“Before” and “After” Organizing Photos “Before” and “after” organizing photos are useful for Personal Professional Organizers. When I research professional organizing industry standards and review the current trends I notice that there are blurred lines between what it looks like to be organized in a systematic way versus aesthetic appearances. Unfortunately “before” and “after” photos may not adequately capture the organizing process. “Before” and “after” organizing photos | Purging Purging – “before” photos show lots of stuff covering surfaces and sitting in piles and stacks. “After” photos can capture less stuff, clear surfaces, and so on. But how do you capture the decision making process that goes into getting from the before to the after in a photo? Aesthetically speaking most of us agree that less stuff looks better. “After” photos of a space that has been purged of excess doesn’t always look like it belongs on the cover of magazine though. “Before” and “after” organizing photos | Sorting Sorting – “before” photos capture items in random placement. There is no apparent logic or order to why individual items are together. “After” images can depict groups of “like” items however they don’t necessarily look pretty. They do look sensible and functional. “Before” and “after” organizing photos | Containing Containing – there is no doubt that putting items into storage containers, bins or files looks more organized. But tossing things into attractive containers doesn’t mean that you are organized. Before containing items you want to be sure that you accomplished the first 2 steps: purging and sorting. If not, no matter how pretty the storage containers are you will not necessarily be or feel organized. “Before” and “after” organizing photos | Locating Locating – “after” photos showing storage containers on shelves, in cupboards and on furniture or counter tops may look… read more →
Organizing Tips Organizing tips should be easy to use and offer many benefits. The benefits of organizing may be easily seen as in the case of a decluttered surface such as a floor. Some organizing tips yield benefits that cannot be seen but they are definitely felt. As a Personal and Professional Organizer my clients tell me about these benefits: Sense of calm – less stressed or overwhelmed. Greater clarity – where and how to declutter and organize. Improved confidence – being able to maintain organized spaces. Organizing tips can address a number of issues including too much clutter, inefficient use of space, time savers, and unnecessary spending. Begin by deciding what your organizing goals are and be as specific as possible. After you identify your goals, decide on your priority. You can only organize one thing or space at a time. As a Personal and Professional Organizer I find that my role during this part of the project is the most helpful. If you are feeling overwhelmed and want to know where to start just grab a notepad and take a tour of your house. Brainstorm without judgment and list everything that you would like to organize. Here are some organizing tips for you to try on your own… Organizing Tips | Home and Office Schedule time to declutter and organize – It’s unlikely that you will just “find” time to work on your project. Scheduling a specific amount of time on a specific day will ensure that you will be able to get it done. Take a break and organize – When you find that you need a break and want to do something that doesn’t require thinking, organizing is a great way to rejuvenate. Organizing tips during your break may include shredding, filing, clearing your desk top,… read more →
Garage clutter Garage clutter can negatively impact everything from your relationships to finances. It’s critical to identify what the clutter is and the most efficient way to let it go. After you identify what you plan to keep your call to action is to have a plan that will result in a system you can maintain. Garage clutter | Organizing tips For you DIY-ers, ask yourself these questions in order to begin to get rid of the clutter: BE REALISTIC – Do I need this item? If so, when was the last time that I used it? BE PRACTICAL – Is this item in good repair and working order? If not, can it be repaired and at what cost? Would it be less expensive and more time efficient to replace it? BE GENEROUS – Why am I saving this item? Could someone else use it now? BE LOGICAL – Do I have too many of the same items? Can they be donated or returned if not opened? Garage clutter | How to declutter Garage clutter needs to be removed so that everything that is not going to “live” in the garage out of the space. Next, clear as much of the floor space as possible and place items that you are keeping around the perimeter in the designated zones that you want to create. For instance, the less-used seasonal items are moved to the far corner of the garage in this photo. Utilize the driveway or one corner of the garage for staging items that will be donated. Sorting: Once you’ve decided what is staying you will want to group “like” items together. Determine whether they belong in the garage or in the house. Sorting enables you to take stock of how much you have and this will help you… read more →
