Spring Organization: One Day at a Time

Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner! No one wants to stay at home and organize during the summer, so now is the time to do some spring cleaning and organizing and you will be ready for … Continue reading

Back to School Already?

Believe it or not, the start of school is just around the corner.  Being a former teacher and school librarian, I get so excited about the start of school.  Since my daughter is starting kindergarten in August, this is the first year that I actually get to buy school supplies for one of my own.  I am such a nerd and bought all of her new kindergarten supplies in June.  Lesson learned though, I did spend a small fortune and will wait for sales and tax free shopping next go round!

So, before you start stressing about back to school shopping and getting those supplies in order, lets be sure to get the kids’ rooms in order!  Whether your kids are in kindergarten or in college, you don’t want your kiddos to start school with a cluttered and messy room, do you?

Maybe you are fortunate enough to have your kids in camp this week?  If not, just make it a fun project you can do together and get rolling!!!!

Here’s what you need to do:

1.  Organizing doesn’t have to involve a lot of money spent on products.  Whatever you do, don’t go out and buy a bunch of organizing products.  It will just add more clutter and cause you some unnecessary trips back to the store.

2.  Get rid of all of those small toys, stuffed animals, or whatever it is, that you really don’t need or your kids don’t play with anymore.  If your kiddo has a hard time saying goodbye to things, take this time to give a lesson on repurposing and giving to those left fortunate.  I know I have written this before, but one of my favorite Berenstain Bears books when I was little was the Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room.  I just loved when they cleaned up their rooms and ended up with all of those organized and labeled bins for their toys!  If your kids are young, read them that or Room Enough for Daisy, which is a picture book that teaches kids valuable life lessons like how living with less can benefit an individual and a community.  It also teaches them to appreciate what they have and that more is not always better.

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3.  Separate like items and decide what you want to use to containerize.  This is the part where you can go shopping and it doesn’t have to be expensive.  They have tons of bins at The Dollar Store or you can go crazy and buy $50 beautiful bins at Restoration Hardware….the choice is yours!  I have found that it is easier to use products with an open top so you can just throw things in rather than using products with a closed lid.  For example, in my case, I have several cute pink baskets in my daughter’s room….one for mini fairies and princesses, Barbies in another basket, Strawberry Shortcake in another basket, etc… We actually have a separate little plastic four drawer container for American Girl accessories and clothes.  Be sure to label your baskets with a cute tag or you can even use pictures for little ones. Just remember that everything in the room should have a spot and those things always go in that spot.  If there isn’t a spot for something, it often also helps to have one big bin or tub for all of those random toys that don’t fit into a certain category…sort of like your kids “junk drawer.”  Check out our previous post on favorite products for toy “organization” for more ideas.  If you have too many toys and things around, get a big plastic tub with a lid and put the toys in there.  Stick that tub in the back of a closet and “rotate” the toys every month or so.  That way you don’t have too many things out and causing clutter all at once.

4.  You don’t need to save every little project from camp this summer and school last year.  I keep one archival box for each school year (I use the Stockholm Document box from The Container Store) and keep the art projects and other keepsakes in that box.  If it gets too full, it is time to go back through and reevaluate what to keep.  Arts and crafts are another whole post that we are going to revise and revisit soon, but for some ideas, check out our previous post on art storage.

Stockholm Boxes

5.  Start going through clothes that your child has outgrown.  Be thinking about the awesome sale Charleston Repeats that will be held in September.  Go ahead and register now so you are ensured a spot as a consigner!  I swear by this sale…make a lot of money every time I do it.  It takes some work, but it pays off in the end.  You can also sell those toys and other items you are purging at the sale!

Remember, our goal is to help you reduce clutter and keep things simple.  The less clutter you have around, the easier it is to clean and keep up with, thus reducing your stress and allowing for a happy momma!

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Consigning and Selling Your Stuff

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If you are looking into consigning your clothes or household items, I’m sure wherever you are, there are plenty of places to consign.   In Charleston, I have gathered a few spots that are known to be great to consignment shops.  Keep in mind that consignment shops are pretty picky about what sort of clothing they will take and it also depends on the season!  Not to be mean, but save your junky stuff for Goodwill, Habitat, or a yard sale.

You can also always sell your items on eBay, Craig’s List, or a new online spot called Tradesy.com  At Tradesy, you simply upload a picture of an unwanted item of clothing and determine its value using the site’s pricing algorithm.  When the items sells, Tradesy sends you a prepaid package addressed to the buyer, and the money is deposited into your PayPal account.

If you are in Charleston and looking to sell your kid’s clothes, CharlestonRepeats is getting ready to have its biannual consignment sale.  Also, Daniel Island is gearing up for its biannual Red Balloon Yard Sale on March 9th.  Friends, family, and clients, bring items you want to get rid of, and I will sell them for you at the yard sale on March 9th!

As far as consignment shops in Charleston go, these are a few of my favorites, but please feel free to comment if you have your own favorites!

Clothes

Consigning Women
21 Magnolia Rd. (West Ashley)
Charleston, SC 29407
843.556.1871
 
Consigning Women (second location)
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Suite 110
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843.216.9993
 
High End Clothes, Jewelry, and Accessories:
The Trunk Show
281 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.0442

Household Items

Next to New 
2700  Hwy 17N Suite 200
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
843-606-2715
(make appointment or email picture if bringing in large items)
 
Charleston Consignment Company, Lowcountry Consignments, and Victoria’s (3 locations…I listed my 2 favorite spots)
Lowcountry Consignments
1179 Gregorie Ferry Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
843.606.9881
 
Charleston Consignment Co.
464 N. Nassau St.
Charleston, SC 29403
843.720.5282

Letting Go of Guilty Clutter

I loved this post on “Letting Go of Guilty Clutter” from Laura Wittmann at I’m an Organizing Junkie and author of Clutter Rehab. I know so many people (including myself) who could benefit from these tips, so I just had to share.

On a side note, I have been busy selling and getting rid of some guilty clutter around my own house!  Grand total at the Charleston Repeats kid’s consignment sale…..$1300!!!!!  Time to do a little redecorating, and can’t wait to consign for the spring/summer sale!  Also, working on my yard sale, so come by Daniel Island on September 29th…friends and clients…you can bring your own guilty clutter to sell at my house (have a few friends bringing things already)!

On a side note, here is a cool contraption I came across this week and thought I would share…..the pan stacker from Rubbermaid!  You can get it at Lowes or pretty much anywhere that sells Rubbermaid products.

In all of my craziness in the past few weeks, we still found some time to relax in the mountains.  🙂