Do you wish that you had more space? What would that look like? If you want more space without moving there are ways that you can achieve that. Remember that space includes all surfaces – under furniture, walls, the back of a door, etc. Having less things visible creates the image of having more space because it is open. Containing items in decorative bins and baskets minimizes visible clutter. Organize using the “1-at-a-time rule” and work in 1 area at a time. Declutter a space and then organize it. Put items back in their designated places.
Creating your travel wardrobe means that you can mix and match a limited number of pieces and still have enough outfits for the week. Do you want day to night options? Is your priority to have only a carry on bag? Feel free to add your ideas to this list: TIP #1: Stick with a color theme; include neutrals. Be bold and mix unlikely colors such as teal and purple, orange and pink. TIP #2: Commit to wearing an item at least twice. TIP #3: Think in layers…camisoles are great under wraps, jackets, sweaters, shirts, etc. TIP #4: Dress it up or down! By day: wear a trouser jean with a shirt and jacket, ballet flat, tote bag. By night: remove the jacket, wear a sweater with embellishment, pull a clutch bag out of your tote and add heels! TIP #5: Stick to basic, adaptable wardrobe pieces: city shorts, trouser jeans, white shirt, pashmina, tank style dress. TIP #6: Pack fabulous accessories: textured hose can dress up shorts, metallic flats can be worn day or nighttime, white shirt can be dressed up with a sequined belt and big earrings. Be creative!!
We all say that we want more time, right? What do you want more time for? Leisure? Exercise? Time with family? TIP: Clarify your priorities. The best way to motivate yourself to manage your time is to be clear about what is important to you. Here are some ideas about the benefits of time management: http://www.managementstudyguide.com/time-management-benefits.htm 3 Ways to Grow Your Time: #1: Purge your schedule and to-do list of unnecessary tasks. #2: Group tasks by proximity; limit commuting time. #3: Work on tasks that are similar, stay focused. Example: Spend 30 minutes on email, only. Schedule 40 minutes for phone calls.
I am always interested in what other professionals are saying about how to get organized. There is so much out there and in truth, a lot of great ideas that are said different ways. For instance, here’s a link to an article I read today: http://www.wikihow.com/Organize-Your-Life However, I want you to think about organizing in a slightly different way, not just about getting rid of clutter and shortening your to-do list. Think about creating space in your life. Organizing your life so that you enjoy these benefits: * greater flow of energy internally and externally * creating a space in your day to do the things that feed your soul * opening your mind to thinking about yourself in positive ways Can you think of 1 way to achieve one of these benefits today? Need help? Contact Denise 760-809-8851 for ideas!
Once you’ve cleared space you need the patience and discipline to practice your new habits. Otherwise, the space will collect clutter again. This is a common frustration, so here are some surefire organizing tips from the expert at Outside In Organizer and Makeovers! Outside In Tip #1: Allot time. After you are finished working in an area always leave yourself time to put items in their designated place. Outside In Tip #2: Regularly schedule time to purge piles and stacks. At the end or beginning of each month go through magazines, newspapers, clipping, etc. and discard/recycle anything from more than 2 months ago. Outside In Tip #3: Replace rather than add. Establish a realistic supply of items to keep. When you are down to a remaining 2-3 of those items you can replenish. This will minimize excess. Have patience with yourself during this process and know that some days, it will be easier to maintain your optimal organizing habits, more than other days! Think about your garden…it needs patience to flourish.
You have your vision of what you want your organized space to look like, right? You’ve gathered the tools that you need to implement your plan as well. Now it’s time to prepare the soil, so to speak. Set up some “ground rules” for yourself. I think that you will find these ideas helpful; then add your own! Rule #1 – Decide which space you are going to work in and stick to the “1-at-a-time rule”. You will get more done if you work in that 1 area rather than bouncing all over. Rule #2 – Set aside a realistic amount of time to work and use a timer. This is make your task manageable and prevent frustration and overwhelm. Example: If you are working in your garage, create quadrants and work in 1 quadrant for 2 hours. When the timer sounds, stop there and acknowledge your accomplishments. Remember, you don’t want try to do a 3 day job in 1 day, it’s a set up for failure. Rule #3 – Recruit help! You will get more done if you have help. Find a willing family member, a supportive friend, or hire a Professional Organizer. Your time is valuable so I encourage you to use it efficiently and get someone to help you.
Before you start digging in you need 2 things:A VISION and A PLAN. Ask yourself these questions: What do I want the space to look like when I’m finished? What steps will I need to take, and what resources will I need to have to get there? Similar to gardening, you want to have the resources and tools that you will need on hand before you start so that your workflow won’t be interrupted. Here is a list of general organizing items and tools that you might consider having available: 1. Containers and bags for donations, consignments, repairs, recycling, trash 2. Work gloves 3. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes 4. Cleaning supplies, clean rags, paper towels 5. Face mask 6. First aid kit 7. Plastic hanging file bin, hanging file folders, regular file folders, pens, markers, post-its 8. Step stool, ladder 9. Water to keep yourself hydrated 10. Small and medium size clear plastic containers for sorting and storage, labels