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We are so ready for spring over here 💁 Do you do a big spring cleaning, or do you just do a little over time? Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start.
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Do you have a family command center in your home? Or is it more like a pile of papers that ends up cluttering your counters until guests come over and you stash it in the other room and forget about it 🤣 Don’t worry, that’s what most people do. Try setting up a command center so that everything has a place. Make sure it’s close to your kitchen where you can open mail right away and toss any junk mail.
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Do you have a family command center in your home? Or is it more like a pile of papers that ends up cluttering your counters until guests come over and you stash it in the other room and forget about it 🤣 Don’t worry, that’s what most people do. Try setting up a command center so that everything has a place. Make sure it’s close to your kitchen where you can open mail right away and toss any junk mail. . . . #simplifyinstyle  #cincinnatiorganizer  #simplify  #cincinnati  #professionalorganizer  #dreamjob  #organizedmama  #getorganized  #sparkjoy  #declutter  #clutterfree  #happyhome  #organizedlife 
This linen closet went from overstuffed to functional and stylish with just a few bins and a few perfectly folded fitted sheets 🤣 swipe to see the before and the inspiration photo our client left for us!
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We believe in progress, not perfection.
Our organizers will work with you to take control of the clutter and create a home you really love... Like don't-want-to-go-out-because-it's-so-gorgeous love. Get rid of the clutter and clear your mind.
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We believe in progress, not perfection. Our organizers will work with you to take control of the clutter and create a home you really love... Like don't-want-to-go-out-because-it's-so-gorgeous love. Get rid of the clutter and clear your mind. . . . #organizedlife  #professionalorganizer  #bedroomdecor  #dreamroom #newyearsresolution  #dreambig  #clutterfree  #sparkjoy  #simplify  #simplicity  #bedroomstyling  #interiorinspo #progressnotperfection  #simplifyinstyle  #cincinnatidesigner  #cincinnatihomes 
JANUARY TIDBIT 25: {Guest Post by @simplify_in_style}
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The dreaded paper pile! Everyone has one. It clutters your counters or kitchen table and it Just. Keeps. Coming. Paper is one of the biggest problems I see in homes.
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Set up 3 systems for paper. One for incoming paper (mail, bills, receipts, to do items, etc.), one for long term storage (tax papers, statements, medical, etc.) and one for important papers (birth certificates, passports, wills, etc.) preferably in a fire proof safe.
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Incoming papers are typically the culprit for the paper pile. Open mail near a trash can. If it’s junk mail, recycle right away. If it is something that needs action and takes 2 minutes or less, do it right away. .
Set up a system for these papers. I suggest something that sits on your counter for easy access. Set a time each week to go through it and take care of anything that need action that week.
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If you have children, have a system for all of the papers and artwork that comes home every day. In my home, my son pulls it out of his backpack. Tells me about each thing and then he decides what to keep and what to toss. The keep either gets hung up or goes into a bin for him. Every two weeks or so we go through that bin and the things we have displayed and toss some more and keep the really special items in a box for that school year. Again, he takes ownership and has learned to purge and to keep what is really special to him.
JANUARY TIDBIT 25: {Guest Post by @simplify_in_style} . The dreaded paper pile! Everyone has one. It clutters your counters or kitchen table and it Just. Keeps. Coming. Paper is one of the biggest problems I see in homes. . Set up 3 systems for paper. One for incoming paper (mail, bills, receipts, to do items, etc.), one for long term storage (tax papers, statements, medical, etc.) and one for important papers (birth certificates, passports, wills, etc.) preferably in a fire proof safe. . Incoming papers are typically the culprit for the paper pile. Open mail near a trash can. If it’s junk mail, recycle right away. If it is something that needs action and takes 2 minutes or less, do it right away. . Set up a system for these papers. I suggest something that sits on your counter for easy access. Set a time each week to go through it and take care of anything that need action that week. . If you have children, have a system for all of the papers and artwork that comes home every day. In my home, my son pulls it out of his backpack. Tells me about each thing and then he decides what to keep and what to toss. The keep either gets hung up or goes into a bin for him. Every two weeks or so we go through that bin and the things we have displayed and toss some more and keep the really special items in a box for that school year. Again, he takes ownership and has learned to purge and to keep what is really special to him.
JANUARY TIDBIT 23: {Guest Post by @simplify_in_style}
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Thanks so much for having me! Decluttering and organizing can be so overwhelming, so I am happy to give some tips! First, I want to tell you my why and how Organizing has changed my life. I have always been a pretty organized person, but when I became a mom I had to be! There is no way I could keep up with 2 little ones, having a happy marriage, taking care of the house, and running my own business if I wasn’t organized. Having systems and routines in place saves me so much time and stress!
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Today I am going to start by giving you some basic guidelines and steps I use for every space I organize and throughout the week I will share more specific tips!
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1. Start small- pick something that isn’t overwhelming to tackle first! Then you will be in the mindset of purging when it’s time to tackle the big stuff!
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2. Pull everything out of the space! Don’t look through things as you pull them out, just empty the space first!
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3. As you empty, create categories of like items.
