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Organizing Your Wrapping Center 1I had a client this weekend ask me what I do with gift bags and bows and all that fun wrapping stuff that can clutters up spaces. So I thought I would share with you what I do.

I keep all my bags and tissue paper in a clear plastic container so I have easy access to it when I need it. This is the box I use the most as I prefer the easy use of bags and some tissue paper over having to wrap things with paper.  I also like the fact that bags & tissue are reusable so there is less waste.

ribbon box 600Bows and ribbons are kept in another box...although looking at this I now feel I have way too many. Full disclosure- I use to have a side business where I made and sold gift baskets. Most of these ribbons are leftovers from that business as I just don't use them that much anymore. After taking this picture I realize I have not bought ribbon in over 10 years and it is time to reduce it a bit as obviously I won't use it that fast. Yes even I have more stuff than I need sometimes.  Understand that most clutter is unmade decisions...I have just not taken the time to make the decision to let some of this go, I just realized it will seriously take me another 10 years or more to use all this ribbon. I do not need it or use it!  So I am letting some of it go!

wrapping paperI have another container for wrapping paper, bubble wrap and a brown packing paper roll as we do have family who live on the other side of the country so we do ship things that way occasionally.  Again I do not have a lot of paper and if I did not have a big house I really would not have this large of a container for paper.  Right now it works.  One idea I have used for clients in small spaces is hanging garment bags with all the wrapping stuff in it so it fits nicely in a closet and does not take up much space.  

How do you store your wrapping paper?  Share with us any cool ideas that work for you, we love to see new ideas!

Come over and join us in our Facebook Group as well for more support and ideas.

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Kim

 

Camping Lesson How Much Stuff Do I Really Need To Survive My husband and I went camping this weekend for the first time in years…well to be totally honest we cheated a little, even though we were in the campground at Fundy Park we stayed in one of the parks permanent tents called an Otentik. It was a good compromise as we do not own a trailer and my body said no to sleeping on the ground in a tent lol. The Otentik was like a little cabin in the woods.

It was exciting to get back to the wilderness and enjoy a few days in the woods hiking and sitting around the campfire. During the weekend I had a big aha moment as I was doing the dishes from our breakfast. I realized how little we really need to be happy and enjoy life. EVERYTHING I needed to cook with, eat off of, drink from and clean with fit in one box. Yes, one box! I have a huge kitchen at home, with LOTS of stuff in it, but when push comes to shove I only really need ONE box of stuff to survive and be happy with. It was a clarity moment about how much stuff we surround ourselves with that we don’t actually need, and that the maintenance of that much stuff takes up valuable time to keep it clean, valuable space to house it and valuable brain power to think about it. Less stuff = more time for peace and fun!

camping boxWhen I was camping it was so easy to decide what pot to use as I only had two – one big and one little. It was easy to clean up after too, as we only had a few dishes that took us less than 10 minutes to clean – without a dishwasher too! It was great, and left a lot of time to relax by the fire, hike on the trails and visit with other campers.

So my challenge to you this week is to think about what you REALLY need to survive. Could reducing the amount of stuff surrounding you clear the way for you to have more time and space to enjoy your life? Does all that stuff you have actually make your life simpler or does it make it more complicated, cluttered and overwhelming?

Think about it! And if you are ready to tackle the excess and reduce what you own, come join my Facebook group where I share inspiration, motivation and information on living a clutter free life. There is a video in the group about my lesson learned on this trip, check it out:

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Come connect with us today!

Kim

inside otentikme and the otentik

Toy Room OrganizingKids toys can sometimes take over a space and you can feel that you live in a toy store after a hurricane goes through it. The important thing to remember when deciding on storage solutions for kids’ toys is that it has to be easy for the kids to put their things away. As a former preschool teacher I can tell you that having a dedicated spot for everything and making it easy for the kids to know where that spot is can reduce frustration, time and tears.

Cubbies and containers work well as long as they are well labelled and the containers are large enough to ‘throw’ things into. If the kids have to put all their stuff away in a secret order, like putting a puzzle together in order to get the lid to fit, they are doomed to fail. Look at any reputable daycare center and they are an Organizers DREAM- EVERYTHING has a place of its own and EVERYTHING is labelled, even the scissors have a special stand to go in. there is a reason for this, kids want and need easy to follow directions, they are empowered when they can do things on their own and by creating a space that makes this easy for them you give them power and self confidence. Much better than the constant nagging and occasional loud voices saying ‘this place is a pigsty, clean up your toys’

rubbermaid with toys storedI am partial to large Rubbermaid containers with the raise lids, they allow the kids to throw their stuff in and the lid will still go on, they also stack nicely. I had several of these containers when the kids were young, for Barbie stuff, for dress up clothes, for blocks, for Hot wheels, for…well you get my drift. I encouraged my kids to only have one of these out at a time. If they were playing Barbies then the Barbie one is out. If they went on to another activity they were expected to clean up the Barbies, cleaning takes about 2 minutes as all they had to do it put it all in one big container, they did have a few smaller containers to hold the tiny little items like Barbie shoes and accessories but those never actually worked as it was too complicated to maintain.

playroom organizationSmall cubbies work great as well as long as they are labelled or at least the containers on the cubbies are labelled. We had one that houses all my budding artists creative ‘stuff’. There are lots of different types of cubbies, ours is a metal mesh one that can be reconfigured as our needs change. We got that one at Costco. IKEA has some great ones as well and one of the best kept secrets to buying great kids toy storage solutions is any School Supply stores like Scholars Choice, they have fantastic stuff, as that is their business.

Remember to not be too hard on yourself or your kids, mess happens when they play and we should all embrace the mess DURING play time. By empowering them to be actively involved in the clean up phase you can make it fun and easy so it becomes a natural part of play. Go visit a daycare center and when it is time to clean up you will hear laughter, singing and cooperation. The kids love it almost as much as the playing itself.