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.
November 29, 2011Do your teens say they have “nothing to wear”! Does it seem like they always want you to buy them something their friends are wearing? Here’s a fun idea: Have a party and ask the teens to bring items they no longer want to wear (but are in good condition). Hang them on a wardrobe ... Read more
November 28, 2011Even young children can get involved in organizing “games”. It’s a great way to learn concepts such as naming, sorting and categorizing. There are lots of ways to reinforce positive behaviors including sharing, donating, rotating the number of toys available (versus in storage), and so on. TIP: sort, purge, donate, and organize toys and games ... Read more
November 27, 2011Do your and your friends have a favorite cause or charity? Outside In Organizer & Makeovers recommends that in lieu of gifting more items, you consider giving one another donations to your preferred non-profit groups. Fund raising is critical to many important organizations and difficult in times of limited resources. The benefits? SAVE TIME – LESS ... Read more
November 25, 2011TIP #1: Remember to update your contact list. Note address, phone and email changes. If your information changed, consider enclosing a business card with the current information. TIP #2: Compile your list of holiday card/gift recipients and date it : “as of (year sent)”. Keep it on your computer and each year you can “save as”, ... Read more
November 24, 2011Have you noticed that each year you receive fewer cards during the holidays? Do you know why? Outside In Organizer & Makeovers suggests that it doesn’t matter because you don’t send them in order to receive cards in return. What matters is that you organize your priorities and decide if it gives you satisfaction to send ... Read more
November 18, 2011What’s worse: packing? Moving? Unpacking and moving in? A few tips to ease the pain: 1. Hire a Professional Organizer to help you declutter before the move. No sense moving items you don’t need anymore. 2. Be prepared. Pack an overnight bag with the essentials (medications, bottled water, toiletries, clean underwear) and put that in your car. ... Read more
November 16, 2011Men want to look great during the holidays, too. The basics are no different for you guys: 1. FIT: The biggest mistake that men make is wearing clothes that don’t fit well. That means that pants should be comfortable around the waist and jackets can button without gapping. Find a good tailor and let them alter ... Read more
November 15, 2011Spend less and get more? Add the pizazz factor! Scarves and pashminas can change an outfit. You can wear them in various ways over almost any top. Don’t have time to buy new clothes? Try wearing trendy tights with zig zag or fish net lines. Wear a simple pencil skirt, classic blouse, put on those ... Read more
November 14, 2011Women, here are some simple ideas to update your holiday wardrobe: Add sparkle – You can find great jewelry and antique or retro pieces in consignment shops. Adding sparkle to something classic is a great way to make it pop! A large brooch on a jacket lapel will look great, but keep the earrings simple so that they’re ... Read more
November 12, 2011You may have a lot of “stuff” but the best thing that you can do even after sorting & purging is to contain it! Using containers such as baskets or bins has obvious benefits: you can find items more easily, are less likely to lose things, can keep horizontal surfaces clear, etc. There is a wide variety of containers ... Read more