Organizing Phases

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by in Organize

When I help someone organize a problem area in their home, I have noticed these stages that we go through:

  • Overwhelmed
  • Get Started
  • Sort
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Great cake for graduation parties

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by in Organize

This cake is so easy to make with ingredients you probably have at home.  I tried to keep sugar, flour, sour cream, baking soda, and Hershey cocoa around so I can pop one of these cakes together! You know, when that chocolate craving hits!

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Graduation Party Planning

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by in Organize

It’s that time of year for graduation parties! Congratulations to you if you have a graduate this year! Thinking of hosting a graduation party? Here’s a few tips for planning your fantastically organized party:

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Garage Sale Tips

Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by in Organize

If you are thinking of having a sale to clean out those items that you no longer use, consider these tips for a successful garage sale.

  • Sorting thru items in the house (1 month before)
    have an area to start collecting items you wish to sell
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Having a garage sale?

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in Organize

Mary Donovan, of Organizing Matters, and I are teaching a class in Upper Arlington this spring to help people make the most of their garage sale!  It’s scheduled for April 26th at 6:30pm.  The class will be called “SORT IT! STORE IT! $ELL IT!” and the cost is $25 member/28 non-member.

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Organizing the House

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in Organize

Organizing the entire house can be overwhelming!  If you have a family, pets, husband and a full-time job there never seems to be enough time to red-up all areas of the household.

Maybe you have never considered hiring a professional organizer,  but imagine coming home and one of these areas has been overhauled for you!  What a special treat for yourself!

I love to organize, let me help simplify your life!   Here’s a checklist to help us get started!

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College Planning

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by in Organize

I’ve pulled together this list from various sources — books, websites, school counselors, my list of things we didn’t do soon enough!  Hopefully this give you a running start, enjoy.

This checklist is split into your high school years.  It’s hard to believe there are items for high school freshman, but you can’t start planning early enough.

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Organizing Expo At Easton

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by in Organize

The Ohio Chapter of NAPO is hosting an upcoming Organizing Expo event at Easton on April 21st.  It’s located inside the main Easton mall area at the M/I Homes Design Center.  Come see all kinds of organizing tips from local vendors and organizers!  I can’t wait for springtime, and this will be such a fun event.  We’re doing this to share tips and raise awareness of our Professional Organizing services!

College Moving Checklist

Posted on 19. Feb, 2012 by in Organize

Here’s a checklist for moving into a college dorm or your new apartment!

Check with your RA for supplies available, such as a vacuum cleaner.
Also, check your college website for room dimensions and a list of what you cannot bring.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Posted on 19. Feb, 2012 by in Organize

recycling . going green . garden . reducing clutter . organizing paper
menu planning . teach kids . junk . spring cleaning . packing

tips on recycling

  • the good news is that in the U.S. we are recycling 32% of our waste, compared to 5% in 1970; it’s mostly plastic pop bottles, aluminum cans, and major appliances.
  • many schools have recycling containers for papers and magazines to raise money, and be a convenient way to proper dispose of household paper.
  • shop smart by purchasing products made with “post consumer recycled” materials.
  • for reuse you can donate clothes, household goods, toys, furniture and cars to AmVets, Kidney Foundation, and Volunteers of America.
  • passing along furniture (antiques or not) is a great way to keep large items out of our landfills.
  • find uses for handy storage items — such as glass baby food jars (for pins, buttons, etc) or glass baby bottles (for paintbrushes, pens, pencils).
  • e-waste, or electronic waste is becoming more of a problem but good news is that many manufactures are participating in a “take-back” program (; Verizon collects used phones and batteries for Battered Women’s shelters.  read more …

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Organize your Craft Room

Posted on 09. Feb, 2012 by in Create, Organize

Sometimes it can be so overwhelming to organize your craft room.  Stuff can be everywhere, sometimes it’s still in the bag from the store.  I tell folks, if you have a place for everything, you can quickly put those new purchases away!

  • Starting – You look at the piles, shelves, and boxes and think “where do I start”? Getting started is the hardest step, so pick one corner to start in, then work your way around the room!  Once you dive in, things will start to fall into place and your clutter will be conquered! Read More…

Become an Organizer

Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 by in Organize

I get asked this question a lot.  Even with all the TV shows like Clean Sweep and Hoarding: Buried Alive, people do not realize that you can be a professional organizer as a career.

I had lost interest in computers around 2007, I think everyone gets sick of their job after 20 years of doing the same thing!  I started searching for new careers and came across NAPO.

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Organizing Photos

Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 by in Create, Organize

Here’s a few steps to help get you started …

  • Gather all the photos from all over the house and bring together in one place.  It should be a warm and dry area — away from food & drink and kids & pets.  You may also want to get old family photos from parents to make copies. Read More…

How does it work?

