Organizing Gift Supplies Organizing gift supplies doesn’t need to wait until just before the holidays. Get all, and I mean all, of your supplies together from every space in the house. Here’s a list of common items: Wrapping paper – rolls and sheets Gift bags, boxes Gift tags, labels Ribbon, bows, other decorative embellishments Tissue paper, other types of stuffing Shipping supplies – bubble wrap, mailers Tape, all types This month my goal is to inspire you to get a head start on organizing projects and avoid thinking in terms of a summer organizing projects to-do list. Of course you can always hire a Professional Organizer like myself, but why not try my DIY Organizing Tips like this one? Purge When organizing gift supplies make a commitment to purge all of the wrinkled, torn, and damaged supplies. How would you feel if you received a gift wrapped in something stained? If you have unopened packages and rolls of supplies that you no longer plan to think about donating these items. Group “like” items Store like items together. One of the benefits of this step in the organizing process is that you know how much of specific items that you already have. This can save you a lot of money. Make a commitment to use as many of the gift supplies that you have before purchasing more. When supplies are on sale (off-season) you can stock up on what you need. Location, location, location Organize gift supplies in an area where you are likely to wrap items, if at all possible. Here are some creative ideas for organizing and storing these types of items. If you don’t have a permanent flat surface that is clear most of the time you can consider purchasing a seamstress’ cutting board which folds up and… read more →
DIY Organizing Projects DIY organizing projects are a great way to: Take stock of what you already have, what you need and will use, what you want, and what you are ready to let go of. DIY organizing projects allow you to feel productive and creative. You realize the immediate benefits of organizing: clear space, energy flows. Here is a Jumpstart Organizing Project that you can do any time of year: Organize a Gift Storage Space A gift space or hideaway allows you to store the gifts that you purchase throughout the year. People do this as they see something that they think a person would like to have; they’re inspired. It’s also a great way to spread out your expenses, save money, and save time. A gift hideaway keeps purchases safe, clean and hidden from potential recipients. Christy of Thrifty Thriving says: “Make sure you have the room to store the gifts. I now have a closet in my garage, but I have previously kept the gifts in a Rubbermaid storage tote.” Read more Steps for Organizing Gift Storage Identify the space – Select a barely used closet or cupboard that is well ventilated, dry and has shelves. Purchase supplies – Removable labels (helps you to remember who the item will go to), storage containers, etc. Group “like” items – Remember to store the gifts in a way that makes sense to you. Examples are by person, holidays, special occasion. If you need a little help to make a plan and get started, check out this service: “Personal 3-Step DIY Action Plan” for organizing your home or office. Create more space Prioritize steps for de-cluttering Organize, contain, label Schedule 1 session with your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer to today!
DIY Organizing Projects DIY organizing projects are endless. Organizing is a year-long process and the perfect time to organize is always NOW. Forget keeping a summer organizing to-do list. Remember that you don’t need to wait to declutter and organize the spaces in your home, office, and automobile. If you want to know how to prioritize and decide where to start and just need a customized action plan and I have a great offer just for you. Read more… “Personal DIY Action Plan” This is for those of you who want to work with a Professional Organizer and then execute the plan yourself! We do this in person or online; for pricing I can be reached by calling (760)809-8851 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll schedule your session and put together your step by step plan for home or office. Your plan shows you exactly how to: Create more space – let go of unused and unwanted items. Prioritize steps for decluttering – where and how to start the process without getting overwhelmed. Organize, contain, label – know where and how to store items. Which organizing project is waiting for you…garage, guest room, kitchen, home office? In the meantime here is one of my 7 Jumpstart Organizing Mini-Projects: If you are reading this during the summer and you are probably wondering why this Personal and Professional Organizer wants you to organize your gift wrapping station now. Being organized means being proactive so why wait until fall or winter to get organized. Check out this blog and learn how to DIY: http://blog.homedepot.com/organized-gift-wrapping-station/. Gather all of your supplies in 1 place. This includes: your gift list, cards, postage, return address labels, shipping materials, boxes, gift bags, gift wrap, labels, ribbons, bows, tissue paper, tape, glue, scissors, etc. Discard all damaged supplies. Determine where… read more →