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4. Look through your categories one at a time and purge! Decluttering is so important. If you skip this step you are just organizing clutter!
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5. Take donations and trash out right away!  Check out my guide for some great places to donate! (Posted at “Penina’s Nourished Living Tribe” on Facebook)
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6. Organize and Label- this doesn’t mean you have to buy tons of fancy bins. Use what you have! Labels will make sure that everyone in the house knows exactly where things go.
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7. Maintain- Organizing is not a one and done thing. You will have to frequently revisit the space and do another purge or out things back where they belong.
JANUARY TIDBIT 23: {Guest Post by @simplify_in_style} . Thanks so much for having me! Decluttering and organizing can be so overwhelming, so I am happy to give some tips! First, I want to tell you my why and how Organizing has changed my life. I have always been a pretty organized person, but when I became a mom I had to be! There is no way I could keep up with 2 little ones, having a happy marriage, taking care of the house, and running my own business if I wasn’t organized. Having systems and routines in place saves me so much time and stress! . Today I am going to start by giving you some basic guidelines and steps I use for every space I organize and throughout the week I will share more specific tips! . 1. Start small- pick something that isn’t overwhelming to tackle first! Then you will be in the mindset of purging when it’s time to tackle the big stuff! . 2. Pull everything out of the space! Don’t look through things as you pull them out, just empty the space first! . 3. As you empty, create categories of like items. . 4. Look through your categories one at a time and purge! Decluttering is so important. If you skip this step you are just organizing clutter! . 5. Take donations and trash out right away! Check out my guide for some great places to donate! (Posted at “Penina’s Nourished Living Tribe” on Facebook) . 6. Organize and Label- this doesn’t mean you have to buy tons of fancy bins. Use what you have! Labels will make sure that everyone in the house knows exactly where things go. . 7. Maintain- Organizing is not a one and done thing. You will have to frequently revisit the space and do another purge or out things back where they belong.
Group items in cabinets according to how ✨your✨ family uses them. Keep your everyday dishes close to the dishwasher... Less work for you! .
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Yesterday’s poll in our insta story was super helpful for us. You have spoken and you want more TIPS AND TRICKS. Also, 💯% of you want to get organized this year 🙌🏻 One quick and easy trick is to attach a command hook to the back of small appliances that you keep out on the counter to hide the cords. A clean countertop is always 👌🏻 What areas do you struggle with most? Let us know so we can share more tips!
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Yesterday’s poll in our insta story was super helpful for us. You have spoken and you want more TIPS AND TRICKS. Also, 💯% of you want to get organized this year 🙌🏻 One quick and easy trick is to attach a command hook to the back of small appliances that you keep out on the counter to hide the cords. A clean countertop is always 👌🏻 What areas do you struggle with most? Let us know so we can share more tips! . . . #getorganized  #professionalorganizer  #goals  #2018  #cincinnati  #cincinnatimoms  #choosejoy  #simplify  #simplifyyourlife  #simplifyinstyle 
Planning and setting goals is one of my favorite things to do. But, if you want to accomplish those goals you actually have to take action. What are your goals for this year? .
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LABEL LABEL LABEL Especially in a playroom! Labels make it easier for the kids to clean up! These handmade picture tags are perfect for helping kids clean up after themselves. And just in time for the holiday toy rush!
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Many clients come to us after buying all the organizing gadgets... and then realizing they still aren’t organized.  We never buy ✨anything✨ until the purging is complete and we see what will actually stay in the space! Because less is more (unless we're talking about a night out with your girlfriends, or chocolate... because in that case, more is definitely more!).
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Many clients come to us after buying all the organizing gadgets... and then realizing they still aren’t organized. We never buy ✨anything✨ until the purging is complete and we see what will actually stay in the space! Because less is more (unless we're talking about a night out with your girlfriends, or chocolate... because in that case, more is definitely more!). . . . #lessismore  #minimaliststyle  #quotestagram  #morningmotivation  #momlife  #busymoms  #professionalorganizer  #whitespace  #roomtobreathe  #organizedmom  #organized  #organizedlife  #intentionalliving  #beintentional  #choosejoy  #cincinnati  #cincinnatimom  #cincinnatiorganizer  #simplifyinstyle 
Closet dream team 🛍 Did you know our team will handle every aspect of your organization project for you? You could come home from a busy day of work & #momlife to a perfectly organized wardrobe!
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Closet dream team 🛍 Did you know our team will handle every aspect of your organization project for you? You could come home from a busy day of work & #momlife  to a perfectly organized wardrobe! . . . #simplifyinstyle  #cincinnatiorganizer  #happylife  #bestfeelingever  #customcloset  #dreamcloset  #cincinnatidesigner  #closetgoals  #busymom  #professionalorganizer  #simplify  #declutter  #2018goals  #newyearsgoals  #giftsforher  #clutterfree  #proorganizer  #organizing  #closetdesigner  #organized 
Having guests over for the holidays? We're the backup team you've been dreaming of. Our team will decorate, wrap your gifts, and organize everything in between (because no one wants to give Aunt Karen one more thing to talk about).
