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Orderly Home Organizer Welcome to PCS Prepper Organizing! Whether you're moving (PCS) or just need some help with downsizing, dealing with clutter and/or getting organized, I'm here to help you learn to live life with less!
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Bathroom remodel in Annandale keeps rolling on!  Bathtub is installed, client chose a beautiful Underscore tub from Kohl...
07/25/2019

Bathroom remodel in Annandale keeps rolling on! Bathtub is installed, client chose a beautiful Underscore tub from Kohler and rough plumbing is complete. Hardware is selected and now, the last piece of the puzzle—paint! Believe it or not, this can be one of the hardest choices for a client to make...even though it’s one of the easiest to change. Left a few suggestions for the client to review, hopefully she will love them! #kohler #bathroomdesign #bathroomremodel #bathroomremodeling #sherwinwilliams

Sharing my blogroll.  Favorite sites for organizing and military-life related sites/blogs.
06/20/2019

Sharing my blogroll. Favorite sites for organizing and military-life related sites/blogs.

Hopefully, a good if somewhat vague (in places) explanation as to why I'm choosing to stay out of the PCS game...grab yo...
06/20/2019
Where’d You Go, OHO/PCS Prepper?

Hopefully, a good if somewhat vague (in places) explanation as to why I'm choosing to stay out of the PCS game...grab your coffee and give it a read.

Dear Fans, There are still over a thousand of you on my page and I’m still amazed that every few days, another message comes in with new “likes”. That means that people …

06/20/2019

Hi Everyone! I know that it is THE season--my neighbors had the truck pull up for packout this week (and I have to say--I was impressed, because Ms. Neighbor had color-coded tape on all of her boxes!). I know that I haven't been here posting and there are a bunch of reasons for that. I feel like I owe folks an explanation, so I'm going to write a blog post on my website about why I haven't been posting. Stay tuned and I'll post a link. I'd also like to someone share my favorite websites with all of you so that you can check them out and get the advice that you need. I hope that if you are PCSing this summer, it is going well. I'm always happy to take questions (regarding organizing, but not military regulation related please), so message me or use this site. Happy PCS!

Bowl Full of Lemons is THE ultimate organizer/planner guru...are YOU up for the challenge?  I have to admit, while I get...
01/04/2019

Bowl Full of Lemons is THE ultimate organizer/planner guru...are YOU up for the challenge? I have to admit, while I get a thrill out of everything in its place and labeled, it's the clutter that gets to me more than having a closet full of perfectly matched/labeled baskets. I get more of a kick out of decluttering than anything else! That being said, check out BFoL, please, if only for inspiration!

Tomorrow is the big day!! The 8th annual 2019 Home Organization Challenge is back and begins first thing in the morning. Are you ready? The details are on the blog and the kit is now ready for you to print out. Have a great day friends. http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/?p=174028

Again, revisiting a favorite:  Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist speaks with a calm voice of reason about why we need...
09/21/2018
7 Reasons To Own Less

Again, revisiting a favorite: Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist speaks with a calm voice of reason about why we need less (and it's not just possessions). What do you think? Could you make do with less? Could you make do with less to have more? Read it.

Intentionally owning less is a better way to live. It brings freedom, clarity, and opportunity. Each of us should consider embracing it in our own unique way. Consider these seven reasons.

Because even the most organized of us can use inspiration for keeping our homes clean.  Pro tip:  it's easier to clean i...
09/13/2018
Homekeeping 101: The Basics

Because even the most organized of us can use inspiration for keeping our homes clean. Pro tip: it's easier to clean if you have less stuff, so before you follow any of her lovely advice, declutter, declutter, declutter!

With the kids home all summer and a lot of conversations with friends happening about general household chores, I thought I would take some ...

Labor Day has come and gone, so for me, it's time to change the closet over.  It can be a daunting task, so I divided it...
09/12/2018
Creating a Clutter-Free Closet - Morganize with Me - Morgan Tyree

Labor Day has come and gone, so for me, it's time to change the closet over. It can be a daunting task, so I divided it into more manageable parts. I took everything out that wouldn't be worn this fall. Next, I'm going to look everything over and lose a few things that I didn't wear this summer--you have to be a little ruthless. If you didn't wear it, let it go. Next, bring up the fall clothes and run through them too--there's always something I pack away that doesn't appeal to me the next fall. Then swap the kept summer items into the fall bins, give the fall clothes a tumble with a damp towel and hang! Voila, fall closet!

