Decluttering vs. Organizing

You may be thinking of a way to get your space in order because there has been days where you couldn’t find anything. There has been times when you walk through your front door and immediately walk out because you knew for sure that you walked into the wrong house. You know you need a change better yet, your home needs a change but you’re conflicted on what route you should take.

This is a common struggle a lot of us go through as we’re in the process of change, growth or just plan lazy. Life continues happening and our space experiences a downpour. With all that said, before we even think about rescuing our space, we have to decide which process (decluttering or organizing) will we follow.


Cluttered Closet

If your space is overflowing with stuff then decluttering is probably to best option for you. This means you will take everything out of its place, put them in one area and sort through them only keeping the items you want (love) and/or need. Decluttering is the process of elimination. You can do this room by room, section by section, item by item or by color. There is no right way to do it just as long as it gets done. To make this process easier, try putting a timer in your phone for 2 hours and GO. Once those 2 hours are up, you can focus on something else. Just be sure to work in small areas at a time to avoid having items laid out everywhere after those 2 hours are done. Owning less stuff is the outcome when decluttering which ultimately means there will be less to clean, you may reduce stress and finally have time to focus on that project you’ve been meaning to do.



Having to much stuff may not be the issue for you rather your space lacks functionality. If this is the case, organizing your space just may be the best option for you. This requires that you create order in specific areas in your home by re-arranging it, color coordinating it, adding organizing products and just merely finding a place for everything. Unlike decluttering, this process takes less time, of course if you’ve already space planned it out and it also involves knowing a little something about decorating especially if your goal is to make your space visual appealing. The most important part of organizing is maintaining your space after everything is complete, which can be seen as the most difficult part. What makes it so difficult is that you have to keep up your space. That is, you have make sure after you use an item you place it back in it’s space every single time because if you skip a step your space is more likely to go back to where you it was before. If you do have a good maintenance plan, your space will thrive and stay organized, which is the overall goal of course!

Whether you’re looking to declutter or organize your space, it’s up to you to determine what your space needs according to your current life style. For some of us, our lifestyles include caring for children, a partner and a dog and for others it includes running a business or frequently attending happy hour every Wednesday, Thursday and lets not forget Fridays. Where ever you are in life, you have the duty to create a space that works in your favor and to enjoy the HELL out of it.

If you ever have any questions at all about how to declutter or organize your space, feel free to call me at (832) 680-1089. Comment below and let me know what option best fits your space needs.

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon!

10 Organizing Affirmations – Positive Thinking

Today I’ll be going a little deeper to help you get more organized. If you’re someone who believes in creating a life with no restrictions, this may be for you. A few years ago I was introduced to affirmations.

Affirmations are a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.

What this means is you tell yourself something that you want to be true and if you say it enough and believe it, it will become true. Law of Attraction. Not to be religious but If you are someone who believes in the bible this is same as “Ask and you will receive”. You ask The all Mighty and if you believe it, it will come true”

You may be thinking okay so what does organizing have anything to do with the All Mighty. Well, nothing. What I’m saying is well you’re watching my video because you are someone who is interested in getting organized and want some ideas/tips on how to get organized, so there you go.

Most of our actions or lack thereof come from what we believe in ourselves. If your reasoning behind not getting organized is because of not having time and you keep telling yourself that you don’t have time, then you start to create a life where you never have time. Does that make sense? You’re telling yourself that you don’t have time, therefore, everything around you is based on time or lack thereof. Let me give you another example. You tell yourself well I’m not good at organizing. I’m too lazy. My space is too small to organize. I don’t have enough space.

All of these statements are creating an opposite effect of what you truly want in your space, therefore, you remain in the same cluttered unorganized space that you were in before. Even if you organize your space but you stay in this frame of mind then it will shortly revert back to what it was before and it will continue to be a never-ending process.  


The 10 Organizing Affirmations you can say to yourself on a daily basis and help you get organized. Remember for anything to come true you have to believe it and only you can create it.

