DIY Organizing Projects DIY organizing projects are a great way to: Take stock of what you already have, what you need and will use, what you want, and what you are ready to let go of. DIY organizing projects allow you to feel productive and creative. You realize the immediate benefits of organizing: clear space, energy flows. Here is a Jumpstart Organizing Project that you can do any time of year: Organize a Gift Storage Space A gift space or hideaway allows you to store the gifts that you purchase throughout the year. People do this as they see something that they think a person would like to have; they’re inspired. It’s also a great way to spread out your expenses, save money, and save time. A gift hideaway keeps purchases safe, clean and hidden from potential recipients. Christy of Thrifty Thriving says: “Make sure you have the room to store the gifts. I now have a closet in my garage, but I have previously kept the gifts in a Rubbermaid storage tote.” Read more Steps for Organizing Gift Storage Identify the space – Select a barely used closet or cupboard that is well ventilated, dry and has shelves. Purchase supplies – Removable labels (helps you to remember who the item will go to), storage containers, etc. Group “like” items – Remember to store the gifts in a way that makes sense to you. Examples are by person, holidays, special occasion. If you need a little help to make a plan and get started, check out this service: “Personal 3-Step DIY Action Plan” for organizing your home or office. Create more space Prioritize steps for de-cluttering Organize, contain, label Schedule 1 session with your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer to today!
DIY Organizing Projects DIY organizing projects are endless. Organizing is a year-long process and the perfect time to organize is always NOW. Forget keeping a summer organizing to-do list. Remember that you don’t need to wait to declutter and organize the spaces in your home, office, and automobile. If you want to know how to prioritize and decide where to start and just need a customized action plan and I have a great offer just for you. Read more… “Personal DIY Action Plan” This is for those of you who want to work with a Professional Organizer and then execute the plan yourself! We do this in person or online; for pricing I can be reached by calling (760)809-8851 or email me: email@example.com. We’ll schedule your session and put together your step by step plan for home or office. Your plan shows you exactly how to: Create more space – let go of unused and unwanted items. Prioritize steps for decluttering – where and how to start the process without getting overwhelmed. Organize, contain, label – know where and how to store items. Which organizing project is waiting for you…garage, guest room, kitchen, home office? In the meantime here is one of my 7 Jumpstart Organizing Mini-Projects: If you are reading this during the summer and you are probably wondering why this Personal and Professional Organizer wants you to organize your gift wrapping station now. Being organized means being proactive so why wait until fall or winter to get organized. Check out this blog and learn how to DIY: http://blog.homedepot.com/organized-gift-wrapping-station/. Gather all of your supplies in 1 place. This includes: your gift list, cards, postage, return address labels, shipping materials, boxes, gift bags, gift wrap, labels, ribbons, bows, tissue paper, tape, glue, scissors, etc. Discard all damaged supplies. Determine where… read more →
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 →
Storage Do’s and Don’t s | 7 Absurdly Easy to Implement Organizing Tips Storage do’s and don’t s are important so that you don’t waste time, space, or money! Think about these organizing tips: Organizing Tip #1 – DON’T rent off-site storage for items that you know you will need in 6 months or less. Unless you are moving out of the country for a year or more, off-site storage is an unnecessary and costly expense. As a Professional Organizer most people tell me that they don’t even know what’s in their storage units after awhile! DON’T procrastinate. DO make a decision and act on it. Keep it or let it go. Organizing Tip #2 – DO Declutter before you purchase storage containers. I know, you can always return what you don’t use but most people don’t bother to return items which ends up being a waste of money. One of the benefits of organizing is that when you declutter and downsize the number of items, you are often left with containers and bins that can be re-used. Clutter takes up space and once you alleviate that problem you have a clearer idea of whether or not you need to purchase storage containers and if so, how many. Organizing Tip #3 – DON’T waste living space by storing multiple items of the same type. Sounds obvious but as your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer I can tell you that people are amazed with how much space they have when extras are stored in the garage or attic. DO keep what you need on hand and within easy reach. Organizing Tip #4 – DO use clear bins and containers to help you to remember what they contain. This also eliminates the need to label every container, saving you time. Organizing… read more →
Vertical Space Organizing Tips Vertical space can be a life saver when it comes to getting organized. Hopefully you have items that you enjoy in your home and office. Not all of them need to be stored in drawers, storage containers, closets or on shelves. Years ago a client wanted to be able to see her purses and jewelry. She asked me to help her organize them and arrange them in her guest bedroom. I wasn’t sure that this was going to work out initially. Working as a Professional Organizer in San Diego and other areas of the country allows me to learn from clients, so I agreed to help her with her idea. The most important factor in professional organizing is to focus on the client’s goals. Utilizing vertical spaces such as walls, doors, has several organizing benefits: Optimizes available space Saves space inside (closets, cupboards, drawers) and on surfaces Improves aesthetics Provides accessibility and easy reach Helps increase use of items that are visually available Decreases the need for storage containers Prevents unnecessary purchases There are other creative storage solutions for using vertical space such as book cases, shelving, and various racks. Problem: Too much paper on the desk surface. Solution: Save space on the closest bookcase for an organized file bin. Problem: Too many items on the kitchen counters. Solutions: Of course, purge items on surfaces and in drawers and cupboards first to create space for items directly above or below their counter spot. If the item is too large for either consider an appliance garage to hide items in 1 section. Another possibility is to purchase a sturdy cart on wheels that can be stored in the closest pantry or closet. Wheel it out for use and return when done. Install racks… read more →
