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The Top 5 Reasons to Create and Maintain a Well-Planned Garage and Shed

Holding off on organizing your shed or garage? Here are the top 5 reasons to get started now!     1. Safety  Organizing garages and sheds is not just about order; it’s also about safety. Proper storage of garden chemicals is crucial for preventing accidents. Shielding them from direct sunlight reduces the risk of heat […]

What is Space Planning and How Do You Do It? 10 Principles of Space Planning

Space planning involves designing and organizing an area to perfect its functionality and efficiency based on the intended purpose.   Why it Matters   Space planning isn’t just about arranging furniture—it’s about improving your quality of life at home and work. By optimizing your space, you can enhance comfort, reduce stress, and make daily activities […]

Would You Like to be as Organized as our Military Service Men and Women?

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we acknowledge and honor the members of the US Military’s ability to remain organized under extreme circumstances. We also seek to learn how our military members maintain and manage the monumental amount of information, equipment, and responsibilities they are tasked with processing on a daily basis. Finally, we share […]

How My Mother Made Me a Great Organizer

I often contemplate if organizing is a natural talent or something that can be nurtured. Like many things, I believe it is a combination of both, but in my case, nurturing played a significant role. My childhood home was incredibly organized. I was blessed that Mumm was a stay-at-home mom. Taking care of her family was […]

‘Green’ Organizing for a Happy Earth Day!

Is it possible to be organized and green? There are a lot of companies out there constantly urging us to buy our way into home organization. (This doesn’t work by the way!)  Purchasing more products is not the best answer. Being organized is green by design. You know what you have so you don’t create waste […]

Overcoming Barriers to Downsizing

Our homes provide safety, comfort, and memories and that is a good thing! Moving to a different home may initially stir fears of the unknown, of daunting tasks, and of leaving memories behind. Finding the right solutions to get your belongings sorted, decluttered, and organized along with overcoming any blind spots to the positive aspects […]

Reap what you Sow! Cultivate Good Habits Now and Harvest an Organized Lifestyle All Year

It’s springtime, and gardeners are sowing seeds for abundant harvests later in the season and throughout the year. Did you know that you can apply the same principles to organizing? We can cultivate good habits now to stay organized more easily throughout the year and long term.   Let’s look at several levels of habits […]

How a Professional Organizer Can Save You Time and Money Organizing Your Personal Paperwork!

Is Paperwork and Personal Business Out of Control…Again? What is Personal Business?  Simply put, our personal business consists of the finances and calendar that apply to our personal life. In today’s world,  a disciplined and consistent system needs to be in place to keep up with everything. Tasks include time management around our health, family, […]

Organizing for Caregivers

If you are taking care of an elderly loved one, please take a minute to pat yourself on the back.   Caregiving is one of the greatest acts of love.   It is also an incredibly difficult job both physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Sadly, it can often be thankless as well. It has the […]

An Organizer’s Love Affair with…Organizing

I’m often quoted as having once said, ‘I would rather clean out a closet than go on vacation!’   This statement, which I made over 10 years ago while cleaning out someone else’s cluttered closet, continues to confound and astound many people. Why on earth would anyone rather clean out a closet than go on vacation? I […]

Sustaining Organization: How Professional Organizers Keep Their Resolutions to Stay Organized!

Happy New Year! Now is the time when many people decide that this is the year that they are going to get and stay organized. This article is about staying organized, so if you are not there yet, that’s ok. We can start small and work from there.   HERE’S THE SECRET:  The way to […]

Did You Keep Last Year’s Resolution to Get Organized and Stay Organized?

Are you like most of us? The year begins with great goals and good intentions. Holiday decor is taken down, extra time is spent at the gym with plans to once-and-for-all organize our paperwork, and schedule annual screenings on time. We return to our post-holiday routines and responsibilities and before we know it, spring is […]

Seven Family-Friendly Winter Organizing Projects

Winter is a great time to accomplish organizing projects that have been put off for a while. Although the last thing you may want to do during the holidays is organize, it’s a great time because everyone is home and many projects require full input from others.   Winter is the ideal time of year […]

Organize, Budget and Create Your Best Holiday Style Yet!

