• 5 Common Christmas Decorating Mistakes

    Elevate Your Holiday Decor: Avoid These 5 Common Christmas Decorating Mistakes


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    As the holiday season approaches, there’s an undeniable excitement in the air, and many of us are eager to transform our homes into festive havens. However, amid the holiday rush, it’s easy to overlook some common decorating mistakes that can compromise the cozy and joyful atmosphere you’re aiming for. Everyone wants the perfect decor tips. Let’s take a closer look at these pitfalls and explore how to create a delightful holiday ambiance with careful planning and thoughtful execution.

    1. Mindful Proportions: Enhance, Don’t Overwhelm

    One of the first mistakes to avoid when decking the halls is misjudging proportions. It’s crucial to pay attention to the size and quantity of your decorations to ensure they complement rather than overpower your home’s aesthetic. Picture a massive Christmas tree crammed into a small living room or tiny ornaments adorning a towering tree – the balance is disrupted. To create a visually appealing and harmonious space, take the time to plan and choose decorations that fit seamlessly into your home.

    1. Lighting Harmony: A Crucial Element

    The role of lighting in creating a warm and inviting holiday ambiance cannot be overstated. Many fall into the trap of neglecting the balance between various light sources, resulting in overly bright or mismatched illumination that strains the eyes. To achieve a harmonious glow throughout your festive setup, opt for a cohesive lighting scheme. Combine warm white and colored lights strategically to enhance the atmosphere without overwhelming the senses.

    1. Cohesive Color Palette: The Backbone of Decor

    Nothing brings chaos to holiday decor like a lack of a cohesive theme. Before diving into the world of tinsel and baubles, establish a color palette that ties everything together. Whether you prefer traditional reds and greens, a winter wonderland of whites and blues, or a modern mix of metallics, having a guiding color scheme will elevate your decor and give it a polished, organized look.

    1. Embrace the Power of Greenery: Nature’s Elegance


    While the allure of shiny baubles and glittering ornaments is undeniable, don’t overlook the timeless beauty of natural elements. Incorporating evergreen branches, wreaths, and poinsettias into your decor brings a touch of elegance and freshness. Beyond aesthetics, these elements symbolize life and renewal, adding depth and meaning to your holiday arrangements.



    1. Safety First: Protecting Your Festive Haven

    In the excitement of transforming your home into a winter wonderland, safety considerations can often be pushed aside. Take a moment to ensure your decorations are placed away from heat sources. Check lights for frayed wires, and securely anchor your Christmas tree. By prioritizing safety, you not only protect your home from potential hazards but also create a worry-free environment, allowing you to fully enjoy the festive season.


    This holiday season, let’s embark on a decorating journey that goes beyond surface-level aesthetics. By avoiding these common mistakes and embracing thoughtful planning, your home can become a haven of joy and warmth, creating lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Elevate your holiday decor, infuse it with intention, and celebrate the magic of the season in style.


  • 5 ADHD-Friendly Home Organizing Strategies

    5 ADHD-Friendly Home Organizing Strategies

    Living with ADHD brings its own set of challenges, but a well-organized home can be a game-changer. Let’s dive into these 5 tips for creating an ADHD-friendly haven:

     #1: Launchpads

    Set up launchpads near entrances for a stress-free exit. Dedicate space for keys, wallets, and essentials, making it a daily ritual to launch into the day smoothly. This simple routine fosters a sense of order and minimizes frantic searches. Consider personalizing each launchpad with individualized baskets or hooks for family members to enhance the sense of ownership and responsibility. This not only maintains order but also serves as a visual cue for everyone to stay organized.

     #2: Easy Access to Everyday Items and Routines

    Craft your home environment for success by strategically placing everyday items to support desired activities. For instance, designate a cozy reading nook with a well-organized bookshelf, making it easy to unwind with a good book. Establish a dedicated zone for creative endeavors, stocking it with art supplies and inspiration, ensuring you can effortlessly dive into your artistic pursuits. The key is to set up your surroundings in a way that aligns with your goals and priorities, fostering a seamless flow for daily activities. By providing easy access to the things that matter, you’re not just organizing your space – you’re shaping a lifestyle that effortlessly supports your well-being.

     #3: Functional Hotspots

    Master the “Functional Hotspots” strategy by storing frequently used items where they’re most needed. When cooking, keep utensils close to the stove. When working, ensure essential supplies are within arm’s reach. This approach minimizes distractions and enhances efficiency in day-to-day tasks. Extend this principle to other areas of the home, like placing laundry baskets in bedrooms or creating dedicated study nooks. Tailoring each space to its specific function enhances overall organization and workflow.

