As your San Diego Personal Organizer my first organizing tip is to remind you to organize before storage is considered. There are great storage containers for anything and everything. It’s tempting to want to go out and purchase colorful, matching bins and file folders, but decluttering first, is important. The benefits of organizing, first, are that you: Have a realistic sense of what and how much you are keeping and need to store. You know how much storage space you will require. Identify the best location for storage containers. You can avoid ending up with more storage and containers than you actually need. During the purging process you will likely empty containers and files that you can repurpose and reuse for other storage. This will help reduce unnecessary spending. When you are ready to determine how to contain and store items remember to think about the size and weight of the items. I love the baskets with handles pictured below for smaller, lightweight items such as extra spices, bags of nuts and dried fruits, or bottles of medications and supplements. The handles make them useful when you store infrequently used items in the back of a deep cupboard, or up on a high shelf. Larger items require bigger bins, but remember that if those bins are filled with heavy items you don’t want to store them up high for safety reasons. You can avoid injuries by limiting lifting and reaching for heavy items. Look for bins that have wheels if you need to move them to access other items. Even papers and documents require different types of storage. Your tax records need different filing systems than photographs, for instance. Identify the ideal location for items by considering the elements. For instance, avoiding exposure to light or humidity may be critical… read more →
5 Steps for Organizing and Decluttering Your Way to a More Spacious Life Date: Tuesday, December 9th Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m. Location: Magdalena Ecke YMCA 200 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA (map it)
The reason why people feel disorganized is because they lack 3 important Optimal Habits: Ground Rules Time to organize Realistic estimation of time Being a Personal Organizer is not all that different than being a personal trainer. If you want to get fit you need to determine what to do and how often. Once you are fit, you are not finished! You need to have a maintenance routine to stay fit, right? If you want to get organized and stay organized you need to set some Ground Rules for yourself. I call these Optimal Habits. Would any of these organizing Ground Rules help you? Reduce the amount of inventory. Maintain the reduced amount of items. When you add an item, you need to let go of another. Adhere to the 1-at-a-time rule. Work in one space, on one pile or drawer at a time. Don’t get distracted going from one room to another. Purge, sort and organize items on a regularly scheduled basis. As a Professional Organizer I want to tap into my client’s understanding of the benefits of organizing. It begins with scheduling; creating uninterrupted time to organize. It’s essential to set aside dedicated time to focus on what you need to do. Optimal Habits include working during your peak energy time, focusing on one area, and having a plan. One of the reasons people tend to feel disorganized is because their expectations are often unrealistic. Getting organized takes as much or more time than it takes to get disorganized. Be patient, please. This is where time management is so essential to feeling and being organized. In addition to scheduling time to organize I put on my Time Management Coach hat and suggest that you assign a realistic estimation of how much time it will take to declutter, sort, organize,… read more →
Organizing Products The best organizing products are the ones that can be used for multiple purposes and/or in multiple settings. I personally use several of the products that I sell on my website as well as recommend them to my organizing and time management clients.This simple item has organizing and time management benefits. Any product that you can easily use to sort and file “like” items together will reduce clutter. It will also save you from wasting time looking for what you need. This is one of my favorites, the all purpose organizer: Organize Anything You’ve probably seen these organizers before and maybe even have one, but have you maximized it’s possibilities? Here are some of my favorite organizing tips for ways to use several of these products for organizing and where to have them: Shopping coupons – keep this organizer in the pocket of your car door, declutter your kitchen drawer Gift cards – keep this product in your console or glove compartment Boarding passes, luggage claim tickets, etc. – keep it handy in your carry on, purse, backpack, briefcase Receipts, parking stubs – keep these organized for tax preparation Important conference information, registration forms – carry this from your office to meetings, conferences Name badges – keep it in your vehicle for various meetings and groups that you belong to Auto insurance card, vehicle registration, road service information – keep it organized in your glove compartment I would love to hear how you use this organizing product!
Working as a Personal Wardrobe Consultant is very gratifying… Clients smile at themselves in the mirror, and as we expand their wardrobe clients tell me, “I would never have thought about putting these (clothing) together.” I see them relax and become more playful in their walk, and they tend to stand up a little straighter. We spend 3 or more hours together each time creating outfits from their closet and they never seem to tire. In between sessions they send me photos of the outfits that they put together using the Women’s Wardrobe Tips and Mens’ Wardrobe Tips that they learned from me. The benefits of hiring a Personal Wardrobe Consultant include: How to update your wardrobe Ways to use color Organizing your clothing Some people, men and women alike, might see working with a Personal Wardrobe Consultant as a luxury. The benefits are well worth the investment in time and money. For example, compare what it would cost you to purchase 15 or more new outfits with the number of outfits you learn to build from your current wardrobe! You also learn which items to consign so that you get the benefit of sales, and which to do donate (tax benefit).It’s difficult to put a specific value on the benefit of this mood -boosting and confidence -building that results from wardrobe and image consulting. It’s not only about the confidence you feel when you look great in new outfits. It’s about empowering my clients to learn how to create the outfits and shop when I am not with them! So let’s get those clothes out of your closet and start shopping!