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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sep 21, 2010 - Organizing Priorities and Advise

Apex Closet Decor - Helping you get organized one room at a time!! Visit us at
http://www.apexclosets.com/.

True happiness comes to him who does his work well, followed by a releasing and refreshing period of rest~Lin Yutang



WEEK 4 - ORGANIZE YOUR PRIORITIES
by Jennifer Ford Berry

"It can be easy to lose sight of your priorities during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That is why it is important to add your priorities to the list of things to organize. If you take the time to organize your priorities you will have a much greater chance of sticking to them.

This weeks goals:
  1. ...Make a list of your top ten priorities. Your priorities should reflect what is important to you. If you don't decide what they are, others will decide for you....
  2. Make a list of all the activities in which you currently participate....Focus on cutting out activities that take your time but don't bring you joy.
  3. ...schedule time your planner to contribute to your priorities...

  • phone call to a friend
  • sit-down dinner with family
  • family movie or game night
  • time to exercise
  • date with your partner
  • reading time

4. Learn to say no...
5. Honor your priorities each day. "


Organizing Your Priorities Free Tools!

Mind Mapper - http://www.mindmapperusa.com/xmas.htm

Time Management Tips http://www.timeman.com/Articles/time_management_tips.shtml

Prioritization Advice
from Internationally acclaimed time management expert Peter Turla

Peter Turla is known as "The Time Man". This video is a bit long, but it's absolutely worth it!







Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14, 2010

Apex Closet Decor - Helping you get organized one room at a time!!














"Week 3 - Organize Your Cleaning Schedule ~ by Jennifer Ford Berry"


...Staying on top of your cleaning is crucial to staying organized.

  • Make a list of all the chores that need to be done around the house. Break them down into daily, weekly, and monthly activities. Then create a chore chart...


  • Carry a basket around the house while you are cleaning. If you find something that does not belong in the room you are cleaning, put it in the basket and later put it where it belongs.





                • Take fifteen minutes each night to straighten up the house. Make it a family chore by assigning each person a different room...


                • Clean one room and complete the chore each day. This will save you from wasting your entire Saturday on cleaning.

                • Assign each family member his or her own towel for the entire week. This will cut down on laundry. Color-coding the towels is the easiest way to tell them apart.

                • Place a set of disposable disinfecting wipes in each bathroom. These are great for wiping globs of toothpaste out of the sink and cleaning up any accidents young children have around the toilet...

                • Save space by minimizing cleaners. Start buy buying one all-purpose cleaner whenever possible."

                And remember...

                "Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying. ~Tryon Edwards"

                Tuesday, September 7, 2010

                September 7, 2010

                Apex Closet Decor Organizing Systems can be used in many different applications to keep your home and office tidy. Click link to request a free in-home measure and consultation today!

                http://www.apexclosets.com/estimate.php



                "Week 2 - Organize Your Schedule ~ by Jennifer Ford Berry

                Each day we are given the gift of time. By choosing to spend it wisely and efficiently, you will reduce stress, spend more time on the things you want to do, feel more fulfilled at the end of the day and enjoy a more balanced life. Take charge of your life by taking charge of your schedule. Only you can choose how you spend your time....



                This week's goals:


                1. Buy one daily planner to use for both work and your personal life. Using more than one leaves room for confusion and overlapped appointments." Remember...all phones now come with a calendar so if you want to save the environment, use this!!














                "2. Sit down with your family and plan your week/month ahead of time so you can:

                • Schedule babysitter
                • Divide errands
                • Plan meals
                • Divide chores
                • Plan driving arrangements for activities


                3. Gather all your To Do items....and create a To Do list that you can keep in your planner...


                4. Sort your To Do list...(a) ...done today...(b)...done next week...(c)...done in future...


                5. Once you have your tasks sorted into categories, number the tasks in each category, number the tasks in each category, in the order in which they must be accomplished....


