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Part 1: How Can Senior Living be Both Organized and Easy?

This series was written by Ideal Organizing + Design and will be published over the next several weeks to help you stay organized and make informed decisions as you age.  Part 1 Bette Davis once said, “It’s not for sissies!” when describing getting older. Aging isn’t easy, life-changing decisions aren’t easy, and the physical and […]

Transitioning to Fall Décor: How to Add Excitement and Stay Organized!

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of welcoming a new season with fresh, new decor. Begin by gathering and packing your summer vibe items such as seashells, faux summer flowers, and any other decorations you used throughout the summer. Keep them organized by storing them in a designated location adjacent to other seasonal decor and […]

An Organized Guide to Selecting the Right Senior Storage Solution

A Guest Blog by StorageUnits.com If you are an older adult moving into a senior residential living community, or if your family has a senior loved one who is planning such a move, there’s a lot to organize beforehand. You may need to find storage for furniture and other personal items that cannot stay in […]

Senior Living with Safety and Ease: Expert Design Recommendations

The community of seniors is growing as the older population rapidly increases. Today’s seniors are healthier and more active than before and some may want to enjoy living on their own for as long as they can. It’s very important to create a space that is both safe and easy to live in, because as […]

Five Organizing Tips for Persons 55+ Better

If you are over 55 years old, congratulations! You’ve made it this far and despite the challenges of aging, as my Dad used to say, “It beats the alternative!” This is not the typical article about organizing your belongings. Many older adults have accumulated a mass of items at this point and our blog Do […]

Overcome the Challenges of Virtual Learning

Want to make today’s virtual learning easier for you and your kids? Virtual learning can be challenging for both parents and students. It also can become monotonous, so be sure to follow these expert interior design tips to keep this school year comfortable, stimulating, and fun! Designate a space -To make this more fun ask […]

How Does it FEEL to be Really Organized?

By: Jenn Dwight, IOD Organizing Coach AN ORGANIZED DAY You wake up several minutes before the alarm goes off. You have slept 7-9 blissful hours and feel well-rested. You have arranged your schedule so that you have a little “me” time before others start making demands on you.  Your morning routine is easy because there […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Children & Interior Design!

Children & Interior Design! By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer We all would like to have a nice home and decorate in a way that reflects our personality and taste. This can be challenging when you have kids. There are a few tips you can use that will make your life easier and your home […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: 5 Secrets of a Professional Organizing Coach

5 Secrets of a Professional Organizing Coach By Jennifer A Dwight MAKE YOUR BED I am a night owl. I don’t jump out of bed all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I sometimes slip back into my luxurious bed when the rest of the world is having its second cup of coffee.  That being said, when I’m […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How to Style Your Bookcase

How to Style Your Bookcase! By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Bookcases are amazing, they hold our favorite books, memories and other precious mementos. However, they can get messy, boring and cluttered at times.   Below are a few tips to help you decorate and style your bookcase! Lay them flat Add a couple sections of […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Are Your Kids Learning Disorganization from YOU?

Are Your Kids Learning Disorganization from YOU? By: Jennifer Dwight, IOD Organizing Coach The Problem: Children can’t keep track of their belongings. Mornings are chaotic as you both struggle to find belongings and homework. Everyone is frustrated and stressed due to a lack of organization.    You know your children are learning disorganization from you […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Interior Design Trends That Are Going Out of Style Soon

Interior Design Trends That Are Going Out of Style Soon By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Trends come and go.  Here are some Interior Design trends that are quickly going out of style. Stay on trend with your decor!   All white furniture It’s very hard to maintain all white furniture, such as sofas and […]

How to Select the Perfect Front Door for Your Custom Home

How to Select the Perfect Front Door for Your Custom Home By: Alex Capozzolo, Brotherly Love Real Estate (Guest Writer) When designing your custom home, there are so many things to consider and decisions to make. However, no home is complete without the front door, and since this is what visitors see first, it won’t […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Luxury Hotel

How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Luxury Hotel By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Everyone deserves a beautiful home that is cozy and stylish, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home look like a million dollars. Below are some easy and affordable interior design tips and tricks that […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Do You Buy Things You Already Have?

Do You Buy Things You Already Have? By: Jennifer A Dwight, IOD Organizing Coach “The average American burns 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find.” ~Newsweek Without a doubt, we’ve all done it. You put an important item away and you are sure you will remember where it […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Decorating With Plants

Decorating With Plants By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Decorating with plants can be one of the easiest and most affordable way to decorate your space. It will bring a great range of colors, textures, and shapes to your room.  It’s a great way to accessorize your room because plants come in different sizes. Plants […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: The Top 5 Benefits of Organizing in a Team

The Top 5 Benefits of Organizing in a Team By: Jennifer A Dwight, Organizing Coach IOD The cornerstone of OUR PROVEN PROCESS is that we work in teams of at least two people. “Two or more people are always better than one for solving problems, finishing off difficult tasks, and increasing creativity.” smallbiztrends.com Having worked […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How to Decorate Your Kitchen

