Creative Storage Solutions The purpose for creating storage solutions is not just to store more stuff! As a Professional Organizer I help you optimize your living and work space. This way you are able to enjoy your space. Have you tried these: Furniture with built-in storage Multipurpose furniture Nestling items Utilizing vertical & hidden spaces Storage solutions take into account several factors. Access and use – Store items that are used frequently near to where they are used. Size and weight – The storage container should accommodate both. Place containers with heavier items in easy to reach places. This will help to prevent injury from lifting them. Protection from sunlight. Fragile items. Age and/or special needs – Safety concerns for toddlers, those with physical limitations, or people with diminished memory are important. This is clearly one of the benefits of organizing. Available space – work with what you have. Use vertical space and hidden spaces under beds, etc. Have questions? Call me: (760)809-8851 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staging A House Is A Challenge, or is it? You want to sell your home, right? You’re ready and you’ve made that first decision. So why is it so difficult to get your home ready, stage it, and put on the market? There are generally 3 reasons that this may happen: Time management – You and your family already have busy lives. You are working, taking care of your family, going to meetings, volunteering, etc. Trying to “find” the time that it takes to declutter your home, make the necessary repairs and improvements, and stage your house can be challenge because there isn’t free time to find. Besides the reality that most of us don’t have the available time, we may also lack the necessary resources or skills to stage our home in the most efficient manner. It’s hard to balance your responsibilities and then add one more major responsibility to your schedule. There is hope so read on… Emotional attachment – Your real estate agent may try to explain staging and the concept of “neutralizing” your home but putting it into practice is another thing. What “neutralizing” means is moving from the idea that you are selling your home, to the reality that now, you are selling a house. You need to create a neutral environment that makes it easy for prospective buyers to picture themselves, their family and their belongings in. Letting go and packing up those personal and sentimental items can be emotional and difficult for some people. Once again, there is hope. Ego – Some people are convinced that they should be able to do everything themselves. Consequently, they may also believe that hiring a Professional Organizer/Stager to help them is too expensive and not worth it. If you can be objective and consider the factors… read more →
Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips will help you to declutter, because it doesn’t matter how you fold your things if you still have too much stuff! No matter which Professional Organizer you work with, which organizing products you purchase, or which organizing book that you read, you have to purge when you have too much stuff. Remember that too much doesn’t just mean quantity. “Too much” means that your things are no longer useful and are interfering with one of the following: your safety, health, your relationships, financial stability, and your self esteem. As your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer, here are my 30 Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips: Stop shopping for items you already have or don’t need. Organizing Tip: stick to a shopping list. Avoid purchasing items just because they are “a good buy”. Organizing Tip: donate the money that you would have spent to a favorite charity, or give it to a homeless person. Stop shopping in bulk. Organizing Tip: set a lower limit on how many you will have in stock before you buy more. Return unused, unworn and unopened items. Organizing Tip: most stores will give you store credit if you don’t have the receipt but the tags/prices are still on the item. Donate the items you no longer need, use, or love including gifts that you didn’t like. Organizing Tip: Make it personal. Find the charity that speaks to your heart. Pretend that you are moving. Organizing Tip: If you wouldn’t pack it and pay to move it, let it go. Put away your collections for at least 2 months. Organizing Tip: Out of sight, out of mind. If you haven’t missed it, you can let it go. Recycle junk mail before it comes into the office or house. Organizing Tip:… read more →
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How do you know if your Time Management System is Working for you? Your time management and productivity are results- oriented. Aspects of it are either working or they are not. You can tell if it is working because you know that: you get things done before or by their deadline, you are feeling in control of your workload, and you observe that others know that they can rely on you to do what you say you are going to do ON TIME. Thoughts…Behavior…Credibility How we think about time affects how we use it. Are you always complaining, “I don’t have enough time.” We all have the same amount of time in a day. Are your thoughts ready for a reality check? Let’s look at the choices that you are making with your time. Your thoughts about time and time management are reflected in how you behave, or act upon what you do throughout the day. When you think that time is scarce you might tend to be impulsive, do things last minute and feel rushed, or avoid getting things done. Finally, how we behave in terms of time affects how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. Do you struggle with feelings of incompetence, or productivity? Are you concerned that others cannot rely on you and that your personal and work relationships are being compromised by poor time management? If your time management isn’t working for you and you lack a system it’s time for that reality check and a time management system. Time Management and Thinking Let’s debunk the myth that you don’t have enough time. Time is like space in the sense that both have their limits. Just like a space – a surface or container – can hold only so much, your day can… read more →
Do you have too much stuff? Too much stuff is a problem for many of us. Professional Organizers think about too much stuff all the time. Our clients wonder, how much is too much? We wonder, what does the client’s stuff mean to them? What stuff can he or she let go of and how do we help them to make those decisions? How do we organize the stuff that is kept, and where? Remember George Carlin’s routine about too much stuff? For most of us it’s a funny topic, but for others, it’s stressful. Here are some organizing tips to help you decide if you or someone that you know has too much stuff: Clutter – Too much stuff that becomes clutter can be embarrassing and prevent you from having others come to your home or office. Downsize the amount of bulk items. Curb your shopping. Use what you already have or donate it. Maintain a reasonable amount; if you make a new purchase (one in), let go of something similar (one out). Time Waster – When too much stuff makes it difficult to find the things that you need, when you need them. Create a dedicated space for everything, a “home”. Return items to their home after each use. Label files and storage containers using easy to remember names and categories. Keep it simple and put everything back in it’s place when you are done with it. Hazardous – When clutter accumulates allergens, dust, insects, or mold. When piles of stuff threaten your safety, cause tripping or falls, or can topple out of storage spaces. Leave storage spaces partially empty. This includes all closets, shelves, drawers, and containers. Use smaller and more shallow containers to prevent deep piles of paper and other items. Utilize vertical space with hooks,… read more →
Declutter Your Bathroom Declutter your bathroom? Your bathroom is a space that needs to be clean, safe and relaxing. Decluttering is the first step whether you are organizing by room or by items. Decluttering old and expired items in your bathroom will enhance your health, safety, and maybe, even your beauty. Here are your San Diego Professional Organizer‘s easy organizing tips (click on links for details): Take everything out. Empty all of the spaces including drawers, shelves, cupboards and the shower. Immediately discard or recycle empty containers. Clean out all of these spaces before you return items. Discard expired toiletries and makeup; your body and face deserve safe and fresh treatments. Hotel toiletries and samples should be discarded if they are old. If they are current, make a commitment to use them or donate them to a shelter. Discard expired and unused medications in a safe and controlled manner. Do NOT flush them down the toilet. This includes vitamins and supplements. Group “like” items. Organizing items by like use for instance, facial products, hair care, etc. Put smaller items in small storage containers to keep them together in drawers and cupboards. Location, location, location. Return items to the place closest to where you will use them. Now that you have a decluttered and organized bathroom remember to start to put a date of purchase on items that do not have expiration dates. This is a great way to maintain your organization.