As a Professional Organizer I am attuned to working with individuals who have special needs. That may include health issues, disabling conditions, aging, and emotional issues. All individuals have special needs to lesser and greater extents, and all of us can benefit from regularly organizing our space or our time. Some considerations… Do you start things and get distracted, finding it difficult to finish tasks? Do you feel scattered and don’t know where to start; feel overwhelmed or discouraged? Are you frequently reaching and bending to access items that you use frequently? Do you have difficulty estimating the time that you need to get places or get things done; often late for appointments? The process of organizing may include ways to label and store items. Using clearly marked, easy to see labels and clear containers is often very helpful. Organizing for safety means placing items within easy reach and limiting the height of piles to prevent things from falling. It may also require removing items that pose a danger such as areea rugs. Lowering hooks and racks make it easier to hang clothing and backpacks up, too. Do you have a question about a situation you are contending with? Write or call me for assistance!
Do you want your life to be less hectic? Your home less cluttered? Family healthier? If you answered “yes” to any of these 3 questions it’s time to get organized! Getting organized happens when you commit to creating and maintaining optimal habits. That means being aware of what is working and what is not. Changing behaviors is not easy but it can be done if you commit to: AWARENESS, CONSISTENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY. Awareness means making those around you aware (and therefore supportive) of your goals. Consistency means committing to the new behaviors or habits for no less than 3-6 weeks. It also means if something interferes with your practice of these new habits you restart immediately rather than give up! Accountability means several things. First, don’t try to do it alone. If you could your would’ve done it already. Hire a Professional Organizer, work with a therapist, ask a nonjudgmental friend to help you succeed. Here is an important TIP: reward yourself immediately for your successes. Now, let’s get organized! Helpful strategies for a less hectic life: use your schedule like your to do list. assess how much time it actually takes to do things; did you over or underestimate? remember to allow time for commutes. If you get there early, bring something to read. take breaks, you will actually be more productive. Ways to have a less cluttered home or office: establish a place for everything. put everything back in it’s place when you’re done with it. keep things close to where they are used. contain smaller items. donate or discard items you no longer use. Tips for a healthier family and self: plan nutritious, tasty meals that make great leftovers for lunches. organize your refrigerator; make sure there are fruits and vegetables that are fresh and handy for snacks.… read more →
We all know people who don’t seem affected by piles of magazines, clothes on the closet floor, or unopened mail. One person’s clutter may be another person’s breaking point! So, what’s so bad about clutter? Like any kind of excess clutter can be create a health risk, safety hazard, time waster, money loser, or social embarrassment. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers suggests that you consider the benefits of keeping things uncluttered on a regular basis. There is a difference between minimalism and what looks like a natural disaster. I suggest a happy medium so that you can enjoy: moving safely in a space opening cupboards and closets without things falling out a dust-free environment an aesthetically pleasing home or office, and more. If you’re overwhelmed, recruit help from a non-judgmental friend or hire an Organizer. Use the 1 at a Time Rule, work in one area at a time and don’t distract yourself by trying to organize more than one space. Set a timer to take breaks or simply establish a limit. Make it fun, put on some energetic music, wear comfortable clothing, take before and after photos!
Did you know that one of the best ways to empower your children is to give them structured choices? Even at a young age children have a sense of what they are good at doing, and what they enjoy doing (often the same). Teaching children to take responsibility, help maintain order in their rooms and later throughout the house, can begin as early as preschool. You are building their independence as well as yours! TIPS: Create a list of household responsibilities that the child is capable of doing. Identify at least 2 tasks that the child is sure to be able to achieve. Ask the child to select one task from 2-3 choices. Reward all successes with praise. Encourage the child while they’re learning to do the task independently.
Most kids are on vacation for at least 2 weeks. No matter what their ages that’s a long time and planning some activities is in everyone’s best interest. TIPS: Use a calendar that is visible to the family & write down scheduled activities. Schedule time for reading (let them select the books) & mark due dates. Schedule time for them to do projects of their choice: clean their closet (bring donations to a local shelter), donate their toys (visit a children’s hospital), etc.
Do your teens say they have “nothing to wear”! Does it seem like they always want you to buy them something their friends are wearing? Here’s a fun idea: Have a party and ask the teens to bring items they no longer want to wear (but are in good condition). Hang them on a wardrobe rack and let them have fun trying on eachother’s clothes as well as accessories. Anyone who wants to trade can “purchase” their new outfits without spending any money. TIP: Donate the items not traded to a church, shelter, etc.
Even young children can get involved in organizing “games”. It’s a great way to learn concepts such as naming, sorting and categorizing. There are lots of ways to reinforce positive behaviors including sharing, donating, rotating the number of toys available (versus in storage), and so on. TIP: sort, purge, donate, and organize toys and games in your house before the holidays.
Choose to do at least one thing each day: Go thru your children’s closets – donate anything in good condition that does not fit anymore; wash anything that is soiled; repair items, as needed. Now, do the same with all of the items in drawers. Shoes – you know the drill! NOTE: Donate shoes in any condition to Souls 4 Soles (I am collecting shoes in conjunction with the San Diego Chapter of the National Assoc. of Professional Organizers). Storage containers – let’s go to the kitchen and make sure that every plastic container, thermal drink cup, etc. has a lid. If not, re-purpose (use for smaller items, school supplies, makeup, etc.) or recycle it.
Closets have lots of available vertical to use for organization. They allow room to install additional shelving as well as rods. Remember, adding a shelf doesn’t mean that the shelf needs to extend the entire width of the closet. A half shelf still allows you to accommodate taller or longer items such as long coats or upright vacuum cleaners. Vertical space organization also includes handy over the door racks to make use of the inside of the closet door and a variety of hooks. Think about using hooks on the lower portions of the door or closet wall to accommodate children. You can teach them to hang up their clothes and backpacks themselves!! Happy organizing…
Guide your children and help them to enjoy the beginning of the new school year. That means getting your children organized now. You can help your child organize his or her bedroom, study area, and schedule of activities including homework and household chores. Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy fancy containers, folders or binders. You and your child can use items that you already have at home. Once your child understands the purpose of the organization activity he or she can participate in a variety of ways. A young child can help decorate and color code items like shoe boxes, cartons, hangers and plastic containers to sort anything from play toys that he or she needs to put away, to clothes to wear to school the next day. An older child can make suggestions about which household chores will be his or her responsibility, when they will get done, and even what reward they would like in exchange! For more info check out the video from todays Today Show on: http://www.bing.com/video/help-your-kids-get-organized-for-school