How to Decorate Your Kitchen By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Whether you are staging your kitchen to sell your house or you are decorating because you have always dreamed of that beautiful kitchen that you saw in a magazine, here are a few tips to help you: Empty your countertop Pack all small appliances […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: 4 Good Reasons You May Need a Storage Unit

4 Good Reasons You May Need a Storage Unit By: Jennifer Dwight, IOD Organizing Coach Staging the home you are selling. Car(s) don’t fit in the garage. You have too much stuff; your home is a safety hazard You have a lot of seasonal items As Professional Organizers, we see a lot of homes with […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Interior Design Rules

Interior Design Rules By: Lubbi Saed, Interior Designer – IOD 3/3 Vertical Rule Dark, Medium, Light – The darkest tone should be your floors, your furniture and accessories will be in medium tone and the lightest should be your ceiling.  You should always go from dark to light not the opposite in interiors. 60 -30-10 […]

The Anatomy of a Highly Productive Workspace

The Anatomy of a Highly Productive Workspace By: Skylar Ross, Outreach Coordinator – Avanti Systems As workers begin to transition back into their corporate workspace from home, the sensory shock can be difficult to navigate. Of course, there are ways you can optimize your office to make it that much easier for your employees to […]

Ideal Organizing +Design: Do I Need A Professional Organizer?

DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER? By: Jennifer Dwight, IOD Organizing Coach If you are asking yourself this question, the answer is probably YES. Here are some easy ways to determine if you’re having trouble staying organized.   You might need an organizer if… Many items in your home don’t have a place. This creates […]

Getting Organized: Are you trying to be Perfect?

Getting Organized: Are you trying to be Perfect? By: Jennifer A Dwight Organizing Coach, IOD Some people think Professional Organizers are perfect. (We’re not!) “You don’t have to be perfect, just do your best.” Offered by an older adult to the High School Senior Class of 2020. At Ideal Organizing + Design, we think this […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How To Decorate Your Bedroom

How to decorate your bedroom By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer The bedroom should be your personal getaway that reflects your favorite colors, feelings and collections. There are a few rules you can follow when decorating your bedroom. Choose Subtle Paint Colors Instead of bold primary colors, choose light soothing shades and a palette of […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: From Chaos to Clarity

From Chaos… to Clarity By Jennifer A Dwight Organizing Coach, IOD Cha-os I kā-,äs    1  a: a state of utter confusion    b: a confused mass or          mixture Synonyms: confusion, disarrangement, disarray, dishevelment, disorder, jumble, messiness, muddle, shambles *from Merriam Webster Dictionary   If this describes any aspect of your life, read on!    The […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How To Decorate a Small Living Room

How To Decorate a Small Living Room By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer   Decorating your living room is very important, since it’s the space you typically relax in after a long day. This can be challenging when your space is small.   Below are few tips on how to do that: Use Multipurpose Furniture […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How To Decorate When Renting

How To Decorate When Renting By: Lubbi Saed, Interior Designer Decorating your rental home can be difficult sometimes.  You may not want to invest too much money in a rental home and your landlord may have given you restrictions as far as what you are allowed to do.   The easiest way to add your own […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Where Are My Keys?

Where are my Keys? By Jennifer A Dwight-Organizing Coach There are few things more stressful than being unable to find an item when you want or need it. When it happens repeatedly to high use items like your keys, important paperwork, wallet or purse, cell phone, and glasses, it is even more frustrating and time-consuming. […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How To Pick Your “Theme Color” When Decorating! 

How To Pick Your Theme Color When Decorating!  By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer Have you always dreamed about having a cohesive look for your interior? Would you like to create a flow that moves from room to room?  Are you ready to give your home more character? Here are a few tips on how […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Are You Headed For A FALL?

Are you Headed for a FALL? By Jennifer A Dwight Everyone deserves a safe and comfortable home. As we age, our home needs to adapt to us. Many of the areas in our homes, that have been fine for years, may now need a closer look.   Here is a link to a home safety […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: 2020 Interior Design Trends

2020 Interior Design Trends By: Lubbi Saed, IOD Interior Designer   Black Matte  If you are comfortable with using black color go for it and paint the room in black. There’s nothing better than black to create a dramatic look.  Just make sure to consider the natural lighting in the room and make sure to […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Organized Downsizing for Boomers

Organized Downsizing for Boomers By Jenn Dwight Why wait until you are forced to downsize? Baby boomers and seniors may have reached the point in their lives where they must downsize. Perhaps the house is too much to keep up with, or there are maintenance issues. In the worst-case scenario, there’s been a fall or […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How to Increase Your Home’s Value

How to Increase Your Home’s Value By: Lubbi Saed When it comes to increasing your home’s value, you have to keep in mind the idea that spending money will bring back money. Whether you are thinking about listing your house now or staying in it until further notice, it’s a great idea to invest in […]

Can I get Organized…in a WORKSHOP? 

Can I get Organized…in a WORKSHOP?  By Jennifer A Dwight   Yes, you can! Working in a group provides extra support, fun, and camaraderie. Our Proven Process works just as well virtually as in person, at half the cost. In less than a week, on May 20th and 21st, 2020, Ideal Organizing and Design is […]

Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Ideas

Climate change is a major concern in 2020, with many people searching for ways that they can help reduce society’s carbon footprint. While moving away from internal combustion vehicles has been a focus for some years now, homeowners have been doubling down on their own efforts to eliminate waste and live in energy-efficient buildings. Solar […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Spring Decorating Tips While Quarantined.