    #4: Labels

    Labeling is a visual lifesaver. Clearly label storage bins, drawers, and shelves to provide instant visual cues. This not only adds an aesthetic touch but also ensures that finding items is a breeze. Labels turn your space into an organized haven and contribute to a stress-free environment. Experiment with color-coded labels for different categories, making it even easier to locate items at a glance. This visual system not only enhances organization but also adds a touch of personalization to your living spaces. Check out some of our favorite label systems here. 

    #5: Automation

    Embrace the power of automation to simplify daily life. Set up reminders for important activities, leverage smart home devices for routine tasks, and explore apps that streamline your schedule. Automation takes the guesswork out of daily routines, providing predictability and reducing mental load. I love using my Alexa devices on a daily basis. Check out available options over here.


    Additionally, consider creating dedicated automation zones within your home, where smart devices are concentrated. This not only centralizes control but also makes it easier for family members to understand and engage with automated systems, further reducing daily stressors.


  • Organize Your Shopping List

    Organizing Your Shopping List

    Tips for Busy Moms & Families

    As a professional home organizer, I know that maintaining an organized shopping list can be a game-changer when it comes to streamlining your grocery runs and meal planning. Let’s make your shopping trips more efficient with these tips:

    1. Categorize Your List: Divide your shopping list into categories like produce, dairy, pantry staples, and household items. This will save you time and prevent backtracking in the store.
    2. Meal Planning Is Key: Plan your meals for the week ahead and create your shopping list accordingly. This helps you buy only what you need and reduces food waste.
    3. Digital or Paper? You Decide: Whether you prefer a digital app or a trusty paper list, stick to what works for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach!
    4. Keep a Running List: Maintain an ongoing shopping list on your phone or a notepad. Whenever you run out of something, jot it down immediately to avoid forgetting it later.writing your shopping list
    5. Prioritize Essentials: Identify your family’s essentials and always keep them in stock. It could be snacks for the kids, breakfast items, or toiletries.
    6. Check Your Inventory: Before you head out, quickly review your pantry, fridge, and freezer to avoid buying duplicates.
    7. Stick to a Schedule: Set a regular shopping day and time that suits your family’s routine. Consistency makes it easier to stay organized.
    8. Use Coupons and Discounts: Save money by taking advantage of coupons and discounts. Apps like Rakuten can help you find deals on items you need.
    9. Avoid Impulse Buys: Stick to your list! Impulse purchases can add up quickly and disrupt your budget.
    10. Don’t Forget Reusable Bags: Bring your reusable shopping bags to reduce waste and stay eco-friendly.

    Do you have any shopping list tips to share? Drop your favorites in the comments below! Let’s help each other make shopping a breeze for busy families.



  • Nourish to Flourish in 2019

    Organizing Kitchens – the Heart of our Homes


    It seems like January 1st happened so long ago and yet we’re merely a few weeks into the new year. Are you someone who sets goals and resolutions? If you did, chances are one of them had to something to do with health, organizing or happiness.

    And now it’s that dreadful time of the year, AGAIN.

    According to statistics, mid-February is typically the time when most people lose interest in keeping up with their New Year resolutions.

    Recently I had the pleasure to interview my wonderful friend Deb Papesh about the essential connection between our common passions: Food, Health, and Organizing.

    Deb and I have known each other for almost a decade. She is the owner of a small but growing business called Food Flip, local to Dublin and the Columbus Metro area.



    Food Flip is a meal-prep service that comes to your home where Deb personally helps you increase your Kitchen Confidence through a series of menu preps. She works her magic with each client to meal prep everything you need for the week in a 3-hour session. In a few sessions, you recreate your mindset on how to go about finding and bringing joy back to your home kitchen.

    Here’s how our recent conversation went down:

    Deb: Hi – thank you so much for having me! I’m so glad that we have the chance to speak about Kitchen Confidence and proper systems and organization. If we begin with the right mindset and an organized space, everything else moves smoothly.

    Lori: I am so excited to talk with you about all this, especially as a happy Food Flip client myself. My first question for you: What do you notice with your Food Flip clients about kitchens in general, any recurring roadblocks?

    D: Typically I see the lack of proper definitions of the various zones of the kitchen spaces and how people tend to manage those. Cooking healthy meals, enjoying your family and being your best self must start with proper systems to support this. Does that make sense to you?

