Nikki Works With Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer #31

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Nikki Works With Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer #31

Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are organizing Nikki’s kitchen.  They are about to open another cabinet that Nikki calls a nightmare, the one with all the small appliances.   It is a tangled mess.

First Nikki and Elizabeth take everything out and untangle all the cords.  As they are separating things, Nikki tells the stories of the duplicates, “I was going to get a new blade, but we make smoothies a lot so I bought a new smoothie maker before I could find a replacement blade.  Then I forgot about it.  I didn’t think it would be hard to find a new blender jar, so I kept the base.  The kids bought me a brand- new blender for Christmas because they felt bad about breaking the old one.  I never got around to getting rid of the old one.”  Elizabeth puts the broken and unusable things in the trash, and the rest in the donate box.

Elizabeth then asks Nikki about each of the other items.  There are several appliances she has only used once.  Because Nikki loves gadgets, she has bought all sorts of equipment that is only designed to do one thing.  These devices are usually difficult to put together and clean so they end up not being used.  They will be donated.

The remaining appliances are the ones that Nikki likes and uses.  Elizabeth asks Nikki where she uses each item.  Many of them are used in other parts of the kitchen.  Elizabeth reminds Nikki about the Beach Vacation organizing system to decide where things should be stored.  The things she uses most often should go as close as possible to the place of first use.  The hand mixer will go under the island and the smoothie maker next to the refrigerator.

Before they put things away, Elizabeth shows Nikki how to use ponytail elastics with twin beads like tiny bungee cords to tie up the cords.  Nikki loves that the cords are not all tangled and says she will use the mini bungee cords on every cord in the house.

Next post:  Nikki and Elizabeth clear the counters

 

You can read the continuing story in the Albuquerque Sage Magazine <a href=”http://www.abqjournalsage.com/category/blogs/ask-the-experts-blogs/elizabeth-tawney-gross-professional-organizer/“>online edition</a>.  Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.

Copyright© 2013 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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