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 →
Feeling Organized What does feeling organized mean to you? Think about how you feel when your space is organized and clutter-free. Imagine what an organized day feels like. I love to write about the benefits of organizing to motivate and inspire you towards that clutter-free lifestyle most of us crave. An organized life feels… Calm Productive Energizing Healthy, and Spacious. The disorganized life in contrast feels stressful, overwhelming and chaotic. The worst part of long-standing disorganization is that for some people it becomes the norm. I was just talking about this with a friend and describing how some people become accustomed to living in chaos and clutter and that making change is too scary for them to seek help. There are so many resources out there for you if you want to take the first step and make a change. NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is our professional organization. As a NAPO Personal and Professional Organizer and Time Management Coach I encourage you to explore their national website, and your local chapter’s website. Ask yourself if you are ready to start feeling organized and get out of chaos. Take baby steps so that you don’t get overwhelmed. If you want to try it yourself, read an article or book that describes the organizing process.
Organization skills yield amazing personal and professional benefits. As Personal and Professional Organizer I help you stay on track by keeping you focused (and motivated) on the benefits of honing your organization skills. Organization skills include decluttering, organizing, managing and maintaining your space as well as your schedule. The benefits? So far I’ve talked about the ability to: Focus – with clarity and direction. Plan effectively. Track progress. Revise your course of action. Adapt to life transitions. Balance workload and priorities. Manage time realistically. Access information, items quickly. Maximize space and time. Create safe environments. 10 More Benefits! Save time – for important relationships (including yourself). Boost productivity – efficient use of your mental and physical energy. Enhance self esteem – your sense of control when you feel and behave more organized. Impact credibility – with others personally, professionally. Monitor spending, income, expenses – improved planning and decision making. Choose – how to use your available time with more intention. Delegate – allow others to do the things that you do not need to do, that they want to learn, that they are good at doing. Streamline – your processes and maximize your results. Schedule – time for all of the core areas of your life. Maintain – a healthy environment that is easy to keep clean.
The 50 benefits of organized people enjoy The 50 benefits of living your most organized life that I write about are only just the beginning! Organizing is a process of eliminating the things and the time wasters in your life. Clutter isn’t just too much stuff in your space, it’s also too much to do, and even too much to think about. The benefits of organizing result in eliminating the these things because they can cause stress and cost you your health and even your finances. Speaking as your Personal and Professional Organizer here are 5 more positive outcomes of organizing and productivity: Save time for important relationships and connections. Time saving strategies leave room in your weekly schedule for meaningful and self nurturing activities, especially your relationships at home and work. Boost your productivity in an energy efficient manner. Organizing and time management doesn’t mean working harder and longer. It means planning, streamlining, and producing excellent results by being efficient. Enhance your self esteem and sense of control. Wouldn’t you feel better by being more organized? Confidence comes from the inside out, and organizing from the outside in supports that confidence! Impact your credibility with others personally and professionally. Whether you are managing a family or an office staff, people are more inclined to respect and want to work with an organized person. Monitor spending, expenses, and income on a daily basis. One of the benefits of organizing is that you can see everything that you have, how you are spending, and then eliminate wasting money. Creating spending habits that align with your income is an empowering habit that will create a more organized life! To your success!
Organized people enjoy a multitude of benefits at home and at work As a Personal and Professional Organizer who works with now-organized people I am sharing 50 of the benefits that they describe to me. Here are 5 more benefits organized people report: Balance your workload effectively. Organized people have a cohesive view of all of their roles and responsibilities. This allows them to apportion time in a balanced manner. Manage your time realistically.Wouldn’t you benefit from having skills that enable you to estimate time realistically so that you had less stress trying to get places on time? Access important information and items when you need them. Organized filing, including an effective tickler system, helps organized people put their hands on what they need, when they need it, and minimize the need for piles. Maximize your use of space and storage without clutter. Do you know how to utilize the space that you live in so that it is functional and aesthetically pleasing? Do you have a strategy for decluttering on a regular basis? Create a safe environment for home and work. Organized people don’t have long-standing piles of magazines on the stairs, deep bins filled with miscellaneous stuff, and pantry shelves with stacks of teetering items. Less clutter means less dust, easier cleaning and maintenance…now how great is that!!
50 Benefits of Organizing Wouldn’t you love to enjoy any or all of these 50 benefits of being an organized person? Here are the first 5: 1. Focus more easily on what you are doing. How do you focus? Eliminate distractions such as media, phone, and multitasking in general. 2. Plan more effectively by having a system. Planning doesn’t take as much time as the time you waste by not planning! Spend 15 minutes at the end of every day (not before bedtime, please) reviewing what you accomplished, and what needs to get done for the next 2 days. On the weekend, spend this time making a plan for your week. 3. Track your progress on a regular basis. Write a “done” list and note everything that you get done. What are you spending too much, or too little, time doing? 4. Revise your course of action if needed in a timely fashion. Organized people are flexible. If you need to make revisions you will know sooner because you have a plan and are tracking your progress. 5. Adapt to changing circumstances more easily. Whoever said, “expect the unexpected” knew that life happens despite our plans. Organized people are willing to adapt rather than resist. Sometimes, the results are even better than you hoped for.
