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How to Have a Great Thanksgiving and Holiday Season

Oct 29, 2018

Meal | Time Management in Raleigh, NC

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

Fall Home | Professional Organizer in Cary, NC
Sane Jane is a Professional Organizer in Cary, NC and we’re here to serve you this season!

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.

How To Make The Kitchen Your Favorite Room | Kitchen Organizer in Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 23, 2018

Pretty Kitchen | Kitchen Organizer in Chapel Hill, NC

Kitchens are a place for freedom, expression, and experimentation with food, but often, they become a nesting ground for clutter and dirty dishes. How can we change this from the “making dinner” room to the “I enjoy spending time cooking in here” room? Let’s look at a few easy tips you can do today.

The Freedom of Organizing | Space Organizer in Cary, NC

May 22, 2018

Space Organizer in Cary, NC

Freedom. It’s something Americans are pretty known for loving. Our bald eagles and star spangled banner flow high to display independence. Do you have the freedom that organizing gives your home? When a professional space organizer declutters your house in Cary, NC and creates a more functional, living space, you have more freedom to do what you want in your home, when you want.

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When you have a cluttered home, your mind is cluttered as well. If you have a home office, this is especially detrimental because this is where you brew ideas and function all day long! How can you work hard when there’s clutter all around you, invading your space? You shouldn’t have to.

Professional organizing is unique to your needs. Don’t have a home office? That’s no problem. We organize your home specifically for you; fashioning our organizing techniques around how you live on a daily basis, and what’s most important to you. Our services extend to your entire home: from garage, closet, pantry, living room, to your car. We organize everything because we believe you should be living a life less cluttered.

Freedom To Enjoy

When your home isn’t cluttered, you’ve got freedom. You have the freedom to enjoy the functional aspects of your home, without all of the unneeded clutter. How about all of those times you mentioned you would get to it and didn’t have the time? That happens to everyone; it’s life. Now, since your home is organized, that weight is lifted! The job has been done, and it didn’t even require your energy; that’s the convenience of a professional space organizer in Cary, NC.

Space Organizer in Cary, NC

With a house that’s functional and works with your habits, you don’t have to go out of your way to organize; it’s smooth and natural. You can put items right back where they were before, and nothing will have changed. Organizing is an easy, and quick job. Now you’ve got time to binge-watch your favorite Netflix show.

Quick-Fire Tips For Daily Organizing

Now that a professional space organizer in Cary, NC has organized your home, it’s functional. However, there will be still be organizing required periodically.

  1. Stick to the functional organizing that was done by Sane Jane. Since our decluttering was incredibly personalized, it’s been made easy to stay with it and put things back in place.

  2. Understand that sometimes a home will just be cluttered; it’s the nature of a house that people live in. Your kids might spill something, or you might drop an item that makes a mess. That’s okay.

  3. Do five minutes of organizing before you leave your house. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in a mere five minutes, and it barely needs any planning. You’ll achieve most, if not all, of your daily cleaning, leaving more freedom to do what you want.

Please contact Sane Jane Professional Organizing today if you’re looking to have your home feel free, convenient and functional. Have any questions? Contact us.

Read more about 8 common myths that often stop people from organizing.

How To Organize Your Home Stress-Free — Durham, NC

Apr 15, 2018


Home Organizing in Durham, NC

Home organizing can seem overwhelming and stressful at first glance, especially if it hasn’t been done in a while. Items are piling up, and everything is where it shouldn’t be. The first thing is to take a deep breath; more people are in this situation than you might think. You aren’t more disorganized than the average person; you simply live in your house. The ultimate reality is that houses get cluttered. They get this way because real people, actual people live inside them. Picture perfect (like this) is always nice to strive for, but in some ways, it can seem all too impossible.

Start With The Unneeded — Home Organizing in Durham, NC

After you’ve taken a deep breath and aren’t overwhelmed by the clutter any longer, it’s time to tackle one area of your home. Remember, you don’t need to organize everything at once; slow and steady is the tempo. You’d rather steadily work your way through your home than clean all parts of your house just a little bit. Now, it’s time to declutter. Start by being honest with yourself and parting ways with items you haven’t used in a while. Donate them to your local Goodwill, and you’ll feel even better about it.

Donating your unneeded items are a fantastic way to repurpose things you aren’t using as well as declutter your own home. Once you’ve gone through this (sometimes painstaking) process, you’re on your way to success.

Consider Your Most Used Items — Home Organizing in Durham, NC

Home Organizing in Durham, NC

Now that we’ve considered and donated the items we don’t use, it’s time to place our focus on the things we regularly use. Organizing is all about convenience and functionality. This is crucial because many times people will confuse the word “cleaning” with “organizing,” yet they are entirely different in the objective. Organizing your home does often involve some cleaning; however, the ultimate end goal is not for things to merely be in their place, but for items to be in their best and most functional place. (Read more about the convenience of Home Organizing in Durham, NC here.)

Consider new ways to store items you’re frequently heading into the pantry for and make them available for easy access. Make your life easier by thinking ahead and knowing what your home needs; this looks different for everyone so you’ll have to think about your daily routine. This can be one of the more difficult steps in the organizing process because it requires some creativity to find ways to use your space functionally. This is where a professional organizer comes in handy because this is our specialty. We can discover new and inventive ways to store items that are important to you.

Polish Your Space — Home Organizing in Durham, NC

Now that we’ve completed the first two steps of donating unnecessary items and considering how to store our most essential items, it’s time to organize our space top-to-bottom. This is the polishing period where you’re placing every piece in the exact right spot and arranging any last-second items. The first two steps are crucial, but the final step of organizing your space is what will make you proud, maybe even enough to snap a picture! There’s a lot of pride to go along with your newly organized home.

