The 50 benefits of organized people enjoy The 50 benefits of living your most organized life that I write about are only just the beginning! Organizing is a process of eliminating the things and the time wasters in your life. Clutter isn’t just too much stuff in your space, it’s also too much to do, and even too much to think about. The benefits of organizing result in eliminating the these things because they can cause stress and cost you your health and even your finances. Speaking as your Personal and Professional Organizer here are 5 more positive outcomes of organizing and productivity: Save time for important relationships and connections. Time saving strategies leave room in your weekly schedule for meaningful and self nurturing activities, especially your relationships at home and work. Boost your productivity in an energy efficient manner. Organizing and time management doesn’t mean working harder and longer. It means planning, streamlining, and producing excellent results by being efficient. Enhance your self esteem and sense of control. Wouldn’t you feel better by being more organized? Confidence comes from the inside out, and organizing from the outside in supports that confidence! Impact your credibility with others personally and professionally. Whether you are managing a family or an office staff, people are more inclined to respect and want to work with an organized person. Monitor spending, expenses, and income on a daily basis. One of the benefits of organizing is that you can see everything that you have, how you are spending, and then eliminate wasting money. Creating spending habits that align with your income is an empowering habit that will create a more organized life! To your success!
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.
Summer is a great time to catch up with all of those tasks you said you would get to, right? Emergency and disaster preparedness obviously has to be organized before an actual event. Being prepared means protecting yourself from theft, including your identity. Here is an article with tips from the IRS that you will find helpful: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection-Tips
Do you think that summer organizing is limited to cleaning out the garage? Well it’s also the best time to focus on disaster preparedness. No matter where you live you are going to want to use a checklist to ensure that you’ve addressed a variety of: types of disasters important documents and records valuables, including sentimental possessions. Here are some resources that you can refer to: FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan CDC: http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/ Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan You may also contact your local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) to find an Organizer who can get you started!
There are benefits to planning your stay-cation, right? Save money, save gas, you don’t have to pack much, and you exercise your creative muscles! Still, it requires some organizing and planning. So let’s think in categories: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Plan something you can do with the family and friends! Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or AAA and check out places to walk, hike, botanical gardens, etc. Take advantage of coupons and discounts for children and seniors. Find out what the sporting goods stores suggest for biking, hiking trails, bird watching and camping. CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT: Be a tourist in your home town! Go to places you’ve never been, or haven’t been to in a long time. Check websites for days/hours there are specials and discounts. Keep a journal and write reviews of each place, exhibit, or event. Send distant friends and relatives a family newsletter (why wait for the holidays)! CHARITABLE: Enjoy the gift of giving to others. Volunteer at a food bank. Sign up for a local Habitat for Humanity project. INDOORS: Fun ways to share and organize! Host a neighborhood garage sale or clothing exchange party. Donate everything that isn’t sold or taken to a community resource center or shelter. Organize a game night. Bring out the board games, dart boards, or just play charades! What else is on your list?
Do you get those inserts with your statements encouraging you to go paperless? Outside In Approach TIP #1 – Implement the “1-at-a-Time Rule”. Get into the habit of going paperless, 1 account at a time. It only takes a couple of minutes. Outside In Approach TIP #2 – Create & practice your “Optimal Habits”. Every 6 mos. to a year, change your password. Outside In Approach TIP #3 – Here’s another “Optimal Habit” to practice…Every 6 months, purge the unnecessary inserts in your account files and shred them.
Whether you are traveling for business and/or pleasure you want to be comfortable and prepared. Do you use a travel and packing checklist? If not, email me and I will send you one that I use for all occasions. I essentially include: what tasks need to get done before the trip? what do I need to bring with me for day and evening? what clothing, and non-clothing items do I need for the trip? The benefits of organized traveling are that you are less stressed and spend less money buying items you forgot to bring!
Each person has a different level of tolerance for what they think disorganization is in any given aspect of their lives. We all know individuals who can find exactly what they need at any given time when surrounded by piles of papers. We may also know people who complain that they never have enough time to get everything done. What about someone you know who has closets full of clothes and remarks that they have nothing to wear? Outside In Organizer and Makeovers offers these guiding questions to answer, “How do I know if I need to hire an Organizer?” First, begin by asking whether the situation is having adverse affect on: your health or safety? your relationships? your mental well being? your finances? Second identify specifically, how the situation may be affecting your finances and productivity: Are you late making payments, going into overdraft, incurring fees, or making duplicate payments? Are you unable to manage your mail? Are you unprepared for meetings and appointments? Do you waste gas making several trips all over town in any given day? Does it seem like your “to do” list is always growing? Third, look for patterns of behavior or perceived obstacles: Are you an organized person who is too busy, has too much to do, needs help getting a system in place? Do you find that you are able to organize a situation or space only to have it undone quickly? Are you unable to make decisions about what to keep and where and how to store it? Is it difficult or emotional to make decisions about what to donate or discard? Do you read books and magazines about how to declutter and organize but are unable to implement the ideas? Do you purchase organizing tools and supplies but rarely utilize them… read more →
Living in San Diego is expensive so I am always looking to find ideas to save my organizing clients money… Do you clip coupons? Do you use them before they expire? Do you organize them in a way that makes them easy to use? Most important, do you have them with you when you need them? There are 3 tips for organizing your coupons: #1 – Purge all expired coupons immediately (do this once a month). #2 – Sort them into broad categories. Ex.: Food, Household, Toiletries #3 – File them into a coupon holder under the categories and put the holder in your car. You will always have them with you when you go shopping!
There are some basic tips for getting started that are easy to implement: TIP 1: Get rid of all clothing that is stained & torn. TIP 2: Get rid of all clothing that you have not worn in more than two (2) years. TIP 3: Get rid of clothing that does not fit you now…too tight, too loose, too short, etc.