  1. I possess great organizing skills

  2. Organizing comes naturally to me

  3. I enjoy living in a clear and uncluttered space

  4. Organization is constant in my life

  5. Every day and in every way I am becoming more organized

  6. I make positive choices in figuring out what I want in my life

  7. It is great to be organized

  8. I am ready to be more organized now

  9. Time is infinite therefore I have time to create the life I want

  10. I deserve to be in a space I love

Did you notice how every affirmation was singular? This is the beauty of affirmations. The only person you can truly control is yourself therefore when you want to change self you have to speak to self.

You can make your affirmations work for you by speaking your affirmations out loud for about five minutes three times a day - morning, midday and evening.

Here are some ways to do so:

  • You can put them as reminders on your phone at 3 different times,

  • You can write them on your bathroom mirror

  • You can write them on a sticky note and place it on your dashboard

  • You can get your closest friend to say them to you. So instead of “I”, they will use “You”.

These are just some ways I’ve spoken my affirmations to myself and so far they have worked.

With the new year approaching, the goal is to live the life you want. Whether that means getting more organized, whether that means losing weight or getting a better paying job. The moment you start inviting in what you really want by speaking affirmations to self and believing them, you will see the changes in your life.

Let me know in the comments sections if you currently speak affirmations for yourself.

Until next time - Judi


The Seniors Guide for Decluttering and Feeling at Home

Adjusting to life in a retirement home can be tough – it involves big changes, like leaving behind a home and all the memories it contains, as well as the feeling of losing a measure of freedom. Psychologists say that even positive changes can be as hard to adapt to as negative ones are, but you can help your loved one make a smooth transition.

Here’s how.

Preparing Your Loved One – and Yourself – for a Move to a Retirement Home

senior guide

Before your parent, family member or friend moves into a retirement home or assisted-living facility, everyone involved needs to know what to expect. Sharing the timetable with your loved one can take some of the uncertainty away, so make sure that everyone involved knows when to start packing, when the move will occur, and when you’ll come to your loved one’s new home to help with the transition.

Also, keep in mind:

·       This type of move can involve significant downsizing that requires you to put your organizational skills to the test.

·       Your loved one may have mixed feelings about the move, and he or she may be reluctant to make such a big change.

·       Your attitude about the process, and the way you handle the situation, can have a big impact on how easy (or how difficult) it is on your loved one.



Create a calendar to share with your loved one and others involved in the move. Pick dates for:

·        Downsizing and packing

·        Charity pick-ups, a garage or estate sale, or trash pick-up

·        Booking a moving truck or asking friends and family come to help

·        Moving day

·        Unpacking boxes and setting up the new place



Packing is stressful no matter how you look at it. Take it slowly (and start early, if that’s what it takes) to make things easier on your parent, friend or family member. Remember that your loved one’s participation can help him or her feel in control, which can minimize anxiety and quell nervousness about the big move – but also remember that this is a big job, and too much at once can be overwhelming. Try to keep packing, sorting and organizing confined to less than a couple of hours per day, and make it a sociable experience. If your loved one wants to stop and reminisce, join in; it’s not going to hurt anything.

If the person who’s moving has a lot of stuff (furniture, keepsakes, and other things that can’t come along), there’s a big decision on the horizon. He or she will have to decide whether to put everything in storage, hold a yard sale, or divide items between family members. This should definitely be your loved one’s decision – we’re talking about his or her belongings, not yours (think about how you’d feel if someone suddenly took the reins and dictated what was going to happen to your stuff).

Together, you can categorize each item and decide what your family member, parent or friend will take, store, donate or sell. Storage may be the best option, at least psychologically speaking, for your loved one. He or she still owns the furniture, mementos and other items, which can make adjusting to the retirement home that much easier.

You can usually get rid of old and useless items, like old bills and paperwork that’s no longer necessary, but be on the lookout for important documents that you and your loved one must keep, such as:

·         Birth certificates

·         Deeds

·         Diplomas and degrees

·         Financial documents

·         Medical records

·         Military records

·         Passports

·         Powers of attorney

·         Wills

Keep all the important documents in a central location, and let other family members know where it is so nobody gets the wrong idea or feels left out of the process. Try to put it all somewhere neutral, like a safe deposit box.

If your loved one is okay with it, have adult children claim their own (but only their own!) keepsakes during the process. Old sports trophies, high school yearbooks and other items can go home with their owners to make things easier for everyone.

