Tips & Tricks

Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer 

Pets! We love our cats and dogs in Seattle. It’s true! News stories have been written about it. Now that summer is here, let’s practice pet safety and keep our furry pets safe at home and in the outdoors.

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Clean Out Those Backpacks in 5 Easy Steps!

The school year is over! Your child is thrilled about the start of summer vacation. Before it’s forgotten about, follow these 5 easy steps to clean out the backpack and organize all the art and school projects that have come home. The end of the school year is one of the best times to clean out the school year detritus and organize your child’s keepsakes.

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15 Essentials to Keep in Your Car This Summer

We hope you will get outside and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest this summer! Following is a list of some of the essentials that you should always have packed in your car to give you and your family the freedom to enjoy adventures in the spur of the moment.

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Organizing Paperwork

Paperwork on a cluttered desk

Let’s Talk Paper! With the holiday season safely behind us, March is the best time of year to get all of our paperwork in order. These three things will help get you in ship shape: catch up on filing, clear out old files, and prepare documents for the tax season.

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Our New Favorite Book on Organizing

It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh

Each of us at Simplify Experts recently read Peter Walsh’s book, It’s All Too Much, as a part of our continuing professional development. We had a great discussion of our favorite strategies, techniques and tips from this book at a recent staff meeting. We would definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels overwhelmed by their home.

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Plastic Bag Clutter

Tissue Box Plastic Bag Holder

Many cities now have a ban on plastic bags, including mine. So when I come across stores that still use them, I tend to hang on to them because I re-use them for all sorts of things in my home. For instance, emptying the upstairs garbage cans, putting them over shoes that I’m packing in a suitcase, covering fragile plants during a freeze, or simply to carry things, the list of uses for a plastic bag go on and on.

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Disposing of Old Electronics

Donate Your Old Electronics

One of the services Simply Experts provides to clients is to collect and deliver old, out of date electronics to InterConnection Computer Recycling. At InterConnection, donating out of date electronics is “good for others and good for the environment.” Their focus is charitable reuse, not recycling. They will take your old electronics free of charge.

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Manage Entryway Clutter

Organized Entryway

A great way to manage entryway clutter is to look for areas around your front door (or garage door if that’s where you enter the house) where you can “go vertical” and add hooks and shelves to the wall to get personal items up off the floor, creating a zone for each person so they know where their things go.

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I am a mom with two young kids. What tips do you have for getting out the door in the summer?

Car Organizer

Keeping a summer readiness bag ready for day trips or even a quick outing to the park can save time when trying to get out the door.  Backpack or beach bag should include an extra bottle of sunscreen, hats, mini first aid kit (Neosporin, band-aids, wet wipes etc…) and extra diapers.  Buy a case of bottled waters to keep in the trunk of the car for emergencies, also a waterproof picnic style blanket and extra towels can be stored in the trunk for impromptu trip to the beach.  Keeping an extra set of clothes in the car can be handy if children’s clothes get wet or dirty while having fun!

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What do I do with the art that I don’t have space for on my walls yet want to keep?

Storing, cataloging and organizing artwork and collectables

Consider a painting rack to store framed artwork on, wrap paintings in plastic to keep moisture out.  For unframed art you can lay them in an archival box with acid free tissue paper between pieces.  The basement and attic can be easy and tempting places to store art, but with temperature changes and moisture potential this may cause more damage.  If you need to stack the paintings place padding in-between each piece to protect them.

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