Organizing travel tips… Organizing travel tips come in handy before, during, and after your trip. Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer shares the essential to-do’s to ensure post-vacation organization. I promise that the benefits of organizing after this trip will make your next trip even easier! Unpack the day that you get home. Sort your laundry as you unpack. Update your packing and travel list; (Note: if you need a packing list you can email me for one that I use) Add anything that you wished you brought this time and want to bring in the future. Replenish your toiletries as soon as possible…be trip-ready! Check your receipts against your credit card and debit statements within the week that you get home in the event that there are discrepancies. It’s always easier to resolve the incorrect charges sooner rather than later. If you brought too much stuff with you this time you can find helpful tips for this and more on my recent post: Organizing Tips|Travel Happy travels!
Organizing Tips for travel and vacation: Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer’s Organizing tips for vacation…while you are enjoying the trip: 1. Declutter: You can reduce the clutter that you bring home! Take photos of business cards from shops and restaurants and leave the cards behind. Load the info into your contacts. 2. Organize your photos: Taking photos with your phone? Each night, email them as attachments to yourself, include date, time and place. They will be ready to upload on your computer when you arrive home. 3. Weight reduction: Like to read on vacation? Bringing books adds unnecessary weight. Invest in an e-reader with a no-glare screen. Save your back, neck and shoulders. Eliminate extra charges for excess baggage weight. 4. Reduce stress: Utilize the auto reply message to notify senders that you are out of the office and will return calls, emails when you return (provide a date 1 day after you return). Hey, send me a postcard and let me know how these organizing tips worked! Better yet, post it on the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers Facebook page.
Travel organizing tips that you can take on vacation! Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer LOVES to travel! Here are my 4 top favorite planning, preparation and packing organizing tips for travel and an organized vacation: 1. How long are you going on vacation? Pack clothing for half the amount of time (except for underwear). 2. What is the weather forecast? Avoid bulky items, bring items that you can layer to create extra warmth, if needed. Use bulky items such as your jacket or coat as a blanket or neck roll for the airplane. 3. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport, driver’s license, credit cards (photocopy both sides) with a trusted family member or friend who isn’t traveling with you. 4. Carry-on essentials: a clean pair of underwear, all of your medications, your chargers for your phone and other technology. Stay tuned for organizing tips that you can use during your vacation.
Does your limited thinking create clutter? Limited thinking about your ability to get organized and stay organized will prevent you from taking action, including getting help from a Professional Organizer. If you don’t believe that you can be an organized person it will likely create negative emotions. Clutter in your environment and your schedule has a negative impact on your confidence, productivity, and health. In the book, “Clutter Busting”, author Brooks Palmer describes how clutter can keep some people from feeling their emotions: “It acts as an emotional insulator in the same way that drugs and booze do. Like a drink, it wears off, and then you have to acquire more to be numb. Clutter buries you alive.” Clutter may keep you from feeling your emotions temporarily, but it is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a large open wound. It’s an ineffective and superficial way to mask something deeper. Trust me, the feelings which will eventually seep to the surface. See if any of this limited thinking and negative emotions sounds familiar. Ask yourself questions such as: • Guilt – Were you taught to believe that letting go of things is wrong or wasteful? • Lack of confidence – Did you think that by acquiring things you would feel more admired and less inadequate? • Low self-esteem – Did you learn that doing everything yourself rather than asking for assistance was a sign of dependence? • Failure – Do you feel like a failure and that you should be able to be organized without assistance? • Shame – Do you avoid inviting people into your space and worry about their judgment? • Attention issues – Are often exhausted and lack mental energy and focus? • All or none thinking – Do you believe that if you can’t organize it… read more →
