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Help You Dwell is a home and workspace organizing service based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Introducing Origami Day!

taryn mcLean

I am so excited to introduce HYD's new friend, Samantha Lane, founder of Origami Day, to you. HYD is so thrilled to learn about her new company and how she's helping folks with time management and personal productivity!

Samantha came up with the idea after a health scare a few years back that led her to rethink how she was spending her own time.  Soon thereafter, she attended a time management class where the lightbulb came on and Origami Day was born.  Samantha's been applying Origami Day practices in her own life for some time now.  After walking alongside friends and colleagues assisting them with their calendars and how to use their time more wisely, she realized she had lots to offer our busy culture.  

So what is Origami Day? We'll start with the fabulous, simple, and very functional products:

The 2018 Origami Planner Notebook
This planner/notebook is so lovely and brilliant as it allows you to see the month as a whole, helping you keep track of the bigger picture with a year view as well. But that's not all, the journal has space for note taking, big ideas, and other important scribbles. These features  allow you to only grab one item instead of a planner and a journal and a notepad.  Available locally at Rala and online.

The Origami Day Planner Sheet
These sheets are designed with a unique grid that allows you to plan your week thoroughly. The next step is to fold your sheet along the provided lines allowing you to see your present day and the following day encouraging you to stay present and not be overwhelmed by the entire week. Available online.

Time Management Presentation
Samantha leads dynamic sessions that will inspire any audience to get excited about Time Management or Personal Productivity. Whether you are looking for a workshop, a conference speaker, or another special event, Origami Day is a great choice.


Origami Day is more than just the products though. It's also a new way of thinking. Samantha is dedicated to creating a culture shift, even if it's just on a small scale. She's come to realize that...

... how we spend our day is how we spend our life.
Samantha Lane, Founder

Samantha Lane, Founder

Just as HYD has seen the freedom and renewal that comes from decluttering the stuff in our homes, Samantha is now experiencing the great power that comes from decluttering one's schedule to create space and time for the things in life that truly matter.

And be on the lookout for some exciting collaborations between Origami Day and Help You Dwell this Spring!!

-- You can subscribe to Origami Day's newsletter here for Time Management tips and for upcoming events --

 

Perfecting Your Pantry

taryn mcLean

Empty it out. 

- Discard all expired items (don't be embarrassed of what "vintage" items you may find!)
- Sort items into categories of similar items
- Throw away partially used open boxes of food

Sort into categories that work for you. 

- Group by meal (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, desserts)
OR
- Group by type (grains, canned veggies, snacks, etc.)

Contain it all.

- Baskets, bins or containers
- Clear jars add visibility to how much of each item you have on hand (and are typically much prettier than the package the items came in
- Various sizes to fit each shelf space or specific item
- Personal preference: clear, all uniform containers, mix of different styles
- Use vertical space by incorporating stackable/multi-level storage (Two Tier Lazy Susan
- Wire baskets allow fruit/veggies to aerate (Decorative Wire Basket)

Here are a few ideas for containers:

Put it back in an intentionally neat way. 

- Items you use together- store near each other
- Items that you want your little ones to access- store on lower shelves
- Items you rarely use- store up high
- Items you use very regularly- store right at your eye sight level 

Enjoy a little gallery of some pretty pantries we've organized!

Tips to keep order in your pantry.

-Designate a place for a grocery list visible to everyone, so when an item runs out - you put it on the list right then! 
- Storing items with potential to spill in solid bottom containers will make clean up easier, in case of a mess. 
- Invest in labels (or create your own) for your pantry containers, to make sure everything stays in it's place. 
- Give your pantry a deep refresh each season (or monthly if you're able) by purging and rearranging according to what the current season requires. 
- Once a quarter, wipe clean each container to remove the crumbs or sticky handprints that have accumulated. 

Are you overwhelmed by the current chaos in your pantry?
We'd love to help. Give us a call today to schedule your free 30 minute in-home consultation.
865.245.9080

happy thanksgiving

taryn mcLean

 

We hope your homes and tables are full today. Make joyous memories with grateful hearts. 

 
 
Photo by Texture Photo.

Photo by Texture Photo.

We are incredibly grateful for our family + friends, clients, and this lovely city that we call home. Happy Thanksgiving, Knoxville!