As an Organizer and Time Management Specialist in San Diego (and virtually elsewhere) I welcome questions about: Creating more time How to de-clutter space Email organizing Which papers to keep, for how long, and where to file Where to donate or consign How to get rid of electronics, toxic products, medications Organizing TIP: Have a place for “notes” in your weekly planner; jot down your organizing and time management questions. At the end of the week set aside time to find the answers…post as a comment on the Outside In Organizer website, email me, or call. You can also look online, find popular magazines, and checkout books at your local library!
As your San Diego Organizer I love to look at all of the places that we can utilize for storage after we declutter. For instance, think vertical and add movable shelves on legs. These are great for under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Think about stick-on hooks for the back of a closet or bedroom door. Of course, there may be space under your bed for off season items in storage bins. Recently I worked with a client and we created more drawer space by hanging the belts that she stored in the drawer on a belt hanger, instead. Here are some more ways to maximize your storage space: 1. Utilize vacuum seal bags for off season clothing as well as excess linens. 2. Stop stockpiling plastic grocery bags and recycle them in drop offs bins at the grocer store. Commit to using the reusable grocery bags instead and store them in your car where they are handy. 3. Clear out your junk drawer; discard expired coupons and gift cards, limit the number and type of items you store there, use drawer organizers to keep things sorted and accessible. 4. Make space in your file cabinet. Shred or recycle items that are no longer useful or current in content. 5. Store less used items such as camping gear and off season clothing in empty suitcases.
Ask your San Diego Organizer, “how do I get my office organized?” Here is what I would tell you: don’t just declutter! That won’t work because without putting your system in place the clutter will return. After you gather and sort (what to purge, what to keep) you want to make decisions about use and work flow (action versus reference, frequency and accessibility). Remember: there needs to be a place for everything, with everything in it’s place! Important TIPS: (1) Label items the way that you will remember them for easy, fast retrieval. (2) Ask yourself why you are keeping it, and for how long? (3) Take 10-15 minutes at the end of every work day to declutter, file, plan!
Do you find yourself looking at the pages of a magazine and imagine living in a space like the one on the page? Do you love looking at a model home and imagine living in one just like that? When you walk into someone’s office and see a clear desk top do you fantasize about yours looking that way, too? Until you know what you want to achieve, how can you take action? Write it down, get it out of your head, share your dream with someone you trust. Get ready to realize the dream you deserve to fulfill!
As a Professional Organizer I get great satisfaction from 2 things…helping clients to make decisions that enable them to clear clutter, and the reactions and comments that they offer afterwards! “Wow, I didn’t realize how spacious this could be, it looks so much bigger now!” Often, the client wants to clean the space, first. The use of touch and motion when dusting, polishing or vacuuming is comparable to a loving hug for the space or area. Decorating the space or area with aesthetically and emotionally pleasing items is another way to honor the space. Placing just a few special things in the cleared space is so attractive now that the client is more likely to maintain their new organizing habits to keep the space clear. Putting out items that have been stored is another creative way of celebrating the open area; it’s like shopping in your own home! Every couple of months you can rotate items from storage to keep it fresh. During the process of sorting, de-cluttering, and deciding what to keep you identify what is useful and what you still love. Using or displaying the item you keep is the ultimate way to honor and celebrate cleared space. Enjoy!
We all start out with great intentions, ambitious goals, and then life happens! Have you every considered having an Accountability Partner (AP)? If you are already clear about your goals, let’s look at what the role of your AP might be: Understands your goals Establishes a system for regular, ongoing communication Helps you stay motivated and follow through Asks guiding questions Offers suggested resources Helps you meet your timelines
How to declutter spaces How to declutter spaces? As a Personal Professional Organizer my job is two-fold: First, to ask the “right” questions so that you can make the decisions. Second, is to help you to clarify your vision for the space. Every space needs to reflect how you will use it (function, supplies, storage) so that you can enjoy it (people). Save the aesthetics and decorating for after you declutter and organize the space. How to declutter spaces – Questions to ask yourself: Whenever you get started with organizing a specific area ask yourself declutter questions: Function – What is this space to be used for? What specific function(s) do you want the space to satisfy? For example, is your kitchen for entertaining, cooking and dining? Do you also want the kitchen to be your home office? Now, look around you to see if the space reflects that purpose(s)? Purge anything in the space that does not serve it’s function. Supplies – What do I need to have readily available in this space? List the items that you will need for efficient use of the space including furniture, equipment, or supplies. Find another location for anything that doesn’t belong there. Here are some great ideas in a video that you can use for organizing your makeup in the bathroom: Video People – Who else beside yourself, will use this space? Is the space shared by others? Do you have visitors or clients who will be in this space? You want to be sure to have all parties feel comfortable and have what they need in the space. Storage – Where do items need to be used, and how frequently? What the best types of storage containers that you will need for specific items. The answers will guide you in… read more →
Everyone can use a little organizing, right? One common misconception is that people think that hoarding is the main reason for hiring a Professional Organizer. That is not the only reason for hiring a professional and in fact, just because someone has a lot of “stuff” doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a Professional Organizer. My San Diego and national clients range from very organized to chronically disorganized and everyone in between. The key factors in considering whether or not you might want to hire a Professional Organizer include: The disorganization that you are observing is adversely affecting one or more areas of the individual’s life. The disorganization is recognizable to the individual and not necessarily to others. The individual is ready to accept help and make change(s). I’ve met people who have desktops and countertops that entirely covered. This situation doesn’t cause them stress because they know where everything is and are able to find it without wasting time. I am not sure that clearing their desk or counter would increase their productivity and provide them with a sense of calm. On the other hand, I am working with office clients who are afraid to put piles of papers away because they will forget to do something with them. The first red flag is that they haven’t done anything with those papers in months, and the piles continue to grow larger. That is someone who could benefit in several ways from working with a Professional Organizer to develop a system with results. I have another client who is very organized and appreciates the aesthetics of an uncluttered home environment. She hired me to assess her home and provide her with ideas for reducing inventory, displaying stored items, donating unused items, and relocating items for improved access and functionality. Working with a… read more →