Feel better on the inside when you get your external space in order. Reduce the stress of wasting time looking for things. Helpful hint: Put your things in a designated place and stick to it. Make it convenient, visible, accessible to where you will need it. Think about how you will spend your time instead of wasting it looking for your keys…your cell phone…your eyeglasses. Reward yourself after following this system by spending the same amount of time doing something good for yourself. How about 5 minutes of stretching? How about soaking your feet in warm water for 5 minutes while you’re reading a magazine? How about sitting quietly for 5 minutes and focusing on your breath? Increase your energy by beginning to clear space for energy to flow. Think about the first thing that you see when you walk into a room or your office? How does it make you feel? If it has a positive effect don’t mess with it! If it makes you sigh, slump, or causes a knot in your stomach it’s time to make a change. Helpful hint: start by clearing just one thing that would make a noticeable difference. Is it a pile of unpaid bills? Invest in an attractive sorter or accordian file that is numbered and sort the unpaid bills according to due date. Idea: file them a week before they’re due so you’re never late! You’ll feel lighter, more in control, and ready to take on the next organization task.
Hmm, ever thought about clutter prevention? It is easier for some of us than others because we all accumulate things for different reasons. Like any behavior that you want to change it requires introspection and patience with oneself. Experts say it takes three (3) weeks to change a behavior (aka break a habit). But what is three weeks when you can look forward to a life time of organization and the positive energy created by open, uncluttered spaces? Try to start by asking yourself, “Do I really need this?” “Does this make me happy?” “Will I use this if I buy it?” Organization experts agree that there are strategies that you can commit yourself to employing that prevent the accumulation of more things. For instance, for every non-perishable item that you bring into your space you agree to sell, donate, or discard an item that you do not need or love. Try it! Let me know how that works for you.
Yikes, is your car a moving storage unit? Cars are intended to transport us comfortably and safely. There are great organizing and storage containers designed specifically for items in your car. First, it’s important to declutter and get rid of the things that don’t need organizing. Start by throwing out the trash and getting the recyclables in the appropriate bins. Then consider which items are need to be accessed on a daily basis. If they need to be within arms reach then put them in a small bin that you can reach easily and safely. For instance, you might want a box of tissues and a small container of an antibacterial hand gel in a soft bin on the floor behind the passenger’s seat. Remember that safety is most important and that any item that is projected forward when you have to stop short can pose a danger. Keep sports equipment, tools, etc. in the trunk. For more tips, call the Outside In Organizer!
Business slow? Take advantage of the time to take a break from your marketing efforts and organize your office space. Pick one task a day. Maybe tomorrow the focus is your desk top. Remember that your desk top is a work space, not a storage container. Too much on top of your desk? Consider limiting the number of personal items, photos, and souveniers. Then my mantra is “file, don’t pile”. If you are worried about forgetting to do something in that pile because it is filed I can help you create a system that will conquer that fear.
In the process of moving, even when using professional movers, it seems that the process never ends. Do you really need to keep that item? Do you really want to pay to move it? When was the last time that you actually used it? Now is the time to make this an opportunity to continue downsizing and decluttering. Donating, gifting, and discarding before the items are packed is the key. You will be able to save time unpacking, moving in, and be able to start decorating with a clean slate!
Organizing a move can be a daunting task for most of us. When you begin to declutter in preparation it is important to make decisions at the early stages…try to avoid rethinking what stays and what goes, as well as moving your stuff from one place to another. There is great satisfaction in sharing the things that you once loved and can no longer take with you. So here’s another tip: when you sell or give something to a friend, encourage them to declutter something in their home…something out to make room for something coming in. You can do this yourself or with a professional organizer’s help.
The workplace whether it is a home office, a corporation, or a classroom is often inundated with email. We save messages, procrastinate about reading them, acting on them, and worse we print them out and leave them in piles on our desks. One way to start to organize and declutter is to establish a designated time at least once a day to read email. That means managing your time and committing to an organized schedule. Make time to save time! The next decision to make is if it is information that needs to be kept (in an electronic file), acted on, or discarded. I have more ideas that will help you organize your office! Do you get emails that can be read and don’t require a response? Do you feel like you have to respond even if it is just to say “thank you”? These days how do we define ‘courtesy’ when it comes to sending and receiving emails? And what about those list serves and group emails? We know that time is money and that both are hard to find. When you respond to an email to only say thank you it takes the recipient(s) time to open the email and read or even just visually scan the content, and then delete it (I love the ones that come back saying “you’re welcome”). When the email is sent out to a group of individuals you can multiply those seconds by the number of recipients and get an accurate assessment of the impact of unproductive time. Most messages are sent to inform and to inquire about something with no expectation of response for the latter, in other words, to share information. Most of us have been raised to be polite, and that is a wonderful skill that we don’t want… read more →