Simply put, having containers to store items in does not make you more organized. Before you go out and purchase more containers, set some “ground rules” for: What goes in and what does not What gets purged, and how often What type of container is needed Where the container is stored What goes in and what does not? Thinking about the container as a place for specific types of items will guide you in making the decision. If it is not related, it doesn’t belong in the container. You will also want to consider why you are keeping the item. That includes whether or not you will use it and if it is in good condition. If it’s paperwork, ask yourself why do you need to keep it, can you find the information elsewhere if you need it? What gets purged, and how often? Before you transfer a pile of “stuff” into a container go through the items and let go of what you no longer need. Discard, donate, sell, or keep. Only store what you know you will need and use. That will help you determine the type and size of container you will need. What type of container do I need? There are more choices than ever…clear, colored, patterned, plastic, fabric, basket, metal, lidded or open, yikes! If the container is going to be in an area where you and visitors will see it, you may want to consider the aesthetics. If the container is stored in an area where it isn’t often seen aesthetics is less important. Do you want to spend time labeling containers? Clear containers allow you to see what is inside without the need to label. My advice is to use or re-purpose containers that you already have before you go out to purchase… read more →
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?