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How to Organize a Playroom (And Defeat Toy Clutter)

Playrooms! Eek! Just saying the word can cause stress levels to rise for clients (and me, if I’m being totally honest). How do you organize a playroom?! Where on earth do you even start?!

Graphic with a photo of a bookcase and colorful books with the title, 'How to Organize a Playroom.

If you’re reading this blog post, I imagine you’re in the same boat. Your kids’ playroom is completely stressing you out, and it’s high time you do something about it. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. If you’re wondering how to organize a playroom, let me share some of my top tips with you.

Does this sound familiar?

Not only do your kids have too many toys, but those toys are everywhere. All the time. You put them away, but within an hour they’re all out (again!). You assume your children must be conspiring against you; they couldn’t possibly be this messy unintentionally, right?

Photo of an organized kids' playroom with a teepee.

You think to yourself, “Do I have the time or energy to clean all this up yet again?” The reality is, no – you don’t. There are many, many...

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Simple Tips To Prioritize Self-Care

You are amazing! Women are amazing for so many reasons and at the top of the list is that we take care of everyone around us. But often this is at the expense of our own needs. I know you may read that a lot, but it’s totally true and should be said again. There are days when we put our needs last, even when it comes to the basics like drinking enough water, eating healthy meals or getting in a little exercise.

Graphic with a photo of a girl doing her hair with the title, 'Simple Steps to Prioritize Self-Care.'

Now, more than ever, it’s important to prioritize ourselves.

Including self-care in my daily, weekly and monthly resets is a non-negotiable for me. I’m a nicer mom, more thoughtful spouse and better all-around person when my cup is filled. Everyone around me knows that and I have zero guilt over it.

Do you feel the same? 

I hope so, friend. But if not, read on. 

I want you to do the following: 

  1. Determine what self-care looks like for you 
  2. Include it in your daily, weekly and monthly resets 
  3. Feel ZERO guilt over it.

It’s not...

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Sunday Refresh: A Teen's Take on the Sunday Reset

I am so excited to share this guest post by Brianna from Simply Life by Bri. Brianna is a junior in high school who fell in love with organizing when she was really young. Over the years, Brianna has shaped her hobby into a way of life. She has practically reorganized her entire house and decided that the next logical step was to help everyone else! 

When Brianna reached out to me asking if she could share about her take on my Sunday Reset process, I could not say yes fast enough! I often share about how important it is for us to instill organization skills in our kids I am so excited for you to have a peek at how a teenager puts the skills she has learned into practice! At the end of this post, she shares some tips for parents of teens on how they can encourage their kids to get excited about organizing. I hope you enjoy!

I realized how stressed I was when the school year started. On top of the impossibility of...

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success This School Year (+ a Free Schedule and Routines Printable!)

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you have likely conquered your first few weeks of school. Whether it’s in-person, virtual, or some mix of the two, this year is different! There are less activities for our children to be a part of and there are all types of new guidelines to adjust to… I think we can all agree that nothing feels “normal.”

Desk with a letterboard that says, 'Be Where You Are.'

Before I go any further, I want to remind you that you’re an amazing parent. The fact that you’re reading a blog post about how you can set yourself up for success this school year shows that you want the best for your kids! We are all doing the very best that we can with what we've been given. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to handle this year… trust that you know what is best for your family! 

With that said, many of you have been asking what I’m doing in my home to set us up for success this school year. I wanted to share what I’m...

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What does a professional organizer do?

If you’re thinking about hiring a professional organizer, you’re probably wondering… what does a professional organizer do? And what don’t they do? What can I expect when I pay someone to come into my home and set up organizing systems for me and my family?

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Hiring a professional organizer can be a big decision. It's both a time and financial commitment — one that can be well worth the effort. Before making that commitment, though, it’s important to understand what to expect from a professional organizer. 

The Organizing Equation

I’ve come up with an essential organizing equation for organization, and it’s important to understand this equation before undergoing work with a professional organizer:

(-purge) + a place for everything + everything in its place = organized

Basically, this equation covers everything that’s involved in getting organized. Seems pretty simple, right? It can be! But the secret is… a...

