Organize Your Pantry

An organized pantry means a happy, healthy family!

Cleaning is my favorite way to relax. I clear things out and get rid of the stuff I don’t need. When the food pantry and the refrigerator are organized, I feel less stressed. 

Jennifer Morrison

Take a look inside your pantry just for fun! Can you find what you want and put away the groceries? It seems the food just builds up and before you know it there are years worth of expired food, random stuff shoved onto shelves and no space for the new to come in. Let’s use See it. Map it. Do it. to transform your pantry. When it is organized:

  • You will spend less money
  • Eating healthy is easier
  • Cooking is more enjoyable

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SEE IT – Take a look at where you are now. Have each person answer the questions below. When you are done, take time to share with each other.

  • What’s working? You can be specific or general.
  • What do you love about the look, feel and function?
  • Are there things you know you want to change?
  • What isn’t working? What don’t you like?
  • Do you have easy access to everything? Are shelves labeled?
  • Are there things in your pantry that don’t belong there?
  • Are you storing items besides food, like servings dishes, and appliances?

MAP IT – Make a written plan for what you want. Go after what you really desire. The energy in your pantry contributes to how you eat and how you feel about yourself, your body and your health.

  • How do you want your pantry to look, feel and function?
  • Create an online board of images that inspire you.
  • Create a mind map showing all the elements you want.
  • Do you to store items such as serving dishes, and small appliances?
  • Do you have a system for rotating new food purchases and using the older items first, like FIFO (first in, first out)?

DO IT – Take the steps to make it happen. Look on your calendar and set up time for the transformation! You are going to love this.

  • Choose which area you want to start with. We suggest starting small and building up from there. For example, you could clear out expired food and then do different categories such as canned goods, snacks, etc.
  • Go through the S.T.A.C.K.S.© System for the area (Sort, Toss, Assign, Contain, Keep it up, Simplify). By following S.T.A.C.K.S.© the project will be easier and you will save money. Go to www.clearsimple.com/systems.
  • Shop for the shelving and containers you really want and need.

Once you complete each part of the project, take time to celebrate. We are certain you will feel empowered around food choices and enjoy cooking for yourself and loved ones.

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Your Guide, Marla Dee.

I love teaching the Clear & Simple Way to live free of clutter and get organized at last.

Organize Your Clothes Closet

Is your closet happy or heavy?

Start your day out right with an organized and beautiful closet. Let your closet support you rather than stress you. Fill your closet with the items you wear and love.

Marla Dee

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© is the 3-step organizing system that works for all the areas of your space and life. Let’s use it to transform your clothes closet.

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© For Your Closet Guide

SEE IT – Take a look at where you’re at. Does your closet make it easy to get dressed or stressful? Take some time to explore:

  • What’s working? What clothes do you love?
  • Is it easy to find what you want and need?
  • What do you like about the look and function?
  • What’s not working? What drives you crazy?
  • Is the floor covered? If so, what kind of stuff is there?
  • Are there things you never wear? How many sizes?
  • Are the clothes smashed tight or is there breathing space?

MAP IT – Make a plan for what you want each morning when it’s time to get dressed. Be honest and also let yourself dream. You deserve a closet you love.

  • How do you want your closet to look, feel and function?
  • Create an online board of images that inspire you.
  • Would it help to get a color/style consultation?
  • On a scale from 1-100, what % of clothes do you want to release?
  • Do you need a closet remodel to make it work?
  • Transformation Tip-Choose one color for all hangers. What is your color choice?

DO IT Take the steps to make it happen. Look at your calendar and et up time for the transformation! We suggest claiming a full weekend.

  • Get help from a trusted, safe friend or a professional organizer.
  • Make sure you do each type of item separately. For example, do the clothing, then the accessories, followed by jewelry.
  • Now haul everything out of the closet and go through each step of S.T.A.C.K.S.© for each category. By taking one step at a time the project will be easier and you will save money. Go to clearsimple.com/systems
  • If you are really brave, try on everything you have been holding onto.
  • Celebrate your transformation by dressing up and going out on the town.
  • Lastly, make sure to notice how much easier each morning has become.

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© For Your Closet Guide

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Your Guide, Marla Dee.

I love teaching the Clear & Simple Way to live free of clutter and get organized at last.

Organize Your Bedroom

Is your bedroom a peaceful sanctuary or a cluttered disaster?

Because the bedroom is behind closed doors, it’s easy to ignore the clutter that builds up there. But continuing to ignore your bedroom means always waking up feeling tired and overwhelmed.

If you were standing at the door to your bedroom right now, what would you be seeing and feeling? Is it a peaceful sanctuary or a cluttered disaster?

The purpose of your bedroom is rest, relaxation, intimacy and healing. You can transform your space by the following Clear & Simple’s easy system.

Marla Dee

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© is the 3-step organizing system that works for all the areas of your space and life. Let’s use it to transform your bedroom.

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© For Your Bedroom Guide

SEE IT – Take a look at where you’re at. Have each person answer the questions below for the whole bedroom (we will do the clothes closet later). When you are done, take time to share with each other.

  • What’s working? You can be specific or general.
  • What do you love about the look, feel and function?
  • Are there things you know you want to change?
  • What’s not working? What don’t you like?
  • Are there things in your bedroom that don’t belong there?
  • Are you doing things other than rest and intimacy in your bedroom?

MAP IT – Make a written plan for what you want. Go after what you really desire as this is the most important room in your home.

  • How do you want your bedroom to look, feel and function? Have FUN!
  • Create an online board of images that inspire you. Go for it!
  • Create a mind map showing all the elements you most want.
  • Is there a theme for your room such as beach house?
  • What colors and textures would make you happy?
  • What do you want to add to your bedroom, like a reading chair?

DO IT – Take the steps to make it happen. Look on your calendar and set up time for the transformation. Try playing music and make this joyful.

  • Choose which area you want to start with. We suggest starting small and building up from there. For example, you could do the bed and side tables, then go to the dresser and rest of the room.
  • Go through the S.T.A.C.K.S.© System for the project (Sort, Toss, Assign, Contain, Keep it up, Simplify). By following STACKS the process you will save time, energy and money. Go to www.clearsimple.com/systems/
  • Once you complete each area, take time to celebrate. Why not have a date night in your new bedroom! We promise you will sleep better and wake up happier.

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© For Your Bedroom Guide

Your Guide, Marla Dee.

I love teaching the Clear & Simple Way to live free of clutter and get organized at last.