Clutter-free closet, three essential questions to a clutter-free closet, declutting, capsule wardrobe, simplify, minimalism, minimize, downsize, organizing, professional organizing, closet organization

Whether you're new to this page or not, you'll see me reposting and sharing a lot from A Bowl Full of Lemons...she is am...
09/11/2018
A Bowl Full of Lemons. Life. Organized.

Whether you're new to this page or not, you'll see me reposting and sharing a lot from A Bowl Full of Lemons...she is amazing. Not only is she super-organized, her home is lovely to look at (and she just built a new one, so she just went through the pain of moving and is creating a new home). She organizes in a really beautiful way, and I just want to add a disclaimer that it's OK to have everything beautiful, organized and matching, but it's also OK to have everything organized in mismatched baskets, boxes, milk crates. The point is to organize however makes you feel comfortable, content and peaceful. Don't beat yourself up if you don't feel like spending $$$ on matching baskets/binders/bins, OK? You do you. But do look at ABFoL, because she's amazing. And if you read all of this, kudos!

Blogging about Organizing, budgeting, cleaning, decorating,emergency preparedness, green living, doTERRA, pure essential oils. Tips on how to organize your life

I haven't checked in with any of my regular organizing/military spouse blogs for a long, long time.  MILLIE has a great ...
09/10/2018
The MILLIE Journal

I haven't checked in with any of my regular organizing/military spouse blogs for a long, long time. MILLIE has a great journal section with a bunch of stories about PCSing, finding your tribe, just a lot of good stuff. Go read it and see if you don't smile over something you've experienced too!

MILLIE is a community of creative problem solvers owning the military experience. We're glass-half-full kind of people - rocking PCSes and every other challenge that comes our way.

Always a hot topic in the OHO household (and most households I organize, for that matter).  There's always one person wh...
09/09/2018
Reader question: Letting go of books - Unclutterer

Always a hot topic in the OHO household (and most households I organize, for that matter). There's always one person who wants ALL the books and one person that feels overwhelmed by the books. I'll bet you can guess which side of that relationship I'm on, right? My Little Room is still a little unorganized (I'm waiting for my special chair), but I did get a bookcase, just one and got it organized. Only the best of the best get to stay...some books stay favorites from year to year, some...just aren't good the second time around. Those get booted.

Reader Heather wrote in to ask advice about letting go of some of her books. I read a lot (up to four books a day) and I have a number of books that I read over and over from select authors. I also have an advanced degree and am going back to school soon. I have novels, books about writing, poetry,....

First up:  school papers!  Oh, it is so hard to part with some of those papers, especially when they're little, but...le...
09/08/2018
Organized School Memory Storage Boxes

First up: school papers! Oh, it is so hard to part with some of those papers, especially when they're little, but...let's face it, you just can't keep all of them or you'll be drowning in paper! Organizing Junkie has some tips to set up a system for school paper/memory storage that will keep the papers under control, clean/neat and organized!

Organized School Memory Storage Boxes to keep all the clutter and chaos to a minimum so you don't have to spend hours managing it

09/08/2018

Hi All! I hope everyone who moved had a successful PCS. Are you getting settled in? Finding a new routine? School has started for most of our children...I hope that everyone is doing well. I'm going to take a little time to put up a few general posts this week that I hope inspire you, if you need to get a jumpstart on some organizing, or just slow down and simplify life a little. Stay tuned!

Garage is painted, power-washed, cleared a bit of debris from recent home improvement projects.  Loving the pegboard!!  ...
06/16/2018

Garage is painted, power-washed, cleared a bit of debris from recent home improvement projects. Loving the pegboard!! We can fit both cars, which makes me happy. I see so many homes around here with the garage piled with stuff. Garages are for cars and lawnmowers and tools! How’s everyone doing?

05/31/2018

Whew—well, we are all moved into our new place and now begins the process of unpacking. We moved only a couple of miles, but it was still stressful and even though we bought this house and I’m crazy happy to finally own a house, we still left a neighborhood and house where we made memories for three years. I guess what I’m trying to say is: be it two miles or two thousand, moving is never easy...so take care of yourself. Have any questions for me? Prime PCS season is upon us...hope it’s going smoothly for all of you!

