You want to organize, right? You know that you would benefit from being more organized but for some reason, don’t do it. Most often it is because the task seems overwhelming. My clients tell me they don’t know where to start. Outside In Organizer is a professional organizing service that helps you break it down into manageable steps. You can do it!
The second step is to PRIORITIZE the mail. If something is due or overdue then act on it now. Set up a tickler system that is chronological. TIP: File these “action” items 5-8 days before their due date. If something is overdue, contact the person or company and agree on how to handle it now. Starting now…check the tickler on a daily basis.
Decluttered and organized space in your home, garage, office and even the trunk of your car has a calming effect. Sometimes my clients view it as an invitation to fill it again rather than keep it clear. So, how do you keep it uncluttered? First, acknowledge the work that you put into clearing the space and be proud of your accomplishment. Second, identify the benefits of having the space cleared. For instance, you can see the lovely granite countertop or enjoy the beauty of the wood grain on your desktop. Perhaps it’s that sense of knowing where you put things when you cleared the space and feeling calmer because you can find what you need and are less hurried. The key is to create a logical storage area or tickler system for those items that used to be piled up in the space. That way even though it’s out of sight, it’s not out of mind! Start with something simple, easy to maintain and immediately beneficial. Invest in a bill organizer with numbered slots for each bill statement. Use the drawer below for related supplies such as postage and return address labels. You can keep this compact system on your desk or counter so everything is well-managed and organized, or if you prefer more privacy you can store it in a closet that you use on a daily basis. TIP: You can place birthday cards that need to be sent out by certain dates in the slots as well, it’s not just for bills. BENEFITS: Bills are paid on time, no late fees, no clutter.
After you’ve sorted and purged your wardrobe you can have fun creating outfits from your closet. Outside In Organizer & Makeovers underlying principle is simple: When you take charge of your external environment (in this case, your appearance), you feel more focused internally. Place each of the pieces of clothing that you are going to keep on the bed, then group them by general categories: jackets, shirts and tops, pants, skirts, and so on. Now the fun begins! I want to encourage you to think outside of the box and get creative in the privacy of your own home. Helpful tips: Have a full length mirror nearby. If you have a friend or relative who has a great sense of style ask them to give you their opinions as you try on clothing. Ideally, a Professional Wardrobe Consultant can give you objective and experienced advice. Here are some additional starting tips that I find helpful with my clients: Wear undergarments that most flatter your body in clothing. That may sound strange but it is very useful to wear a strapless bra, for instance, under a sleeveless top or a control-top garment under knits so that you see yourself at your best. If you don’t have the necessary undergarments, start your shopping list right now! Wear the appropriate shoe for the outfit. Don’t try on a business suit barefoot or wearing running shoes. Oh my goodness, wear the pair of shoes you would most likely wear with the outfit. That goes for casual clothing…no spike heels with cargo pants. Tips for creating new outfits from your closet: Start with your favorite pair of jeans or pants. Create casual, business, or dressy looks using one pair of pants by changing the tops, layering the tops (jacket over a camisole), and mixing textures (crisp white shirt under… read more →
You know all of those photos that are sitting in boxes somewhere in your house or garage? Why not consider making your father an album of favorite memories for Father’s Day? You don’t have to go out and purchase anything except the album. Fill it with photos that span time, or have a theme like favorite family vacations. Tie a lovely ribbon around it and present it to the first important man in your life!
Gone are the days when you just drive around aimlessly.Review your errands, meetings, etc. each day. Schedule your activities near one another so that you are conserving gas. TIP: If you are getting groceries but not going directly home simply put a cooler with ice packs in the trunk of your car.
There are obvious benefits of organizing…less stuff means less dust collected which means improved breathing conditions. Putting things in their place means less piles, increased safety conditions, and less time wasted looking for things. The list of benefits is almost endless but here are some of my favorites: 1. Identifying things for donations enables individuals and families to access what they need during hard times. 2. Selling items on consignment allows others to purchase items for less, adds to your cash flow, and creates more space in your environment. 3. Discarding items that are no longer usable or useful helps you reassess what you need versus what you want, how you spent your money, and what your priorities are now!
STEP ONE: Use coupons as often as possible. They are great for more than just groceries and household supplies. You can use them to save money for going out to eat, admission to cultural events and entertainment, the car wash, and more. COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING: I will not pay full price for anything for an entire month (gas may have to be the only exception)! I will only purchase items and services for which I have a coupon. The most frequent complaints that I hear are: “I never don’t remember to use coupons.”, ” I never have them with them when I need them.”, or “The coupons have already expired.” STEP TWO: Organize your coupons; don’t discard the expired ones, some stores will honor them. Try this…sort coupons into broad categories such as: Groceries, Household Items, Services, Products, Restaurants, Entertainment. Paper clip each category together. Place them in a durable envelope (flap up, open side facing you) with the most frequently used categories towards the front. Glue the envelope to the back of a clipboard, remember to keep the open side facing you. Clip your shopping list on the front of the clipboard. STEP THREE: Keep your Outside In Organized coupon/list board in the car.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, feeling organized is important. In order to enjoy the holidays you might consider the following: 1. Schedule time to create and write down your budget. 2. Schedule time to make your list of who you want to acknowledge and how (purchase, gift card, personal coupon). 3. Identify priorities based on who needs their gift shipped and who celebrates a holiday beforeChristmas. Don’t forget to give yourself time to relax, exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. Happy Holidays to you and yours.!
It’s clear that everyone can benefit from organizing their space, their stuff, and their time. ‘Tis the season to think about giving more by giving less! Most people have the things that they need, in fact, most people have too many things…things that don’t fit, don’t work anymore, don’t get used or displayed and so on. Give your loved ones, friends and colleagues a different kind of gift, one that doesn’t cause clutter (and therefore stress). Instead of a wrapped present, you can gift special time together, sharing time means creating memories. TIPS: Help a friend organize their time by giving a motivational partner, agree to walk with them for an hour every week. Help someone organize their finances by going shopping with them in both of your closets! You can swap clothes you haven’t worn, help eachother donate to a cause that will help someone in need, and identify items that can feel like new with some updated accessories. Lots more ideas from the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers.