Organizing Projects | Summer Organizing projects can be done all year long. Do you have a list of the ones that you save for summer? Here are some of the projects that your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer hears most often: Garage – clear the clutter, organize items into containers, add shelving and cupboards, and resurface the floor. Closets – clear the clutter, sort and reorganize items, add organizing products and tools such as hooks, cubbies, and bins Home office – purge files, reorganize and update filing system, and shred documents. Photos – thin out the number of photos, sort and label them, organize and scan photos. Convert VHS cassettes to DVDs. Organizing Project: Garage Here are organizing tips from the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers guest blogger, Bri Lords, of Garage Medics: Summertime is just around the corner and that means it’s finally nice enough outside to work on some organizing projects. You know the ones such as taming your landscaping, updating the front door, and cleaning out the garage. Those organizing projects sound daunting, but they don’t have to be. With a little time and organization any project can be completed this summer! We’ve broken down the best way to organize your garage to mark that project off your to-do list. Assess Your Stuff: What do you actually need in the garage? Start by separating garage items into three groups, keep, trash, and donate. Be sure to donate items right away to avoid clutter buildup. Remove items that shouldn’t be stored in the garage like fabrics, propane tanks, or paper products. Fabrics and paper products can attract pests, while propane tanks could leak and result in harmful fumes. Once you have sorted the items, the next steps go far more smoothly. Maximize Your Space: Many people simply… read more →
Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips will help you to declutter, because it doesn’t matter how you fold your things if you still have too much stuff! No matter which Professional Organizer you work with, which organizing products you purchase, or which organizing book that you read, you have to purge when you have too much stuff. Remember that too much doesn’t just mean quantity. “Too much” means that your things are no longer useful and are interfering with one of the following: your safety, health, your relationships, financial stability, and your self esteem. As your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer, here are my 30 Impossibly Easy Clutter-Busting Tips: Stop shopping for items you already have or don’t need. Organizing Tip: stick to a shopping list. Avoid purchasing items just because they are “a good buy”. Organizing Tip: donate the money that you would have spent to a favorite charity, or give it to a homeless person. Stop shopping in bulk. Organizing Tip: set a lower limit on how many you will have in stock before you buy more. Return unused, unworn and unopened items. Organizing Tip: most stores will give you store credit if you don’t have the receipt but the tags/prices are still on the item. Donate the items you no longer need, use, or love including gifts that you didn’t like. Organizing Tip: Make it personal. Find the charity that speaks to your heart. Pretend that you are moving. Organizing Tip: If you wouldn’t pack it and pay to move it, let it go. Put away your collections for at least 2 months. Organizing Tip: Out of sight, out of mind. If you haven’t missed it, you can let it go. Recycle junk mail before it comes into the office or house. Organizing Tip:… read more →
5 Organizing Tips Here are my 5 Non-Negotiable Tips for Ideal Sorting and Organizing with you. Once you’ve decluttered and streamlined your inventory and to-do’s you are ready to sort and organize. Tip #1: Never organize before you declutter. You don’t want to waste time sorting and organizing things that you are going to let go of, right? If you need a refresher, read my post: “5 Critical Reasons to Declutter Your Stuff and To-Do List”. Tip #2: Always sort and organize into broad categories first. We call this a “macro sort”. Once you have your broad categories you can “micro sort”. Be careful not to create too many categories. Sometimes clients want to over-label and we find folders with only one item in them. This is a sign that the category was probably to small. This tip applies to everything from kitchen utensils to clothing, linens, and your paperwork and files. Tip #3: Don’t go out and buy a bunch of organizing products before you declutter, sort and organize. People mistakenly go out and buy pretty containers and bins, fancy file folders, label makers, etc. and think that will help them get organized. It’s actually the opposite because the products don’t get you organized, they are intended to create homes for organized items. Get organized first and then you will see what and how much you need and whether or not you need to spend any money at all. Tip #4: Organize the way that makes sense to you. One size doesn’t fit all and that includes organizing systems. There are some great systems out there for filing, shelving, etc. but they don’t work for everyone. If you are not color-oriented, don’t both color coding. If you don’t think to look for things alphabetically, consider creating file systems that… read more →
