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!!
Organizing requires patience Most of you would like organizing to happen as quickly as possible because time and patience are not abundant, right? As a Professional and Personal Organizer in San Diego I know that people want clutter and disorganization to be gone immediately. The reality is that organizing requires not only patience, it requires regular maintenance. Organizing tips, books and magazines are very helpful. They can help you get motivated, create a step by step process for getting it done, and suggest ways to keep it organized. The 3 biggest obstacles that I observe with clients are: Feeling overwhelmed. “I don’t know where to start!” Underestimating time. “I need at least a weekend to work on that area.” No system in place. “Where do I put it?” If you are busy and have a lot of responsibility, here are some practical ways that you can be more patient with yourself and with the process of getting and staying organized. Conquer overwhelm with patience and a plan. Accept that the disorganization didn’t happen over night. Are you willing to appreciate that some organizing is better than none, even if it takes longer? Be patient. Consider taking one or all of the following steps: List your priorities with as much specificity as possible. If this is difficult to do or you’ve tried before and it didn’t work hire an Organizer to consult with you, assess the situation and help you prioritize. Break down each priority into manageable steps. Schedule adequate time for each step. Again, if this is challenging, work with a Professional Organizer to help you create an action plan. Practice patience. Implement each step of the plan and celebrate your successes no matter how small (or large). If you find that you are losing interest, motivation, or it’s just… read more →
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 →
San Diego Professional Organizer My work in San Diego as a Professional Organizer and Time Management Coach is about creating a personal relationship. When I am invited into someone’s home or office to help with decluttering and organizing the relationship becomes very personal, very quickly. It is based upon trust, non-judgment, and patience on both the Professional Organizer’s part as well as with the client’s expectations of themselves and the process. It’s difficult enough to ask for help let alone show someone else your “stuff”, the piles, and the emotions these things create. I know that there are a variety of reasons and situations that create clutter. My job is to ask the right questions and help each person clarify their objectives. That is why it is difficult for some people to do the work themselves or with a family member. It is helpful to keep moving forward rather than get stuck on the obstacles or what you’ve tried in the past. By continuously going back to your objectives it helps you to stay focused on the benefits of organizing. I might say something such as, “Will keeping this (item or document) help you to organize this area?” These benefits of improving your organizing and time management skills include health, safety, peace of mind, and financial preparation. What is being organized worth to you? Organizing is personal
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)
3 Post holiday organizing tips: Being able to offer post holiday organizing tips to clients and readers is so much fun. You’ve probably already taken down the decorations and returned the gifts that didn’t fit you. So let’s look at other creative ways to get organized for the new year. 1. Gift cards: As a Personal and Professional Organizer my clients often find unused gift cards when we are getting rid of clutter in drawers. They’ve either forgotten about them or didn’t want them and will probably never use them. Recently I discovered that there is a way that you may be able to convert your gift cards into cash. Although you will get a reduced amount it’s better than wasting a gift that someone wanted you to enjoy. Check out websites such as Cardpool, Raise and Card Hub. These services will make potential offers to resell your unwanted cards and you can get the discounted value or make a swap for another card. The benefits of organizing can actually include financial gain. 2. Holiday cards and wrapping paper: You can declutter piles of cards, tissue and wrapping paper by donating them right away. You can also repurpose the cards that you receive and use their front covers for gift tags next year; benefits of organizing do pay off! Get rid of wrapping paper remnants and if you have to buy more, buy solid colors rather than holiday designs so that you can use the paper all year long. For instance, red paper during Valentine’s Day and 4th of July. Green paper isn’t just for Christmas it’s great for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, right? My Outside In Approach is to encourage you to use gift bags from now on so that they can be used over and over… read more →
As your San Diego Personal Organizer my first organizing tip is to remind you to organize before storage is considered. There are great storage containers for anything and everything. It’s tempting to want to go out and purchase colorful, matching bins and file folders, but decluttering first, is important. The benefits of organizing, first, are that you: Have a realistic sense of what and how much you are keeping and need to store. You know how much storage space you will require. Identify the best location for storage containers. You can avoid ending up with more storage and containers than you actually need. During the purging process you will likely empty containers and files that you can repurpose and reuse for other storage. This will help reduce unnecessary spending. When you are ready to determine how to contain and store items remember to think about the size and weight of the items. I love the baskets with handles pictured below for smaller, lightweight items such as extra spices, bags of nuts and dried fruits, or bottles of medications and supplements. The handles make them useful when you store infrequently used items in the back of a deep cupboard, or up on a high shelf. Larger items require bigger bins, but remember that if those bins are filled with heavy items you don’t want to store them up high for safety reasons. You can avoid injuries by limiting lifting and reaching for heavy items. Look for bins that have wheels if you need to move them to access other items. Even papers and documents require different types of storage. Your tax records need different filing systems than photographs, for instance. Identify the ideal location for items by considering the elements. For instance, avoiding exposure to light or humidity may be critical… read more →
Organizing Products The best organizing products are the ones that can be used for multiple purposes and/or in multiple settings. I personally use several of the products that I sell on my website as well as recommend them to my organizing and time management clients.This simple item has organizing and time management benefits. Any product that you can easily use to sort and file “like” items together will reduce clutter. It will also save you from wasting time looking for what you need. This is one of my favorites, the all purpose organizer: Organize Anything You’ve probably seen these organizers before and maybe even have one, but have you maximized it’s possibilities? Here are some of my favorite organizing tips for ways to use several of these products for organizing and where to have them: Shopping coupons – keep this organizer in the pocket of your car door, declutter your kitchen drawer Gift cards – keep this product in your console or glove compartment Boarding passes, luggage claim tickets, etc. – keep it handy in your carry on, purse, backpack, briefcase Receipts, parking stubs – keep these organized for tax preparation Important conference information, registration forms – carry this from your office to meetings, conferences Name badges – keep it in your vehicle for various meetings and groups that you belong to Auto insurance card, vehicle registration, road service information – keep it organized in your glove compartment I would love to hear how you use this organizing product!
As a Professional Organizer I often hear that the challenge is not getting organized, it’s how to stay organized! Since organizing is an ongoing process you want to accept that you will need to practice organizing behaviors, because creating the habit of organizing is how to stay organized. Organized individuals know how to stay organized by doing the following three things: They create systems and routines. They make time on a regular basis for implementing the routines and using the systems. They know that when they backslide, it is easier to get back to being organized because a system is already in place. Staying organized doesn’t mean that you have to adhere to a rigid system. Systems need to be designed to fit your life as it is, otherwise, you will not use them! Start with something tangible so that you will experience success and continue to make it a routine that keeps you organized and focused. Here are things to try: Time Management System: Schedule 15 minutes at the end of every work day to put papers and objects away and into their designated places. Paper Mail Management System: Open mail on a daily basis, avoid stacking. Recycle or shred unnecessary papers immediately. Keep the mail, not the envelopes or filler ads, in order to reduce clutter. Use a dated sorter to file items that are time sensitive like this bill sorter:
An organized closet space includes storing the items that may be needed without taking up extra space. Living in a place like San Diego attracts visitors and with the holidays approaching I want plenty of space for my guests. You don’t necessarily have to be a Professional Organizer to know that clearing the clutter and containing items will make any space look and function in a more organized way. You can do your own closet makeover simply by using the right organizing products. This standing hanger holder, for instance, is a great storage solution. The holder keeps loose hangers from getting tangled up or damaged. Here are some more professional organizing tips that you will find useful: Maximize your use of vertical space Add shelves for storing items that you don’t use often Keep a folding step stool in every closet to makes items accessible and easy to reach