Hi All--I am in the middle of my own leisurely DITY (we have a month to move back and forth 2.5 miles from house to hous...
05/12/2018
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Hi All--I am in the middle of my own leisurely DITY (we have a month to move back and forth 2.5 miles from house to house), but I have been tied up between work, the move and packing us up, and overseeing some home improvement projects at the new house. Not to mention one husband, three children, two cats, etc! I just finished up a long blog post devoted to wrapping up the process from where I left off. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and read on...!

04/30/2018

Hi Friends! Just back from eight days in Croatia and Slovenia. We close on our house tomorrow! So—I have been a bit tied up. I’ll be back soon...hope your prepping is going well!

Don't laugh at "cat"...it has happened!  That's a whole 'nother topic for a later date:  keeping the things you really D...
04/16/2018
'Will the Military Movers Pack My ... ?'

Don't laugh at "cat"...it has happened! That's a whole 'nother topic for a later date: keeping the things you really DO NOT want them to pack (like the cat) away from the movers.

Many people have specific questions on what movers will pack. We have answers.

04/16/2018

It may seem a little early, but it's time to start using up items and monitoring what you bring into the house, consumables-wise. Moving in mid-June? Let's not buy Costco-size packages of anything, unless you're positive you'll use it up or have room for it in the car...or if it's something you can packout (like papertowels or flour). Do you know about the do-not-pack list? Well, it seems to be a bit variable from moving company to moving company (even though it's a real document), but it includes items such as candles, cleaning products, batteries, lightbulbs. If you can't use it up, give it away. Spread the PCS love!

04/15/2018

Hey All! I feel guilty writing this—I’m thankful for the many messages I’ve been getting lately requesting my services. Thank you, truly! I wish I could help everyone out, but I work full-time and can only book on the weekends, one session only on either Saturday or Sunday and nothing too far from home (Burke). I’m just at a point where I have to put organizing on the back burner and focus on strengthening my “real life” job skills. Part of decluttering and being organized means having to say “no” sometimes, not only to physical stuff but mental and emotional stuff. Thank you for your understanding!

04/13/2018

Speaking of paychecks/pay: have you requested DLA yet? Get it done, friends! You can thank me later.

04/13/2018

And going hand-in-hand with cancellations: don't forget to stop automatic payments if they pertain to your current duty station. Auto-paying for cable/internet? Get that cancelled. Don't forget things such as special allotments from the AD servicmember's pay--for example, we have an allotment for rent to go directly to our landlord's Navy Fed account.

04/13/2018

Change of address: it's mid-April and time to start thinking of the various organizations and companies that you will need to notify of your change of address. You can change your address with USPS online now, so get that done first. My next step is usually to hit up my the payee section of our bill pay on online banking and start calling all of them. Next: schools, doctors, dentists, monthly subscriptions (ie: Harry's, Stitchfix, Blue Apron). Any clubs/gyms, etc. that you belong to may need a certain number of days of notice to cancel, so mark those dates on your calendar.

04/12/2018

Do you have a lot of items that you store in plastic bins/tubs? Check in with your moving company to find out if they'll move them intact or if they have to empty them. It varies from company to company. It has happened to me: I've had my bins organized, only to have them come in, dump it into a box and start stacking up my empty bins. If they WILL pack them, that's a huge bonus as YOU are in charge of organizing them any way you like. Pre-pack!

04/12/2018

Time to "pre-pack"...what do I mean by that? If you've been steadily decluttering, it's time to start doing a little organizing. What, organizing BEFORE I move, you say!? Yes, definitely. Make sure that like items are with like--if you have games in the family room, the kids' rooms, the dining room--consolidate them together in one spot so they'll get packed together. If you don't have games, insert "office supplies", "toys", "tools". Ziploc baggies are going to become your new best friend--use them to contain items from paperclips and Post-Its to game pieces, Legos, nails and screws. Bag it up, zip it shut, increase the chances of it arriving all together.

Aha--found a good one!  Anything y'all would add to this list?  Basically, anything you couldn't imagine living without....
04/10/2018
Top 8 things you should hand carry when you PCS

Aha--found a good one! Anything y'all would add to this list? Basically, anything you couldn't imagine living without...or would be a total PITA to replace (passports, birth certificates, deeds, etc.).

The top 8 things you should hand carry when you PCS. Don't forget what to take when you move. Check out this list.

