Archive for the ‘holidays’ Category

How to Have a Great Thanksgiving and Holiday Season

Oct 29, 2018

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Let’s face it. As enjoyable as holidays can be, they can be downright stressful. Sure, the food (here are some recipes if you need some!), family, and weather can be so, but sometimes it’s not enough to distract yourself from the real stress that this season brings!

Keeping Your Home Organized For The Season | Professional Organizer in Cary, NC

Oct 01, 2018

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, maybe not quite, but Fall is pretty great, right? (Here’s a countdown to December 1st if you’re actually looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year). The Pumpkin Spice, the falling leaves, the cool weather; there is so much to enjoy about it. But, sometimes it can be the start of a hectic time for our homes because of the decorations.

Decorations Overload: Holiday Clutter Cutting Tips from a Home Organizer in Chapel Hill, NC

Nov 15, 2017

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It’s merely November, but you can already feel the Winter season approaching, which means transitioning to new decorations. Decorating, whether it’s for Fall, Winter or any other time of the year, can clutter your house if done improperly. Items aren’t where they’re typically supposed to be because decorations have displaced them and it can make your kitchen, living room, and house a cluttered disaster. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can quickly become the most chaotic time of the year if we aren’t careful. What can you do about these endless amounts of decorations?

Red, White and Organization: Poor Home Organization Hurts the Psyche

Jul 01, 2017

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We all know the classic story of our country’s independence – Britain was imposing some rules we were not super stoked about and so we fought to separate ourselves, make our own rules, and start our own country. If this sounds unfamiliar, a quick google search should fill you in on what you slept through in 10th grade U.S. history class. Independence, however, separate from its July 4th connotation, is quite a familiar concept to most people. It is something you likely felt when you got your driver’s license, left home for the first time, or made your first large adult purchase. It is something we have seen our children emulate in their terrible two’s, insisting they can do practically anything and everything without help, noticing for the first time, they are their own people, separate from their parents. Later in life, we see our teenagers assert their independence as they find embarrassment in everything we do, rolling their eyes in superiority, and reminding us just how old and uncool we truly are.

Love Yourself into an Organized State

Feb 14, 2015

You’ve all heard that cliché line about how one cannot possibly love another until one loves thyself, right? As cheesy as it is, there might be some truth to that statement. This Valentine’s Day, whether you find yourself in the company of a loving companion, in the presence of friends, or riding solo (happily or not), take it upon yourself to dish out some self-love…you deserve it! I don’t mean you need to buy yourself flowers or anything, though if you want to, by all means go for it! Rather, I’m referring to doing things for yourself to improve your confidence, productivity, and well-being.

Now, at this point you are probably wondering why someone who is a professional organizer is telling you to love yourself, as that is, after all, not quite in my professional duties or qualifications. To calm your confusion, I’ll let you in on how this all relates.

Organization is a way to love yourself. Now, I know this sounds a bit abstract, but let me explain how this works. When you organize areas of your life, whether it be your home, car, office, or schedule, you are working to unclutter your mind. When your mind is free from the distraction of unorganized spaces, it is able to better focus on other, more important tasks, like sleeping peacefully, or working more efficiently. This creates a self-love domino effect, and leaves time for other self-improving actions, like exercising, or hanging out with friends. By getting organized you will not only feel better about yourself and your space, but free your mind up so that you have the time and mental capacity for other activities.

Basically in short, this Valentine’s Day, date or no date, love yourself into an organized state — it is the gift that keeps giving…plus it lasts longer than flowers or chocolates!


It’s the Most Unorganized Time of Year

Jan 13, 2015


If the holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year”, what does one call the time of year right after the holidays when there are tons of decorations and holiday-related items scattered around the house? The most unorganized time of year.

With this said, there is hope in escaping this not-so-fun time and place. Similar to unpacking after a trip, you just have to do it, rip the Band-Aid off, get the holiday decoration packing over with, and get on with your life.

To help during what is a difficult time for us all, as we must simultaneously reemerge into the world of work, and deal with the unpleasant task of packing up the remnants of the holidays, below you will find tips for maintaining organization while packing holiday decorations.