San Diego Personal Organizer takes a mindful approach. Mindfulness, including the beginner’s mind, is described in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This expert in the practice of mindfulness describes the beginner’s mind as “a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time.” (2013) He goes on to explain that the beginner’s mind enables us to be receptive to all possibilities, and become aware of our automatic thoughts and perceptions. In a previous post about mindfulness and time management I describe how the beginner’s mind applies to the work that I do. In this post let’s look at a different approach to reducing clutter and organizing space using a mindful approach. The benefits of organizing in a mindful way is to begin to see your space as if you are looking at it for the first time. Wouldn’t it be nice to look at how you want to use the space no matter what the room is called? Perhaps your dining room would make a better office space! What if you looked at the contents of the space and accepted that some of these things that we loved and used before, no longer serve us? Imagine the relief and lightness that you might feel when you release these unwanted items. Try this: • View one specific area in your home, office, even the trunk of your car. • Imagine that the space is completely empty as if you were just moving in. What is your vision for this new space? • Describe how you would like to feel when you look at and use that space. What would you put into it, and where would you organize the items? This mindful approach can help you to create a space that makes you feel calm or… read more →
Disorganized Life? Is your life disorganized, or are you disorganizing your life? As your Professional Organizer, let’s talk about situational disorganization versus permanent disorganization. If your life is disorganized as a result of significant change(s), whether sudden or expected, you may be experiencing situational disorganization. Major life transitions can cause disruption even for the most organized individual. These transitions may be positive or negative in nature. Are you experiencing (or expecting) any of these positive transitions: Expanded family such as an aging parent, return of an adult child, or the birth of a child. Getting married and merging households. Decreasing family size, including becoming an empty-nesters. Downsizing and selling a home. Remodeling a home or office. A relocation, career change or a promotion. Are you trying to cope with stressful negative change(s) such as: Loss, for instance, a death, a family member with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, or divorce. Loss of a employment. A natural or man-made disaster. Illness, injury or a temporary disability. Situational disorganization can cause mental, emotional, physical and financial hardship. It requires a change in many of the systems you used for organizing and time management that were effective before the new situation occurred. A thorough assessment of your new needs will help you devise a well thought out action plan and provide great relief. On the other hand, you may be disorganizing your life because of a more permanent or long-standing situation. There is NO fault or blame, rather, the solutions require different strategies and supports. Permanent disorganization necessitates a longer term perspective including ongoing maintenance and reevaluation of the systems that provide relief. The benefits of organizing can alleviate the overwhelm and stress that permanent disorganization situations elicit. These situations may include: Long term illnesses that limit mobility, access, strength, balance or memory. Chronic conditions… read more →
Are you ready for organizing your life? How do you know when you are ready to organize? As a Personal Organizer I know when you are ready for organizing your life because I am trained to listen carefully to what you say and even what you don’t say. I can sense that you are ready from our first contact because of the things that you share and the questions that you ask. For instance, you begin by sharing why you called, what is driving you mad, and how you’ve tried to organize it yourself. You candidly use words such as stress, overwhelm or frustration. The person who is ready for organizing his or her life is not only focused on the problems or pain, she is already aware of two critical factors: 1. “I know the value and benefits of organizing and how it will positively impact me, my relationships, and increase my productivity.” 2. “I don’t have the time or interest in doing this myself.” You know that you are ready, too! You make the call and have your calendar in hand. Scheduling is one of the most critical organizing skills.
San Diego Personal Organizing Tip – Keep the things you love The simplicity of this organizing tip is deceiving. As your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer I am giving you permission to keep items that you love and value. Love it means that it is meaningful to you on some level such as sentimental or emotional, useful, or valuable. If you love it though that means that you need to use it or display it. If it is soiled, in disrepair, no longer fits, or is dated then keep it IF it can be cleaned, repaired, or repurposed. Keeping things in storage, saving them for a special occasion, or holding on to them for your grandchildren is not necessary. Storing items that you don’t use is just organized clutter! Ask your children if they are going to want those items and be prepared for their honest answers. Get those photos out of boxes and albums; display them and rotate them in frames on a regular basis. Make a meal special by serving it on your china. The benefit of organizing is that you are making conscious decisions about what to keep, downsizing your possessions, and enjoying what you have. Trust me, your friends and family will appreciate this and so will you. Enjoy your photos (artur84)