                6. Schedule your dentist and doctor appointments for the next year and veterinarian appointments if you have pets. Schedule kids' pediatric appointments and family members' dental checkups back-to-back so you can make fewer trips.


                7. Place a small notebook by your bed for those nights you lie awake thinking of things you need to do. Write them down and get some sleep knowing you'll put them on your To Do list in the morning.


                8. Use a page in your planner for long-term To Do list..."


                Keep in mind that there are many options for planners and To Do's (electronic and paper). It doesn't matter what kind you use but that you use it!!

















                September is National Preparedness Month, this is a nationwide campaign aimed at helping households and communities evaluate how equipped you are to handle a potential disaster.


                Related Links:
                How to Build Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit: http://www.wikihow.com/Build-Your-Own-Emergency-Disaster-Kit


                Deluxe 2-Person by SurvivalKitsOnline: http://www.amazon.com/SurvivalKitsOnline-Emergency-Preparedness-Earthquake-Evacuations/dp/B000MT6D8C


                Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/supplykit.shtm

                Ready America: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/

                How to Prepare a Disaster Kit:
                Amanda Marney, an agriculture preparedness specialist with University of Missouri Extension, offers recommendations and examples of what to pack in a family disaster kit. Get prepared and see a list of recommended items for the kit at http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=EMW1012.

                Thursday, August 26, 2010

                August 26, 2010

                Apex Decor Group, dba Apex Closet Decor, collaborated with Prestige Custom Builders for this master bedroom closet organization system in a Mercer Island residence.

                The below images are of the custom closet organization system Apex Decor Group installed. They are a Custom Chocolate Pear Wood finish with custom polished aluminum finishes. The drawer and door faces are in the very trendy "shaker" style with raised panes.



                Call Apex Decor Group at 206.725.APEX (2739) or visit http://www.apexdecorgroup.com/ to see our full product line of window treatments and closet organization systems.













                Tuesday, August 24, 2010

                August 24, 2010

                Apex Closet Decor finished a large garage organization system for a Mercer Island residence. These custom garage organization shelves are in a custom finish called "stainless". Please view our blog from 7/13/2010 to see all the beautiful finishes we have available. Call 206.725.APEX (2739) or visit our website at http://www.apexclosets.com/ to start getting organized today!
















                Need to know how to get started becoming organized? We will be posting blogs weekly referencing Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry. We will begin from the very beginning~


                "The Basics of Organization ~ Ways to Conquer the Clutter

                New things enter your life daily and, if you are not careful, quickly become clutter. Here are a few tips to help you keep clutter out of your life:


                • Make it work for you

                • Don't schedule tasks for every minute of your day

                • Play catch up....plan a day or two to catch up

                • Complete things

                • Look for storage solutions

                Week 1: Organize Your Mind


                There is a common saying: If we change our thoughts, we can change the world. I believe this to be true and I fell fortunate that, in any given moment, I can choose to change my mind. Sometimes changing your mind can give you a whole new perspective about your life and your surroundings. And your surroundings can affect your mind - so the first step of organizing your life is organizing your thoughts and clearing your mental clutter....


                This weeks goals:



                • Get a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night.

                • Start your day by jotting down a short To Do List

                • Start a journal

                • Limit the amount of television you watch

                • Schedule a two-minute break two to three times a day to spend time alone and just be.

                • Practice meditating

                • Schedule time to exercise...Every form of movement counts!

                • Schedule more "me" time....Write this in your planner and let yourself have fun.

                • Eliminate energy drainers in your life: clutter, unhealthy relationships, unfinished projects, items on your To Do List that don't need to be done until other tasks are complete

                • Take control of your time. Set goals and then break the into doable daily To Do's."





                Got some clutter you would like to sell? Try a local Consignment Shop such as The Buffalo Exchange in Seattle.
                http://www.buffaloexchange.com/

                Tuesday, August 17, 2010

                Pantry Organization Systems

                Apex Closet Decor successfully installed another pantry organization system. Here are a few pictures to see how wonderful they look!




































