Decluttered and organized space in your home, garage, office and even the trunk of your car has a calming effect. Sometimes my clients view it as an invitation to fill it again rather than keep it clear. So, how do you keep it uncluttered? First, acknowledge the work that you put into clearing the space and be proud of your accomplishment. Second, identify the benefits of having the space cleared. For instance, you can see the lovely granite countertop or enjoy the beauty of the wood grain on your desktop. Perhaps it’s that sense of knowing where you put things when you cleared the space and feeling calmer because you can find what you need and are less hurried. The key is to create a logical storage area or tickler system for those items that used to be piled up in the space. That way even though it’s out of sight, it’s not out of mind! Start with something simple, easy to maintain and immediately beneficial. Invest in a bill organizer with numbered slots for each bill statement. Use the drawer below for related supplies such as postage and return address labels. You can keep this compact system on your desk or counter so everything is well-managed and organized, or if you prefer more privacy you can store it in a closet that you use on a daily basis. TIP: You can place birthday cards that need to be sent out by certain dates in the slots as well, it’s not just for bills. BENEFITS: Bills are paid on time, no late fees, no clutter.
Everyone experiences some level of anxiety about getting rid of, or as I prefer to think of it, letting go of things. The reasons are as varied as the individuals: “I might need it some time.” “It was a gift.” “I spent a lot of money on it.” Letting go of things that you don’t or will likely never use is a process. Here are some Outside In Organizer tips for reducing your anxiety about decluttering: TIP #1: If it’s in disrepair and more costly to fix than replace, discard it. TIP #2: It you have duplicates, donate or sell some of the items. TIP #3: Get a bag or box and find any 5 items that you are able to let go of (perishable trash doesn’t count, just get rid of it), just experience letting go. Over time, begin including items that are more difficult to let go of. TIP #4: Give something that you don’t use or haven’t used in a year or more, but find difficult to part with, to a worthy charity such as Hospice or Goodwill. My clients find it easier to let go if it’s going to someone in need.
What makes people anxious about organizing? It’s different for everyone but the best strategy is to recognize the anxiety and begin by taking small steps. As a Professional Organizer I am trained to break down big projects into smaller tasks. The benefits? Reduced stress, calmer environment to live and work in, sense of control and focus…the list goes on. The positive feelings that come from success early on are very motivating for my clients. When they “downsize their stuff, they upsize their life”!
Everyone can use a little organizing, right? One common misconception is that people think that hoarding is the main reason for hiring a Professional Organizer. That is not the only reason for hiring a professional and in fact, just because someone has a lot of “stuff” doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a Professional Organizer. My San Diego and national clients range from very organized to chronically disorganized and everyone in between. The key factors in considering whether or not you might want to hire a Professional Organizer include: The disorganization that you are observing is adversely affecting one or more areas of the individual’s life. The disorganization is recognizable to the individual and not necessarily to others. The individual is ready to accept help and make change(s). I’ve met people who have desktops and countertops that entirely covered. This situation doesn’t cause them stress because they know where everything is and are able to find it without wasting time. I am not sure that clearing their desk or counter would increase their productivity and provide them with a sense of calm. On the other hand, I am working with office clients who are afraid to put piles of papers away because they will forget to do something with them. The first red flag is that they haven’t done anything with those papers in months, and the piles continue to grow larger. That is someone who could benefit in several ways from working with a Professional Organizer to develop a system with results. I have another client who is very organized and appreciates the aesthetics of an uncluttered home environment. She hired me to assess her home and provide her with ideas for reducing inventory, displaying stored items, donating unused items, and relocating items for improved access and functionality. Working with a… read more →
My clients hire me for a variety of reasons. Mostly, they need someone with ideas to help them get started. Whether it’s about organizing their space, stuff and/or time, each of my clients know that their situation can be improved with a little help. The philosophy of Outside In Organizer and Makeovers is essentially this…empowering yourself to take charge of your environment or appearance, results in a sense of calm and focus.
