In most places summer is only two months long. If you’ve waited for summer to address big organizing projects then it’s probably a good idea to pick only 1-2 to work on. Try to break each project up into smaller ones and work on one per week. For instance, maybe you want to organize your garage… Weeks One and Two: Go through everything in your garage and sort those items that you want to discard (this can be done the same day unless you need a hauler), donate (do this in 2-3 days), and sell (list these items within 4-5 days; anything that doesn’t sell within a week needs to be donated). Week Three: Designate sections of the garage for specific storage. One area might be for holiday decorations, another for camping gear,and so on. Create a list of what you need to store these items. Do you need clear plastic bins so that you can easily view the contents? Do you need hooks to hang garden tools or bicycles on the wall? When your list, including any measurements that you will need, is complete…go shopping! Week Four: Remove everything that needs to be stored from the garage and place items in their specific storage containers. Sweep out the garage so that the items go back into a clean space that is ready for an organized system.
You know all of those photos that are sitting in boxes somewhere in your house or garage? Why not consider making your father an album of favorite memories for Father’s Day? You don’t have to go out and purchase anything except the album. Fill it with photos that span time, or have a theme like favorite family vacations. Tie a lovely ribbon around it and present it to the first important man in your life!
What functions does your office serve? Do you greet clients? Do you have walk-ins? Is it a home office that doubles as a dining area? Is it shared space? Clarify what work happens in the office and who uses the space. Then determine what you need to make it work for you! There are some great ideas for tools in this article: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/home-office/20-home-office-organizing-tricks-10000001738889/index.html
At this point, what does Dad want or need? Perhaps the gift of time to organize? Maybe an organizing buddy or coach? Think of creative gifts for your father…if your father have a hobby, perhaps he needs an organized place for his supplies, materials and equipment. If your father is thinking about moving into a smaller place, having a Professional Organizer might be the perfect gift. It’s a systematic and compassionate way to decide what he wants to keep, sell, donate or discard.
Most of us agree that reusable shopping bags are a good idea for the environment. Best way to make sure that you use them is to keep them in your car. Having them readily available, which means that they are visible so that you don’t forget to bring them into the store, is the first step. The second step is to use them in more than just the grocery store…you can use them at discount, drug, and hardware stores just as easily! Don’t forget to organize your shopping trips by being prepared with your lists and your bags.
Gone are the days when you just drive around aimlessly.Review your errands, meetings, etc. each day. Schedule your activities near one another so that you are conserving gas. TIP: If you are getting groceries but not going directly home simply put a cooler with ice packs in the trunk of your car.
What does the clutter in your home say about you? Do the things that you keep, collect and store represent your best you? See some of my favorite quotes on this website: http://www.carolroth.com/unsolicited-business-advice/?p=5087