  • To keep lights from getting tangled in storage, cut a hole in a coffee can and place the receptacle end of the light stand through the hole. Wrap the remaining strand of lights around the coffee can. You can even store extra lightbulbs and extension cords within the can. When the holidays come around next year, plug the lights in before unravelling them from the can to ensure they still work.
  • To save space and keep organized, toss the decorations that are damaged, out of date, or have duplicates.
  • Label each box with the holiday to which it pertains. Under the name of the holiday, write a few bullet points about the container’s contents.
  • Pack items in the order that you will need them for next year. For example, store the tree lights and ornaments in a container underneath the tree stand and skirt since you will need access to those items first.
  • Instead of trashing the tons of both used and unused wrapping materials, put them through a paper shredder and repurpose the paper strips as packaging filler when putting away decorations.

Use these tips in packing up the remnants of the holidays, and perhaps we can change this from the most unorganized time of the year, to the most relaxing and hopeful time of the year, as it should be.

New Year? No Fear. Get Organized!

Jan 01, 2015

The New Year brings many resolutions — getting into shape, eating healthier, spending more time with family, being more productive at work – the list is extensive. All resolutions, for the purpose of bettering one’s life, as they typically are, are wonderful, and should be pursued. This year, why not take your resolution to the next level and resolve to GET and STAY organized? Now, that may sound like a lofty goal, but then again, no one ever said New Year’s resolutions had to be accomplished alone! In fact, to get you kick started on your new year of organization, The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) has deemed January “Get Organized” (GO) month. Stay involved with this public awareness campaign and receive tips in your quest for organization by visiting and clicking the “get organized blog” tab. Of course, if you need more support, Sane Jane is always here to help. Receive information regarding our services today by following the steps on our “Contact” page, or by calling (919)880-0814. Make this the year you get organized. Make this the year you stay organized. You can do it. Better yet, we can do it.

Get the Unpacking Over With – Just Do It!

Nov 17, 2014

No matter what the occasion, whether happy or sad, coming home from a trip is just flat out not fun. You always feel like you need a vacation to recover from the actual vacation. With this said, the worst part is not the fatigue, it is not the need to become re-immersed in your daily routine, it is the awful, dreaded, annoying task of unpacking. The black abyss that is the suitcase contains a mix of dirty and clean clothes, an empty mini shampoo bottle, maybe an old pair of shoes…it just seems too much of a hassle to deal with in the moment. It sits in the corner, full and unmoving, weighing you down by its sight, and yet you continue to avoid it – you let it live there until the next trip, or until you run out of other clothes.

What is the Sane Jane solution, you ask? Suck it up and unpack the darn suitcase as soon as you get home. It takes less time than you think, and helps to keep your space organized. I’ll admit, it is a chore, analogous to taking out the trash, but necessary nonetheless when it comes to maintaining an organized life. So next time you return from a trip, embrace the spirit of those Nike workout clothes getting wrinkled in the bottom of your luggage and JUST DO IT!


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Are you ready for all your house guests?

Nov 01, 2012

     The season is upon us when we begin to get many out-of-town guests.  Is your home “ready” for these houseguests?   You may want to take cues from bed-and-breakfasts.  For instance buy some travel-size toothpastes, provide toothbrushes, dental floss, razors and some shampoo/conditioner and body wash.  Have an extra blow dryer?  Add it to the guest bathroom for those that forget to bring one.  Guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness. 

     If your visitors share a bathroom with you, perhaps you could provide these items in a basket and leave them in the guest bedroom. 

     When I’m in a cozy guest room, I love when there’s comfortable throws or lightweight blankets around to snuggle up with.  Place the comforter, folded neatly in half at the foot of the bed.  Include two pillows/person and arrange them against the headboard for those that like to read in bed. 

     Some other thoughtful touches are to have space in the closet with extra hangers available, an inexpensive luggage rack is convenient to have if you don’t have empty drawer space available for them to unpack.  Everyone has pretty bowls that are barely used stored in a cabinet in the kitchen.  Why not take one out and place it in the room on the nightstand for jewelry or change as well as a notepad and pen?  Hey, don’t forget that nice tube of hand lotion. 

     Lastly, add an alarm clock and a nightlight with an on/off switch in the bedroom and bathroom.  All of these nice touches allow both you and your guest to enjoy your time together even more.  Be careful though, they may never leave.  


Check out the “house guest prep checklist” on Real Simple’s site: