Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How to Organize Post-It Notes

Any other post-it note lovers? I use them ALL the time for work, in my planner, with clients, etc. I think they are great to help get and stayed organized. Here are some way that I organize post-it notes for clients, 

In shoeboxes - clear ones are what I use most, but I also just repurpose regular shoeboxes as well. 
Acyclic drawer dividers - I use these most often in offices and junk drawers. 
Desk organizers - these are usually tiered organizers and great if you have several different sizes. 
Stackable memo holders - these are great if you are using them in a particular area and you don't have a lot.
Letter sorters - I love using letter sorters for so many different things and they are great for post-it notes as well. 

How do you you like to organize your post-it notes?

Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Remember to Water Plants

Waterbug Plant Care Guide App - If you are one of those people who always forgets to water plants, guilty!, then you need this app. You enter your plant info and it will tell you when you need to water it. Once the plants have been watered, you hit the drop icon and it countdowns to when it needs to be watered again.

Calendar: electronic and paper - another great thing is to utilize just a regular calendar to keep track of when you need to water your plants and then set calendar alerts.

Old sponges - I saw this on Danny Seo's site and he demonstrated putting fertilizer in a pot, cutting old sponges into squares and placing them on top of the soil, adding more fertilizer, add the plant, add a little more fertilizer and finally water the plant. The sponges will retain water, so the soil will not get as dry as quickly.

Do you have any tips on how to remember to water your plants?

Friday, August 18, 2017

5 Things to Organize This Weekend

Wallet. Most of us, men & women, have unnecessary things in our wallet. From unused cards to receipts to expired coupons. Time to purge all the things that doesn't belong in there.

Gift wrap. If you are anything like me you have a ton of gift wrapping supplies. Get rid of anything that you would not use on gifts, bags with tears, etc.

Books. Do you have books that you have been wanting to get rid of? Now is the time. Take them to resale, pass along to a friend, donate to a library, put inside of a Little Free Library, etc.

Video Games. Do you have old video games / accessories that you have no intention of ever using? Time to pass them along to others or donate to charity.

Cups. If you are anything like most people you have an unnecessary amount of cups that you have bought or gotten free. Sift through them and only keep the ones you use most often.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eco Modern Concierge Was Voted One of the Best Home Organizers in Houston 2017

I am happy to say that Eco Modern Concierge was voted One of the Best Home Organizers in Houston 2017 by We are amongst some good company. What is one thing you need to get organized right now?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Eco Modern Concierge Interview in VoyageHouston

I know I already mentioned this on social media, but go check out my interview with VoyageHouston that was published in June. What are some other things you would like to know about the business?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Eco Spa: Shoji Spa in Asheville, NC

On my way to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, I stopped off in Asheville, NC to see a friend and her little one. The day I got in she had booked me a hot tub treatment at Shoji Spa to help me relax and wind down from all the driving I did. It was such a thoughtful thing for her to do and it was SOOOOO relaxing. It is an eco spa and they use a lot of green products, along with being super clean. The hot tubs are located outside on the side of the mountain in the middle of the woods. It is extremely peaceful just to sit there unwind and read a book. When I got there it was daylight still, but quickly faded into night. I highly recommend you visit this spa if you ever find yourself in Asheville. Here are some photos from my visit there.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dorm Room Organization Tips

Organizing your dorm room can you be a little tricky because you have such limited space. In another post last week I outlined Dorm Room Organization Products. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Research. Before heading off to college take the time to research Pinterest, The Container Store, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc. to find out what you really will need to bring. Each college is different in what they provide in the rooms, so it is worth it to know what you need before you leave for college. Create a checklist and get to packing :).

Go vertical. If you can stack things up than do it whether that is starting from the floor or on your desk. This is huge space saver. There are many different bins / crates out there that are stackable.

Use over the door racks. There are SO many different over the door racks out there. There are ones for shoes, hooks, pantry alternative, etc.

Utilize storage under the bed. In dorms there is usually an ample about of storage under the bed to use. If not, you can always buy bed risers to raise the bed up more and create storage. Under bed storage bins work great.

Command hooks. They are your friend and will help you in many different ways from hanging clothes to hanging keys. Always keep extra around.

Tension rods. Tension rods help create more space whether this is in the closet, bathroom or wherever. They are relatively inexpensive.

Use wall space. If you can then change hooks, shelves, message boards, etc. on your ways. This will create more space for you to use.

What are some of your dorm room organization tips?

Photo credit: Bed, Bath and Beyond

Monday, August 7, 2017

Made in the USA + Eco: Beauty Products

These are some of my current favorite eco beauty products:

Davids Toothpaste: I am not always a fan of the natural toothpastes because I don't always get that fresh clean feeling that I like, but I like this one more than others. Do you have a favorite natural toothpaste that you use?

Moon Valley Organics Lotion Bar: This is a very interesting concept, but this lotion bar works great and smells great.

Jane Iredale Lip Balm: I really like this lip balm. It goes on smooth, gives you a little bit of color in your lips and smells great.

What are some of your current favorite eco beauty products?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Out and About in Houston: Season's Harvest

If you are out in about in the suburbs of Cypress, TX I recommend you stopping by Season's Harvest. My husband and I went here one Saturday morning and had a great breakfast. I am not a coffee drinker, but the iced coffee here was SO good. They are a farm-to-table restaurant. The food they use in local and in season. Go check them out.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dorm Room Organization Products

Off to college and sharing a dorm room with VERY little space can be super challenging. I have rounded up some products to help you maximize your and get you organized in your dorm room. What are some of your products that I maybe didn't mention?

Adjustable Closet Rod Expander: Perfect for when you have a lot of clothes and need more space in those small closets.

Surge Protector: It seems like most small spaces NEVER have enough plugs. This surge protector will protect your electronics and is long enough to reach in many areas of your dorm room.

Acyclic Divided Lazy Susan: I love using these in my organization projects and think they are especially handy in dorm rooms because they can be used for bath products, school supplies, etc.

Command Hooks: You can never have enough command hooks laying around. They are perfect to hang just about anything from purses to clothes.

Over the Door Shoe Bag: These are great because you can not only use them for your shoes, you can store cleaning supplies, food items, accessories, etc.

Rolling Laundry Basket: This laundry basket on wheels is perfect when you let your laundry pile up before washing. You won't hurt yourself trying to drag around a heavy laundry bag. Just wheel your laundry around with ease.

Over the Door Hook Rack: Various over the door racks are awesome for maximizing your space and hanging items whether it is towels or clothing.

Under Bed Storage: One of the best ways to add more storage in your dorm room is to use under bed storage. You can keep anything in there from personal items to school supplies.

Message Board: This is great to keep track of important dates, reminders, schedules, note sharing with roommates, etc.

Stackable Drawers: A great way to save space is by going vertical and these stackable drawers are perfect to getting the most out of your space.

Beauty Supply Holder: Once again, an over the door product that will help you save space. If you use hair products than this an awesome way to keep track of them and not have them taking up drawer or cabinet space.

Wall and Door Rack: The great thing about this product is that it will not only save space, but is perfect for storing food items. A great alternative to a pantry.

All photos are linked above and are from The Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyonds websites.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Update of 2017 Goals

Since it is July and a little over half way through the year. I thought I would do a check in of my 2017 goals because I need to be held accountable. My current update status is in red. What are some of your updates on your goals this year?

2017 Personal Goals

Read more. I am really disappointed in myself that I didn't read as much as I would like in 2016. I read a TON of magazines, but not very many books, which is a shame because I love reading. I have been doing SO much more reading so I am happy to say yes! this is working and I still plan to read lots more this year.

Learn to play the freaking piano. This has been a goal of mine for many, many, many, many years. I need to really learn this year. STILL have NOT done this. I NEED TO DO THIS!

Be present. This was on my list a few years ago, but this is something that my husband brought up. When we are driving in the car the other person in the passenger seat is usually on their phone or if we are watching t.v or a movie one, if not both of us, are on our phone. Basically we need to PUT THE DAMN PHONE DOWN. Yes, I have been better about this, but still have not given my full attention.

Make healthier choices. This is so cliche, but it is really something that I need to focus on this year. I consider myself ok healthy, but didn't really make it a priority last year and need to this year. I exercised ok this past year, but did not do nearly as much yoga or exercising as I would have liked. My husband and I have made a ton more healthier choices this year, but STILL needs lots of improvement.

Listen better. I know I listen, but a lot of times not everyone has my full undivided attention. I want to REALLY listen and not passively listen. I feel that I have done a lot better job at listening this year, but there is always room to grow as well too.

Get rid of toxicity. There are things that I do or people in my life that are just plain toxic and it is time to say bye bye to negativity. It brings me down and I frankly don't care to make time for it. I am going to start doing what makes me happy and maybe change my outlook. Put a positive spin on the negative things. This year has been pretty cleansing, but there are still a few things I want to say buh bye to.

2017 Business Goals

Up My Promotional Material Game. I'll put this one on here again because I really need to do it. I have already started and created a plan. Yes! I got lots of new promotional material and love it.

Streamline the Accounting. Accounting is something I absolutely do not like, but obviously need to get paid :). I do most things by hand or in spreadsheets and the hard way when it comes to accounting for whatever reason and it's not great because I am a professional organizer and all about streamlining. Plus, I have helped tons through the years streamline. As the saying goes, the cobblers kids...... I did streamline the accounting, but still have some work to do on it as well.

Improve SEO. I need to work on this and have been thinking about it for many, many years. I have had some recommendations of companies to check out, so I plan on doing something in 2017. I have taken some steps on the backend of things to help improve SEO, which I feel that it has, but I still want to improve it more.

Gain new clients. This has come naturally through the years, mostly word of mouth now, but I always want new clients. I absolutely love what I do and truly strive to do my best for my clients. This is a goal every year even though I don't necessarily put it on the blog every year. Surprisingly and thankfully, when I raised my rates after the NAPO conference I got several new clients. Of course, I ALWAYS want more new clients, and am extremely thankful for my current and new clients.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Unique Roadside Attractions From Houston to Pittsburgh

On my way to Pittsburgh for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 2017 Conference I stopped at various roadside attractions. I drove to Pittsburgh because 1. I love road trips 2. I was stopping in Asheville, NC to see a friend and her little one 3. I got to listen to audiobooks :). To make the trip more fun I decided to stop at various roadside attractions along the way. I used the app Roadside America. Below are some of the things I stopped at. On the way back home my father-in-law actually rode with me and we stopped in Memphis for the night, so there is one picture from Memphis.

World's largest working fire hydrant in Beaumont, TX

Miss Rose's Bar: Happy Man in Lafayette, LA it was sculpted for the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair and later it was dumped in a field.

Frog statue at the frog capital of the world in Rayne, LA

Giant guitar in Crowley, LA

Playhouse Grave of Little Nadine Earles in Lanett, LA. This was an interesting. Nadine wanted a playhouse for Christmas and died right before Christmas. So her parents built a playhouse around her tombstone and filled it with toys.

World's Largest Stationary Brick made out of bricks in Montgomery, AL. 

Hank Williams Astroturf Grave in Montgomery, AL

Giant gun safe on a pole in Mobile, AL

World's Largest Mattress in Jefferson, GA

BB King's Blues Club