Home
In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Want to get organized?

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Back to school isn't just a busy time for kids. Parents also can feel the crunch of having too much to do in too little time.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, a professional organizer may be just what you need to get back on track and into your post-summer routine. Paying for the services of an organizer can undo the mess your kids may have caused while home on summer vacation and, in the process, get them prepared to properly take on the new school year.

"In the summer, everything goes," said Krystal Cooper, owner of We Organize! In Kansas City, Mo. "You need to get ready to pack lunches again, get the kids ready for soccer and football practice and get back to that routine."

Professional home organizers work closely with customers to determine what areas of a home can benefit the most from being reviewed and organized, whether it's a kitchen, bedroom or garage. They can also advise you about what to do with all those school supplies, homework and books so they don't get lost or misplaced.

"Organizing saves you a lot of time looking for things," Cooper said. "You won't spend 15 minutes each day looking for your keys. It's also more comfortable for the children. Everything goes smoother when everything has a place."



In regards to school supplies, experts recommend:

—Going through backpacks, pencil boxes, cabinets, closets and drawers before shopping for new supplies.

—Not holding on to too many old papers and projects from previous school years, which can make staying organized difficult.

—Giving each kid a bin, so their work doesn't get mixed up.

Ruth Phillips, owner of Household Organizer in Alpharetta, Ga., said some parents prefer to call an organizer after their kids start school. The reason? "The house is finally empty and you can get someone to come over," she said.

One area of a home where many items end up out of place is the kitchen. Kitchen cupboards tend to get unorganized when kids and their friends are home all summer digging for snacks. An organizer will show ways to maximize space, throw away older items and will even rearrange your refrigerator.

"It's where the heart is," Cooper said of the kitchen. "People spend a lot of time there, so they tend to get pretty messy after a while."

Children's bedrooms — especially their closets — can also be a magnet for messiness. In a bedroom, for example, an organizer could recommend using storage containers under the bed or placing a hamper next to where that pile of dirty clothes tends to form.

Phillips said it's important to start in one room and work slowly — "2 feet by 2 feet," she said, adding that it's a good idea to start in the youngest kid's room first so it will already be organized when you start bringing the older kids' hand-me-downs into it.

"I tell them to only leave out everything that is in-season," Phillips said. "Put the stuff that is out of season in the basement."

Garages can also get messy after a long summer because more items see more use in the summer. Also, Cooper said, garages often serve as a "catch all" spot for many households.

Unlike some service providers who get called in for a repair and work alone until the job is done, most home organizers prefer work closely with customers, Cooper said.

"We go in and see the areas that need to be organized," Cooper said. "We'll purge things that need to be thrown out, get rid of broken toys or donate clothes that have become too small."

Cooper charges customers $160 for a four-hour organizational session. According to Angie's List research, the average price for a home organizer is usually $30 to $80 an hour.

Because organizers don't need to be licensed, it's important to know what companies have a good track record. Organizers are not only going to be in your home, but they're going to be in your children's rooms and will handle personal belongings, so you want someone you can trust.

Ask for references and take the time to talk to them.

"Look and see if they have a Web site," Cooper said. "Look at some of their before and after pictures. What have they done before?"

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

To comment or ask a question, please click here.

Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


Previously:


Keeping a lid on toilet-repair costs
Plan ahead: Home generators
Lawn Grubs
Solar panels' green savings
Tips to keep your appliances in good shape
Curb appeal is key in selling a house
The right and wrong ways to use (or abuse) your garbage disposal
Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time
Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

© 2013, http://www.angieslist.com/ Distributed by MCT Information Services

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles

Quantcast