Creative Storage Solutions The purpose for creating storage solutions is not just to store more stuff! As a Professional Organizer I help you optimize your living and work space. This way you are able to enjoy your space. Have you tried these: Furniture with built-in storage Multipurpose furniture Nestling items Utilizing vertical & hidden spaces Storage solutions take into account several factors. Access and use – Store items that are used frequently near to where they are used. Size and weight – The storage container should accommodate both. Place containers with heavier items in easy to reach places. This will help to prevent injury from lifting them. Protection from sunlight. Fragile items. Age and/or special needs – Safety concerns for toddlers, those with physical limitations, or people with diminished memory are important. This is clearly one of the benefits of organizing. Available space – work with what you have. Use vertical space and hidden spaces under beds, etc. Have questions? Call me: (760)809-8851 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have too much stuff? Too much stuff is a problem for many of us. Professional Organizers think about too much stuff all the time. Our clients wonder, how much is too much? We wonder, what does the client’s stuff mean to them? What stuff can he or she let go of and how do we help them to make those decisions? How do we organize the stuff that is kept, and where? Remember George Carlin’s routine about too much stuff? For most of us it’s a funny topic, but for others, it’s stressful. Here are some organizing tips to help you decide if you or someone that you know has too much stuff: Clutter – Too much stuff that becomes clutter can be embarrassing and prevent you from having others come to your home or office. Downsize the amount of bulk items. Curb your shopping. Use what you already have or donate it. Maintain a reasonable amount; if you make a new purchase (one in), let go of something similar (one out). Time Waster – When too much stuff makes it difficult to find the things that you need, when you need them. Create a dedicated space for everything, a “home”. Return items to their home after each use. Label files and storage containers using easy to remember names and categories. Keep it simple and put everything back in it’s place when you are done with it. Hazardous – When clutter accumulates allergens, dust, insects, or mold. When piles of stuff threaten your safety, cause tripping or falls, or can topple out of storage spaces. Leave storage spaces partially empty. This includes all closets, shelves, drawers, and containers. Use smaller and more shallow containers to prevent deep piles of paper and other items. Utilize vertical space with hooks,… read more →
Declutter Your Bathroom Declutter your bathroom? Your bathroom is a space that needs to be clean, safe and relaxing. Decluttering is the first step whether you are organizing by room or by items. Decluttering old and expired items in your bathroom will enhance your health, safety, and maybe, even your beauty. Here are your San Diego Professional Organizer‘s easy organizing tips (click on links for details): Take everything out. Empty all of the spaces including drawers, shelves, cupboards and the shower. Immediately discard or recycle empty containers. Clean out all of these spaces before you return items. Discard expired toiletries and makeup; your body and face deserve safe and fresh treatments. Hotel toiletries and samples should be discarded if they are old. If they are current, make a commitment to use them or donate them to a shelter. Discard expired and unused medications in a safe and controlled manner. Do NOT flush them down the toilet. This includes vitamins and supplements. Group “like” items. Organizing items by like use for instance, facial products, hair care, etc. Put smaller items in small storage containers to keep them together in drawers and cupboards. Location, location, location. Return items to the place closest to where you will use them. Now that you have a decluttered and organized bathroom remember to start to put a date of purchase on items that do not have expiration dates. This is a great way to maintain your organization.
5 Critical Reasons to Declutter… (just in time for Spring and Mother’s Day) Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer wants to share my 5 critical reasons to declutter. The includes all of your stuff and even your to-do list. I say that it’s “critical” because the long term affects of living and working in a cluttered environment or with a cluttered schedule have consequences. Reason #1: Create more space and flow of energy. Clutter wastes space and blocks the flow of energy in your environment. Everything has energy and blocking it with stacks of paper, piles of books that you will never read again, expired foods, and unlimited amounts of cables and cords will cause stagnation and the problems described below. Read on… Reason #2: Improve health and safety benefits. Clutter attracts dust and mold; stacks can cause tripping and falls and head injury. I had a client years ago who tripped over a stack of things piled on her staircase. She broke her foot and had to go up the stairs on her bottom for months. She only called me because her friend threatened to contact adult protective services if she didn’t work with a Professional Organizer! Imagine how it would have changed her life and her relationships if she had discarded, recycled or donated items. Reason #3: Increase efficient use of time. Clutter means wasting time searching for important things and papers. Wasting time can cause you to be late and miss deadlines. You know that being late is disrespectful or others’ time and can also have financial implications such as added fees. Why risk your relationships or your credit rating? Reason #4: Reduce stress and enhance self esteem. Having to deal with clutter on a regular basis causes frustration, stress and embarrassment; it can negatively impact… read more →
Personal Organizing Tips: Space, Time, Clothing Personal Organizing Tips for: Space No matter what the size of your house, rooms, closets, drawers or bins here are useful Do’s and Don’ts: DO buy shallow bins to contain things. DON’T buy deep bins (except for larger items), they tend to get filled. DO make an agreement with yourself to only fill containers and drawers to no more than 3/4 capacity. DON’T fill spaces to the top. DO buy non-perishables in bulk. DON’T buy perishables in bulk. They tend to not get used and expire. Personal Organizing Tips for: Time Management & Productivity More time doesn’t always equal more results. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts: DO make appointments with yourself. DON’T expect to find free time to get things done. DO break big projects into smaller, more manageable ones. DON’T attack big projects without planning and lead time. DO assign due dates to important tasks. DON’T create never-ending to-do lists with no assigned date and time. Personal Organizing Tips for: Wardrobe & Clothing Do you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts: DO keep or purchase clothing that is your current size. DON’T keep or purchase clothing that doesn’t fit you today hoping it will fit later. DO turn all of your hangers backwards. DON’T wear the same things over and over again. After you wear an item hang it back up correctly. See how many things are still hung backwards at the end of the month. DO let go of clothes that you do not like or wear. DON’T feel guilty about having bought those items. Donate or consign them to someone who will love them. Bigger is not always better when it comes to space. There is a tendency for… read more →