Spring is here, there is fresh air and beautiful colors surrounding us! Although most of us are quarantined, with not much we can do, you can still refresh your home with a few of these simple tips.   Open your windows and enjoy the breeze & warm sunshine.   Do an extra load of laundry- […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Tips for Back to School time!

Can you believe Summer is almost over?!  I’m sure you’re seeing all of those Back to School advertisements everywhere.  Ideal Organizing + Design wants to help you transition your student from summer to back to school in an organized way while giving you peace of mind! Here are some ideas to help your student succeed […]

Paint colors that will help you sell your house QUICKLY!

Paint colors that will help you sell your house quick! You’ve decided that it’s time to sell your house. Before you call your agent, or list it on your own, you may want to freshen and update the house to make it ready to compete with what’s on the market. Painting the interior and the […]

Packing tips to make your move easier!

Do you need some great ideas on how to keep your belongings in order and safe when packing for a move? Use Styrofoam plates in between your glass plates and cooking pans to cushion them while moving. Wrap your silverware tray in Saran Wrap to keep it all contained Use your softer items when packing […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: How to decorate your small space like an Interior Designer!

How to decorate your small space like an Interior Designer! Decorating a small space can be hard and feel impossible.  You want to be able to fit as much as possible in one room, but you don’t want the room to feel cluttered and cramped. You want your room to have personality without looking chaotic. […]

Ideal Organizing + Design: Summer Activity Container!

SUMMER ORGANIZING TIPS: Create A Summer Activity Container! Do you and your family spend most of your Summer at the pool or beach? We have an IDEAL Organizing Solution for keeping track of all of your outdoor summer supplies! Use a storage bin, beach bag, or laundry basket to keep all of your summer gear […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions: Find Your Interior Design Style!

Find your Interior Design style! Contemporary Style If you like your home to be clean and open with a lot of neutrals and curved lines, then you most likely have a CONTEMPRORY style.  To achieve a contemporary style be sure to pick a neutral color palette and color block accents like rugs, pillows, art work.  […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions: How to Stay Organized While You Travel!

  How to Stay Organized While You Travel! Beautiful weather means time outdoors and new memories!  Whether you plan on taking a week-end road trip or flying to an all-inclusive destination, here are some ideas on how to stay organized while you are traveling.   Get Your Home Organized Trips can be exhausting and who […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions: Interior Design – Home Update on a Budget

Home Update on a budget Whether you are updating your house to sell or you are updating it to stay and enjoy it, there are simple things you can do that will increase the value of your house.  You can accomplish this even on a limited budget and you don’t have to spend a fortune. […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions: 30 Day Spring Purge Challenge!

It always seems impossible, until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela Spring is in the air!  The sun is shining and there are even some flowers blooming.  That also means that it’s time to SPRING CLEAN or as we like to call it SPRING PURGE!!! If you’re like me, you have your go to shoes, jewelry, […]

5 Interior Design Mistakes

5 Interior Design Mistakes:   Your rug is too small When using a rug in the room make sure that the rug is big enough to fit all of your furniture on it.  If that’s not possible at least make sure to have the front leg of furniture sitting on the rug (i.e. sofa and […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions – Organizing Mistakes!

Hmm, where is this supposed to go?—Not knowing where something belongs can be stressful A place for everything and everything in its place. -Benjamin Franklin Have a specific place for everything in your home.  Doing so will help you stay organized and you will be able to find what you need when you need it!  […]

Interior Design – Decorating for the 4 Seasons

It’s a good idea to decorate your home with the seasons, this way you will always have a feeling of freshness and relaxation.  There are several simple ways to update your decor. Decorating with the seasons doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can always re-use your seasonal items year after year.  After packing away […]

Ideal Organizing + Design Solutions – Senior Blog: Downsizing and Moving!

Do you have a senior loved one who is considering downsizing their belongings or considering the move to Senior Living? There are many different options for downsizing, some more appealing than others.  Most seniors who own a large family home will benefit from some type of downsizing.  Some of these benefits include more time and […]

The Wish List – Holiday Tips!

The Wish List – Holiday Tips for Getting Organized and Decluttering!   It’s that time of year! I can smell the freshly baked cookies.  All of the beautiful twinkling lights are starting to go up.  Holiday cheer is in the air and it is time to spend quality time with the ones you love the […]

5 Tips For Organizing Your Halloween Decor

After you’re all done making memories and taking your Princess or Super Hero Trick or Treating it will soon be time to take down those scary skeletons and creepy spiders.  After all they don’t exactly go with the Thanksgiving theme! These tips should help you with organizing your Halloween decorations while keeping them separate from […]

Road Trip! 5 Creative Organizing Tips This Summer

  Summer is soon coming to a close and what better way to end it by going on a road trip?! Road trips are such a fun way to spend time with family and friends before school starts again. Perhaps it’s going on a quick day trip to your favorite lake or travel outside of […]