You Can’t Take it with You
Downsizing: the 7 Things
People would rather die with.
WHEN: Thu. Oct. 13 – 2016
WHERE: Fallbrook Branch ▪ 124 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 ▪ (760) 731-4650
Denise Levine, Speaker and Author of “Organizing your Life from the outside in for Women who want to Simplify their Life.” will give you tips to get you organized and live better. CLICK HERE for event flyer
Declutter sentimental items
Sentimental items are those personal objects that remind us of times in our lives including past events, places we visited and people we were with. They represent memories and we attach feelings to to them which can be both positive or negative. There are many reasons why we collect and keep these items, let’s face it, we’re emotional beings. I have a pine cone that I picked up during my first hike in California. My other sentimental items include old concert tee shirts, sound familiar?
As a Personal Professional Organizer I hear many stories from clients about these objects. Sometimes it is sharing those stories that allows the person to let it go. They realize that the memory is within them and not the object. Remember that sentimental items take up space and collect dust. As we age and want to downsize, travel more, and clean less these items may take on less importance.
If you are at a point where you are downsizing or moving, you may be questioning what to keep and what to let go of, my first organizing tip is to assess and purge the easy things first. Sentimental items and photos tend to be more challenging so you might want to consider going through easier items such as:
- Books, magazines, newspapers
- Clothing, shoes
- Formal dinnerware, cutlery and glasses
- Unused kitchen items
- Duplicate tools
What sentimental items are hardest for you to let go of?
Sentimental items | How to let go
Sentimental items may or may not be of real financial value but they are emotionally valuable. Avoid making the mistake of taking photos of all of your items before you let them go; you are just going to create digital clutter! Here are some helpful organizing tips that will help you to purge some sentimental items:
- Items that are soiled, infested, or damaged beyond repair.
- Duplicate items.
- Items you never used, haven’t used in years, and have no intention of using. This includes items that have been in storage for years.
- Sentimental clothing that doesn’t fit and will likely never fit.
Sentimental items that may be useful to others can be sold or donated. You can also repurpose items, for instance, use old tee shirts to make a quilt. I use old postcards and photos as bookmarks.
Time Blocking & Scheduling
Date: May 18, 2016
Denise spoke at Keller Williams in Carlsbad on May 18th about time blocking and scheduling techniques that help busy professionals to re-claim their schedules and their sanity.
Things I Can’t Let Go Of!
Date: March 3, 2016
Denise was the featured speaker at the Del Mar Rotary Club on March 3rd, 2016. She spoke to the Rotarians about techniques that she uses with clients to help assess which sentimental items are okay to keep, and which items to let go of because they create unneeded clutter.
Helping Your Clients Declutter
Date: January 27, 2016
Denise was the featured speaker at a Keller William event for their realtors. She spoke about basic techniques that realtors can use to help their sellers declutter their homes in preparation for showing it to prospective clients.
5 Steps for Organizing and Decluttering Your Way to a More Spacious Life
Tuesday, December 9th
Magdalena Ecke YMCA
200 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA
Making Time for Love: Proven Strategies for Busy Professionals Google Hangout
Recent Event: Friday, February 14th, 2014
Hosted by: Sherry Nouraini
Too busy to find time for the people and the things you love to do? It doesn’t have to be that way!
I strongly believe in living a balanced life, and thought the arrival of Valentine’s Day would be a great time to examine our priorities and asking whether we give enough time and attention to the people who matter to us the most? Whether or not we keep postponing to do the things we love in the name of work!
We are all busy professionals, but we must not forget that we are also human. We must not forget that love is the most basic of human needs.
That is why for this episode of #opensm, I have invited the fabulous time management expert and professional organizer +Denise Levine to teach us her ninja time management tips and tricks.
Here is what Denise will share, in her own words:
“As a Time Management expert and professional Organizer I can’t think of anything more important than making time for the people and activities that you love! Join me as I share my tips and strategies that will enable you to:
Who is +Denise Levine
Denise Levine is an Organizer and Image Consultant with a passion for all things organized! She is the owner of Outside In Organizer and Makeovers in San Diego and since 2010 has been sharing her unique ideas and strategies for head to toe organizing. Denise helps busy individuals with organizing their time, space and their wardrobes. She wants her clients and audience to enjoy the benefits of organizing:
- reduced stress
- enjoy more time for yourself and others
- experiencing how great you look!
Denise’s former career in education prepared her for guiding others who want to get and stay organized! In fact, it’s one of the things that set her apart from other Organizers and Image Consultants! She is able to help her clients set goals, identify the steps to success, and take action. Denise’s Outside In Approach™ operates on the principle that simplifying the external aspects of your life gets you out of overwhelm and into focus! She is the author of the of “Organizing Your Life From Outside In… Inspiration for Women Who Want to Simplify Their Life.” Denise is the Vice-President of the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, NAPO. In addition to working with her clients she enjoys speaking to groups about topics related to organizing and is training prospective Organizers.
How To Shop For Your Body Type…
Presenting the 2014 CABI Spring Collection!
Join us to learn, shop, and have fun in the process!
Thursday, February 20th
Hera Hub Carlsbad
5205 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad
Hosted by Denise Levine and Sherry Dickin
Denise Levine, 760-809-8851
Book Denise to Speak
Denise has presented at the Women Inkorporated (WINK) Carlsbad, North County Women in Networking (NCWIN), 3 San Diego Hera Hub locations, the Magdelena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, and many other networking and professional groups on time management, space organization and wardrobe strategies.