Posts Tagged ‘clutter’

Personal space? A free moment?? What’s that??

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Personal Space….what’s that? Who owns your personal space anyway?  You, or all your stuff? Have you and your stuff become one and the same? Are you working for your stuff? Is your stuff working for you?

Stuff is an interesting word. Think of it. You can stuff a toy, stuff a backpack, stuff people, into a car, a train, a bus, a plane, you can stuff a mushroom, stuff a potato, stuff a turkey, stuff your mouth (with turkey), stuff a bookcase, your home, your garage, your closets, your brain! Stuff blurs boundaries. Do you have boundaries in place for your stuff?

When you think about the kinds of ways you spend your precious time, or your hard earned money, how much and in what ways do your efforts actually give back to you? Think about it, it may reveal some  interesting dynamics. We work hard to buy things, spend time creating things, and then those things need maintenance, lots of maintenance. Homes, appliances, vehicles, clothing, kids, relationships, etc all require either some sort after space and/or some amount of maintenance, either physical or emotional. If it takes up space, it needs tending to. And guess who does the tending? Bingo…you do. After all, it is all yours.

Personally I am into low maintenance. In my fantasy “perfect world”, I work for something, create it or buy it, put it into place and it then takes care of my needs and itself. In my “real world” very little in my life works like that. When I look around my own space about the only things I see that even ring close to my “perfect world” functionality are my closets and my golden retriever! (Oh, my husband is pretty low maintenance too!) While not nearly as lovable as my husband or my Golden, my closets and their accessories do give back quite a lot.They give me a sense of organization and the gift of time. Organization gives me a peace, a sense of control and order. Organization saves me time because I know where things are and how to get them quickly. Evey moment I do not waste looking for something is a moment I can spend doing something else I really care about. Organization reduces stress. Organization puts the “personal” back into personal space, puts a boundary between me and my stuff, and gives me the ability to spend my time living more effortlessly. And  isn’t that at least part of what life is about?

Sidelines’ accessories are effortless. Once installed, you are organized and they are done. No maintenance, just allow them to give you back your time and space, over and over again. No matter what your closets look like now, Sidelines can help.

Experience the gift of organization with Sidelines and enjoy all your precious time today!


Keeping Them Organized…

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Do you often wonder if a tornado has just blown through your child’s room?  Are you amazed that only one day after their room is cleaned it is a mess again? Are you sick of then cleaning it all up for them? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone!  Every parent in America has had those same thoughts.  Organization is never easy to come by when you have a house full of children.  As adults it can be a challenge keeping ourselves organized on a daily basis, so we should not expect that our children will be any better.  Storage is a key player in the game of organization.  So if your child’s closet and room is lacking good storage, things will definitely stay messy and hard to find.   So don’t waste any time trying to figure out a solution.  We have one right here for you!

Closet Organization is our specialty and we just so happen to have some things geared toward those little ones of yours.  Below are some closet accessories that are sure to help your child’s closet and room stay organized.   And believe it or not, they may even just like them! – SC


This little girls closet sparkles with our signature baskets in white wrapped in hot pink Hot Colors Basket Wraps.

White Signature Baskets wrapped in hot pink Hot Colors basket wraps.

White Signature Baskets wrapped in hot pink Hot Colors basket wraps.


Let’s not forget about the boys.  These blue basket wraps will make every little boy feel special – and maybe even keep him organized too!

White Signature Baskets wrapped in blue Hot Colors basket wraps

White Signature Baskets wrapped in blue Hot Colors basket wraps


Now we all know that every teenager needs a place they can call their own.  But more importantly you need it to stay clean.  So let their creativity fly with these lavender and lime basket wraps and pouches.
Every teenage girls needs a place she can call her own - and you need it to stay clean! Let her creativity fly with these lavendar basket wraps.

White Signature baskets wrapped in Lavender basket wraps.

Lime green basket wrap shown on a chrome signature basket

Lime green basket wrap shown on a chrome signature basket


You Have To Start Somewhere

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Why do we let things pile up around the house?? Simply put, life gets in the way! We set out with the best of intentions to keep things organized but time gets the best of us and so unwanted clutter is born. It comes in many forms – a messy pantry, countertop clutter, a closet disaster or a child’s untamed play room. Whatever your clutter may be now is a good time to get it under control. In our last blog we told you that it does not matter where you start because every person and each home is different, you just have to start somewhere!

