Organize Now! Organize now and stop putting it off. It’s just a matter of dedicating some time to the process. You will see the benefits of organizing if you do a little over a consistent period of time. If you don’t organize now you could make life unnecessarily difficult for yourself and your family in unexpected ways. 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Avoid Organizing: Illness or death Sentiment and emotion Maintain independence Illness or Death Life is unpredictable. At some time you may be faced with a significant illness or injury. Eventually you and your family will have to face your mortality. We all experience life transitions. You owe it to yourself and your family to declutter and organize so that your information and belongings are in order, just in case. Downsize your inventory. At a point in our lives we kept things because they seemed important and meaningful. Later on they may no longer serve us; it is okay to let them go. Have an emergency plan. Friends and family should know where to find your spare key, what your blood type is, and your physician’s name and phone number. Share important information. Maintain and update a copy of important medical, family, insurance and financial information. Share this with a trusted friend or family member. Sentiment and Emotion Decluttering and downsizing sentimental items is more difficult than other belongings. You may encounter memories and emotional attachment to those things. You don’t want someone who doesn’t understand what your possessions mean to you to make decisions for you. You can do this on your own and with guidance from a Professional Organizer. Either way YOU get to make the decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Getting things in order is a proactive way… read more →
Organization skills yield amazing personal and professional benefits. As Personal and Professional Organizer I help you stay on track by keeping you focused (and motivated) on the benefits of honing your organization skills. Organization skills include decluttering, organizing, managing and maintaining your space as well as your schedule. The benefits? So far I’ve talked about the ability to: Focus – with clarity and direction. Plan effectively. Track progress. Revise your course of action. Adapt to life transitions. Balance workload and priorities. Manage time realistically. Access information, items quickly. Maximize space and time. Create safe environments. 10 More Benefits! Save time – for important relationships (including yourself). Boost productivity – efficient use of your mental and physical energy. Enhance self esteem – your sense of control when you feel and behave more organized. Impact credibility – with others personally, professionally. Monitor spending, income, expenses – improved planning and decision making. Choose – how to use your available time with more intention. Delegate – allow others to do the things that you do not need to do, that they want to learn, that they are good at doing. Streamline – your processes and maximize your results. Schedule – time for all of the core areas of your life. Maintain – a healthy environment that is easy to keep clean.
Disorganized Life? Is your life disorganized, or are you disorganizing your life? As your Professional Organizer, let’s talk about situational disorganization versus permanent disorganization. If your life is disorganized as a result of significant change(s), whether sudden or expected, you may be experiencing situational disorganization. Major life transitions can cause disruption even for the most organized individual. These transitions may be positive or negative in nature. Are you experiencing (or expecting) any of these positive transitions: Expanded family such as an aging parent, return of an adult child, or the birth of a child. Getting married and merging households. Decreasing family size, including becoming an empty-nesters. Downsizing and selling a home. Remodeling a home or office. A relocation, career change or a promotion. Are you trying to cope with stressful negative change(s) such as: Loss, for instance, a death, a family member with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, or divorce. Loss of a employment. A natural or man-made disaster. Illness, injury or a temporary disability. Situational disorganization can cause mental, emotional, physical and financial hardship. It requires a change in many of the systems you used for organizing and time management that were effective before the new situation occurred. A thorough assessment of your new needs will help you devise a well thought out action plan and provide great relief. On the other hand, you may be disorganizing your life because of a more permanent or long-standing situation. There is NO fault or blame, rather, the solutions require different strategies and supports. Permanent disorganization necessitates a longer term perspective including ongoing maintenance and reevaluation of the systems that provide relief. The benefits of organizing can alleviate the overwhelm and stress that permanent disorganization situations elicit. These situations may include: Long term illnesses that limit mobility, access, strength, balance or memory. Chronic conditions… read more →
Do you know a student who is disorganized? If so, you probably recognize that he or she is likely to be disorganized at home and at school. What is it that he or she does, or doesn’t do, that demonstrates difficulty with being or staying organized? Disorganized students may exhibit behaviors such as: Frequently loses or has trouble finding things that he or she needs. Has difficulty being on time for activities or transitioning from one to another. Often forgets to do what he or she was asked to do. It’s summer vacation for most students and as a former educator I’d like to encourage you to help your student now. Begin by writing your observations in a notebook (your eyes, only). The key is to be observant without being judgmental. After awhile you will begin to identify patterns in the student’s behaviors. What are his reactions to the situation? Begin to think about what your goals for your student are as we develop a plan of action.
A Real Estate Agent hired me to help her clients as the first critical step in staging their home. Their goals were to learn how to… Declutter and organize Prepare for packing and moving. When you make the decision to sell your home that is only the first of many decisions! The benefits of working with a Professional Organizer like Outside In Organizer, include time and stress management. Very few people have the time and energy to maintain their work and family life while preparing for a sale and a move. We began with the family room and decided that it was essential to convey the potential for this well-lit space to serve both child and adult needs. We downsized the inventory of toys by removing some and containing others. This helped to clear the floor area and display just how spacious the room was. TIP: make sure the favorite toys remain accessible to the child in the bins that he or she can reach. Once the toys were removed from the opposite side of the room it was more adult-friendly! We made optimal use of the available storage space under the banquette seating. After decluttering and organizing the space the next step is to add decorative touches. First room done in just hours and everyone was happy!
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.
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? –
Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal physician? First step, compile and organize the information. Second step, copy and store the information in ways that suit your needs. Have someone review it for accuracy and completeness.
It’s not simply a list of things to do. It’s an evolving list of what to do, who to contact, when to do it, who can help, what is my budget, and what do I need to have in order to move in the most organized and efficient manner. TIP: Develop categories for your list and prioritize according to timelines. Start with the date of the move and then work backwards. Perform 1-3 tasks every day, beginning today so that you are not overwhelmed at the end. If it is on your organized moving list, it won’t be missed! What can I do to help you?