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Having guests over for the holidays? We're the backup team you've been dreaming of. Our team will decorate, wrap your gifts, and organize everything in between (because no one wants to give Aunt Karen one more thing to talk about). . . . #cincinnatiorganizer  #cincinnati  #cincinnatimom  #holidayassistant  #giftwrap  #merrychristmas  #christmas2017 #christmasiscoming  #deckthehalls  #christmastime  #homefortheholidays  #christmasdecorshopping  #christmasdecorshopping  #santaselves  #loveyourhome  #bathroominspo  #guestroom  #beorganized  #simplify  #simplifyinstyle  #homestylist  #homeinspo  #clutterfree  #organizedmom  #professionalorganizer 
Things we're celebrating today! .
1. I stuck to my goal of making my Instagram happen every single day in May thanks to @planoly and my business planner from the Resource Library .
2. Our new guide called Build Your Team launched today! Literally breaking down one of the scariest parts of growing your organizing business and making it fun & doable.... AMAZING
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3. It's a new month with new goals and new stories to be told. So excited to see what this new page of the journey of 2017 takes you ALL in your business. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
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Things we're celebrating today! . 1. I stuck to my goal of making my Instagram happen every single day in May thanks to @planoly and my business planner from the Resource Library . 2. Our new guide called Build Your Team launched today! Literally breaking down one of the scariest parts of growing your organizing business and making it fun & doable.... AMAZING . 3. It's a new month with new goals and new stories to be told. So excited to see what this new page of the journey of 2017 takes you ALL in your business. Thank you for letting me be a part of it! . . . . 📸 @bhglivebetter_ . . . #professionalorganizer  #postudiogirls  #proorganizerstudio  #simplifyinstyle  #buildyourteam 
3 MORE DAYS until the Build Your Team guide launches! We are dying over how excited we are for this new info from @simplify_in_style. There's a discount code until midnight on Wednesday if you get in early! bit.ly/posteam
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Adding a little ROY G. BIV to a bookshelf can really streamline and simplify the look and make it feel less cluttered. This IKEA Kallax unit os one of my favorite pieces of furniture to use for a kids space. Don't forget to add some labels to those bins to make cleanup easier for those little ones!
Adding a little ROY G. BIV to a bookshelf can really streamline and simplify the look and make it feel less cluttered. This IKEA Kallax unit os one of my favorite pieces of furniture to use for a kids space. Don't forget to add some labels to those bins to make cleanup easier for those little ones!
We are still adjusting to the time change over here, but that's not going to ruin my Monday. Tackling my to do list for business and personal today. Do you have an overwhelming to do list? Try choosing 2 personal and 2 personal tasks that must get done each day. Sometimes it's too overwhelming to look at your never ending list and know where to start. Think about what has to get done and start there. It will feel so nice to finally start checking things off of that list. 📷@photoashleyrose
We are still adjusting to the time change over here, but that's not going to ruin my Monday. Tackling my to do list for business and personal today. Do you have an overwhelming to do list? Try choosing 2 personal and 2 personal tasks that must get done each day. Sometimes it's too overwhelming to look at your never ending list and know where to start. Think about what has to get done and start there. It will feel so nice to finally start checking things off of that list. 📷@photoashleyrose
How are you spending your Sunday? I NEED Sundays. I would be lost all week long if I didn't spend a little time on Sunday prepping for the week.  I look over the appointments I have scheduled for the week, check for any special things I need to do for the kids for school, plan out the meals for the week, prep some easy to grab snacks, and make sure the house is cleaned up.  When I wake up Monday, I am ready to tackle the week instead of dreading all of the things I need to get done that week. ⠀
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BUT, I have a confession... this doesn't always happen. There are some weekends that are so busy, I just don't have the time to do all of that. Or, let's be honest, some weekends that I just don't feel like doing it. But I always regret it when Monday rolls around. I feel rushed and stressed and feel like I am playing catch up all week.  Don't let that happen. Set aside an hour or two each Sunday just to get ready for the week ahead. I promise, you'll thank me later!
How are you spending your Sunday? I NEED Sundays. I would be lost all week long if I didn't spend a little time on Sunday prepping for the week. I look over the appointments I have scheduled for the week, check for any special things I need to do for the kids for school, plan out the meals for the week, prep some easy to grab snacks, and make sure the house is cleaned up. When I wake up Monday, I am ready to tackle the week instead of dreading all of the things I need to get done that week. ⠀ ⠀ BUT, I have a confession... this doesn't always happen. There are some weekends that are so busy, I just don't have the time to do all of that. Or, let's be honest, some weekends that I just don't feel like doing it. But I always regret it when Monday rolls around. I feel rushed and stressed and feel like I am playing catch up all week. Don't let that happen. Set aside an hour or two each Sunday just to get ready for the week ahead. I promise, you'll thank me later!
What is your cleaning schedule like? Do you have one? I like to do a little each day to maintain instead of a big clean on the weekend.  There are a few things I make sure to do each day to keep up with everything. I call it the Rule of One. That means 1 load of laundry (all the way through and put away), one load of dishes, and one other area in the home like bathrooms or mopping the floor). What type of cleaner are you?