Pro tip: Sort before you start packing. Go through each room with colored tags to mark items for their final destinations. Remember that seniors can – and should – bring mementos and keepsakes to his or her new place so it feels like home.

If your loved one has pets, you’ll have to make arrangements for them, too. Let your parent, family member or friend decide where they’ll go, if possible; having no say in what happens to a beloved pet can be incredibly traumatic.


Many people don’t want to let go of things they feel are important. If it’s absolutely necessary (like when storage isn’t an option), you can try:

·       Talking to an antique dealer to find out how much items are worth. Sometimes a dollar figure can make a big difference in a person’s decision-making process.

·       Hiring a professional organizer. If you’re too close to the situation and your help becomes frustrating for your loved one, it might be best to bring in an impartial third party who’s used to helping people let go.

·       Letting your loved one know where the items will go and that they’ll be treasured. This is especially important with things tied to the family legacy, like old documents and photos.



You may need to change your loved one’s address, transfer utilities to someone else’s name, or finalize registration at your friend or family member’s retirement home or assisted living facility. Make sure you tackle each of these issues early so you’re not scrambling later. Don’t forget to update the address for your loved ones:

·         Bank accounts

·         Credit card accounts

·         Driver’s license and vehicle registration

·         Insurance policies

·         Investment and retirement accounts

·         Medicare and Social Security

·         Newspaper and magazine registrations

·        Voter registration



Adjusting to a new environment, particularly if it’s a lot different than the old one, can take weeks or months. Your loved one needs plenty of time to settle in, get to know people (including caregivers) and start to feel at home, so don’t try to rush the process. Everyone reacts differently; where one person may feel relief at not having to maintain a big house alone, another might feel a little lost and miss their home, friends and belongings.

Here’s how you can help.

Understand That the Move Represents a Loss 

As an adult child, friend or family member, it’s easy to look at your loved one’s move as a “fresh start.” He or she will have cooked meals, nothing to clean and friends living right next door.

Your loved one might see that, too, but he or she is also mourning the loss of a home, belongings and community – and at the same time, the realization that old age or health issues has necessitated the move is sinking in. Avoid trying to force your family member or friend into the new social scene, too. Making new friends and getting comfortable takes time.

Be kind, patient and understanding with your loved one. Remember that you, too, will one day be in a similar situation.

Make Memories and Continuity a Priority 

Find a shelf, cabinet or drawer where your loved one can easily access photo albums and other mementos. Hang his or her favorite pieces of art on the walls, and try to set up the space so it’s comfortable and homey. If your loved one has a favorite recliner, a family heirloom or other important items, make room for them.

If your loved one wants new items, like a flat-screen TV or something that will make the space more enjoyable, go for it – sometimes having something shiny and new makes the transition easier.

Show Support and Visit Often 

Familiar faces can make living in a new place a lot easier, so visit as often as you can (or as often as your loved one wants you to). If you can’t visit, see if someone can help your loved one Skype or FaceTime you, or make regular phone calls to check up on him or her.

Refer to the new place as “home,” not “the home” or anything else. The way you talk about the assisted living facility will impact the way your parent, family member or friend feels about it, and it’s important that you don’t forget how powerful that can be.

Have You Helped a Senior Transition to a Retirement Home? 

We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for helping a friend, parent or other family member transition into a retirement home or assisted living facility, so please share what worked – or what didn’t – for you in the comments.

Author bio: Jennifer Karami is a writer at Redfin, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage. With a 1% listing fee and full-service agents, Redfin’s mission is to redefine real estate in the customer’s favor.


How to de-clutter and organize the Playroom

When a playroom comes to mind, most people think of a room with piles of random toys and objects scattered around. Many households have a common problem: too many clutter in the playroom. As a consequence, the kids take their games and toys to play in other rooms, making more of a mess around the house. This often results in your children constantly losing their favorite toys because they can’t remember which room they played with it in last. Lost toys mean crying fits. Who would have thought that having a cluttered playroom could lead to so many problems? If your children’s playroom is a mess, it’s time for you to make changes and clear it up. Here is how you can declutter and organize the playroom for your children:



Decluttering is not something that everyone looks forward to. Perhaps there are mountains of toys and random things in the playroom, but regardless of that fact, you need to find your way in and start working. Look around the room and imagine cutting the amount down by half. Start with the below as your goal.