As we approach the holiday season, we get very excited about decorating our homes and workspaces in order to express our joy and enthusiasm. Shopping to create a cohesive and organized holiday look that reflects our decorating style is exciting, but we should be careful not to let that excitement cause us to become distracted, […]

Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Giving

It’s that time of year again when gift-giving is traditional and retailers ramp up their efforts to take full advantage of it. The pressure to find “the perfect gift” for loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers is felt by many. Plenty of material gifts, while appreciated, are actually unwanted for a variety of reasons. They end […]

The Importance of Space Planning When Downsizing

Congratulations on making the decision to downsize and plan for your new space! While a home transition can be overwhelming and emotional, proper space planning will ease the worry of what to bring and how to store it. A well planned, downsized home will bring safety, improved mental and physical health, more free time, and […]

Organizing and Hanging Your Artwork Like an Expert

Framed art and photographs are wonderful creations that can express our style, enhance the decor of our home, and bring enjoyment to our guests. For these reasons, artwork should be expertly hung to optimize its style.  Family and guests shouldn’t need to strain themselves to view the artwork. Centering the artwork at eye level, ensures […]

Organizing and Storing Your Outdoor Summer Items

With summer winding down, it’s time to make sure you have adequate winter storage for all of the items that make summer fun! This is the best time to make decisions about what you love, use and want to keep. If there is anything that doesn’t fit these descriptions, now is the time to donate […]

10 Things to Eliminate for an Organized, Clutter-Free Home

It’s easy to accumulate numerous unneeded items, especially when getting caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Organizing and decluttering usually don’t make the top of your to-do list when you’ve got a slew of other things to worry about such as career, family, friends and yourself. This doesn’t mean you should neglect organizing […]

Back to School Season is a Great Time for Kids to Practice the Valuable Skill of Organizing

Did you ever wonder why some people are incredibly organized, punctual and efficient and others are not? Organization is an executive function which we are not born with, but is developed throughout our youth as the brain develops. This makes building organizational skills a very important parenting responsibility.  Other Executive Functions include:  Planning Time Management […]

How Does Organizing Maintenance Work?

Wouldn’t it be great if your home and office were always organized? Imagine if everything had an easy-to-find place, and everyone consistently stored items where they belonged. Periodically, a professional organizer would come in to optimize systems and provide coaching on habits and behaviors that maintain and improve organization. Truthfully, it is much easier to stay […]

Downsizing? The Do’s and Don’ts of What to Bring and What to Leave Behind

If you want to downsize or ‘right size’, deciding what to bring and what not to bring can often be the hardest part. Looking forward rather than looking back is the key. Visualize what you want your next space to look like and how you would like it to function, and the decisions become easier […]

Downsizing Tips for a Rightsized Relocation

Making a move at any age can be hard work, but after years in your current home, the process of downsizing, rightsizing and relocating to a new home can be overwhelming. If you are having trouble even starting the challenging process of downsizing after many years of belongings have accumulated in your home, please read […]

Bring Organization and Productivity to your Garden

With spring gardening season about to be in full swing, now is a great time to assess if you are an organized and productive gardener. Gardening can be such an enjoyable vocation. You’re outdoors, connecting with nature and feeding your creative instincts. The sun is warm, the bees are buzzing and the breeze is gently […]

How to Keep the Kitchen Organized, Even While Cooking!

As a former chef, I love kitchens and food, and all the neat and fun gadgets that they require. As a Professional Organizer I know that kitchens are often full of items we’ve only used once or twice, and which are rarely organized, making it hard to find all those fun tools. So whether you […]

Do I Really Need Organizing Products to Stay Organized and Productive?

When asked if utilizing the right organizing products makes a difference, what do professional organizers say?   We say, ‘Yes and not only does it make a huge difference, it’s life changing!’   Whether you live in a small space or a large home with plenty of storage, the areas can quickly become cluttered without […]

Organizing Help: Write an Effective ‘To Do’ List and Get More Done!

When it comes to organizing, we recommend writing a ‘To Do’ list because, well, it’s very effective. As organizers, we see how this tool helps to visualize goals, prioritize tasks, move forward, and most of all once a task is complete, it provides your brain with a sense of accomplishment, a key motivator to keep […]

To Regift or Not When Downsizing or Minimizing: A Professional Organizer’s Opinion

While organizing or downsizing, many clients ask us, ‘Is it okay to recycle, repurpose, or regift an item you’ve received as a gift if you aren’t able to use it or are not fond of it?’ Professional organizers see unwanted gifted items cluttering up clients’ spaces all the time. The recipients are afraid to part […]

Maximize Garage and Shed Organization…and Keep it That Way!