What is your cleaning schedule like? Do you have one? I like to do a little each day to maintain instead of a big clean on the weekend. There are a few things I make sure to do each day to keep up with everything. I call it the Rule of One. That means 1 load of laundry (all the way through and put away), one load of dishes, and one other area in the home like bathrooms or mopping the floor). What type of cleaner are you?
Happy Fri-YAY! I have a day of work in my office planned for today. I have to say, I love working with clients, but I always cherish the days I get to work from home and enjoy this space.
Happy Fri-YAY! I have a day of work in my office planned for today. I have to say, I love working with clients, but I always cherish the days I get to work from home and enjoy this space.
I have a SECRET to tell you. Today I was "that mom," no not the perfectly organized, has it all together mom that you see in the pictures. I was the mom that showed up to preschool with 2 boys who just rolled out of bed, barely brushed their hair, ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast (you can tell by the stains on their shirts), wore their favorite super hero shirts and comfy sweatpants to school. SO what's the problem? Well, this "professional organizer" mom forgot about picture day. 
Picture this, every little boy and girl dressed in their cutest button up shirts and pretty dresses, and here we come, stained shirts, hair standing straight up, just walking along like any other normal day.  At first, I was disappointed. How could I, someone who takes pride in living an organized life forget about picture day? I'm supposed to be the one that has it all together. After a split second of contemplating I stopped. Why am I blaming myself for this? Why does it matter what they are wearing? They were so happy just to be back at school and see their friends and teachers after a short fall break. I had to STOP WITH THE MOM GUILT.  No one cares what they look like in their preschool pictures.  The memory is one that will last forever, no matter how many stains were on their shirts!

Why do we as moms beat ourselves up for the littlest things? I bet no one else even noticed that I clearly forgot about picture day. No matter how organized you are, there are still going to be times when you forget something or feel stressed because you are running late. Life happens. As moms, we have a lot on our plates.  Don't sweat the small stuff. Live your life stress-free and guilt free and enjoy those littles, even with their crazy hair and cinnamon roll stained shirts! And if you see "that mom" today, give her a smile and a friendly, "You've got this mama," because we all know how tough this motherhood thing can be.
I have a SECRET to tell you. Today I was "that mom," no not the perfectly organized, has it all together mom that you see in the pictures. I was the mom that showed up to preschool with 2 boys who just rolled out of bed, barely brushed their hair, ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast (you can tell by the stains on their shirts), wore their favorite super hero shirts and comfy sweatpants to school. SO what's the problem? Well, this "professional organizer" mom forgot about picture day. Picture this, every little boy and girl dressed in their cutest button up shirts and pretty dresses, and here we come, stained shirts, hair standing straight up, just walking along like any other normal day. At first, I was disappointed. How could I, someone who takes pride in living an organized life forget about picture day? I'm supposed to be the one that has it all together. After a split second of contemplating I stopped. Why am I blaming myself for this? Why does it matter what they are wearing? They were so happy just to be back at school and see their friends and teachers after a short fall break. I had to STOP WITH THE MOM GUILT. No one cares what they look like in their preschool pictures. The memory is one that will last forever, no matter how many stains were on their shirts! Why do we as moms beat ourselves up for the littlest things? I bet no one else even noticed that I clearly forgot about picture day. No matter how organized you are, there are still going to be times when you forget something or feel stressed because you are running late. Life happens. As moms, we have a lot on our plates. Don't sweat the small stuff. Live your life stress-free and guilt free and enjoy those littles, even with their crazy hair and cinnamon roll stained shirts! And if you see "that mom" today, give her a smile and a friendly, "You've got this mama," because we all know how tough this motherhood thing can be.
This room is the perfect blend of style and function for our family.  We transformed our unfinished basement into a playroom for the kids. They love it down there.  They can run around and ride small bikes or they can hang out a watch a movie.  A playroom doesn't have to be a room full of toys. It can be pretty too!
This room is the perfect blend of style and function for our family. We transformed our unfinished basement into a playroom for the kids. They love it down there. They can run around and ride small bikes or they can hang out a watch a movie. A playroom doesn't have to be a room full of toys. It can be pretty too!
Do your kids love Legos? Mine do! This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. How do you store Legos? Well more on how I store the little pieces later, but in the meantime, give them a place to store their completed pieces. We all know they aren't tearing them apart and putting them away each time (and let's be honest after all the time I spend helping I don't want to tear them apart either). I just use 2 small shelves about the Legos where the littlest one can't get to them! We switch out what gets stored on the shelves frequently.
Do your kids love Legos? Mine do! This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. How do you store Legos? Well more on how I store the little pieces later, but in the meantime, give them a place to store their completed pieces. We all know they aren't tearing them apart and putting them away each time (and let's be honest after all the time I spend helping I don't want to tear them apart either). I just use 2 small shelves about the Legos where the littlest one can't get to them! We switch out what gets stored on the shelves frequently.
Halloween is over, now what do you do with those costumes? Let the kids get some use out of them and play dress up. It is so fun to see my boys use their imagination and create stories in their costumes.  When other kids come over to play this is the first thing they run to.  To store them I just added some coat hooks to a board and attached it to the wall.  The trunk underneath holds the masks and other accessories.
