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Clearing the clutter in your home

Posted on Monday, November, 7th, 2016 at 1:14 PM   (No comments)
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Laura Ray with Karen Graham on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta

 

Clear the clutter! Did you know clutter is just postponed decisions? If you have a space full of decisions and need help, don’t miss this video clip below. Of course, you can contact me for help, too!

 

My 4-minute interview with Karen Graham on how to start Clearing the clutter in your home ran live on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta in 2016.

 

Need help putting away your decorations?

Posted on Monday, November, 7th, 2016 at 12:59 PM   (No comments)
After Laura Ray Organizing
You may love decking the halls, but not un-decking them (is that a word?). Well…there’s help.
        One of the services Laura Ray Organizing offers is helping clients put away their Christmas decorations. Proper boxes or bags, if needed, are selected for all of the festive decor and all are labeled. Boxes are packed and stowed in your storage area.

       Christmas is put away in a flash like Santa’s sleigh, and decking the halls next year is merry since ornaments are organized and easy to find.

 

Laura interviewed by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution: Organizing your home

Posted on Thursday, March, 31st, 2016 at 8:49 PM   (No comments)

An excerpt from Laura’s interview with the Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspaper (August 30, 2015) by H. M. Cauley

For many homeowners autumn means going back on overload, juggling jobs, kids, social activities, family obligations and pre-winter repairs around the house. In the crush to get it all done, it’s easy to let clutter take over.
       Experts who have made careers out of organizing other people’s stuff say fall is a good time to clear out that garage, basement or extra bedroom that Junior just vacated. But most people put off these big projects until they are forced to face them in a life-altering moment: a divorce, a job transfer, the death of a parent whose clutter is now inherited. Yet tackling clutter pays off with immediate stress reduction.
     “It’s particularly important in bedroom closets and baths, the two places where you start your day,” said Laura Ray, owner of the Marietta-based OrganizeAtlanta.com and president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Georgia chapter.
“If you have a home for everything, it reduces a lot of the strain and stress. In the bath I like separate drawers or trays for each category: dental, makeup, soaps, medicines, toiletries. A big bin for everything doesn’t work; it’s more helpful to see exactly what you have in the right spot.”
       If the prospect of re-organizing seems daunting, Ray suggests whittling it down to one question: What is the most aggravating situation you are trying to solve? Always misplacing your keys? Kids’ backpacks going astray? Losing your laptop?
       “Have a home for everything and a simple system” suggests Ray. “When I walk in the door, I put my backpack here. A dish by the door is where I put my keys. If you move something, put it back before you go to bed, so in the morning it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be.”
     …And even in this digital age, organizers say the top problem they confront when called on to streamline a residential or commercial space is paper.
       Ray estimates that about 60 percent of the jobs she tackles involve cleaning up paper. “I create file systems to get it under control and keep track of taxes and other important financial papers,” she said. “Some clients are challenged by the volume of paper that comes in the door, and they aren’t sure how long to keep it or where to keep it. The IRS website has a good list that tells you what you need to keep and for how long.”
       If the prospect of sorting through piles of paper or organizing that crammed garage is overwhelming, it may be time to call in an expert… (END)

Clear the clutter this year: Watch tips on my Fox 5 appearance today

Posted on Monday, January, 25th, 2016 at 9:19 PM   (No comments)

Clear the clutter in your home this year! Watch tips from my TV appearance today (Jan. 25) on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta!

 

 


Laura Ray on Fox 5 TV: Organize your closet

Posted on Tuesday, August, 18th, 2015 at 10:00 AM   (No comments)

Fox 5 Jan 2015

 

I started the New Year off with a TV appearance on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta on January 14, 2015 talking about getting control of your closet.

 

Here are my tips below from the show, or watch Fox 5’s show HERE on my YouTube channel.

 

Closet Organizing Tips by Laura Ray

Many people are overwhelmed as to where to start when they want to organize their closet. Here are 4 simple steps to get you started in the right direction:

 

  • Break the project into small chunks. First, group like items.

Laura Ray on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta : Organize your paper and mail

Posted on Tuesday, July, 21st, 2015 at 11:28 PM   (No comments)

Fox 5 Feb 2015

 

It’s wonderful to be asked to be on Good Day Atlanta (Fox 5) for a second time this year! I was interviewed on their live show for mail and paper organizing on February 19, 2015.

 

Here are my tips below from the show, or watch Fox 5’s show HERE on my YouTube channel

 

Mail and Paper Organizing Tips by Laura Ray Organizing

 

Set up a mail center in your kitchen or nearby space

  • Use trays or a desktop file
  • Use a recycle bin and/or shredder

Laura Ray on WSB Radio with Host Belinda Skelton talking closets, garages and paper stacks

Posted on Tuesday, September, 9th, 2014 at 1:33 AM   (No comments)

WSB Radio with Lisa and Belinda

(L to R) Lisa Carlquist, Laura Ray and Belinda Skelton

 

I had a great time as a guest on Belinda Skelton’s WSB Radio show, broadcast live from the Atlanta Home Show on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Her other guest was Lisa Carlquist, from one of my favorite vendor partners, Artisan Custom Closets. We talked about organizing closets, garages and paper stacks in the hour-long call-in segment.

 

We discussed how long to keep paper, and I mentioned the list would be on my site. Here’s the link: http://organizeatlanta.com/general/keep-it-or-toss-it-how-long-do-i-keep-paper/

 

 

Kitchen organizing tips from my Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta interview (Jan. 21, 2014)

Posted on Thursday, February, 13th, 2014 at 2:25 AM   (No comments)

Fox 5 kitchen interview 2014

It’s wonderful to be asked to be on Good Day Atlanta (Fox 5) for a second time! I was interviewed on their live show for kitchen organizing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so making it peaceful and functional is so important. Here are my tips below from the show for your kitchen:

 

Or, watch my Fox 5 clip here!

 

1) Get rid of the clutter, don’t organize it! (Think mismatched plates and glasses, and unused small appliances.)

 

Laura Ray named President of the NAPO-Georgia Chapter

Posted on Thursday, January, 2nd, 2014 at 1:42 AM   (No comments)

Laura Ray

Laura Ray has been named President of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) – Georgia Chapter, effective December 9, 2013. Laura, who was in her second term as Vice President of the NAPO-Georgia Board 2013-14, and in her third year on the Board, was voted in after the current President resigned.

 

The Organizing Authority(R), the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), is the premier association dedicated to the field of organizing. Since forming in 1985, NAPO has been dedicated to serving its members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.

Clean out your pantry but save these 4 foods

Posted on Monday, August, 12th, 2013 at 6:37 AM   (No comments)

JT before pantry 186     JT after pantry

Pantry before and after by Laura Ray Organizing

 

Yahoo! Finance did a nice short video on which foods to save indefinitely when you clean out your pantry. They are 1) pure honey, 2) sugar – all kinds, 3) rice and 4) salt. Click here to see more.

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