As cooler weather approaches, seasonal items need to be stored away for later use. Many of us share the same experience when it comes to major storage areas, whether garages, attics, or sheds, large or small, these spaces are a blessing, but they can also be a curse. We’re thankful for the space to store […]

Organizing Memorabilia – Give the Gift of Precious Memories

In almost every project we work on, we come across memorabilia such as photographs, film, slides, hard copy videos (VHS. Beta, reels) awards, degrees, manuscripts and the list goes on and on… Invariably clients decide to put off dealing with these cherished items until “later” as sorting can be emotionally draining and very time consuming. […]

How to quickly and easily create ORGANIZED SCHOOL DAYS

We love the back-to-school time of year and the return to routine because we are experts at putting organized processes into place! Here are some recommendations for a smooth transition: Create well designed physical spaces for each child: Create a designated surface area to do homework Set up easy to access storage for homework supplies […]

How to Organize Your Vehicle and Keep it That Way!

When someone gets into your car, do you have to apologize for the mess and/or move a lot of clutter out of the way? or… Do you love your car? Does it facilitate and enhance your lifestyle? Does it give you Peace of Mind, Freedom and Time?  If our vehicles are fairly clean and organized, […]

The Organized Entryway

Do you feel JOY when you return home? It should be easy to get in the house with mail, groceries, purchases, purses, packages, outerwear and whatever else.  To accomplish this, one needs a designated ‘landing strip’ just inside the door that you normally use to enter the home. Some homes have mudrooms, large hall closets […]

10 Steps to Organizing Any Small Space

Our experienced team recommends using this system to organize any small space including hall closets, bedside tables, mudrooms, automobiles and frequently used drawers. Staying organized often means only having what you need and use, particularly in high use spaces, and having an exact location for each item to reside.  Here are Steps to Organizing any […]

The Joy of Organizing: Lessons Learned From My Mother

My mother enjoyed her home. Immensely. It brought her great joy and for good reason. She was raised  with no permanent home and without indoor plumbing until 1958, a standard of living whose periodicity by that time had mostly expired in the United States. After gaining financial stability, she was able to understand meaningful ownership […]

Tackling Personal Paperwork – Part 4: Digital Paperwork

Is this the end of filing cabinets? Just think of the physical space saved by organizing personal paperwork into virtual cloud platforms and the convenience of accessing that information from anywhere. Information can be selectively shared with other individuals. Items may be stored directly on your laptop or via the cloud. If you still have […]

Tackling Personal Paperwork – Part 3: Organizing Short Term Paperwork

Let’s learn to love our paperwork, or at least love how we feel when it’s been processed! Learning to love paperwork means creating good habits which can lead to a more carefree lifestyle. What is short term paper? It is paper that can eventually be discarded – hopefully sooner rather than later. It often has an […]

Tackling Personal Paperwork – Part 2: Long Term Storage Solutions

  In part one we mentioned ‘Filers’ and ‘Stackers.’ Even if you’ve determined you are a stacker, it is recommended that you implement a storage system for long-term documents. For example, you would not store the large roasting pan that you only use for cooking the Thanksgiving turkey on the top of your counter, but […]

Tackling Personal Paperwork – Part 1: The Problem of Paperwork

We have created a series to comprehensively address “all things paperwork.” Over the next few months, we will offer actionable solutions to your paperwork challenges. Here is Part 1! The Problem of Paperwork pa·​per·​work  |  \ˈpā-pər-wərk\ : routine clerical or record-keeping work often incidental to a more important task ~Merriam Webster Paperwork: It’s always coming […]

How to Organize a Lifetime of Holiday Clutter Now!

As the years pass, many of us have often accumulated a disorganized cache of holiday decorations and related items. Accumulated over time, some items have become heirlooms, but other items may simply be out of style, worn-out, or no longer serve to enhance the beauty of the season. For these reasons, holiday decorations should be […]

How Can Senior Downsizing Improve Quality of Life?

Today’s senior living communities not only provide care and a safe space, but also activities for enrichment, camaraderie, and fun. We’re not just talking about Bingo anymore! Senior communities are attracting those in the 55+ crowd who not only need to be residents but want to be residents!  Our team at Ideal Organizing + Design […]

Is Your Parent’s Home Still Safe?

