Organizing Purses Organizing purses is much easier than you think. This of course depends upon how many you have and how much space is available for storage. We often accumulate more clothes, purses and other accessories than we actually wear. It’s not unusual for me as a Personal and Professional Organizer to find items with price tags still on them in clients’ closets. Does this sound familiar? If so, that is why I am passionate about sharing organizing tips for purses, too. The benefits of organizing purses include: greater enjoyment from wearing all of them, more variety in your wardrobe, and easier access to your well kept inventory of purses. Why so many? If you love purses as a lot of my family members and friends do you probably enjoy buying them as much, or even more than wearing them! The “rush” some people get from buying things is well documented. Read more: How Shopping Makes You Happy. Women who love shopping may especially like a good sale and sometimes purchase purses and other items they don’t really need because it’s “such a good deal”. A positive emotional response to shopping and buying is a part of why purse collections grow. Another interesting article to read or share: Emotional Spending. Finally, the other reason you acquire so many purses may be that you don’t take the time (I recommend at least once a year) to go through your purse wardrobe and let go of ones that you are no longer wearing. How to organize purses Having too many purses makes it impossible to wear them all. I am sometimes asked the question, “How often should I change my purse? Well there is no “should”. I personally don’t like to change my purse except for 2 reasons: change of season,… read more →
Organizing Sentimental Items As a Professional Organizer I know that organizing sentimental items is challenging for many of you. This is especially true during the purging stage when you are deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Remember that the benefits of organizing anything, including sentimental items, is that you are able to revisit fond memories. The question is why do we let sentimental items become clutter? The reasons are usually emotional: Fear Guilt Attachment Perceived emotional value Perceived financial value Fear When organizing, some people fear that letting go of a sentimental item is a sign of disrespect, or that they will forget the person or event the item reminds them of. Organizing Tip: If you really don’t want or need the item take a photo of it and add the photo to your other photos of that person or the event. Then donate the item. If you aren’t ready to let it go, display the item next to a framed photo. Guilt Items that are passed down through families aren’t always valued by later generations. Even though, some of us feel guilty letting go of family heirlooms. As a Professional Organizer I don’t think that it is fair or reasonable to tell someone not to feel guilty. It is something that the person will have to decide. Organizing Tip: If you really do not want the item try packing it away and letting a friend or relative hold on to it. Set a time frame for when you will be ready to let it go. If feelings of guilt arise during that time frame retrieve the item and find a way to use it or display it. Attachment If sentimental items bring you pleasure that is sufficient reason to keep them. Organizing Tip: You don’t… read more →
Several years ago a woman called me because her friend threatened her! The friend was concerned and frustrated because she tried to help the woman get rid of the excessive amount of stuff in her home without any success. She reached the last straw when the woman tripped over a pile of newspapers and as a result of the fall, broke her foot. Now in a cast and forced to go up and down the stairs on her bottom, the friend threatened to call protective services if a professional organizer was not hired. This was an extreme situation, of course, and yet it raised numerous issues related to organizing and how it can improve both personal safety and health. In less extreme situations clutter, or excessive quantities of items, objects, and paperwork, can cause a variety of other concerns in addition to obstacles that cause falls: Fire hazard Compromised emergency preparedness, inability to access important items in an emergency or exit a building safely Injuries from stacked items falling Dust and mold that may cause or aggravate allergies, asthma Social isolation that may be caused by shame surrounding a cluttered environment, including estrangement from family members, and a negative impact on interpersonal relationships. If this sounds like someone you know or a situation that troubles you, it’s time to talk with a Professional Organizer. As a Professional Organizer I am part of an industry that trains us to work with these situations in a systematic, confidential and non-judgmental manner. It is stressful for a family member or friend to help no matter how much they care and mean well. They can support the work that the individual does with the professional. Write down your questions, concerns, and most importantly, your goals. All it takes is a phone call to start your forward movement.