Halloween is over, now what do you do with those costumes? Let the kids get some use out of them and play dress up. It is so fun to see my boys use their imagination and create stories in their costumes. When other kids come over to play this is the first thing they run to. To store them I just added some coat hooks to a board and attached it to the wall. The trunk underneath holds the masks and other accessories.
One of my favorite organizing supplies is baskets. I could organize any space using the right basket.  In the living room, I love tossing my throw blankets into a basket to give them a place. They are easy to grab on a cool fall day and easy to put right back away when I'm finished!
One of my favorite organizing supplies is baskets. I could organize any space using the right basket. In the living room, I love tossing my throw blankets into a basket to give them a place. They are easy to grab on a cool fall day and easy to put right back away when I'm finished!
We spent this week going through toys. With a birthday and Christmas right around the corner, it was the perfect time to take a look at what we had and decide what was going to stay. I always involve my boys in this process. I started by talking to them about what it means to donate toys and who the toys are going to.  Then we talked about what we should think about when we decide to keep a toy. Do you play with it? Do you love it? Does it work? Is it missing important pieces? ⠀
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I am always truly amazed at what kids are capable of. My four year old stopped at one point and looked at one of his toys and said, "Mom, I do still love this one, but I bet another kid would really love this so I'll give this one away." MY HEART MELTED! ⠀
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This is such a good lesson for kids.  I see so many clients who hold onto things because they aren't sure how to do the purging process as adults. We need to teach out kids how to make these decisions.  I am a firm believer in less is more.  Kids are more likely to love and cherish their toys if they have less to choose from. We had so many toys that were given to us that the boys never play with. So why keep the clutter?⠀
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REMEMBER, what you don't love, someone else will.
We spent this week going through toys. With a birthday and Christmas right around the corner, it was the perfect time to take a look at what we had and decide what was going to stay. I always involve my boys in this process. I started by talking to them about what it means to donate toys and who the toys are going to. Then we talked about what we should think about when we decide to keep a toy. Do you play with it? Do you love it? Does it work? Is it missing important pieces? ⠀ ⠀ I am always truly amazed at what kids are capable of. My four year old stopped at one point and looked at one of his toys and said, "Mom, I do still love this one, but I bet another kid would really love this so I'll give this one away." MY HEART MELTED! ⠀ ⠀ This is such a good lesson for kids. I see so many clients who hold onto things because they aren't sure how to do the purging process as adults. We need to teach out kids how to make these decisions. I am a firm believer in less is more. Kids are more likely to love and cherish their toys if they have less to choose from. We had so many toys that were given to us that the boys never play with. So why keep the clutter?⠀ ⠀ REMEMBER, what you don't love, someone else will.
A simple fix for all those brooms and mops in the corner. Grab an inexpensive handled tool holder and give those brooms a place.
A simple fix for all those brooms and mops in the corner. Grab an inexpensive handled tool holder and give those brooms a place.
Toys don't have to be a sight for sore eyes. If they are displayed out in the open, style the shelves to make them look nice and neat.
Toys don't have to be a sight for sore eyes. If they are displayed out in the open, style the shelves to make them look nice and neat.
Wake up buttercup and make that bed! I promise it will change your day. I know how I am. I wake up, roll out of bed wishing I could push the snooze but another 5 times. I get it, the last thing you want to do is make your bed, but do this...time yourself one day. How long did it take? Probably less than a minute.  So why not take that 1 minute every day to make sure you are starting your day off right?
Wake up buttercup and make that bed! I promise it will change your day. I know how I am. I wake up, roll out of bed wishing I could push the snooze but another 5 times. I get it, the last thing you want to do is make your bed, but do this...time yourself one day. How long did it take? Probably less than a minute. So why not take that 1 minute every day to make sure you are starting your day off right?
Do you ever feel like your week is so busy and hectic you just can't keep up? Get ahead by spending some time doing these simple things on the weekend to stay organized all week
Do you ever feel like your week is so busy and hectic you just can't keep up? Get ahead by spending some time doing these simple things on the weekend to stay organized all week
We are talking all about how to keep kids school papers and artwork organized this school year #ontheblog today. Set up your systems now so that those papers don't have a chance to pile up on your counters and take over the front of your fridge. #linkinbio #kidsartwork #paper #backtoschool
We are talking all about how to keep kids school papers and artwork organized this school year #ontheblog  today. Set up your systems now so that those papers don't have a chance to pile up on your counters and take over the front of your fridge. #linkinbio  #kidsartwork  #paper  #backtoschool 
An organized and fun vanity makes getting ready on this "Monday" morning a little easier.
An organized and fun vanity makes getting ready on this "Monday" morning a little easier.
