Featured Article: Clutter gobbling up fridge space? Here's how to unstuff it.
The holidays are the one time of year when we have more food than we know what to do with in our refrigerators.
Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away, and it's time to consider how you will refrigerate all the trimmings. Or is your refrigerator already as stuffed as your turkey soon will be?
Here's a quick and simple plan to help you organize your refrigerator so your turkey doesn't feel claustrophobic
Start by eating leftovers that haven't turned into a science project. Toss those that are no longer recognizable. This will begin to free up much-needed space.
Pretend as if you're moving. Give yourself 20 minutes to remove the contents of your refrigerator. While removing each item -- check the expiration date and toss if it's past its prime. You might be surprised by the dates on items that have been relegated to the back corners or lower door trays.
With the refrigerator empty, take 20 minutes to wipe down the shelves, drawers, walls and other compartments. Now it will be like move-in day with a sparkling-clean refrigerator as you return the remaining items.
Before stocking the fridge, take stock of the types of food you store on a regular basis. The food groups might include: dairy, condiments, meats, leftovers, produce, snack items, drinks, etc. Designate a section for each of the groups. Once stocked, let family members know where they can find -- and more importantly -- return items. Hopefully, after this project, which will take less than an hour, you now have enough space for all of the Thanksgiving trimmings.
While products can come in handy when organizing small spaces,
here are some tips that require no product
Establish one day a week when you take a quick scan of the refrigerator and eliminate any leftovers past their prime. In our house, we do this on Wednesday, right before the trash can is taken out for garbage pickup.
Plan your meals so you can take leftovers to work for lunch to save money.
Keep a running grocery list close by so that when something is empty or running low, family members know to add it to the list. That way there are no surprises, like no milk for your morning bowl of cereal or that cup of coffee.
Take a quick inventory before you shop -- so you don't end up with a fourth jar of strawberry jam when there already are three in the refrigerator or pantry.
I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving - we all have much to be grateful for.
Just Released - 2 New Books on Microsoft Outlook 2007 by Laura Leist
I am excited to announce that I have just released two new Outlook 2007 books! Yes, I realize the end of 2009 is almost here, but in my consulting experience with individuals and corporations, I have found that many still have not upgraded to Microsoft Outlook 2007 yet - and so these books are still timely and relevant!
These books are currently only for sale at Eliminate Chaos - purchase them here.
Eliminate Chaos January 2010 Class Schedule Announced
Here is a list of our upcoming classes beginning in January. In addition to these classes, I will be offering Outlook Webinars for the public for the first time!
The "in-person" classes are held at the Eliminate Chaos Office near Mill Creek, WA. Click on the links below to read more about each class and register. Don't delay, these classes fill very quickly. I'll look forward to having you in class!
Over the next couple of months, I will be adding additional Webinars and a "hand-on" class in our office called "Eliminate Home Office Chaos." Stay turned and check back frequently.
Or, if you want to see a list of all classes, click here.
Can't make it to class, but would like to bring one of these programs to your office or association? No problem. Click here and fill out my speaking request form and I'll give you a call to see how we can arrange for your group.
Click here to see if I will be in your town in the near future for a speaking engagement. If you would like to bring one of these programs to your area, or have me speak to your organization on another "content-rich" subject, complete our speaking request form and I'll give you a call.
Holiday Decorating Sale - Decorate for Less!
If you live in the Greater Seattle area, this special is for you
The holidays are just around the corner and if you're already feeling the pressure, let us make life a little easier this time of the year and help you cross some things off your list. Choose from one of the following holiday decorating packages, and leave the decorating, undecorating and organizing the holiday decor to us! You'll be glad you did as you enjoy a beautifully decorated home for the holidays.
Holiday Kick-Start 8 hour package - $612 - you save $68
It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas 16 hour package - $1156 - you save $204
I'm Dreaming of an Organized Christmas 24 hour package - $1632 - you save $408
Deck ALL of the Halls 40 hour package - $2550 - you save $850
The Fine Print: All sessions last 8 hours and can only be used for "Holiday Decorating" "Un-decorating" after the holidays and organizing holiday decor. Services are provided by Eliminate Chaos Specialists, but do not include the services of Robert or Laura Leist.
Please contact our office at 425.670.2551 to reserve your package and schedule the time that works for you. Packages must be pre-paid by November 20th and the work must be completed by January 10, 2010. Unused hours will be forfeited.
Eliminate Chaos Launches New Shopping Cart
Save up to 20% on selected products
We just released our new shopping cart on the Eliminate Chaos website.
"A big thanks to Julie and Terri for helping us to clear our clutter from our workshop and craft area in an effective, easy, non-judgmental way. My husband was blown away by the transformation, and we are liberated by the extra space and less "stuff". Thank you again, EC!" -Joyce and Marshall Rafferty - Seattle, WA .
A great way to try us out and get some organizing done at the same time! For a limited time, we are offering an amazing NEW client organizing special. If you are not an existing client this is a great way for us show you how we can eliminate your chaos.