    L: Absolutely. One of the things I see on my end is the overabundance of items. Anything no longer used, broken stuff, mismatched glassware, a zillion mugs, storage without lids, etc. When this happens, it is very hard for the homeowner to see past the clutter. It discourages you from cooking because you cannot find the proper tools or food ingredients. You feel less inspired and even frustrated. Sometimes I hear a client say that they prefer to order take-out because it’s simply easier. Do you see this as a reason why people reach out to you for a Food Flip?

    D: It is certainly one reason – they need someone to help break the cycle of feeling powerless in their own home kitchen. It’s a huge part of why people feel distressed and they don’t know where to begin. For me, an avid cook and lover of food in general, I feel like the kitchen should be the heart of the home and a very sacred place.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a place of comfort, where people could go to gather, belong, share and partake in each other’s lives?

    L: I’m sure that sounds amazing to pretty much anyone you’d ask. What do you ask someone before starting a Food Flip?

    D: Before I go into a person’s home for a consult, I ask them lots of questions about how they organize their refrigerator and pantries. Often, they tell me this is part of their roadblock to getting started. I typically request they go through their food inventory to discard any expired or unused items. Some reasons why we do this :

    • Expired items could be a health hazard
    • You probably don’t need it if If you haven’t used it in a while
    • You can’t use it if you can’t see it

    L: That’s true. There are some items that can go bad and make you very sick. There are other items, especially dry items, like spices or baking mixes, which may not necessarily cause you a hospital visit but have lost their flavor or freshness and will not be much help in making your meal a success. In essence, some of the stuff is simply taking up space and triggering visual clutter. This actually becomes an obstacle for us to reach and utilize the necessary.


    D: Lori, how can someone give their their kitchen a proper “reset” ?

    L: Most often I get called to create a system and assess the whole space. We ask clients lots of questions such as :

    • How much cooking do you typically do?
    • What type of cooking: baking, cooking meals, prep, ethnic?
    • Who cooks in the kitchen?
    • How often do you shop for groceries?
    • Are you right or left handed?
    • Do you prefer things put away or some stuff on counters is ok?

    D: That’s interesting – I’ve never even thought about left and right-handedness. Tell me more about that before we talk about kitchen zones.


    L: It’s quite simple actually. Let me give you a quick example: I have you stand in front of the stove. We look to the right to where we may want to have the most used items related to cooking. You should not have to move very far, to reach the frequently used items. Sounds intuitive – but you would not believe how many of us simply stash items wherever we can because when we move into a home or apartment, we are in a rush to unpack boxes and are totally in survival mode. What about our food and our fridge Deb?

    D: I find that having a clear fridge is necessary for two reasons: we need to be able to see what we have and we will eat what we can see. If we simply stash them in clear containers wherever there is space throughout the fridge, how do we make sense of what we have and what is needed?

    I ask my clients to clarify/declutter first then I help them rearrange. All meal prep components remain within the same 1-2 shelves.

    L: I’d also say figure out what your goals are. For my family for example, with the exception of my husband, the rest of us were doing a pretty pathetic job in eating our fresh fruit. We decided to switch the veggies and fruit drawers. Placed the fruits higher up so we could see them better and even added clear bins on shelves that we fill with anything that we should be eating more of, and make better use of vertical space. It has worked wonders for us!



    D: One of the things we do in Food Flip that you probably think sounds easy but many never do this: simply rearranging shelves. Most people have had their shelves stationary from the get -go. It’s an easy step and a necessary one. People can experiment and do this themselves.

    L: Exactly – the same goes for kitchen cabinets. Give yourself permission to move everything around!

    D: In Food Flip we prep all the veggies and most of the fruit to be taken or eaten in the first half of the week. These items are stored on the top couple of fridge shelves or wherever your line of sight is, placed in clear containers or baggies, ready to be picked up and eaten on the go. This helps reduce waste at the end of the week because we are less likely to forget that we bought those berries and mushrooms, right?  I see in your beautiful fridge pictures that you have items you are trying to use right up front. How about the pantry? Is that a forgotten space?

    L: Pantries have my heart. If I could organize one every day, I would. Not just for the amazing before and after, that’s always so fulfilling, but also for the great effect this process has on the family’s well-being, eating and food wasting habits. Now the funny thing about pantries is that bigger isn’t always better, contrary to popular belief! If we aren’t careful, they become a dumping ground for all items that just seem to float around the main living area and kitchen. Party decor, kid’s art supplies, medicine, unused appliances and dishes, toys etc. Any and everything else that doesn’t have a home.