The first step in decluttering is to categorize your items. Grab some bins or boxes and label them in categories. This means placing like toys with like toys. It is best to get rid of the toys and games that your kids have outgrown or don’t play with anymore. Separate the ones that you will be getting rid of and donate or give them away to your friends’ kids. There is no need to throw them in the garbage if they can be up-cycled.

Once separated, t’s a great idea to divide the toys into different bins, storing a few in your garage, basement, or attic. Once your children are bored with the toys that are currently in the playroom, you can rotate the bins to avoid creating clutter. Keep in mind that you will need to store the old ones when you take out a new bin.



Try to divide a couple of sections in the room. You might draw a layout of the room and divide it before taking action. Our suggestion would be splitting the room into various zones, for example, book zone, game zone, toys zone, and arts-and-crafts zone. This depends on the size of your playroom and your kids’ preferences. Organize the items used in each zone for your children. If you need extra space, consider putting in some shelving for easier storage.



If your kids are still unable to read, print out photos of the toys and stick them onto the assigned bins. Tell the kids that they are not allowed to take the toys out of their zones and teach them to put the toys back in the appropriate bin when they are done with them. Having the kids' practice organizing will instill the habit early on and ensure that they maintain the habit well into their later years.



Once the playroom is organized and free of clutter, make sure that it stays that way. It is best to train your kids to put their toys away and store them in the assigned bins. There is no point in decluttering the playroom if you are going to let the mess build up again because this is not a sustainable way to declutter. Because kids don’t understand what clutter is therefore playing is all they think of, to maintain a clutter-free space you will need to come up with an approach to trick them into organizing. Think of an organization game that you can use to encourage the little ones to put their toys back in the right bins. If they succeed, you can give them a small reward like a cupcake (who doesn’t like that) or a trip to the park. But please no more new toys!


If you’re looking for a Professional Organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your home, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re always more than happy to help.

How to Declutter a small kitchen - Our Guide


When you live in a tiny space, it’s a lot more difficult to stay organized, therefore, there’s more of a chance that your place is cluttered, especially in the kitchen area.

With less storage, you are prone to throwing everything into the closest drawer or cupboard, just trying to fit it all in. Some people even just have a pile of random things on their kitchen floor! If you want to make room in your tiny kitchen, you’ve got to declutter. Here’s how you can go about it:


Chances are that one of the piles in your kitchen is a mountain of kitchen appliances. Although it can be hard to resist those incredible sales, the fact is that you don’t have room for a massive pile of useless appliances in your small kitchen. You will need to test and evaluate each and every one individually.

If you run across a few that don’t work, you may have to throw them away. The next thing you have to do is group the gadgets that you don’t need which includes anything that can be replaced with other kitchen tools. For example, specialized fruit slicers can be replaced by a knife. Those slicers can go straight into a donation box.


Some people are fond of purchasing more plates, cups, utensils, and tableware than they need. If you are one of those people, it is time to clear everything out. Unless you are frequently hosting big groups of people, there is no need to have an infinite amount of tableware. Sure, they may all be different, but you don’t need fifty bowls.

Take some time to sort out the ones that you never use and give them away. You can also wrap them up in wrapping paper and give them away as gifts to friends and family. If they are valuable, you can resell them as well.

Perhaps your validation for purchasing ten sets of tableware is that you hold a big party once or twice a year. Even if this is the case, instead of storing everything in the kitchen, move what you don’t regularly use into a box and store it in a closet or in the garage. Make sure that you label the box before you put it in the storage so that it’s easy to find when you do need it.


A tiny pot may look cute, but your medium-sized one can accomplish the very same thing. Sort out the pots and pans that aren’t necessary. Most of the time, you can use medium or large sizes to substitute for the small-sized ones. Since pots and pans are usually durable, it’s best to either gift them or donate them. Other people can make good use out of them. In the future, when you want to buy cookware, it may be a good idea to opt for bigger sizes as they are more versatile.


