As a Professional Organizer I am attuned to working with individuals who have special needs. That may include health issues, disabling conditions, aging, and emotional issues. All individuals have special needs to lesser and greater extents, and all of us can benefit from regularly organizing our space or our time. Some considerations… Do you start things and get distracted, finding it difficult to finish tasks? Do you feel scattered and don’t know where to start; feel overwhelmed or discouraged? Are you frequently reaching and bending to access items that you use frequently? Do you have difficulty estimating the time that you need to get places or get things done; often late for appointments? The process of organizing may include ways to label and store items. Using clearly marked, easy to see labels and clear containers is often very helpful. Organizing for safety means placing items within easy reach and limiting the height of piles to prevent things from falling. It may also require removing items that pose a danger such as areea rugs. Lowering hooks and racks make it easier to hang clothing and backpacks up, too. Do you have a question about a situation you are contending with? Write or call me for assistance!
I am always saying that the best tip for looking good is wearing clothing that fits. Nothing looks worse than clothing that is too tight, baggy, low cut, or short unless it is appropriate for your body type. Still, we need to consider age (sorry), comfort, and whether it is event-appropriate. So, do you now how to select jeans that flatter your body type? Straight leg – creates a slimming effect for countering fullness at the hips & butt. Helps create a lengthening effect by not breaking at the knee or ankle, too. Trouser leg – also has a slimming effect for larger thighs & calves. If you are petite, consider wearing a heel. Flare leg – adds curve especially if there is embellishment or pocket lapels on the butt.
I was talking to a friend the other day and she shared this photo of the spice rack she built. She did a great job using a prominent space in the kitchen, adding colors to the wall. Fabulous idea and that way she didn’t have to use precious cupboard or drawer space. I get great ideas from friends, family and clients. Thanks for sharing Sarah!
Did you know that 1 of the reasons why clutter accumulates is that we don’t manage our time effectively? 3 TIPS to combat that: #1 – Schedule everything! Use your planner to schedule tasks, not just appointments. #2 – Time yourself! Set a timer to help you make quick decisions…keep? recycle? shred? #3 – Organize regularly. Remember, organizing is a process. By doing it regularly it’s not as overwhelming. Have a professional or a friend help you get started, get to a manageable place, and then you can maintain it on your own.
A few simple changes will give you a new, more polished look! Update your eyeglass frames next time you get your eyes checked. Try on wigs to see what a new style might look like. Bring an honest friend along. Add a little color with blush and tinted lip gloss. Send me your photo for more personalized ideas!
Your desktop is a surface that is primarily a space to work on rather than a storage space. Are you afraid that if you don’t leave papers out that you will forget to do something? As an organizing and productivity expert I can assure you that that strategy doesn’t work. In fact, it creates mental confusion and stress. Consider these factors: 1. How your desk top makes you feel? 2. What type of impression does it have on your prospective and current clients? 3. What message does your desk top give to your supervisor, colleagues, or employees? To solve the problem of desk top clutter and disorganization, have an effective filing and tickler system. Everything needs to have a designated place. Tasks and project due dates need to be aligned with your calendar.
Here are 3 challenges my clients face and solutions that work for each: Challenge #1: Do you have difficulty trying to decide which project to start? Solution: List each project on a separate slip of paper. Fold them in half and put them all in a container. Shake it up then select one. Start it now! Challenge #2: Do you have difficulty stopping a task once you start it? Solution: First, identify what a comfortable stopping point might be. Is it working on 1 drawer rather than the entire dresser? One pile of paper rather than the top of the desk? Once you decide, set a timer for a realistic amount of time. Commit to working for that amount of time, only. Reward yourself for honoring that commitment. Challenge #3: Do you have difficulty sleeping because you are thinking about what you still want to get done? Solution: Keep a notepad next to your bed. If you wake up with an idea just write it down and let it go mentally (it will be there in the morning). Before you go to bed think of 3 things that you DID get done that day. Acknowledge your successes.
Despite the current heat wave I can’t help but begin to think about ideas for a holiday wardrobe. Keep it simple and use layering and accessorizing to expand your outfits. Color continues to be big this season. I love this silky print under the gorgeous hip length jacket. Dress it up with a vintage brooch, tuxedo pants, & heels. Next time you can wear it with a classic white shirt, pencil skirt, and boots. Remember to shop in your closet, first. Update something you own and love with a current trend. Need ideas? Send me photos!