Posted on 19. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

Hello.  My name is Terry Cowans and I have been professionally organizing houses in central Ohio since 2007. I am currently a member of NAPO Ohio, serving as the Director of Communication & Technology.

  • Can’t see your KITCHEN COUNTERS anymore?
  • Do you have a CLOSET that you just hate?
  • Is it easier to just keep the KIDS BEDROOM door shut than look at their mess?
  • Have you purchased SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS but can’t find anything when you need it?
  • Do you have mounds of LAUNDRY and can’t find anything to wear?
  • Do you have a baby on the way and the BABY SHOWER GIFTS are still in their boxes?
  • Did you just move and can’t get through all the MOVING BOXES or can’t find certain items?
  • Are you EXHAUSTED when you get home from work and can’t red up everything?
  • Do you find yourself ARGUING with family members about who put what where?
  • Can’t pull the cars into the GARAGE anymore?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, I CAN HELP!

Many people ask me how hiring a professional organizer works.  It’s easy:

  1. First, contact me for an initial assessment.  After a brief discussion about what you would like to improve in your home, I can provide you with an estimate for the time it will take us to tackle the problem area.
  2. When I arrive at your home, I will help sort and better organize the room that you decided to improve.  I provide all the tools and organizing methods to sort thru your clutter with you.
  3. Once we have it all sorted, we can put the room back together — all new and improved!

You will love the results!   Contact me for an appointment to tackle any problem area in your home!

I can do as much or as little as you need done.   Together we can tackle the kids’ rooms, garage, craft area, kitchen or home office!
Let me help you with your home!   See my MomForHire website for all the details.

Downsizing Tips

Posted on 19. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

When we recently moved from our house that we raised our children in, to a condo, I did some research to find this useful downsizing information. It’s important to keep these steps in mind while going thru the transition.

Set goals
– smaller space
– warmer climate
– reduced mortgage
– make a list of what you need

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Useful Links

Posted on 19. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

In my organizing business, I come across all types of useful information, products, and other handy tips to have on hand.  It’s a list of useful links to help you find resources about professional organizing …

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Garage Project

Posted on 19. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

This client had a need to clean up the garage at the end of summer. Kids had played with the toys, the garden stuff was used all summer, and she wanted to have room to park the cars inside for the winter.

We started by pulling everything out into the driveway.  We sorted like items together. We had toys including bikes, garden including a wheelbarrow, chemicals, etc.

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Organizing Child’s Bedroom

Posted on 19. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

This client had a child’s bedroom that was a problem area. We discussed the stages of organizing the area and scheduled a time for me to come over and work with her daughter. It was a rewarding project, and the mother appreciated that her daughter and I worked well together. She said they would have killed each other by the end of the day.

We started by pulling everything out of the room, using inexpensive laundry baskets – clothes, toys, school papers, trophies, stuffed animals, shoes, etc.

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Reddin’ Up!

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by in Organize

Ok, let me explain what Reddin’ Up means!

If you are from Pennsylvania, and you would say “P-A”, you know exactly what I mean. Most folks in Ohio, don’t know what it means!

A good friend sent me a website explaining the term “Redd”.  The terms redd and redd up came to the American Midlands from the many Scottish immigrants who settled there. Meaning “to clear an area or to make it tidy,” redd is still used in Scotland and Northern Ireland; in the United States it is especially common in Pennsylvania as the phrasal verb redd up. The term, which goes back to Old Norse rydhja, can be traced from the 15th century to the present, particularly in dialects of Scotland and the North of England — from

In P-A terminology, Red up means to:

  • clean up,
  • get ready, and
  • put everything back where it belongs

Curious about other P-A terms? Here’s a few you may or may not have heard:

  • “Djeetyet?”, or Did you eat yet?
  • “Chipped ham” is very thin sliced chopped ham
  • “Pocketbook” is a purse
  • “Pierogies” are potatoes cooked in a dough
  • “State Store” is the only place can purchase alcohol
  • “You’ens” or “You guys” is a way to refer to you people over there
  • “Dahn tahn” is P-A slang for downtown
  • “Spicket” is a faucet
  • “Slippy” is for slippery
  • “Crick” is how to pronounce creek
  • “Jynt Igl” is where you pick up chipped ham (Giant Eagle grocery store!)


Jillibean Craft Room

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by in Organize

Jill’s craft room

I recently had a friend contact me to organize her craft room. I was delighted to help!

Jill, local scrapbook designer, is so busy with her growing business that she needed help with her personal craft supplies.

Her space is located in her work zone of the basement.

Her scrap table was full of scrapbook product that she had bought from local scrapbook stores and also from expositions that she visits for her business.

When your scrap area is disorganized, it’s not a fun place to create. Jill didn’t have the time to organize, but knew she would use the area if everything was just put away in an easy to find fashion. Read More…