Clutter Trouble? What is all that clutter about? You want to let it go but something is holding you back. If you are truly troubled by the clutter that you are surrounded with it’s time to take this quiz. Don’t worry, it’s confidential. Go ahead and check all the following that apply to you: It’s difficult for me to let go of, or get rid of things, in general. I can’t let go of sentimental items and photos, specifically. I’m not ready to get rid of this. I’m worried that if I let it go I will need it later. I feel guilty when I get rid of things. I can’t let go of things that I spent a lot of money on. I’m saving it for my children (or grandchildren). You can never have enough. I don’t have too many things, I just need more storage space. I can’t afford to hire a Professional Organizer. I tried working with a Professional Organizer and it didn’t work. I’m embarrassed ask for help. I’ll never get organized. I’ve always been this way. I know that it looks cluttered but I can usually find what I am looking for. If I don’t find what I am looking for I buy another one. My mother (or another relative) was a hoarder. I’m just like her. I don’t have time to organize. I need at least a whole day (a week, a month, etc.) to organize and I’m too busy. I’ll do it when I have time. Organizing is boring. Clutter is a common problem for many people. Uncovering how it affects you and everyone that you live with is the first step. After that, you need to have an action plan and seriously consider asking for help from someone you can trust. Here… read more →
Organizing Products The best organizing products are the ones that can be used for multiple purposes and/or in multiple settings. I personally use several of the products that I sell on my website as well as recommend them to my organizing and time management clients.This simple item has organizing and time management benefits. Any product that you can easily use to sort and file “like” items together will reduce clutter. It will also save you from wasting time looking for what you need. This is one of my favorites, the all purpose organizer: Organize Anything You’ve probably seen these organizers before and maybe even have one, but have you maximized it’s possibilities? Here are some of my favorite organizing tips for ways to use several of these products for organizing and where to have them: Shopping coupons – keep this organizer in the pocket of your car door, declutter your kitchen drawer Gift cards – keep this product in your console or glove compartment Boarding passes, luggage claim tickets, etc. – keep it handy in your carry on, purse, backpack, briefcase Receipts, parking stubs – keep these organized for tax preparation Important conference information, registration forms – carry this from your office to meetings, conferences Name badges – keep it in your vehicle for various meetings and groups that you belong to Auto insurance card, vehicle registration, road service information – keep it organized in your glove compartment I would love to hear how you use this organizing product!
An organized closet space includes storing the items that may be needed without taking up extra space. Living in a place like San Diego attracts visitors and with the holidays approaching I want plenty of space for my guests. You don’t necessarily have to be a Professional Organizer to know that clearing the clutter and containing items will make any space look and function in a more organized way. You can do your own closet makeover simply by using the right organizing products. This standing hanger holder, for instance, is a great storage solution. The holder keeps loose hangers from getting tangled up or damaged. Here are some more professional organizing tips that you will find useful: Maximize your use of vertical space Add shelves for storing items that you don’t use often Keep a folding step stool in every closet to makes items accessible and easy to reach
As a Personal Organizer in San Diego I have some favorite products that I use and like to recommend to others. The first time I heard about packing cubes I wondered if they were necessary. I’m not only sold on how easy they make packing and unpacking, but I offer these amazing Organizing Products on my website for you, too. All organizing products are designed to make things more efficient and streamlined. This is especially important during the holidays when you have so many things to remember. Using the cubes for categories of items allows you check what you’ve packed with ease and without having to refold clothing. I love to use these packing cubes in different sizes and in a variety of ways. Here are some examples: Contain smaller items such as chargers and adapters Contain delicate items such as knitted and crocheted sweaters & scarves Pack by category such as swimwear, active wear, lingerie, socks Pack by outfit to include the top, bottom and accessories to go with the outfit Pack by climate if you are going to more than 1 destination The beauty of using these cubes when you travel is that you can organize your suitcase and eliminate clutter. Organized packing means that you can save time unpacking by keeping them intact when you arrive at your destination. Just place the packed cubes directly into the drawer or on the shelf and you will always know where to find what you need. ORGANIZING PRODUCTS TIPS: Buy 1 extra large size packing cube for laundry Buy smaller size packing cubes to use in your carry on bag