Decorating your kitchen is a great way to create a fun cooking environment but when you have a tiny kitchen, it’s important to keep things minimal. Large cookie jars, cake stands and even small appliances will take up most of your counter space, making cooking a struggle. Your tiny space will also look cluttered and overdecorated. Instead of leaving large items out, try adding small fridge magnets or wall art to the walls to add a pop of color instead. You can also do small enhancements like switching out cabinet handles or even updated your light fixtures.

If you’re looking for a Professional Organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your property, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re always more than happy to help.

How to Declutter Your Home Effectively - A 4-Step Guide

Your home should be as functional as possible so that you can do things that you want to do without having to worry about all the things that are in your way. Therefore, you will need to learn to declutter your home as often as you can.

If this is something that you’re not familiar with, it can actually be quite complicated and overwhelming. If this is a problem you’re having, then you’re in luck! Here are four tips on how to declutter your home quickly and effectively:


Like with many other types of job, you need to organize your daily tasks from the most urgent and important to the least of both. For example, if you spend the majority of your time in the study, that’s the room that you will need to focus on first.

You can then make your way down the list of importance and urgency until you’ve gone through the entire house. This will not only help you to stay organized and know what to do at all times, it can help reduce the confusion that typically happens when decluttering.


You will need a good strategy and approach for each room, so it’s crucial that you plan your work ahead of time. This will give you a better idea of what you need to do first, which will minimize distraction and time wasting. You can get a lot more done with a smaller amount of time, which will give you more time to rest and relax as well. With that said, plan your decluttering strategy the night before the day approaches. Planning a night before prepares you with whats to come and it prevents you from overthinking the day of.



When you’re in the process of decluttering, it’s important to get rid of things that you no longer need or use. One of the main reasons why we hold onto items that bring no value into our lives is because of how difficult it is to let them go. Because the point of decluttering is to clear some space for your home so that you can organize it in a way that’s more functional and aesthetically pleasing, finding creative ways to get rid of items will create clearer paths in your home and most importantly keep it organized.


Getting rid of your unused or non-valuable items to your loved or even charities will clear all of your unused items from your home. Selling them on the internet, hosting a yard sale, giving them away to family or friends or even donating them to locale charity make the process of eliminating less daunting. With that said here are some spots you can visit to get rid of your stuff.

The Red Cross, Goodwill, Dress for Success, shelters for Battered Women and Salvation Army are the best places for you to donate your goods, or sell them for cheap. If you’re looking to sell your old furniture on the internet, eBay, Amazon or even FaceBook are the best places to do so. Make sure that you list them as second-hand so that buyers know what to expect from your goods.

If you’re looking for help decluttering your home or office in Houston, TX, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re always more than happy to help.

Our Guide on How to Organize Your Home - What to Know

Our daily routine can be crazy and it can reflect our environment, which affects us. From ever-demanding jobs, kids, homework, and everything in between, it seems like many do not have the time to organize on the go before all the laundry and junk pile up. Instead of spending your hard-earned weekend hours catching up with your inner cleaning crew, do yourself a favor by adopting these easy-to-follow, keep-tidy-tricks. Soon enough, these tried and tested tips can become second nature, where your home can finally shine.

Tip #1: Categorize your belongings and delegate space for it

It’s always hard to keep track of keys, wallets, glasses, or other things we need but are lost continuously. When you designate a space for each item by categorizing them, you will find everything easy to trace and unquestionably in its place.

Tip#2: You can balance being organized and messy

Being naturally messy doesn’t mean you can’t be subtly organized. You can make the messiness look intentional by grouping items into categories and placing them together in its delegated container. A cute example would be a stash of winter hats and gloves all strewn together in a woven bin by the door, giving off a certain rustic charm.

After photo of a client’s Winter Closet

After photo of a client’s Winter Closet

Tip #3: Get creative with your storage containers

Let’s say you’ve got organizing down, but you find your stacked possessions unsightly to look at. The best way to turn it from an eyesore into something more eye-catching is by using appealing receptacles. Your pile of umbrellas, for instance, can level up its look when it's stored upright using a large vase or champagne bucket. Another example is using an over-the-door bag meant for shoes to store a myriad of things like your crafting tools, cleaning supplies, toys, and many more. You make the rules in your house after all, and that includes improvising with other commodities as a cheap space-saving solution.

