How to organize How to organize for holidays? Begin by answering these 3 questions: What do you need to do? When does it need to be done by? What do you need in order to get it done? Holiday organizing is easy when you make a plan, create a budget, and work backwards from realistic deadlines. Let’s make a plan by organizing your list of recipients. First, create or update your gift recipients’ list. Divide the list into 2 broad categories: Names and addresses of those whose gifts will need to be shipped and by when. Names and addresses of those whose gifts will be given in person, and when. Gift ideas Now you can identify those on your list who: Prefer or need “stuff“ Appreciate experiences and events rather than “stuff“ Brainstorm gift ideas such as favorite stores, hobbies, interests, and generally, the things that others would consider luxuries that they would not give to themselves. Here are my favorite gift ideas for 2016: Frequent flier points – transfer them to someone who wants to travel, including a visit to see you! Hotel points or timeshare trade – maybe you are not going to use your points or timeshare and someone would love a gift vacation. Memberships to zoos, museums, art and music societies. Personal services – massage, facial, manicure, pedicure. General services – car wash coupons, cleaning services, pet sitter. Gift cards – movie theaters, retail establishments. Homemade and handmade items – food items, baked goods, art and craft work such as knitting, painting. Consumables – stationary, gourmet cooking items, toiletries. Sentimental gifts, memorabilia – framed photos, children’s art work, souvenirs. Financial gifts – cash, investments, college fund. Charitable donations – what organizations or interests are your friends and family passionate about? Environmental, women and children, animal rights,… read more →
Image Consulting Tips | My Favorites Image Consulting Tips are for everyone because everyone has (or needs) a style. As an Image Consultant and Personal Organizer I help men and women explore their style as a form of self expression and creativity. What would change in your life if you uncovered your authentic style? Image Consulting Tip #1: You don’t wear your style, you are your style. “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Who said it better than Coco Chanel? Image Consulting Tip #2: Style is fluid and dynamic. Don’t get stuck in wearing only one type of look, accessorizing the same way with each outfit, or limiting the elements that you choose such as color. Unless you are a style icon like Vera Wang who says, “Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging.”, you want flexibility and variety in your wardrobe. Image Consulting Tip #3: Update your style. Your body changes, your life circumstances change, and your needs change. It’s important to reflect upon your style and update your wardrobe, if needed, on a regular basis so that you feel it represents your best self at this point in time. Image Consulting Tip #4: How you wear something is the statement. Whose style do you admire most? Maybe it is someone that you work with or a friend. What is it that you really like about his or her style? It’s probably not about the specific item or where he or she shops. When you look at that person you are likely to think or say, “He always looks so put together.” “Her look is simple, but sophisticated.” “She looks fabulous even in a tee shirt and jeans!” What is it about that person and more importantly, remember that it can be you!… read more →
Organized During the Holidays – Tips Staying organized during the holidays may be a challenge for some of you. As your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer I want to help you keep things in perspective. As important as being organized is, I hope that you will find ways to streamline your expectations and responsibilities so that you can enjoy the holidays. Do you try to fit too much in to too little time? Do you spend more money than you need to, on stuff that no one really needs? You’ve heard the saying, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” (Bill Keane). Here’s a handy checklist of organizing tips that you can use to help make this season more manageable. I suggest that you post this somewhere where you will see it every day as a reminder. Make time for gratitude. Being grateful for time with family and friends will help you live in a balanced, more healthy way. Schedule lunch with a friend and take a break from your to do list. Schedule time for personal care and self nurturing activities. Make sure that your time management includes time alone, time in nature, and don’t skip exercise during the holiday season. Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and reduce stress. One of the most important time management routines to maintain is a regular wake up and go to sleep time. Reexamine your traditions. Do you need to continue all of the traditions even if you and your family have outgrown them? Eliminate the things that don’t fulfill you anymore. Steamline some of the cooking, decorating, etc. Organize simple traditions this year. Focus on giving experiences rather than “stuff”. We all have more than we need. Consider… read more →
As a Personal Organizer and Time Management Coach I can tell you that your organizing and time management needs change with the seasons. It is getting dark earlier and soon the clocks will change. How does that impact you and your family, your schedules, and routines? Do you tend to feel more sluggish this time of year? Do you eat differently? Does your productivity seem to vary at home, school or work? This month I’m going to challenge you to take a proactive approach, practice self-care, and get organized in every aspect of your life! I am going to share my personal seasonal organizing and time management tips so that you can easily use them to help you feel less stressed during the Fall season and into the holidays. The first action I am asking you to take is to sign up for my San Diego Outside In Organizer and Makeover newsletter. Here are 3 reasons why you don’t want to miss out on receiving my monthly newsletter: Special offers and incentives Easy to implement organizing and time management strategies, checklists, and tools An invitation to my upcoming workshops This month look for my seasonal organizing tips and posts for your health, work, school, travel, guests, and holiday preparation!
