it comes to moving, it may be one of the most important steps. Decluttering before your move will help you start fresh in your new space with only the things you actually need and want. This can be particularly important if you are downsizing. You will want to start this piece of the process early to give yourself enough time to do it properly without feeling rushed.

  • Use a room by room approach
  • Sort items into the keep, donate/sell & trash categories
  • Consider the one year rule – if you haven’t used or worn something in a year, let it go
  • Consider the size of your new home when deciding what to keep
  • Digitize your paperwork & photos – you will have less clutter and a digital backup should anything get lost

Tips for Organized Packing & Unpacking

Finally, we are ready to start packing! Our rooms are completely decluttered and we are only packing our items we truly use and need. To help you stay organized during this process, we have outlined a step by step approach. We will use the same room by room approach that worked so well when we were decluttering.

  1. For each room, clearly label each box with it’s contents and the room it belongs in.
  2. You can use a color coded system as well. Give each room in your new home a color and use labels & tape with the corresponding color to mark each box. Direct movers to the carefully labeled boxes to ensure everything ends up in the correct room upon arrival.
  3. Pack your most infrequently used items first & keep your everyday items separate to be packed last and placed in your personal vehicle for quick retrieval on day 1.
  4. Don’t forget to plan for a smooth move for your pets too! Be sure to have their food & treats as well as a collar with your contact information. Place them out of the way of the movers so you won’t have any escape artists.
  5. Take inventory of your items and snap a photo of any valuables just in case anything gets lost or broken.
  6. Use removable labels for handling instructions for electronics & furniture if you are using a moving service.
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The more decluttered and organized your are as you prep and pack up your current home, the less stressful the unpacking process will be.

Moving is a big job! If you don’t want to do it alone, we can help! Check out our Packing & Unpacking services.

How to Maintain an Organized Space

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Have you had your home professionally organized? You may be wondering, “How do I keep this magic alive?” During your organization session, you likely had systems implemented to keep the space in good shape. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, spaces become cluttered and disorganized over time. The reality is we actually live in our homes and use all our things, right? Maintaining the organized space will require an ongoing effort and a commitment to the cause. So how do we do that?

5 Ways to Maintain Your Organized Space

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  1. Create a Routine
    • Establish a regular, consistent time to revisit and refresh the space. Some spaces, like your kitchen & pantry, may require daily attention.
  2. Designated Homes
    • Return items in your home to their proper places after each use.
  3. Declutter Regularly
    • Set aside time as needed to consistently declutter your spaces. This can be monthly or even seasonally.
  4. One In, One Out
    • For every new item that comes in, one must go out. Putting this rule into practice will help prevent clutter so you can spend less time decluttering. This is also the difference between getting organized and staying organized
  5. Review and Adjust
    • Life is ever changing so be flexible. Allow room for adjustments of your organizing systems needed.

– Pro-Tip from Organized Jill –

I like to “put the kitchen to bed” every day. In the evening, I make sure the dishwasher is loaded, the sinks are emptied and sanitized, the countertops are wiped clean, and any trash is disposed of. Having a clean slate to start the next morning fresh has such a calming effect.

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Existing in an organized home environment is essential for productivity, mental clarity, and overall well-being. If you establish good habits and incorporate good strategies, you can be successful at maintaining your space. Stay focused on your goals and celebrate your progress along the way.

If you need a hand maintaining your organized space, we’re here to help! 
Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas?
Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

The Power of Decluttering

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We live in a time and in a world overrun with stuff. We all have too many things. Clutter doesn’t just fill up our homes, it fills up our minds as well. It is hard to peacefully exist in a space where there is no room to move or think. 

Sometimes the clutter in our homes gets out of hand and ahead of us before we even realize what is happening. This can lead to a feeling of overwhelm and uncertainly of how to regain control of the situation. Learning how to begin the process of decluttering and learning how to let things go can be difficult to do. There are often sentimental attachments to many of our things. While the process may be difficult, the end results payoff. 

8 Mental & Emotional Benefits of Reducing the Clutter

Reduces Stress

Reducing your clutter will alleviate the stress and overwhelm you feel, changing to a sense of order and control.

Creates Order

Eliminating the visual chaos in your home will decrease the feeling of being surrounded by disorder and create a feeling of calmness

Improves Focus

A clutter free environment leads to fewer distractions allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand.

Increases Productivity

Streamlining your environment will reduce procrastination and you will spend less wasted time searching for things.

Enhances Mood

Living in clutter free space will make you feel better overall and improve your mental well-being.

Promotes Mindfulness

Assessing and taking stock of your belongings will create a greater sense of awareness that will likely extend to other areas of your life.

Encourages Letting Go

Letting go of physical clutter can help you learn to let go of emotional baggage or clutter as well.

Improves Relationships

A warm, welcoming space will be something your are pleased to share with others making hosting guests more enjoyable.