Accessories are critical elements of a wardrobe. Want some advice? Create a wardrobe of classic pieces of clothing. Use trendy accessories to add variety and update your wardrobe. It’s a more practical and budget-conscious approach to keeping your wardrobe fresh and your style current. Here are some tips for organizing your accessories wardrobe: Jewelry: A few pieces of “good” jewelry go a long way. Now more than ever there are some beautiful, inexpensive pieces of costume jewelry available. Don’t be afraid to mix and match costume and “good” jewelry. Just like clothing, think outside of the box rather than matching everything. You can mix metals such as gold and silver, or wear a bold color that complements but isn’t a major player in the outfit…let it pop! Most important, remember that less is more. If you are wearing a low neckline, consider leaving it bare (no necklace) and wearing big drop earrings or hoops. Conversely, if you’re wearing strands of chains and faux pearls keep your earrings simple, wear studs CZs are just fine). Scarves: Scarves can be work all year round by varying the fabrics. Discount retailers are loaded with great scarves. Keep your summer scarves light and gauzy. Ask a salesperson to teach you at least 2 different ways to wear the same scarf, different ways to tie them, and hang them in different directions. Go ahead and wear more than 1 scarf at a time. You can twist them to wear as if they’re one, or wear one higher and tighter around the neck while the other one drapes about the shoulders. The key with scarves is playing with textures, colors, patterns, weaves, and so on. Go trendy and try wearing something bold with a casual outfit to dress it up; venture into fringes, glittery threads, or fastening the scarf… read more →
After you’ve sorted and purged your wardrobe you can have fun creating outfits from your closet. Outside In Organizer & Makeovers underlying principle is simple: When you take charge of your external environment (in this case, your appearance), you feel more focused internally. Place each of the pieces of clothing that you are going to keep on the bed, then group them by general categories: jackets, shirts and tops, pants, skirts, and so on. Now the fun begins! I want to encourage you to think outside of the box and get creative in the privacy of your own home. Helpful tips: Have a full length mirror nearby. If you have a friend or relative who has a great sense of style ask them to give you their opinions as you try on clothing. Ideally, a Professional Wardrobe Consultant can give you objective and experienced advice. Here are some additional starting tips that I find helpful with my clients: Wear undergarments that most flatter your body in clothing. That may sound strange but it is very useful to wear a strapless bra, for instance, under a sleeveless top or a control-top garment under knits so that you see yourself at your best. If you don’t have the necessary undergarments, start your shopping list right now! Wear the appropriate shoe for the outfit. Don’t try on a business suit barefoot or wearing running shoes. Oh my goodness, wear the pair of shoes you would most likely wear with the outfit. That goes for casual clothing…no spike heels with cargo pants. Tips for creating new outfits from your closet: Start with your favorite pair of jeans or pants. Create casual, business, or dressy looks using one pair of pants by changing the tops, layering the tops (jacket over a camisole), and mixing textures (crisp white shirt under… read more →
Know matter where you live the changing season is a great motivating force for organizing your wardrobe. Even here in perfect San Diego we do have a change of seasons! As a Professional Organizer and Wardrobe Consultant I know that these are challenging times economically for many people. This is all the more reason to look for budget-conscious ways to enhance your wardrobe. Here are some TIPS that I hope you will find helpful: Assess your wardrobe. Take everything out of your closet and lay it out on the bed so that you can view individual pieces. Tip: Keep anything that fits you now, that you love because it looks good on you now, and that is in good condition. Set those pieces to the side.Tip: Let go of anything that no longer fits, that doesn’t enhance the body you are currently in, and that you no longer love…donate the items that are in good condition or sell them at a consignment shop. Tip: The last step in this sorting process is to discard clothing that is too worn, torn, moth-eaten, etc. Do that immediately so that you can move on to the next step: Creating and updating your wardrobe.