Happy FriYAY! We are soaking up these beautiful days before summer ends and fall arrives. #Friday #friyay
Happy FriYAY! We are soaking up these beautiful days before summer ends and fall arrives. #Friday  #friyay 
Raise your hand if you Pin tons of recipes on Pinterest that you know you'll "try someday." STOP! Use those recipes to meal plan for the month. What?! Yes, it's possible. Our organizing assistant, Allie, is sharing with you her tips for monthly meal planning using her BFF Pinterest. This is a serious life changer. You need to check this out. #linkinbio #ontheblog #mealplanning #healthyfood #pinterest #mealplan
Raise your hand if you Pin tons of recipes on Pinterest that you know you'll "try someday." STOP! Use those recipes to meal plan for the month. What?! Yes, it's possible. Our organizing assistant, Allie, is sharing with you her tips for monthly meal planning using her BFF Pinterest. This is a serious life changer. You need to check this out. #linkinbio  #ontheblog  #mealplanning  #healthyfood  #pinterest  #mealplan 
We love using @sharpie Paint Pens for labeling.  There are so many different labeling options out there now.  Find the one that fits your style and space. #labels
We love using @sharpie Paint Pens for labeling. There are so many different labeling options out there now. Find the one that fits your style and space. #labels 
Stuffed animals everywhere and driving you crazy? Grab an oversized basket and toss them all in.  Make sure to go through them with your child first and have them pick out their favorites. Sometimes it is easier to put a number on it. Try saving, "You have 10 stuffed animals. Pick out your 7 favorites to keep." or " You can help whatever you can fit in this basket." #stuffedanimals #organizingwithkids #kidsroom
Stuffed animals everywhere and driving you crazy? Grab an oversized basket and toss them all in. Make sure to go through them with your child first and have them pick out their favorites. Sometimes it is easier to put a number on it. Try saving, "You have 10 stuffed animals. Pick out your 7 favorites to keep." or " You can help whatever you can fit in this basket." #stuffedanimals  #organizingwithkids  #kidsroom 
If you live in #cincinnati and you haven't checked out @bargainsandbuyouts yet you need to stop what you are doing and RUN there now! I got these chairs for our dining room a few months ago and they were perfect and a huge DEAL! I love waking up to this bright space every morning.  Simple decor. Neutrals. Natural Light. The winning combination for any space. #simpledecor #diningroom #naturallight #bargainsandbuyouts
If you live in #cincinnati  and you haven't checked out @bargainsandbuyouts yet you need to stop what you are doing and RUN there now! I got these chairs for our dining room a few months ago and they were perfect and a huge DEAL! I love waking up to this bright space every morning. Simple decor. Neutrals. Natural Light. The winning combination for any space. #simpledecor  #diningroom  #naturallight  #bargainsandbuyouts 
I love this @ikeausa cart for almost any space. It works perfectly for this art space, and since it is on wheels you can take it to any room. #craftroom #playroom #kidsroom #ikea #ikeawestchester
GO VERTICAL: this is my number one tip for almost any space. Especially under the sink. Make the most of the space by stacking 2 bins. These acrylic bins and drawers are from @thecontainerstore and are a perfect fit. #containyourself #undertheaink #bathroomstorage
GO VERTICAL: this is my number one tip for almost any space. Especially under the sink. Make the most of the space by stacking 2 bins. These acrylic bins and drawers are from @thecontainerstore and are a perfect fit. #containyourself  #undertheaink  #bathroomstorage 
Dress up storage.... a challenge for most moms. For a quick DIY solution grab a piece of wood and mount a few double hanging coat hooks then mount it to the wall. Most young kids struggle with hangers... With hooks they can clean up themselves 😉 I added a large basket underneath for all the accessories. #playroom #kidsroom #dressup
Dress up storage.... a challenge for most moms. For a quick DIY solution grab a piece of wood and mount a few double hanging coat hooks then mount it to the wall. Most young kids struggle with hangers... With hooks they can clean up themselves 😉 I added a large basket underneath for all the accessories. #playroom  #kidsroom  #dressup 
Your kitchen counters can be functional and pretty too. Keep the things you use most often within reach. Using a cutting board to hold your most used cooking items keeps them contained and less cluttered looking #kitchen #kitchendecor
Your kitchen counters can be functional and pretty too. Keep the things you use most often within reach. Using a cutting board to hold your most used cooking items keeps them contained and less cluttered looking #kitchen  #kitchendecor 
Quick tip: when you get home from the grocery, take all of your individually packaged items out and recycle the box. Toss everything into a bin like this one from @thecontainerstore Boxes are bulky and waste space and when there is only one item left you can't tell. Grab some air tight containers from @thecontainerstore to store loose items like crackers and nuts. These quick changes will make for easy snack grabbing and it looks pretty too 😉 #pantry #containyourself
Quick tip: when you get home from the grocery, take all of your individually packaged items out and recycle the box. Toss everything into a bin like this one from @thecontainerstore Boxes are bulky and waste space and when there is only one item left you can't tell. Grab some air tight containers from @thecontainerstore to store loose items like crackers and nuts. These quick changes will make for easy snack grabbing and it looks pretty too 😉 #pantry  #containyourself 
GIVEAWAY CLOSED........GIVEAWAY TIME: The day is here. Head over to check out the new site and blog #linkinbio  To celebrate, we are giving away a $100 gift certificate. 
