Common sense organizing tips
The beginning of a new year is often the time when people set their intention on setting goals for self improvement and making resolutions to “do better”. Do yours sound anything like these?
This year I’m going to…
- Be more organized.
- Be on time.
- Save more money.
- Get in shape.
- Lose weight.
- Eat healthy.
- Read more.
It’s great to set your intentions and make goals so that you can feel more productive and successful in all areas of your life. If you are one of those people who sets goals consider that there are 3 important factors.
Common sense organizing tip #1
First, make your goal(s) achievable. Of course you want to stretch yourself but at the same time it’s important to make it possible to actually achieve what you are setting out to do. Remember that you can always enhance the goal or add another after you achieve the first one. Achievable goals are measurable, incremental, and easy to integrate into current routines.
Common sense organizing tip #2
Second, strive for consistency. Changing or creating new behavior and habits can only succeed with practice, repetition and reward. When you focus on implementing the new behavior on a consistent basis and the reward that you get from doing so overrides the difficulty in doing it, you will succeed.
Common sense organizing tip #3
The third factor in achieving your goal is to have a system of accountability. If you are a visual learner you may benefit from using a log or checklist to monitor your progress. If you are an auditory learner, check in with an accountability coach on a regular basis. Perhaps you are a tactile-kinesthetic learner. If so, create a token system where you can drop something into a container, or tear off a tab from a master chart.
April 24, 2012Make a list of 3-5 things you would do with an extra 15 minutes in your day. Read more
April 23, 2012Do you feel like you never have enough time to get everything you want done? TIP: Try getting up 15 minutes earlier every morning and using that quiet time to do just 1 task. Tempted to hit the snooze button? Here’s my friend’s strategy: Set the coffeemaker to begin brewing one minute after your alarm ... Read more
April 19, 2012First, you want to have a vision of how you want your work and living spaces to look and function. To achieve that goal you need to be able to change your behavior. To maintain the system you put in place. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers suggests: Limit replacing consumable items until your supply is nearly ... Read more
April 17, 2012Having your basic pieces in neutrals such as white, black, grey, beige, etc. are the perfect way to start to expand your wardrobe. Not only can you add colors, but you can add prints, mix fabric textures, and don’t forget to mix the neutrals, too! This one is a great khaki jacket, print top, and ... Read more
April 15, 2012Take advantage of those rainy days and pick one project you would like to start and finish. It’s important that when you finish, you reward yourself for getting it done.* Remember the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers approach: 1. Sort – put all discards into recycle, shred immediately. 2. Keep – is it something that requires action? If ... Read more
April 12, 2012Sound familiar? For some people the very idea of letting go of an item is very difficult and even emotional. As an Organizer I often hear my clients thank me for helping by “giving permission” to donate or discard things. Sometimes it’s compassionate coaching, and using guiding questions to help the client make the decision. ... Read more
April 11, 2012You’ve seen the shows on tv, magazines devoted to organizing, you’ve signed up for the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers newsletter…but you still struggle with letting go of things in your home or office. You are not alone. There are many reasons why getting rid of things is challenging for people: “I spent a lot of ... Read more
April 10, 2012One of the many reasons why I love being an Organizer is that I can show my clients simple to use strategies to organize their lives. The Outside In Organizer and Makeovers approach looks at what is behind (or under) the problem. Not enough space? Eliminate clutter. Contain smaller items. Store items near the place they’re ... Read more
April 9, 2012Did you know that there is a professional organization for Organizers? Check out the #NAPO San Diego page on Facebook and “Like” it. As a Board member I want to let you all know that In addition to #Outside In Organizers and Makeovers there are numerous organizing professionals who provide services throughout the county. Thinking ... Read more
April 6, 2012We all know people who don’t seem affected by piles of magazines, clothes on the closet floor, or unopened mail. One person’s clutter may be another person’s breaking point! So, what’s so bad about clutter? Like any kind of excess clutter can be create a health risk, safety hazard, time waster, money loser, or social ... Read more