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The Joyful Organizer's® May 2009 Newsletter

The Joyful Organizer's® May 2009 Newsletter

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This is The Joyful Organizer's ® May 2009 Newsletter. This month focuses on maximizing the space in your home by taking back your guest bedroom. In this economy, many people don't have the ability to purchase a larger home, and must make do with the home they own. Guest rooms are ofter wasted space that can be repurposed for anything you would like. This month we show you how to accommodate guests while making this space a valuable part of your home.
This is The Joyful Organizer's ® May 2009 Newsletter. This month focuses on maximizing the space in your home by taking back your guest bedroom. In this economy, many people don't have the ability to purchase a larger home, and must make do with the home they own. Guest rooms are ofter wasted space that can be repurposed for anything you would like. This month we show you how to accommodate guests while making this space a valuable part of your home.

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The Joyful Organizer’s® May 2009 Newsletter

ROOM TO SPARE?
Take back your guest bedroom for the things you enjoy!
Create a “Guest Care Kit” so your visitors feel at home. Some items to have on hand for guests are as follows: •Travel size bath products •Hangers •A luggage rack •Current books or magazines •An alarm clock •Some snacks and bottled water •Linens that fit the guest bed

Tips to turn your “spare room” into a place you will use and love.
As a rule I try to repurpose, or find a new way to use, organizing supplies that a Customer already has paid for. Did you know the same principle applies to your home? Have you ever considered repurposing one of the commonly wasted rooms in your home? Many of us have a guest bedroom, but how often do we really have guests? So this room, designated to accommodate guests, ends up catching all of the overflow clutter from our daily lives. It is square footage that we are paying for, but not using to its full potential. It’s your home, and it’s time to take back your valuable space! Here’s a great place to start. What type of room have you always wanted in your home, but never had the space for? Are you itching to have a home gym, a sewing room, a wrapping/craft room, or a room for the guys? Now is your chance! Once you have determined the new purpose of the room you will have a better idea of the space you will have to work with. First: Get Rid of the Clutter If the room is filled with clutter, start by dedicating a minimum of 10 minutes a night to cleaning out the space. Take more time each day, if you can afford to, and you will move the project along more quickly. A good rule of thumb is to take three bags of trash or donations out of the room in each session. Move items you are going to keep, but not in this space, to another area of your home. Make sure that they have a place to “live” before you end up moving clutter from one room into another. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to a new space to call your own. Next: Do More With Less If you currently have a large bed in the guest bedroom, move it to another location, donate it, or have one of your children upgrade their bed to this larger size. To replace it, my recommendation is to purchase a double height Aerobed for the space. It blows up in minutes, and rolls up small enough to fit in a closet. Using a bed that can fold away takes away the space limitation of a full sized or queen bed. If you want to have a traditional piece of furniture, you could also purchase a futon, day bed, or pull out couch for the space. Since most guests stay a maximum of a couple of nights, and all of these have made large advancements in comfort over the last few years, they are more than adequate alternatives. Then: Create a Guest Care Kit One of the best things about staying in a hotel is that they generally provide you with amenities to make your stay more enjoyable. You can do this for your guests as well. If there is a closet in the space, use it to house a kit for your guests. Keep hangers for their clothes, some up-to-date books or magazines, linens and pillows that fit their bed, an alarm clock, and some travel sizes of common bath products. After you have outfitted the guest kit, the rest of the closet space is yours! Use the rest of the closet space to hang spare linens, such as table cloths, store out of season clothes, or store supplies for your newly repurposed room. For example, if you turn the room into a home gym, store your free weights or yoga mat in the closet so that you can close the door and the room is still aesthetically pleasing. Finally: Enjoy Your New Space! Once you have taken care of removing the clutter and have prepared a guest care kit, it is time to load the space with items for its new purpose. Be sure to give each item a “home,” and make sure it goes back to it after each time you use it. This will ensure that your new space stays as neat and tidy as the day you completed your project. Now you can enjoy your repurposed space!

The Joyful Organizer® ~ www.thejoyfulorganizer.com ~ 203-731-4651

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