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GIVEAWAY runs until 8/24. Winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram by 8/26. Winner must redeem gift certificate by 12/31/16. Must be 18 years or older to enter. If you do not live in the Greater Cincinnati area you may apply the gift certificate towards VIRTUAL ORGANIZING SERVICES. #simplifyinstyle #giveaway #contest
GIVEAWAY CLOSED........GIVEAWAY TIME: The day is here. Head over to check out the new site and blog #linkinbio  To celebrate, we are giving away a $100 gift certificate. You have THREE chances to win! ENTER THREE WAYS: 1. FOLLOW US on Instagram and COMMENT below 2. LIKE our Facebook page and COMMENT on the GIVEAWAY Facebook post @simplifyinstyle 3. Head to the blog and COMMENT on your favorite post Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. GIVEAWAY runs until 8/24. Winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram by 8/26. Winner must redeem gift certificate by 12/31/16. Must be 18 years or older to enter. If you do not live in the Greater Cincinnati area you may apply the gift certificate towards VIRTUAL ORGANIZING SERVICES. #simplifyinstyle  #giveaway  #contest 
YOU. GUYS. Tomorrow is the BIG day. The new website will be ready to launch to the world. Here is a sneak peak of the virtual services page. That's right. We can help you get organized wherever you are in the world. Check back tomorrow for more details and a fun GIVEAWAY 😉 #getorganized #giveaway
YOU. GUYS. Tomorrow is the BIG day. The new website will be ready to launch to the world. Here is a sneak peak of the virtual services page. That's right. We can help you get organized wherever you are in the world. Check back tomorrow for more details and a fun GIVEAWAY 😉 #getorganized  #giveaway 
Back to school is right around the corner. Are you ready for packing lunches, after school snacks, quick dinners before after school activities? Set your pantry up for success before the year starts. Create a snack bin for easy to grab access. Planning meals and packing lunches will never be easier. #kitchen #pantry #bts #backtoschool #momboss
Back to school is right around the corner. Are you ready for packing lunches, after school snacks, quick dinners before after school activities? Set your pantry up for success before the year starts. Create a snack bin for easy to grab access. Planning meals and packing lunches will never be easier. #kitchen  #pantry  #bts  #backtoschool  #momboss 
Labeling.... Probably my favorite part of the job 👌🏻
Labeling.... Probably my favorite part of the job 👌🏻
So many things happen at this table. I had so much fun planning this space. My goal was to create a space where I could work, meet with my team, and also let my kids make messes and create memories. Well, it worked. We love this space, and you can tell by the red "washable" paint stain on the curtains that they certainly make messes in here 😂 #creatememories #artroom #homeoffice
So many things happen at this table. I had so much fun planning this space. My goal was to create a space where I could work, meet with my team, and also let my kids make messes and create memories. Well, it worked. We love this space, and you can tell by the red "washable" paint stain on the curtains that they certainly make messes in here 😂 #creatememories  #artroom  #homeoffice 
Clear the nightstand clutter. Use a small dresser or nightstand with extra drawers like this #ikeahack for extra storage. A small dish can hold your jewelry and the top drawer can be used for extra storage for those items that typically clutter the top. #cleartheclutter #keepitsimple #simpledecor
Clear the nightstand clutter. Use a small dresser or nightstand with extra drawers like this #ikeahack  for extra storage. A small dish can hold your jewelry and the top drawer can be used for extra storage for those items that typically clutter the top. #cleartheclutter  #keepitsimple  #simpledecor 
These easy DIY mason jar sconces were one of my first decor projects. So simple, and so easy to make. I love switching out the flowers for each season. They are also great for storage in the bathroom (think cotton swaps, cotton balls, makeup brushes), craft supplies, writing utensils, the list goes on. #masonjars #functionmeetsstyle
These easy DIY mason jar sconces were one of my first decor projects. So simple, and so easy to make. I love switching out the flowers for each season. They are also great for storage in the bathroom (think cotton swaps, cotton balls, makeup brushes), craft supplies, writing utensils, the list goes on. #masonjars  #functionmeetsstyle 
A quick tidy each night will save you so much time and stress in the morning. Set an alarm for 15 minutes and challenge yourself to see how much you can get done. You'll be amazed what 15 minutes can do. #tidyup
A quick tidy each night will save you so much time and stress in the morning. Set an alarm for 15 minutes and challenge yourself to see how much you can get done. You'll be amazed what 15 minutes can do. #tidyup 
Creating this multi-functioning office/craft room/art room for our family was the best decision. A lot of time went into planning what this room should be used for. It took a couple tries, but I finally got it right. We spend so much time in this room. The kids craft while I work. They make messes. We laugh. We smile. We create. Spaces can be beautiful and functional. What room in your home do you love to spend time in? #funtionmeetsstyle #loveyourspace #craftroom #create #homeoffice #creatememories
