Did you know that one of the best ways to empower your children is to give them structured choices? Even at a young age children have a sense of what they are good at doing, and what they enjoy doing (often the same). Teaching children to take responsibility, help maintain order in their rooms and later throughout the house, can begin as early as preschool. You are building their independence as well as yours! TIPS: Create a list of household responsibilities that the child is capable of doing. Identify at least 2 tasks that the child is sure to be able to achieve. Ask the child to select one task from 2-3 choices. Reward all successes with praise. Encourage the child while they’re learning to do the task independently.
Spring is officially here and it’s time to tend to your closet. Here are some of Outside In Organizer & Makeovers’ favorite tips: Take everything out and separate by clothing category: tops, bottoms, etc. Do a quick sort – discards, donates, consignments, repairs & alterations. Do a thorough cleaning – vacuum, dust; use cedar blocks, Damp Rid, etc. Invest in a set of hangers that match and use as little space as possible. Decide on your best system BEFORE items go back in the closet. Do you prefer to sort by color, outfits, clothing category, or some combination of those? Don’t forget to use supplies that make things easier to reach and see. Examples: clear shoe boxes, a collapsible step stool, adhesive hooks for belts, etc. Have fun and enjoy the space you’ve created!
As an Image Consultant and Professional Organizer I love to get into people’s closets! Do you want to organize your wardrobe so that it’s easy to find something to wear for any occasion? Organizing always begins with taking stock of what you have. Schedule time (at least 2 hours) and begin by: 1. Clearing your bed or using a rolling clothing rack to stage your inventory. 2. Remove everything from your closet and organize it by categories: tops, bottoms, sleepwear, shoes, etc. 3. Discard worn clothing immediately. 4. Sort items for donations and consignments next. 5. Set aside items that need repairs and alterations. Now it’s time to see if you have the wardrobe basics: UNDERGARMENTS: Well-fitting undergarments are a must. Specialty items for particular clothing are critical, too. For women these include strapless and halter bras, body shapers, no-line panties. For men, you want tank sytle, crew neck and v-neck undershirts as well as briefs, boxers, and socks in neutrals, colors, and prints! PANTS: Well made jeans in current styles are a must. That includes casual and dressy jeans. Most jeans have some stretch in them so don’t compromise comfort for fit. TOPS: Think spring…it’s still cool enough to layer. For women – camisoles, crisp white shirts, tissue tee shirts. For men – solid color tee shirts, crisp white shirts, print shirts. OUTERWEAR: Don’t forget light weight jackets, trench coats, and sweaters in bold colors; they spruce up a neutral outfit. If your wardrobe is missing these very basic items make a list and get ready to shop.
Not everyone can afford to buy a whole new wardrobe. Start with the basics and look at the clothes in your closet: Make sure they’re clean; remove any stains. Make sure they’re pressed – either by you, or professionally. Take care of repairs & alterations; replace missing buttons, alter hems, etc. Don’t forget to donate or consign clothing that doesn’t fit. There is no excuse not to look good if you address the basics! The Outside In Organization & Makeovers approach starts with wearing what looks good on today’s body.
Time does not magically open up. Every choice we make about how we are spending our time requires us to make the time to get it done. So think about scheduling everything that you have to do, or want to do. My clients are busy folks juggling the responsibility of home, family, career, their health, finances, volunteer work, and more. The best way to get things done is to commit to scheduling time to do them. Sounds easy, right? In fact, it’s very difficult and requires making choices and reprioritizing. We all do it throughout the course of a day but sometimes, it’s random rather than planned. Try the following: Schedule grocery shopping including travel to and from the store(s). Schedule time to check your email 1-2x a day…no more. Schedule dedicated time to call family or friends (not while cooking, watching tv, working on the computer, etc.). These are examples of just 3 necessary activities in most of our daily lives. Plan ahead, save time. I promise that you will be more productive and feel less stressed!
Everybody has the same 24 hours, 7 days a week. Why do some people seem to have more (or less) time than others? Have you heard yourself saying that you wish you had more time? The most efficient way to organize your time is to first, understand how you are using it. Sounds simple, right? It’s not, but doing it every day for one week is worth the effort if you want to optimize your time. Here is the best way to do your weekly audit: Use your calendar, or a separate piece of paper, to show 30 minute blocks of time for each day of one week. Write in standing meetings and scheduled appointments for the entire week. Write in travel to and from these meetings and appointments. Write down key words to capture what you do with every 30 minute block of time. Be honest and include all that you do…checking email, playing internet games, getting gas, showering, and so on. Next step? I’ll give you the steps to using the information that you’ve gathered. Stay tuned!
Sounds simple, right? An organized wallet has several benefits: You increase your awareness of how much cash you have, ensure that you have the necessary credit cards and identification, and have greater responsibility about how and what you are spending your money on. Here are one expert’s tips for organizing your wallet: DECLUTTER: Remove all coins and receipts every night. Save coins rather than spend them, they will add up at the end of the month. Use the receipts for reimbursements, tax deductions, and budgeting. SORT: Sort all receipts each night. Sort your cash by facing the smaller denominations towards the side you go to first. This will make tipping easier and raise your awareness about spending habits. ORGANIZE: Remove credit cards that you do not use daily or weekly. Remove frequent shopper bonus cards; in most cases they are unnecessary to carry and retailers accept your phone number. Organizing your wallet will increase your consciousness about your finances, save you money, and prevent loss. P.S. – keep a copy of both sides of your driver’s license and each of your credit cards in a safe place.
Want tremendous results to update your image with minimal effort? Make sure that your wardrobe includes pieces that are versatile… Can be worn more than one way Can be dressed up and down Can be worn by different body types Are easy to care for I love the item featured on the following link for all of those reasons… You can wear it buttoned, with or without a belt at the waist or the hip You can wear it layered with a camisole underneath and the blouse partially or completely unbuttoned You can dress it up with jewelry, jeans with bling and high-heeled metallic sandals You can dress it down with khaki crop pants and ballet slipper-style shoes Check it out: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/spring-clothes-00100000076705/index.html?xid=df-03-08-2012
Outside In Organizer and Makeovers recommends that you create a list of your spring cleaning projects by priority. Make a list of outdoor and indoor projects. List the items and services you will need to accomplish each project. Get started and don’t be afraid to recruit help! Let me know if you would like a sample list to get started…
You want to organize your closet, but it never stays organized! You start to arrange your clothing by colors and realize that you keep wearing the same outfits. Closet and wardrobe dillemas can be frustrating so here are tips that are basic and will help you get started: Reserve adequate time to work on organizing your closet. It’s okay to to work on one section at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed or too tired. Make sure that you have clear space on the bed and floor so that you can easily stage your clothing for viewing and sorting. Helpful organizing supplies: a full length mirror; bags for donations, alterations, consignments, discards; a small collapsible step stool; thin felt-covered hangers; lint remover; clear stackable shoe boxes; stick-on hooks. Have a goal(s) & develop your plan. Do you want to update your image? Create new outfits? Weed out old clothing? Organize by color or outfits? As a Makeover Expert and Image Consultant I know that having an objective person to guide your through the process can be very motivating. Watching my clients stand up straighter and smile at their reflection is truly rewarding. Go for it!