Did you know that accumulation of unused items can cause… safety hazards health hazards inefficient use of space financial damage conflict in relationships emotional stress negative role models for children, and more? It’s never too late to take charge of the “outside” and feel better “inside”. You don’t have to make excuses, feel ashamed, or assign blame any more. People accumulate a variety of items including those things they think they might need someday. Years later it is apparent that someday hasn’t arrived and the stuff is still taking up space. Make a commitment to stop wasting space and your hard earned money starting today. Identify a space that you want to clear. Start small so that you feel a sense of relief and accomplishment. Perhaps the junk drawer in the kitchen is a starting place before you tackle the garage. Then set aside time and if possible, recruit help to get it done. Get rid of damaged, spoiled, infested, dust collecting, and generally unusable items. Clear out items that may topple over or cause you to trip. Take stock of what you have in the space and ask yourself, does it need to be stored in this space or are you more likely to use it if it is more accessible? Start using it and stop buying more until your stock is depleted. Don’t need it? Donate it, someone else will want it. The secret to organizing? It’s a process. It’s never done. The key is getting a manageable system in place so that it is easier to maintain. What are you waiting for?
As a Professional Organizer and Image/Wardrobe Consultant I love using lists for all sorts of things. Try making a list of how to (re-)organize your closet. If you like it, use it. If you need ideas about how to approach this task check out this one from “Real Simple”: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/clothes-closet-organizing-checklist-00000000002177/index.html
The end of the season is always a good time to (re-)organize your closet. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers wants you to be able to SEE and WEAR everything you own. The best ways to do that is to: #1: Get rid of anything you don’t love, isn’t flattering, haven’t worn in more than a year. (It’s okay, our bodies change.) #2: Clean, mend anything that you are keeping so it is ready to wear. (In San Diego we get a lot of freeway dust and mold.) #3: Organize your clothing so you can put together outfits together easily. (This can be by item, color, etc.) #4: Use it or lose it! Use this tip (thanks Peter Walsh)…turn all of the hangers backwards. After each time you wear an item put it back in and face the hanger the correct way. At the end of the season, let go of all of the items that are still on backwards hangers!
Do you want your life to be less hectic? Your home less cluttered? Family healthier? If you answered “yes” to any of these 3 questions it’s time to get organized! Getting organized happens when you commit to creating and maintaining optimal habits. That means being aware of what is working and what is not. Changing behaviors is not easy but it can be done if you commit to: AWARENESS, CONSISTENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY. Awareness means making those around you aware (and therefore supportive) of your goals. Consistency means committing to the new behaviors or habits for no less than 3-6 weeks. It also means if something interferes with your practice of these new habits you restart immediately rather than give up! Accountability means several things. First, don’t try to do it alone. If you could your would’ve done it already. Hire a Professional Organizer, work with a therapist, ask a nonjudgmental friend to help you succeed. Here is an important TIP: reward yourself immediately for your successes. Now, let’s get organized! Helpful strategies for a less hectic life: use your schedule like your to do list. assess how much time it actually takes to do things; did you over or underestimate? remember to allow time for commutes. If you get there early, bring something to read. take breaks, you will actually be more productive. Ways to have a less cluttered home or office: establish a place for everything. put everything back in it’s place when you’re done with it. keep things close to where they are used. contain smaller items. donate or discard items you no longer use. Tips for a healthier family and self: plan nutritious, tasty meals that make great leftovers for lunches. organize your refrigerator; make sure there are fruits and vegetables that are fresh and handy for snacks.… read more →