How are you doing with your resolutions so far? Don’t be too hard on yourself (or surprised) when only 10 days into the year you find yourself off track. Rather than starting ambitious resolutions on a specific date you might think about what I call, “Creating Optimal Habits”. What that means is focusing on 1 behavior that you want to change and practice it in simple steps every day. Some days will be easier than others, the key is to persist. Here are some examples, ideas, and suggestions: Time Management Optimal Habit: Commit to spending 15 minutes at the end of every work day to review what you accomplished that day, and what you need to do for the next 2 days. You will always be prepared! Organizing Optimal Habit: Commit to making quick decisions (3 seconds or less) for actions such as keep, file, recycle, shred, discard. Take action 1 paper or item at a time. You will avoid clutter and wasted time! Image Updating Optimal Habit: Commit to wearing items that fit you in the body you are in today, every day. If you put something on that is too tight, loose, short, etc. take it off immediately and put it in a donation or consignment bag.
To bag or wrap? That is the question! Let’s get organized, save money, be creative, and protect our environment. What you will need: clear storage bins for gift wrap and wrapping related items such as tape, scissors, bubble wrap, etc. An open table, counter or floor space to work in. TIP #1: Schedule time to get all of your gift wrap, tissue paper, gift bags, shopping bags with handles, ribbon and bows into 1 area where you can see your entire inventory. TIP #2: Recycle or discard everything that is too old or damaged to re-/use. Sort each type of item that you can keep and use into a clear container(s). TIP #3: Commit to using everything that you have before you purchase more (why waste $$). Decide to use bags rather than gift wrap whenever possible (easier for recipients to reuse). What about those bags from stores that you’ve been saving? You use these for gift giving or recycle them. Decorate the outside of the bag in creative ways even if the gift is not from that store, with photos and kids’ art.
Do you know that the gifts you give say a lot about what you value? What is important to you when it comes to giving? Do you focus on what others want and need? Is it important to consider the environment? Is staying within your budget critical? When you organize your gift list, keep your priorities in mind. Here is an idea…have a wonderful dinner and send leftovers home to your friends in glass containers that they can keep. They’ll enjoy the great food the next day. In fact, give them a set of these containers and they will be able to get rid of those old plastic ones. Something special Something they can use Something environmentally friendly
I love using a gift list template that you can update every year. Who is on your gift list this year? Family: Immediate, Extended, Long distance Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors Business: Coworkers, Networking colleagues, Clients, Referral Partners, Vendors Service Providers, Instructors Whether your list is long or short, whether you shop in person and/or online, having a detailed list makes keeping track of the details easier. At a glance you will see who is on the list, what you bought for them, and what you spent. Likewise, who do you still have to get something for and what ideas do you have for them? Need help crafting your list? www.outsideinorganizer.com
It’s time to start thinking about how to get ready and enjoy the holidays. Each year is an opportunity to make the holidays a meaningful time for yourself and others. That means finding ways to minimize and avoid stress. Keep your priorities in mind with each decision and choice that you make. If not over-spending is important, set limits and create a realistic budget.
Have you noticed how good it feels to give to others? Here are 3 steps you can take to organize your giving list: #1: Make a list of the causes & organizations that matter most to you. Keep it updated. #2: Distribute the list to those people who typically would give you a gift. #3: Ask those you buy gifts for, to do the same and send their lists to you. Email or call Denise at Outside In Organizer & Makeovers if you would like a sample list.