                Organized Pantry: Beginner Guide to Pantry Pride
                By Cynthia Ewer (Editor, Organized Home)

                "It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen: a working pantry. A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

                Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs. Set aside a supply of food and sundries for a rainy day and protect your family against weather emergencies or financial dislocation.

                Properly managed, the pantry is an integral part of an organized home. Polish your pantry pride with our best hints and tips:

                A pantry's not a place, it's an attitude
                "Oh, I'd love to have a pantry," writes a reader, "but my house doesn't have one!" Sure it does! If there's so much as a spare roll of toilet paper tucked underneath a sink, the household. boasts a pantry.

                Don't confuse storage space with the reality of the pantry principle. Certainly, it's helpful to have designated cabinet space for. pantry goods--but that's not the pantry. Think of the pantry as a reservoir of consumable goods which may be stored in any area of the home.
                Tiny urban apartment or spacious rural farmhouse, all homes can include a pantry. That some houses may or may not feature a specific storage area labeled "pantry" is beside the point. A pantry's not a place, it's an attitude!

                Eyes on the goal
                What's the goal of establishing and maintaining a pantry? It's two-fold: household convenience and protection against unexpected events. A well-planned pantry means that the household will never run out of commonly used products such as toilet paper.

                More important, a pantry is a reserve against hard times. Whether it's job loss, illness, or natural disaster, a pantry ensures that the family will continue to be fed, clean, and comfortable in the face of adversity.

                A beginner's pantry focuses on convenience and contains back-up products for each storable item used in the home. The standard is simple: for each open bag, box or carton in the household, the pantry contains a second, back-up product, toothbrushes to tortellini. A good first goal: a three-day supply of food and hygiene supplies adequate to support your family plus one additional person.

                More robust pantries serve additional goals. A mid-range pantry can feed a family for a period of two weeks to a month in case of emergency. This pantry includes substitutes for fresh foods, such as powdered milk, dried fruits and vegetables, and protein products.This pantry offers convenience and basic protection.

                The most comprehensive home pantries are designed to meet long-term food storage needs. For instance, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are taught to maintain a one-year supply of food and clothing for their families. To do so, these premier pantry managers stock versatile foodstuffs with long shelf life, such as whole wheat berries, together with a variety of preserved and dried foods. LDS home managers learn pantry-specific cooking techniques to enhance nutrition and appeal of long-keeping foods.

                Inside the well-stocked pantry
                Traditional home organization advice often specifies long lists of "recommended pantry items", idea being that you buy them and voila! you've got pantry. Eighteen months later, you're hauling dusty cans of apricot halves to the Food Bank and wondering what ever possessed you to purchase them in the first place.

                Reality check! Each family's pantry will vary according to their own tastes, needs and standard of living. Storage space and financial constraints also affect pantry contents.

                For instance, single-income households with young children will build pantries replete with cold cereal, formula, disposable diapers and child-friendly snack foods--all purchased on sale with coupons. Empty-nesters with an active social life and his-and-hers diets will lean toward pickled asparagus, cocktail crackers and tiny jars of caviar for pick-up appetizers and hostess gifts.

                Dedicated home bakers include specialty flours, gluten, and dried buttermilk powder in their pantries, while non-cooks rely heavily on microwave entrees and freezer pizza. And just about every family can stockpile basics for kitchen and bath: toilet paper, toothpaste, laundry and dishwasher detergent, disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products, paper napkins and food storage bags."

                Continue reading: http://organizedhome.com/kitchen-tips/organized-pantry-beginner-guide-pantry-pride

                Tuesday, August 10, 2010

                Summer Fling Promotion extended until 9/7/10!!

                Great news! Apex Closet Decor has extended our promotional discounts available on 3 finishes until September 7, 2010!!


                Summer-Flame









                Chocolate Pear









                HardRock Maple






                Need new custom closets, garage, pantry or any other organizational system? Call or click today to schedule a free in-home consultation!

                206.725.APEX (2739)