I recently saw a film clip that was difficult to watch. In the scene, an older woman is shuffling around her kitchen, clearly in some mental and physical distress. The room is poorly lit as some light bulbs have probably burned out. The space is cluttered and dirty. She is sweating, short of breath and […]

10 Organizing Tips to Make this Back-to-School Season Your Very Best!

Few things make back-to-school days more appealing to parents and kids than knowing they will awaken to stress-free mornings. Creating an organized system is the key! Set your kids up for success by eliminating the ‘morning search’ and creating a mess-free entry and exit space making for a peaceful transition from home to school and […]

3 Quick and Easy Closet Organizing Tricks

As organizers, we see all kinds of closets. From large and fancy to small and simple. Regardless of size, organized closets follow the same rules.    Here are some of our favorite tips to keep your closet organized:   1. Hang Smart Using only uniform hangers makes organizing and maximizing space easier.  We are a […]

Preserving Peace and Calm as we Get Back to ‘Normal’

Ideal Organizing + Design would like to wish you all safety and good health as we transition to a post-pandemic normal! While enjoying more activity it is also imperative for our mental health to find ways to stay calm and reduce anxiety. Our team at Ideal Organizing + Design recommends assigning a comfortable space in […]

What is the Right Process for Getting Organized?

At Ideal Organizing + Design, we have a dedicated team of professional organizers who collectively have decades of experience working on thousands of projects. The IDEAL Proven Process is the result of this experience. It is the best way to tackle any project with the utmost efficiency. Employing a “team of two” as we do […]

Time to Refresh!

Spring is here and we are surrounded by fresh air and beautiful colors. And nothing says “organized” at this time of year like a good spring cleaning. Now is the perfect time to refresh your home using a few expert organizing and decorating tips. Freshen your curtains. Open your windows, enjoy the breeze, and while […]

Are Your Organizing Goals Too Big?

There is a trend these days to try and organize everything in one’s entire space, all at once. Marie Kondo built a very successful business around this style of organizing which brought much recognition to the industry as a whole.  The results of this type of organizing can be significant, but only if you complete […]

Organization is Key to Seniors’ Wintertime Safety and Comfort

Depending on where you live, winter weather can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Seniors are particularly vulnerable as balance, eyesight, and stamina are diminished. They are also more susceptible to hypothermia, slips and falls, frostbite, and overexertion from shoveling.  It’s safest to stay cozy with winter decor and warm comforting food and beverages during the […]

How to Transition Holiday Decorations into a Winter Wonderland

    Now that the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to decorate your home for the winter season. You can do it in a cozy way, still maintaining the warm spirit without the holiday colors.      Below are easy steps to help you transition your decor. Remove items – The first step […]

Is 2021 Your Year to Get Organized?

  Let’s face it, 2020 has been a remarkable year. We probably haven’t had such a difficult year collectively for at least one or maybe two generations. Have you been able to find any Peace of Mind, Freedom, and Time?     Hopefully, you have found time to be kind to yourself and loved ones […]

7 Easy Tips to Organize Your Holiday

  With all the additional activity happening during the holidays, even the most organized person can feel frazzled. Having extra people around can add even more chaos to an already overwhelming situation.       Here are 7 tips to help you get back peace of mind, freedom, and time during this busy season. Establish what […]

Give the Timeless Gift of Time – Four Gift Ideas Better Than Gold

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”  Benjamin Franklin, one of the highest achievers of all time, understood the value of organizing wisely when he made this statement. He knew that time is a necessary yet finite commodity. What resource is given to every person in equal amounts each day, despite wealth or […]

Six Decorator Tips to Make the Most of Your Holiday Decor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we approach this time of year, we get very excited about decorating our home and workspace to express our joy and enthusiasm. Shopping to create a cohesive holiday look that reflects our decorating style is exciting, but we should be careful not to let that excitement […]

Part 2: Making Senior Living Organized and Easy

In Part 1 of this series, we covered aging in place in your current home. This is the preferred choice for many older adults who are still completely healthy, but it may not be suitable for everyone. If you become disabled, your home might not be safe and you could find yourself in a precarious […]

Is Your Work-From-Home Space Working for You?

As we know the pandemic caused many of us to transition from working in a commercial office space to working from home. Some had to reconfigure their home spaces with little to no notice while others anticipated it would be a more temporary situation. Whether you had no designated home office space or you converted […]

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 […]