When you consider the amount of time it takes to organize and plan for a garage sale, is it worth it? Will you have enough people to help you on that day(s)? Are you ready for people to haggle over already deeply discounted prices? Here are some alternatives you might want to consider first: Take items to consignment shops. Unsold items can be donated or you can go back and pick them up for a garage sale if that is your next step. Donate and write it off for taxes. There are many people who can use what you no longer need, and many worthy organizations to support. Have an exchange party! Let’s say you have quantities of items such as books or music. Invite friends and coworkers to bring theirs over to your home. People can exchange their items for other ones they like. Then agree to donate collectively!
As a Professional Organizer I help my clients create solutions for overcrowded spaces. One way to do that is to purchase furniture that has built-in storage. Here’s one idea for a great looking, inexpensive bench that you can put in an entryway, hallway, and even use as a coffee table: http://www.target.com/c/furniture-living-room-furniture-ottomans-benches/-/N-5xtm2
Divorce attorneys often find their clients in situations where they are in need of a Professional Organizer. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers can help in an already difficult situation that may involve: dividing possessions packing and unpacking moving downsizing moving into a new home, and so on. Using the expertise that Outside In Organizer and Makeovers offers reduces the amount of time and stress that these changes may create. Getting things done from the start is the key to simplifying your life. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/garden/for-recently-divorced-men-a-new-breed-of-decorators.html
What’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. Don’t stress about finding what you need the first morning. 3. Packing. Make sure that you label each of the boxes clearly in bold, waterproof lettering, on ALL sides of the boxes. It will reduce wasting time & energy looking for the one box that you need. 4. Moving in. Unload boxes into the intended rooms, against one wall on one side of the room. Allow room for furniture to be delivered obstruction-free. 5. Unpacking. Consider the rooms you will need or want to use first. Usually it’s the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Prioritize and expend your energy wisely.
People hire POs for a variety of reasons. It’s not unusual to think that you can do it yourself and after repeated attempts (or perhaps, procrastination) realize that you need a professional to come in and help. That’s why most of us hire professionals to help us in various aspects of our personal and professional lives. Outside In Organizer & Makeovers treats each client with the utmost care. Most of my clients are organized but due a variety of life circumstances have just gotten behind with certain tasks or projects. Need someone to get you started? Help you prioritize? Hold you accountable? Do the research and look for a Professional Organizer who is trained to assess your needs, create a plan of action, and help you develop a system of organization that you can maintain over time.
A: Assess your needs B: Budget your time C: Choose ASSESS YOUR NEEDS – What organizing task would give you the biggest results? Prioritize. BUDGET YOUR TIME – Professional Organizers recommend that you determine how much time it would take to work on an organizing project, and then double it. CHOOSE – Now choose one project (and only one) to start with it. Break it down into smaller projects then stick to that project. Keep track of your time and equally important, keep track of the results. Did it result in saving money? Did doing this make you feel lighter, calmer, less stressed? Did you end up saving you time because you knew where everything was? –
At this point, what does Dad want or need? Perhaps the gift of time to organize? Maybe an organizing buddy or coach? Think of creative gifts for your father…if your father have a hobby, perhaps he needs an organized place for his supplies, materials and equipment. If your father is thinking about moving into a smaller place, having a Professional Organizer might be the perfect gift. It’s a systematic and compassionate way to decide what he wants to keep, sell, donate or discard.
Why would you need a Professional Organizer (PO)? The reasons are as varied as the clients and their needs. Think of a PO as your coach, teacher, and facilitator. If you are considering hiring a qualified PO your need may demonstrate itself in physical and/or emotional ways. Is clutter stressing you out? Are you tired of looking for things that you cannot find easily? Do you feel like you don’t have time for what you want to do? A qualified Professional Organizer listens and observes first. She can assist you in clarifying your goals, establishing your priorities, and suggesting specific ways to address making changes. If it’s difficult to do on your own, your PO can be right by your side helping you and guiding you in how eventually, you can maintain these changes on your own. My goal? To empower my clients and help them feel better inside when they can take control of their outside!
If you don’t love it then maybe it’s time to donate…sell…discard it. The spaces that we live, love and work in should make us feel good. Sometimes that means that we are surrounded by beautiful things, but sometimes that means we have less things in our surroundings to make room for the flow of energy, fun, and productivity. Do you love the spaces that you are living and working in?
Professional organizing in San Diego is like a dream come true! The weather is excellent and clients are so friendly. We just open the windows and let the positive energy start to flow through the spaces. When we go through the process of working side by side to decide what goes and what stays the spaces begin to transform before our eyes. Whether you are staying in your home or planning to move there is no time like the present to organize and create the space that makes YOU feel comfortable. ORGANIZING TIP: Store your extra guest bed and bath linens in your unused luggage. You save space and the linens are kept clean. When guests arrive the linens are readily available and they can stack their suitcases on top of yours. When it’s time to travel you won’t have guests and you can simply keep the linens on the guest bed until you return!