Organizing Shoes Organizing shoes is a daunting task. Your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer knows that you know you need the organizing because you: Have too many shoes to store. Don’t wear all of the shoes that you own. Wear the same ones over and over again The benefits of organizing shoes are many so I want to share some insight and my organizing tips here. Let’s start with why some women buy so many shoes. Here’s an article about the emotional connection that you may have with: Shoe obsessions. The benefits of organizing shoes and taking control are: Have a reasonable amount of shoes that you enjoy wearing all of them. Create more space without tripping over shoes (improve safety). Adequately store and care for your shoes (reduce allergens). Basic steps for organizing shoes Assess your inventory – get them all in one place to see how much you have and what you can let go of (purge) Sort shoes that are alike in some way: color, function, seasonal Assess your available space – do they fit in your closet? If not, where else can you store the ones that you are keeping? Storage: No cardboard boxes, clear or opaque plastic boxes eliminate the need for labeling. You can also use racks, cubbies or for the more creative types check these out for inspiration: Ingenious Ways to Organize Shoes Creative Shoe Organizing Ideas 1 Unmistakable Solution Buy less shoes! Seriously, you will still need to reduce the amount of shoes. Try not to feel anxious. Think about reducing your inventory and do a little bit at a time. First, let go of all of the shoes that you don’t wear, that don’t fit, and that you don’t need or want. My organizing tip is always to do the… 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: email@example.com
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 →
Paul Simon sang about “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”. My song would be entitled, “50 Ways (and Reasons) to Leave Your Clutter”! Here they are: Declutter & enjoy an aesthetically pleasing home & work space. Present an inviting, open space for family and friends. Provide a professional, paper-less work environment for clients and staff. Minimize memorabilia. Prioritize the tasks that are important and time sensitive. Postpone tasks that are less urgent or important. Utilize the items that you purchase. What are you saving them for? Appreciate the belongings that you possess. Display them & get them out of boxes. Ensure the worth of valuable items. Avoid stuffing them in boxes and stacking them. Travel in a well-planned & organized manner. Optimize your appearance by creating a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle… and the body that you are in today. Maximize your wardrobe by layering, mixing & accessorizing. Create new outfits from your closet. Update your style and image by organizing your purchasing habits. Rejuvenate yourself by establishing an organized sleep routine. Select healthy food choices by organizing shopping & meal planning. Learn ways to make time to relax and practice self-care. Schedule time for massage, a walk with a friend or time in nature. Gain support for achieving your organizing and time management goals. Increase your physical energy & mental clarity by scheduling regular time for fitness activities. Challenge yourself to acknowledge all of your successes; big & small. Mindfully notice what you are doing by being present and uni-tasking. Ease into the process of creating or changing habits. Empower others by engaging in organized practices. Produce maximum results with reasonable levels of effort. Evaluate the urgency of tasks realistically. Being organized means being prepared. Assess what is needed for a project before you start. Savor time for leisure… read more →
Organization skills yield amazing personal and professional benefits. As Personal and Professional Organizer I help you stay on track by keeping you focused (and motivated) on the benefits of honing your organization skills. Organization skills include decluttering, organizing, managing and maintaining your space as well as your schedule. The benefits? So far I’ve talked about the ability to: Focus – with clarity and direction. Plan effectively. Track progress. Revise your course of action. Adapt to life transitions. Balance workload and priorities. Manage time realistically. Access information, items quickly. Maximize space and time. Create safe environments. 10 More Benefits! Save time – for important relationships (including yourself). Boost productivity – efficient use of your mental and physical energy. Enhance self esteem – your sense of control when you feel and behave more organized. Impact credibility – with others personally, professionally. Monitor spending, income, expenses – improved planning and decision making. Choose – how to use your available time with more intention. Delegate – allow others to do the things that you do not need to do, that they want to learn, that they are good at doing. Streamline – your processes and maximize your results. Schedule – time for all of the core areas of your life. Maintain – a healthy environment that is easy to keep clean.