Organizing goals are ongoing because life is constantly changing. When we accept that concept and trust that organizing is a process not an end point, life is much easier. As your Personal Professional Organizer I would like to offer you these 5 organizing goals for the new year:
Organizing Goal #1: Accumulate less clutter
Clutter accumulates when you bring and and hold on to more than you can store or use. You can begin bringing less items into your home by limiting your spending. It is helpful to identify your shopping habits and spending behaviors. What are the triggers that invite you to spend mindlessly? I often hear people tell me that they shop when they are bored. It can be critical if that is true for you, to avoid online shopping and shopping in bulk. If you are a regular or compulsive shopper it will likely take you awhile to change this behavior. If necessary, return any items that you purchased impulsively as soon as possible. We call this self-correction.
Organizing Goal #2: Let go of existing clutter
Donate, sell, re-gift or return any items that you don’t need, want, use or like. Remind yourself that there is no reason to feel guilty about letting things go because someone else will benefit from receiving or buying these items. By holding on to the things that you don’t use or want accumulate you are actually wasting them, as well as the space that they take up. You can also reduce clutter simply by using up the items that you already have and not replacing them.
Organizing Goal #3: Maintain clear horizontal spaces
Maintaining clear, clutter-free horizontal spaces including all of the floors, counter tops, desk surfaces, the bed, seating, and coffee tables will immediately create a clutter-free and more organized environment. Remember that the maintenance of clutter-free zones depends upon several factors:
- Reasonable amount of inventory.
- Adequate amount of storage.
- Creating a designated place for everything.
Organizing Goal #4: Create, use organizing systems
Establish a place for everything so that everything can go back to its place when you are finished using them. This will help you to maintain those clear surfaces when you pick up after yourself. It is more likely that you will put items back in their “home” if it is in a convenient location and near to where you use them.
Organizing Goal #5: Shelter items in place
By this I mean contain items. For instance, have a designated container for keys or eyeglasses. Store smaller reusable grocery bags in one large one. Use an old laundry basket or hamper for donations until you are ready to take them away. After you purge what you no longer need it is very helpful to have shelter for items, especially smaller ones. You can use storage containers that you already own and are now available after decluttering. Shoe boxes, baskets, bins, file folders, envelopes, gift boxes, and packing boxes make great containers for a variety of items. Use what you have before you purchase new ones; we call this re-purposing.
The 5 organizing goals are basic, easy to implement strategies for living your organized life!
February 7, 2012Outside In Organizer and Makeovers takes this approach, when you are in a bind and need to get rid of clutter quickly, contain it. Storing items in decorative containers, baskets and bins will give the illusion of organization. When you have time, start the purge and sort process. Read more
February 2, 2012Outside In Organizer and Makeovers loves sharing the benefits of its services to clients. Giving back to the community through donations from my clients is one way to do that. This past year we were organizing collections in client’s homes, hair salons, banks and more, collecting shoes for Souls 4 Soles. In conjunction with the San Diego chapter ... Read more
January 26, 2012Do you have too many cards and photos but just can’t get rid of them? Try displaying some of them in frames, then change them every couple of months. If they are that important they shouldn’t sit in a box, right? Read more
January 24, 2012Space to work on Sounds simple but in order to efficiently sort it’s wise to have a clear space to work on. This table top was covered with papers before we could purge, sort & organize. When we are done, the table will no longer be needed! More tips: Keep a bag for trash near the space ... Read more
January 23, 2012Being a Professional Organizer in San Diego I often find that what is underlying disorganization and clutter is really more about interruptions in workflow and productivity. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies…multi-tasking, constantly checking email while we are on the phone, talking and driving. Sound familiar? Here are 3 key steps: Identify your goal. What ... Read more
January 23, 2012The 1 at-a-time rule is easily applied when you gather the materials that you need before you start the project. For this project we needed a plastic file bin, hanging files, file folders & markers. Don’t forget bags for recycling & trash. Read more
January 22, 2012The 1 at-a-time rule works best when you gather your materials and resources before you start the project or task. Have everything that you need ready and accessible. It’s just like cooking, did you ever start and realize that you are out of an ingredient that you need? Yikes! Read more
January 21, 2012Apply the 1 at-a-time rule to increase your productivity in any area. Eliminate or minimize your interruptions and distractions. Here are some ways: Driving? Focus on the traffic and surroundings (put your cell phone in the trunk). Working on a project? Reward yourself with social media after the project is completed. Meeting with someone? Let voicemail do it’s job ... Read more
January 20, 2012Execute the 1 at-a-time rule: Clear 1 space at-a-time Sort 1 pile of papers at-a-time Make a phone call without checking email at the same time and so on Read more
January 19, 2012TipOfTheDay: Take a break and boost your alertness with another stretch second: Step 1: Extend your right leg. Point & flex the foot 3x. Step 2: Leaving your leg extended, circle the foot, only to the right 3x, then to the left 3x. Step 3: Repeat with your left leg extended. Point & flex the foot; circle the ... Read more