Most people would agree that bedrooms are for sleep and …The reality though is that bedrooms are where the laundry sits in piles, unfiled papers pile up, etc. When you want to create an organized bedroom space think about the basic process: (1) Declutter: remove unrelated items. (2) Contain: store items in bins and containers that fit easily into closets, under the bed, in drawers, or hang on the inside of closet doors. (3) Maximize space: utilize vertical spaces such as the closet walls and the back side of doors. There are great storage and organizing tools that allow you to store items in space saving ways. Check out individual hooks or hook bars, over the door hooks, stacking baskets, and more. Get creative! Make your bedroom a clutter-free zone and relax.
Many of us have to maximize limited spaces, which may result in rooms that are used for multiple purposes. Is your home office in the bedroom? Is the dining room the play room? Is the living room the family room? Think of this as an opportunity rather than a problem. First, visualize what you want the room to look like and how you want it to feel. Jot down the ways that you could alter the room to achieve that visual and create that feeling. Suggestions: (1) Declutter the space. Remove unneccessary and unrelated items. (2) Contain items to create clear horizontal spaces, and to camouflage what is seen when you walk in and scan the room. (3) Partition areas. Find a beautiful folding partition to separate one area from the other, as needed. When it looks more orderly and attractive you will most definitely feel a greater sense of calm.
People hire POs for a variety of reasons. It’s not unusual to think that you can do it yourself and after repeated attempts (or perhaps, procrastination) realize that you need a professional to come in and help. That’s why most of us hire professionals to help us in various aspects of our personal and professional lives. Outside In Organizer & Makeovers treats each client with the utmost care. Most of my clients are organized but due a variety of life circumstances have just gotten behind with certain tasks or projects. Need someone to get you started? Help you prioritize? Hold you accountable? Do the research and look for a Professional Organizer who is trained to assess your needs, create a plan of action, and help you develop a system of organization that you can maintain over time.
We touched on wearing a wide leg jean, pant or trouser to create a slimming effect for the right body type. Now pull out the tops in your closet and drawers and think in layers. Here’s how to start: 1. Wear a shape enhancing undergarment, if needed. 2. Try a camisole or clingy, sheer (tee or long sleeve) shirt to wear as a basic garment. 3. Layer with any of the following: a jacket, vest, or sweater. Consider leaving some of the top, or all of the buttons unbuttoned. This will create a more narrow waistline. If you are thick waisted, button under the bustline and leave the bottom buttons unbuttoned to create a flair at the hip…similar visual effect. For more wardrobe updates call me Outside In Organizer & Makeovers! Send your photos, too.
It’s important to steer clear of trends that do not enhance your body type or facial structure. Luckily there are lots of wide leg jean, pants, and trouser options again (very few women and men actually look good in skinny jeans and pants). The wide legs create a slimming illusion for people with real hips and rears by elongating the line of the body. Check out some of these ideas: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/jeans-pants/wide-leg-pants-00100000068066/index.html?xid=df-10-20-2011
At Outside In Organizer and Makeovers the approach that is used is always benefit-oriented. Will it save me time? Save me money? Reduce my stress level? Allow me to feel more in control? More focused? Only you can decide what your reason for organizing is, then let the Professional Organizer step in and make suggestions. Remember that this is typically about changing habits and behaviors. That means that it takes time and practice so that you can see how it is helping you achieve your goal(s). Here are some more great organizing tips: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/clean-out-clutter#slide-1
There is a wealth of information out there to help you with your desire to be organized. Remember that organizing isn’t something that you do, and then never have to do again! Here are some important ideas to keep in mind: 1. Before you organize, let go of what you no longer need or use. This will save you time. 2. Think about what you need to keep, where it is used, how often you need to access it for use. 3. Create a system…everything has a place, and a place for everything! Check out this helpful article from HGTV: http://www.hgtv.com/organizing/your-guide-to-lifelong-organization/index.html
I like to remind my female clients that before anything happens with organizing your wardrobe you need to start with the essentials. That’s right: supportive, well-fitting undergarments. They don’t have to be matronly or boring either. Check out this new Spanx product: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/shoes-accessories/lingerie-hosiery/patterned-tights-00100000067878/index.html?xid=df-10-13-2011 Benefits of wearing the essentials? Confidence: Your clothes will fit better and enhance your image. Money saving: Items that you thought didn’t like good might in fact look great. Now you don’t have to replace that item.
Men and women need to take stock of how their wardrobe is working for them. Here are some of the reasons and benefits for why clients want to organize their wardrobes: “I have nothing to wear.” It’s unlikely that you have nothing to wear but one of the benefits of organizing is to find items you haven’t worn in awhile. “I’m so tired of wearing the same old things.” Reviewing your wardrobe is an opportunity to create new ways to mix and match clothing that you haven’t worn together. “I don’t have a big budget to start buying a new wardrobe.” Once you’ve taken stock of the items that you want to keep you can easily update your current wardrobe with a few key items of clothing and accessories. This is an affordable way to expand your wardrobe in a more methodical way. “Nothing fits…” Maybe you’ve lost or gained weight but the best wardrobe is one that fits your current body. Fit doesn’t just mean you can wear it comfortably, it also means that it enhances your physique, lifestyle and personality. Consider alterations and using a great seamstress or tailor to make reasonable changes. Sometimes the answer is wearing the right undergarments (bras with support, shapers, etc.). Another consideration you are wearing the item…tucked in versus not, shoe with heels or a flat, belted, layered, and so on. By enhancing your wardrobe through simple organizing principles you will end up looking more like you want to, feeling more confident, and presenting your best self!
Outside In Organizer & Makeovers suggest these initial steps for successful organizing: Step One: Identify your goal(s)…why do you want to organize your wardrobe? Step Two: What and who will you need to get this done in the most efficient manner? Step Three: Schedule adequate and uninterrupted time so that you can focus and enjoy the process.