I recommend that you keep it simple! You can update your wardrobe several ways. First, by accessorizing with a color that is trending. Remember, it doesn’t have to match, it simply needs to complement what you are wearing and add POP! You can also accessorize with a “statement piece“. What is a statement piece, you ask? Think of it like a piece of wearable art…an oversize designer tote bag, a single large piece of artistic jewelry, or a shawl worn in a unique way (slung around the hips, or draped backwards). TIP: don’t try all of these at one time. Another way to update your wardrobe is to add a completely different style. For example, a vintage brooch worn on a modern vest. Try a retro, 60’s style tunic over leggings. Mixing styles is a creative way to express yourself. Again, follow my “one-at-a-time rule” and keep it simple. Have fun and shop at thrift and consignment stores where you can find well-priced treasures.
It’s not compact, digital, or pocket-size but it is smart. Whatever your preference is is always up to you and determined by your needs. The real question is, “what information do I need to have with me when I am on the go?” See if these ideas help you answer what to organize next: Health, medical information and contacts – to take to physicians, labs, therapies, hospital, urgent care Child or adult care information, emergency contacts – for when you are at work or traveling Banking and insurance information – in preparation for an emergency Confidential information such as passwords and pins – same Job, salary history – when applying for loans Education history – same Housing history – when applying for new housing, a mortgage Warranty and repair information including expiration dates – when scheduling repairs Automobile maintenance records – when you go for your service appointments
Organizing for your health and safety will provide you with greater peace of mind. First, consider having all of your information in one easily accessible place whether it is digital and/or paper. Second, be sure that your emergency contact and/or health care proxy has access to, and a copy of this information. Remember to always send them an updated version. Third, and very important in the process of organizing your records, update the information on a regular basis. When you change supplements, prescriptions, dosages, doctors, insurance plans, or receive a different diagnosis it’s time to update the information. TIP: bring your copy of your wellness records with you to every appointment and exam including your general physician, dentist, and specialist. This will help you answer the questions that they ask you, remind you to note any changes they recommend, and to track the dates of your last appointments or exams. Here are additional ideas for what to include in your organized records: Current diet, food restrictions Current exercise regimen including type, frequency, duration Allergies or sensitivities Sleep routine including the times that you go to sleep and awaken List of questions for your wellness provider The format is less important than the gathering and updating of the information. A 3-ring binder works as well as the right app as long as you establish and use your system! P.S.-this system will serve you will in the event of a disaster, when you move, and if you are traveling.
Rotate your hangers: Turn all of the hangers in your closet to face the other way…every time you wear an item and return it to the hanger, put the hanger back the correct way. At the end of a month look at what you haven’t work, and wear it! At the end of the season, look at what you haven’t worn, and let it go. Contain it: Gather all of the magazines, newspapers, circulars, articles and catalogs you want to read and put them into a single container. Make yourself a promise that the container will never be more than 3/4 full. Each time you add an item, act on the bottom item (read it, discard it if you can find the information somewhere else in the future, scan it if you need the information within the next 3 months). Put it where you need & use it: Gather all of your unexpired store coupons, sort them into a plastic slotted envelope, put them in your car. Create a mail station in 1 convenient, centralized location. Gather all related supplies for your station – letter opener, paper clips, stapler, stamps, return address envelopes, highlighter, shredder, recycling container. No piles!
As an Organizer and Time Management Specialist in San Diego (and virtually elsewhere) I welcome questions about: Creating more time How to de-clutter space Email organizing Which papers to keep, for how long, and where to file Where to donate or consign How to get rid of electronics, toxic products, medications Organizing TIP: Have a place for “notes” in your weekly planner; jot down your organizing and time management questions. At the end of the week set aside time to find the answers…post as a comment on the Outside In Organizer website, email me, or call. You can also look online, find popular magazines, and checkout books at your local library!
There are so many ways to keep your calendar…paper, digital devices, your computer. What’s most important is not what you use, but that you have a system and use it consistently. Let’s get real… Are you skilled in prioritizing? Do you over-schedule yourself? Do things take longer than you anticipate? Time management know-how includes: Scheduling everything that requires your time. Tip: avoid lengthy to-do lists that have no assigned day/time for items. Setting boundaries and doing what is important. Tip: notice when you procrastinate and do less important things. Time estimation skills. Tip: use a timer to learn how long it takes you to do routine tasks. You don’t need to struggle or be self critical. Empower yourself and get help from a specialist, a trained professional Time Management Coach/Professional Organizer. Establish a system, use it, evaluate it, and just like space organizing, review and revise! Manage Your Time
According to the dictionary, image is defined as: “a representation of the external form of a person or thing in art”. Key word #1: representation. Does your image represent your true self? If not, imagine how it might that affect your confidence, personal interactions, or professional relationships.You only get one chance to make a first impression, why not make it a positive one? Notice how people react to you when you wear the “right” color, for instance. More importantly, observe how you feel and behave when you feel good about the way that you look. Key word #2: external. How you look, what you wear, your stance, etc. are no substitute for the more important things such as your health, well-being, and education. There is a synergy between the external and internal that can be very positive. For instance, we all know that even if you work from home you need to get up and get dressed as if you are going to the office. It’s no substitute for time management but you are more likely to be in a productive mindset if you act as if you are going to work! A skilled image consultant can help you analyze what is working and what is not working. It’s about becoming your best self and enhancing your strengths. Let your external representation illuminate your inner radiance!
As your San Diego Organizer I love to look at all of the places that we can utilize for storage after we declutter. For instance, think vertical and add movable shelves on legs. These are great for under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Think about stick-on hooks for the back of a closet or bedroom door. Of course, there may be space under your bed for off season items in storage bins. Recently I worked with a client and we created more drawer space by hanging the belts that she stored in the drawer on a belt hanger, instead. Here are some more ways to maximize your storage space: 1. Utilize vacuum seal bags for off season clothing as well as excess linens. 2. Stop stockpiling plastic grocery bags and recycle them in drop offs bins at the grocer store. Commit to using the reusable grocery bags instead and store them in your car where they are handy. 3. Clear out your junk drawer; discard expired coupons and gift cards, limit the number and type of items you store there, use drawer organizers to keep things sorted and accessible. 4. Make space in your file cabinet. Shred or recycle items that are no longer useful or current in content. 5. Store less used items such as camping gear and off season clothing in empty suitcases.
Ask your San Diego Organizer, “how do I get my office organized?” Here is what I would tell you: don’t just declutter! That won’t work because without putting your system in place the clutter will return. After you gather and sort (what to purge, what to keep) you want to make decisions about use and work flow (action versus reference, frequency and accessibility). Remember: there needs to be a place for everything, with everything in it’s place! Important TIPS: (1) Label items the way that you will remember them for easy, fast retrieval. (2) Ask yourself why you are keeping it, and for how long? (3) Take 10-15 minutes at the end of every work day to declutter, file, plan!
Do you find yourself looking at the pages of a magazine and imagine living in a space like the one on the page? Do you love looking at a model home and imagine living in one just like that? When you walk into someone’s office and see a clear desk top do you fantasize about yours looking that way, too? Until you know what you want to achieve, how can you take action? Write it down, get it out of your head, share your dream with someone you trust. Get ready to realize the dream you deserve to fulfill!