Yes you can.


Four ways to find success this weekend.

1. The paper pile on your kitchen counter? 

You can sit down this Saturday morning and go through it. Trash, File/Put away, To do. Those are you three categories. Then:

  • Toss the trash
  • File the keepers
  • Put the hammer where it belongs
  • Pay the bills or fill out the forms

2. The bags or boxes of items to be donated? 

You can make one more 15 minute round through the house, add a few more items to the bag, load them in your car Friday morning and drop them off on your way to the grocery store or on your lunch break.

3. The toy room overflowing with unneeded toys that other kids would love? 

You can grab your kiddos on Saturday afternoon, tell them they have a special opportunity to let go of their toys for other kids less fortunate by picking out 5-10 toys, place them in a box, and the nice men & women at the closest donation site of your choice will take care of the rest.

4. The bathroom closet/medicine cabinet with expired meds, unused beauty products, and scattered items?

You can get a trash bag to fill with the unusable items, purge any products that friends or family might like, and see what’s left. Once you know what you have, it’s easy to pick up containers like these from Target to contain items just the way you need and add a label to the front to make things easy to find!

Here are four little ways to make a big difference in your living space. They may not seem like much reading them on this blog, but trust us, we have experienced it personally and with clients time and time again.

Remember it only takes one little rock to start an avalanche. Who knows what organizing one small space in your home or workspace could lead to?

As always, if these tasks sound just like what you need but time is limited, HYD would be honored to help you along your journey to order in your space. 

Call us at 865.245.9080 for a free consult today.

Organizing the bathroom

Keeping it practical this week with a short checklist on how to get your bathroom storage in order. This is a great activity to help you feel a sense of accomplishment that doesn't require a big time commitment. It's a favor you can do for yourself that keeps on giving when your mornings are rushed and you need to be able to get through your morning routine as smoothly as possible.

Image by  Martha Stewart

Here we go....

1. Pull everything out of every cabinet and drawer and group in categories. You always need to see how much of everything you have to know how much to keep. Clean out the drawers and cabinets once they are empty.

2. Try not to spend too much time thinking about how much varying items cost. If you don't use it, if it's old, or if you didn't like it's result, let it go. It's not worth the space it's taking up if you don't or won't ever use it.

3. Go through all makeup, medications, grooming tools etc. and check expiration date. Do you have multiple bottles/tubes of the same item? How many will you realistically use before they expire? If you have several half used bottles of the same thing, consider consolidating them to save space.

4. If you have drawers full of sample sized or hotel sized hygiene items ask yourself whether you will use them. Yes, they were "free" with that $100+ night at the hotel, but if they're collecting dust in the drawer, you've had it so long you can't remember which hotel it was from, or you don't even like it....toss it.

Image by  Real Simple

Image by Real Simple


5. If you have the space on your sink or countertop, a tray, like this one, of your most used and pretty products can be a nice way to store items. If not, this caddy showcased by Martha Stewart is a great option for those of us that lack storage space.

Image by  Martha Stewart

6. Linens. Go through your towels. Do any need to be replaced? Consider using old towels for rags. If you already have plenty of rags, donate the towels. How many towels do you use? How many do you need? If you keep sheets in the bathroom do the same thing. So often, we keep sheets and towels that don't match others or that we never use. Make sure to have enough for each inhabitant in your home and a set for guests, but there's no need to keep more towels or sheets than you actually use as they just get musty in the cabinets and take up valuable storage space.

Putting it all back ::

The best way to stay successful with bathroom order is to use small containers to group items, especially if you have a closet with larger shelves. Clear shoebox size boxes work well, grouping medicines together, first aid in another, grooming supplies in another, and so on. If you have children, grouping their medication in one and the adult meds in another makes for quick retrieval when a child needs meds fast or in the middle of the night. For smaller items, a portable drawer system is great as well. Using a labeler or adding a cute tag to each unit finishes it off just right.

Image from  HeartWork

Image from HeartWork

Hopefully this will help you to take on your bathroom organizing project with the tools you need to be successful. If you're still feeling a bit overwhelmed or just don't have the extra time, HYD is always here to help!

Spring Cleaning Challenge

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That’s what decluttering is: taking time to decide what’s important enough to remain in your life. It’s not about getting rid of everything, or emptying your life completely. It’s about figuring out what matters to you. And then getting rid of what doesn’t.
— Leo Babauta

For the month of March our blog entries will be centered around Spring Cleaning. Rather than overwhelming you with long detailed lists of things to do each week, we will give you two quick ideas to break up your work into manageable weekly to-do’s. We want to keep it simple and to the point while giving you helpful tips to stay motivated.

This week’s challenge:

1. Take a trash bag to your bathroom and fill it with anything you don’t use or anything that has expired. For items that haven’t expired but you don’t use, think about donating to a homeless shelter (The Volunteer Ministry Center or KARM) or giving them to a friend. Let yourself off the hook and don’t guilt yourself into keeping a bottle of face wash that you hate just because you used it once and didn’t like the result. In the future, look for small bottles when trying out a new product or do some online research and read customer ratings before buying.

2. Go through your email and open up any email that you didn’t sign up for or always delete before reading and unsubscribe yourself. One less piece of junk mail clogging up your brain and your inbox. * makes it easier to unsubscribe from multiple emails at a time