    D: So share with us your steps for resetting a kitchen space:

    L: I like to keep it simple. I call it “The Four P-s”

    • Pull it All out

    • Purge and Sort

    • Put Like with Like

    • Place everything back in labeled bins and baskets.

    D: Tell me about some of your favorite containers:

    L: There are too many depending on space, budget, and preferences – from metal, wood tones, wicker, plastic etc. Often, we utilize clear containers in many projects. They appeal to all clients for various reasons. You see it, you use it. They are lightweight, easy to clean and not that expensive. My favorite go-to source for organizing products is the Ohio-based company called M Design. Of course, there are lots of other sources such as Target, Amazon, Container Store, Ikea etc.

    My best advice would be to stop doing what the next person is doing. Be inspired by Pinterest, but you do YOU.

    Be realistic. How much time do you want to spend maintaining your pantry? Decanting, for example, takes extra effort each time you come home from the grocery store. You will constantly fill and refill, which is fine if this is your thing to do. If not – no reason to worry.  There are other options that allow you to pool the like items together in baskets with labels. Examples include Cereals, Baking, Snacks, Sweets, Baby Food, etc. We hope you can keep better track of your items this way and reduce waste. What about Food Flip?

    D: We work on a very similar goal: Reducing waste by meal prepping. Did you know that if most people end up throwing out almost half of the produce, they buy within a two – week period? My clients report they are spending the money and tossing the food because they didn’t have a plan. That hard earned money can be better invested in organizing themselves, and or improving kitchen skills. What questions should someone be asking themselves if they’d like to improve all this?


    • What are you currently doing that is NOT working for you? List those things pertaining to organizing your kitchen, food, etc…
    • What would you LIKE it to look like? Brainstorm, collect pics from Pinterest or Magazines. In the past, people used to create Vision Boards. You could simply bullet some of the ideas and goals. Write it all down.
    • Begin with the 4 P’s and see how far you can go.

    If it becomes overwhelming, contact a professional. You can always reach out to me or any Professional Organizer in your area. I’d love to partner with you in creating YOUR best-organized version of yourself. If you are struggling with your food prep and would like to improve your kitchen skills, get in touch with Deb for an awesome Food Flip. You can reach her on Facebook or Instagram.

    We promise this will be the best investment in yourself and your family’s well-being. We are a good team for those who are ready!

    Now let’s go make those 2019 goals a reality!


  • 5 Simple tips for organizing your shoes



    Although it is said a woman can never have “too many shoes”, sometimes she can run out of space. Especially if she spotted a really good sale at her favorite store this past weekend and happened to come home with 3 new pairs just in time for Valentine’s Day.



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    5 simple tips for organizing shoes



    Well, nothing against shoes or any other clothing or accessory category ladies. Organizing is not about simply getting rid of stuff or depriving yourself from the things you enjoy. It’s about identifying the important and creating systems that will help you use and enjoy those items without wasting time and feeling guilty or frustrated.


    But while it is fun to bring stuff home, especially if said stuff is a pair of new shiny red pumps, it is also important to give these things proper homes. Unless you are blessed with a Hollywood size closet, in a short amount of time you will be dealing with a surplus and then an unmanageable inventory of shoes, often mixed in with other items or clothing.



    Here are my simple tips for keeping your shoe collection organized:


    1. Get all the shoes off the floor.


    Quite often when organizing a client’s home we find dozens of shoes scattered on closet floors, under beds, behind doors, some upstairs and some in the basement. Your first instinct might be to put them on the floor but there is only so much horizontal space to go around even in the biggest closets. Designate a few shelves or invest in some stackable shoe organizers such as this unit from Wayfair where you can showcase and organize your shoes better.




    1. Group in categories


    This can be anything that makes sense to you. Some people prefer to group by season, some by function such as athletic, dress etc. Or you can choose to group by color as I do.



    1. Alternate shoe direction

    Consider alternating the direction of each shoe (toe/heel) when placing them on the shelves. This helps you gain a few more inches of precious storage space if you are running tight.


    1. Stackable Boxes

    Use stackable clear storage boxes such as these from the Container Store. It can double the storage space and help you easily find the pair you are looking for. You can even store some of them higher up in the closet when out of season.




    1. Declutter

    While you are at it, let go of anything broken, not fitting well or not used anymore so you can finally enjoy the ones you do.




    Tell me, how many pairs of shoes do you own?