Tip #4: There’s no such thing as too many hooks

Once you see the potential it offers when it's hanging up by the back of doors, on walls, or anywhere that needs extra storage space, you’ll find yourself instantly hooked.

Tip #5: Make the most of natural storage space

Sometimes it's tempting to shop till we drop and force all our clothes in a closet until it's ready to burst open. You can increase the breathing space by placing unused clothes in a suitcase under the bed or at the back of the closet. This not only gives you more area to hang clothes, but you’d have a focused capsule that you know you’d wear within the month. 

Tip #6: Make the most of vertical storage space

Instead of loading up your cabinets back to the front, you can make use of available space from the tops of items like a refrigerator or even kitchen cabinets. It may require you to use a step-ladder to reach it, so be sure to place items there that you only use occasionally.

Tip #7: Practice conscious buying

Introducing a new item into your home means knowing what you already have. Cycle through it one by one - do you think you have any unused clothes you want to replace with this newly bought shirt? If you find that you can spare to give away some items, do it while you can. The trick to keeping things organized is to do things piece by piece without waiting for the need to do a massive overhaul. It’s the little things that make up the bigger picture after all.

If you’re looking for a professional organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your home or business, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re always more than happy to help.

STOP buying things others don't WANT!

It was about a year ago when I realized how evident it was each time I was invited into someone’s home. We would walk into one room, I’d ask a question and I would receive the same response. We would walk into another room and I would get the same response, no change. At the end of the consultation I would leave with confusion because I knew my services were needed but at the same time they weren’t.

I’ve noticed that a lot items in our homes were gifted to us and out of those, many of them were given without knowing or even wanting. What do I mean by that? There are items in our homes right now that aren’t being used because we never wanted them but we feel guilty letting them go because they were given to us. It’s like this weird product cycle. We have an item we don’t need or use, we want to get rid of it but because it was given to us we feel guilty so the item stay in our home therefore remains clutter.

To all you lovely individuals who blindly give your loved one things you personally like without asking them what they want before you give it, this is for YOU.


Today marks the last day you will give a gift, whether for a birthday, an anniversary, a baby shower or just because, without asking the recipient what they want. No more surprises. Trust me, I understand your intentions are good and because you love the recipient so much, you want to give them a gift to show your love. I GET IT! The thing is 8 out of 10 people you’re giving said gift to doesn’t want it, use it or life changed after receiving it.

Lets be totally honest. The reason we give gifts, for the most part, is for our own selfishness. We feel great when we give a gift to someone even if they don’t ever use it. We don’t care because the gift came from the heart and that’s what matters right?!? WRONG! Sometimes we give gifts for the sake of giving a gift. We forgot about the event so we rush to the nearest store just to bring something to the party. Our loved one is grieving so we believe giving them a gift will cheer them up….it doesn’t. Even if it does, it’s only temporary. We saw a cute dress at the store and feel it will look great on our niece so we buy it for them and I’m sure that dress has never been worn. And my personal favorite, an inheritance.

I think its important that we understand that the unwanted, surprise gifts we are giving are unnecessary because those gifts usually become clutter. Unless the gifts are loved or being used, they usually take the back seat and are forgotten but because they were given to the individual, the guilt to get rid of it prevents them from letting it go. According to Professional Organizer Regina Lark, the average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. Of course they’re are some who fall under that statistics but nevertheless, that’s a lot of stuff! The reason why I felt to add this is because the more unnecessary gifts you give, the more things we continue to possess, thus more clutter. Because my goal is to help people combat the clutter to create an organized life, rather than going at the clutter head on, I want to address the givers first.

So next time, if you’re thinking of giving a gift to someone, before you run out to the store ask them, “What do you want”? It may seem taboo because we love giving surprise gifts but trust me giving a gift someone actually wants is much better than giving a gift they will never use. If you just can’t see yourself asking this question, then try giving them a gift of experience.

Oh, and don’t take “I don’t care what you give me” as an answer because that’s a clear indication that the gift you want to give them will never be used.

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