What Can A Professional Organizer Do Then? — Home Organizing in Durham, NC

Everything seems so simple here so why do you need a professional organizer, such as Sane Jane? The process and idea of organizing can be incredibly simplistic; however, at any point, it can feel overwhelming and stressful because of the number of items to organize and where to place them. We have years of experience, seeing and organizing a countless number of homes so we can quickly aid you where you might be stuck.

Please contact Sane Jane Professional Organizing today if you’re looking to have your home feel polished, convenient and functional. Have any questions? Contact us.

8 Common Myths About Organizing Your House in Raleigh, NC

Mar 22, 2018

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Declutter and organizing your home can sometimes carry some false myths alongside it. Organizing your home was never made to be a burden for you, but actually a convenience for you and your home. Sane Jane Professional Organizing is committed to creating a life less cluttered; a simpler life for you. That’s what a home organizer in Raleigh, NC can provide.

Myths of organizing your home in Raleigh, NC

1. You are incapable of keeping your home organized and are too lazy.

One of the biggest reasons that people are discouraged from organizing their home is they don’t believe it can actually be done. Or, at least they don’t believe the outcome will be worth the effort because they’re think they’re “too messy” or “lazy”. You can organize and tackle the clutter in your home. Furthermore, hiring a Professional Organizer isn’t you giving up and saying you are “too lazy”, but rather, that you want to invest in your home more. You actually care.

2. Your home always has to be sparkling.

Organizing your home is always worth it, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be times when it’s not picture-worthy. Homes get cluttered; that’s a fact of life, especially one that includes children. Don’t get discouraged the moment it’s not looking perfect.

3. You have to be a minimalist.

You don’t have to donate everything you own to have an organized home. You have to systematically position your items and find a creative way to store them.

4. It will just get messy again.

Sure, your home will probably get somewhat cluttered after it has been organized. The idea is that the more that you declutter and organize your space, the more thoughtful you’ll be about your possessions.

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5. It takes so much time.

Depending on the clutter of your home, it might require a full days worth of organizing services from Sane Jane, but that isn’t reflective of your home. Organizing must be thoughtful and it will require time. However, for quick organizing on the fly, considering spot checks before you leave or before you go to bed to keep things tidy between huge organizing jobs.

6. If I buy some boxes, everything will be organized.

Boxes and other supporting organizing products serve a great purpose, but on their own, they serve nothing. You can’t simply throw everything into boxes. See how your kids throw everything under their bed or in the closet for an example of how that doesn’t work.

7. If I organize my house, it’ll be organized for life.

The opposite myth of “it’ll just get messy again” is this one. One day of organizing doesn’t keep your house like that forever. It can’t always be picture-perfect, not without continuous effort.

8. Cleaning is organizing.

Cleaning is not organizing because the ultimate goal of organizing is not just cleanliness; it’s functionality. Decluttering your home means thinking strategically about the placement of the items you use for everyday life. To me, it’s about convenience.

A home organizer in Raleigh, NC dedicated to your success

A home organizer in Raleigh, NC means someone who is attentive to your goals and dedicated to the functionality of your space. Call or email Sane Jane today to schedule an initial walkthrough of your space. We’d love the opportunity to provide the convenience of a decluttered home for you!

My Aunt Tonya and Avoiding Clutter

Aug 08, 2017

My Aunt Tonya – Part 1


When I married my husband, many years ago, we received an amazingly thoughtful gift from my Aunt Tonya. It was a large, assumingly expensive, glass flower, to be displayed as a work of art in our new home. Though I found the piece to be beautiful, it just did not fit with the décor of my home, it almost felt like clutter.  I have now been married for 18 years, and not displaying it as it was intended to be displayed is something about which I have always felt bad. Like I said though, it just doesn’t go!

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

Jul 01, 2017

Household Clutter Help - Raleigh, NC

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.

Home Organizing is All About Convenience

Jan 24, 2017

Convenient Home Organizer - Raleigh, NC
As most of us know, wanting your life to be organized, and actually maintaining an organized life, are two completely different things. Most people find that initially decluttering and organizing a space is easy, but keeping it that way (especially with kids in the house) is a much more difficult task.  The secret to this maintenance of organization is actually quite simple – it’s all about convenience. If keeping a space organized involves a lot of work, no matter how good your intentions, it is not going to stay that way. You will simply find “better” things to do – like enjoying your family!

I used to get frustrated with my eldest child for never putting his clothes in the hamper, despite my constant pleas to do so. When I stepped back and analyzed the situation I realized that, though a sorry excuse, putting his clothes in the hamper was not convenient, as the hamper was located in his closet. Realizing this, I moved the hamper out of his closet. Still, however, his clothes seemed to land everywhere but the hamper. Back to the drawing board. My second attempt at making the clothing’s journey from body to hamper as convenient as possible consisted of getting rid of the lid on my son’s hamper. This final act of convenience worked like a charm, and it has not been a problem since (knock on wood).

Multiples – Seeing Double or Triple – Common Sense to Control Clutter

Dec 13, 2016

This morning, at the crack of dawn, I sleepily applied makeup for the day ahead. I grabbed the eyeliner at the top of my makeup bag and attempted to apply it. After a couple tries, I realized it was an old product, tossed it back in the bag, and searched for the newer version. But why did I throw it back in the bag? I will undoubtedly go through the same routine some other morning in the future with this product. Why not just throw it away? Because there is this devious voice in my head that tells me there will be some scenario in the future where I will need this defective product. If one is to appeal to reason, however, she will realize such a scenario is so obscure, it likely will never occur. Following this internal struggle with the devil on my right shoulder, and an angel on my left, I reached back in the makeup bag, found the old eyeliner, and tossed it in the trash can to avoid unnecessary clutter.