So in an effort to abide by the age old rule of “You can’t fix others until you fix yourself,” start where it will benefit you the most – your bedroom closet! Organizing your space will hopefully motivate you to begin organizing other parts of the house too!

Before attempting a closet overhaul you must take everything out. This will help you really see the space you have to work with and locate your closets best features. Do you have shelves that could be used for something other than what you were using them for? Do you have floor space for shoe storage? These are important questions to ask, not only to maximize the space you have, but to decide if you need to invest in any closet organizing tools. This is also a great time to replace all of your old wire or broken hangers with new durable hangers. Your clothes will thank you for it!

Speaking of your clothes, it’s now time to go through everything you took out of the closet and divide it all into three groups: Trash, Keep, and Donate. Try things on and make sure they still fit, if they don’t you know what to do! Follow your gut; if you have not worn it in a year or if it is torn or tattered, get rid of it. Use this rule as your guide and get to sorting. This goes for all of your shoes too!

Once you have decided what you are keeping separate it into groups that make sense. Our suggestions: Work/Business, Casual/Everyday, Formalwear, and Seasonal Items. Within each of those groups separate your clothing further into sub-groups like long sleeve, short sleeve, dress pants and jeans. You can always go one step further and group everything according to color. No matter what you decide, separating will keep you organized and will also ensure that everything has a place!

Finally it is time to put everything back in. Now that you know what your closets best features are, you know where to put everything! Keep the commonly worn items in plain site for easy access and go from there with the rest. Get Excited! You probably gained ten minutes of your morning back just from organizing your closet. Hopefully the result was worth it and you are now ready to keep moving forward on your journey for home organization. We wish you luck and don’t forget to donate! – SC

Getting Organized Is No Longer On The Sidelines In The New Year

Monday, January 4th, 2010

With all the gift giving and receiving at year end, now is the perfect time to clear out clutter to make room for the new items in  your life at the beginning of a New Year. Where to start? It doesn’t really matter because each person and each home is different. Your home’s living room may look like a disaster after the long weekend of college football games, with memorabilia and dishes still strewn around the furniture. On the other hand, your guest room may have been Ground Zero for organizing festivities, with wrapping paper, gift tags and shopping bags piled in every corner. The key to feeling better about kicking off the New Year right is to jump in as quickly as possible so that you feel you’re getting control of your life…and home.

Start with sorting tools closest at hand. Whether that’s leftover empty boxes or garbage bags, designate three places or containers to begin the sorting: one for throwing away, one for keeping, and one for the undecided junk. (You can sift through those belongings a bit later to decide if they’re keepers or not.) If you can designate a fourth bag or box for charity giveaways, all the better.

Dig in! Where does your eye land first? Just begin grabbing whatever is within reach. At this time of year, many of us feel overwhelmed and have a sense that we’re still too far behind getting things done for the previous year that it’s hard to get a clean start for the New Year. Our feelings of drowning in clutter and disorganization practically stop us in our tracks, like deer in headlights, preventing us from simply jumping in and kicking off a great New Year.

Just do it! It doesn’t even matter how far you get into the project. Over the next several days and a couple of weeks, we’ll post lots of organizational tips and tricks – for the mind and body – to help you get off the sidelines and up to the scrimmage line, where all the action is, to help kick off your New Year clutter-free.

For now, just grab everything you’re sure is trash and get it out of the house. Then sort through the “definitely stays” and “not sure” items. If you know where the “definitely stays” stuff is stored, put it away. If it may need a new home, we’ll have lots of tips on designating new, permanent storage locations for your belongings.

You need as much peace of mind to start the New Year off right as you can create. And ‘peace of mind’ truly is a state of mind you must create for yourself by doing all the things – including clearing clutter – that get you to that place. It may take five minutes or five hours. But once you get on the road to a little peace, you’ll begin to feel like you’re starting off the New Year with a fresh attitude and a fresh space.

You can’t do it all at once, but if you keep chiseling away at it, bit by bit, room by room, project by project, you’ll be completely organized in just a couple of weeks. Get started! — MM