04/09/2018

Let's talk about hand-carrying documents. What documents should you hand-carry? By this, I mean that they come with you in the car (preferably locked in the car while the movers are packing you out). If you're flying, they come with you ON the plane in your carry-on luggage (do not check your hand-carrys). I used to have a lovely list of items to hand carry during a PCS, but Facebook went and changed the format and now I can't find my lists...I'll see what Google has to say. Standby.

04/05/2018

If you're PCSing solo...consider getting yourself a travel buddy. I mean, a true friend is someone who will get in the car with you, your toddler, your grade-schooler, your dog, two cats, a hamster and as much luggage as you can cram into the back of a car, right? And the destination is no doubt somewhere glamorous where your travel buddy will follow you from base office to base office while you turn in orders and fill out paperwork. Listen: don't frame it that way--frame it as an adventure, a chance to travel together cross-country or around the world. I owe an undying debt to my sister, who flew with my pregnant self and my toddler to Japan only to never leave the base and see a thing while we were there...good time, good times.

04/03/2018

Are you PCSing without you spouse? My DH usually rotates in the middle of the fall--what a lovely time for people with families and school-aged kids, right? Therefore, most of the time, I'm on my own if I don't want my kids to be traumatized by a few weeks in one school and starting new in the second semester somewhere else. How do we prep when we're going it alone?

04/03/2018

OK, but seriously: if you are PCSing on your own, please make sure that your documents are up to date, specifically your Power of Attorney. I believe that POAs have changed a bit in recent years. You can get a general POA, but I think that there is a different one for purchasing a home...someone out there help me out with the "official" stuff. You are going to need to have lots of copies of orders and if you're overseas, Family Entry Approval to do anything--open a PO box, show to housing, show to random people on the street. It seriously feels like you have to show orders/FEA to get a sandwich at the base Subway...

04/03/2018

Probably the most important thing to remember about PCSing without your spouse: carry a corkscrew with you at all times. Those of you who have been with me for a while at PCS Prepper/OHO have heard the story of my horrible packout a few years ago, solo. The truck finally pulled away and the four of us headed to the hotel, where I had a bottle of white waiting, but alas--no corkscrew. Ended up breaking the neck of the bottle over the sink. It was the finest wine I ever drank. Ever.

Kate Horrell, military spouse and financial expert, has some free PCS printables (for those of us who still like paper)....
04/02/2018
Printables to Make Your PCS Move Smooth and Organized - KateHorrell

Kate Horrell, military spouse and financial expert, has some free PCS printables (for those of us who still like paper). Or maybe, you darn kids, there's a way to digitize or take a picture and Evernote it or something...yes, I'm shockingly behind the times with technology. My poor, underutilized Apple Watch...

Everything you ever wanted to know about packing out for your PCS move, including printable checklists and timelines.

04/02/2018

Beginning of April! That June move is getting closer and closer. Hopefully you've been hard at work decluttering and generally getting ready to go, planning travel and narrowing down where you want to live at the new duty station. Maybe you've already gone on a little house-hunting expedition and secured a house, in which case--if you're like me, you have graph paper and are drawing diagrams of where your furniture is going to go (but then, I AM a little OCD). And hey--if you've been waiting for orders and are just NOW getting them, have no fear--you CAN do this in a matter of a few weeks. Let me know if you have any questions, OK?

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Ever wish you could declutter without tackling your whole house? These 6 tips are a great way for busy people to get started without taking up too much of your time.
This is how I prepare my spices for an overseas move. Take tops off, cover with plastic wrap, top back on and put in small bins. Every time I buy a spice I put the last two numbers of the year on top with a Sharpie so I always know how old it is. Another tip is to ziploc drawer contents and to keep small/like items together and not loose in a box. Do you have a PCS trick to share?
Any tips on how to teach children to organize?
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When we first found out we were moving (headed to Japan) and friend suggested your page for moving tips. One of the things I read that stuck was to vaccum seal your sheets so it would be easy to make your bed when things arrived. I am an all or nothing type person, so I vaccum sealed everything I could. All the sheets in the house, once each bed bag was done, all the towels, clothes, extra blankets etc etc etc. Fast forward 13 months. We didn't move to Japan, our things went to storage for that 13 months and just got to us last week. Opening boxes and boxes of stuff we didn't need for the last year has been overwhelming, but being able to make all the beds the very day everything showed up was woderful! I also stuck fabric sheets in the bag so everything smelt like home immediately. So, thank you for the tip!!
Easy to work with. Great organizer!
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