Which of your habits and behaviors contribute to clutter? We all have a plethora of behaviors that contribute to either being organized or to causing clutter. If you always put things back in their place when you are done using them that will of course help you stay organized. The benefits of this one organizing tip is that you will know where the item is when you need it again, be able to find it quickly, and know whether or not you have enough of that item or it needs to be replenished. If you leave things out or put them in any old place it will contribute to clutter, it’s just that simple. As a Personal Organizer I ask my clients why they have so many duplicates of the same items and they often reply that when they couldn’t find the item so they just bought more. That’s an expensive habit. There is physical clutter (too much stuff) and there is also a cluttered life…mental clutter and poor time management. Do you relate to any of these habits: Poor delegation skills – it isn’t necessary, realistic or productive to try and do everything yourself. Try delegating tasks that others can do as well or better than you can. Space challenged – understanding what how much you can realistically store. Remember that it’s okay to leave room in a container, on a shelf, and to keep a surface clear. Poor time estimation skills (over- and under-estimating) – understanding how much time it takes to get specific things done, including commuting. This is a critical time management skill for effective planning. The “one more thing” syndrome – squeezing in another task when you don’t have enough time and then, feeling rushed and being late. As always, try focusing one one habit… read more →
Habits that cause clutter include: Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer wants you to begin to check off the habits and behaviors that may cause clutter in your home and office. Do any of these look familiar: If so, try my 1-at-a-time rule and begin to eliminate just one “bad” habit. Practice it and reward your successes! Creating stacks of things, paper, etc. – stacks make retrieving things in a timely manner unnecessarily more difficult. Using deep storage containers – bins that make it difficult to find things. Lack of daily organizing – creating a daily routine for organizing every space as soon as you are finished using it. Fifteen minutes a day keeps the piles away. Procrastination about starting something or acting on something – delaying a task because you think that you don’t have enough time to do the entire project. Procrastination about finishing something – perfectionism is sometimes the culprit of unfinished work and lingering clutter. Unrealistic estimation of financial value – holding on to things because you think that they are worth a lot of money but aren’t. What you can do now: Just try discarding or shredding a paper as soon as you no longer need it. Use only shallow containers and as soon as it is 3/4 of the way full, thin it out from the bottom. Organize a horizontal surface when you finish working there and before you leave the room. Set a timer for a specific amount of time to start a project. Just do it and when the timer goes off, stop. Schedule time to work on the next step and try it again. Do you feel like something that you are working on isn’t done because it’s not perfect, yet? Try adopting an attitude of “good enough” with… read more →
Do you know that clutter can be caused by habits that keep you disorganized? Behaviors can either facilitate or impede your ability to get organized and stay organized. Behaviors and habits that do not facilitate organization not only cause physical clutter, they can also cause lack of productivity and mental clutter. This isn’t necessarily intentional, in fact, sometimes it is the mindless aspect of what you do that stops you from putting things back where they belong or taking a few minutes to file, fold, or hang something up instead of leaving it in a heap of other stuff. Do you any of these behaviors or habits keep you from being more organized? Compulsive shopping – repeatedly buying things that you don’t need. Buying in bulk – purchasing more than you will use in a reasonable amount of time. Storing outdated or useless paperwork – piles and files of reference items that you rarely if ever go back to use. Saving large quantities of unread material – newspapers, magazines, and recipes. Lack of planning – scheduling a regular block of time to organize your space. Difficulty making decisions – over-thinking whether or not to keep or let go of items. Unopened mail – delaying action on what to do with incoming mail rather than implementing a daily system. Take on one habit at a time with the understanding that any change in behavior takes practice over time. You CAN do it!
3 Reasons for Persistent Clutter – Which one is yours? As a Personal and Professional Organizer I’ve observed that persistent clutter can be caused by 3 reasons: behaviors and habits that do not support decluttering and organizing, limiting beliefs and negative emotions that keep you from making positive changes, and technical obstacles such as not having systems in place or using systems that are not meeting your needs. In what ways do your behaviors get in the way of being organized? Pretend that you are an outside observer and notice which behaviors and habits prevent you from being organized. What about your beliefs? Do you believe that you are capable of change and creating new habits that make getting organized and staying decluttered possible? If not, that is probably a good place to start to take steps to debunk those limiting beliefs. It will also help alleviate negative emotions such shame, fear, and self doubt if you can observe small successes. Finally, are there technical obstacles that don’t allow you to be more organized such as having an effective scheduling or filing system? In future posts I’m going to share organizing tips for solutions and strategies. You can always call or email me with your personal organizing challenges!