Creating this multi-functioning office/craft room/art room for our family was the best decision. A lot of time went into planning what this room should be used for. It took a couple tries, but I finally got it right. We spend so much time in this room. The kids craft while I work. They make messes. We laugh. We smile. We create. Spaces can be beautiful and functional. What room in your home do you love to spend time in? #funtionmeetsstyle  #loveyourspace  #craftroom  #create  #homeoffice  #creatememories 
Keep beds from being overtaken by stuffed animals by adding a large basket next to the bed
Keep beds from being overtaken by stuffed animals by adding a large basket next to the bed
We had a nice relaxing weekend and I'm ready to tackle this #monday Spend a little time planning on an Sunday to make your whole week run smoother photo cred @photoashleyrose
We had a nice relaxing weekend and I'm ready to tackle this #monday  Spend a little time planning on an Sunday to make your whole week run smoother photo cred @photoashleyrose
I can hardly contain myself 🎉🍾 So many exciting things happening in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for some fun giveaways and the launch of the new website designed by @allybdesigns #simplifyinstyle
I can hardly contain myself 🎉🍾 So many exciting things happening in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for some fun giveaways and the launch of the new website designed by @allybdesigns #simplifyinstyle 
Not sure what to do with those toys that are taking over your living room? Add a couple of baskets for an easy easy to contain the clutter and easy clean up. Switch out toys as the kids get bored with what is there. #toys #toystorage #livingroom
Not sure what to do with those toys that are taking over your living room? Add a couple of baskets for an easy easy to contain the clutter and easy clean up. Switch out toys as the kids get bored with what is there. #toys  #toystorage  #livingroom 
Add a little ROY G. BIV to your bookcase and a cluttered shelf now looks beautifully organized #roygbiv #bookcase #shelfie
Add a little ROY G. BIV to your bookcase and a cluttered shelf now looks beautifully organized #roygbiv  #bookcase  #shelfie 
My boys are still loving their DIY bunk beds 🛠Sharing a room has been so much fun for them.... Let's hope that lasts for a long time 😬 #diy #diynetwork #tools #bunkbeds #boysroom #kidsroomdecor
Fresh herbs and my grandma's favorite flowers to brighten up this space for summer #thesummerfarmhouse
Fresh herbs and my grandma's favorite flowers to brighten up this space for summer #thesummerfarmhouse 
Playrooms can be pretty too. Go vertical with toys, add baskets with labels, and sit back and watch as your children quickly clean up every toy 😉 #playroom #kidsroom #toys #label  Photo cred:  @photoashleyrose
Playrooms can be pretty too. Go vertical with toys, add baskets with labels, and sit back and watch as your children quickly clean up every toy 😉 #playroom  #kidsroom  #toys  #label  Photo cred: @photoashleyrose
File folded towels microfiber towels from #amazon are cute & functional! File folding helps make space & looks so tidy! #organizedkitchen
File folded towels microfiber towels from #amazon  are cute & functional! File folding helps make space & looks so tidy! #organizedkitchen 
But first.... Create a coffee station by using a cute tray and gathering all the necessities #butfirstcoffee #coffeestation #organizedkitchen
Make planning meals easier with an organized pantry. Keep everything in sight and clearly labeled #chalkboardlabels #pantry #organizedkitchen #mealplanning
Just opening this cabinet makes me want to go bake a cake 🍰 #organizedkitchen #bakeallthethings
These containers from @thecontainerstore are perfect to keep those mixes fresh. Just clip off the directions and tape it to the back or throw it inside #containyourself #pantry #pantryorganization
The cutest #shelfie we ever did see. #toddlerroom #readingnook
Attempting a fun new DIY project. Any guesses about what I'm up to?
Attempting a fun new DIY project. Any guesses about what I'm up to?
How we start our day. Coffee or tea? We like them both! #butfirstcoffee #teatime
Remember that cabinet from yesterday? It's now a functional + stylish bar area #diningroomdecor #kitchendecor #shelfie #chalkpaint
When style meets function 😍 This little beauty adds extra storage space for all those bar accessories 🍷🍻🍾 #kitchen #diningroom #bar #chalkpaint
Ready to spend the long weekend outside. Big lavender planters are always a good choice & very low maintenance 👌This guy even survived a cold winter outside.  #lavender #smellssogood
Ready to spend the long weekend outside. Big lavender planters are always a good choice & very low maintenance 👌This guy even survived a cold winter outside. #lavender  #smellssogood 
Pro tip: go vertical 👆🏻🛠 I love these floating shelves for toy storage because you can put them at whatever height you need to fit those awkward sized toys #toys #playroom #kidsroom #kidsroomdecor #ikea
Pro tip: go vertical 👆🏻🛠 I love these floating shelves for toy storage because you can put them at whatever height you need to fit those awkward sized toys #toys  #playroom  #kidsroom  #kidsroomdecor  #ikea 
Opening up a drawer and seeing this makes everything better
Opening up a drawer and seeing this makes everything better
Need help getting organized? Schedule a free consultation today! We would love to talk to you about your space and create a plan just for you. Not local to Cincinnati? No problem... We have virtual organizing services too #linkinprofile #cincinnati #pantry #kitchen
Need help getting organized? Schedule a free consultation today! We would love to talk to you about your space and create a plan just for you. Not local to Cincinnati? No problem... We have virtual organizing services too #linkinprofile  #cincinnati  #pantry  #kitchen 
A {pop} of color is always fun!
A {pop} of color is always fun!