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5 Tips for Getting Organized (From a Professional Organizer)

If you’re looking for tips for getting organized, you’ve probably realized that it’s time to get on top of your clutter once and for all. Good for you! I’m glad that you’re here. After all, the hardest part of taking on any new project is getting started. 

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According to The Homeworld Forecast Consumer Survey, people have a lot of reasons for not becoming more organized — ranging from lack of space, to lack of time, to having too much stuff (and having no clue what to do with it!).

As a professional organizer, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people just like you not just get organized, but stay organized. Today, I’m excited to share my top five tips for getting organized — so you can jump in and head down the RIGHT path when it comes to total organization.

1. There is no right or wrong way to organize

The right way to get organized is whatever way works for you! 

We all have different habits, lifestyles, and...

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Where to Start Decluttering: How I Did It and You Can Too

Wondering where to start decluttering? The process can look different for everyone, but let me tell you a bit about my own organizing journey — including the most important first steps. 

Before I became a professional organizer, I spent a year decluttering and organizing my entire house, and I promise I’m not being dramatic when I say that it changed my life. 

So many of us want to organize our homes, but it can be a struggle to know where to start decluttering. I can’t promise to know all of the secrets, but I certainly learned a thing or two over that year. 

My goal here at Grid + Glam is to help you learn how to declutter your home, so you can develop habits that make living an organized, fulfilled, and joyful life feel easy. Part of that involves sharing my journey with you and what I learned along the way. So, here’s how I got organized — and how you can too.

How I organized my home (and kept it that way)

I often get asked if I was...

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How to Prepare Your Child for Online or Hybrid School This Fall

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you’re likely full of a mix of emotions as you think about what this next school year will look like. I want to acknowledge how hard all of this is and provide a few strategies to help you ease your child into the school year if they will be learning in a virtual or hybrid format.

The transition back to school is typically a frenzied and stressful time in the best of scenarios. But in the past at least there has been a clear delineation between school and non-school environments. This change of scenery, while difficult for some children, typically eases the transition from summer (home) to school (not home). 

For most of us this year that transition is going to look very different. I anticipate it to be much harder, so I’m planning to make a concerted effort to create that delineation. Pre-COVID, our time had gotten overscheduled and overly structured. I’m all for my kids having increased freedom and...

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Back to School Prep: 6 Organization Tips for Parents

It’s hard to believe that school is only a month away! Summer is such a wonderful change of pace, with longer days, later starts, and more family time. But for those of us that thrive on routine (like me!), it can also be a big adjustment. By the beginning of August, I am feeling like I’ve challenged myself enough! I’m ready for some structure again with some back to school prep.

My natural body rhythm is to be very planned and structured so I try to think of the unstructured summer as an opportunity to grow a bit: to be more spontaneous and do things like relax on the beach. And somehow avoiding the urge to make a list of all the things I’ll need to pour sand out of!

I’m not entirely sad that the end of summer is on the horizon, and I’m more than a little excited for all the  back to school prep we get to embark on. Although structure is my comfort zone, that isn’t to say that the back to school season is without stress. There’s...

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How to Easily Design a Custom Storage Closet

I love my job and I love trying out new organizing products! In the years I’ve been a Professional Organizer, I have not completed a single project for a client or myself without products from The Container Store. They have an extensive selection of products that have helped me organize hundreds of spaces! 

Over the last year, I have gotten the chance to partner with The Container Store as a Brand Ambassador. Each month, we work together to showcase some of their new products in an organizing project, so that we can help you discover + choose the best products for your space! It has been so much fun to get to be creative with new products like in our home office space when I shared about How to Increase your Work-from-Home Productivity and in a pantry when I shared How to Organize a Pantry Space in Two Hours.

Graphic with photo of an organized closet with the title, 'How to Easily Design a Custom Storage Closet'.

This month’s project was an extra special treat. The Container Store gifted me a custom Elfa Closet so that I could use it in my home and show you all...

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