Decluttering your home isn’t just about getting rid of your stuff. Improving your mental and emotional clarity by improving your physical space will help you feel happier and more fulfilled in life.

If you don’t know where to start, working with a professional organizer may be a good solution for you. A professional organizer can remove the overwhelm and help guide you through the process. Sometimes the best first step is asking for help.

If you need a hand with your decluttering journey, we’re here to help! Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas? Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

Why Hire a Professional Organizer?

Does it feel like you are in a constant state of clutter? If you find that you are overwhelmed with the amount of stuff in your home, it may be time to consider working with a Professional Home Organizer. Professional organizing is a service provided by individuals who use their talents and skills to transform clutter into organized, useful spaces for your home and your family.

Quote from Jill Moore owner of Organized Jill, a professional home organization company serving Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

A professional organizer can assist you with tackling the job of decluttering and organizing the spaces in their home. They are skilled at optimizing your spaces and creating more functionality in places like your closets and pantries. They can assist you with sorting through all your “stuff” like clothing, toys, collections and everything in between. The end result is a tidy, organized and functional space you may not even recognize was hiding under all that mess.

Five Benefits of Working With a Professional Organizer

  1. Professional organizers have the expertise and experience to efficiently declutter and organize your spaces. They can implement effective organizing techniques and storage solutions. Additionally, their approach is tailored to your specific needs and preferences.
  2. A professional organizer brings an objective perspective to the process. They have no emotional or sentimental attachment to your things. This allows them to guide you in making decisions on what to keep and what to let go of. This can be a tough process made easier with the help of a professional.
  3. Working with a professional organizer can be a big time saver for you. While it may seem feasible to tackle organizing projects on your own, the process can be time-consuming and overwhelming. A professional organizer can streamline the process as they know how to prioritize tasks and work efficiently to help you achieve your goals.
  4. Working with a professional organizer will provide you with accountability and motivation to keep focused through the process of decluttering and organizing. They will offer guidance and encouragement to help keep you on track, and ensure that you achieve your organizing goals.  
  5. The long term benefits of working with a professional organizer can be very impactful. Your organizer will optimize your space, maximize storage and create systems that are easy to maintain in the long run. Once the work is complete and your space is decluttered and organized, you’ll likely experience increased productivity and overall well-being.

Pro-Tip from Organized Jill

When searching for a home organizer, check to see if they are professionally trained or certified. Jill Moore, owner of Organized Jill Professional Home Organization in Winston-Salem, advises that training and education is advisable for this industry.

A professional organizer will be well worth the investment, both for your home and you. You will likely find that you can breathe easier in your organized, efficient and stress free environment. You deserve to enjoy the time you spend in your home!

If you need help with your decluttering journey, we’re here to help! Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas? Contact Organized Jill for a complimentary consultation.

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Meet Jill Moore, founder and owner of Organized Jill. 
Jill is a certified Professional Home Organizer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Together with her team, she creates systems in her clients’ homes based on their needs that are functional, manageable, and sustainable for their lifestyles. She transforms their homes, decluttering, categorizing, organizing, and styling her clients’ spaces to create beautiful and practical results. Organized Jill incorporates balance, function, and beauty through organization, and will even occasionally rearrange furniture to improve the flow and energy of a room.Whether it’s a closet, pantry, kitchen, bedroom, or even a whole home, Jill and her team are there to help!Jill’s philosophy is inspired by both Marie Kondo and The Home Edit. She combines the values of simplicity and tidiness with the sparkle of color and design in a unique approach. After decluttering, Jill works her magic to bring a space to life with a blending of colors, textures, and visual weight, as well as creating zones to make the perfect system for her clients’ needs. She maximizes storage spaces to be fully functional and optimal, often doubling the amount of storage available.(for example, replacing single rods with double-hanging components, or wire shelving with custom closet systems)Jill and her team’s skills give their clients the ability to showcase their full wardrobe in one neat space.
Let’s hear about it in Jill’s own words:
 “Our client purchased this home with a specific vision in mind. 
The home is a luxury log cabin, but it was a little dated in a few areas and ready to be updated. From the kitchen & master bath, to the master closet & pantry, a timely overhaul was overdue.
“We had the privilege of designing, installing, and organizing a new pantry, master closet, and linen closet.
“For the master closet (featured), two small adjacent closets were replaced by one, large master closest by removing the dividing wall.
“In the new space, I had the opportunity to maximize storage by incorporating Modular Closet components that would help the homeowner stay organized by season.
“As this is the only closet on the main floor, it has to also pull double duty as the coat closet.
“When organizing the space, we leaned into the concepts of visual weight and color to guide the homeowner on a smooth journey through their closet space.
“Accessibility was key, as well as being able to see all the contents.
With spaces specifically designated for clothes, coats, scarves, sandals, boots, and sneakers, each component is fully optimized for storage, style, and enjoyment.” 
Amazing what you can do with double-hanging! Modular Closets has made renovating our clients’ closets a smooth and easy process.

Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas? Contact Organized Jill to schedule your complimentary consultation.

A House is like a Garden

With the spring planting season soon upon us, you’ve no doubt spent some time outside preparing your flower beds and gardens: removing leaves, clearing out fallen branches, and pulling weeds. But just as our plants need an ordered space to thrive, so too do we as people need an organized home. After all, a house is like a garden.

Spring offers the opportunity to not only clean your cottage, but a chance to clear your clutter. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify where that clutter is. Take for instance the junk drawer.
Somewhere along the line, we collectively decided that all kitchens should have what is affectionately referred to as the “junk drawer”. But why do we insist on keeping items that we’ve deemed as “junk”? Why not use the space productively to store items that we need to have within convenient reach? Do the kids like to color in the kitchen?

You can easily turn the junk drawer into a small art supply space for crayons and markers with a few simple organizers. Now, expand that concept beyond the junk drawer. What other spaces in your home could serve a better purpose instead of being filled with items we don’t care for or need.
Throw out the rules when it comes to what should live where and instead set up your home in a way
that works for you and your family. Reduce the distance from the storage area of an item to the usage
area for the item. For example, one of my clients exits her home on a daily basis through the basement
out to the garage. Everyday, she was carrying her shoes up two flights of stairs to be stored in her
bedroom closet just to bring the same pair of shoes back down the two flights of stairs the next day to
head back out to her office. By relocating her shoe storage system to a freshly decluttered closet in the
basement, she reduced the amount of time spent each day moving the shoes up and down throughout
the house. A conveniently placed hook nearby the shoe storage created a simple “drop zone” for her
purse and jacket.
So how can you get started today? Think about the amount of time spent each day looking for an item,
how many items have to be moved out of the way to access the one item in need, and how many of
those moved items you can probably live without. Imagine how easy it would be to flow throughout your
home if it was simplified and decluttered.
One tip that I share with my clients is to start small. For instance, instead of decluttering the entire
bathroom, declutter the shower. Remove empty product bottles, dull razors, unraveling loofahs, old
toothbrushes, and forgotten bath toys. Making a big impact on a small area can often inspire you to
continue the decluttering process.
If you’re not sure where to begin, or how to go about the sorting, decluttering, and organizing process,
or need an extra pair of hands and a fresh perspective, a professional home organizer can be an
invaluable investment that will pay dividends for years to come as you enjoy a soothing, simplified space.
I hope your spring will be a wonderful time spent enjoying your home, and your garden, without the
stress of weeds and clutter.

If you need help with your decluttering journey, we’re here to help! Are you local to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and surrounding areas? Contact Organized Jill to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Professional Level Decluttering

Have you ever wondered about professional level decluttering? Do you ever wonder what if a Professional Home Organizer, like myself, showed up at your house right now there’s a handful of things they’d immediately throw out without a second thought. Interested in what those things are? Keep reading!

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Top 5 Items to Declutter

Item #1: Flimsy Kitchen Utensils

You know what I’m talking about. That spatula you bought from IKEA when you moved into your first apartment. Promotional mugs. The cheap wine openers you’ve collected from holiday parties. The knife you got at Target that bends every time you try to slice an apple. If the utensil doesn’t serve its purpose…then it no longer serves you. Time to go!

Item #2: Clothes That Don’t Fit

Like everyone on the planet, I have been many different sizes in my life. If my team and I have organized your closet, then you know that we call these clothes “bullies”. We always ask our clients, “why would you want bullies in your closet? I want my wardrobe to make me feel good about the way I look today.” Even if I get to some magic number someday, it’s going to look different. Because time & gravity. 

Item #3: Broken Items

Have you ever had the intention to fix a broken toy, mend a garment, fix an appliance and then life gets in the way? Before you know it, 6 months have gone by. The item is either long forgotten about, or has been replaced by now effectively making it “clutter”. Let it go and move forward. 

Item #4: Long Ago Expired Items

The expiration umbrella has a lot of items under it. I’m talking food in the fridge, spices in the cabinet, medications in the bathroom, even makeup on your vanity. If it’s expired, or you didn’t even like the product, toss it. If not for the sake of decluttering, then for the sake of bacteria.

Item #5: Paperwork & Cards

We live in a magical time where we can stop paperwork from flooding our kitchen counters. Sign up for electronic billing, statements, news. Any time you have the paperless option, take it! 

Go through your file cabinet and toss (or shred) expired policies, long ago paid bills, and even greeting cards that are just signed “from Bob”. Listen… if Bob couldn’t be bothered to write a meaningful message about how special you are to him, it’s ok to let that greeting card go. Keep the ones with meaningful messages in a memory box. If there are cards from people who are no longer in your life, it’s ok to let the card go to the wayside. 

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It can be daunting when you start the huge task of decluttering your home, especially a a professional level of decluttering. However, there are some things that can be tossed (or recycled) on sight. If you need additional assistance with decluttering your home, we’re here to help.
Happy decluttering!